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High levels of Uranium found in Wake County's water wells

And it appears officials have been actively concealing the problem:

According to the test results which the lab technician entered at her computer (Supplemental Figure 1), the backyard well which quenched the thirst of the family on Raleigh’s Stillmeadow Road contained more than ten times the maximum uranium level allowable under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

When Wake County officials reached out to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 2014 seeking its help with this increasingly obvious threat, they were "advised" by DHHS officials to "consider the can of worms you’re opening up," according to a past county health official interviewed for this report on condition of anonymity.

That idiotic "can of worms" statement might as well have come directly out of Aldona Wos's mouth. Negligence by DHHS aside, the County should have informed not only those affected, but the general public, as well. And (of course) the Hometicks are right up in the middle of this cover-up:

Virginia feeling sad about its neighbor to the south

And hoping we'll clean out our legislature this November.

North Carolina has strayed from that sensible roadmap in the past six years by allowing extremists to jerk the wheel. Come November, voters should seek out candidates who can steer the state back on course, returning Raleigh to the principles of inclusion, tolerance and moderation that once made it a jewel of the South.

Monday News: Fleecing the taxpayers edition

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LEGISLATURE'S LEGAL BILLS TOP $9M IN DEFENSE OF STATE LAWS (WRAL-TV) -- Law firms have billed Republican legislative leaders $9.3 million for legal services since January 2011, more than half of which comes from defending voter ID legislation struck down last week by a federal appeals court.
http://www.wral.com/legislature-s-legal-bills-top-9m-in-defense-of-state-laws/15905135/

Demagogues-R-Us: BergerMoore steps over the line

And the Bar Association has a responsibility to deal with it:

“Since today’s decision by three partisan Democrats ignores legal precedent, ignores the fact that other federal courts have used North Carolina’s law as a model, and ignores the fact that a majority of other states have similar protections in place, we can only wonder if the intent is to reopen the door for voter fraud, potentially allowing fellow Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper to steal the election. We will obviously be appealing this politically motivated decision to the Supreme Court.”

Not only is this idiotic statement inflammatory as hell, publicly speculating that three judges could be attempting to facilitate a crime, based on nothing more than ad hominem party affiliation observations, appears to be a blatant violation of Rule 8.2 (hat-tip to commenter Paul Ditz):

Sunday News: Silver spoon edition

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SUPER-RICH HAVE NEW WAY TO WIELD POLITICAL POWER (The Nation) -- The uproar this spring over HB2 has drawn new attention to Art Pope, a top conservative leader in that state. The law was passed by a GOP legislative majority that Pope helped engineer with millions in campaign contributions, while its biggest defender—the N.C. Family Policy Council—gets much of its support from a foundation Pope chairs. This isn’t the first time that Pope has mixed political and philanthropic dollars to push a policy agenda in North Carolina. In fact, such a dual-track approach has been key to his strategy for over two decades now, and explains why Pope has become among the state’s most powerful people.
https://www.thenation.com/article/the-superrich-have-found-a-new-way-to-wield-political-power-philan...

Guest Speakers?

Hey all,

I am a senior at East Chapel Hill High School and I am starting a program to bring guest speakers to our school. I already have a diverse roster of speakers but I was wondering if anyone here had any good ideas for local, prominent guest speakers that would be interested in coming down and talking to students about their careers, opinions and efforts.

Thank you!

-Nick

Saturday News: Gerry Mandering has been served

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COMMON CAUSE SUES OVER NC CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS (Charlotte Observer) -- While redrawing congressional districts this past winter, Republican state lawmakers emphasized that the new lines were meant to keep Republicans in control of 10 seats in North Carolina’s delegation, leaving three seats for Democrats. That explicit partisan intent is the target of a lawsuit filed Friday seeking to overturn the districts.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article94050487.html

Burr's Medicare "coupon" plan bad news for seniors

Nothing more than back-door privatization:

Under the proposal, the eligibility age would gradually increase from 65 to 67 over 12 years. It would also start a transition to a system dominated by private insurance plans.

Private plans would compete with a government-sponsored program, a retooled version of today’s Medicare, the Associated Press reported in 2012, when the proposal was announced.

While average life expectancy may have increased, much of that is due to breakthroughs in medical care. And if somebody can't access coverage they've already paid for until they reach 67 (65 is bad enough), their chance of reaching the ripe old age of 90 (or even 80) is seriously in question. Which may be one of the hidden goals of Burr's plan: Once they're gone, the cost of keeping them alive is gone, too.

Early Vote Guidance issued by NCSBE

For the folks with an interest in the Early Vote schedules, here's the latest - posted as a comment at
http://blog.wataugawatch.net/2016/07/what-happens-now-with-early-voting.html:
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gercohenJoMC712 said...
New early vote plans must be adopted.l by August 19. Previous adopted plan voided by NCSBE. Guidance issued at 5 pm [Friday 8/5] is here. https://s3.amazonaws.com/dl.ncsbe.gov/sboe/numbermemo/2016/Numbered%20Memo%202016-11.pdf

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