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Daily dose: Gunning for Sheriffs edition

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New NC gun bill ends sheriff pistol permit system (AP) — A reworked gun bill in the North Carolina House would eliminate the state's longstanding pistol permit application system in six years rather than three and place new limits upon sheriffs who issue or deny those permits in the interim.
http://www.greensboro.com/news/north_carolina_ap/new-nc-gun-bill-still-would-end-sheriff-pistol-perm...

Daily dose: Stupid questions edition

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G.O.P. women in Congress: Why so few? (New York Times) -- The rising number of women in Congress can obscure another trend: The number of Republican women has remained roughly stagnant for more than a decade. Moderate Republican women — think of Olympia Snowe, the former Maine senator, or Connie Morella, the former Maryland congresswoman — were once common in the party, according to research by Danielle Thomsen , a political scientist at Duke.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/upshot/gop-women-in-congress-why-so-few.html

Daily dose: Extreme extremism edition

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse.

LEGISLATURE 2015

GOP anti-tax hard-liners willing to keep criticizing NC House Republicans (AP) — It was 2004 when state Rep. David Miner, running for re-election, felt an avalanche of campaign mailers and ads from an outside advocacy group criticizing him for backing a state budget that extended temporary tax increases. Miner was one of several House GOP leaders targeted then during a nasty intraparty feud pitting Republicans who entered a power-sharing arrangement with Democrats and those who believed doing so betrayed party principles. Miner's primary opponent, Nelson Dollar, defeated Miner that year. Eleven years later it's Dollar — senior chairman of the House Appropriations Committee — and other Republicans getting rapped by similar conservative advocacy groups.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/groups-willing-keep-criticizing-nc-house-republicans-2894083

Senate plans its final vote on expanding NC abortion rules (AP) — Republicans in the North Carolina Legislature appear comfortable extending the waiting period for an abortion and requiring doctors to expand what they give state regulators about some abortions they perform.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/senate-plans-its-final-vote-on-expanding-nc-aborti...

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Be sure to read the last article listed, an unintentionally humorous column by Rob Christensen that claims North Carolina is slowly inching back to the "center." Unfortunately, the claim makes sense only if you define the "center" as just to the left of rightwing batshit crazy.

McCrory's vetoes set the stage for 2016 (Fayetteville Observer) -- Two vetoes in two days by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory against his own party. In the process, McCrory sent messages that redefined his relationship with the Republican-controlled General Assembly that will echo in his 2016 re-election campaign against likely Democratic nominee Roy Cooper. Additionally, did his vetoes destroy any chance for his $3 billion roads and state buildings bond programs?
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/capitol-affairs-mccrory-s-vetoes-set-the-stage-for/article_bec...

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I'm thinking Mayor Pat has a deal worked out with the legislature.

  1. The GA passes batshit crazy legislation.
  2. They all agree that McCrory will veto the most extreme bills.
  3. They all understand that the vetoes will be overridden.
  4. McCrory gets to look like he's taking principled stands that improve his reelection chances.
  5. The GA gets what they want with no risk because of gerrymandering.
  6. North Carolina loses.

McCrory vetoes 2nd NC General Assembly bill in as many days (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed his second bill in two days Friday, this time a bipartisan measure backers say would give North Carolina employers recourse against people who deliberately get hired to steal company secrets or dig up dirt.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/mccrory-vetoes-2nd-nc-general-assembly-bill-many-days-2893093

Vetoes could jeopardize McCrory's $3 billion infrastructure borrowing plans (WRAL-TV) -- As Gov. Pat McCrory crisscrosses North Carolina promoting his massive $3 billion highway and infrastructure borrowing scheme, his veto of two bills within 24 hours is eliciting disappointment and anger from the same lawmakers the governor wants to approve his bond plans.
http://www.wral.com/vetoes-could-jeopardize-mccrory-s-plans-for-infrastructure-bonds/14677935/

Focus turns to override of magistrate bill veto (Charlotte Observer) -- Mollie Young, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Tim Moore, said Friday that “the speaker will discuss overrides with Senate leader Berger and House leadership in the coming days.”
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article22669260.html

Lt. Gov. Forest at odds with McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2 (SoundCloud) – Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest disagrees with GOP Gov. Pat McCrory on veto of Senate Bill 2.
https://soundcloud.com/danforestnc/lt-gov-dan-forest-discusses-senate-bill-2-and-religious-freedom-w...

Daily dose: McCrory finds a spine

In the struggle to demonstrate relevance, Pat McCrory this week vetos a bill. The media swoon. Funny stuff.
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McCrory vetoes NC religious objection bill on gay marriage (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed Thursday a religious exemption bill that would allow some court officials to avoid gay marriage duties.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/mccrory-vetoes-nc-religious-objection-bill-on-gay-...

N.C. Governor Vows to Veto Bill Seen as Targeting Gay Marriage (New York Times) -- Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, pledged to reject a measure that would allow judges to refuse to perform marriage ceremonies because of their faith.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/us/north-carolina-governor-vows-to-veto-a-bill-seen-as-targeting-g...

N.C. governor to veto opt-out bill (Reuters) -- Gov. Pat McCrory said he would veto legislation allowing government officials to refuse to perform marriages by citing religious objections. The measure, passed by the state's Republican-led House of Representatives earlier in the day, would protect those who oppose same-sex weddings from losing their jobs. The Republican governor said no public officials who swore to defend the Constitution and perform their duties of office should be exempt from upholding their oath.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/28/usa-gaymarriage-north-carolina-idUSL1N0YJ2FQ20150528

Daily dose: Blotting out the Sun edition

North Carolina's Legislative Wrangles Over Solar (Solar Industry Magazine) -- North Carolina - which has been a renewable energy leader in the Southeast, particularly with regard to solar - is facing a rollback of some of its most successful renewable energy policies. The most important of these policies, the state's 35% investment tax credit - not to be confused with the 30% federal tax credit - has been the subject of intensive debate during North Carolina's long legislative session. The good news, Ivan Urlaub of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association says, is that a provision for a two-year extension has passed the state House of Representatives. The bad news, Urlaub says, is that the Senate's finance committee just approved another bill (H.B.332) containing several measures considered a detriment to the solar sector: one that would freeze North Carolina's state's renewable energy and energy-efficiency portfolio standard at 6% and another that would weaken provisions of the standard-offer power purchase agreement .
http://solarindustrymag.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.15327

Daily dose: Frustrated Francis edition

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House budget frustrates government shrinking advocates, unlikely to find favor with senators (WRAL-TV) -- "Handouts to cronies." "Disappointing." "Fiscally irresponsible." "Stuffed with pork barrel spending." Those reviews of the $22.1 billion budget developed by Republican leaders of the state House came not from liberal campaigners or Democratic lawmakers but from nonprofits singularly devoted to cutting taxes and the size of state government that have traditionally backed policies pursued by GOP lawmakers and helped them get elected. "We are not happy with what happened last night," Francis De Luca, president of Civitas Institute, said hours after the House approved the spending plan.
http://www.wral.com/house-budget-frustrates-conservatives-unlikely-to-find-favor-with-senators/14663...

Daily dose: More scorn for Rucho edition

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Rucho, ‘power-mad potentate,’ violated democratic process (Greensboro News & Record column) -- It’s ironic that members of the same party that accuses President Barack Obama of being a dictator are themselves acting like power-mad potentates. For the most flagrant disregard for the democratic process, we go to the N.C. Senate, where Finance Committee Chairman Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenberg) added measures to a bill without notice, banned any debate on those measures and refused a show-of-hands vote on the bill.
http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/susan-ladd-rucho-violated-democratic-process/article_e1b8...

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