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Say No To Rezoning for Anti-Abortion Facility

Please contact every member of the Raleigh City Council to oppose this rezoning. Below is the email that I sent.
Nancy McFarlane nancymcfarlane.raleigh@gmail.com>
Mary-Ann Baldwin mary-ann.baldwin@ci.raleigh.nc.us>
russ.stephenson@raleighnc.gov
kay.crowder@raleighnc.gov
david.cox@raleighnc.gov

Working on Brent Jackson's plantation

The whip has been replaced by economic tyranny:

Seven former workers at Jackson Farming Company, the Sampson County farm owned by State Senator Brent Jackson, have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the farm, Jackson, and his son Rodney alleging gross violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, and are seeking unpaid wages and damages.

Former worker José Alberto Aguilera-Hernandez says that Rodney Jackson confronted him on October 27, 2015, demanding that he pay $2,400 to replace a gas pump piece broken during a workplace accident. Aguilera-Hernandez refused, was fired on the spot, and was forced to leave the farm. Jackson then withheld back wages from the previous week’s work.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The abuse of migrant workers may not be exclusive to North Carolina, but when a lawmaker engages in it, there is more than just a whiff of institutional wrongdoing.

Another toxic drinking water contaminant emerges: Firefighting foam

Like we didn't already have enough to worry about:

The chemicals in the foam are known as perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, which have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other illnesses.

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Jamie Kritzer said the agency is awaiting guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense on the issue of the foam.

When issues like this are brought up, I find it exceptionally frustrating. It's one thing when a toxic chemical, that is supposed to be controlled or otherwise kept out of the environment, is spilled due to a structural failure of some sort. That's bad, but it's an accident. But when government entities pour or spray something *they know* will make its way into our water systems, without first making sure it will do no harm to flora and fauna (that includes human animals), that's negligence bordering on the criminal. DEQ needs to get off its butt and at least begin testing, because this stuff is everywhere:

Saturday News: The price of prejudice

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WHY THE HB2 BOYCOTT OF N.C. IS WORKING (Facing South) -- State officials have tried to downplay the impact of the HB2 backlash. In early April, N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla blithely said "it's business as usual" in the state. But as the cost of lost business soars into the tens of millions of dollars, it's clear the boycott is having real and growing consequences. Indeed, the fallout has been so severe that some North Carolinians opposed to HB2, including small business owners and concert promoters, have openly worried that a boycott will bring unfair collateral damage to the state. Which raises the question: What is the HB2 boycott of North Carolina trying to accomplish, and is it working?
http://www.southernstudies.org/2016/04/why-the-hb2-boycott-of-north-carolina-is-working.html

Megyn Kelly hits Governor McPotty with a truth-bomb

Please excuse the link to Fox News:

“I’ve been in women’s bathrooms my whole life, and we don’t have the urinal situation; we’ve got like, the stalls,” Kelly said. “We get to go in and we do our business, and we don’t see each other. So why are you concerned about girls exposing themselves or seeing somebody else exposed in a woman’s bathroom?”

Bam. Or is it "Boom"? Whatever, I'm beginning to like her, which is probably a clever trap by Rupert Murdoch...

Faircloth attempts to bury police body cam footage

Giving police chiefs sole discretion on what gets released:

Meanwhile, a state House bill filed by a High Point Republican, John Faircloth, would make police footage less available, and would give power to decide whether to release the footage to a police chief or sheriff. This is so wrongheaded, it’s hard to know where to begin.

It presumes that an entity that supposedly is accountable to the public should be accountable only to itself. It presumes that a chief will place the public interest over the interests of the department — or of the chief. It presumes every chief — hence, now and forevermore — will be beyond reproach. And it presumes that the chief’s say is the final word on law enforcement. It isn’t. That belongs to the council and, by extension, to the people.

Not only is this just one more in a series of moves by the NC GOP to remove power from municipal governments, it's also a slap in the face to citizens. You don't need to know what happened. The bottom line: Police chiefs and Sheriffs are directly responsible for the behavior of their officers, and misbehavior on the part of the latter could end the careers of the former. In other words, glaring conflict of interest. But this bill does more than that, it (attempts to) radically alter NC's open records laws:

Friday News: One block too far edition

OBAMA NOMINATES TIMMONS-GOODSON TO FEDERAL COURT JUDGESHIP (Fayetteville Observer) -- President Obama on Thursday nominated former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson of Fayetteville for a federal judgeship, but U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said he will block her from being seated.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/president-nominates-fayetteville-s-patricia-timmons-goodson-to...

BURR ALREADY SCUTTLING NEW OBAMA COURT NOMINATION (AP) -- President Barack Obama's latest pick Thursday to fill a longstanding vacancy in eastern North Carolina's federal courts already appears scuttled by Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who blames the president for not acting in good faith.
http://www.wral.com/burr-already-scuttling-new-obama-court-nomination/15670962/

Legislature pushing "gag" bill for contaminated water advisories

What you don't know might just kill you:

The proposed legislation would prohibit any state agency, local health board or local health department from issuing a health advisory, unless certain conditions are met. Before a health advisory — such as a do not drink letter — may be issued, a contaminant would have to exceed certain federal or state standards.

At 0.07 parts per billion, the presence of hexavalent chromium in water would give a person a lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1 million, according to the calculations made by the DHHS experts. At 100 parts per billion, the risk would be 1 in 700, health experts sat.

Just a little context, to give those numbers better meaning: At a rate of 1 in 700, that would be a statewide death toll of some 14,300 people (143 in each county). Mike Hager didn't get that many votes the last time he was elected. Republicans aren't just putting people in danger via "deregulation," they're making good government illegal.

Thursday News: Scaring people straight edition

A TELLING MESSAGE FROM NEWTON (Rocky Mount Telegram) – If there were ever any question about the intentions of Republican lawmakers who scrambled to pass House Bill 2 in special session earlier this year, N.C. Sen. Buck Newton put the matter to rest this week with a speech that concluded with his thoughts on “how hard we must fight to keep our state straight.”
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/Editorials/2016/04/28/Our-View-A-telling-message-from-Newton.html

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