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Daily dose: Gerrymandering Greensboro edition

Wade's plan dilutes power of voters (Greensboro News & Record editorial) -- Greensboro’s one-woman Nanny State revealed her plan for changing the City Council on Tuesday. As expected, it mutes the voices of the people but creates greater opportunities for the powerful. State Sen. Trudy Wade’s bill would replace the 5-3-1 plan with a 7-1 scheme. THE WHOLE STORY


Daily dose: Thom Tillis's handwashing moment edition


Freedom is not washing your hands? US senator picks bad day for health joke (The Guardian) -- If ever there was a good time to crack a joke about dismantling the basic public health infrastructure of the United States, it was not this week, with top Republicans on Capitol Hill questioning the fundamental science of vaccines. But newly minted Republican senator Thom Tillis jumped in anyway, bragging at a public forum about a shining point he had made in a debate about regulations on business. As the video that started to go viral on Tuesday made all too clear, his not-too-serious idea involved employees who might not wash their hands.

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Daily dose: FCC hearts muni broadband edition

F.C.C. Chief Wants to Override N.C. Laws Curbing Community Net Services (New York Times) -- Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will propose an order to pre-empt state laws that limit the build-out of municipal broadband Internet services, senior F.C.C. officials said on Monday. The proposal focuses on laws in two states, North Carolina and Tennessee, but it would create a policy framework for other states. The chairman’s plan to invalidate the two state laws comes in response to petitions from two municipal Internet service providers: the Electric Power Board in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Greenlight, a community-owned broadband service in Wilson, N.C. THE WHOLE STORY


Daily dose: The great tax shift in retrospect

Are NC tax cuts a race to the bottom? (Hendersonville Times-News) -- The 2013 N.C. tax reform Gov. Pat McCrory praised when he signed it into law provided the overwhelming benefits to higher-income taxpayers and increased sales taxes on consumers. A family with a taxable income of $50,000, which is above the median income, received a tax cut of $388. A family with a taxable income of $200,000 received a tax cut of $2,938. While families with higher taxable incomes benefited significantly, the vast majority of taxpayers who have much lower taxable incomes received a very small cut in their income taxes. Who ends up paying most of the sales taxes? Those with taxable incomes below $50,000. Did this tax reform really put more money in most families’ budgets?

THE WHOLE STORY http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20150201/ARTICLES/502011009

Daily dose: The bizarro world of Thom Tillis

Thom Tillis calls himself voting rights hero (Greensboro News & Record) – Republican Sen. Thom Tillis used Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing Wednesday to defend North Carolina’s voting laws and paint himself as a voting rights hero. “I made sure we made heroic efforts to preserve everyone’s right to vote,” the freshman Republican asserted. He asked Lynch whether it made sense, given the department’s limited resources, to proceed with the suit. Lynch, the Greensboro native nominated to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general, didn’t back down.

Daily dose: Women's rights, health once again under attack

Glazier says increased abortion restrictions need to be blocked (Fayetteville Observer) -- New efforts to restrict abortion access are on the horizon in North Carolina, state House Rep. Rick Glazier said at a news conference Thursday morning, and he wants them blocked. Glazier, a Fayetteville Democrat and abortion rights supporter, led a group of legislators and abortion rights activists who said abortion regulations should not be further expanded.


Daily dose: Don't touch the door edition


NAACP-led protests resume at North Carolina Legislature (AP) — North Carolina's NAACP leader challenged new rules concerning public assembly in the State Legislative Building as part of protests on Wednesday targeting legislative policies by GOP leaders who control both chambers.


Daily dose: I can haz Google Fiber?

Google Fiber Is Coming To North Carolina (WUNC-FM) -- Google Fiber 'Triangle' van parked in downtown Raleigh (WUNC-FM) -- The next cities to benefit from ultra-high-speed internet service will be in the southern United States. Google Fiber announced yesterday it is bringing its super-fast access to Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and to the Raleigh-Durham area in the Triangle. There have been rumors for weeks Google was about to make a big announcement. Michael Slinger, Director of Business Operations for Google Fiber made it official.

THE WHOLE STORY http://wunc.org/post/no-more-rumors-google-fiber-coming-north-carolina

Daily dose: Little Lord Fauntleroy falls into deep, dark hole

Former Powerful GOP State Rep. LaRoque Confesses to Theft From Non-Profit (FBI News Release) – Former Republican state Rep. Stephen A. LaRoque of Kinston, pleaded guilty to the theft of $150,000 from a federally-funded nonprofit organization in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666, U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today Monday. LaRoque also agreed to pay $300,000.00 in full restitution to East Carolina Development Company, which is a nonprofit organization based in Kinston. The non-profit was originally created to provide loans to small rural businesses using federal funds provided to East Carolina Development by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Rural Development Division’s Intermediary Relending Program.

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