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Daily dose: Pittenger the propagandist edition

TERRORISTS AT YOUR DOORSTEP: Pittenger says prepare for terrorist attacks (Charlotte Observer) -- Rep. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte says it’s time to pack a new emergency bag and update your evacuation plans in preparation for another terrorist attack. One critic says his “how to” terrorism handbook for constituents is “pretty irresponsible.”

Daily dose: McCrory administration failing the sunshine test


Requests for NC public records result in long waits, fees (AP) -- In July 2013, the office of Gov. Pat McCrory announced the sudden resignation his public safety secretary after only six months on the job. The statement said Kieran Shanahan was leaving to spend more time with his wife and focus on his law firm, but persistent whispers around the state capital suggested there was more to the story. In response, The Associated Press filed a public records request that September for emails Shanahan sent or received while secretary. Nearly 19 months later, AP is still waiting. So far, the N.C. Department of Public Safety has managed to produce about 500 of Shanahan's emails, including the automated updates from his spam filter. But about 2,600 emails remain, waiting to be cleared for release.

Daily dose: Traitor sent to military prison edition

Tillis visits U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay (WTVD-TV) -- North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said he supports keeping Guantanamo Bay open after a visit to Cuba. Tillis is one of five first-year Republican Senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee to make the trip to the prison camp.

After visit, Tillis says keep Guantanamo Bay prison (McClatchy Newspapers) -- Sen. Thom Tillis was in Cuba on Friday to visit the prison camp at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay – and afterward he said the facility should remain open.

Daily dose: Public Instruction with no public input edition

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION; Out you go? (EdNC) -- One bill filed this session would scrap the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education, and replace them with a Secretary of Education appointed by the governor. “You want one spokesman for the schools,” Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman said. “Right now, you got the state elected School Superintendent, State Board trying to run it, you got the legislature trying to run it, you got the governor trying to run it with his advisor. You can’t run the schools like that.”

Daily dose: Mobile Moral Monday edition

NAACP: 'Moral Monday' will travel (WRAL-TV) -- State NAACP President Rev. William Barber said Wednesday morning that the "Moral Monday" rallies that have marked the last two years at the legislature will return with an advocacy day in April – but they'll be doing some traveling first. Speaking near the entrance to the Legislative Building, Barber said his group will organize mass meetings and press conferences in the districts of Republican leaders and lawmakers.

Daily dose: In Memoriam edition

Claude Sitton, 89, Acclaimed Civil Rights Reporter, Dies (New York Times) -- A son of the South, Mr. Sitton delivered unwavering and perceptive coverage of the tumultuous civil rights movement and was hailed as a benchmark of 20th-century journalism.

Leading civil rights reporter Claude Sitton dies at 89 (AP) — In a 1962 article, New York Times reporter Claude Sitton described a voting rights meeting at a south Georgia church that was interrupted when the sheriff and his deputies entered, demanding information. One smacked his heavy flashlight into his palm while another ran his hand over his cartridge belt and revolver.

Daily dose: Big-government bullies edition

Wake redistricting proposal elicits outrage, support (WRAL-TV) -- Fifteen people spoke out Monday on legislation that would change how members of the Wake County Board of Commissioners are elected, with most saying they were disgusted by the partisan nature of the bill and suggesting that the proposal be studied further before any action is taken.

Missing ingredient in Trudy Wade’s 'business bill' is business (Triad Business Journal) -- If approved, Sen. Bill 36 would eliminate Greensboro's three at-large council seats, reduce the number of districts from seven to five and change terms from two years to four.

Daily dose: Tata data version

Where’s Tony? (Keep up to date with A.J.) -- Will there be a Tour T-shirt? Here’s where N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata’s been, and where he’s going to promote his new novel: Chicago, IL – Pritzker Military Library, Feb. 24; Quantico, VA – Quantico base exchange, Feb.27; Arlington, VA – Henderson Hall base exchange, Feb. 28; Fayetteville, NC – Airborne and Special Operations Museum, March 7; Fayetteville, NC – Barnes & Noble, March 7; Raleigh, NC – Quail Ridge Books & Music, March 8; Raleigh, NC – John Locke Foundation, March 9; Jacksonville, NC – Camp LeJeune base exchange, March 13; Havelock, NC – Cherry Point base exchange, March 14; Virginia Beach, VA-Barnes & Noble, March 21.

Editor's note: At first I thought this was a joke, but it's a real promo thing. And a joke, though he doesn't know it.

Daily dose: Marching backwards edition

On the Selma Anniversary, These North Carolina Activists Will March Backwards (Mother Jones) -- Activists, politicians, and luminaries from across the nation will flock to Selma, Alabama, this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the nonviolent voting-rights march that was undermined by police-sanctioned attacks, presaging the passage, six months later, of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But this year's events, which include a reenactment of the fateful march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, are shaping up to have a more activist edge than past commemorations. Some black leaders, such as North Carolina NAACP president Rev. Doctor William Barber II, will use the day to highlight the assault on black voting rights in the wake of a 2013 Supreme Court decision that rolled back a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Rather than make it across the bridge, Barber and his delegation plan to turn around and march back toward Selma.

Daily dose: Cause and effect edition

McCrory administration proposes permits to let Duke pollution to continue (AP) — Duke Energy could legally leak pollutants from some of its coal ash dumps under new wastewater permits proposed Friday by North Carolina regulators.

Next N.C. governor's race looks close (Charlotte Business Journal) -- Attorney General Roy Cooper, the presumed Democratic nominee, is, in the early going, proving to be a close contender against incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory. Even so, McCrory, a Republican and a former Charlotte mayor, enjoys a strong base and name recognition.


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