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The "Broken Promises" tour is back on the road

And the GOP propaganda machine is running in overdrive trying to catch it:

A coalition of progressive groups Monday began rolling a billboard around North Carolina urging Gov. Pat McCrory to veto a bill that would extend the waiting period for an abortion.

“We find this to be medically unnecessary, we find this to be bad medicine, we find this to be bad law and bad for the people of North Carolina,” said Shoshannah Sayers, interim executive director of NARAL Pro Choice North Carolina. She spoke in front of a rolling billboard that features McCrory and his 2008 response when asked what further restrictions on abortion he would sign. “None,” McCrory replied.

Here are this week's stops on the tour, hat-tip to NC Policy Watch's Clayton Henkel for compiling the list:
Greensboro, NC: Old Guilford Co. Courthouse (301 W. Market Street), Wednesday, May 6th at 12:30 PM
Greenville, NC: Pitt Co. Courthouse (100 W. Third Street), Thursday, May 7th at 12:30 PM
New Bern, NC: Craven Co. Government Building (406 Craven Street), Thursday, May 7th at 4:00 PM
Wilmington, NC: Wilmington City Hall (102 N 3rd St), Friday, May 8th at 11:00 AM

Daily dose: McCrory's GEAR slips edition

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NC GEAR doesn’t engage at legislative reception (WRAL-TV) -- A key legislative committee gave a chilly reception Monday to the final report from NC GEAR, Gov. Pat McCrory's signature initiative to reform state government. The two-year, $4 million project, headed by McCrory budget director Lee Roberts and deputy director Joe Coletti, made 22 recommendations for reforms, from changing school system purchasing to privatizing the state motor pool.
http://www.wral.com/nc-gear-gets-chilly-legislative-reception/14623252/

Net Neutrality Doesn't Require Heavy Regulation of the Internet

A New Yorker cartoon a few years back showed a suburban home going up in flames. Firefighters were racing across the lawn in full gear. But they were being waved off by the homeowner. He was spraying the inferno with a garden hose and saying to the firefighters: "No thank you, we're Libertarians."

Argumentum ad Temperantiam brings REPS to its knees

Also known as "middle ground" or "appeal to moderation" logical fallacies:

When a similar bill filed this session was voted down in committee, Hager added the substance of the bill as an amendment to Regulatory Reform Act of 2015. Hager’s amendment capped the requirement at 6 percent and set it to expire altogether in 2018.

After push back from supporters of renewable energy, a compromise amendment approved late Wednesday caps the rate permanently at 6 percent and repeals an 80 percent property-tax break that solar farms and facilities now receive. “It saves REPS but freezes it,” said Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), who fought to establish the standards in 2007.

I would never dream of questioning or advising Pricey on legislative matters or environmental issues. That being said, it's my understanding that Hager's amendment (which, as a bill, couldn't make it out of Committee) was withdrawn when this "compromise" amendment was accepted. Meaning an amendment with a questionable chance of passing on the floor served as a "lever" to swing votes for this other, less damaging amendment. Here's a question for lawmakers: If either of these amendments were put forward by themselves, where no comparisons or compromises were involved, would either have passed?

Daily dose: Houston, you have a problem edition

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McCrory headlines Houston’s huge Offshore Tech Conference (Houston Chronicle) -- The annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston could be the biggest ever despite the lowest oil prices in years. Drilling beneath the world's oceans has yet to feel the full brunt of cheap oil and the thousands of OTC attendees will browse exhibits from 2,600 companies - up from last year's record-setting 2,568 companies. One highlight is a panel of elected officials who will discuss the future of drilling and assess federal and state regulations. The panel includes Republican N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop , R-Utah.
http://www.chron.com/business/energy/conferences/article/OTC-beyond-cheap-oil-6231390.php

Fast Tracking Death: NC House Bill 562

While most of the civilized world would think it rare to have something so absolutely idiotic, so devoid of common sense, and so disdainful of one's own fellow human beings presented as legitimate legislation, we've become used to it in NC. HB562, however, surpasses every bar of abject stupidity previously set by this NCGA. As we all know, that's an amazingly high bar. I am far from alone in my assessment of this piece of NRA propaganda.

HB-736, Discriminates against non-indian claimants fishing or hunting on Public lands,No Legal cause for Law exemptions to special heritage groups,state Constitution equal rights-sections.1,19,33 prohibits hereditary priveleges

Rep Grahams proposes HB -736

RALEIGH — State Rep. Charles Graham views exemption of hunting, fishing and trapping license fees for State American Indians as a way of showing an appreciation for their heritage and culture. Graham is a member of a North Carolina State created Tribe.

How does this bill help protections on Public lands set in place for wildlife, it harms wildlife ,and gives unequal advantage,exemption from the Law, privileges for certain racial, heritage or ethnic groups!

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