McCrory backs Troxler on banning guns from state fair

Increasing the likelihood of Paul Valone's head exploding from rage and frustration:

Gov. Pat McCrory doesn’t want to allow guns into the N.C. State Fair, according to his office. That means he’s supporting Steve Troxler, the head of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in trying to uphold a ban on firearms at the Fair in the face of a potential legal challenge.

Troxler is a supporter of the right to carry a concealed firearm, but believes that guns would be detrimental to the Fair’s family-friendly environment, he said at a press briefing on Tuesday. McCrory supports that position, according to Josh Ellis, a spokesman for the governor. “Commissioner Troxler called the governor yesterday to discuss the situation. The governor agrees with the commissioner’s conclusion,” Ellis wrote in an email on Wednesday night.

Just a warning to the Gubernatorial staff: You can expect a barrage of nasty phone calls incited by Grass Roots NC and NC Renegade, and you should record every single one of them for security purposes. There may be some e-mails as well, but it's hard to bark and growl in an electronic format

Daily dose: Voters score a victory version

APPEALS COURT ON VOTING RIGHTS
Appeals court blocks part of NC voting law. (Christian Science Monitor) -- With five weeks left before the mid-term elections, a divided federal appeals court panel on Wednesday ordered a federal judge to block implementation of two provisions in North Carolina’s new voting law. The appeals court panel ruled 2 to 1 that North Carolina voters must be allowed to register to vote on the same day they cast their ballots. The panel also ruled that voters in the state must be allowed to cast a ballot – and have it counted – regardless of whether they vote in their assigned precinct. … The new law also calls for a gradual phase-in of a statewide voter ID requirement and a reduction to ten days for early voting. The appeals court declined to issue an injunction blocking those and other provisions of the new law. … Writing for the majority, Judge James Wynn said that same-day registration had been a feature of North Carolina elections since 2007. Wynn, who was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama, was joined by Judge Henry F. Floyd, who was initially nominated by President George W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, and by President Obama to the Appeals Court. … Wynn said experts had presented unrebutted testimony that African Americans in North Carolina used same-day registration at a higher rate than whites in the three federal elections held since 2007. … In a dissent, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, said the plaintiffs had failed to meet the high burden necessary to obtain an injunction. In addition, she said, issuing an injunction and changing the rules so soon before an election was a recipe for confusion.
http://news.yahoo.com/appeals-court-blocks-part-n-c-voting-law-224631926.html

Rand Paul disagrees with NC GOP leaders

Cat read to vote

From NC Policy Watch:

North Carolina’s Governor and state legislative leaders have indicated that they will appeal today’s Fourth Circuit ruling that enjoined two key voter suppression provisions that they helped enact in the 2013 “monster voting law.” Interestingly, however, this position runs directly contrary to several strong statements by one of the nation’s most prominent GOP presidential contenders, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky...

Also, check out the numerous cat memes flooding the internet in the wake of the AFP mailer fiasco that has resulted in a formal complaint from the NC Democratic Party.

Janet Colm is retiring from Planned Parenthood

You'll find an extensive and thoughtful interview by Indy Week's Bob Geary with Janet Colm of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina. And a bit of sad news too:

"When she (Hagan) wins, I think it will be a statement to North Carolina about our belief in progressive policies overall, and it will be a statement to the country that we're not this crazy state that's been on The Daily Show for the last few years." Colm's political comments were made in her role as head of the action fund. In a few weeks, she'll be retiring from that job and as CEO of the Planned Parenthood affiliate after 32 years at the helm. Her plans are to make no plans for six months.

My wife Jane Brown has served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina for many years. During that time, we have both become big fans of Janet Colm, and for good reason. Janet has done more than any other person alive to protect the rights of North Carolina women to make her own reproductive health decisions.

4th Circuit blocks two provisions of the GOP's Voter Suppression Law

More Tillis mischief undone by the courts.

RALEIGH — The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that two provisions of North Carolina’s 2013 election law overhaul cannot be enforced during the November election. The three-judge panel’s ruling reinstates same-day registration and restores out-of-precinct provisional voting. The judges did not reinstate the seven days of early voting that were eliminated by the law adopted last year when the Republicans gained control of both General Assembly chambers and the governor’s office.

The ruling came five days after the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held oral arguments on the pros and cons of an emergency appeal filed in late August by the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, registered Democrats in North Carolina and others.

Coal Ash Wednesday: Duke Energy to recreate the wheel, says it has a rounder version in mind

Reassessing water that's already been reassessed:

Duke Energy has met its first deadline under the regulatory framework codified in the state’s new coal ash law, providing regulators with detailed plans for assessing the groundwater issues at its 14 operating and retired coal plants.

Environmental groups have criticized the state for requiring the new assessment program. They contend the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources already has evidence of leaks from Duke coal ash ponds into groundwater.

There is abundant evidence that Duke Energy's water quality testing protocol is miserably flawed. Both DWQ and third party testing have found much higher concentrations of toxins than reported by the utility, so all this reassessment will accomplish is more conflicting data, and more delays for remediation. Future headline: "Duke Energy tests have confirmed coal ash ponds much safer than previously reported."

Barbed wire facing in

Back in the day, one of my favorite musicians was Joni Mitchell. The woman's voice is sublime and startling all that the same time, with lyrics that have proven timeless. In Big Yellow Taxi, she wrote:

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

That's how North Carolina is feeling these days. After years of moderate Democratic leadership, voters threw "the bastards" out in 2010 and 2012, looking for greener pastures under the watchful eye of responsible Republicans. Boy were they fooled. Instead of having to contend with Democratic bastards, voters invited in the Devil himself, a trinity of wanton destruction in the form of Thom Tillis, Pat McCrory and Phil Berger. These are men who don't quality for the faintest of praise; they don't even mean well.

Daily dose: Tea Party Tillis edition

Tea party activists remain wary of Thom Tillis (Charlotte Observer) -- Tea Party champion Rand Paul will campaign with Thom Tillis in Raleigh on Wednesday, trying to shore up a base that could threaten North Carolina’s GOP Senate hopeful.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/30/5211245/tea-party-activists-remain-wary.html

With a month to go, Tillis still seeking to secure GOP base, brings in Rand Paul (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is helping N.C. Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis even after supporting Tillis' chief rival in the GOP primary.
http://www.wral.com/rand-paul-in-nc-to-help-tillis-jones/14032664/

Whitewash coming

You've no doubt heard all about #votercat, the unprecedented interference by NC AFP in North Carolina's upcoming elections. Not to worry. The State Board of Elections, under the direction of party loyalist Kim Strach, is on the case. The SBOE is looking into the matter with all of the urgency of paint drying. Their conclusions are foregone.

An AFP lawyer apologized for the problems the mailer caused the state elections office in a meeting with Elections Board officials on Monday, Lawson said. The office has handled at least 2,000 calls about the mailers, Lawson said. The latest batch of AFP mailers went out late last week, Lawson said, so people may continue to receive inaccurate information over the next few days.

No one will be found in violation anything of substance. No one will be fined at a level commensurate with the crime. No one will go to jail. Kim Strach is nothing if not willing to protect the machine that arranged for her to have her job.

Moffitt, Murry contributions connected to "Biggest Gambling Ring Bust in SC"

NC House members Tim Moffit and Tom Murry received campaign contributions from two South Carolina men who have since been indicted on charges of illegal gambling and money laundering totalling $386 million.

The campaign committee of Tom Murry, NC House District 41, received a $2,000 check from J Michael Caldwell of South Carolina, listed as "President" of a company simply stated as "Gateway", on 1/29/2013, one day before the North Carolina State House reconvened (after a 1/9/2013 organizational session). On the same day, 1/29/2013, the campaign committee of Tim Moffitt, NC House District 116, received a $2,000 check from Bobby Mosley of South Carolina, listed only as "Principal" with no employer notation. Caldwell is Mosley's son-in-law and together they ran a gambling enterprise spanning multiple corporate entities and over 600 internet cafes in multiple states.

On 8/14/2013 an indictment was entered in federal court in South Carolina naming J Michael Caldwell, Bobby Mosley, Sr., Gateway Systems, LLC, Gateway Gaming, LLC, Frontier Software Systems, LLC and Frontier Gaming, Inc, as defendants on one count of conducting an illegal gambling business and one count of money laundering related to the alleged illegal gambling. It has been described as "the biggest gambling ring bust in South Carolina history."

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