Tuesday News: Violent Trumpery in Asheville

TRUMP SAYS CLINTON IS RUNNING ‘HATE-FILLED CAMPAIGN’ AT N.C. RALLY WHERE VIOLENCE FLARES UP (Washington Post) - -The GOP nominee sought to keep the focus squarely on Hillary Clinton's comment that half of his supporters are a "basket of deplorables." He was interrupted repeatedly by protesters and, at one point, a man pushed and grabbed male protesters during a verbal exchange.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/09/12/trump-says-clinton-running-hate-fill...

NC's HB2 fallout now includes NCAA events

Based on the NCAA's commitment to fairness and inclusion, the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.

“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships."

The deterioration of the NC Chamber of Commerce

No longer the visionaries they once were:

In the last few years, things changed at the state Chamber. The main emphasis became lower taxes -- corporate and personal income taxes – along with a draconian approach to modifying the state’s unemployment insurance tax plan by reducing unemployment benefits. The money saved by cutting benefits, in a plan pushed by the chamber, was then used to pay the employers’ debt to the federal government for money borrowed to support the exploding burden brought on by the Great Recession.

The Chamber got its tax cuts and was silent on the controversial matters that were important to the ideologues controlling the General Assembly. The Chamber made a deal (it might be said ‘sold out North Carolina’) as attacks on public education, the environment and the fair treatment of people, go forward.

Like many organizations in North Carolina, the NC Chamber used to operate in an autonomous fashion compared to its national counterpart. But that unique approach is gone, replaced by the same, tired pursuit of profit margins and short-term gains pushed by the US Chamber. When they should be taking whatever positions they can to shore up the middle class, they're actually working hard to destroy it, and turn a sizeable portion of the workforce into wage slaves.

Monday News: Trudymandering on trial

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LAWMAKERS GIVEN 30 DAYS TO EXPLAIN WITHHELD DOCUMENTS (Greensboro News & Record) -- State lawmakers have 30 days to tell a federal judge what documents they are withholding from the plaintiffs in the Greensboro City Council redistricting lawsuit. Eight Republican legislators and a legislative staff member were subpoenaed in February to turn over materials, including emails that could explain how and why the law was created. Attorneys with the N.C. Attorney General’s Office argued that the lawmakers have legislative privilege and do not need to comply. Only Rep. John Blust of Guilford County has complied with the subpoena so far.
http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/lawmakers-given-days-to-explain-withheld-documents-in-gree...

The Winston-Salem Journal embarrasses itself

Endorsing Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for President:

For months, we here at the Journal editorial board wrestled with this endorsement. For most of that time, we looked at Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. But as the weekly revelations ripped away any hopes we held for finding the “better angels of their nature,” confirming our belief that neither is fit to be president of our still-great land of Lincoln, we began to look harder at Johnson. We refused to let the powerful party behind either Clinton or Trump push us into a bad choice simply because the parties could do no better.

Not to demean the character of Abraham Lincoln, but if you had published that quote in 1865, the newspaper would have been burned down before the next sunrise. For all the editorial board's blathering about Johnson's virtues, this decision had already been made for them by their big brother up in Richmond:

Sunday News: The antidote to GOP poison

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COOPER ON COLLISION COURSE WITH GOP FROM THE START (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Eager to assert their newfound power, a bill, which specifically directed the attorney general to defend the law in court, sailed through the legislature in just a few weeks. But on the day it went to Gov. Bev Perdue, fellow Democrat and Attorney General Roy Cooper told her the legislation was unenforceable because it conflicted with federal law. Perdue vetoed it and the House was unable to muster the votes for an override. It was the first hint that Cooper’s resistance to GOP officeholders would one day become one of the defining issues in a gubernatorial campaign.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article101074852.html

Saturday News: And this is legal...why?

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UNOPPOSED GOP INCUMBENTS HOLD HIGH-DOLLAR FUNDRAISER (Shelby Star) – House Speaker Tim Moore and Rep. Kelly Hastings, unopposed Republican lawmakers, will hold a joint fundraiser Monday in Shelby at Ni Fen Parties & Provisions, one of the city's historically renovated buildings on South Lafayette Street. Hosts of the fundraiser paid $5,100 to each committee. Co-hosts paid $2,500 to each committee. Other amounts range from $1,000 to $50 per person to attend. Neither Moore nor Hastings face challenges in their re-election bids.
http://www.shelbystar.com/news/20160909/lawmakers-hold-fundraisers

2017 "Special Election" for some GA seats a possibility

That's what happens when you disregard the Constitution:

Attorneys for the state lawmakers who have been forced by the federal courts to redraw congressional and state legislative district maps have suggested July 28, 2017, as the deadline for coming up with a new legislative districting plan that complies with the federal court ruling.

The challengers plan to provide more details by Sept. 30 on why they think the court should order a special election in 2017 instead of waiting until 2018 as the lawmakers have suggested.

Honestly, it should be the other way around. Republicans should have to explain why waiting for *two years* to repair these screwed up districts is justifiable. And I can't think of any reason how it could be.

New documentary "Starving The Beast" a must-see

The right-wing's vigorous attack on higher education:

Who gains when public universities start to think of themselves more like businesses and treat students like customers? Are America's public research universities, long a magnet for brilliant students around the world, in need of reinvention by conservative businessmen? What is education for, anyway? These are just a few of the questions raised in Starving the Beast, Steve Mims' look at trends in higher education that are often poorly understood by a public whose attention is focused on skyrocketing tuition and student debt.

These stories are all so interwoven with statehouse politics that Mims finds himself discussing everything from Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's war on collective bargaining to the vast influence of Art Pope, a businessman described here as North Carolina's version of the Koch brothers.

I'm curious to see which of Pope's efforts to infiltrate universities will be explored. The fact that it could be one of several is in itself an interesting notion.

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