(AKA, state politics odds and ends)
As expected, the post-crossover period has toned down the crazy a bit, with the House and Senate bickering over details in the budget – but we have some goodies anyway!
- State Senator Thom Goolsby has written an op-ed describing the Moral Monday movement as “Moron Monday.” See, it’s funny because “moron” and “moral” both start with “mor!” I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that, um, this is perhaps not exactly the most diplomatic approach one could take in response to the situation:
Several hundred people – mostly white, angry, aged former hippies – appeared and screeched into microphones, talked about solidarity and chanted diatribes. It was “liberal theater” at its best.
- Despite Goolsby’s eloquent rebuttal, Moral Monday continues, with 80-some people arrested (including a reporter) this week from a nearly 400-strong protest.
- The Senate is looking into relaxing handgun permitting laws in NC. Currently one has to go through the Sheriff’s office and background checks for a permit (in Durham, this requires notarized statements affirming your character), but the proposed bill would eliminate the background check requirement for purchases at e.g. gun shows.
- The Child Fatality Task Force may be getting the axe after repeatedly making recommendations which are contra to the legislative agenda. The Task Force is part of DHHS, and it’s made up of volunteers who study policy options to improve child safety and infant mortality.
- There’s a really bizarre story about Representative Bryan Holliday, who either is or is not a fashion blogger. On the one hand, it would be weird if he was a fashion blogger. On the other, I’m not sure it’s weird enough to warrant a denial. Oh, and to get ahead of any such rumors about yours truly, I’m going to preemptively deny being a fashion blogger myself. Phew.
- The House and Senate both really want to frack, but there are some differences in how aggressively they want to move forward with said fracking.
- The Racial Justice Act is done for, barring an about face from McCrory. No surprise there.
- Wake County’s school districts are being gerrymandered to kick the dems out.
- NC Democrats seem to be beating each other up
- And last, but not least, a bit of good news for us lazy beer drinkers: you’re gonna be able to buy beer from the comfort of your own seat at Bulls games.