Tuesday Twitter roundup

The curse of the unfunded mandate:

Pretty sure one requirement of whether something is a "good idea" or not is that it won't cripple the system you're trying to enhance:

Districts will need to find between 3,000 and 5,400 teachers to comply with smaller kindergarten through third-grade class sizes, which the liberal N.C. Justice Center’s Education & Law Project says is the equivalent of an unfunded mandate of between $188 million to $388 million.

Districts will also need to have more physical classrooms, which the “Class-Size Chaos” report says will often lead to elementary schools housing students in trailers and “other less-than-ideal temporary classrooms.”

Many school districts have supported a compromise bill, House Bill 13, which they say would provide them with enough flexibility to continue to spread money around to offer the special classes. The bill was unanimously approved by the House but has stalled in the Senate.

Senate Republican leaders have questioned whether money sent to school districts for reducing class sizes has gone to other areas of the school system.

Okay, first of all, you haven't sent any extra money to schools to fix class sizes, so once again you're trying to rewrite history. Second, this effort has nothing to do with improving education, and everything to do with shifting the burden of funding schools even more on the backs of local governments. County Commissions are meeting right now trying to figure out ways to allocate more revenues to the schools to deal with this problem, so students can continue to receive Arts & PE & other formative learning, and this is busting budgets all across the state. Meaning, either property taxes will need to go up, or other needed services like infrastructure and health programs will be cut. Pass the damn bill (HB13) so these consequences can be avoided, or at least minimized.

As is often the case, your word choice is somewhere between misleading and disingenuous. It's not an "escalation" when pre-planned and lawfully passed increases in required percentages occur, it's called "graduation." But that's not nearly hyperbolic enough for the increasingly discredited faux-Libertarians working for Art Pope. This new effort is (at least) the fifth time those beholden to fossil fuel money have attempted to destroy NC's REPS program, and hopefully it will die an obscure death like the previous attempts.

Somebody should put John Cole up for a Long Leaf Pine award, if not a Pulitzer. We should have a Pulitzer Pine Award, specifically for NC peeps...

Yeah, by "move on" he meant he would just go ahead and destroy the ACA without any feedback or authority from Congress. Welcome to the world's newest dictatorship.

Uhhh, dude, give it a rest. Seriously, by spamming the ncpol feed with countless Tweets every day, you are doing nothing but pissing people off about Jim Womack, and ruining any chance he might have had to run the GOP. On second thought, just keep it up...

Not sure I'm ready for a deep dive, but:

The heat is in Washington, not here in Hendersonville, where many of Meadows's constituents speak highly of him and his approach. That holds true about 10 miles away, up a winding mountain road in the farming town of Mills River, N.C.

"Those of us who do support the [Freedom] Caucus and its members and what they do feel like it's about time that someone speaks up for those of us who are solidly conservative individuals, and we're just grateful that they are out there," said Larry Freeman, who pulls double duty as the mayor of Mills River and the voice of the local talk radio station, WHKP.

By "solidly conservative" he means solidly white, and mostly affluent. Mills River has less than 5% under the poverty level, a median income of $62,000 per year, and a whopping 1% African Americans. And their Mayor brings them Rush Limbaugh on a daily basis. Sheesh.

BergerMoore will give them about as much attention as they give everybody else who tried to talk some sense into them. Which is none, in case that needed explaining.

No shit, Sherlock. We've all been watching, and we've watched him round up grandmothers, too.

Important to note:

Larry Hall, secretary of the N.C. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said during an event in Elizabeth City on Wednesday that he would like the planning process for wind energy facilities to be as comprehensive as possible.

Military officials are comfortable with wind energy facilities “as long as there are transparent, fact-based procedures in place,” Hall said.

The first utility-scale wind energy facility in the state is located in the Elizabeth City area and another has been proposed for an area between Edenton and Hertford.

More and more counties are adopting up-to-date comprehensive land use plans, and those plans need to include consultation with the Department of Defense about future plans for military facilities and how those plans might limit where wind energy facilities should be built, Hall said.

As I've said before, military operations and renewable energy projects aren't just capable of co-existing, their missions actually overlap. Pitting them against each other is simply absurd.

No Brent, shameful is spending your days coming up with creative approaches to conceal the true intent of Republican lawmakers. Basically, you're making a living out of lying to people, not unlike walking through an apartment complex that is on fire and telling the occupants it's a "false alarm," and they can go back to bed. I'm sure there's good money in it, I just don't know how you can look into your own mirrors without breaking them.

On that contemptible note, here's your Onion:

Well you know, if you would put all your lightbulbs in the actual lightbulb aisle, and not scatter them around based on house styles, it would be helpful.