Daily dose: Burr already on hot seat edition

TV ads target Sen. Burr over EPA’s carbon emissions plan (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A pair of TV ads aimed at U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, for his opposition to the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s forthcoming plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants was launched on Monday by a national group. The League of Conservation Voters says it is spending about $100,000 on two TV ads airing on satellite across North Carolina.

VIVA trial update: Defense begins with dubious "expert"

Methinks "real clear" doesn't mean what he thinks it means:

Defense attorney Thomas Farr introduced Sean Trende as an expert witness Monday afternoon. Trende, who is Senior Elections Analyst for the website Real Clear Politics, described himself as an expert in 'Psephology.'

Trende said he was asked to place North Carolina voting law in a "national context." He said he would use his expertise in regression analysis to examine the effect of H.B. 589 on minority voters.

Here we go. This is shaping up to be like one of John Hood's painful, twisting forays into, "If you can't beat them, bore them to death."

When friends turn into Obama-hating zealots

Wallace McLendon of Chapel Hill penned an enlightening op-ed about his encounters with former friends who had been seduced by the dark side of money and bigotry, and I think it's as good a time as any to face some undeniable truths. Topping the list of those truths: Friendship requires at least a modicum of respect. Friends are somebody you can come to with your problems, and maybe together figure out the best way to solve them. Friends are also there to keep you in check, to stop you from buying snake oil and other wasteful ventures. But how can you respect somebody who judges an individual or an entire race based on the color of their skin? How can you respect somebody who worships at the altar of Faux News and Breitbart, or whatever source of "news" that reinforces their prejudices while wildly misinforming them? The answer is, you can't. You might be able to tolerate such a person in short bursts, as long as the door is in sight. But true respect is simply not in the equation. Nor is true friendship, so cutting that person loose is not something to feel shame or regret over.

Daily dose: Anonymous killer edition

NC Senate to take up execution protocol changes (Raleigh News & Observer) -- As botched executions across the country have turned the public focus toward methods used to kill death-row inmates, the state Senate is poised to take up a bill that would hide the supplier, manufacturer and dosage of lethal drugs used for capital punishment in North Carolina.

Executions, firearms, revenge porn on Senate calendar (WRAL-TV) -- The state Senate has a busy calendar Monday night that includes bills aimed at restarting the death penalty and making "revenge porn" a felony.

Chief Justice Martin's avoidance of the term "exclusively"

If parts of the Constitution don't fit your argument, just forget they exist:

Entitled "State school fund," Article IX, Section 6 provides:
The proceeds of all lands that have been or hereafter may be granted by the United States to this State, and not otherwise appropriated by this State or the United States; all moneys, stocks, bonds, and other property belonging to the State for purposes of public education; the net proceeds of all sales of the swamp lands belonging to the State; and all other grants, gifts, and devises that have been or hereafter may be made to the State, and not otherwise appropriated by the State or by the terms of the grant, gift, or devise, shall be paid into the State Treasury and, together with so much of the revenue of the State as may be set apart for that purpose, shall be faithfully appropriated and used exclusively for establishing and maintaining a uniform system of free public schools."

Bolding mine, in the hopes Mark Martin's attempt to erase the word won't stick. See if you can find that word in the numerous references he makes defending this decidedly un-constitutional siphoning off of public school resources:


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