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Friday News: Hager spins through the revolving door

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CASHING IN: EX-HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER OPENS LOBBY BIZ (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Former N.C. House Majority Leader Mike Hager, a Rutherfordton Republican who resigned from the legislature last August, says he’s launching a lobbying firm. The firm will be called Hager Strategic Solutions, and for now it’s just the former legislator with no other lobbyists on staff. He said Thursday that he’ll officially register as a lobbyist in a few weeks once his six-month “cooling off period” ends. Under state law, elected officials must wait six months after leaving office before lobbying. “There’s still some work left on regulatory reform issues, and there’s still some good conservative issues out there,” he said.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article13...

Before the cock crows: Senate holds DeVos vote at 6:30 a.m.

Pre-coffee decisions are not wise:

The Senate voted early Friday to advance President Donald Trump's education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos to a final confirmation vote, which is expected Monday. The vote was 52 to 48 along party lines.

Senators convened at the unusual, early hour -- 6:30 a.m. ET -- because of Democratic stalling tactics that reflect their unhappiness with Trump's cabinet picks and the overall confirmation process.

Of course Burr and Tillis voted for her, and they will do so again on Monday. And although two other Republican Senators have promised to oppose her, Pence will merely slide in and cast the tie-breaking vote. Classic bait-and-switch, and you have to wonder if this is merely a distraction. A distraction that could be concealing the preparations for war:

Race for DNC Chair heats up

And brings out the inner stupid in some people:

“His being a Muslim is precisely why DNC voters should not vote for him,” Tolliver wrote. “Muslims discriminate against gays. Islamic law is clear on the subject, and being gay is a direct violation of it. In some Muslim countries, being gay is a crime punishable by death.”

“Clearly, Mr. Ellison is not the person to lead the DNC or any other organization committed to not discriminating based on gender identity or sexual orientation,” Tolliver continued. “I'm shocked [the Human Rights Campaign] has been silent on the issue. A vote for Representative Ellison by any member of the DNC would be divisive and unconscionable, not to mention counterproductive to the immediate and necessary steps of rebuilding the Democratic Party.”

And before you ask, Mr. Tolliver is no longer on the list of approved candidates for DNC Chair, and rightly so. Do I need to list all of the reasons attacking someone's religious affiliation is wrong and inherently un-American? Or that it is a quintessential ad hominem attack, not worthy of even being debated? I didn't think so. But this idiocy is bleeding into NC political circles, so be very careful which groups you associate with and/or encourage friends to associate with:

Thursday News: HB2 repeal bill filed by Dems

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SENATE DEMOCRATS FILE HB2 REPEAL BILL (WRAL-TV) -- Senate Democrats have filed a bill to repeal the controversial measure dealing with LGBT rights, but it faces a difficult road. Although Jackson did his best to exude optimism after filing the bill, in reality, it faces an uphill battle in the General Assembly. A December effort to repeal the measure ultimately collapsed amid accusations and counter accusations, and top Republican leaders say that any repeal effort this year would likely involve a compromise of some sort.
http://www.wral.com/senate-democrats-file-hb2-repeal-bill/16492704/

Koch Brothers' astroturf "veterans" org all-in for Gorsuch

Put on your hip-waders, the shit is getting deep:

As with many of these shadowy groups, their goals are almost the exact opposite of what they claim:

Wednesday News: Go, Josh

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AG STEIN SAYS IF NEEDED HE WILL SUE TRUMP OVER IMMIGRATION ORDER (TWCN-TV) -- State Attorney General Josh Stein says he'll sue President Donald Trump over his executive Oorder on immigration if he needs to. Tuesday afternoon, Stein said protecting North Carolinians is his top concern, even if that means taking on President trump and his recent executive order clamping down on immigration and refugees practices. "I can sue to protect North Carolinians so that if there are North Carolinians who are suffering because of this travel ban, and it's very ham handed way in which it was written and being administered. Then I could come in on behalf of the people of North Carolina,” said Stein.
http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2017/01/31/nc-ag-stein-says-he-will-sue-president-...

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