Big surprise: Steve Troxler is in favor of wood pellet industry

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Better paint those trees now, before they're gone:

Exporting wood energy is a sustainable way for North Carolina to create jobs at home, draw attention to our state's robust forestry industry and reduce carbon emissions by providing a green alternative to fossil fuels.

North Carolina is in a position to capitalize on global demand for wood-derived energy. Nearly 60 percent of the state is forest land. The wood energy industry has already created 168,732 jobs statewide and that number is set to grow. As it is, at least one major wood energy supplier, Enviva, has plans to open two new plants in Richmond and Sampson counties by 2017, creating over 170 permanent jobs and injecting over $214 million into the local economy, a boon for North Carolina, both in jobs and economic stimulus.

Bolding mine, because that's the biggest load of equine droppings I've seen from a public official in a long time. And considering the prolific liars running our state right now, that's saying a lot. No doubt he got that number from an industry rep and not Commerce or Labor. And he also misrepresents the NC State study I dealt with a few months ago:

Thursday News: Terrymandering?

NC GOP LEADER LOBBIED COUNTIES TO OFFER SINGLE EARLY VOTING SITE IN ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ EMAIL (Raleigh News & Observer) -- While the N.C. Republican Party’s executive director pushed counties to reduce early voting opportunities, another GOP leader, 1st Congressional District GOP Chair Garry Terry, went a step further: Calling on Republican county election officials to offer only one early voting site for the minimum hours allowed by law. Terry encourages board members with questions to contact him or NCGOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse, who wrote his own memo to Republican board members calling for “party line changes” limiting early voting.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article100426527.html

Scathing editorial on the NC GOP's attack on voters

Stifling democracy is inexcusable, no matter how you slice it:

Enough is enough. First, North Carolina citizens are gerrymandered so extensively that the politicians picked their voters. Then, there’s an election law bill that slashes voting opportunities for African-Americans and young people. So, some politicians make it more difficult for those who might oppose them to get to the polls.

Playing these cynical games with voting shows a lack of respect for our most important right and makes a mockery of our elections. The state’s Republican leadership, party officials and power players in the General Assembly who are responsible, say it’s just politics as usual and an appropriate part of the process. Meanwhile the courts have said that the legislature has crafted discriminatory and unconstitutional voting laws.

The irony is, these flag-waving, pledge-of-allegiance-reciting, "representatives" of the people have attacked the US and NC Constitutions so many times we've lost count. Their arrogance and hubris know no bounds, and they will continue to grab whatever power they can get their grubby little hands on, until we put them back in the minority where they belong.

The Koch Brothers involved in NC beach access dispute

Attacking government religiously, no matter how small:

Some have suggested that the beach property rights case between Diane and Gregory Nies and the Town of Emerald Isle, now before the N.C. Supreme Court, pits property rights against public recreation. This is incorrect. The case pits constitutionally protected property rights against lawless government.

J. David Breemer is a principal attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation, a donor supported watchdog organization that defends property rights nationwide. PLF represents the Nies free in their litigation against the Town of Emerald Isle.

PLF dates back to the Reagan years, and has been propped up by the Scaife Foundation and the Kochs every time its finances dwindled to the point it was at risk of total collapse. And they've been the leading edge in some of the most disgusting anti-environment moves ever attempted, including trying to get the endangered manatees de-listed in areas down in Florida, so wealthy boat enthusiasts wouldn't have to worry about killing the few that are left. And they were the ones who targeted polar bears a few years ago, doing the dirty work for their fossil fuel masters:

Wednesday News: Governor McTravel in trouble again

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MCCRORY, KEY ADMINISTRATORS SUED FOR WITHHOLDING TRAVEL RECORDS (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A political organization whose president, Jay Reiff once advised former Gov. Mike Easley, has sued Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration for withholding travel records requested more than a year ago. Real Facts NC, a nonprofit formed in 2010 to conduct research and disseminate information about public policies and public officials, filed the lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court on Tuesday.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article10...

ITT Tech leaves hundreds of local students holding empty bag

Blaming the Federal government for its own shortcomings:

Another for-profit college has gone bust, leaving tens of thousands of students in the lurch. ITT Educational Services announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down immediately, accusing the federal government of unfairly stripping it of eligibility for student aid. This includes ITT Technical Institute in High Point, which enrolls several hundred students.

The company has been the subject of state and federal probes for various reasons, including its recruitment tactics, lending practices and job placement figures. The Department of Education has said that ITT Educational Services' students could be eligible for a closed school loan discharge.

I sure hope so. That being said, it means (once again) taxpayers are footing the bill for shady corporate practices. Grrr.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

When you realize the Democrats are gaining momentum:

Many right-wing nutters already don't like him, and this should make their heads explode.

Tuesday News: The real Carolina comeback

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DEMS LOOK FOR COMEBACK IN BATTLE FOR GOVERNORSHIPS (The Hill) -- Democrats hope to launch a comeback this fall in the battle for governor’s mansions across the country. Republicans have a huge lead after two strong midterm elections in a row, in which the party netted eight new governorships once held by Democrats. … In North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory (R) is beset by low poll numbers after controversies over a so-called “bathroom bill” and the conservative direction of the state legislature. He faces Attorney General Roy Cooper (D). Polls both public and private show Cooper maintaining a narrow lead, while McCrory’s favorable ratings remain weak.
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/294299-dems-look-for-comeback-in-battle-for-governorships

Ross blasts Burr over voting record, policy positions

Poking where it hurts:

Ross said her campaign has focused on economic security from the beginning, meaning protecting and stabilizing Medicare and Social Security. She said Burr has voted to allow cuts to Social Security and wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

“You know what that means — less money that goes to the individual recipient and more money that goes to insurance companies,” Ross said. She said she has been all over the state and has not talked to anybody who thinks that turning Medicare into a voucher program is a good idea.

This is exactly the right approach to erode Burr's Teflon coating: Exposing his attacks on Social Security and Medicare to all those 60+ voters who turn out in droves to support Republicans. If the GOP was able to get everything they want in Washington, those retired people would be hung out to dry in short order. But instead of debating Ross on policy, the Burr campaign is relying on ad hominem rhetoric:

Monday News: Laboring for less

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REPORT QUESTIONS REACH, VALIDITY OF MCCRORY'S 'CAROLINA COMEBACK’ (Winston-Salem Journal) -- N.C. Commerce Department data shows 40 percent of all job creation has been gained in Charlotte and the Triangle. Much of the job creation statewide has been in low-wage jobs, such as retail, leisure and hospitality. The lN.C. Justice Center directly questions Gov. Pat McCrory’s claims job recovery in the title of a recent report — “Don’t call it a comeback” — of its annual “state of working North Carolina” that’s always timed for Labor Day weekend. The subtitle is “State policy choices have violated the promise of hard work for North Carolinians.”
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/report-questions-reach-validity-of-gov-pat-mccrory-s-carolina/a...

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