Wednesday News: Kneeling towards theocracy

GOP LAWMAKERS QUOTE SCRIPTURE IN BILL BANNING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: A bill filed Tuesday by four N.C. House Republicans would direct state government to defy a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and restore the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage. The bill quotes the Christian Bible and says the ruling “exceeds the authority of the court relative to the decree of Almighty God that ‘a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24, ESV) and abrogates the clear meaning and understanding of marriage in all societies throughout prior history.” The bill would order state government to return to the constitutional amendment known as Amendment One, which was approved in a 2012 voter referendum. It also says that same-sex marriages performed in other states wouldn’t be recognized in North Carolina.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article144006904.html

"A citizen should never be punished for doing the right thing."

Ruling blocks Clemmons man from learning reasons for firing in whistle-blower case

By Richard Craver Winston-Salem Journal 1 hr ago (0)

An administrative law judge has ruled that a Clemmons man does not have the right to have a hearing to learn the reasons behind his firing from a state job in 2013.
Judge Randolph Ward’s ruling last week covers the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, or OAH, which is where the legal case of Joseph Vincoli against the N.C. Department of Public Safety would have been handled.

EXTRA! Read All About It! NCGA Voids Same Sex Marriages!

At least, that is what they propose to do via HB 780. This bill, sponsored by Representatives Speciale, Pittman & Ford, flatly states that our NC General Assembly can declare any SCOTUS decision to be null and void within our borders. With that premise, they resurrect 2012's 'Amendment 1' and proceed to declare same sex marriages, performed in our state or anywhere else, null and void.

What will they void next?
Certainly, Roe v. Wade.
Most probably, Brown v. Board of Education.
Dred Scott.
Miranda.
Hey! Maybe they can invalidate Bush v. Gore!

Duke University rethinking construction of natural gas facility

Taking a step back to evaluate their options:

For a university that has always been protective of its global reputation, contributing to global greenhouse gases through a natural gas plant is no way to burnish that image. That’s one of the conclusions of a Duke University Campus Sustainability Subcommittee, which released a report on a proposed combined heat-and- power natural gas plant today.

As a result, university Executive Vice President Tallman Trask announced that the board of trustees won’t vote as scheduled on a new $55 million, 21-megawatt combined heat and power natural gas plant on campus.

It's good they're taking a long, hard look at this project. I was going to say, "It's about time," but I don't want to look a gift academic horse in the mouth. But timeliness aside, there was one particular point I was looking for in the Subcommittee's report, and I found it:

Tuesday News: About those hogs...

TWO NC RIVERS ON TOP 10 MOST ENDANGERED LIST THANKS TO CAFOS: Two North Carolina rivers were ranked among the top 10 most endangered rivers in the country for the second year in a row when this year's study was released early Tuesday morning. American Rivers ranked the Neuse and Cape Fear rivers the No. 7 most endangered because of the number of hog and chicken farms located in the rivers' flood plains. Roughly 4 million North Carolinians get their drinking water from the rivers. The potential for damage was seen during Hurricane Matthew when more than 140 swine and poultry barns and a dozen open pits holding hog waste flooded.
http://www.wral.com/animal-farms-put-neuse-cape-fear-rivers-among-10-most-endangered/16638077/

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Still having to fight this fight:

Hat-tip to the N&O for publishing this OpEd:

Mark Meadows: Poster child for ending gerrymandering

We need to build a wall to keep people like him out:

There have been some predictions of a shutdown based on statements from some congressmen that they don’t want to fund a border wall with Mexico as part of a bill to keep the government going, the fear that some conservative House members like Meadows will use the occasion to get concessions on one issue or the other or the possibility of a debate over a ban on funds for Planned Parenthood.

Meadows predicted that Congress will approve funds for a border wall and increases for the military and Department of Homeland Security along with funds to keep the government going and dismissed the idea of a shutdown.

Anti-immigration, anti-abortion, and more money to bomb the shit out of Muslims. When these are your main priorities, you have no business being allowed into the Capitol Building, much less filing bills and voting and such. We've got a lot of work to do.

Monday News: The GOP's lust for power

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REPUBLICAN LEADERS MAKE ANOTHER GRAB FOR ELECTION BOARDS: County elections boards would go from three to four members, evenly split between the parties, and county boards would pick their own chairmen or chairwomen, although Republicans would be chairs in even-numbered election years — in other words, the most important election years. The bill in the House as drawn by Republicans was hastily done and Democrats rightly complained they didn’t get much of a look at it until the last minute. The substance of the bill is just wrong, and the haste with which Republicans leaders wanted to move it makes it all the more suspect.
http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article143624584.html

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