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And the purges begin: DoE staffers who worked on Climate Change on hit list

And the Koch Brothers' fingerprints are all over it:

Donald Trump aides are attempting to identify Department of Energy staffers who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama's climate policies, according to details of a leaked transition team questionnaire published by Bloomberg Thursday night. Bloomberg goes on to say the document was confirmed by two Energy Department employees, who said agency staff were "unsettled" by the request.

Leading Trump's energy transition team is Tom Pyle, who is currently the president of the American Energy Alliance. Pyle was previously a policy analyst for former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) before becoming director of federal affairs for Koch Industries.

And once these Federal employees are booted out of their jobs (because they had the audacity to do their jobs), all the research and development they spent thousands of man- and woman-hours compiling will be deleted and shredded, to make room for all the pseudo-scientific bullshit money can buy. FYT.

Rob Christensen on the fall of McCrory

The GOP Legislature's contempt for Pat didn't help:

One small episode in 2013 seemed to illustrate the legislature’s lack of respect for McCrory. One of the first lady’s projects was to regulate puppy mills. The legislature not only didn’t pass her bill but went out of its way to embarrass the governor.

During the House debate in 2013 – with the first lady in the visitor’s gallery looking on – Rep. Michael Speciale of New Bern ridiculed the bill for requiring breeders of a certain size to adhere to standards such as exercising dogs and humane euthanasia. “Exercise on a daily basis – if I kick him across the floor, is that daily exercise?” Speciale asked. “‘Euthanasia performed humanely’ – so I should choose the ax or the baseball bat?”

Although Michael is a Speciale kind of asshole, this was just a symptom of a wider problem for McCrory. The GOP leaders in the General Assembly didn't want McCrory to be anything other than a rubber stamp Governor. They had their own plans (to destroy NC), and they didn't need some big-city mayor, however incompetent, sticking his nose in. And as I mentioned (a few times) last year, that contempt was never more evident than when they casually removed all transportation funding from McCroy's Connect NC Bond "baby." All his previous talking points, including a fancy promotional video, were flushed down the pipes. But instead of standing up to them and demanding they put it back in, he did a Patty Hearst and cheered on his oppressors. Granted, that probably flew under the voters' radar and didn't lose him the votes that HB2 and continual ethics problems did, but it surely drained Governor McEnergy's batteries.

Friday News: Dear Santa...

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AN ACTION AGENDA FOR COOPER AND THE LEGISLATURE (Capitol Broadcasting Company) -- With the race for governor finally settled, Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and the legislature need to get to work now on these six must-do tasks to get North Carolina back on track.
-- Repeal HB2. North Carolina has suffered enough. Get rid of all of it, no strings attached.
-- Enact non-partisan congressional and legislative redistricting.
-- Expand Medicaid to provide health insurance to 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians.
-- Enact a competitive compensation plan for teachers and principals
-- Reestablish the Teaching Fellows Program.
-- Require accountability and transparency in the private school voucher program.
http://www.wral.com/editorial-an-action-agenda-for-cooper-and-the-legislature/16321317/

State Employee Reclassification

Laura Leslie of WRAL recently reported that the Legislature may introduce a bill in the upcoming special session to reduce the number of state employees subject to reclassification as political appointees from 1,500 to 300.

The need for this bill comes from a law passed in 2012 (by the 2012 Republican majority in anticipation of McCrory’s win) that increased the number of state employees subject to reclassification from 300 to 1,500.

Now with McCrory gone, the Republicans may move to protect McCrory’s 1,300 appointees to these positions.

Fascism Watch: Bullying in schools the new norm

The sheer volume of incidents is heartbreaking:

Report author Maureen Costello, the center’s director of teaching tolerance, says 90 percent of respondents said the election has negatively affected their schools, and many reported disturbing behavior. "Something that we heard over and over again are comments made to students perceived to be immigrants along the lines of 'Have you packed your bags?'” she relates. “'Are you ready to go home?' 'Guess we won't see you tomorrow.' So there's just been a lot of that kind of verbal harassment."

Thursday News: Not just a wild rumor

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COURT COMMITTEE TO LEGISLATORS: JUST SAY NO TO SUPREME COURT PACKING (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A committee of a commission that North Carolina’s Supreme Court chief justice set up in 2015 to do a thorough review of the courts has issued a resolution urging the General Assembly to “tie the number of judges and justices on a given court to the workload of the relevant court.” The statement was approved by the Public Trust and Confidence Committee of the N.C. Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice on Nov. 15.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article119560403.html

Living in the age of "The Liar in Chief"

A constantly-changing version of reality:

When asked on ABC News to either justify with fact Trump’s statement about illegal voters or acknowledge that it was a misstatement, Vice President-elect Mike Pence was belligerent. “I don’t know that that is a false statement, George (Stephanopoulos), and neither do you!”

Wednesday News: Scraping the bottom of the barrel

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TRUMP TO MEET WITH OUSTED NC GOVERNOR (Politico) -- Donald Trump will meet Wednesday with Pat McCrory, who conceded the state’s gubernatorial race Monday, nearly a month after the election. Roy Cooper, the state’s Democratic attorney general, beat McCrory by about 10,000 votes, even as Trump and the state’s Republican senator both prevailed. Trump will meet with McCrory in New York after attending a transition fundraising breakfast, a transition spokesman announced Tuesday. McCrory joined Trump on the trail in North Carolina during the campaign, but the two were not always on the same page.
http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald-trump-administration/2016/12/trump-pat-mcrory-meeting-232250

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