Wednesday News: Goodbye, cruel world edition

Legislature’s move to restrict local government fails (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Late Tuesday, Democrats had used a procedural maneuver to send the proposed restrictions on local governments to the Rules Committee. In a rebuke to Rep. Paul Stam – one of the House leaders – that powerful committee then voted 14-7 to keep the legislation off the House floor as the legislature hurtled toward an adjournment.

Stam, No. 2 House leader, won't seek re-election (AP) -- The second highest-ranking leader in the North Carolina House will not seek re-election to his Wake County seat next year.

Rebuttal to muni-broadband opponents

And unlike some corporate puppets, this guy knows what he's talking about:

By supporting U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ legislation to remove local authority for building broadband networks, the two lawmakers are siding with big cable and telephone firms over their own communities.

It is hardly a secret that Time Warner Cable, AT&T, CenturyLink and others are investing too little in rural communities. The majority of residents and local businesses in North Carolina have no real choice today and can expect their bills to go up tomorrow.

And yes, he's responding to the op-ed we talked about a few months ago. As somebody who's running for local government office, I have had my fill of state legislators dictating what duly elected town/city officials can and cannot do. And now we can add US Senators to that list of meddling, power-hungry tyrants.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

He said it, I didn't:

And you think that's a good way to do the people's business? Voting for something sight unseen, and then "catching up" later, when there's not a damn thing you can do about it?

Tuesday News: Caswell Beach Mayor indicted edition


Mayor, CRC Member Indicted on 18 Felonies (Coastal Review) -- — The mayor of Caswell Beach in Brunswick County and a Sen. Phil Berger-appointed member state’s Coastal Resources Commission has been indicted on 18 felonies counts of obtaining property worth at least $100,000 under false pretenses, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.

Caswell Beach mayor indicted, arrested (Wilmington Star-News) -- Harry Simmons Jr. was arrested by members of the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation on 18 felony offenses.

Idiocy Not Limited To Food Stamps

Rep. Pittman, from Cabarrus County, takes today’s prize. He suggested Planned Parenthood “gave out” contraceptives that don’t work so they could “get more business.” That’s right, folks.

There was “bargaining” in the videos, he said, and “oh, I want a Lamborghini...” so we have to sell more women on an abortion to get that tissue.

“The very idea that Planned Parenthood would want to reduce abortions is ludicrous...they’re making money off of it....”

Republican idiocy surrounding Food Stamp issues

There should be a test to determine if lawmakers are able-brained:

Lawmakers in the Senate who debated the bill on Thursday said cutting off the benefits would induce people to find jobs. “I don’t know the exact number of people that this can ultimately affect, but I think that you’re going to see a lot of them either go and get that 20-hour-a-week job or they’re going to enroll in some kind of higher education to improve their job skills,” said Sen. Norman Sanderson (R-Arapahoe).

Pay attention, Einstein: The "S" in SNAP stands for supplemental. It only amounts to about $45 per week. If you honestly believe that somebody would choose not to work simply because they're receiving that, then you are a bonafide idiot. And as far as enrolling in higher education, many of Sanderson's constituents would have to drive 40+ miles to attend Pamlico Community College. They could receive financial aid to attend, but they would need a working automobile, money for gas, and a whole lot of other associated costs that Norman Sanderson doesn't have a clue are involved. It's one thing to hear an urban conservative spout such nonsense, but someone representing distressed Eastern North Carolina counties? Boggles the mind.

Monday News: Second-to-last place edition

N.C. ranks 50th in 2015’s Best and Worst States for Teachers ( North Carolina skyrocketed from the worst state for teachers to merely the next-to-worst state for teachers, according to the annual survey by the website WalletHub. “It’s no surprise that the high turnover rate within the field has been likened to a revolving door. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about a fifth of all newly minted public-school teachers leave their positions before the end of their first year. And nearly half of them never last more than five.” West Virginia ranked dead last (51st) with North Carolina ranked 50th. The survey noted that North Carolina ranked 47th lowest in public school spending per-student.


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