Phil Berger may have an opponent come November

Eric Fink from Elon Law is looking for signatures:

“The fact that Phil Berger is running unopposed, the more I thought about it and talked it over with friends, it struck me as something that was not good,” Fink said during a phone interview from his home on Wednesday morning. “Given my views, the fact is that he’s been a leader for things that have happened in Raleigh that I think are going in a bad direction.”

Eric is not only a solid supporter of many progressive ideals, he's also as sharp as a freshly-stropped razor. If you live in Senate District 26, make sure you and your neighbors sign his petition. 5,000 signatures might not seem like that many compared to what's needed for a state-wide race, but it's no walk in the park for a candidate.

An important list from Progress NC

New tax hikes approved by Gov. McCrory over the past few years include:

  • Doubling the electricity tax
  • Eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Eliminating the medical expenses deduction
  • Sales tax hike on mobile homes
  • Sales tax hike on entertainment
  • Sales tax hike on auto repair contracts
  • Eliminating the small business deduction
  • Eliminating the back-to-school sales tax holiday
  • Increasing the gas tax by $1.2 Billion
  • Eliminating the student tuition deduction
  • Eliminating the mortgage forgiveness deduction
  • New tax on college meal plans
  • Eliminating child care tax credits
  • Eliminating the deduction for college savings plans
  • Reducing tax credits for farm machinery

Other sales tax hikes approved by Gov. McCrory include:

  • Household appliances
  • Doors, windows, cabinets, flooring, roofing, fences, etc.
  • Cars, motorcycles, bicycles, modular homes
  • Office Equipment
  • Clothing and shoe repair
  • Watch and jewelry repair
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Video programming
  • Tire repairs and oil changes
  • Reloading bullets and shells

New or increased “fees” approved by Gov. McCrory include:

  • Doubled annual inspection fee for ice cream shop owners
  • Increasing the fee for the newborn screening program
  • Increased criminal court costs
  • Allowed for more toll road projects
  • Increased drivers license restoration fee
  • Raised learner’s permit fee
  • Raised fee for obtaining a duplicate license
  • Increased fee for driver improvement clinics
  • Increased fees for obtaining copies of license records.
  • Increased fee for initial driver’s license application
  • Raised taxes on car and truck rentals
  • Raised fees for private passenger vehicles
  • Increased fee on private passenger motorcycles
  • Increased fee on house trailers
  • Increased fee for plug-in electric vehicles
  • New fees for late vehicle registration
  • Raised fees on “wreckers”
  • Raised fees for semitrailers and trailers
  • Increased fees on motor carriers

New mandate for DEQ: Bullying college professors

Taking a break from political posturing to engage in legal intimidation:

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is asking UNC-Chapel Hill to turn over extensive records after some UNC professors sided against the agency in a lawsuit by environmentalists. An attorney for the professors says the records request is unusual and may be meant to intimidate. The attorney for environmental groups that filed the lawsuit, which challenged an air quality permit, calls it a “witch hunt.”

Wednesday News: NC GOP meltdown continues


GOP GROUP SAYS IT WILL SEEK CRIMINAL CHARGES (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- A Republican group on Tuesday announced it would begin the process of seeking criminal charges against a party member it says was involved in a hacking scheme against the North Carolina GOP website.

WEBSITE HACKING CLAIMS ARE AT CENTER OF NC GOP FEUD (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The North Carolina Republican Party’s dirty laundry has become national news in the middle of an election year.

McCrory folds ... too little, too late

Facing the onslaught of a corporate backlash against Hate Bill 2, Pat McCrory today attempted to undo the damage. His "executive order" doesn't mean jack in the grand scheme of things.

In response to McCrory's order, ACLU of North Carolina Acting Executive Director Sarah Preston said "Gov. McCrory's actions today are a poor effort to save face after his sweeping attacks on the LGBT community, and they fall far short of correcting the damage done when he signed into law the harmful House Bill 2, which stigmatizes and mandates discrimination against gay and transgender people. With this executive order, LGBT individuals still lack legal protections from discrimination, and transgender people are still explicitly targeted by being forced to use the wrong restroom."

Mixed emotions about HB2 boycotts

Sometimes the pursuit of fairness is itself unfair:

Because of HB2, authors are canceling events at our store. Sherman Alexie is the first to cancel an event we’d scheduled in May. Although we very much respect the reason he canceled, the result is that we have lost an opportunity to connect this charismatic, inspiring author with young readers. We also lost the opportunity to host him at a large venue, which would have connected him with fans in a city that stands with him and could have used his support. Our event could have served as a platform to address an audience that would be empowered by his outrage. We lost all these opportunities, and we are suffering financially because we anticipated selling 300-500 copies of his newest book, Thunder Boy, Jr.

Tuesday News: Afraid to ask where the name came from...

PORN GIANT LATEST TO ACT ON HB2 (Washington Post) -- For any North Carolinian turning to the Internet for carnal pleasure, one popular website will prove disappointing., a porn website that, as of Monday, is one of the world’s 100 most visited websites according to data from Alexa, is refusing to serve anyone using a computer in North Carolina. Since 12:30 p.m. Eastern time Monday, the website has appeared as a black screen for anyone with a North Carolina IP address.


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