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Update: Comments closed. As I said on another thread, take this circular firing squad crap somewhere else. I'd welcome a reasoned, fact-based conversation about such matters, but you folks are going off the deep end.

It's no wonder so many people check out of politics.

Daily dose: The cowardly lyin'

Top story today: Pat McCrory supports legislation that will allow the state to take over Asheville's water system. All because he wants to see what happens in the courts when Asheville sues the state. Predictably, he'll let the abomination become law without actually signing it. True leadership.

McCrory to let Asheville water bill become law (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory, former mayor of the state’s largest city, said Wednesday he will let a bill become law that would shift control of a western North Carolina water system so that expected litigation by the city of Asheville can run its course.

Daily dose

The immoral actions of our illegitimate government continue unabated. We have a sacred obligation to resist on every front.

A truckload of bad news below.

Daily dose

As someone recently said, when Business Week thinks you're out of control, you are most assuredly out of control. Congratulations to the GOP. They destroyed the reputation of the Old North State in record time.

The Republican power grab in North Carolina (Business Week) -- Since January, Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly have introduced a series of bills that would curtail the ability of Democratic-led cities and urban counties to govern themselves. GOP legislators say Charlotte’s City Council can no longer be trusted to manage Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a major hub. State lawmakers also nullified a lease that let Raleigh use state property for a park and enacted changes limiting cities’ ability to annex land. Another bill would take away control of school buildings and construction from the Wake County Board of Education, which oversees schools in Raleigh and surrounding areas, and give it to county commissioners. “No one has come out to say specifically ‘this is political revenge against Democratic strongholds,’ ” says David Swindell, who teaches public policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “But these changes amount to an unprecedented attack on the state’s cities, which happen to be home to many of the state’s Democrats.” GOP Governor Pat McCrory, the former Charlotte mayor who took office this year, has conspicuously kept his distance from what’s happening in his hometown. “The governor has stayed out of it because it’s a local matter that doesn’t require the governor’s signature,” says his communications director, Kim Genardo.

For the record, Pat McCrory can try to keep his distance from the stench in the legislature all he wants, but it ain't gonna work. He owns this mess ... every stinking piece of it.

Lots more below.

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The destruction of public education and the practice of corporate bribes continue to attract editorial interest. Voters will ultimately decide whether giving $100 million to a very profitable insurance company while firing school teachers is a proper choice. Lots more below the fold.

The long game

To all the outsiders, insiders, upsiders and downsiders, here's some inspiration worth a couple of minutes of your time.


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