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.
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.
One of his favorite talking points – first stated in his State of The State speech – is that he has three major priorities as Governor: Economy, Education, and Efficiency. On Friday, that was one too many “E’s” to remember. In discussing the state budget that was just passed, he said the following (to get the full impact, listen above): “…And that’s what we wanted to work on, vocational training in the State Personnel Act, strategic mobility formula, all had to do with job efficiency. The Three E’s, efficiency of government, education, and… um… education.”
In his defense, it's no surprise he would forget about the economy. So far, the Legislature hasn't sent him any bills that would actually improve the economy, and several that will likely hamper it, from cutting off massive amounts of Federal dollars to broadening the sales tax base to include thousands of additional small businesses. That said, it appears Myers Park Pat is even more of an empty suit than we thought. But as Richard Burr has demonstrated, that's not a political career-killer.
The Republican-backed bill approved by the House and Senate on Tuesday allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars, restaurants and other places where alcohol is served, parades and funeral processions as long as owners or organizers don’t expressly forbid it. Permit holders can also carry their firearms at public recreation areas and playgrounds.
And this new law would allow hunting with silencers, which is a real head-scratcher. Aside from the fact it gives hunters the unfair advantage of multiple shots to bring down their quarry (not very sportsmanlike), it also prevents other hunters (or hikers, or campers, or farmers, or horseback riders, or ____) from being warned there's a firearm being used in the area. Then again, Republicans don't really understand or care about "safety", since God has already decided if you're going to live or die, and lawmakers have no business getting involved in such matters.
Whereas, in the past, reasons offered in support of these infringements such as registering guns, banning certain kinds of weapons and accessories, requiring extreme background checks, and restricting concealed carry permits have not been shown by the substantial weight of scientific evidence to have been effective in accomplishing the stated objectives of such restrictions as compelling necessities for government action to protect the public safety; Now, therefore, Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
SECTION 1. The House of Representatives expresses support of the constitutional right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms and opposes any infringement by the federal government of the right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms.
Bolding mine. Really? Registering a deadly weapon is an infringement? And what is an "extreme" background check? One that actually goes deep enough to find something? Luckily, it appears lawmakers have stricken the part of HB937 that would have done away with pistol permitting by sheriffs. But it's plain they are so confused on this issue they don't realize the vast majority of citizens support gun registration and background checks, however "extreme" that second one may be.
The question is, when the Tarheel Taliban realizes their popularity is sliding quickly as people start noticing what's really happening, will they follow the example of other tyrants by concealing their activities and cracking down (even more) on troublemakers, or will they change their ways? I think you know the answer to that one.
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