For the third week in a row, the NAACP organized a protest outside the Legislature building in Raleigh. For the third week in a row, people were arrested. For the third week in a row, the number of people arrested went up.
This time, the head count was 49 arrested out of an estimated 175 attendees; at this rate, they’re gonna need bigger prison busses. There are some grumblings on /r/triangle too, although I don’t know whether those folks ended up merging with the NAACP’s “moral Monday” or not.
Other news bits out of Raleigh:
- The anti-Tesla bill, previously mentioned here, passed the senate with the protectionist language in tact. Now it’s even made Slate and Slashdot, so it looks like these jokers will at least reap some widespread media scrutiny for this nonsense.
- The Senate wants to cut down on the number of jury trials in the state, enabling defendants to “waive” their right to a jury trial.
- The Senate is also looking to preempt any local anti smoking legislation that’s more restrictive than the current state legislation. This is unsurprising considering the way local government has been attacked by Raleigh this term.
- Likewise, the House is moving to block municipalities from payroll withholding for union dues and other services.
- McCrory’s transportation agenda is moving forward. The short version is that it appears to direct more transportation funding towards population centers and less to the boonies, which is actually a thing I can seriously get behind, but our own Rep. Luebke seems skeptical.
- The Senate wants to replace local economic development commissions with political appointees from Raleigh (shock!)
- Like a good boy, McCrory is sitting on his hands as the legislature strips Asheville of its ability to control its water supply.