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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 9:26am

Racial Profiling Trial For Alamance County Sheriff Set To Begin (WUNC-FM) -- A federal case against the Alamance county sheriff accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers is going to trial today. The U.S. Justice Department has accused Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson of illegally targeting Latino drivers as well as arresting and detaining people without probable cause.
http://wunc.org/post/racial-profiling-trial-alamance-county-sheriff-set-...

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:06am

And Southern forests will be paying the price:

The wood pellet export facility will be built north of the port's container terminal and will include two storage domes, a rail car unloading station – which is expected to handle about 60 percent of the more than 1 million tons of pellets expected to be shipped to the port for export – and a ship loader and conveyor system.

Miles said the new port facility will handle wood products from several new North Carolina production plants. Wood pellets are in demand from European electric utilities, which regard them as less polluting than coal – although some environmental groups on this side of the Atlantic view the pellet production as damaging to the state's forests and environment.

When woody biomass was initially put forward as a possible alternative to burning coal, the environmental community was split on the idea. The fact we were already burning a huge amount just from development and forest maintenance was a key argument in its favor. But something many of us were concerned about while others dismissed: when you change a monster's diet, you better be prepared to keep feeding him more and more of the same:

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BlueNC @
Monday, August 11, 2014 - 9:32am

CAMAPAIGN 2014
Pollsters: 'Everything is terrible' (Politico) -- Polls from major networks, researchers and newspapers agree: America’s in a bad mood. In just one week, polls found politicians of all stripes are hitting approval numbers with record lows. The president finds himself roughly as popular as a trip to the dentist. The entire Democratic Party gets the thumbs down. Oh, and so does the Republican Party. But it doesn’t stop there. Americans are also bummed out about the future in general, especially the economy. Things are so low that even an old favorite, sugar, polled poorly. Pollsters say it all adds up to a country that feels “everything is terrible,” as one put it, a mood that campaigns should consider as they head into the midterm homestretch, when turnout should be all about enthusiasm — not pessimism.
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/pollsters-everything-is-terrible-1...

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Posmo @
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:18pm

As already noted by BlueNC, Pat's rant about immigrant children in North Carolina is the result of spite, ignorance and shameless self promotion.

Now, others are pointing out Pat's lies.

Angeline Echeverria, executive director of El Pueblo, a nonprofit advocacy group for Latinos in the Triangle, said the governor never bothered to contact El Pueblo or any other organization working with the refugee children. All of the groups have the information he said his administration lacks.

"He seems to be spending a lot of energy raising fears, raising concerns about the unaccompanied minors, about the children who are fleeing violence," Echeverria said at a news conference. "We are very concerned about his setting a tone that is unwelcoming, a tone that is generating fear and mistrust."

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Ram @
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 3:34pm

I am posting this because nothing said so far relies on, or indicates any knowledge or understanding of, the law that is applicable. I will try, too briefly due to time and space limitations ufortunately, to set that record straight. I do so from my perspective as a former tenured professor at the UNC law school and the former Chief Administrative Law Judge of the state, as well as a short stint as a Special Deputy Attorney General. For the sake of full disclosure I will also state that Mr. Spaulding was a student at the law school when I was teaching there and I have followed his career. I like him as a person and I respect his professional ability. I believe, however, that I am able to maintain the impartiality of a teacher and a judge. If others who write on this blog believe otherwise, that is their prerogative.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:01am

And we wonder why we have so many low information voters:

I had an acquaintance who lived in New York City at the time. He was a member of a group — I think it was something like New Yorkers For Hunt — who raised money in New York to try to defeat Helms. And there were big special interest groups and political action committees all across the nation sending money here. It will be the same this year.

Maybe the voters have already expressed their desire for such rules here in our Sixth District. In the runoff for our congressional seat, Democrat Phil Berger gladly accepted funds from all over. Republican Mark Walker took no PAC funds or special interest money. And although he had half the money Berger did, Walker won decisively.

Bolding mine. There have been some fairly asinine opinion columns so far this year, but this one takes the cake. Not one word about the millions already spent by AFP and other Republican groups attacking Kay Hagan since late last year, but plenty of innuendo about Democrats. Even when they're not Democrats. And you can bet if they do publish a correction, it will be buried on page 9.

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James @
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 9:51am

As we look to find language that can articulate the benefit of progressive policies to people on the other side of the political spectrum, it seems to me that the idea of "fairness" might be just such a bridge.

Of course, what's fair to one person may seem insane to another, and I understand that. But wouldn't it be better if our debates that took place over the word "fairness" instead of over words like liberal or conservative or tea party or whatever? Shouldn't leaders in government be striving to achieve fairness in all things? Shouldn't we be doing our best to ensure that as few people as possible are hurt or disadvantaged by policies that benefit others? Isn't that the essence of fairness?

North Carolina has a very long way to go before we can even dream of being First in Fairness. But wouldn't it be exciting if that was our goal?

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BlueNC @
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 8:11am

THE SPILL
Rockingham residents drilling for facts on fracking (Greensboro News & Record) -- Residents along the Dan River overcame a coal ash spill Feb. 2, and now those same people are worrying about another possible threat to their beloved waterway — fracking. Energy companies have announced plans to mine a portion of western Rockingham County for methane gas by using hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in the next year, and officials are moving quickly to make that process a reality.
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/rockingham-residents-drilling-for-f...

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Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 12:23pm

The special filing period for NC COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE ended yesterday and look at this mess: 19 candidates!

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James @
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 12:06pm

I don't know why you're here at BlueNC, but my own motivation is straight out of Miss Congeniality. World peace. It's a big job, and fortunately, others share our agenda.

Many of the "others" are meeting next Saturday afternoon at a half-day blogger conference in Raleigh, sponsored by Progress NC and NC Policy Watch. I'm going, and I hope you will too. Here are the details.

On Saturday, August 16, Progress North Carolina and NC Policy Watch will host an afternoon seminar to help established bloggers sharpen their skills and build their networks, and show prospective bloggers what they need to get started. Guest speakers such as Chris Fitzsimon and Rob Schofield of Policy Watch, Thomas Mills of PoliticsNC, and government watchdog Greg Flynn will talk about what makes a political blog successful, and share some best practices for finding and following a good story.

The discussion should be great. You already know how much the progressive community depends on Chris Fitzsimon and Rob Schofield. Greg Flynn, who is a master of mining public information, may share some of his secrets. And Thomas Mills can help us think about how to have more impact in this election cycle.

The truth us, we're each part of a bigger thing, but we rarely have the chance to connect in person. This could be just what we need to accelerate the fairness agenda and, um, create world peace.

James

PS Those of you who know me know that I hate going out. But going out I am, to Engage Carolina on August 16th. I hope I'll see you there. If you sign up now, the cost is only $5.

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