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Daily dose: Houston, you have a problem edition


McCrory headlines Houston’s huge Offshore Tech Conference (Houston Chronicle) -- The annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston could be the biggest ever despite the lowest oil prices in years. Drilling beneath the world's oceans has yet to feel the full brunt of cheap oil and the thousands of OTC attendees will browse exhibits from 2,600 companies - up from last year's record-setting 2,568 companies. One highlight is a panel of elected officials who will discuss the future of drilling and assess federal and state regulations. The panel includes Republican N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop , R-Utah.

Daily dose: Guns everywhere edition


After the Mayhem, Politics as Usual (New York Times) -- In North Carolina, lawmakers want to weaken penalties on gun owners who violate a ban on carrying guns in restaurants, and to punish doctors who ask patients about guns as a safety issue. … The idea that this improves public safety is firmly rebutted by the latest figures from the Violence Policy Center , a gun safety research and advocacy organization, which found that at least 743 non-self-defense deaths since 2007 were attributable to individuals with permits to carry concealed weapons. These included 222 suicides.

Daily dose: "He thought they said Koch" edition


Coca-Cola, with McCrory’s help, Tries To Position Itself As Health Food (Media Post) -- How many million marketing dollars will Coca Cola have to spend to make us believe it’s in the business of promoting good health, instead of pushing a constant craving for its sugar- and chemical-laden drinks? … The primary target market is North Carolina, and the Challenge — a partnership between Coca-Cola, CVS and Morris Media Network's Carolina Parent, Piedmont Parent and Charlotte Parent magazines — has the enthusiastic endorsement of Gov. Pat McCrory. “I encourage families within North Carolina to register for this fantastic program and get out and get moving,” he said.

Daily dose: Chairman of the idiot's coalition version


DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind McCrory's crusade for Atlantic oil (Facing South) -- Instead of moving away from risky offshore oil, the U.S. is now poised to expand exploration and drilling in vast new areas of the ocean. Earlier this year, energy interests scored a major victory when the Obama administration announced it would include waters off the coasts of North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia in a draft five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing beginning in 2017 — the first time a federal lease has been proposed for the Atlantic since the early 1980s. The oil and gas industry's success in getting Atlantic drilling back on the agenda can be traced in large part to the full-throttle lobbying efforts of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition — a secretive group founded in 2011 to revive and expand offshore drilling in the wake of the BP disaster. Based in the offices of its chairman, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina, the Governors Coalition now includes member governors from nine coastal states.

Daily dose: The heroes are back edition

20 arrested at NC Legislature protesting GOP's policies (AP) — Twenty people are facing trespassing and other charges after members of the "Moral Monday" movement disrupted the North Carolina Senate and House on Wednesday to protest Republican policy priorities.

Protests, arrests resume at legislature (WRAL-TV) -- Demonstrators on Wednesday kicked off their third year of protests - and arrests - at the General Assembly.

Daily dose: Tata fails his troops edition


McCrory’s DOT eliminating 81 positions to comply with budget law (AP) — The N.C. Department of Transportation is eliminating 81 positions to comply with last year's state budget law that required it outsource more work to the private sector.

McCrory’s Transportation Secretary lays off 70 NCDOT workers (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Days after he persuaded a state senator to withdraw legislation ordering him to lay off 81 workers at the state Department of Transportation on June 1, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced Tuesday that he will lay off 70 workers and eliminate 11 recently vacated jobs.

Daily dose: Compare and contrast edition

Religious conservatives lobby for "religious freedom" law (AP) — Religious conservatives are lobbying North Carolina lawmakers to pass legislation that supporters say protects expressions of faith but that opponents contend would legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Democrats call on GOP to focus on economy, not social issues (Raleigh News & Observer) - NC Senate Democrats on Monday called on GOP leadership in the General Assembly to move some of their bills that they say would do a better job of improving North Carolina’s economy than the Republicans’ agenda.

Daily dose: Big government GOP edition


Kure Beach Council Opposes Sales Tax Bill (Island Gazette) -- A bill submitted by NC Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (Republican - District 6, Jones and Onslow counties) along with other senators in March (SB 369) could have drastic impacts on sales tax revenues collected by counties and municipalities. The Kure Beach Town Council voted to adopt a resolution that opposes legislation currently proposed that would lead to a reduction in sales tax revenues for many counties and municipalities.

Daily dose: The NC GOP and Leandro don't mix version


Manning orders July 21 hearing on Leandro (EdNC) -- Superior Court Judge Howard Manning issued a notice of hearing and order in the Leandro case. A hearing will be held from Tuesday, July 21 at 10am through Thursday, July 23 in Courtroom 10-A of the Wake County Courthouse. “The purpose of this hearing is for the Court to review a definite plan of action from the State of North Carolina as to how the State of North Carolina intends to correct the educational deficiencies in the student population,” Manning said in his order. The State Board of Education has been directed to develop a plan by June 30.

Daily dose: The Lt. Gov. of extremism edition


Open letter sent in support of 'religious freedom' bill (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, disregarding sentiments expressed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, joined several faith leaders in writing an open letter to elected officials in support of a so-called "religious freedom" bill.


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