Sunday News: Harnett out, Hayes in

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NCGOP REMOVES HARNETT, FIRST BLACK CHAIR AS HEAD OF STATE PARTY (WRAL-TV) -- Members of the North Carolina Republican Party's executive committee met in Raleigh Saturday to sort out a long-running leadership dispute. They called on former Congressman Robin Hayes to replace the embattled chairman.
http://www.wral.com/ncgop-removes-harnett-as-chairman/15674241/

N.C. REPUBLICAN PARTY REMOVES FIRST BLACK CHAIRMAN (Wall Street Journal) -- Hasan Harnett was ousted in a private, trial-like meeting in Raleigh that lasted several hours, the culmination of months of conflict with other party leaders who recently censured him for exceeding his authority.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/north-carolina-republican-party-removes-first-black-chairman-1462059571

Say No To Rezoning for Anti-Abortion Facility

Please contact every member of the Raleigh City Council to oppose this rezoning. Below is the email that I sent.
Nancy McFarlane nancymcfarlane.raleigh@gmail.com>
Mary-Ann Baldwin mary-ann.baldwin@ci.raleigh.nc.us>
russ.stephenson@raleighnc.gov
kay.crowder@raleighnc.gov
david.cox@raleighnc.gov

Working on Brent Jackson's plantation

The whip has been replaced by economic tyranny:

Seven former workers at Jackson Farming Company, the Sampson County farm owned by State Senator Brent Jackson, have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the farm, Jackson, and his son Rodney alleging gross violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, and are seeking unpaid wages and damages.

Saturday News: The price of prejudice

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WHY THE HB2 BOYCOTT OF N.C. IS WORKING (Facing South) -- State officials have tried to downplay the impact of the HB2 backlash. In early April, N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla blithely said "it's business as usual" in the state. But as the cost of lost business soars into the tens of millions of dollars, it's clear the boycott is having real and growing consequences. Indeed, the fallout has been so severe that some North Carolinians opposed to HB2, including small business owners and concert promoters, have openly worried that a boycott will bring unfair collateral damage to the state. Which raises the question: What is the HB2 boycott of North Carolina trying to accomplish, and is it working?
http://www.southernstudies.org/2016/04/why-the-hb2-boycott-of-north-carolina-is-working.html

Megyn Kelly hits Governor McPotty with a truth-bomb

Please excuse the link to Fox News:

“I’ve been in women’s bathrooms my whole life, and we don’t have the urinal situation; we’ve got like, the stalls,” Kelly said. “We get to go in and we do our business, and we don’t see each other. So why are you concerned about girls exposing themselves or seeing somebody else exposed in a woman’s bathroom?”

Bam. Or is it "Boom"? Whatever, I'm beginning to like her, which is probably a clever trap by Rupert Murdoch...

Faircloth attempts to bury police body cam footage

Giving police chiefs sole discretion on what gets released:

Meanwhile, a state House bill filed by a High Point Republican, John Faircloth, would make police footage less available, and would give power to decide whether to release the footage to a police chief or sheriff. This is so wrongheaded, it’s hard to know where to begin.

It presumes that an entity that supposedly is accountable to the public should be accountable only to itself. It presumes that a chief will place the public interest over the interests of the department — or of the chief. It presumes every chief — hence, now and forevermore — will be beyond reproach. And it presumes that the chief’s say is the final word on law enforcement. It isn’t. That belongs to the council and, by extension, to the people.

Not only is this just one more in a series of moves by the NC GOP to remove power from municipal governments, it's also a slap in the face to citizens. You don't need to know what happened. The bottom line: Police chiefs and Sheriffs are directly responsible for the behavior of their officers, and misbehavior on the part of the latter could end the careers of the former. In other words, glaring conflict of interest. But this bill does more than that, it (attempts to) radically alter NC's open records laws:

Friday News: One block too far edition

OBAMA NOMINATES TIMMONS-GOODSON TO FEDERAL COURT JUDGESHIP (Fayetteville Observer) -- President Obama on Thursday nominated former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson of Fayetteville for a federal judgeship, but U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said he will block her from being seated.
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/president-nominates-fayetteville-s-patricia-timmons-goodson-to...

BURR ALREADY SCUTTLING NEW OBAMA COURT NOMINATION (AP) -- President Barack Obama's latest pick Thursday to fill a longstanding vacancy in eastern North Carolina's federal courts already appears scuttled by Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who blames the president for not acting in good faith.
http://www.wral.com/burr-already-scuttling-new-obama-court-nomination/15670962/

Legislature pushing "gag" bill for contaminated water advisories

What you don't know might just kill you:

The proposed legislation would prohibit any state agency, local health board or local health department from issuing a health advisory, unless certain conditions are met. Before a health advisory — such as a do not drink letter — may be issued, a contaminant would have to exceed certain federal or state standards.

At 0.07 parts per billion, the presence of hexavalent chromium in water would give a person a lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1 million, according to the calculations made by the DHHS experts. At 100 parts per billion, the risk would be 1 in 700, health experts sat.

Just a little context, to give those numbers better meaning: At a rate of 1 in 700, that would be a statewide death toll of some 14,300 people (143 in each county). Mike Hager didn't get that many votes the last time he was elected. Republicans aren't just putting people in danger via "deregulation," they're making good government illegal.

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