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Burr joins D'Annunzio at gun rights gig

And you guessed it, Tim is sponsoring the event:

Organized by Grass Roots North Carolina* and sponsored by Tim D’Annunzio for Congress, GRNC’s ‘Second Amendment Symposium’ will now feature Alan Gura, Sen. Richard Burr, 8th
District Republican Tim D’Annunzio and Second Amendment Foundation president Joe Tartaro.

Senator Burr was elected to Congress in 1994 and to the U.S. Senate in 2004. His perfect 100% pro-gun voting record and long history of sponsoring Second Amendment legislation earned Grass Roots North Carolina’s highest 4-star evaluation. Most recently, Sen. Burr garnered national attention (and the wrath of the “Violence Policy Center”) by introducing the Veteran’s Second Amendment Protection Act.

D'Annunzio meltdown continues

If you keep poking people Timmy, they're gonna throw you in the pokey:

Republican congressional candidate Tim D’Annunzio Thursday lashed out at two party officials – including state chairman Tom Fetzer – after an incident in which a Republican legislator said he felt physically threatened by D’Annunzio.

North Carolina's place at the "green economy" table

Demonstrating the Administration's intent to focus on greening the economy, Vice President Joe Biden made an appearance at CREE earlier today:

Biden appeared at Cree, a manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting products that had received $39 million in tax credits through the federal stimulus act, Rob Christensen reports. The company has hired 375 workers in the past year.

Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured a laboratory at Cree before Biden's 25-minute speech. He was accompanied by a film crew from ABC News which is working on a story about a day in the life of the vice president.

NC court system seriously underfunded

Quite possibly a bigger threat to liberty than any other issue:

Cost-cutting has strained the state court system's ability to administer justice and protect the public just when those services are needed most, North Carolina's chief justice said Wednesday night.

She said there is never enough money in legal aid offices, where those who can't afford to hire lawyers seek help and where fewer than 20 percent who ask will receive it. Without legal aid, Parker said, the poor are less likely to be able to get access to health care, decent housing and protection against domestic violence.

Char-O sounds off about Titan Cement

Earning one of Steve's coveted Blue Stars for environ...okay, I don't really have any blue stars, but, if I did, the Charlotte Observer would definitely get one:

This failure to adequately assess the environmental impact of a plant that could put significant amounts of mercury emissions into the air each year is baffling. With a considerable population in the region, allowing even a fraction of the mercury allowed in the draft permit into the air, onto the land and into the water, however unlikely that may be, is scary.

The public depends on DENR to carefully assess the potential damage air and water pollution can have on public health and insist on high standards before it issues permits. If the state cannot demonstrate in a persuasive way that it has considered all the potential adverse effects and can assure the public there will be no harm to humans, it ought not proceed any further on a final permit.

Hagan fails to sway Kissell's vote

Next time, don't let him have the window seat:

Many Senate Democrats are choosing not to lobby House members in their state delegations on the healthcare bill. Other Senate Democrats said their hands are tied because their colleagues seem entrenched in their positions.

Freshman Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) got involved, but it didn’t appear to work.

She said she used a plane ride from North Carolina to Washington to try to allay freshman Rep. Larry Kissell’s (D-N.C.) concerns about the bill’s effect on Medicare. Hagan said Kissell said he still planned to vote no.

Victories and defeats in local abortion skirmishes

By a narrow margin, Wake County Commissioners voted along party lines to reinstate elective abortion coverage for County employees:

After a pointed legal and moral debate, the Wake County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to restore insurance coverage for elective abortions for county employees. "I don't think that government should be telling women what to do with their bodies," board member Stan Norwalk said.

With Democrats outvoting Republicans 4-3, members overruled county manager David Cooke. Cooke removed the coverage from the county's self-insured plan when he learned of language in a 1981 state Supreme Court decision that could be read to forbid counties from paying for elective abortions. Rep. Paul Stam, who was the plaintiff in the case, brought it to board chairman Tony Gurley's attention this year.

Neocon Elliott Abrams to speak at Duke

These guys have the durability of tungsten:

A foreign policy expert and former advisor to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, will discuss "The Freedom Agenda and the Middle East," at Duke University on Tuesday.

Elliott Abrams is currently a senior fellow in the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2002, he was the senior director on the National Security Council for the Near East and North African Affairs during Bush's first term. At the start of Bush’s second term, he was promoted to Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy, helping advance democracy abroad and U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Migrant bees overworked, still disappearing

No end in sight for bees suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder:

Hackenberg said he and other major commercial beekeepers have seen "50 percent or better" losses since late fall and in the winter, when bees typically are clustered in a warm and fuzzy ball within the hive. "We started seeing losses in late October, early November -- and they just kept going through the middle of January," he said. Some of the losses will be made up by beekeepers splitting one strong hive into two weaker ones.

Eighty percent of his afflicted hives showed signs of CCD, Hackenberg said. With the condition, foraging worker bees don't return to a hive even if a full brood is waiting to hatch. One theory is that the foragers, knowing they are sick, fly off to die rather than compromise the hive.

Conservatives and agenda-driven pseudo-science

In their efforts to roll back critical environmental legislation:

As with so many government programs, the Clean Smokestacks Bill is not living up to expectations. Costs are skyrocketing, increasing energy prices and adding insult to an already injured economy. Furthermore, benefits in terms of improved air quality are questionable.

Lawmakers should repeal recent regulations like Senate Bill 3’s renewable energy requirement. They also should abandon all attempts to regulate production and use of energy in the name of fighting global warming.

so-called "experts" repeatedly contradict themselves by attempting to fashion study results into a specific message.

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