This is why we need to support Laura Fjeld

No doubt this will impress the knuckle-draggers, but a chicken-hawk who likes to throw people in jail doesn't impress me at all.

Buzzfeed on McCrory

Frankly, Mr. McCrory is full of baloney most of the time. And the whole world seems to be watching.

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Final day in court, for now

Another good summary from Kelly Fetty at Digital Journal. Thanks Kelly!

On Thursday morning Judge Schroeder announced his intention to end the hearing early in the afternoon, if possible. "I'm going to stop at three today," he told the legal teams. "The issue is whether we can finish." That announcement began a grueling day for court employees, spectators and legal teams as lawyers for both sides worked through breaks and lunch recess, struggling to make all their arguments before the 3 p.m. deadline.

Need more time? Fuggedaboutit. The judge probably already has made up his mind ... and is now looking for evidence to support his view.

That's how it's supposed to work, right?

Racist fox in charge of minority hen house

Putting the "ass" in class warfare:

The chairman of the Rowan County Housing Authority is under investigation for racially tinged online comments. As first reported by the Salisbury Post, Malcolm “Mac” Butner has been accused of writing Facebook posts that were derogatory toward African Americans, illegal immigrants, and protesters who are part of the Moral Monday Movement.

Those posts have proved a complaint to the Greensboro Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Rowan County Board of Commissioners have also launched an investigation.

Racists like Butner don't just magically appear, they're generally outspoken about their twisted views since before they were old enough to drive a tractor (that's 8 years old, for you city folk). As such, it's a good bet at least one of the County Commissioners knew good old Mac was a throwback, and since his term ends just a few months from now, it's doubtful their "investigation" will amount to more than a few shaking heads. An apology? Hah! Don't hold your breath.

This is something I've been waiting for

If you've followed gerrymandering cases at all, you come face to face with a very weird reality. Our laws generally say it's just fine to discriminate against voters based on any other criteria besides race. So all the convoluted districts designed to achieve political goals by discriminating against members of another political party, for example, have been considered to be just fine. Until now.

Here's the headline from the LA Times: Florida redistricting illegally favors Republicans.

A Florida judge ruled the state's congressional district map invalid Thursday night, saying it violates constitutional provisions that require fair districts and instead favors Republicans.

Daily Dose

THE SPILL
New coal ash ad targets Tillis (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A new barrage of TV ads criticizing state lawmakers over environmental issues will begin airing this week, this one singling out House Speaker Thom Tillis. This ad is the opening salvo from the N.C. League of Conservation Voters, and is part of what the organization says is a $1 million drive to hold polluters accountable and win greater protections against future spills like the coal ash pollution of the Dan River this year. Earlier this year, several state environmental advocacy groups and the national Natural Resources Defense Council kicked off a series of TV ads targeting specific Republican state legislators. The NRDC said more than $1 million would be spent. The League of Conservation Voters coal ash campaign, separate from the state and national coalition’s campaign, begins with an ad buy of $845,000 airing from Friday to July 24 in the Triangle, Charlotte, Triad and Asheville, the League says.

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Breathtaking hypocrisy

I usually ignore hypocrisy. It's become so commonplace that it hardly deserves notice anymore.

But sometimes the disconnect between what a person says and what he actually does is so stunning, so extreme, and so callous, that it simply cannot be glossed over. That's the case with Nelson Dollar, an austerity Republican from Wake County. To hear him talk, you'd think he was a bleeding-heart liberal from Chapel Hill.

Stop the 2015 tax cuts

It doesn't take a genius to see the practical way out of our budget conundrum. But then again, it does take at least a few brain cells, which we seem to be lacking in Raleigh.

STOP THE FREAKIN' TAX CUTS

The NC Senate: the only place you can walk out on your job without worrying about being fired

Apparently the term "at will" means something different to Republicans:

McCrory heaped praise on House Speaker Thom Tillis for calling teachers and superintendents to testify to the budget conference committee that is working out differences between the House and Senate, while lambasting senators for walking out of the room.

"I am disappointed that the Senate walked out on superintendents and teachers," McCrory said after meeting with his Education Cabinet at Shaw. "We need to listen to them, not walk out on them."

That's what you get when you've got a collection of playground bullies running the show in the Legislature. Declaring victory is more important than arriving at any kind of consensus, and the only sure thing you can count on is someone's going to get a wedgie.

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