Saturday News: The price of prejudice

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WHY THE HB2 BOYCOTT OF N.C. IS WORKING (Facing South) -- State officials have tried to downplay the impact of the HB2 backlash. In early April, N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla blithely said "it's business as usual" in the state. But as the cost of lost business soars into the tens of millions of dollars, it's clear the boycott is having real and growing consequences. Indeed, the fallout has been so severe that some North Carolinians opposed to HB2, including small business owners and concert promoters, have openly worried that a boycott will bring unfair collateral damage to the state. Which raises the question: What is the HB2 boycott of North Carolina trying to accomplish, and is it working?
http://www.southernstudies.org/2016/04/why-the-hb2-boycott-of-north-carolina-is-working.html

Megyn Kelly hits Governor McPotty with a truth-bomb

Please excuse the link to Fox News:

“I’ve been in women’s bathrooms my whole life, and we don’t have the urinal situation; we’ve got like, the stalls,” Kelly said. “We get to go in and we do our business, and we don’t see each other. So why are you concerned about girls exposing themselves or seeing somebody else exposed in a woman’s bathroom?”

Bam. Or is it "Boom"? Whatever, I'm beginning to like her, which is probably a clever trap by Rupert Murdoch...

Faircloth attempts to bury police body cam footage

Giving police chiefs sole discretion on what gets released:

Meanwhile, a state House bill filed by a High Point Republican, John Faircloth, would make police footage less available, and would give power to decide whether to release the footage to a police chief or sheriff. This is so wrongheaded, it’s hard to know where to begin.

It presumes that an entity that supposedly is accountable to the public should be accountable only to itself. It presumes that a chief will place the public interest over the interests of the department — or of the chief. It presumes every chief — hence, now and forevermore — will be beyond reproach. And it presumes that the chief’s say is the final word on law enforcement. It isn’t. That belongs to the council and, by extension, to the people.

Not only is this just one more in a series of moves by the NC GOP to remove power from municipal governments, it's also a slap in the face to citizens. You don't need to know what happened. The bottom line: Police chiefs and Sheriffs are directly responsible for the behavior of their officers, and misbehavior on the part of the latter could end the careers of the former. In other words, glaring conflict of interest. But this bill does more than that, it (attempts to) radically alter NC's open records laws:

Friday News: One block too far edition

OBAMA NOMINATES TIMMONS-GOODSON TO FEDERAL COURT JUDGESHIP (Fayetteville Observer) -- President Obama on Thursday nominated former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson of Fayetteville for a federal judgeship, but U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said he will block her from being seated.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/president-nominates-fayetteville-s-patricia-timmons-goodson-to...

BURR ALREADY SCUTTLING NEW OBAMA COURT NOMINATION (AP) -- President Barack Obama's latest pick Thursday to fill a longstanding vacancy in eastern North Carolina's federal courts already appears scuttled by Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who blames the president for not acting in good faith.
http://www.wral.com/burr-already-scuttling-new-obama-court-nomination/15670962/

Legislature pushing "gag" bill for contaminated water advisories

What you don't know might just kill you:

The proposed legislation would prohibit any state agency, local health board or local health department from issuing a health advisory, unless certain conditions are met. Before a health advisory — such as a do not drink letter — may be issued, a contaminant would have to exceed certain federal or state standards.

At 0.07 parts per billion, the presence of hexavalent chromium in water would give a person a lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1 million, according to the calculations made by the DHHS experts. At 100 parts per billion, the risk would be 1 in 700, health experts sat.

Just a little context, to give those numbers better meaning: At a rate of 1 in 700, that would be a statewide death toll of some 14,300 people (143 in each county). Mike Hager didn't get that many votes the last time he was elected. Republicans aren't just putting people in danger via "deregulation," they're making good government illegal.

Thursday News: Scaring people straight edition

A TELLING MESSAGE FROM NEWTON (Rocky Mount Telegram) – If there were ever any question about the intentions of Republican lawmakers who scrambled to pass House Bill 2 in special session earlier this year, N.C. Sen. Buck Newton put the matter to rest this week with a speech that concluded with his thoughts on “how hard we must fight to keep our state straight.”
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/Editorials/2016/04/28/Our-View-A-telling-message-from-Newton.html

The recurring nightmare known as Aldona Wos

Wriggling her way into Neocon national security circles:

For his part, Woolsey all but accused President Obama of appeasement, referencing recent tensions between the United States and Russia in the Baltic Sea. “And I guess I would have to be candid in saying — in having a sense that we’re being led by Neville Chamberlain,” Woolsey said, referring to prime minister of Great Britain in the late 1930s.

Wos gives the impression she wouldn’t mind another high-profile appointment in the federal government. “We’ll have to do our homework and see how between all this intellectual power in the room — see how we in our professional capacities can move this along,” she said, after listening to a sobering warning from Woolsey and Lenczowski about the danger of North Korea exploding a nuclear weapon in space and dismantling the US power grid.

On the plus side, if Queen Aldona does become part of a rejuvenated Neocon movement, odds are she'll fu(# it up just like she did NC DHHS. Or blow all their money outsourcing contracts to management "advisors" whose only possible contribution would be to tell her to *not* outsource any more contracts. This might actually be a good thing, I'll have to think about it.

Wednesday News: The struggle continues edition

VOTING RIGHTS LOSE IN N.C. (New York Times editorial) - Republicans have admitted that they do better when fewer people vote, and that voter-identification laws and other restrictions are intended to deter Democratic-leaning voters from getting to the polls. That’s the reality, and Judge Thomas Schroeder was wrong to disregard it. His decision will be appealed to the Fourth Circuit, which should waste no time in knocking down this latest obstacle so that all North Carolinians can exercise their voting rights in November.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/opinion/voting-rights-lose-in-north-carolina.html

GOP's November surge plan: HB2 Referendum

To make sure all the Thumpers and Teabillies turnout to vote:

Apodaca is the top lieutenant to Senate leader Phil Berger, and he told WLOS News 13 that staff attorneys are looking into a constitutional referendum that would make the controversial LGBT law permanent – or kill it.

“If it was up to me, I’d just put it out to a vote of the people – let them decide what they want to do,” Apodaca said. “Let’s put it on the ballot and get it over with once and for all. If the majority wants this, fine. If they don’t, fine.”

Bolding mine, which would no doubt make us the only state out of fifty in which "bathroom rules" are Constitutionally codified. Something tells me this may have been in the back of their twisted minds from the beginning, in order to save the job of a Governor who has continually stumbled through both ethical and intellectual mishaps from the time he was sworn in.

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