Jay Faison's ClearPath gives $400k to Richard Burr

Any environmentalist still sitting on the fence over this greenwashing machine needs to have their head examined:

As if to prove Miller right, ClearPath Action Fund announced earlier this month that it will be spending at least $400,000 to help reelect Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina. There is no honest way to present Burr as a defender of the environment, the climate, or clean energy. Just last year, he voted to force approval of Keystone XL, to block the Clean Power Plan, against renewing the wind and solar energy tax credits, and against closing the Halliburton loophole that exempts fracking from safe drinking water regulations, which is why he got a paltry 4 percent voting score from LCV for 2015.

Burr hasn’t even feigned concern for the climate or clean energy. In endorsing Burr, Faison shows that these issues are not his top priority either; rather, Republican control of Congress is. Faison said as much in a memo he released publicly in late July: “If Republicans are going to keep the U.S. House and Senate, our candidates and our party must go on the offense on clean energy to win over swing voters.”

For those of you who wonder why I am still pursuing this issue, it's because way too many environmental organizations are continuing to drink Faison's Kool-aid:

Tuesday News: Voter suppression 3.0

MECKLENBURG ELECTIONS BOARD CUTS HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING (Charlotte Observer) -- Despite pleas not to curtail early voting, Mecklenburg County elections officials voted Monday to cut the overall number of hours from the 2012 election by 238, even while opening as many as 22 sites around the county. The board of elections voted in front of an overflow crowd of about 150, almost all of whom wanted more hours to vote early.

New UNC environmental "collaboratory" may violate state law

That's not the way we bake these particular cakes:

“One of the problems is that the UNC code requires these things to come from the faculty up,” he said. “There’s a whole process of planning and approval that has to be followed, and that planning and approval is very detailed.”

Leonard has heard mutterings about the possibility of faculty members bringing a lawsuit over the collaboratory’s creation. The premise of the suit would be that state law does not allow the Legislature to make appropriations for individual campuses. Regardless of whether a suit is brought, issues that need to be addressed are who came up with the idea for the collaboratory and whether any system rules or state laws were violated, Leonard said.

They should file a suit, before this thing becomes a (potentially costly) reality. If nothing else, said legal proceedings will establish a public record, a definition of processes and goals. That way, if (when?) this Center starts leaning in an industry-friendly direction, and promotes pseudo-science to help Republicans water-down our environmental regulations even more, we can point back to their broken promises.

Monday News: Marching against discrimination


RECORD CROWD EXPECTED AT CHARLOTTE PRIDE TO PROTEST HB2 (Charlotte Observer) – The Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade attracted a record 120,000 people last year over three days, with out-of-towners accounting for 20 percent of the attendance. A Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority study said the event had an $11.9 million local economic impact, including $7.2 million in direct visitor spending.

Andy Millard for NC 10

I confess to being a bit out of the loop this year. I haven't been paying a lot of attention to Congressional races other than Thomas Mills, who I hope will kick Richard Hudson's butt out of Congress. But over the weekend, did quite a bit of reading about Andy Millard, who's running against the biggest sleazeball in Congress, Patrick McHenry.

McHenry shows his ignorance on payday loans

Telling a story, in more ways than one:

McHenry told a story about growing up and seeing his father loan one of his landscape company employees $20 on a Thursday to make it to Friday's paycheck and how that helped.

"I'm worried about somebody who has a car that breaks down, who has a refrigerator break down and they have two kids at home who need to eat, and they need to make it to Friday to get their paycheck," McHenry said. He said people living on the edges need a regulated way to make it to their next paycheck. Those against payday lending don't know what it feels like to live from paycheck to paycheck, he added.

On the contrary, many of those leading the opposition to payday lending have first-hand experience with these loan sharks:

Sunday News: Calling out the Brownshirts

WARNING OF ELECTION FRAUD, TRUMP SPARKS FEAR THAT BACKERS MAY INTIMIDATE VOTERS (LA Times) -- In remarks with strong racial overtones, Donald Trump told a mainly white rural crowd in Pennsylvania on Friday that vote fraud could cheat him out of victory and vowed to dispatch police who support him to monitor polls in “certain parts” of the state.

Reflections from the Fight for the Senate

North Carolina is at a crossroads. Only a few competitive districts are up for grabs. The outcome will impact our state for years to come. And I’m humbled to be running for the North Carolina Senate in one of those districts. I was optimistic when I filed for office that even in this battleground state our campaign would be a contest of ideas. I hoped for a campaign that would make the voters proud; and I’m still hoping.


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