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As usual, Burr's attacks on Deborah Ross are baseless

And an attempt to deflect from his own shortcomings:

Ross has championed efforts to protect women and children. In the General Assembly, she worked to keep sexual predators off of social media sites and helped make sure law enforcement had the tools it needed to track sex offenders. She passed domestic violence reforms and wrote several laws to help victims of sexual assault.

Burr, on the other hand, voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women’s Act, which would have provided federal dollars to help prevent violence against women, children and families.

Not only did he fail miserably in efforts to keep women safe from violence, he's also worked hard to keep their earnings well below male co-workers:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Scraping the bottom of the barrel:

And, she appears to be functionally illiterate: "...the right candidate they have been followed or rooted since announcement of the candidacy." :o That's actually painful to read...

Privatized school construction and Legislative corruption

The Ethics Commission might as well not exist:

A group interested in local economic development called Robeson for Advancement is lobbying for the bill. The group’s manager is Aaron Thomas, president of the construction company Metcon. Patrick Ballantine, a former state senator and GOP gubernatorial candidate, is the group’s lobbyist. The bill’s main sponsor is state Sen. Wesley Meredith, a Fayetteville Republican. He owns a landscaping company that has won work as a Metcon subcontractor.

Meredith said he isn’t pushing the bill to benefit his company. “This is a way to build schools,” he said. Meredith said he would start moving the bill through Senate committees this week.

Oh. Well, in that case, as long as you promise you're not in it for the money, I guess we shouldn't worry about it. Now, replace "Wesley Meredith" with "Tony Rand" or "Marc Basnight," and imagine the Republican heads exploding after such a comment. Where's Don Carrington? Crickets. Where's the special 7-part series on government corruption from the News & Observer? You'll have to dig into the Archives for that, pre-2010. In the newly-revised GOP dictionary, "corruption" is now synonymous with "prosperity" and "opportunity."

Counting the local costs of the Connect NC Bond scam

Coming to a poor county near you:

Gov. Pat McCrory applauded local efforts in economic development throughout the years on Friday after he revealed SWELECT Energy Systems LLC will grace Halifax County. McCrory also said the State will soon invest in Halifax County, made possible through the recently passed Connect N.C. Bond Referendum.

“And one reason these bonds were so important is that we’re going to put $6.5 million into Halifax Community College, which is going to help train workers to fill these jobs at (the upcoming SWELECT Energy facility), and also, by the way, you have a great mountain park here, and the park system is so important we’re going to be putting $1.5 million in the Medoc Mountain Park right here,” the governor added.

I'm glad to see a Solar panel manufacturing facility come to NC, and this community desperately needs those 155 jobs. But the truth is, that $6.5 million may end up costing the local community more than it can stomach. There are some details in this forward-looking statement from HCC's President that are critical in understanding the potential pitfalls of this supposed windfall:

Utility-scale Solar development faces new challenges in NC

Economical, structural, and of course ideological:

That means that Duke is now paying Strata only wholesale electricity rates – without the subsidy – for power generated by six Strata solar farms that went online this year. “There is zero rate impact for rate payers,” O’Hara said. “And Duke is locking in a price for 15 years.”

As global solar prices went into a free fall and panel efficiency improved, solar farms became cost-competitive with coal-burning power plants and combined-cycle natural gas plants, two of the cheapest sources for generating electricity. The cost inversion, from priciest to cheapest, hasn’t won over all critics of renewables, but it has shifted their focus to new concerns: that solar panels may be toxic, and that solar farms conflict with agriculture.

That's typical of the anti-renewable, climate-change-denying crowd: When your main argument fizzles, you have to scramble to create a new (misleading) approach. But in their zest to find such, they also reveal their hypocrisy. Environmentalists have been pushing for decades for public officials to recognize the added costs associated with fossil fuel use, from ecological to human health issues, but that has fallen on deaf ears. And now that their "It's too costly!" argument no longer works, they want to create dangers from clean power production? Oh, hell no. As to the economics: Those of us who understood the true goals of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards knew (or hoped) that prices would fall, and with that decline would come a decline in the demand from investors, who would see their profit margins shrink. This wasn't merely part of the plan, it was the plan. And it's working better than we'd imagined. That being said, it appears Duke Energy is doing what all monopolies do, leverage their competition out of the market:

Burr flip-flops on gun control measure

Trying to walk back his idiotic comments from a few days ago:

Burr, like many other Republicans this week, said he’ll work with Democrats leading the call for gun laws that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying weapons. Monday will bring more Senate debate on at least four measures related to terrorist “watch lists” and access to guns.

He supports a “no-fly, no-buy” approach, Burr said Thursday, referring to a key provision. Democrats are seeking to ban gun sales to people whose names appear on the U.S. government’s “no fly” list. If the proposal includes a “due process” provision that would allow U.S. citizens to refute the evidence that’s landed them on the list, Burr says he supports the idea.

The bill Burr voted against back in December had that very provision as the 2nd line item, but he either didn't read the damn thing or is positioning himself to be the one who includes it in a "new" bill. And in case you've forgotten what he said five days ago: “These individuals are U.S. citizens, and we take their Second Amendment right away because the FBI interviews them?” The bottom line: Burr is well aware Deborah Ross will use that prior vote against him; heck, she already has. And now he's doing what he always has done, rewriting history. Ugh.

Greensboro N&R blasts Trudy Wade for anti-environmental stances

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No ambiguity in this assessment:

The Republican state senator from Greensboro is, yet again, pushing more poisonous legislation that would trash critical protections for North Carolina’s groundwater and reservoirs. Call her Queen of the Landfills. High Priestess of Pollution. Grand Dame of the Dumpster. Goodness knows she’s earned it.

At this point, Wade’s latest attempt to kill and bury e-waste recycling, which was approved in the Senate Monday, seems unlikely to pass in the House. But odds are, she’ll be back. She has pressed in the past for reductions in air-quality monitoring, removal of some wetlands protections and softer penalties for companies that cause ground, air or water pollution. She is, in a way, a recycler herself — of bad ideas for special interests. And it’s a dirty shame.

Really don't need to add anything to that, other than the observation the idiots in her Senate District will continue to support her, because they hate the Democrat-dominated Greensboro City Council. Which of course reflects the demographics of the City itself, where Republicans only represent 17% of the population. Bitter, belligerent, and burn-the-house-down immature. Helluva combination.

Homegrown NC terrorist gets house arrest

That oughta teach him...nothing:

In Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, 42-year-old Jason Blomgren pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge related to the occupation. Blomgren, of Murphy, North Carolina, traveled across the country to join the protesters. He told a judge he served as an armed guard.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed a charge of possessing a firearm in a federal facility. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14. Prosecutors recommend six months of home detention.

Bolding mine. Really? The nation was faced with the aura of heavily-armed extremists, threatening violence while occupying a Federal facility, and you're dropping the weapon charge? And sending him back here, where he'll probably be able to legally purchase as many assault rifles as he cares to collect? Gee thanks.

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