Friday Open Thread


Friday, yes, but not without a little Moral Monday.


  1. Tom Sullivan says:

    From the “So What Else Is New Department.” Re: NC’s Regulatory Reform Act of 2014:

    Parts of the provision appear to have been copied word for word from a model bill displayed on the website of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an association of corporations and conservative lawmakers that seek to influence legislation nationwide.

    “This is more customer service from the legislature to polluters,” said Derb Carter, the North Carolina director of the Southern Environmental Law Center. “Penalties are a deterrent to polluters. Waiving civil penalties for self-reported violations creates an incentive to pollute then self-report later.”

  2. Tom Sullivan says:

    LUI: Legislating Under the Influence

    Maybe we need this for elected officials drunk on power.

  3. N.C.Rohan says:

    Their mantra of “local control”, like everything they say, is the opposite of reality. All over the country, ALEC is the PIMP and their whores are passing laws to preempt cities from adopting minimum wage, living wage, environmental protections or property rights against fracking, etc. etc. The attacks on cities and schools, tax policy, right out of ALEC’s playbook. I don’t hear them getting called out for it.

  4. nick s says:

    Oh, be fair: “local control” extends to allowing legislators to search and replace for [STATE NAME] in the PDFs that ALEC sends out from its DC office.

  5. Just got back from Raleigh, for the final hearing in the Asheville water lawsuit. As before, Judge Manning’s courtroom was occasionally hilarious. Suffice to say that Special Deputy Attorney General for the State of North Carolina I. Faison Hicks got slapped around by the judge like he was in a vaudeville show.

    More later, but I’m cautiously optimistic. We’ll get a ruling sometime in the next 30 days.

    Handed these out – they were a big hit…

  6. randallt says:

    I have a new diary up on Daily Kos about the GMO protest downtown right now and on Monday’s silent March in Raleigh. Great coverage here. Thanks for that.

  7. Tom Sullivan says:

    “RJ Eskow says, we’re not anti-gun. We’re pro-kindergartner,” says Cliff Schecter at Daily Beast. He’s not shy about taking on the NRA, particularly after mass shootings.

    We believe in that part of the Constitution—the Preamble actually, which comes before the 2nd Amendment you don’t even understand—that promises us that our government will protect “the general Welfare” and “domestic tranquility.” I’d argue that with weekly mass shootings occurring—in the short time it has taken me to write this, there has been another gun massacre, this time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina—Congress is directly disobeying the Constitution, as well as the Will of the People, to give special consideration to an interest group that funds its members’campaigns.