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Those burdensome regulations

Among all their other train wreck policies, the NC GOP has made it a priority to "reduce these burdensome regulations", meaning they've spent a lot of time and effort gutting environmental and human safety regulations because sometimes those get in the way of a little bit of additional money in corporate fatcats' pockets.

It hasn't taken all that long for the results of their corporate allegiance to come home to roost. No one knows if the tragic deck collapse on Emerald Isle might have been prevented, but we do know that thanks to Neal Hunt and the NC GOP, Emerald Isle officials have no opportunity to perform routine deck inspections. Because freedom And profits.

At issue is a 2011 state law that says towns may make periodic inspections of residential properties only when there is “reasonable cause” to believe unsafe conditions exist. Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush said that law prevents the town from inspecting beach houses unless there’s a complaint.

Franklin Graham: God's gonna get ya

It didn't take long for the bigots to get up on their soapboxes. In the lead, of course, was Franklin Graham:

North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham was among the first conservative Christian leaders to react to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

It's no surprise that Graham blasted the Supreme Court, and warned about what they've wrought.

Tillis is still lying

Apparently WRAL happened to be at Duke Medical Center when Thom Tillis came calling, so they got themselves an "exclusive" interview and asked ol' Thom how things are going up there in Washington.

It's going great," the Republican said Friday
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"I've spent most of my time reaching across the aisle," he said.

Jobs? Sorry, no, we're busy with this abortion stuff

Having doubled down on his lie of the year, Guvnor Pat keeps trying to insist that he didn't break his campaign promise about abortion. The trouble is, everyone knows he's lying. And the Democrats called him out on his lies.

Democrats have wasted no time jumping on Gov. Pat McCrory’s decision to sign the abortion bill, which triples the required waiting time.

Pat Eisenhower

Guvnor Pat, attempting to drum up support for adding billions of dollars of debt to the state's balance sheet, comes up with another whopper:

“I’m a student of Dwight David Eisenhower,” McCrory told county commissioners. “I want to do the same thing in North Carolina.”

Burr must resign

Richard Burr called for a US citizen to be hunted down and killed.

Civil liberties groups raised concerns Monday about reports that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, had called in 2013 for the CIA to hunt down and kill an American citizen who’d become a top al Qaida operative, rather than capturing him for trial.

Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh eventually was captured and the government now can make its case against him and appropriately punish him if he's convicted.

Damn the environment! Full speed ahead!

Rep. John Torbett sees no reason to continue to consider the environmental impacts of major public projects.

With little discussion and no study of the potential consequences, state legislators are looking to gut an environmental protection law that has been on the books since 1971.

Goolsby's gig

Former state Sen. Thom Goolsby is on quite a ride since he resigned from the NCGA. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine ("Gov. McCrory is bestowing one of NC’s highest honors on a former legislator who defrauded investors,” Progress NC Action tweeted.); he got himself appointed to the UNC Board of Governors by his old Senate colleagues ("Goolsby said he had asked Rabon to nominate him because he's an underhanded schemer who can help bring down higher education higher education is an issue he's very passionate about") and now Thom's got a new gig as a lobbyist for the Internet sweepstakes industry.

Goolsby, who resigned from the legislature last year, announced Thursday that he’ll serve as spokesman for the newly formed N.C. Small Business Coalition. Goolsby is also a registered lobbyist for the group, which is pushing the General Assembly to legalize, regulate and tax internet sweepstakes games.

Berryliction of duty

One wonders just what NC Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry does all day. She doesn't go after businesses who break labor laws. Heck, she doesn't even bother following the law that mandates that the state safety panel must meet at least twice per year.

North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry has 11 citizens she can rely on for guidance about worker safety issues.

It’s been five years, though, since Berry and her team called them together for a meeting.
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The law is clear: the council “shall hold no fewer than two meetings during each calendar year.”

While Berrry merrily tarries, things get very scary.

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