Wednesday News: It's for a good cause...

COOPER OUT-RAISES MCCRORY IN GOVERNOR'S RACE (WRAL-TV) -- Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper had $3.1 million more cash on hand going into July than Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

STEIN OUTRAISING NEWTON IN ATTORNEY GENERAL'S RACE (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Democrat Josh Stein’s campaign for attorney general had more than $2.1 million on hand as of June 30, nearly 10 times that of his opponent in November, state Sen. Buck Newton, a Wilson Republican.

The education pirates: K-12 in deep trouble over California online charters

Purloining public education dollars, by hook or by crook:

A chain of 13 “nonprofit” online charter schools in California must pay the state attorney general an $8.5 million settlement for false advertising, misleading parents and inadequate instruction. An investigation by the San Jose Mercury News is credited with bringing many concerns about underperformance, misrepresentation of enrollment, and other issues to public view in a comprehensive way.

But, starting from the beginning, is the network really nonprofit as state law requires? California Virtual Academies (CAVA) is, according to an investigation, controlled by the for-profit, Virginia-based K12 Inc., which operates in 37 states and reported $651.4 million in revenue for the nine months ending in March of this year.

This is not a "stunning" revelation, it's more of the same evidence that's been piling up for the last 4-5 years. But that hasn't stopped the privatizers in Raleigh from moving forward with these fraudsters:

Open seat on NC Court of Appeals

No Primary, no plurality restrictions, no problem:

Another election will be on the November ballot in North Carolina because an appeals court judge recently resigned to take a job in private practice. The candidate filing period for the seat on the state Court of Appeals vacated by Martha Geer begins at noon Monday at the State Board of Elections and continues until midday Friday.

Every candidate who files will appear on the fall ballot. Since Geer left her seat a couple of months ago, there won't be a primary. The candidate with the most votes will win an eight-year term on the court, which is comprised of 15 judges who hear intermediate appeals while sitting in panels of three. Candidates already are determined for three other Court of Appeals elections set for November.

Er, except for that whole problem of 14% of voters empaneling a judge, but this year's election(s) feature so many weird and confusing aspects this particular race fits in nicely.

Tuesday News: Corporate bullies and government cronies edition

REGULATORS HIKE ENVIRONMENTALISTS' BOND FOR ASHEVILLE PLANT APPEAL (WFAE-FM) -- State regulators have delivered another blow to environmentalists trying to block a new power plant in Asheville. The North Carolina Utilities Commission says two groups must post a $98 million bond before they can appeal. That's nearly 10 times the amount regulators originally set for an appeal by environmental groups NC WARN and The Climate Times. The commission says the bond is needed to pay Duke Energy's costs if the project is delayed.

UTILITIES PANEL TO NONPROFITS: $98 MILLION BOND NEEDED TO APPEAL DUKE POWER PLANT (Greensboro News & Record) - The N.C. Utilities Commission told two nonprofits that they must put up a $98 million bond for the right to appeal a power plant construction permit issued to Duke Energy.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Governor "Transparency" buries video evidence:

All things considered, Pat would make a fine Trump VP pick. In a joint press conference, you'd be hard-pressed to keep an accurate score of all the lies.

Chasteen tries to walk back his efforts at book-banning

Telling lies is apparently now an accepted Christian practice:

Chasteen said he never wanted the book banned, but rather simply wanted an equal choice for students who didn’t want to read Allende’s novel.

“The fact is the community of parents requested a compromise, such as providing an option, a choice among books, without a student being removed from the classroom,” he wrote.

None of that is true. Chasteen worked both overtly and covertly to get the book removed completely from the reading list:

Monday News: Hey, this sounds familiar...


SOME TEACHERS LEFT OUT OF STATE PAY RAISES (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- North Carolina Republican lawmakers are predicting pay raises included in their budget plan will bring the average annual teacher salary in the state to more than $50,000 for the first time. They say the raises are part of a three-year effort to raise average pay to nearly $55,000. But some of the state’s most experienced teachers are feeling left out. They will see some of the smallest raises, and about 4,000 are not expected to get a raise this year. “The North Carolina legislature is happy to tell the public that they have provided significant raises for teachers in the past six years. But that’s not the whole story,” said Debi Beckman, a Buncombe County teacher who is in her 34th year.

North Carolina's out-of-control CAFO problem

This little piggy killed a bunch of fish:

The map shows 4,100 lagoons holding hog waste and 3,900 chicken barns scattered across the state -- many of them in Bladen and Sampson counties, where the map almost bleeds pink from lagoon sites.

Brunswick and Pender counties have plenty of lagoons and hog farms, too. "Wet waste" output in Brunswick amounts to nearly 67 million gallons per year. In Pender, where 2.6 million chickens live, the figures are 298 million gallons of wet waste annually and 28,000 tons of dry waste.

Bolding mine. And yet, we've got idiots like Harry Brown drawing up maps of Eastern North Carolina in an effort to smother wind energy growth in our state, while he allows an environmental and public health crisis to continue unabated:

Sunday News: Put on your dancin' shoes...

RETIREMENTS SHAKE UP GENERAL ASSEMBLY (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Among the top legislators departing the General Assembly this year are Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville, who as Rules Committee chairman has been Senate leader Phil Berger’s top lieutenant; Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews, who led the charge to rewrite the tax code and redraw congressional and legislative districts; Sen. Fletcher Hartsell of Concord, a 13-term, moderate Republican who left with a hearty round of applause despite just having been indicted for campaign finance violations; Rep. Leo Daughtry of Smithfield, an expert in crime and courts, and Paul “Skip” Stam of Apex, a lightning rod for conservative social issues. “We are losing quite a bit of legislative power and brain power and character and expertise,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake.

Saturday News: Cause & effect version


MAJOR US COMPANIES ASK JUDGE TO BLOCK NC TRANSGENDER BATHROOM LAW (Reuters) -- Dozens of large U.S. companies on Friday backed the Obama administration's bid to strike down a North Carolina law restricting the use of public bathrooms by transgender people, saying the law hurts their recruitment efforts and could discourage investment in the state.

SPECIAL SESSION ON HB2 POSSIBLE, LAWMAKERS SAY (Greensboro News & Record) -- When the General Assembly’s short session ended last week, the clock ran out on one very high-profile piece of business: House Bill 2. But a number of legislators said this week that they expect the General Assembly to convene a special session to deal with the controversial law before the next regular session begins in January.


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