Saturday News: NC GOP incentivizing job losses


MCCRORY GIVES MILLIONS OF N.C. INCENTIVES TO COMPANIES USING VISA WORKERS (Charlotte Observer) -- Some firms awarded state grants to bring jobs to Charlotte have applied for H-1B visa workers; Commerce Department says N.C. law governing incentives does not prevent companies from using visa workers; ‘My visceral reaction is it’s a shame,’ says author of federal law that created the H-1B program.

FOREIGN WORKERS REPLACING AMERICANS IN CHARLOTTE TECH JOBS (Charlotte Observer) – Companies in Charlotte are stepping up their efforts to hire foreign workers – especially for information technology jobs – under a federal visa program that’s becoming a political flashpoint.

Clinton Supporters Should Want to Get Rid of Super Delegates.

This isn’t just another online rant from a random Bernie supporter (though I did campaign for him and am running to be a delegate for him). We should realize by this point that Super Delegates are bad for the primary process. And if anyone should believe that right now, it’s Clinton supporters.

We've all heard the (accurate) criticisms of Super Delegates being undemocratic. But what is increasingly becoming obvious is that they can seriously hurt the nominee in a close contest.

Friday News: Charter pirates given letters of marque


PROPOSED TAKEOVER OF 5 LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOLS PASSES HOUSE (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Controversial bill setting up charter-run district of low-performing schools goes to NC Senate

HOUSE APPROVES LIMITED CHARTER COMPANY TAKEOVERS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS (WRAL-TV) -- Up to five public schools at a time could be run under an "achievement school district" model, which turns public schools over to charter school management for three years.

NC House passes bill to kill the I-77 toll road

At least some level of sanity has prevailed in the NCGA:

Lawmakers approved the bill 81-27 with strong bipartisan support. Though Senate passage is far from assured, supporters were encouraged by the 3-1 margin.
State Rep. Charles Jeter sponsored the bill to cancel the Interstate 77 toll project contract.

“That should send a loud message to Gov. Pat McCrory that this is a bad project for our communities, for our commerce and for our citizens,” said Bill Russell, president of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

It will be interesting to see if the puffed chests in the Senate follow suit, or decide to smother this effort.

Thursday News: "I have many black friends"

BRANDED A RACIST, LAWMAKER SCALES BACK TUITION-CUT PROPOSAL (AP) -- A North Carolina lawmaker who proposed to slash tuition to just $500 a semester at five public universities that serve mostly blacks, American Indians and the poor announced Wednesday that he is scaling back on the bill after running into mistrust so fierce he was branded a racist.

SPONSOR SAYS HE WILL PULL HBCUS CONTROVERSIAL TUITION PROVISION (WRAL-TV) -- Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, says he will pull three historically black colleges from a list of UNC system schools where Senate budget writers want to charge $500 per semester.

The next GOP Jordan Lake boondoggle: Freshwater mussels

And you thought the SolarBees were a stupid idea:

A provision in the Senate budget unveiled yesterday earmarks $500 thousand from the state's Clean Water Management Trust to study whether freshwater mussels can be used to clean up the Jordan and Falls reservoirs and other polluted water bodies. An interim report on the study would be due in March 2017, and a final report due in May 2018.

The North Carolina Conservation Network says this new proposal and other budget provisions "largely eschew science-based management strategies in favor of unproven tactics."

Okay, we really do need to (re)introduce native bivalves like the Carolina Heelsplitter (Ow!) into rivers and lakes where they've died out. But as usual, Republicans have their science (if you can call it that) ass-backwards. The main reason those native mussels became endangered is the same reason we were forced to develop the Jordan Lake Rules in the first place:

Fish have more rights than women

Ok, that title is a bit of an exaggeration, but I'm sure I can be forgiven to taking this discussion to the next level. Women have tried for decades to pass an Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution, a straight-forward way to legally recognize women as persons before the law. Women have tried for decades to get all levels of government to recognize that women have the right to consult with their doctor and make decisions regarding their own health without governmental interference. It hasn't happened yet.

McCrory ditches Shriners in fear of HB2 protest


Those mean old protestors might harm his delicate sensibilities:

While Graham Wilson, the governor’s press secretary, confirmed that Prosser will be attending the event as a representative of McCrory, Wilson was adamant that McCrory was never scheduled to attend the event in the first place. “He was never scheduled to be there. It was never on his schedule,” Wilson said.

During the parade, the Watauga County chapter of the NAACP has planned a “McCrory HB2 Protest” on Main Street in Blowing Rock, where the parade meanders.

Well, it's not on his schedule now, anyway. McCrory has become the Imelda Marcos of North Carolina, a fading figurehead who will likely drown his sorrow by collecting hundreds of pairs of expensive shoes. Which he won't get to wear in public, but at least he can pace around the Governor's mansion in style.


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