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The Puppetmaster attempts to alter history in editorial

Trying to sweep away the money trail:

I and my company have never given money to super PACs, and none of the organizations I worked with in 2010 did any election campaigning under Citizens United.

It was the voters, not Citizens United, who changed the face of North Carolina government. No matter how many times the progressive left repeats its lies about North Carolina, it is not going to change the truth.

Like many of his faux-Libertarian "experts" who write about various issues, Pope uses a small truth to conceal a much greater lie. By adding that "under Citizens United" qualification at the end of the sentence, he hopes to convince readers that this never happened:

First Moral Monday protester convicted

The first Moral Monday protester case to actually proceed to trial has resulted in the conviction of Saladin Muhammad, a 68-year-old organizer from Rocky Mount.

The judge ruled that Capitol cops can arrest people if they have "reason to believe" that those people might become disorderly.

Ignoring for the moment the abundant evidence that this group of protesters was non-violent and completely transparent with the law officers, which should have obviated any "reason to believe" that the protesters might engage in "violent and risky behavior", the underlying legal argument is troubling.

National immigration reform advocacy day

I'm just getting back from one of the many rallies and events around North Carolina and around country today to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. One of the lead groups behind it is the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities along with more local and statewide partners like Asociación de Mexicanos en Carolina del Norte. At the event I attend I heard voices ranging from passionate arguments for equality to a heartbreaking tale of how a broken immigration system has devastated lives.

NC may be bleeding teachers

NC Policy Watch has a story posted concerning the increasingly likely possibility that we could very well be a net exporter of teachers. The story can be found here.

I seem to recall that NC's universities come way short in providing enough teachers to replace retirees and that NC needed to be a net importer just to maintain the status quo. Can't really blame teachers for wanting to make a decent living though.

The story reports that NC leads the nation in the percent of income lost by teachers (16%?). A dubious distinction indeed.

The Republican Party: three-headed monster

Soon be included in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual:

For all that, this is a deeply divided base. Moderates are a quarter of those who identify Republican, and they are very conscious of their discomfort with other parts of the party base.

Their distance begins with social issues, like gay marriage and homosexuality, but it is also evident on immigration and climate change. Fiscal conservatives feel isolated in the party. Evangelicals who feel most threatened by trends embrace the Tea Party because they are the ones who are fighting back. They are very in tune politically, but the Tea Party base is very libertarian and not very interested in fighting gay marriage.

This is a fairly extensive report, and well worth the read if you can stomach it. But the authors appear to be exploring differences in the ideological makeup of the three groups with an eye towards potential future problems of solidarity, and I'm not so sure they are as different as they'd like to believe. Take, for instance, their supposed positions on gay marriage and abortion:

N&O's Drescher refuses to become cog in DAG McCrory's PR machine

If a man won't stand by his words, such words have no value:

Kim Genardo, McCrory’s communications director, said information from the session could be reported but could not be attributed to the governor, a Cabinet secretary or an executive team leader.

I declined the invitation. I’m sure Gov. McCrory’s intentions were good, but these types of background sessions are an insidious practice. They allow public officials to promote their interests and criticize others without having to take responsibility for their comments.

This may seem like a "personal preference" thing or maybe even posturing on John Drescher's part, but in reality it's an extremely important action. When you have an ethically-challenged politician like McCrory, who doesn't even possess a moral compass, much less one that's calibrated properly, you have to draw lines. Like a toddler, he'll explore any area within his reach, unaware that some areas are simply off limits until he hears the word, "No!" It doesn't always stop them, but part of growing up is choosing right or wrong, once you've learned to tell the difference.

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