Tuesday News: With McCrory, it's déjà vu all over again

GOV. MCCRORY: CHANGE MEANS STEPPING ON TOES (Hickory Record) -- Gov. Pat McCrory spoke at Rock Barn Country Club and Spa on Monday night, reiterating many of his campaign’s familiar themes and casting himself as a leader willing to disturb the existing order for the good of the state. "And I realized when I came to Raleigh as the 74th governor of the greatest state in the United States of America called North Carolina, that our state was broken and we didn’t just need a leader, we needed a change agent,” McCrory said. “And you know when a change agent comes into business, they have to step on some toes because you haven't got much time."
http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/gov-mccrory-change-means-stepping-on-toes/article_920719e2-7ed1-11...

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Time for a friendly reminder:

Even though the courts have stepped in and reinstated out-of-precinct voting, it's still less than ideal. Unless I'm mistaken, those are cast as provisional votes, meaning the local BoE can give them a thumb's up (or down). Check your registration and fix it while you can.

Charlotte Chamber's "deal" on HB2 a losing proposition

It amounts to nothing more than capitulation:

Gov. Pat McCrory and state leaders tell us HB2 has not hurt the North Carolina economy. Did they ask the dozens of communities, hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers in North Carolina that have lost work and tens of millions at the hands of the LGBT bashing legislation what they think? Obviously not.

For months McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the state GOP and the legislative leadership, have been pinning the blame for the HB2 fallout, wrongly and irresponsibly, on Charlotte’s city council. The city council did nothing wrong. IT PASSED AN ORDINANCE SIMILAR TO LAWS AND ORDINANCES PASSED IN 200 OTHER COMMUNITIES AROUND THE NATION. The ordinances have been workable and responsible.

I am so sick and tired of Republicans pointing the finger at Charlotte and saying, "You started it!" The truth is, they saw HB2 as more of a political step to energize their bigoted base than an effort to protect privacy. They also saw it as a convenient vehicle to enact anti-worker legislation that would be tough to pass outside of a hot-button piece of legislation. And if this is the way the Chamber of Commerce does business:

Monday News: More lies from McCrory camp

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FACT CHECK ‘MOVING VIOLATION’: MCCRORY SAYS COOPER 'FOUGHT CLEANUP' OF COAL ASH (WRAL-TV) -- We're giving the statement a moving violation on our fact-checking scale, the lowest rating, because it makes a serious accusation without backing it up. The backup from Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's camp fails to show that Democrat Roy Cooper personally fought the cleanup of coal ash in the state or allowed his department to do so. Interviews with those who have been the most vocal watchdogs with regard to environmental policy say they have a hard time reconciling the claim with what they've observed over the years.
http://www.wral.com/fact-check-mccrory-says-cooper-fought-cleanup-of-coal-ash/16019948/

Must-read op-ed on perils of climate change

Waiting to act is a dangerous game:

If our children’s children are going to be able to live meaningful lives upon this planet, we must all study and become alarmed about the changes that we have caused in the atmosphere, the ocean and the earth itself during the past 100 years.

Scientists are supposed to be more factual and less speculative in the things they say. However, there is a time when everyone has a responsibility to raise an alarm. This becomes particularly necessary when the majority of those we elect to write laws and regulations tend to be deniers of facts, ignorant of scientific results and dismissive of even debating and evaluating the potential consequences.

While polls have shown the majority of the populace are worried about climate change, they are not worried enough to make it a top priority. It's just one of many things they worry about, and not even in the top five for a healthy chunk of them. Ergo, it doesn't have much of an impact on how they vote. Even Democrats will get all excited about a candidate who has absolutely nothing to say about climate change. It's not a "fringe" issue that only radical tree-huggers should be worrying about; it's a mainstream issue that has us marching to a catastrophic future. Not only a humanitarian and ecological catastrophe, an economic one the likes of which we've never seen before. And this is the only way we are going to change that:

Sunday News: The battle lines are drawn

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GENE NICHOLS: GIVEN NC HISTORY, GOP’S BLACK SUPPRESSION THE GRAVEST SIN (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- By overtly pressing a Republican policy to eliminate “souls to the polls” programs popular in black churches, Dallas Woodhouse stepped beyond the traditional pretense. We’re after black folks, he effectively explained, because they’re our adversaries.
http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article102292057.html

McCrory staff lies again, attributes Char-O for their own (planted) questions

I wonder how he'll blame the media for this one:

McCrory’s staff planted questions at a lunch event in SouthPark on Thursday with the crowd under the impression that they were coming from the media or the audience. The moderator, a volunteer from the lunch audience, introduced three questions by saying they were from the Charlotte Observer.

Of course, those weren’t Observer questions. They were softballs from his staff about what he wanted to do with his next term; how he wanted to reduce the state’s rape kit backlog; and how the state crime lab performed under McCrory’s opponent, Roy Cooper.

GOP voter suppression exposed: Voter ID just a political tool

The "intent to discriminate" is more than obvious:

Also in Wisconsin, Todd Allbaugh, 46, a staff aide to a Republican state legislator, attributed his decision to quit his job in 2015 and leave the party to what he witnessed at a Republican caucus meeting. He wrote on Facebook:

I was in the closed Senate Republican Caucus when the final round of multiple Voter ID bills were being discussed. A handful of the GOP Senators were giddy about the ramifications and literally singled out the prospects of suppressing minority and college voters. Think about that for a minute. Elected officials planning and happy to help deny a fellow American’s constitutional right to vote in order to increase their own chances to hang onto power.

With great power comes great responsibility. And Republicans have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, they wield this power irresponsibly and will use it to deny Constitutional rights for others if it benefits them. Of course, any article of this nature that fails to mention that idiot Don Yelton would be incomplete:

Saturday News: Stand fast, Charlotte

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TALK OF HB2 REPEAL DEAL RESURFACES (WRAL-TV) -- A group representing restaurants and hotels said Friday that it has been working behind the scenes to broker a deal that could lead to the repeal of HB2, but there's no guarantee anything will come from the effort. Lynn Minges, president and chief executive of the N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association, said her group has "received assurances" from legislative leaders that the General Assembly is prepared to meet in special session as early as next week to repeal HB2, provided that the Charlotte City Council first repeals a local ordinance that requires businesses to allow transgender people to use the public restroom of their choosing.
http://www.wral.com/talk-of-hb2-repeal-deal-resurfaces/16021170/

Friday News: Bringing home the family bacon

FOR GOP SENATOR'S POLITICAL FUNDS, IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY (McClatchy Newspapers) — Sen. Richard Burr's political committees have paid nearly $200,000 over the last 16 years to his in-laws and a firm employing his son for office rent and administrative services. The previously undisclosed arrangements appear to be legal, but they could provide campaign fodder for Burr's Democratic challenger, Deborah Ross. Since 2000, the committee has paid $88,724, at the rate of $464.10 per month, to his sister-in-law, Mary Fauth. She has served as the treasurer of his leadership PAC, the Next Century Fund. Over that same span, the Next Century Fund also has paid $400 monthly in rent and utilities, totaling $75,600, to Fauth's husband, Gerald W. Fauth III, a lobbyist based in Alexandria, Va.
http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2016/09/15/for-gop-senators-political-funds-its-all-in-the-family/

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