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...

The GOP's continuing battle against early voting

Which is beginning to have the flavor of desperation:

The Wake County Republican Party is calling on its members to lobby against expanded early voting opportunities, arguing more sites and hours “only creates additional opportunity for chaos.”

Party leaders sent out the message in an email and Facebook post Friday, in advance of a State Board of Elections meeting next week to vote on Wake’s proposed early voting schedule.

Bolding mine, because you can't have chaos unless a lot of people are involved, and trying to funnel all those people into one central location is the recipe for chaos, either at that one site or later at individual precincts on November 8th. In their usual logic-deprived irony, Republicans are complaining about the very thing they're trying to cause.

Sunday News: Propaganda Pat in trouble

MONTEL WILLIAMS THREATENS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST MCCRORY (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Montel Williams is considering legal action against Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign after a clip of Williams was included in a McCrory ad. “The @PatMcCroryNC campaign can expect to hear from @Montel_Williams lawyers soon,” Williams spokesman Jonathan Franks tweeted Friday night. “We intend to be a very expensive headache for Lyin' Pat.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article99813197.html

More questions than answers on Duke Energy's "alternate" water supply

Not all water filtration systems are alike:

After decades of neglect by previous administrations, North Carolina is finally on track to permanently solve the long-ignored coal ash problem. Recent media reports have overlooked updates to the coal ash law that speak directly to the concerns we’ve heard from residents near Duke Energy facilities. Most importantly, we have started the process of ensuring that permanent drinking water is provided to residents around coal ash facilities.

This week the state environmental department sent letters to eligible well owners around Duke Energy’s Asheville facility, notifying them that they will receive a permanent alternate source of drinking water. Under the new law, residents may be provided with a connection to public water supply or a full house filtration system.

Skipping past Tom Reeder's blatant partisan posturing, the details of the "or" a full house filtration system have eluded my research skills. I'm a little(?) out of my depth here, so please consider this more of a cry for help than a learned dissertation. In looking at the various systems which might meet the needs of these folks, none of them appear to be ideal:

Saturday News: Um, what? Repeat that please, in English this time

NC LAWMAKER TELLS KAEPERNICK HE’S ‘PICKING A FIGHT WITH MOTHER FREEDOM’ (Charlotte Observer) A Republican Mecklenburg County lawmaker with no record of military service who is being opposed by a career Navy veteran, is the latest to tackle Colin Kaepernick, telling the San Francisco 49ers quarterback in a video message that he’s “picking a fight with Mother Freedom.” Republican Rep. John Bradford of Cornelius criticized Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the national anthem at pro football games. “I’m certain that you’ve heard the old saying that freedom isn’t free and the national anthem represents that freedom,” Bradford said, calling the anthem the “global theme song.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article99...

Friday News: Vandalism, by any other name

LAWMAKER'S 'BONEHEAD' SPOUSE APOLOGIZES FOR PULLING DOWN CAMPAIGN SIGN (WRAL-TV) - -A Republican state lawmaker and her husband apologized Thursday for some campaign sign shenanigans at a Wilson brewpub. Dr. Lew Martin, the husband of Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, was caught on a security camera taking a campaign sticker for Martin's opponent, Democrat Charlie Pat Farris, off the front door of Brewmasters, at 2117 Forest Hills Road West, and replacing it with a Martin sticker.
http://www.wral.com/lawmaker-s-bonehead-spouse-apologizes-for-pulling-down-campaign-sign/15979697/

Another legal battle brewing over county voting plans

Either fix it or face the consequences:

Dozens of GOP-controlled county election boards are currently trying to limit early voting, and the state election board is poised to wade into what could be a lengthy county-by-county fight over how much early voting should be allowed. All of this comes after a federal appeals court already ruled that cutbacks in early voting and other voting restrictions were intentionally discriminatory against African American voters.

It's a complicated interplay of politics, legal wrangling, and bureaucratic processes -- but the impact on the November election and on voting rights law generally is potentially significant.

There are really two problems facing the state board: Evaluating and (hopefully) revising plans that didn't receive a unanimous vote, and figuring out what to do with counties that produced no plan at all:

The ramifications of the latest coal ash legislation

With great power comes blatant irresponsibility:

Duke Energy is looking at its plans to close the 14 coal ash sites in light of a law passed by the state General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, Brooks said. "Changes in the legislation have caused us to go back and evaluate what it means for all of our sites," he said.

The law only requires half the 14 sites in the state to be excavated. The company might be allowed to dry out the others and cap them with natural and synthetic coverings.

I thought you were using "strictly science" in your evaluation of coal ash sites? If that were the case, a relaxing of the laws should have no effect on your approach to remediation. Unless you're referring to "political science," which it appears takes precedence over whatever actual dangers are involved.

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