Saturday News: Um, what? Repeat that please, in English this time

NC LAWMAKER TELLS KAEPERNICK HE’S ‘PICKING A FIGHT WITH MOTHER FREEDOM’ (Charlotte Observer) A Republican Mecklenburg County lawmaker with no record of military service who is being opposed by a career Navy veteran, is the latest to tackle Colin Kaepernick, telling the San Francisco 49ers quarterback in a video message that he’s “picking a fight with Mother Freedom.” Republican Rep. John Bradford of Cornelius criticized Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the national anthem at pro football games. “I’m certain that you’ve heard the old saying that freedom isn’t free and the national anthem represents that freedom,” Bradford said, calling the anthem the “global theme song.”

Friday News: Vandalism, by any other name

LAWMAKER'S 'BONEHEAD' SPOUSE APOLOGIZES FOR PULLING DOWN CAMPAIGN SIGN (WRAL-TV) - -A Republican state lawmaker and her husband apologized Thursday for some campaign sign shenanigans at a Wilson brewpub. Dr. Lew Martin, the husband of Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, was caught on a security camera taking a campaign sticker for Martin's opponent, Democrat Charlie Pat Farris, off the front door of Brewmasters, at 2117 Forest Hills Road West, and replacing it with a Martin sticker.

With Burr, it's either "do nothing" or pay-to-play politics


Brings new meaning to the term, "Open For Business":

Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Loews Corp. Waste Management Inc., Transocean Ltd., and Nucor Corp. are all companies that Burr held stock in while these companies were lobbying for several energy and regulatory bills being debated in Congress that Burr cosponsored. Combined, these six companies spent over $42 million lobbying Congress and the federal Government over the same time period.

Four of these companies - Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Loews Corp., and Waste Management Inc. - also contributed $22,500 to Burr’s PAC’s between 2010 and 2016. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the oil and gas industry alone has donated over $380,000 to Burr’s PACs between 2003 and 2016.

And now the fossil fuel industry, thanks to the horrifically un-Democratic Citizens United decision, is once again coming to Burr's rescue with an $8+ million ad buy. Which begs (on hands and knees) the question: How can NC voters bring themselves to vote for a man who has so blatantly sold himself to special interests?

Another legal battle brewing over county voting plans

Either fix it or face the consequences:

Dozens of GOP-controlled county election boards are currently trying to limit early voting, and the state election board is poised to wade into what could be a lengthy county-by-county fight over how much early voting should be allowed. All of this comes after a federal appeals court already ruled that cutbacks in early voting and other voting restrictions were intentionally discriminatory against African American voters.

It's a complicated interplay of politics, legal wrangling, and bureaucratic processes -- but the impact on the November election and on voting rights law generally is potentially significant.

There are really two problems facing the state board: Evaluating and (hopefully) revising plans that didn't receive a unanimous vote, and figuring out what to do with counties that produced no plan at all:

Illegal Immigrants

If you pay a piece rate you can avoid payroll taxes?

How do illegal immigrants get jobs?

I thought it was illegal to hire an illegal immigrant?

I don't recall having read about anyone being prosecuted for hiring illegal immigrants have you? Doesn't that mean we only have ourselves to blame?

If we now have 11 million did we decide not to prosecute their employers?

I drove through two large developments today (Cary & Apex) and I have yet to see what appeared to be a supervisor, contractor, etc? All I saw were hispanics. Will someone please explain?


The ramifications of the latest coal ash legislation

With great power comes blatant irresponsibility:

Duke Energy is looking at its plans to close the 14 coal ash sites in light of a law passed by the state General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, Brooks said. "Changes in the legislation have caused us to go back and evaluate what it means for all of our sites," he said.

The law only requires half the 14 sites in the state to be excavated. The company might be allowed to dry out the others and cap them with natural and synthetic coverings.

I thought you were using "strictly science" in your evaluation of coal ash sites? If that were the case, a relaxing of the laws should have no effect on your approach to remediation. Unless you're referring to "political science," which it appears takes precedence over whatever actual dangers are involved.


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