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GOP attack on teachers crosses the line

Your First Amendment rights mean nothing to the tyrants:

The majority of the crimes listed in the bill make perfect sense if the goal is – as it should be – to keep our students safe.

But the inclusion of Article 36A, which includes the act of remaining “at the scene of ... disorderly conduct by an assemblage of three or more persons, following a command to disperse,” departs from that sincere desire to protect our children. It means that individuals who have been arrested for protesting the lack of textbooks and toilet paper in North Carolina schools could be denied teaching careers, and those already teaching could potentially have their licenses revoked due to such an arrest.

Again, the stifling of school teachers is a signature trait of authoritarian/totalitarian regimes, and the fact Republicans would so casually include something like this in Legislation proves they simply do not grasp the basic concepts of democracy.

Must read: Gene Nichols' comprehensive indictment of GOP governing

Ten charges that encompass hundreds of bad acts:

1. Tragically refused to expand Medicaid. Merely to show disdain for President Obama, they’ve denied health care to a half million poor Tar Heels though the federal government would pay almost all the fare. Hospitals have closed, tens of thousands of jobs have been lost, over $30 billion in federal funds are surrendered and a thousand or more of us die each year as a result of one of the most cruel and indefensible decisions in N.C. history.

Please read the entire article. It is extensive, but these things must not be ignored or forgotten. While #1 above is easily the biggest life-and-death failure on the GOP's part, it's just the tip of the iceberg:

Sunday News: And the "Hypocrite Of The Year" award goes to...

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GOP SENATOR: OBAMA PAYS 'LIP SERVICE' TO DANGERS OF ISLAMIC STATE (Washington Examiner) – Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, warned Saturday that the Obama administration isn't doing nearly enough to protect Americans at home from the rising threat of Islamic State terrorism. "The administration has paid lip service to the threat and has taken small steps in some areas and not in others, but it has not directed the full capabilities of this great nation against this problem," Burr, R-N.C., said in the Republican National Committee's weekly address.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/gop-senator-obama-pays-lip-service-to-dangers-of-isis/article/2594880

The fog of war in North Carolina

With certainty, North Carolina is in a battle. Not with an occupying force from another country but from within. And at present, “within” is winning. Yesterday was a remarkable day both in world affairs and finances. After citizens of the United Kingdom decided to detach themselves from the European Union (Brexit), reality began to set in. Where objectivity and intelligence took a backseat to ignorance. And while there are legitimate concerns for “independence”, a vote to secede was the end result. In the late 1980’s, I spent two weeks in England.

More local shenanigans via NC Senate Republicans

Wesley Meredith is out of control:

Last September, the state House squelched controversial legislation that would have yanked about $5.5 million of hotel tax money away from the Cumberland County Tourism Development Authority and given it to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners. Late this week, in the waning days of the 2016 session of the General Assembly, the hotel tax legislation came back to life in the state Senate, much to the surprise and consternation of some officials in Cumberland County.

Now Meredith is trying again to pass the legislation. He refused to discuss the bill late Friday. "I don't have any comment," he said.

Well, there you go. Apparently what Meredith does in his capacity as a public official is nobody's business but his own.

Saturday News: Cooper won, McCrory zero

GOV RACE STARTS WITH A FLURRY (Charlotte Observer column) – If Pat McCrory hasn’t fully realized what a heavyweight bout he is in, he does now after Roy Cooper delivered a series of hooks and uppercuts in the first round of their championship fight in Charlotte Friday. No N.C. governor has ever run for a second term and lost, but McCrory could be the first.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/taylor-batten/article85879162.html

MCCRORY, COOPER ON ATTACK IN FIRST DEBATE (WRAL-TV) -- Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper gave a glimpse Friday of the charges and counter-charges North Carolina residents can expect to hear over the next four-plus months as the men battle to win the gubernatorial race in the November election.
http://www.wral.com/mccrory-cooper-on-attack-in-first-debate/15803632/

Brexit vote reflects alarming increase in xenophobia

And it would be foolish to not attribute some of it to Trumpism:

For months, the political and economic elite had looked on with growing apprehension as Britain flirted with a choice — popularly known as Brexit — that experts had warned could lead to global recession and a rip in the Western alliance. The vote could also lead to Scottish secession, a broader E.U. unraveling and the fall of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government.

But most analysts had predicted this pragmatically minded country would ultimately back away from the move, and opt to keep Britain in an organization regarded as a pillar of the global economic and political order. Instead, a majority of British voters heeded the call of pro-Brexit campaigners to liberate the nation from what many here regard as an oppressive Brussels bureaucracy that enables mass migration into the country.

At first glance, the results appear eerily similar to what we see here in North Carolina and many other red/purple states: Major metropolitan areas swing one way (remain) while rural areas chose another (leave). But a deeper look into the votes reveals some good news. Voters aged 18-49 overwhelmingly chose to remain, to not succumb to anti-immigrant fervor. Again, very similar to how young people over here feel about race and immigration. But while the "Trump effect" may be dying, it's a slow death that may take longer than we'd care to wait:

*Author's note: We usually try to keep BlueNC content relevant to North Carolina issues, but Brexit may have consequences that reach us even here.

Friday News: Why we can't have nice things

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CRITICS CHARGE AN ILL WIND BLOWS FROM RALEIGH (Coastal Review) -- Supporters say a bill passed last week by the state Senate will protect vital military air space from land-based wind farms, while opponents charge it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing and is intended to kill wind energy.
http://www.coastalreview.org/2016/06/15101/

STIFLING RENEWABLES (Greensboro News & Record editorial) -- Some N.C. politicians say they oppose tax credits and subsidies because they don’t think the government should be picking winners and losers in private industry. But they are clearly doing just that in regard to the state’s energy future. Bills in the N.C. House and Senate would deliver a knockout punch for solar and wind power development in North Carolina.
http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/our-opinion-stifling-renewables/article_e342d5f...

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