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Justice coming for NC GOP's tyrants

We're not a collection of colonies anymore, we are a nation:

The Justice Department is preparing to take fresh legal action in a string of voting rights cases across the nation, U.S. officials said, part of a new attempt to blunt the impact of a Supreme Court ruling that the Obama administration has warned will imperil minority representation. In the coming weeks, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is expected to announce that the Justice Department is using other sections of the Voting Rights Act to bring lawsuits or take other legal action to prevent states from implementing certain laws, including requirements to present certain kinds of identification in order to vote.

In their zeal to be considered the most radical Republicans in the nation, the NC GOP is going to attract more legal heat than they can possibly handle. Something they should keep in mind for the next few days as they try to force all their remaining bad ideas down the throats of the people. And that depth of legal scrutiny is bound to uncover some criminal activity as well. See you in court, jackasses.

Is that a Glock in your pocket?

Or are you just glad to see me?

The Republican-backed bill approved by the House and Senate on Tuesday allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars, restaurants and other places where alcohol is served, parades and funeral processions as long as owners or organizers don’t expressly forbid it. Permit holders can also carry their firearms at public recreation areas and playgrounds.

And this new law would allow hunting with silencers, which is a real head-scratcher. Aside from the fact it gives hunters the unfair advantage of multiple shots to bring down their quarry (not very sportsmanlike), it also prevents other hunters (or hikers, or campers, or farmers, or horseback riders, or ____) from being warned there's a firearm being used in the area. Then again, Republicans don't really understand or care about "safety", since God has already decided if you're going to live or die, and lawmakers have no business getting involved in such matters.

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The road to mediocrity:

Teachers take another hit in state budget (Raleigh News & Observer) -- In every discussion of the state budget crafted, or rather thrown together by Republicans, public school teachers take another smack in the head, or two. The way they have been treated is a disgrace, and the state will eventually pay for its shoddy pay and the unwarranted criticism teachers suffer.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/23/3051929/teachers-take-another-hit-in-state.html

How to wreck your US Senate campaign before it even begins

Tillis on the verge of a major flip-flop:

When these ideas were floating around the General Assembly this spring, I had a chance to ask House Speaker Thom Tillis about the issue of early voting and what changes he would support. Here’s what he had to say in that April 9th interview.

“I think that as long as we do not really restrict the number of days,” Tillis said. “There are some inconsistencies around counties, but I think that early voting is a good thing. In my election, I won before election day in early voting."

Well, if you prove yourself a liar on this issue, you can expect to lose long before the Primary votes are even cast. The two-faced man continues:

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North Carolina Politicians Taking Ladies for a Ride (ACLU) -- Despite opposition coming from all directions, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has said he will sign the motorcyclevagina bill. So ladies, grab your helmets, and hold onto your reproductive rights. We're going for a ride. Where? First we'll stop in Wisconsin and Texas, where sweeping anti-abortion restrictions were enacted earlier this month, adding to the growing list of states enacting laws intended to restrict access to abortion. And then we'll head east, because North Carolina could soon join the ranks, if we don't stop the infamous #motorcyclevagina bill (Jezebel is right: Sturgis could indeed be quite weird this year). Let me be clear: being part of this tour is not an honor. So legislators, listen up: get yourself out of my doctor's office. We may not all agree about abortion, but people with all different perspectives do not want politicians meddling in these deeply personal decisions.

http://www.aclu.org/blog/reproductive-freedom-womens-rights/north-carolina-politicians-taking-ladies...

After dark

If it can happen in Ohio, it's going to happen here.

A federal judge in Ohio ordered state officials Monday to recognize the marriage of two men that was performed in Maryland on the death certificate of an Ohio resident in hospice care.

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If you can't get what you want in the proper fashion, put it in the budget:

House, Senate reach agreement on two-year state budget (WRAL-TV) -- House and Senate leaders announced Sunday that they have reached an agreement on a $20.6 billion state budget that will end teacher tenure and allow taxpayer money to be spent for private school tuition.

http://www.wral.com/house-senate-reach-agreement-on-balanced-state-budget/12686564/

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