Saturday News: Free-market bigotry


CIVITAS AFFILIATED WEBSITE LINKS TO ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACK ON AG JOSH STEIN: The conservative Civitas Institute is facing criticism for its website linking to an article that says Attorney General Josh Stein’s stance on immigration is due to his Jewish faith. The article Plott Hound promoted as its lead headline says Stein joined a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA because he “is acting in accordance with the worldview and ethnic interests of his own particular group – i.e., those within contemporary Judaism. Stein is a reform Jew. Those from within his own ethnic group want the Christian majority with roots in western countries to be numerically diluted.” DACA is the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has protected immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.

GENX MANUFACTURER JUMPS THE TOXIC SHARK WITH CLAIMS OF VICTIMHOOD: In a letter to DEQ's in-house attorney, the company described itself as a good corporate citizen "stymied by DEQ at every turn" and exasperated by unrealistic demands. It pointed to at least two efforts going back to 2002 to turn DEQ's attention to chemical discharges similar to the ones now causing pollution concerns in the river, saying they essentially were met with silence. There's "no basis," the company's attorneys argued in the letter, for the state's accusation last week that Chemours misled regulators. Chemours said in its letter last week that its predecessor at the Fayetteville Works, DuPont, told DEQ in 2002 the facility "manufactures many fluorocarbon compounds" that "create dozens or hundreds of byproducts in very low concentrations." This is a pushback on DEQ's assertion that Chemours misled the department, failing to tell regulators GenX was going into the Cape Fear River. DuPont said in its 2002 letter that it was considering a study of these byproducts.

GOVERNOR COOPER PUSHES BACK ON GOP EFFORT TO CONTROL HOW JUDGES ARE SEATED: “Given the choice between the people or the legislature selecting judges, I’ll go with the people every time,” Cooper said in a statement Thursday night sent in response to a question from The News & Observer. “The legislature has enough power over the judiciary, and this attempt to change how judges are put on the bench is just the legislature's latest effort to rig the courts. After the courts have overturned more than a dozen of their unconstitutional laws, allowing legislators to influence the selection of judges is not in the best interest of North Carolinians.” Burr has scheduled a Tuesday meeting for further discussion of his maps. The lawmaker and bail bondsman has said he thought new maps and a proposed amendment to the state Constitution could move forward on parallel tracks.

NO CHARGES WILL BE FILED IN WOLFPACK FOOTBALL RAPE INCIDENT: Five North Carolina State University football players won't face sex assault charges in connection with allegations made by women who attended a July party on campus, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Friday. "The evidence does not support moving forward with a criminal prosecution," Freeman said in a statement. Three women said they were assaulted at the party, which took place in the Wolf Village apartment of one of the players. One of the women told investigators she experienced blackouts and believes she was raped by as many as seven people, according to search warrants in the case. She also told police she thought the attack was recorded on other students' cell phones.

DEFENSE SECRETARY MATTIS SAYS TRANSGENDER TROOPS CAN GO AHEAD AND RE-ENLIST: New guidance released Friday by the Pentagon makes it clear that any transgender troops currently in the military can re-enlist in the next several months, even as the department debates how broadly to enforce a ban on their service ordered by President Donald Trump. In a memo to top military leaders, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said a high-level panel will determine how to implement Trump's ban on transgender individuals in the military. Trump directed the military to indefinitely extend the ban on transgender individuals enlisting in the service, but he left it up to Mattis to decide if those currently serving should be allowed to stay. Members of Congress have already sent a letter to Trump calling on him to reconsider the ban.