Obama making GOP dance to his tune with immigration action

And they'll be stepping on each other's toes even after the music stops:

Some on the right pushed for using must-pass spending legislation to try to shut-down Obama's move. One lawmaker— two-term Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama — raised the specter of impeachment. Party leaders warned against such talk and sought to avoid spending-bill tactics that could lead to a government shutdown. They said such moves could backfire, alienating Hispanic voters and others.

In a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans, McConnell urged restraint. Still, there were concerns among some Republicans that the potential 2016 presidential candidates in the Senate would use the announcement to elevate their standing, challenging Obama directly.

Good luck on that whole "restraint" thing. Even if Republican leaders actually want their flock to behave like adults, which is not a foregone conclusion, the tantrums associated with this Executive Action will be legendary. I doubt we'll be lucky enough to see any Buddhist monk-styled immolation in the aisles of Congress, but there could be some tears of frustration. In actuality, it won't be a "groundbreaking" move by the President:

Daily dose: The long arm of Duke Energy

Lawyers in McCrory's lawsuit also represented Duke Energy (Raleigh News & Observer) - When Gov. Pat McCrory sued legislative leaders last week to block their appointments to the new commission that will determine how Duke Energy cleans up its coal ash across the state, he hired a law firm with extensive connections to the company. Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, headquartered in Charlotte like Duke Energy, is one of North Carolina’s most prominent law firms. It has represented the utility in lawsuits. It is counsel for the company’s $800 million in exempt facility bonds. Several of its top lawyers have held high-level positions at the utility. Some environmentalists have raised concerns about the reach of the country’s largest utility company into state government. And Senate leader Phil Berger, a Republican from Eden, which was the site of the Dan River coal ash spill in February, has criticized McCrory for suing over the makeup of the coal ash commission the legislature created this summer. “The governor’s primary concern appears to be a desire to control the coal ash commission and avoid an independent barrier between his administration and former employer,” Berger said earlier this fall. His office had no further comment this week.

Coal Ash Wednesday: Sanford stuck between clay and a hard place

This is one battle they've already lost:

“In the early 90s, Waste Management tried to put a landfill out at the same site that was just purchased by Chara,” Crumpton continued. “Then there was an attempt in 2006 where D H Griffin was trying to site a construction and demolition debris landfill out in the Cumnock area.” Chara is the landfill management company Duke Energy contracted to supervise and operate the coal ash storage sites in Lee and Chatham counties.

The difference between past attempts at putting landfills in Lee County and Duke’s plan to transfer coal ash from Mount Holly and Wilmington to the 410-acre site off Post Office Road is that, pending approval from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the plan to store coal ash in Lee County is a done deal.

Granted, taking advantage of an already-existing impermeable layer of clay for coal ash storage is smart, but communities should still be able to reject such projects if a majority of the citizens don't approve. Giving Duke Energy carte blanche to put that crap anywhere they want in the state is a recipe for disaster, because money (cost) will eventually be their only concern. That's how we got into this mess in the first place.

Daily dose: anonymous blogger edition

Sen. Tommy Tucker lets loose again, this time target is Aldona Wos (WRAL-TV) -- In the latest chapter in their long-running feud, Senate leaders and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos exchanged heated words over modernizing the state's archaic death records system. The heated exchange between Sen. Tommy Tucker, R-Union, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos is just the latest skirmish in an intensifying feud between Senate leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory's administration. … "Some of our key technology is about a decade behind the rest of the nation," Wos told lawmakers. "Our customers – our citizens – do not receive the records they need in a timely fashion," she added, saying the current system "does not pass the common sense test.” … "Don't talk down to me," Tucker retorted. "I'm responsible to the taxpayer to see if there's any savings." In April 2013, Tucker made headlines when he lectured Goldsboro News-Argus Publisher Hal Tanner during a legislative committee meeting: “I’m the senator and you are the citizen. You need to be quiet,” was the sartorial retort that went viral.

NC Health Officials Advocate Change To Electronic Death Records (WUNC-FM) -- State health officials would like to update North Carolina's antiquated system of recording deaths. The Tar Heel state uses handwritten or typed documents to declare a death. Those forms are hand-delivered through several stops from the funeral home to state records in Raleigh -- which can take at least three months. Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos told lawmakers today her department wants to move to a fully electronic system: "The reason to do this is not a matter of saving money on one or two or fifty salaries, this has to happen for the future of the state. We have to be able to identify who died. And we have to be able to do it very quickly." Wos says that an electronic system is a better way for the state to receive the information and it's easier for families. The system of recording births is fully electronic in North Carolina.

Rep. Chuck McGrady in Twitter war with anonymous liberal blogger (Raleigh News & Observer) -- In dozens of tweets over the course of several days, NC Rep. Chuck McGrady has been in a war of words with an anonymous liberal blogger. The debate began on Saturday with a post from BackwardNC, which describes itself as “devoted to chronicling the state of North Carolina’s inexorable backward march, led by ... the conservative Republican army.” The blogger lobbed a general complaint about Republican legislators. “Did you hear about the moderate Republican who respects Democrats and works with them on solutions? Yeah, neither did we,” the tweet read. McGrady, a Hendersonville Republican, responded in disagreement a few minutes later. “Funny thing is that most of the Dems voted for my coal ash bill,” he tweeted. That launched an argument over whether the coal ash legislation


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