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Maddow blog takes DAG McCrory's lies apart

And a plate of cookies won't help with this one, either:

While I can appreciate McCrory's desperate attempts at spin -- governors who run for re-election don't want to have to explain why they deserve the voters' trust after lying to them the last time -- his argument falls apart after minimal scrutiny. Right off the bat, there the regulatory TRAP laws that are slated to close 15 of North Carolina's 16 women's health clinics. When there's one clinic providing abortion services in a state of 10 million people spanning 53,000 square miles, it's probably fair to say a whole lot of women are necessarily going to lose access.

There is simply no amount of spin that will make this bald-faced lie go away. Make no mistake, it will be an issue in not only the Gubernatorial election three years from now, it will also play a role in 2014.

NC's Biofuels Center withers on the vine

Republican Legislature slashes funding for innovative clean energy research:

The 5-year-old Oxford-based organization, which is created to help the state develop biofuels made from energy crops other than corn, lost its $4.3 million in annual funding under the reigning Republican majority in the state legislature. "The Center, a growing biofuels community statewide, and companies considering new facilities here share dismay that North Carolina has visibly pulled back from the nation’s lead state biofuels agency and from long-term commitment to comprehensive biofuels development,” Burke says in the release. “No longer pursuing advanced biofuels with a focused, comprehensive strategy will lessen opportunity to create rural jobs, strengthen agriculture, and create an enormous biofuels and biomaterials sector."

This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody. The Koch Brothers have been very active politically in North Carolina, and not just through their astroturf-powered Americans For the Prosperous. Any government-funded project that wants to take a bite out of the fossil fuel industry will likely get its teeth pulled, regardless of how promising economically it is. As a matter of fact, the more promising it is, the more likely it will suffer under the current regime.

Take a field trip with teachers in Raleigh today

Permission slip from your parents not necessary:

North Carolina Association of Educators vice president Mark Jewell says busloads are coming to Raleigh on Monday to protest budget cuts to public education that are hurting classrooms and kids. The $21 billion state spending plan for this year offers no raises for teachers, who are among the lowest-paid in the country. The group also is angered by the coming end of job security rights for veteran teachers.

Today's event will be a little different from previous Moral Mondays. Stretch your legs for social justice:

The most backward legislature in America

Pat McCrory said he was going to focus on three E's. One of them was supposed to be education. Maybe that's why he's attracted so much attention lately, as he did in this report in Education Week.

I realize many of you in states like Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida, and Tennessee could tell similar stories, but the North Carolina General Assembly, with its GOP super-majority and leaderless Governor, who is also a member of the Republican Party, have managed to destroy the reputation of a state. Once known for having the most innovative and progressive public school system in America, North Carolina is now a trajectory of backwardness.

Nice going, Pat.

Blatant play-to-play politics displayed by Tillis

More fodder for his doomed US Senate campaign:

“I would estimate he is directly responsible for more than $100,000.00 in financial support through personal contributions to my campaign committee and other candidates and through the Hospitality Alliance,” Tillis wrote in a March 21 email to House leaders.

The chilling part of this is that it's apparent Thom Tillis considers campaign donations to be a perfectly legitimate reason to appoint somebody to a board or other position, as do most of his colleagues. And as to a Democrat giving such large sums to a Republican's campaign, well. With enemies like that you don't need friends.

Another writer joins BlueNC in call for uprising

Time to rise up and become champions for the middle class.

Once upon a time both Democrats and Republicans fought for middle class support but Democrats became advocates for the poor and disenfranchised while Republicans grew into the party for big business and the rich. This “silent majority” watched both parties cater to big money contributors and special interests. Curiously, the middle class votes in numbers sufficient to change their situation but they no longer have a political party or leaders advocating for them and feel too beaten up to rise up.

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