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The NC Energy Modernization Act Bill SB786

Bill SB786 The NC Energy Modernization Act

TREATMENTS FOR THAT PURPOSE; (2) ENACT OR MODIFY CERTAIN
7 EXEMPTIONS FROM REQUIREMENTS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE
8 ACT APPLICABLE TO RULES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF OIL AND GAS
9 EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION IN THE STATE AND THE
10 USE OF HORIZONTAL DRILLING AND HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
11 TREATMENTS FOR THAT PURPOSE; (3) CREATE THE NORTH CAROLINA OIL
12 AND GAS COMMISSION AND RECONSTITUTE THE NORTH CAROLINA MINING
13 COMMISSION; (4) AMEND MISCELLANEOUS STATUTES GOVERNING OIL AND
14 GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES; (5)
15 ESTABLISH A SEVERANCE TAX APPLICABLE TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION,
16 DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES; (6) AMEND MISCELLANEOUS
17 STATUTES UNRELATED TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT,
18 AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES; AND (7) DIRECT STUDIES ON VARIOUS
19 ISSUES, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON
20 ENERGY POLICY.

In NC, real Republicans know Thom Tillis has a problem

Raleigh — NC The United States Senate race in North Carolina in all likelihood will be the most expensive political race this year. It may very well end up in the top five of the most expensive non-presidential political races of all time.

How North Carolina votes will be a direct reflection on whether or not the Democratic Party can keep the majority in the United States Senate.

Rick Gunn violates open meetings law

A reporter brought an audio recorder to a public meeting of an NCGA committee today. That's common practice.

Then GOP insanity broke out.

The most bizarre incident of the day occurred in the Senate Commerce Committee, where Chairman Rick Gunn had the sergeant-at-arms confiscate the recorder used by a reporter. Neither Gunn nor the Senate sergeant-at-arms could provide a reason why the recorder, which was later returned to the reporter, was taken.

Gunn did provide a (completely bogus) reason at one point.

Paranoid Rick Gunn prompts confiscation of reporter's recorder at open committee meeting

In the Senate today, the Sergeant-at-Arms confiscated the recorder of a reporter for WUNC radio during a Commerce Committee meeting. The confiscation was prompted by Rick Gunn:

"One other housekeeping (item), if I may. As a courtesy, all individuals with recording devices, whether audio or video, are required to be approved by the sergeant-at-arms," Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, said roughly 45 minutes into the two-hour meeting.

Gunn's statement - and the confiscation - run counter to NC's open meeting laws.

Moral Monday returns to Raleigh

Moral Monday protests returned to the NC Capitol on the evening of May 20th, 2014. A variety of social justice organizations including the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, and churches of all religions and denominations, were well represented in a crowd estimated by Capitol police to be around 1500.

Speakers began addressing the gathered crowd around 5 o'clock and represented a spectrum of political issues including racial and gender equality, income and wealth inequality, reforms to unemployment and public education, and environmental concerns. However, supporters of all these various organizations were brought together by the notion that the actions of the current Republican controlled legislature do not reflect the moral values that they claim to support.

When the Wall Street Journal says you're full of crap, you're full of crap

From the mother of all things capitalist:

North Carolina and South Carolina have seen their unemployment declines far outpace the rest of the nation, a development that appears to be driven partly by labor-force dropouts. North Carolina also ended its program for extended unemployment benefits last July, six months before the rest of the nation did.

"Labor force drop-outs" is a technical term for people who literally give up looking for work. Which means Pat McCrory's Carolina Comeback is nothing but deceptive sleight-of-hand. The hard truth is this: Our state's workforce has been decimated, torn to shreds by regressive economic policies that favor wealth over work.

North Carolina's shame

I'm glad the Republican ruling junta has tried to silence Gene Nichol, the distinguished professor at the UNC School of Law and director of the school’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. Because they sure stirred up a hornet's nest.

In an op-ed column in the News and Observer today, Professor Nichol first gives a nod in the direction of our hapless deputy assistant governor McCrory:

How can one be governor of the state with the second-highest percentage of hungry babies and never mention it? What does it take to be deemed important?

State Employees Association of North Carolina extends membership to student athletes

The State Employees Association of North Carolina has approved a plan to offer membership to student athletes at the state's 17 public universities. The decision comes on the heels of a decision by a Federal labor officials that student athletes at Northwestern could form a union.

The move will no doubt cause the Republicans in the state legislature to go apoplectic. How soon before they try passing a law banning student athletes from joining a union?

Photoblog: 1st Moral Monday of the 2014 legislative session

The legislature came back and they were not alone! Thousands marched into the legislative building with their mouths taped shut to draw attention to the disconcerting new building rules, but with signs held high for the legislators to witness.

Rev. Barber shared about the upcoming citizen lobby day on Tuesday the 27th as next week's main activity, on the theory that we have to give them a chance to hear us out and change their ways before taking stronger actions. He's a more optimistic man than myself. But I was heartened by today's turnout.

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