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Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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TILLIS AND BURR, SHOW YOU STAND WITH NC, NOT THE NRA: Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis need to let the North Carolinians know who ranks at the top of their priority list. Is it the 10.3 million residents or 6.7 million registered voters in the state? Is it the $6.9 million the National Rifle Association donated to Burr’s campaigns? Is it the $4.4 million the NRA donated to Tillis’ campaigns? If their priority is the people of the state they represent, they must be in the forefront of demanding the U.S. Senate take up and pass two bills the House of Representatives passed last February – the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act. There has been NO Senate activity on the bills. Additionally, they should be leading voices for adoption of “red-flag" laws that allow public safety officials and family members, following due process and a court order, to temporarily prevent firearm possession by a person who is a threat to themselves or others.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-tillis-and-burr-show-you-stand-with-n-c-not-the-nra/18563629/

Saturday News: Bold and visionary

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COOPER AND DEQ PRESENT PLAN TO CUT NC'S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS: Many more North Carolinians would get their electricity from renewable energy sources if a plan proposed by Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration moves ahead. The plan the state Department of Environmental Quality released Friday proposes reducing greenhouse gases from electricity production by 60% to 70% of 2005 levels by 2030, with a goal of getting to zero emissions by 2050. The plan offers suggestions for pushing emissions lower: requiring retirement of coal power plants and requiring utilities to increase use of renewable energy; setting carbon dioxide budgets or carbon caps; or a combination of those approaches. The proposal is a sweeping discussion of a possible energy future for the state that includes increasing energy efficiency and using clean energy development to create jobs.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article234079272.html

Friday News: Costly tactics

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DAILY PER DIEMS MOUNT AS TIM MOORE'S OVERRIDE GAMBIT CONTINUES: House Speaker Tim Moore says he's working on getting the Democratic votes he needs for an override. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Darren Jackson insists Moore's mission will never succeed, and he and all but a few House Democrats sent Moore a letter to that effect this week. Republicans are basically playing a numbers game, putting the override vote on the floor calendar every day in hopes that enough Democrats will be absent to allow them to get the override the votes they have. "They're just paying for us to sit around and not talk to each other. Honestly, that's what's going on," said Jackson, D-Wake.
https://www.wral.com/meter-keeps-running-on-legislative-session-as-budget-stalemate-drags-on/18571225/

Thursday News: Tarheel Taliban

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RABON PUTS FUNDING FOR START-UP RELIGIOUS COLLEGE IN GOP BUDGET: The provision first surfaced in the conference committee budget and doesn’t appear in the original House or Senate spending plans. Senate Rules Chairman Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, represents Pender and requested the funding. Mt. Calvary is founded by Jimmy Tate, a former president of Roanoke-Chowan Community College and former Pender County commissioner. The university’s website says its goal is to “ensure the development of a well-prepared religious workforce, equipped to study, research, and enter professions with unshakable Christian principles and foundations.” Tate said the program is open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, and it will “let them know what the attributes of Christianity teach as it relates to leadership.” A total of 18 people signed up for the inaugural class in May, but Tate hopes to serve 200 more students by next year.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article233994642.html

Wednesday News: Robeson Rises

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS FILE PETITION WITH DEQ TO REVOKE PIPELINE PERMIT: The North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition and Friends of the Earth filed a petition with the state Department of Environmental Quality to revoke the permit the agency issued last year to the pipeline's developers under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The groups say the facts that were presented in the application for the permit were incorrect and are no longer accurate. The 600-mile pipeline is expected to carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina, crossing eight eastern North Carolina counties from Halifax County to its terminus in Robeson County. Activists for low-income and Native American communities in North Carolina have been protesting the pipeline since state regulators approved it in January 2018. They claim the pipeline will put dangerous, dirty natural gas infrastructure in the middle of one of the largest Native American communities east of the Mississippi River.
https://www.wral.com/environmental-activists-seek-reversal-of-nc-permit-for-atlantic-coast-pipeline/...

Tuesday News: Investing in hate

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NEW AD IN NC09 RACE GOES AFTER DAN BISHOP OVER WHITE SUPREMACY: The potentially incendiary ad from a group called Stand Up Republic comes a month before the special 9th Congressional District election between Bishop, Democrat Dan McCready and two third-party candidates. “Remember when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville and killed a young woman?” a narrator says over graphic images from the 2017 rally. “When they were banned from social media, Dan Bishop took their side. In fact he invested in a social media website because it welcomed the white supremacists.” The ad that starts Monday refers to Bishop’s 2017 investment of $500 in Gab, a site that billed itself as a free speech platform. It has become popular with white supremacists including the alleged killer of 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article233778417.html

Monday News: Confederacy of dunces

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ACTIVISTS RALLY IN HILLSBOROUGH AGAINST RACISM AND VIOLENCE: Saturday’s rally — held by the Hate-Free Schools Coalition, local NAACP chapters, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and other groups — was a culmination of a week of national mourning, after two mass shootings in the U.S. A local conflict also was on their minds, one that involved Hillsborough business owner Matthew Shepherd and pro-Confederate demonstrators. Hillsborough has been a target for pro-Confederate protests for the past few years after Orange County officials took steps to limit Confederate flags and symbols in the area. And late last month, after encountering a pro-Confederate demonstration near his chocolate shop, Matthew’s Chocolate’s, Shepherd put out a sign that read: “Burn a Rebel Flag… Get a Free Chocolate!” The sign went viral after three Confederate flag bearers stood behind it and posted it to social media. Shepherd later received death threats.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article233747937.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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MASS SHOOTINGS CAN HAPPEN HERE. COMMON SENSE ACTION IS NEEDED NOW: We’re angered that, amid the recriminations and speeches, the calls for change and action will be muted by the political maneuvering of the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers. Soon, it will be back to business as usual for those who should know better and who need to act. It is past time to get something done. In much of the world, news of mass killings comes from places in the midst of civil wars, international conflicts or violent rebellion. Weapons of mass destruction are car bombs; explosive vests worn by suicidal partisans; or combatants armed with military weapons. In the United States news of rampages comes from places of peace where people are doing back-to-school shopping, spending an evening out on the town or celebrating local heritage. The weapons of mass destruction can be purchased at a local sporting goods store by almost anyone.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-mass-shootings-they-can-happen-here-common-sense-action-is-needed-now...

Saturday News: Folwell flinches

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STANDOFF OVER NEW STATE EMPLOYEE HEALTH PLAN IS OVER, FOR NOW: The State Treasurer announced a new move Thursday to ensure that the health insurance plan covering more than 720,000 teachers and other state employees will include major N.C. hospital systems as in-network facilities. Two big providers for the Charlotte area, Atrium Health and Novant Health, said the new deal means they will remain in-network for state employees next year. Duke Health also said it will be in-network. The new plan will let those health care systems and other providers that didn’t sign on to State Treasurer Dale Folwell’s proposal of state-set prices for medical service to keep their existing agreements with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Blue Cross Blue Shield administers the state insurance plan.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article233673197.html

Friday News: Tainted money magnet

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DAN FOREST FORCED TO RETURN $15,000 IN CAMPAIGN DONATIONS: N.C. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a Republican who plans to run for governor in 2020 against Democrat Roy Cooper, has been forced to forfeit thousands of dollars due to campaign finance violations. An audit of Forest’s campaign by the North Carolina State Board of Elections found numerous violations. In all, Forest resolved the audit by giving up more than $15,000. Most of the money the Forest campaign had to forfeit came from conservative groups that operate in federal politics but weren’t properly registered to get involved in state politics. That included $5,000 from a group whose name appears to have been listed as a misspelling of the EnergySolutions Inc. Fund For Effective Government, which supports electric utility companies, $2,500 from the Susan B. Anthony List, which opposes abortion, and $500 from a group called Citizens for Constitutional Liberties.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article233652187.html

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