Saturday News: Classy as usual, George

REP. CLEVELAND REBUKED FOR EMAILING ‘TRUMP FORCES BLACK FAMILY FROM HOME’ IMAGE (Raleigh News & Observer) -- N.C. Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican from Jacksonville, faced criticism from his Republican colleagues for emailing them a fake newspaper headline that said “Trump forces black family from home” and showed a picture of the White House. Cleveland’s email didn’t include any comments about the image, which he sent to members of the House Republican caucus.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article11...

For those few still feeling mistakenly safe, we present Liquid Uranium

On the plus side, you'll die relatively quickly:

The U.S. government wants to move the waste from the Chalk River Nuclear Facility in Ontario, Canada to the Savannah River Nuclear Site in South Carolina. Kamps says, until now, this type of uranium has only been shipped as a solid and is extremely dangerous.

"If you're exposed to it at a short distance, with no radiation shielding, it can actually kill you in a very short period of time. Or in a fiery crash or terrorist attack, this material could be disbursed over a very broad region," Kamps said. Interstate 26 is one potential route, where nearby residents haven't heard a word. But residents living near the potential route aren't the only ones left in the dark.

Oh, that's just fantastic. "We can't tell you where it's going to be, because Terrorism, so you'll just have to remain in a state of constant terror. And update your living will, because your cognitive functions will probably get seriously derailed before your organs begin failing, which, if you think about it, is probably a blessing. Have a nice day."

Friday News: The word you're looking for is "Emboldened"

KKK ANNOUNCES NORTH CAROLINA ‘VICTORY’ PARADE (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A NC-based KKK group called the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan says it will hold a North Carolina rally in December to celebrate Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Details on the rally celebrating Trump’s victory are scarce. It’s being held by The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which is based in Pelham – a small, unincorporated community about 45 minutes north of Burlington, near the Virginia border.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article11...

Thursday News: The nailbiting continues

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WILL RECOUNT CHANGE GOVERNOR'S RACE? HISTORY SAYS DON’T BET ON IT (Charlotte Observer) -- A likely recount in the North Carolina’s governor’s race may be the state’s highest profile in recent memory, but there have been other close races that weren’t decided until days after voting ended. It’s likely McCrory will call for a recount. There have been other large recounts in congressional races, but the results haven’t changed, and the final vote tallies have barely moved.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article113733294.html

Trump picks Climate Change denier to head EPA transition team

They don't come much worse than Myron Ebell:

In a biography submitted when he testified before Congress, he listed among his recognitions that he had been featured in a Greenpeace “Field Guide to Climate Criminals,” dubbed a “misleader” on global warming by Rolling Stone and was the subject of a motion to censure in the British House of Commons after Ebell criticized the United Kingdom’s chief scientific adviser for his views on global warming.

Ebell’s views appear to square with Trump’s when it comes to EPA’s agenda. Trump has called global warming “bullshit” and he has said he would “cancel” the Paris global warming accord and roll back President Obama’s executive actions on climate change (ClimateWire, May 27).

And so it begins. We've never been much for fluffy bunny stories here at BlueNC, but as we move forward (if we move forward), this diary is likely a harbinger of many more reckless and feckless moves by our new President. That being said, if Roy Cooper can hang on to his lead over DAG McCrory, the NC DEQ will be in much more capable hands.

Tuesday News: No pressure at all...

THE DAY N.C. BECAME THE CENTER OF THE POLITICAL UNIVERSE (Politico) - Tim Kaine stumped in Wilmington. Donald Trump pressed his case at a boisterous rally here in the state capital. Seventy miles to the west, former President Bill Clinton headlined an event in Greensboro. And all that took place before the planned midnight blowout rally for Hillary Clinton, featuring the nominee herself and A-list guests like Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi. On a frenzied election eve, North Carolina voters felt the full brunt of its role as a presidential fulcrum, a state recognized by both campaigns as essential to Trump’s path to the White House.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/north-carolina-trump-clinton-battleground-230914

Tuesday Twitter roundup

This Tweet struck me as very odd:

Unless of course you have already voted, in which case this Republican is advising you to break the law. I don't know if this is a real thing or not, although I have occasionally wondered if this could happen when they check off names in their voting "books" and not computers. But this could also be more voter fraud paranoia floated by the GOP.

McCrory's lawyers withholding evidence until after election

Trying to ensure four more years of corruption and incompetence:

Real Facts v. McCrory, et al. – The Governor’s lawyers agreed to allow WBTV to intervene as a plaintiff in the case about McCrory’s travel records. The Governor’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety have asserted that they produced all records requested, but most were heavily redacted based on whether they were deemed a personal or political activity or might compromise McCrory’s security. Baddour directed the parties in the lawsuit to confer and attempt to agree on the scope of the issues presented by the case, and he tentatively scheduled a further status conference in the case (and in the other cases) for next week.

Charlotte Observer v. McCrory – The newspaper filed suit Oct. 7 over a request for email messages and other communications related to House Bill 2. The Governor’s Office subsequently produced a large number of records Oct. 17 but nothing since. McCrory’s associate general counsel told Baddour they were reviewing thousands of emails and hoped to produce an additional batch of records early this week. Tadych suggested the office turn over all records already vetted, regardless of a complete review.

I find it extremely frustrating to read about this the night before Election Day, especially considering how many other ethical bullets he's dodged since 2012. :(

Climate Change in NC: Floods and drought go hand in hand

Mountain forests are burning:

At last update at 4pm Saturday, the USDA Forest Service says over 2600 acres are on fire in the Nantahala National Forest in Southwestern North Carolina. Fires have been starting and spreading in several different counties since October 23rd, with several starting as recently as November 3rd.

On Sunday, Governor Pat McCrory visited Clay County to speak with local fire officials about their efforts to combat the blaze, which McCrory says is the result of drought conditions.

As many folks who live in the NC mountains will tell you, this is not a "new" development in weather patterns, drought has been a near-constant companion for many years now. But in the next few decades, the criisis will rise to the boiling (or burning) point, and many currently native tree species will likely not survive:

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