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Political appointee supports plan to bring more power unto himself

In other breaking news, rain is wet and fire is hot:

Support for moving the State Bureau of Investigation under the governor’s control solidified Tuesday, as the proposal picked up support in the House and an administration official assured that the integrity of public corruption cases could be protected.

McCrory told reporters on Tuesday that Frank Perry, secretary of the Department of Public Safety, supports the move, and the two plan to meet soon to discuss it in detail. “He is strongly recommending consolidation of those resources to me,” McCrory said.

That is quite possibly the stupidest thing McCrory has said in...okay, all week. It's getting hard to keep track, frankly, which is one more reason he shouldn't be trusted with even more men with guns at his disposal. And it looks like James needs to go back to posting his Art Pope Puppetshow flowchart again:

Remembering McCrory

Thomas Mills as been on a tear lately, this time with a definitive review of the performance of our hapless Deputy Assistant Governor. The piece is call "Remembering McCrory" and it's a doozie.

The episode highlights a lot of McCrory’s problems as governor. First, McCrory has trouble telling the truth, or at least sticking to his positions. Second, it reminds us that the senate is trying to transfer two large and essential agencies to an executive branch already under fire for managerial incompetence and instability. Finally, the whole affair reminds us that the senate is driving and directing state government while McCrory is little more than a ribbon-cutter.

GOP misinformation about EPA rule polluting NC news outlets

But don't expect any corrections to be forthcoming:

The nation’s first limits on carbon dioxide, announced Monday, would reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030, compared with 2005. Much of the reduction would begin in 2020. The proposal would let states decide how to reach state-by-state targets.

House Speaker John Boehner predicted the plan would cost consumers an extra $17 billion a year and kill 224,000 jobs annually. “It’s a sucker punch for families everywhere paying more for just about everything in the president’s fragile economy,” Boehner said.

You'll see some variation of those numbers in nearly every article on this subject from local/regional NC news outlets. Problem is, Congressional Republicans like Boehner are citing a flawed Chamber of Commerce study to arrive at those numbers:

North Carolina leaders come together to praise new carbon pollution standards

Today, a broad cross section of community and elected leaders joined Environment North Carolina to praise the newly announced federal carbon pollution limits for power plants, the leading cause of climate change. Members from the medical, faith, and business communities all the lauded public health and other benefits the new rule will have for North Carolinians.

“This announcement is a huge win for the health of our families, our environment, and our clean energy economy,” said state representative Pricey Harrison. “It gives North Carolina a chance to increase jobs generating wind and solar power, and improved energy efficiency; jobs that cannot be outsourced. We are already a leader in the South, and I look forward to helping our state become a national leader in the clean energy economy.”

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start with a little hoof-in-mouth disease:

Since you brought up that number, how about the 500,000 people who will avoid going to the doctor until it's too late because you and your colleagues refused to expand Medicaid? You want to act concerned about people's health, stand up in the NCGA and do the right thing.

McCrory hits new low with appointee for economic development job

McCrory could have found a worse candidate to entrust with millions of taxpayer dollars, but it would have been hard. This is just unbelievable.

Dick Lindenmuth, the Raleigh businessman and “change agent” selected to steer the McCrory administration’s privatization of the state’s job recruitment efforts came into the high-profile job with no economic development background and a checkered work history.

Great job of reporting from NC Policy Watch.

Capitol sit-in: Police file false charges

About 30 people staged a sit-in in DAG McCrony's office. The police locked down the building and told them to leave; about half of them did.

At 5:07 p.m., a State Capitol Police officer told the group to leave after announcing that the building was closed. About two hours later, the 13 protesters who remained were taken into custody, cited for trespassing and released.

Trespassing? How can one trespass on one's own property? The hubris of the loons & goons in charge of our state government is demonstrated on a regular basis. Pat thinks this is his property. The Tillisberger thinks the NCGA building is their property.

But it's OUR property. And frankly, we're getting a little tired of them trespassing on it.

Fracking coming to NC's mountain region

And no, the Precambrian Rift is not a new dance style:

State environmental officials plan to test for the presence of significant natural gas deposits in seven Western North Carolina counties, a development that alarms environmentalists over the possibility of fracking in the mountains.

The N.C. General Assembly mandated the testing and allocated $550,000 over two years for the project statewide. The mountain counties where the samples will be collected are Clay, Cherokee, Macon, Graham, Swain, Jackson and Haywood.

If they decide to frack there, the drill rigs will be deployed in the valleys (low points), which is also where streams are born and form headwaters that flow into larger bodies. Not that Republicans in the General Assembly care about such things, but it needed to be said.

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