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Daily dose: The never-ending Session edition

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NC lawmakers signal deal on funding to keep state government going (Raleigh News & Observer) -- General Assembly lawmakers signaled a possible agreement late Monday on a way to keep state government funded as it lapses into a new fiscal year without a new budget. The House approved a funding bandage that essentially continues the current year’s spending levels until Aug. 14 – ideally enough runway for the legislature to finalize and send the governor a new, two-year spending plan, which will not be ready by the new fiscal year starting Wednesday.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article25801657.html

Black churches are burning in the South

And the perpetrators simply can't be found:

As African Americans in Texas and North Carolina contemplate rebuilding three more churches destroyed by fire, a phalanx of federal investigators moves across the South, searching for evidence linking the latest attacks to the burning of 29 other black churches in the last 18 months. So far, investigators have yet to uncover evidence of a "national conspiracy." The bulk of the attacks appear to be "random" acts of vandalism, the work of "teenagers" and "copycats" rather than hardened conspirators.

It is worth observing that the absence of any organized conspiracy may make the phenomenon of church burning more, rather than less, disturbing. Far easier to abide the idea of a tight-knit group of racist fanatics than to accept the alternative that we live in a time when a substantial number of individuals, unconnected with one another or with organized white supremacist groups, regard burning black churches as a plausible act, worthy of emulation.

That article was written nineteen years ago, and this was written only yesterday:

SCOTUS-Another Big Decision!

This is a really big deal. SCOTUS rules in favor of the people of Arizona vs. their own state government.

In response to complaints that the state legislature was engaging in partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, Arizona voters approved an independent commission to draw district lines in a 2000 ballot initiative. The commission has two Republicans and two Democrats, who legislative leaders choose from a list composed by the state's Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, in addition to a chairman who may not be a member of either party.

Bigot viciously attacks gay bar owner over SC ruling

There's nothing even remotely "simple" about this assault:

A police report said Lucas Dylan Wilhelmson assaulted the bar’s owner, Jeff Edwards, at least 15 times. A short video of the incident that a witness shared with the local LGBT news website QNotes shows the suspect repeatedly choking, hitting and slapping Edwards, who apparently never struck the suspect.

Kolby Brinkley, partner of Edwards, and the bar’s general manager, said Wilhelmson was ranting about his disagreement with Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. He thinks the incident was motivated by hate and bias. The police report and witnesses also said Wilhelmson threatened to come back to the bar and kill Edwards, according to QNotes.

He's 21, and this is his 3rd or 4th run-in with the law, starting with a DWI when he was 16. And he'll probably get off with probation and a "stern lecture" from the judge. And like ignorant drunks usually do, he'll probably end up back at that same bar in the near future, showing his ass and maybe this time toting a little nine millimeter friend. Come on Darwin, we're counting on you to fix this before it's too late.

Daily dose: TA's push back edition

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Opponents protest NC Senate plan to slash teacher assistant jobs (Charlotte Observer) -- Demonstrators holding signs that read “Largest Layoffs Ever” gathered Sunday in South End to rally against a state Senate budget plan that would take thousands of teacher assistants out North Carolina school classrooms.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article25730074.html

Protesting teacher assistant cuts (Greenville Daily Reflector) -- Local educators, parents and community members are hosting a rally at the Pitt County Courthouse today to speak out about a provision in the state Senate’s budget proposal that would cut approximately 8,500 teacher assistant positions.
http://www.reflector.com/news/protesting-teacher-assistant-cuts-2922557

You're invited to our July 4th party

Jane and I are, once again, hosting a July 4th party this year, and we're inviting all of our BlueNC friends to join us. The party is from 5 to 8 pm. We'll provide the barbeque, lemonade and sweet tea, and ask that you bring a side dish or dessert. Also, bring swim suits, chairs and blankets if you're so inclined. Address is 451 Lakeshore Lane, Chapel Hill. Please do come and bring your friends. The more the merrier!

Racists come out of the woodwork for confederate flag rally

Apparently they're being "brutally attacked" because of their beliefs:

“The lunatic in Charleston did not understand our flag, our symbols or our heritage. … He was a racist. He was a bigot, and above all he was a lunatic,” said a rally organizer, Bill Starnes of Mount Holly.
But Starnes and others said they, too, have been victims of “attacks upon our heritage and our culture,” as Pastor Creighton Lovelace said in a prayer.

“We should be in prayer for those families in South Carolina,” Starnes said. But, citing calls for removal of the flag, he added that “we have to be here doing this because we have been so brutally attacked.”

I don't see you lying in a pool of your own blood, so maybe you should STFU about brutality. And as far as that "pastor" leading their prayers, he's quite a piece of racist/bigoted/lunatic work:

Daily dose: Dumb and dumberer edition

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NC Senate budget proposes ending driver's ed. requirement (AP) — The fate of driver education in North Carolina looms uncertain as legislators ironing out the budget weigh whether to continue the program's funding, or possibly end the requirement for teenagers to take driving classes altogether.
http://www.greensboro.com/news/north_carolina_ap/nc-senate-budget-proposes-ending-driver-s-ed-requir...

Young motorists learn consequences of unsafe driving (Raleigh News & Observer) -- More than 60 young drivers, many of whom are in trouble due to motor-vehicle violations, received hands-on instruction Saturday at the StreetSafe Lifesaving Driving Experiences about the dangers of distracted driving.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article25671847.html

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