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Daily dose: Anonymous killer edition

NC Senate to take up execution protocol changes (Raleigh News & Observer) -- As botched executions across the country have turned the public focus toward methods used to kill death-row inmates, the state Senate is poised to take up a bill that would hide the supplier, manufacturer and dosage of lethal drugs used for capital punishment in North Carolina.

Executions, firearms, revenge porn on Senate calendar (WRAL-TV) -- The state Senate has a busy calendar Monday night that includes bills aimed at restarting the death penalty and making "revenge porn" a felony.

Daily dose: Pack your bags edition

Warning signs for group homes emerge amid budget stalemate (WRAL-TV) -- The prospect of big changes in group home resident Eric's life came up earlier this month when Easter Seals, the nonprofit that runs the group home where he lives, gave notice to the state and local mental health agencies that they would close the Zebulon group home and seven others across the state. Four of those homes serve adults with mental illness, while four others serve adults like Eric with developmental disabilities. In all, 40 people would be affected. Officials with Easter Seals insist they took the decision to close these homes based on their waning ability to care for the aging residents with the dollars available, not any systematic problem with how the state and local governments manage group homes. However, mental health advocates worry that, if a large, well-run nonprofit finds it challenging to keep up with the needs of residents, smaller companies are surely feeling the economic pinch as well.

Daily dose: Cause & effect version


Presidential Candidates Denounce Violence, but Avoid Talk of Policy (New York Times) -- The morning after the theater attack in Lafayette, La., the third deadly mass shooting in six weeks, the presidential candidates acted as though they hadn’t seen the news.

Charlotte Pastor Brenda Stevenson to pack heat from the pulpit (Charlotte Observer) -- Next month, she will take the pulpit with a gun by her side

Daily dose: Extreme Court approves vouchers


NC court upholds taxpayer-funded grants for private schools (AP) — A divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of a Republican-backed program that spends taxpayer money on tuition for students at private and religious schools.

NC Supreme Court says vouchers are constitutional (WRAL-TV) -- The North Carolina Supreme Court says voucher opponents failed to prove the state's opportunity scholarships are unconstitutional.

Daily dose: Tillis shafts female veterans edition

Tillis, GOP Use Veterans Bill To Attack Planned Parenthood (Huffington Post) -- A bill that would have helped female military veterans receive fertility treatments and counseling on Wednesday fell prey to the Republican war against Planned Parenthood. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) abruptly pulled her bill to end a ban on fertility treatments for female veterans receiving care at VA hospitals from the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee after Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) attached amendments targeting Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations. Tillis on Wednesday said he introduced the amendments because he believes the VA should focus on existing problems in the VA health system rather than introducing new programs.

Daily dose: Frivolous Governor edition


Media coalition sues McCrory administration over records (WRAL-TV) -- A coalition of media and public policy groups filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat McCrory's administration Tuesday over access to public records.

McCrory responds to “frivolous” public records lawsuit (Jones & Blount) -- Gov. Pat McCrory’s office responded to what he called a “frivolous” lawsuit filed against him today by the News and Observer, the Charlotte Observer, Capital Broadcasting (WRAL), the Southern Environmental Law Center, and N.C. Policy Watch, among other plaintiffs.

Daily dose: Monumental foolishness edition

Controversial NC Confederate memorial bill gets tentative approval (AP) — A controversial bill to preserve North Carolina's historical monuments has been given tentative approval after overcoming objections from those in the legislature who say it protects Confederate memorials.

Bill protecting Confederate monuments gets tentative House nod (WRAL-TV) -- House members voted 70-37 in favor of a bill that would require legislative approval in order to remove "objects of remembrance," including Confederate memorials, from public property.

Daily dose: We won't be stifled


Black votes matter: N.C. electors who say new law is unfair (The Guardian) -- When Sandra Beatty goes somewhere and does something, it’s because she really wants to – five years after losing her vision and both her feet to diabetes, any errand is an ordeal. So when on 31 October, with the help of her 31-year-old daughter, she got out of her first-floor apartment, and climbed into the passenger seat of her friend’s Chevrolet Tahoe, it was because she planned to do one of what she considers her most important tasks: going to vote. It was not until weeks later that she learned her ballot had been thrown out. Beatty ‘s statement in May was one of several testimonies included in a lawsuit with national voting rights implications, brought by several voting rights groups and the federal Justice Department against North Carolina’s governor and electoral officials.

Daily dose: NC Klan invades SC edition

N.C. KKK and New Black Panther Party Protest at S.C. Capitol (New York Times) -- Members of the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panther Party appeared at dueling rallies, eight days after officials removed the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds.

N.C. KKK-led rally at S.C. Statehouse met by counter-protesters (LA Times) -- A rally led by the Ku Klux Klan to protest the removal of the Confederate battle flag was staged Saturday outside the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, where it was met with a counter-protest by African American activists.

Daily dose: The fruit of incompetence version


N.C. Budget Director prepares for possible, but unlikely, state government shutdown (National Law Review) -- State Budget Director Lee Roberts is querying N.C. agencies to determine which functions are critical for “health, safety and well-being” and must continue even if there is a state government shut-down. Although a shut-down is unlikely, there is not a clear catalogue of which functions are vital and which are not. When Aug.14 arrives, there will either be a state budget in place (not likely), have a state government shut-down (not likely but scary), or another continuing resolution that punts the budget deadline farther into the future.


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