UNC issues painfully optimistic summary of "Collaboratory" goals

A whole lotta roses, but no mention of the thorns:

The collaboratory will facilitate the dissemination of the policy and research expertise of the University for practical use by state and local government officials in the area of natural resources management policy.

Serving as a clearinghouse and coordinating entity, the collaboratory will connect the academic and research expertise of Carolina faculty who specialize in environmental and related public policy areas with state and local governments on environmental policy issues.

The way this is written, it would appear this new entity won't be doing any of its own research, which calls into question the $3.5 million in operating revenue. If it does merely "facilitate" and "coordinate" research done by already existing faculty, that means it will be wielding influence over even larger segments of the University, who currently operate under their own mandates. If I'm reading that wrong, you can blame this naive press release, and not me. And this leaves one critical question unanswered:

Monday News: Moving backwards, as usual


BROADBAND LAW COULD FORCE RURAL RESIDENTS OFF INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY (New York Times) -- A federal court ruling may halt the spread of municipal high-speed internet providers, which often serve households and businesses where commercial cable and telecom firms have been unwilling to go.

'Get 'em out!'

Trump's promise to 'remove' the undocumented within 1 hour of being sworn into office would probably require the activation of every police officer, national Guard unit, and all the military. Every plane & bus would have to be commandeered to provide transportation, gas for these vehicles arranged, food, housing and medical attention for both troops and prisoners provided for whatever period of time was actually required to move people around.

Outrage over Woodhouse e-mail continues to grow

Tim White from the Fay-O speaks out:

The last time the local board of elections met, Republican Kevin Hight proposed an early-voting plan that would eliminate the Smith Recreation Center as an early-voting site and end Sunday voting. I was surprised, because he certainly knows that the rec center is in the middle of a mostly African-American neighborhood near Fayetteville State University, and that it's well used by voters there. He also knows that Sunday voting - "souls to the polls" - is really popular in African-American church congregations. It was, in short, a pretty blatant move to cut into the black vote - which is also a predominantly Democratic vote.

Sunday News: It runs in the family


NO VACANCIES FOR BLACKS: HOW TRUMP GOT START AND WAS ACCUSED OF BIAS (New York Times) - An investigation by The New York Times — drawing on decades-old files from the New York City Commission on Human Rights, internal Justice Department records, court documents and interviews with tenants, civil rights activists and prosecutors — uncovered a long history of racial bias at Donald Trump’s family’s properties, in New York and beyond. That history has taken on fresh relevance with Mr. Trump arguing that black voters should support him over Hillary Clinton, whom he has called a bigot. While there is no evidence that Mr. Trump personally set the rental policies at his father’s properties, he was on hand while they were in place, working out of a cubicle in Trump Management’s Brooklyn offices as early as the summer of 1968.

Saturday News: Driving the bus on the sidewalk


WOODHOUSE WANTS WAKE ELECTIONS BOARD TO MAKE HIS COUSIN CHAIRMAN (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Dallas Woodhouse, leader of the N.C. Republican Party, urged a Wake County Board of Elections member to appoint his cousin as chairman of the board, according to emails released this week. Even though Boyle is a Republican, he “generally has been unresponsive to any thoughts from the party,” Dallas added. “The party’s position was that there needed to be new blood in the chair’s seat.”

Judge tells UNC not to enforce HB2


The pillars of state-sponsored discrimination are crumbling:

While legal challenge to HB2 proceeds, judge prohibits UNC from enforcing the discriminatory provision targeting transgender people in facilities operated by the University.

"Today's decision is an important step towards rectifying the harm HB2 has done to North Carolina -- specifically the LGBTQ people that call North Carolina home,” said Equality NC Director of Advancement Matt Hirschy. “Judge Schroeder's decision confirms that HB2 is a blatant attack on the transgender community. The preliminary injunction will provide much-needed relief to the brave plaintiffs, and we are confident that this is just the beginning in an unfortunately long journey towards a full repeal of the worst anti-LGBTQ law in the nation."

While this injunction only applies to the plaintiffs in the suit, it does imply that Judge Schroeder is leaning in the direction that HB2 violates Title IX protections. Fingers crossed.

Friday News: Not even the same hemisphere...

BURR USES STOCK VIDEO FROM AFRICA SCHOOL TO LOOK LIKE N.C. SCHOOLS (I AGREE TO SEE) – Sen. Richard Burr may have won the biggest stock video fail of 2016. In an effort to reach out to African American voters in his state, his latest ad “Kirby” features stock images from a school in Africa – not North Carolina.

BURR’S AD TARGETING AFRICAN AMERICANS REMINDER OF PERILS OF STOCK FOOTAGE (Washington Post) -- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is yet another reminder of the perils of stock footage


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