Sunday News: The jackal in wolf's clothing

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THE HB2 PROVISION FEW ARE TALKING ABOUT (Charlotte Magazine) -- The new law bars workplace discrimination claims from North Carolina courts, nullifying 30 years of common-law precedent and forcing people who say they’ve been unfairly fired from their jobs to turn to the federal courts for relief. Why’s that a big deal? The federal court system is a lot harder, and usually more expensive, to navigate. Before they even file suit, potential plaintiffs have to get permission from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which can take months. They then have 90 days to file the complaint, compared to a three-year statute of limitations for state court. The filing fee is twice as expensive, and damages are capped at $300,000; there’s no such cap at the state level.
http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/April-2016/The-HB2-Provision-Few-Are-Talking-About/

Saturday News: Politics before people edition

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DEQ ENDS CONTRACTS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL STAFF (WRAL-TV) -- The state's environmental regulatory agency is cutting ties with nine lawyers and support staffers housed within the office of Attorney General Roy Cooper, accusing him of politicizing legal cases.
http://www.wral.com/deq-ends-contracts-with-environmental-legal-staff/15629318/

DEQ CUTS LEGAL STAFF AMID MCCRORY-COOPER POLITICS (Raleigh News & Observer) -- North Carolina’s environmental agency is cutting its legal staff amid political tensions between Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration and Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office, Dome learned on Friday.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article70...

The cluelessness of Dick Burr

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Living in his DC bubble:

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Friday fended off questions about House Bill 2, though he said he doesn’t think it will deter more companies from moving to the state. “It’s a state issue,” Burr told the Observer. “You need to talk to state legislators. I’ve still got companies talking to me about moving to North Carolina.”

“I don’t think there’s anything we’ve done that will deter people from moving to North Carolina, because this is a great place,” he said.

How the hell would you even know if this is a great place or not? You've been a Beltway Boy since before Milli Vanilli got busted for pantomiming, I'm surprised you don't get lost on your way back down here.

NC's draconian cuts to unemployment back in spotlight

Which should have been on our radar the whole time:

In 2013, when state businesses owed the federal government $2.5 billion for jobless benefits paid during the recession, lawmakers overhauled the unemployment insurance system to pay back the debt more quickly. The burden fell mostly on people who had lost jobs, leaving North Carolina among the worst states nationwide for helping laid-off workers.

The debt to the federal government was repaid last August, and the state unemployment insurance reserve fund now is about $1.2 billion. Rowe and others say lawmakers should now consider reversing some of the cuts, but the McCrory administration wants to build the reserve to about $2.4 billion to weather future downturns in the state economy.

Do the math, folks. If McCrory reaches his target, that will equate to NC's unemployed workers sacrificing $4.9 billion in weekly benefit payments. Money that would have been injected directly into the state's sluggish economy, while helping families survive. Now do you have maybe the slightest inkling why some of us were somewhat jaded about the Connect NC Bond?

Friday News: This was your chance, Margaret

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SPELLINGS CRITICIZED FOR TELLING CAMPUSES TO FOLLOW HB2 (Inside Higher Ed) -- The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, on Thursday issued a statement criticizing Margaret Spellings, president of the University of North Carolina, for sending a memo to campus chancellors telling them to enforce a new state law that requires public institutions to label any multiple-person bathroom or locker room as being for either men or women and to bar entry to those whose biological gender at birth does not match the room. The memo from Spellings says system campuses are covered by the law.
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/04/08/spellings-criticized-telling-unc-campuses-follo...

Thursday News: Duke simmers edition

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PROTEST AND POWER AT DUKE (inside Higher Ed) -- Anger over the fallout from a powerful administrator hitting an employee with his car leads to takeover of administration building and debate over treatment of workers. University makes concessions, but sit-in continues. At Ohio State, a sit-in starts.
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/04/07/duke-tries-end-protest-has-occupied-administration-bu...

DUKE PROTESTERS REJECT OFFER BY UNIVERSITY'S PRESIDENT (AP) -- Duke University students participating in a sit-in have rejected a proposed initiative by the university to raise the minimum wage for its workers and hire an outside expert to review employee grievance procedures.
http://www.wral.com/duke-protesters-reject-offer-by-university-s-president/15625758/

AFP NC loses another Legislative battle

Librarians are just fine as they are, thank you very much:

North Carolina legislators have backed off a proposal to eliminate state licensing requirements for a dozen occupations and consolidate other occupational boards.

Members of the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday shelved draft legislation for the upcoming General Assembly session, which starts April 25. The decision for inaction came after people associated with the boards or the professions regulated spoke at the committee and urged lawmakers not to move forward.

Oh, let me pick the next obscure and idiotic issue for you to pursue: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Why is there only one approved method for CPR? Big-government overreach, that's why. How many people die each year because we refuse to allow the free market to develop alternative methods? In New Zealand a few years ago, a little girl jumped on her grandfather's chest because she thought he was ignoring her, and his heart started right up again. But the Liberal media who are in bed with wealthy CPR instructors quashed that story, for fear it would eat into their profits. Act now to open the process, because when you're lying on the restaurant floor turning blue, while people are looking around at each other, it may be too late.

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