Tuesday News: JT comes home to help fix NC

LAST FOUR YEARS 'HARD TO WATCH,' SINGER JAMES TAYLOR SAYS (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The last four years, however, have reversed much of what North Carolina once stood for, James Taylor said at a political rally Sunday in Carrboro. “It’s been hard to watch what’s happened under this present administration over the past four years in North Carolina,” he said. “It’s time to get back on the right track. It’s time to take our state back and to re-engage our future. To become part of the right direction again.”

Hypocrisy from Dallas Woodhouse

Per Dallas Woodhouse: “When people try to stifle freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, you must come back with more speech and aggressively defend your rights.” And, that's exactly what happened when people converged on the State Capitol in protest of Amendment One. And what happened? The people elected to represent us had the protestors arrested, and the GOP American's For Prosperity (AFP) published their names and addresses and employers on the web in an attempt to intimidate/smear them. Where was Mr. Woodhouse and his high-minded views on freedom of speech and assembly?

Duke Energy Quarterly (DEQ) report: Only a teency amount of coal ash leaked

Nothin' to see here, folks. Move along:

Duke Energy says on-site inspections at the H.F. Lee plant confirm that only a minimal amount of coal ash came out of an inactive ash pond inundated by the post-Hurricane Matthew flooding near Goldsboro. A five-person crew from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality spent more than five hours at the site Saturday. DEQ said in a prepared statement that the coal ash released from the flooded basin was “less than would fit in a pickup truck.”

I see their standards of measurement have deteriorated about as much as their quality standards. And in an effort to demonstrate they're not just in the bag for Duke Energy, DEQ brings out the white paint for industrial hog lagoons, too:

Monday News: A sane response


DEMS QUICKLY RAISE $13,000 TO HELP REOPEN FIREBOMBED LOCAL GOP HQ (The Week) -- As if the 2016 election could not get any stranger, just hours after the North Carolina Republican Party reported that its campaign office in heavily Democratic Orange County had been gutted with a Molotov cocktail, a collection of Democrats raised more than $13,000 in 40 minutes through crowdfunding site GoFundMe "to enable the Orange County, North Carolina Republican office to re-open as soon as possible." Nobody was hurt in the attack, which also included a spray-painted "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else" on the side of an adjacent building.


Richard Burr is one lucky son of a gun. With so much media attention focused on the flailing of Trump and McCrory, Slick Dick has managed to do what he always does: fly below the radar. Most voters don't even know he exists, nor do they seem to care. He's an invisible man with no qualms about hitching his star to the disgusting Donald Trump. Nothing would make me happier than to see this frat-boy slacker lose to Deb Ross in three weeks.

Fire bomb in Hillsborough

The GOP headquarters in Orange county was fire bombed today. Accusations are flying, with Donald Trump already blaming Hillary Clinton.

For he record, I don't know of a single Democrat who would do something like this. Not today, not ever. On the other hand, we have a whole party that has been taken over by militant extremists. You tell me who's the more likely perpetrator.

I'm glad no one was hurt in this incident, and I hope law enforcement will get to the bottom of it quickly.

Sunday News: The real dangers of HB2


PEOPLE IN 50 COUNTIES TELL STORIES OF LGBTQ INTIMIDATION, DISCRIMINATION (Charlotte Observer) -- More than 300,000 North Carolinians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) are denied legal protection from discrimination under a new state law, commonly called House Bill 2. In June, a team of Charlotte Observer journalists led by Elizabeth Leland set out to gauge the extent to which ​people are targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Reporters found a range of offenses, from verbal slurs and threats to physical assaults.

McCrory's attack on Caitlyn Jenner backfires

Greg Flynn takes the Deputy Assistant Governor to task:

Jenner now holds a birth certificate marked “female,” thus legally bound in North Carolina to use public facilities designated for women, not men as McCrory would have it. Arbitrary and capricious enforcement of law is at the heart of much social unrest. McCrory’s transphobia escapes the confines of his own law.

Fear-mongering should have no place in 21st century North Carolina even as McCrory and his “role model” Donald Trump see it as a path to electoral victory. HB2 should be repealed. McCrory should be replaced.

That whole "birth certificate" thing was a document too far anyway, with shades of totalitarianism accompanying it. So it's only fitting it should turn around and bite them in the ass.

Josh Stein vs Buck Newton: The choice couldn't be more clear

Dedicated public servant vs pay-to-play bigot:

Stein says he is up against millions of dollars in special-interest support for his opponent, Republican state Sen. Buck Newton, 48, of Wilson, who Stein says has the support of payday lenders (Stein helped drive them out of the state) and gambling interests hoping to get a foothold in the state. Newton regrettably has been supportive of conservative and highly questionable and divisive social issues, evidenced by his sponsorship of Senate Bill 2, which exempted magistrates from doing their duty in performing all marriages if they chose not to. Newton is a hard-right conservative who’s focused mainly on attacking Stein and Cooper.

This campaign season has been riddled with vicious attack ads, but the one that stands out the most (to me) is this one: p.s. I know you're getting tired of seeing crap like this, but you gotta know your enemy.

Saturday News: Pat's Charlotte love affair ends in tears


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER OPPOSES MCCRORY FOR FIRST TIME IN 25 YEARS (Politico) -- The Charlotte Observer has endorsed Democrat Roy Cooper for governor over Republican Pat McCrory, breaking a 25-year streak of endorsements of the North Carolina incumbent. In a blistering take-down of a candidate whom the publication has backed in 11 separate elections dating back to 1991, the Observer's editorial board writes that McCrory finally "[rose] to the level of [his] incompetence." Blasting the controversial HB2 legislation that restricted in-state restroom facilities to single-sex usage as McCrory's "hateful and self-defeating" legacy, the board writes that the governor failed "to return the state to its stature as a progressive leader in the South."


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