Republican snowflakes hide from their constituents

When you have no answers, questions are to be avoided at all costs:

It’s not that there isn’t time for such meetings, it’s just that many in North Carolina’s congressional delegation, like many others around the nation, simply don’t want to face angry and confused constituents. They’ve seen and read the reports of the raucous confrontations and are doing all they can to avoid those difficult scenes.

Trump uses "states' rights" excuse in attack on transgender students

Abdicating the Federal government's responsibility for basic civil rights:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that the Trump administration will issue new guidance on Title IX protections for transgender students. The comments came in response to a question during a White House press briefing about reports the White House would rescind the Obama administration's guidance that sought to bar discrimination against transgender students and ensure they had access to bathrooms of their choice.

Wednesday News: Putting VoterID to rest

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COOPER AND AG SEEK TO END US SUPREME COURT REVIEW OF VOTER ID LAW (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Roy Cooper and state Attorney General Josh Stein have taken steps to end a U.S. Supreme Court review of North Carolina’s voter ID law, reversing a request made by former Gov. Pat McCrory in the final days of his administration. But it was not immediately clear whether the request by the two newly elected Democrats to withdraw the appeal would fully end attempts to reinstate voter ID and other limitations on voting.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article134017644.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Reports of the death of the Patriarchy were premature:

And it's about to get worse, since the NCGA is trying to shrink the Board. More from Hannah:

Tuesday News: This is how you do it

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COOPER ANNOUNCES A PLAN TO BOOST TEACHER SALARIES (Greensboro News & Record) -- Gov. Roy Cooper and state Republican leaders circled each other warily Monday after the governor unveiled the outlines of his plan to boost average teacher pay to $55,000 in two years. The Democratic governor described his proposal as a multi-year investment in North Carolina teachers that would raise their salaries to the highest in the Southeast in three years and to at least the national average in five. “These aren’t just investments in our teachers, they are investments in our children’s future,” Cooper said.
http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/cooper-announces-a-plan-to-boost-teacher-salaries/article_...

Anti-abortion nuttery shifts into overdrive at NC General Assembly

Embracing quackery is now acceptable in GOP circles:

He claims the reversal process makes logical, scientific sense and said that animal studies in Japan showed that rats that were given Mifepristone had its effects reversed when given progesterone. He also pointed to a study published in 2012 in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy that described six case studies where four women had successful reversals and two lost their babies.

Monday News: Exporting bigotry

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HERE'S HOW BILLS IN N.C. AND TEXAS MEASURE UP (Texas Tribune) -- Since Texas Republicans unveiled their so-called “bathroom bill” in early January, supporters have described the bill as similar to a law passed by North Carolina yet different in important ways. "We're doing what North Carolina did — we're fighting back," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Family Research Council that also featured North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. "Our bill is a little bit different than their bill, but our objective is the same. That's to provide common sense, common decency, privacy and public safety to women."
http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/heres-how-the-bathroom-bills-in-north-carolina-and-texas-measu...

Our Sharia is preferable to Their Sharia??

Is there some NC group tracking this stuff?

This (below the fold) was in the local, two editions/week paper. You would think a "Baptist" would realize that there might be some variations in Muslims -- since there's a bit of variation in just the folks that call themselves Baptists.

Eminent domain "clarification" most certainly assists pipeline company

Regardless of Republican claims to the contrary:

By striking the phrase “originating in North Carolina” from the state’s eminent domain law, a bill approved by the North Carolina House could remove a key legal obstacle for the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Otherwise, the words are “a significant stumbling block,” said eminent domain attorney Jason Campbell.

“I’m not looking for any expansion [of eminent domain authority] here,” said McGrady on the floor of the House. “I’ve heard the argument that we’re trying to promote fracking and promote a natural gas line. I’m just going to stand my ground and say ‘no.’ We’re just trying to clean the language up.”

It looks like BergerMoore is rubbing off on Chuck McGrady, a Republican for whom I have (up until now) held a modicum amount of respect. But I don't believe in coincidences, especially not when powerful corporate interests have hundreds of millions on the line. Lawyers for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are already busy attacking landowners in court, and McGrady's "language-cleaning" efforts will very likely tip the scales in their favor:

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