Republican idiocy

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We'll start with a breakthrough in citizen oversight of law enforcement:

Yes, this is a good thing. Bad behavior cannot survive under public scrutiny.

What the gun-nut lobby won't tell you

The deadly mistake of abolishing the permitting process:

If you want to know what happens when a state repeals a law requiring background checks for all handguns sales, you can look to the state of Missouri. For decades, Missouri required background checks for all handgun purchasers through a handgun purchase permit law. But lawmakers repealed the law in 2007 using the same logic and rhetoric repeated today in North Carolina.

Research that I led found that the repeal of background checks and permitting of handgun purchasers in Missouri were associated with an immediate spike in guns diverted to criminals and a 25 percent increase in firearm-involved homicides.

In the mind of a 2nd Amendment zealot however, those consequences mean absolutely nothing. Which is one of the biggest reasons why they shouldn't have a place at the public policy table. They can still vote like the rest of us, but wield influence over lawmakers? Oh, hell no. Their lack of concern for the overall safety of citizens disqualifies them as a "stakeholder" in the process.

Jeb Bush brings his cluelessness to NC

Coming to all the wrong conclusions:

Speaking shortly after charges were announced in Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore, Bush said "the process works, and it will go forward from here on out. People are innocent until proven guilty."

At the same time, Bush stressed that in any time of disaffection, the first responsibility is to make sure the rule of law applies. There are "ways to protest peacefully, but when you cross the line and you start doing damage to property and harming people, innocent people, that's a problem. "

Which reflects a core logical disconnect shared by many of his fellow Republicans: The total dismissal of cause & effect. It is somewhere between "very possible" and "likely" that, in the absence of social unrest following the wrongful death of Freddie Gray, no criminal charges would have been filed against the police officers responsible. They might have been temporarily suspended and/or had something scribbled in their personnel file, but charged with crimes? Doubtful. But that reality doesn't fit with the Republican narrative, so it's clipped out of the picture.

Crossover crapola: The NC GOP's misplaced priorities

It's quite possible that $13,951 per year is way too much:

Roughly 500 bills have passed one chamber or the other. Here’s a glance at some key bills still alive:

>State government would be banned from contracting with companies tied to Iran’s energy sector under Senate Bill 455.
>House Bill 630 would direct state regulators to look into using floating technology at Falls Lake that is being tested in Jordan Lake to prevent and clean up pollution.
>House Bill 601 allows for the sale of deer skins.
>House Bill 161 makes the bobcat the official state cat.
>House Bill 640 allows Sunday hunting on private land.
>House Bill 540 would put a statue of evangelist Billy Graham in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

I suppose things could be worse, that all 500 of these bills could be punitive in nature, adding to the layers of attacks on citizens already in place or in progress. But the real problem with these bills is they combine to form a cloud of staticky noise, that diverts attention and the resulting debate on bills that do have a profound impact on people's lives. Which is probably why the leadership gives them time they don't deserve.

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The GOP's great tax shift continues:

This is what happens when you realize your previous "bad idea" won't go unnoticed, so you switch to another "really bad idea" and hope that one won't hurt you come election time.

Family adds "Don't vote for Hillary" to father's obituary

Move aside Florida, North Carolina idiots are getting jealous of your notoriety:

A North Carolina man's obituary asked two things of friends and family: instead of sending flowers for the funeral, give the money to charity. And don't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.

Upright's daughter, Jill McLain, said the rock-ribbed Republican was passionate about politics. She says that recollection prompted his family to ask obituary readers to reject Clinton's presidential bid. Mike Upright said his deceased father voiced his opinions regularly.

Good job, you've just succeeded in making your dead father seem like an asshole to tens of thousands of people he never met. What's next, a Jeb Bush yardsign on his grave?

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