BlueNC @
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 9:05am

NC raising water standards; critics say not enough (AP) — After years of delays, North Carolina regulators are moving to strengthen state water-quality standards to include tougher limits on toxic metals like those at issue following the recent coal ash spill into the Dan River.

EPA says Dan River back to pre-coal ash spill quality (Danville Register Bee) -- Water quality in the Dan River has returned to “normal,” according to Myles Bartos of the Environmental Protection Agency.

UPSET! Walker beats Berger Jr. in bitter race for GOP nod (AP) — A harsh Republican Party fight for a shot at an open North Carolina congressional seat goes to Mark Walker.

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Posmo @
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:49pm

Phil Berger Senior's name and coattails just weren't enough.

A harsh Republican Party fight for a shot at an open North Carolina congressional seat goes to Mark Walker.

His opponent, Phil Berger Jr., has conceded the primary race, stating: "It is important we unify as a party behind the Republican candidate. ... We must unify, we must come together" to retain Howard Coble's seat.

At least he's consistent -- consistently wrong.

Walker is just as much of a nut job as Juniorberger.

Please join me in sending some sincere best wishes to Laura Fjeld. Those best wishes are most effective when accompanied by a check. Let's all get behind Laura!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 6:30pm

That headline is not from The Onion. In her remarks to a group of conservative women who met last Friday to discuss the Republican response to the "war on women," Representative Renee Ellmers, NC-02, said that men need to bring things down to a woman's level so they don't risk turning us off with complicated data and charts.

The original article is here. A second is here with the full text of Elmer's comments and the audio.

Tone matters. How you speak to people matters.

Posmo @
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 5:51pm

Vengeful, iron-fisted Thom Tillis is at it again. The latest in his long string of dictatorial petty punishments is to cut off funding for the NCGA's Democratic caucus.

House Democrats are accusing Republican Speaker Thom Tillis of abuse of power for refusing to release funds for caucus staff and using parliamentary maneuvers to cut off debate.

Minority Leader Larry Hall said Tuesday that Tillis "has decided to defund the House Democratic caucus."

Rep. Hall had the nerve to speak truth to power about the unconstitutional new legislative building rules intended to squelch Moral Monday protests. Thom decided to mete out some punishment for that.

"I was told that, unless I apologized to the members of the Legislative Services Commission for objecting to the new rules, we would not be funded," [Hall] said.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 4:09pm

Eliciting another toddler-like temper tantrum from Jay DeLancy:

Early Monday morning July 14th Wake County Elections Director Cherie Poucher listened to a strange request on her voice mail. Jay DeLancy of the Voter Integrity Project wanted to use a county polling place today, Tuesday July 15th, run-off primary election day, for a photo-shoot with a number of masked people lined up attempting to vote as unidentified voters. DeLancy claimed he had cleared it with the precinct chief judge and wanted the Wake Board’s approval. The precinct chief judge in question is Denise Stetter who is also communications director for the Voter Integrity project. What they were conspiring to do would have been a violation of at least two North Carolina laws.

To put it in the quaint vernacular, "That boy ain't right." If all he really wanted was a photoshoot, he could have easily mocked-up a polling place, with a few tables and a few senior citizens sitting at them. But this is something more. Either he was planning for the masked men to intimidate voters, or he might have been angling to get that precinct in trouble with his "proof." Whatever the case, it doesn't have a damned thing to do with integrity, and neither does he:

James @
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:37pm

Brad Woodhouse, the enlightened better half of Busdriver Dallas, is leading up the charge at American Bridge. They sent me a link to their survey by email, which I'm passing along in case you're interested.

American Bridge
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 11:30am

We're gaining momentum! Below you can see an excerpt from our most-recent press release.

Raleigh, N.C. – Uriah Ward, Democratic Nominee for N.C. House in District 9, gains momentum in one of this year’s most highly-contested State House races. Earlier this year, Public Policy Polling released a poll citing this district as one of the top-five swing districts in the state. The poll put incumbent Republican Representative Brown at 43%, with newcomer Uriah Ward, the Democratic challenger, hot on his heels at 39%, while 18% of the vote was still undecided.

Both Brown and Ward submitted their most recent campaign finance reports last week. Ward more than tripled his fundraising over the previous quarter. While Representative Brown was busy raising funds from special interests, Ward raised more than Brown from individual contributors.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:59am

The plans of the far right to destroy public education and utilize those tax dollars as a revenue stream for private businesses will do far more harm to North Carolina than just destroying our schools. It turns out that:

In 64 of North Carolina’s 100 counties .. a local school system is the largest single employer. A local school system is the second-largest employer in 24 other counties ….. In only 12 counties ... is a school system not in the top two…..

A few interesting notes: in counties where the school system is not the top employer, it’s usually due to the military (Craven, Cumberland, Onslow), a large university (Orange, Durham, Watauga, Pitt, Jackson), a prison (Granville, Hyde), or a large-scale hog/chicken processing plant (Duplin, Lenoir, Bladen). Note the absence of manufacturing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:56am

Once again, the dreaded "R" word comes into play:

His chamber's a star chamber, where the elite decide who to punish.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:00am

The Guv'ner, when picking Chief Poet
total disregard, he did show it.
Ejudkation major Pat,
put on his stupid hat,
and decided to totally blow it.

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