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Open Carry Creates Chaos

In January, 2016, it became legal to openly carry firearms in Texas. North Carolina can learn from what happened at the Dallas rally last week, where 20-30 individuals showed up with firearms slung across their backs. When gunfire broke out, wounding or killing 11 of those present at the peaceful rally, confusion reigned. Two men with firearms (and a woman who was with them) were detained, creating the rumor there was more than one gunman.

This is One Wall That Needs Re-Building

The Wall of Separation Between Church and State has had some holes punched in it over the past few years by those wanting everyone to believe, erroneously, that the US is some kind of 'Christian nation.' When we think about it, we all know that the only way that I can be free to follow my own religious beliefs is to allow you to be free to follow your's. And the only way that can be accomplished is if no one group's tenets of faith are enacted as the law of the land.

Control of NC courts

In an attempt to further gerrymander elections for our Court of Appeals, SB 667 has suddenly appeared.

Candidates registered with political parties that reflect at least five percent (5%) of statewide voter registration, according to the most recent statistical report published by the State Board of Elections, in alphabetical order by party beginning with the party whose nominee for Governor received the most votes in the most recent gubernatorial election and in alphabetical order within the party.

The Politics of the Teachers' March

As a long-time supporter of public education who has followed the far right's efforts to privatize education in North Carolina, I was a low-level participant in the Teachers March on Raleigh. I drove a support car, carrying water, fruit, protein bars and band aids, and accompanied one line of the teachers as they marched to Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday. I watched them struggle through the heat and humidity, slogging up hills, wiping away sweat. All they talked about for all that time was taking care of their kids.

The Last Summer of Public Schools

This is it, folks, the last summer of public schools in North Carolina.

No, I don’t mean there’s no more summer school to come. I mean that if NCGA leadership is allowed to continue, unbridled, down their current path we won’t have public schools to kick around anymore. They won’t exist.

As Chris Fitzsimon put it:

Concealed Carry

Let's hope some local media ask
Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus),
Rep. Michael Speciale (R-Craven),
Rep. Mark Brody (R-Union),
Rep. Jeff Collins (R-Nash), and
Rep. Bert Jones (R-Rockingham).
If the nightclub attack in Orlando has changed their minds in regard to their HB 1148, which is:

AN ACT TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT A PERSON'S RIGHT TO CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON.

Fifty people killed by one man in such a short period of time. Does North Carolina really need to make it easier to carry a firearm?

Fish have more rights than women

Ok, that title is a bit of an exaggeration, but I'm sure I can be forgiven to taking this discussion to the next level. Women have tried for decades to pass an Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution, a straight-forward way to legally recognize women as persons before the law. Women have tried for decades to get all levels of government to recognize that women have the right to consult with their doctor and make decisions regarding their own health without governmental interference. It hasn't happened yet.

Virtual Schools Virtually Worthless

A long-time supporter of charter schools, the Walton Family Foundation, has issued a damning report regarding online charter 'cyber' schools. These are the same 'virtual charters' Senator Jerry Tillman demanded be opened here in North Carolina. K12-Inc opened the N.C. Virtual Academy, and Pearson opened the N.C. Connections Academy. Both have seen substantial loss of students since opening last fall. Emphasis below is mine.

Fox in the Hen House, Again.

The "REINS Act" is exactly what it sounds like. A measure that would rein in government by requiring the 'major' rules created by government agencies to be approved by the General Assembly. That's right. ‘Major’ rules would have to go through NCGA, presumably as a piece of legislation. They would go through committees and be passed by both houses, possibly even be signed by the governor. This is what the Locke Foundation proposed last week at an NCGA committee meeting.

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