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Burr must resign

Richard Burr called for a US citizen to be hunted down and killed.

Civil liberties groups raised concerns Monday about reports that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, had called in 2013 for the CIA to hunt down and kill an American citizen who’d become a top al Qaida operative, rather than capturing him for trial.

Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh eventually was captured and the government now can make its case against him and appropriately punish him if he's convicted.

Promises, promises

Governor McCrory broke his promise to women in 2013. What will he do this time?

Posted by Progress North Carolina Action on Monday, April 27, 2015

Daily dose: Compare and contrast edition

Religious conservatives lobby for "religious freedom" law (AP) — Religious conservatives are lobbying North Carolina lawmakers to pass legislation that supporters say protects expressions of faith but that opponents contend would legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/religious-conservatives-lobby-for-religious-freedo...

Democrats call on GOP to focus on economy, not social issues (Raleigh News & Observer) - NC Senate Democrats on Monday called on GOP leadership in the General Assembly to move some of their bills that they say would do a better job of improving North Carolina’s economy than the Republicans’ agenda.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article19...

Legislative committees scrambling to meet crossover

So many ways to punish people, so little time:

EXECUTIONS: The House Judiciary I Committee takes up a bill at 3 p.m. that would clear the way for executions to go forward without a doctor directly overseeing the lethal injection.

DEBTS: The House Banking Committee meets at 4 p.m. and will take up a bill to make it easier for debt collectors to sue for judgments against people who may or may not owe money.

Only in the minds of Republicans would multiple exonerated death row cases and revelations about systemic misuse of tainted hair and fiber evidence lead to the conclusion we need to "hurry up" and execute these people. And apparently their much-vaunted "tort reform" is only meant for bottom-up cases, not for corporations trying to squeeze the last drop of blood out of struggling families.

Daily dose: Big government GOP edition

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Kure Beach Council Opposes Sales Tax Bill (Island Gazette) -- A bill submitted by NC Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (Republican - District 6, Jones and Onslow counties) along with other senators in March (SB 369) could have drastic impacts on sales tax revenues collected by counties and municipalities. The Kure Beach Town Council voted to adopt a resolution that opposes legislation currently proposed that would lead to a reduction in sales tax revenues for many counties and municipalities.
http://www.islandgazette.net/news-server9/index.php/news/local-news1/item/1813-kure-beach-council-ad...

New DENR head imitating Skvarla

Donald van der Vaart pens whining response to criticism:

The recent op-ed “Assault on N.C. Environment” (April 19 Viewpoint) ignores facts and fails to recognize North Carolina’s commitment to bettering our environment. DENR is proud of the policies and modernization that have dramatically improved the quality of life for all North Carolinians. The facts show the author’s assertions are wrong. Here’s why.

North Carolinians breathe cleaner air today than any time in more than 25 years. Ozone levels in North Carolina are the lowest on record and toxic air emissions have decreased by more than 80 percent since 2000 despite a 50 percent growth in population and a two-thirds increase in vehicle miles traveled in the same period.

That improvement in air quality was the result of our moderately aggressive Air Toxics rules, but thanks to the "policies and modernization" of the current leadership you're so proud of, those rules have been gutted and higher levels of toxins (including asbestos and arsenic) are now being allowed:

Daily dose: The NC GOP and Leandro don't mix version

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Manning orders July 21 hearing on Leandro (EdNC) -- Superior Court Judge Howard Manning issued a notice of hearing and order in the Leandro case. A hearing will be held from Tuesday, July 21 at 10am through Thursday, July 23 in Courtroom 10-A of the Wake County Courthouse. “The purpose of this hearing is for the Court to review a definite plan of action from the State of North Carolina as to how the State of North Carolina intends to correct the educational deficiencies in the student population,” Manning said in his order. The State Board of Education has been directed to develop a plan by June 30.
https://www.ednc.org/2015/04/25/judge-manning-issues-notice-of-hearing-and-order-in-leandro/

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