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Daily dose: Godwin's Lawmaker Rabin edition

NC senator compares political correctness to Nazi book burnings (Raleigh News & Observer) -- State Sen. Ronald Rabin, a Harnett County Republican, said Thursday that a national push for politically correct language as akin to book burnings led by Nazi Germany. “There is no difference between all of this stifling of free speech and the book burnings that the Nazis did,” Rabin said during a floor speech.

Daily dose: Ode to Henry Frye edition

A Dream Undone (New York Times) -- In 2008, for the first time, black turnout was nearly equal to white turnout, and Barack Obama was elected the nation’s first black president. Since then, however, the legal trend has abruptly reversed. In 2010, Republicans flipped control of 11 state legislatures and, raising the specter of voter fraud, began undoing much of the work of former N.C. legislator and state supreme court justice Henry Frye and subsequent generations of state legislators. They rolled back early voting, eliminated same-day registration, disqualified ballots filed outside home precincts and created new demands for photo ID at polling places. A new state voting law , the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School, calls one of the “most restrictive since the Jim Crow era.”

Daily dose: Corporate puppet serves his masters edition


McCrory: Budget surplus enough to trigger cuts to corporate taxes (Triangle Business Journal) -- The final numbers are in, and it appears the corporate tax rate is going down. Gov. Pat McCrory’s office reported Tuesday that final figures for the fiscal year that ended June 30 show the state has a $445 million revenue surplus. That’s enough to trigger automatic cuts to the corporate tax rate under the tax reform package adopted in 2013, McCrory says.

Daily dose: Burr already on hot seat edition

TV ads target Sen. Burr over EPA’s carbon emissions plan (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A pair of TV ads aimed at U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, for his opposition to the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s forthcoming plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants was launched on Monday by a national group. The League of Conservation Voters says it is spending about $100,000 on two TV ads airing on satellite across North Carolina.

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.


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