Daily dose: Traitor sent to military prison edition

Tillis visits U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay (WTVD-TV) -- North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said he supports keeping Guantanamo Bay open after a visit to Cuba. Tillis is one of five first-year Republican Senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee to make the trip to the prison camp.
http://abc11.com/politics/tillis-visits-us-naval-station-at-guantanamo-bay/557504/

After visit, Tillis says keep Guantanamo Bay prison (McClatchy Newspapers) -- Sen. Thom Tillis was in Cuba on Friday to visit the prison camp at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay – and afterward he said the facility should remain open.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article14...

Hager enlarges his third-world tyrant portfolio

Taking away power from local authorities:

Rep. Mike Hager, the House Majority Leader, is the latest big government conservative to try to strip power from local governments and give it to the legislature. Hager introduced a bill that would take away local appointments to the Isothermal Community College Board of Trustees and give them to the General Assembly. It’s a pure power grab. Nobody on the board of trustees was aware Hager was going to introduce the bill and nobody asked him to file it.

Republicans say they’re just doing what Democrats did. That’s a lame excuse even if it was true. But it’s not.

Trying to dig out nuggets of truth from the GOP's rhetoric is like panning for gold on the Great Plains. A lot of hard work and frustration and nothing to show for it. The truth about this story will probably involve one local conservative with an axe to grind, and that's good enough for Mike Hager and many of his bent colleagues.

Daily dose: Public Instruction with no public input edition

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION; Out you go? (EdNC) -- One bill filed this session would scrap the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education, and replace them with a Secretary of Education appointed by the governor. “You want one spokesman for the schools,” Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman said. “Right now, you got the state elected School Superintendent, State Board trying to run it, you got the legislature trying to run it, you got the governor trying to run it with his advisor. You can’t run the schools like that.”
https://www.ednc.org/2015/03/13/lawmaker-to-atkinson-out-you-go/

A PEP for NCGA

It wasn't too long ago that we were hearing teachers cannot be trusted to assess the progress of their students and we needed all kinds of tests run by outside businesses (at big expense) to see how our kids were doing in school. It is so nice to see Sen. Jerry Tillman has a newfound trust in our teachers:

“The good teachers are doing informal assessments all the time, and they already know what they’re doing…"

Nothing to see here: McCrory ethics investigation

Pat McCrory's pattern of deception around his financial contributions continues, with no sign of the "transparency" that candidate McCrory promised way back when. With a simple, written directive from the governor's office, all of the Ethics Commission proceedings currently underway could be made public.

Fat chance.

Daily dose: Mobile Moral Monday edition

NAACP: 'Moral Monday' will travel (WRAL-TV) -- State NAACP President Rev. William Barber said Wednesday morning that the "Moral Monday" rallies that have marked the last two years at the legislature will return with an advocacy day in April – but they'll be doing some traveling first. Speaking near the entrance to the Legislative Building, Barber said his group will organize mass meetings and press conferences in the districts of Republican leaders and lawmakers.
http://www.wral.com/naacp-moral-monday-will-travel/14506634/

Air quality regulations get fracked by GOP

Proving their posturing about safety a few years ago was merely an act:

Despite strong objections from environmental advocates, lawmakers hurriedly approved a bill that repeals the current law which requires the adoption of state air quality rules by the agency charged with overseeing fracking — the state Mining and Energy Commission. In other words, rather than adopting North Carolina-specific air quality rules for fracking operations (something on which the Commission was already working), the Commission will now be free to take a pass and simply defer to the rudimentary and inadequate federal rules.

Today’s vote occurred in spite of the strong objections of environmental experts like Rep. Pricey Harrison of Guilford County, who explained that the federal rules basically exempt small “wildcat” operations — i.e. the very (and only) kind of gas exploration outfits that North Carolina is likely to attract given its unproven natural gas reserves.

Solidifying the notion the State's motto has reversed itself to the new version: "To Seem Rather Than To Be."

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