NC REPUBLICANS WANT TO FORCE SHERIFFS TO HELP ICE: Republicans said Wednesday that since multiple sheriffs around the state were elected in 2018 on anti-ICE platforms, it’s necessary to change state law to force them to work with ICE. In North Carolina, county jails are run by the local sheriff. “These sanctuary sheriffs are putting politics ahead of public safety,” said Republican Rep. Destin Hall of Caldwell County, who sponsored the bill. But Democrats said it’s an overreaching government policy that insults voters and law enforcement alike. “Who are we to tell our law enforcement officials, who were elected recently, how to behave?” asked Rep. Wesley Harris, a Democrat from Charlotte, where the local sheriff’s race was one of the races won by a candidate who spoke out against ICE, Sheriff Garry McFadden.
HARRY BROWN'S REVISED WIND ENERGY BAN HURTS RURAL COMMUNITIES: Almost two years after lawmakers put a halt to new wind farms in the state, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown
on Wednesday filed a bill to get wind energy blowing again in parts of North Carolina – but not in an area that most needs the development. It was Brown, R-Onslow, who stuck the 18-month wind farm moratorium into a bill overhauling the state's solar energy policies in the summer of 2017. He argued that giant turbines could interfere with training exercises near military bases across eastern North Carolina. Military officials, who must sign off on all wind farm projects, said no projects pending at the time would have interfered with training. The new legislation "would remove many of the areas in North Carolina where wind has the opportunity for the greatest economic benefits. Many of the most economically distressed counties in eastern North Carolina also have some of the best wind resources," said Adam Forrer of the Southeastern Wind Coalition.
BROAD SUPPORT FOR BILL BANNING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, EXCEPT (OF COURSE) LARRY PITTMAN: After a heated debate about whether spanking and paddling is good for children, the state House voted Wednesday to ban the use of corporal punishment in North Carolina’s public schools. Supporters of House Bill 295 said it’s not the place of the state’s public schools to use physical violence to discipline students, pointing to research from groups such as the American Psychological Association. “I personally thank God for every whipping my daddy ever gave me, and sometimes I got one at school and I got one when I got home, too,” said Rep. Larry Pittman, a Republican from Cabarrus County who homeschools his children. “I don’t care what any association says. The Bible tells me he who spares the rod hates his own child." (You've got a weird bible, dude)
FACEBOOK BANS WHITE NATIONALISM ON ITS PLATFORM AFTER MUCH CRITICISM: Facebook is extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism. The company previously allowed such material even though it has long banned white supremacists. The social network said Wednesday that it didn't apply the ban previously to expressions of white nationalism because it linked such expressions with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — such as American pride or Basque separatism (which are still allowed). But civil rights groups and academics called this view "misguided" and have long pressured the company to change its stance. Facebook said it concluded after months of "conversations" with them that white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.
THERESA MAY OFFERS TO RESIGN IF PARLIAMENT ACCEPTS HER BREXIT DEAL: “She — with tears not far from her eyes — said, ‘I promised I would deliver the Brexit agreement,’ ” her former policy adviser, George Freeman, told the BBC. She went on, he said, to say, “I have made many mistakes. I am only human. I beg you, colleagues, vote for the withdrawal agreement and I will go.” He said, “There was silence in the room and it was incredibly sad.” For a brief period that followed, people said nice things about her. Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leader of the hard-Brexit faction that tried to remove her from office, said that her concession showed “her inner nobility.” Malcolm Rifkind, a Tory elder statesman, said that, “if she goes, she goes with honor.” But then there was a rumbling from Committee Room 10, where the holdouts from Mr. Rees-Mogg’s group had gathered. His lieutenant, Steve Baker, professed himself “consumed with a ferocious rage” over the capitulation of his Brexiteer comrades. “I could tear this place down and bulldoze it into the river,” he said. This was not good news for Mrs. May. The question is whether her sacrifice means anything at all. For a third time, Mrs. May’s deal could come for a vote, possibly on Friday, yet, for now, it still appears short of the support needed for passage. If not, the job of delivering Brexit will remain unfinished, and the person in charge will still be Theresa May.