The State of Rape: Consent bill dies in NC Senate committee

There is absolutely no excuse for this:

A bill that would make it illegal to continue to have sex with someone who told the other person to stop has died in a state Senate committee.

North Carolina may remain the only state in the country where someone cannot be charged with rape for continuing to have sex with a partner who told them to stop. It stems from a 40-year-old legal precedent.

And of course included in that bill was a section dealing with rapists having their way with women too drunk or drugged to know what was happening. The bill should have sailed out of committee with a unanimous vote, out of both houses the same way, and on the Governor's desk before the ink had dried. But apparently this is 1519 instead of 2019.

Thursday News: Virtually useless


FAILING ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN NC GIVEN GREEN LIGHT BY GOP: Senate Bill 522, which passed on a 25-18 vote, also would eliminate an enrollment cap for the state's two online charter schools, Connections Academy and North Carolina Virtual Academy. Neither of the schools is within 100 students of the 2,592-student cap put in place four years ago when they opened. The State Board of Education also could remove a 20 percent limit on annual enrollment growth. Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, D-Wake, said the measure should be dubbed the "Rewarding Failure Act," noting that both of the virtual schools have received "D" grades on the state's annual school performance report cards in their first three years of operation and that students taking online classes through them haven't met growth expectations.

The Second Chance Act will improve lives and reduce recidivism

Rehabilitation and reintegration into society are not just words:

Social, economic and environmental factors play a bigger role in a person’s health outcomes, they argue. Housing, employment, education, transportation and access to healthy food are known as “social determinants of health.”

But people with criminal records face barriers to accessing some key health determinants, such as housing and employment. The “Second Chance Act” moving through the North Carolina legislature would help remove some barriers for people with certain nonviolent criminal records and make it easier for these folks to access the things that make them healthier.

Everybody reading this has broken the law at one point or another. And most of us have actually endangered the lives of others in doing so (driving while impaired, excessive speeding). Making a living and caring for your family is difficult enough in today's economy, and it's virtually impossible to do so with a criminal record. This bill would provide some relief from that:

Wednesday News: Public funds, private profits


BILL WOULD GIVE CHARTERS LOCAL (TAX) MONEY TO BUY BUILDINGS: Senate Bill 522 makes a number of changes to state charter school regulations. The biggest may be that it would waive a prohibition on local tax dollars being used to buy buildings or other facilities. This has been a major priority for charter schools for years and a concern for traditional K-12 schools worried they'll lose money for their own construction needs. Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, the bill sponsor, said it's not fair to treat charters differently than traditional schools because both are public schools, both are funded by the same taxpayers and both are open to the same children. "The kids are the kids," Tillman said. Last year, lawmakers allowed municipalities to operate their own charter schools for the first time, although no such school has opened yet.

Tuesday News: Criminal negligence


32 YEAR-OLD INMATE DIES FROM SODIUM DEFICIENCY IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT: A 32-year-old man died early Saturday in the custody of the N.C. Department of Public Safety, and his family fears his death was the result of inadequate medical care while he was in solitary confinement. Marsik, her daughter, Christina, and her two other sons, William and Justin, went to Duke on Friday to see Jedlica. They were told he was brain-dead, and had been so since he was picked up by ambulance from the prison. He was shackled to the bed by his left wrist and right ankle. Family members said two prison guards remained in the room at all times. Marsik and her children said a Duke doctor who worked on Jedlica told them his brain was severely swollen and that it was likely the result of extremely low sodium levels found in his blood. The family said the doctor told them there were no signs of head injury that would explain the brain swelling.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

More notes from the Kakistocracy:

Well, at least she didn't push any Amway products on them...


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