When telling the truth is a felony

If you can't shut them up, put them in jail.

One thing that the legislation would do is make it a Class I felony to disclose the poisonous chemicals that petrochemical companies want to pump into North Carolina’s soil. The new rules also seek to force first responders to sigh confidentially agreements in order to receive information about the poisons used following any accident. Both medical providers and fire chiefs would be bound to also not disclose what is being pumped into our ground and ground water. Following the change in rules for the State Legislative Building this is simply another attempt to criminalize behavior that cramps the style of the Republican Supermajority.

The bizarro world of the Koch family

If you're curious about the two men trying to buy NC politicians, you might want to pick up a new book by a reporter for Mother Jones who used interviews and court documents to pull back the veil behind the Koch family.

From an ultra-libertarian father who had fascist sympathies, feared a "race war" that would be started by Communists, and feared his gay son turned out "effiminate" because he didn't engage him in vicious physical altercations with his brothers to the battles that included office bugs and rifling through trash cans for one brother's bid for control of Koch Industries, it sounds like an Ayn Rand novel gone horribly wrong.

How does a democracy survive two psychologically scarred school-yard bullies that can buy anything they want?

Editor Doug Clark says No Nazi Terms to be used against Republicans?

From His Friday Blog, 5-16-14

Doug Clark · Works at Greensboro News & Record

Please, no Nazi references.

Question? Do you think Doug is a closet Nazi or simply a Corporate Journist who has no clue to what Fascism means to the American People?

McCrory's $15 million sick tax: Adding injury to insult

Could Deputy Assistant Governor McCrory have done anything less constructive than propose a new "sick tax" on NC hospitals? I suppose he really didn't have a choice given that Governor Pope is choosing to balance his budget on the backs of poor people.

McCrory’s $21 billion budget proposes increasing the amount hospitals send the state by $15 million, adding to the $135 million the hospitals already pay. But though they would kick more money to the state, the hospitals wouldn’t get more back from the federal government. Goodman, a Richmond County Democrat, said the $15 million extra is essentially a tax increase that will hurt struggling rural hospitals.

Budgeted to fail: NC's textbook shortage worsens

It's hard to teach by the book when you don't have one:

Lucas said that districts across the state used to adopt a new set of books each year, working on a five-year rotation to cover each subject area. That meant that almost no textbook was older than five years. The last time the district bought a set of books to cover an entire subject area was six years ago. More and more classes are now working with books that are more than 10 years old.

It’s unclear whether the state’s textbook budget will ever return to its peak in the 2009-10 school year. That school year, the state budgeted $111 million for textbooks. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools received more than $2 million for textbooks that year. The next, it received just $88,000.

Of course there's no mention in this article of what government changes occurred between the 2009-10 school year and the 2010-11 school year. That's when Republicans finally got a chance to run things (into the ground) and "reform the failing public schools." Apparently the first step was to put a stop to all that book-learnin' and get down to the basics of forcing teachers to magically produce materials for students to study for homework assignments. Mediocrity, here we come.

McCrory slammed (again) by the New York Times, Tillis is toast

The New York Times today does a number on Mr. Irrelevant, with a damning story about North Carolina's lurch to the right. Though the story is mostly about McCrory's ineffectiveness as deputy assistant governor, the underlying narrative is nothing but bad news for Thom Tillis. Interviews with a handful of North Carolina Republicans reveal the uphill battle Tillis is facing.

Stopping at a paint store in the North Hills section of the capital, Charles Snyder, 72, who owns a construction company, called himself “a lifelong registered Republican” but said he was unhappy with the state’s conservative direction. He lamented that the governor did not have more control over lawmakers. “If he agrees with them, he’s fine,” he said. “If he disagrees, he’s emasculated.”

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