Know any NC names in Trump's swamp?

ProPublica has published a list of 400 hires by the Trump administration that don't require approval by Congress.

It's a mix of Breitbart conspiracy theorists, lobbyists, and campaign flunkies - some are even recent high school graduates that have been clearly put into high level positions, far beyond any of their actual qualifications.

There are likely some NC connected names here.

CCRC and Dogwood Alliance speak out on wood pellet plant

And Richmond County's draconian public comment rules:

The group had come to last month’s meeting to voice concerns about the Enviva plant, but were denied because of the county’s public comment policy, which states that speakers must sign up with the the board’s clerk the Friday prior to the monthly meeting.

Kim McCall, secretary of the group, said she and Debra David attempted to do so this month, but were again denied because Enviva was on the agenda. The public comment policy — which county officials said has been in place since 1997 — also does not allow for comment for an item on the agenda. McCall calls not being allowed to speak an “injustice.”

These County Commissioners might think they're being clever, but they're about to get a hell of a lot more exposure than they imagined, and not the good kind, either. Here's a few words from Emily Zucchino, fighting the good fight for the Dogwood Alliance:

Translating Trump: "They have their place"

Here's a dose of reality, you fuckwit: It's not 1920, and women serve *all* the same "roles" that men do in our society. They don't just fill a niche here and there; they are lawmakers, surgeons, engineers, soldiers, law enforcement officers, and even real estate moguls. And one of them got almost 3 million more votes for President than you did, which pissed you off so badly it led you to claim 3+ million votes in the election were "fraudulent." So you can stick your pseudo-compliments for their achievements where the sun don't shine, and follow it with that not-so-smart phone of yours.

Wednesday News: The cost of incompetence

GOP HEALTH BILL FACES REVOLT FROM CONSERVATIVE FORCES (New York Times) – After seven years of waiting longingly to annul President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, Republican leaders on Tuesday faced a sudden revolt from the right that threatened their proposal to remake the American health care system. The much-anticipated House plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act also drew skepticism from some of the party’s more moderate members, whose constituents have benefited from expanded coverage in recent years. … Rep. Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, said Vice President Mike Pence had portrayed the bill as a work in progress that would no doubt be amended, perhaps significantly. “The bill that was introduced last night is still open for negotiation and certainly for modification,” Mr. Meadows said. “And we took that as very encouraging news.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/us/politics/affordable-care-act-obama-care-health.html

Journalist who broke the "Marines United" nude photo story receives threats

Because cowardice and misogyny go hand-in-hand:

The Facebook page was first exposed by The Center for Investigative Journalism and North Carolina resident and retired Marine Thomas Brennan, working with The War Horse, a nonprofit military and veterans journalism organization.

While top military officials investigate at Camp Lejeune, local law enforcement officers in Onslow County are tracking down at least one person who has made threats against Brennan. Richlands, N.C., Police Chief Ron Lindig told McClatchy Tuesday Brennan and his wife were targeted online by a person apparently angry about his investigative work.

I'm sure he'll get more threats before this thing is over, because a whole bunch of these idiots didn't try to conceal their identity. They may have to make a new category for Bad Conduct Discharges that includes the word "Facebook" in there somewhere. But the sooner these jackasses are out of uniform the better. Here are a few excerpts from the report itself via the War Horse:

Tuesday News: Power-play politics

POWER STRUGGLE BETWEEN GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATORS IN COURT (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The power struggle between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the GOP-led General Assembly will be on display Tuesday as arguments about the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches, and what each side contends that means, are made in front of the third branch of government. A three-judge panel will preside over a hearing inside the Campbell University law school to consider whether the Republicans at the helm of the legislative branch unconstitutionally grabbed power from the new governor, shortly after he emerged victorious over Republican Pat McCrory.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article136822538.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

More big-government bullying on the schedule for today:

Pay close attention to the short title:

Thanks to Trump DOJ, Supreme Court punts transgender case

No relief for Gavin anytime soon:

The justices said Monday they have opted not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law gives high school senior Gavin Grimm the right to use the boys' bathroom in his Virginia school. The case had been scheduled for argument in late March. Instead, a lower court in Virginia will be tasked with evaluating the federal law known as title IX and the extent to which it applies to transgender students.

The high court action follows the Trump administration's recent decision to withdraw a directive issued during Barack Obama's presidency that advised schools to allow students to use the bathroom of their chosen gender, not biological birth. The administration action triggered legal wrangling that ended with Monday's order.

I have a feeling the Trump administration is going to leave a lot of people swinging in the wind, with no hope of any sort of protections.

Fouling the waters: Shellfish harvest put on hold by stormwater runoff

Fecal coliform bacteria levels are off the charts:

High levels of fecal bacteria have prompted state environmental officials to close some coastal and inland waters to harvesting oysters, clams and mussels. The 2,450 acres stretching across eight counties will be off-limits until further notice, state environmental officials announced.

The bacteria comes from human and animal waste that enters the stormwater, which then flows into the harvest areas. Over the past several years, above average rainfall along the coast has washed that waste into the water. The cumulative effects of that runoff emerged in recent testing that showed bacterial levels have exceeded safe levels.

This is what happens when you ignore or downplay irresponsible behavior in favor of "economic gains," or whatever the rhetorical twist of the day is. Human waste is bad enough, but when you've got ten million factory hogs and hundreds of millions of chickens and turkeys, it's no wonder the coast is drowning in shit. And of course, spraying that liquefied mess all over the surface of plowed farmland just helps it on its way downstream when the rains come. But let's not get too involved in their business, because freedom. Or something.

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