Monday News: Choose equality in November


BACK CANDIDATES WHO WILL REPEAL HB2, N.C.'S SUFFERED ENOUGH (Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial) -- No one who voted for HB2, and has not yet repudiated and apologized for that vote, deserves to be in public office. Candidates who won't support and vote for its repeal, should not receive anyone's vote. HB2 legalized discrimination in North Carolina. Under North Carolina law today, thanks to HB2, an employer can fire someone simply because they are gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual.

NPR debate transcript and fact-check

ISIS comes to the rescue of serial sexual abuser:

I don't think you understood what was said. This was locker room talk. I'm not proud of it. I apologized to my family. I apologized to the American people. Certainly I'm not proud of it, but this is locker room talk. You know when we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have men frankly drowning people in steel cages, where you have wars and horrible, horrible sites all over where you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times, we haven't seen anything like this -- the carnage all over the world -- and they look and they see. Can you imagine the people that are frankly doing so well against us with ISIS and they look at our country and they see what's going on. Yes, I'm very embarrassed by it. I hate it. But it’s locker room talk and it's one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS, we’re going to defeat ISIS. ISIS happened a number of years ago in a vacuum that was left because of bad judgment and I will tell you I will take care of ISIS.

The part in italics is Trump trying to not-answer the question about kissing women whenever he feels like it and grabbing them by the pu$$y. The rest is pure fear-mongering deflection. But the combination of the two is the equivalent of Trump saying, "The Roman Centurions who went out and slew the barbarians before they could attack the city had their pick of women when they returned home." In other words, it's only sexual assault if you're a loser. More mind-numbing Trumpism:

Climate Change and the electric vehicle vs gas debate


Where you live is an important factor:

As vehicles powered by electricity make up a larger percentage of the nation's fleet over the next generation, demand for electricity could surge. That extra power has to come from somewhere — and right now, nearly two-thirds of electricity generated in Michigan comes from burning fossil fuels.

This is a subject that comes up *every single time* I get into a debate with climate change deniers, when discussing zero-emissions electric vehicles. But unlike many of their other arguments, there is more than just a grain of truth in their position. When you tap power from the grid, it makes a direct connection with "how" that grid generates its power. If we choose to ignore that, we're no better than those who ignore all the costs associated with other forms of industrial pollution. Before we proceed, here's a related personal anecdote:

Sunday News: And the waters receded

HURRICANE MATTHEW LEAVES HISTORIC FLOODING IN ITS WAKE IN NC (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Hurricane Matthew continues to blow as a post-tropical cyclone off the coast of North Carolina on Sunday morning, but the rain that caused severe flooding throughout the eastern part of the state has stopped. Matthew was blamed for at least 7 deaths after as much as 16 inches of rain fell in parts of the state throughout Saturday. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses remain without electricity as the combination of sodden ground and gusty winds brought down countless trees.

Using Legislative "Privilege" to obscure racial gerrymandering


Trudy Wade & Company defy judges order:

Webster gave the legislators 30 days to create a list of documents they want to keep private — and to describe the documents and explain why they should be withheld. He said he would look at the privilege log privately, then decide whether to make legislators comply with the subpoenas.

But creating such a list — even for a judge’s eyes only — would create a “chilling effect” on confidential communication between lawmakers and staff members, attorneys for the legislators said in Thursday’s filing.

If those communications had any impact on how legislation would be written or implemented, it should not be confidential. It's called "public policy" for a reason. And since this particular piece of legislation deals directly with the voting process, the need for transparency is doubled. And it's the height of arrogance the GOP thinks this is a sound argument:

Greenwashing comes to the Burr/Ross race

Taking their cue from Jay Faison:

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions says it is spending $120,000 on the buy, which will air commercials in Raleigh and Charlotte.

“Senator Richard Burr deserves to be commended for his record of supporting renewable energy, promote conservation, and place the economic needs and health of North Carolinians before partisanship,” said CRES Chairman and Executive Director James Dozier.

And just like Faison's group, peel a few layers of this onion and you find a focus on natural gas and nukes:

Saturday News: You've been served, Governor


OBSERVER FILES SUIT AGAINST MCCRORY OVER HB2 EMAILS (Charlotte Observer) -- Five months after failing to provide public documents requested by the Charlotte Observer, the newspaper filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat McCrory seeking a court order for release of the requested emails related to House Bill 2. The newspaper first requested the e-mails on April 5. On April 7, Graham Wilson of the governor’s press office acknowledged the request, but the Observer has yet to receive the requested documents.


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