Mike Stone's trustee attack law headed to court

Drunk with power:

The complaint states that the Lee County Board of Commissioners, which wasn't affected by the bill, is controlled by a Republican majority, the same party as Stone. It also notes the four trustees kicked off the board and prohibited from being immediately re-elected are all registered as Democrat or Unaffiliated, and that the school board that elected them — which was recently changed to a partisan board, in a separate law proposed by Stone — is also majority Democrat or Unafilliated.

This isn't the first time General Assembly Republicans have misused their majority for partisan gain, and it's not the first time they've undermined the will of the people by taking authority away from local elected governments. But it may be the first time they've targeted specific individuals:

Craven County schools official: GOP budget cuts "devastating"

So much for Republicans' heated claims they're fully funding education:

After the meeting, the system issued a statement saying it was evaluating the state budget and “the devastating effect it will have on our school family” in the coming fiscal years. “Craven County Schools has worked very hard to protect the positions of the staff which are committed to working tirelessly every day to provide the best education for our students,” the statement said. “The district can no longer absorb positions through attrition based on the cuts we are faced for 2013 and 2014.”

There's no doubt that similar meetings are or will be taking place in nearly all of NC's 100 counties, and they should be followed by meetings of disgruntled parents. Whether or not over half of those parents realize they brought this about with their poor choices in the voting booth remains to be seen, which is why it's so important to continue with protests, vigils, and social media advocacy.

DHHS closes another abortion clinic

And this is the only one that would have remained open under the original bill:

Wednesday’s action against Asheville’s Femcare came after similar sanctions earlier this year against clinics in Charlotte and Durham. Each of those closings came under current health laws. The new law, among other things, calls for DHHS to draw new standards for abortion clinics. Under an earlier version of the bill – which McCrory threatened to veto – Femcare would have been the only clinic to meet the more stringent standards.

This is not a coincidence, and it's not evidence that abortion clinics are "more dangerous" than other health care facilities. But it is evidence that Aldona Wos is mismanaging her resources in order to achieve a political agenda:

Old white men meet at old white men's club

So they can settle their debts without any riff-raff bothering them:

The N.C. Republican House Caucus Leadership fund will be raising money at the Carolina Country Club next month. The Aug. 27 shindig is billed as a reception honoring the GOP House caucus. Chipping in $10,000 will get you 12 tickets to the VIP and general receptions, with less expensive options available down to $150 single tickets.

In all fairness, the Club did just decide to finally allow one (Duke Energy) African-American to join its previously lily-white ranks:

Right Wing Twits try to laugh off McCrory's cookie gaff

And make asses out of themselves in the process:

Nice try, but it ain't gonna work, pal. I understand you myopic mental midgets have a lot of trouble with "big picture" thinking, but the cookies didn't materialize in a vacuum. They are symbolic of Republicans' disregard for the rights and opinions of women, and no amount of joking will make that symbol less repulsive. Here's more feeble attempts at humor:

Maddow blog takes DAG McCrory's lies apart

And a plate of cookies won't help with this one, either:

While I can appreciate McCrory's desperate attempts at spin -- governors who run for re-election don't want to have to explain why they deserve the voters' trust after lying to them the last time -- his argument falls apart after minimal scrutiny. Right off the bat, there the regulatory TRAP laws that are slated to close 15 of North Carolina's 16 women's health clinics. When there's one clinic providing abortion services in a state of 10 million people spanning 53,000 square miles, it's probably fair to say a whole lot of women are necessarily going to lose access.

There is simply no amount of spin that will make this bald-faced lie go away. Make no mistake, it will be an issue in not only the Gubernatorial election three years from now, it will also play a role in 2014.

Yo, Nero.


Tuesday Twitter roundup

Does this come with the big-ass gavel, or do you have to buy your own?

Honestly, I've never understood the legality of elected officials giving each other thousands in campaign cash, especially in a non-election year. What the hell, you know? It's one reason I rarely give to candidates anymore. You throw fifty bucks into a candidate's coffer, and then see them hand off $4,000 to somebody else. It's kind of a slap in the face, if you catch my drift.

NC's Biofuels Center withers on the vine

Republican Legislature slashes funding for innovative clean energy research:

The 5-year-old Oxford-based organization, which is created to help the state develop biofuels made from energy crops other than corn, lost its $4.3 million in annual funding under the reigning Republican majority in the state legislature. "The Center, a growing biofuels community statewide, and companies considering new facilities here share dismay that North Carolina has visibly pulled back from the nation’s lead state biofuels agency and from long-term commitment to comprehensive biofuels development,” Burke says in the release. “No longer pursuing advanced biofuels with a focused, comprehensive strategy will lessen opportunity to create rural jobs, strengthen agriculture, and create an enormous biofuels and biomaterials sector."

This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody. The Koch Brothers have been very active politically in North Carolina, and not just through their astroturf-powered Americans For the Prosperous. Any government-funded project that wants to take a bite out of the fossil fuel industry will likely get its teeth pulled, regardless of how promising economically it is. As a matter of fact, the more promising it is, the more likely it will suffer under the current regime.

Take a field trip with teachers in Raleigh today

Permission slip from your parents not necessary:

North Carolina Association of Educators vice president Mark Jewell says busloads are coming to Raleigh on Monday to protest budget cuts to public education that are hurting classrooms and kids. The $21 billion state spending plan for this year offers no raises for teachers, who are among the lowest-paid in the country. The group also is angered by the coming end of job security rights for veteran teachers.

Today's event will be a little different from previous Moral Mondays. Stretch your legs for social justice:

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