Daily dose: One door closes, another opens version

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UNC Poverty Center closes, NC Poverty Research Fund opens (Facing South) -- As the UNC Law School’s Poverty Center closes, the Law School now launches the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund . Thanks to the generosity of North Carolina foundations, and engaged and committed citizens from across the country, the new Fund will allow us to hire student, faculty and post-doctorate scholars to assist us in probing the causes of, and solutions to, economic injustice – and to publish, extensively, the fruits of our research. Donors have indicated repeatedly that they are unwilling to see the crucial work of the Poverty Center driven from the halls of the university. The Fund will assure that it continues, and that it continues in Chapel Hill. Censorship has poor track record. It won't prevail here either.
http://www.southernstudies.org/2015/07/voices-unc-poverty-center-closes-nc-poverty-resear.html

Tarheel Founding Fathers: Abner Nash

North Carolina's 2nd post-colonial Governor spent most of his adult life representing his constituents, and his last breath was taken on the floor of the Continental Congress in 1786, at the ripe old age of 46. Not an outspoken man, but he was a true patriot, who spent many sleepless nights worrying about the safety and well-being of both the militia volunteers and civilians caught in the middle of our struggle for independence.

The "polluter protection bill" needs to be dropped in the dustbin

And then both should be incinerated and the ashes buried in a lined pit:

The bill would, among other things, reduce the number of air-quality monitors in the state, relax the protection of intermittent streams from development and eliminate the financing for recycling of old computers and TVs. It would still be illegal for these items to be tossed into landfills. But without state financing, and with financing for such programs from municipalities uncertain, some people might toss their electronic equipment into landfills, where its hazardous chemicals could leak into our groundwater and well water.

There’s a provision that would make it easier for the state to recover legal fees from people who unsuccessfully challenge environmental impact in two broad categories. “It would make anyone considering an environmental lawsuit, in many instances, far less likely to do so, because it could make them responsible for the state’s legal costs,” Molly Diggins, the director of the Sierra Club’s North Carolina chapter, told our editorial board Thursday.

And surprise, surprise, Trudy Wade's devious fingerprints are all over this toxic mess of a bill.

Who will be Charlotte's next mayor?

Charlotte mayoral candidates

The candidates running for mayor in Charlotte are campaigning hard and so far only one has gone negative with a push poll. Jennifer Roberts conducted a poll with negative, leading questions about the other Democrats in the race. According to the Charlotte Observer, her team claims it isn't a push poll because it isn't close enough to the September primary, and it isn't a large enough sample.

Daily dose: The Klan is hiring edition

Local NAACP and Garner condemn KKK fliers left in Cleveland neighborhood (Raleigh News & Observer) - Local NAACP members condemned the KKK’s attempt to recruit in a local neighborhood and urged black churches to be mindful of potential attacks against them, at a news conference in Garner Thursday.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/garner-cleveland-record/article26195269.html

Daily dose: Arrested for seeking justice edition

Equal protection protests lead to arrests at NC legislature (AP) -- More demonstrators at the North Carolina Legislative Building were arrested Wednesday after advocating equal protections for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's Supreme Court rulings.
http://www.wral.com/medicaid-expansion-gay-rights-on-minds-of-nc-demonstrators/14748342/

Six arrested at N.C. Legislative Building (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Six demonstrators were arrested on Wednesday while protesting the NC General Assembly’s refusal to extend Medicaid to an estimated 500,000 people eligible under the Affordable Care Act. They also were advocating for gay and immigrant rights.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article26014330.html

Allowing Greensboro's voters a referendum a "dealbreaker" for GOP

The blatant abuse of power is breathtaking:

The revised bill emerged in the House on Wednesday afternoon in the form of a conference report. It was written by a joint House-Senate committee that wasn’t fully formed until Tuesday afternoon.

Hardister said Wednesday that he sent word to the conference committee that he wanted the bill to include a referendum. “The referendum was a deal-breaker for a majority of the conference committee. I floated it.” The result, he said, was a compromise. “You don’t get everything you want in the legislative process.”

Pretty sure the voters in Greensboro would say "You don't get anything you want in the Legislative process." The most dumbfounding aspect of this story: Republicans feel justified in taking these abusive steps exactly because Greensboro residents would never approve them. How is that for absurdity? "This is the only way we can make this happen, so it is by default a 'legitimate' action." And you're right, it's straight out of George Orwell.

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