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Is the Wolfpack coming for your personal information?

Dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight:

A $60.75 million grant from the NSA is the largest research grant in NCSU’s history – three times bigger than any previous award.

The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences will be launched in a Centennial Campus building that will be renovated with money from the federal agency, but details about the facility are top secret. Those who work in the lab will be required to have security clearance from the U.S. government.

And no vacations to Moscow, either. You can, however, order a White Russian at your favorite bar. But only one, and then you have to follow it with a Shirley Temple.

DAG McCrory stumbles through another interview

Whining and obfuscation are the tools of the inept:

Pointing again to the less than accurate claim that 34 states have a comparable ID law, McCrory added “I’m not sure where this national media is saying that we have the most restrictive laws.”

Perhaps McCrory really doesn’t understand this one, but just for the sake of clarity: the reason the law has earned that title is not just because of its strict photo ID provision, or just because of the cuts to early voting, or even just the end of pre-registration for students in their later teens, but instead because it has all of those suppressive measures rolled into one.

He may not understand it, but the people pulling his strings do. Each one of these items might be arguable on its own, but the combination clearly shows a pattern of voter suppression.

The nation is watching NC's slide backwards

Front page of the New York Times:

The Republicans not only cut taxes and business regulations, as many had expected, but also allowed stricter regulations on abortion clinics, ended teacher tenure, blocked the expansion of Medicaid, cut unemployment benefits, removed obstacles to the death penalty, allowed concealed guns in bars and restaurants, and mandated the teaching of cursive writing. In an interview, Mr. McCrory said that critics had obscured what he called a pragmatic and fiscally responsible agenda. “It’s a combination of people on the two extremes wanting to bring up and exaggerate controversial issues,” he said, adding that he had pushed back against earlier versions of the abortion and tax bills, and was planning to veto other bills this week.

It will be interesting to see if he follows through on the Veto "plan", and which insubstantial bills will be the sacrificial possums. More on these alleged Vetoes from the Washington Post:

Two word Tuesday

Last week we had some fun on the first "Two Word" Tuesday here at BlueNC. The idea is to say everything that needs saying using two words and two words only. And to get the ball rolling, here's a meme we should work to spread, something that could very well dog Pat Mac for the next three years given the fact that he clearly doesn't understand half the laws he's signing. These two great words are courtesy of NC Policy Watch.

Watauga's GOP board of elections makes sweeping changes

No more voting on campus:

Amid shouts and boos from an audience of about 60 people, the board -- with Campbell's disapproval -- eliminated the early voting site on the ASU campus and recombined the Boone precincts into one with 9,340 registered voters and one polling place.

They also approved a new public comment policy that accepts feedback only in writing and assigned new rules to Board of Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges and employees.

It also appears they decided to shuffle some other polling sites around just to confuse some people:

The truth about NC's education spending

Lining the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of teachers:

Senate leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, said teacher raises weren’t possible because the legislature had to commit an additional $1.5 billion over two years to pay for Medicaid. But Berger also backed major tax cuts signed by the governor that will cost the state $500 million over the first two years and more than $2 billion in lost tax revenue over the next five years.

The truthful answer isn’t that North Carolina couldn’t afford to give money. It just couldn’t afford to give it to teachers.

Not only does a big chunk of that money go into the pockets of a handful of already wealthy scions like Art Pope (Estate Tax), a lot of the others won't have a skin in the education game:

Dueling editorials on the GOP's education policies

Fact and propaganda are the weapons of choice:

With close to the lowest pay in the nation, no money for advanced degrees and 75 percent of teachers operating with less than two years of job security, why would they remain in the profession? Again, the question begs to be asked, do we value the profession of teaching? What is the message we are sending to our teachers, including those who might consider moving here?

It's not just the teachers being disregarded, it's the bulk of the information they are trying to impart on their students. From history to science, and all points in between, that information doesn't fit the narrative that Republicans want people to work from. And a well-educated populace is far less likely to swallow the propaganda they throw out:

FreedomWorks helps Koch Brothers manage North Carolina

Another astroturf tour headed this way:

FreedomWorks, a conservative group, will hold a series of town hall meetings, protests and discussions to urge Congress to defund the Affordable Care Act. The group plans to hold a lunch in Hendersonville Monday with Rep. Mark Meadows, a protest at the office of Sen. Richard Burr's office in Winston-Salem. FreedomWorks originated from a conservative political group called Citizens for a Sound Economy, which was set up by businessman David Koch. The group has been involved in the Tea Party movement.

It's no surprise that FreedomWorks is becoming (desperately) active again. They have several embarrassing issues that are in dire need of distractions:

DAG McCrory will use fear to control DENR

Caught between a fracked rock and a hard place:

An analysis by WRAL News shows that these re-designated workers are disproportionately concentrated within the hierarchy of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, where McCrory will soon strip employment protections from about 150 directors and managers. In some cases, especially in areas involved in permitting and compliance, employees six levels removed from the DENR secretary now serve in exempt positions.

Meaning, if you do your job like you're supposed to (protecting citizens from toxic nightmares), and not like the "oil is a renewable energy" idiot Skvarla wants you to, you probably won't have a job anymore.

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