Tuesday Twitter roundup

A little bit of good news to start with:

Here's an excerpt from the ruling:

The State’s emphasis on Plaintiffs’ individual employment contracts with their
local school boards is similarly misplaced. First, the State’s argument fundamentally
misconstrues the basis for Plaintiffs’ claims under the Contract Clause. Put simply,
Plaintiffs are not suing based on their individual contracts, but instead based on the
State’s statutory promise, contained in section 115C-325 of our General Statutes, that
teachers who satisfied the requirements of the Career Status Law and earned that
status would be entitled to its protections, and it is that contractual promise—just
like the statutory promises at issue in Brand, Faulkenbury, Bailey, and Wiggs—that
Plaintiffs allege was substantially impaired by the Career Status Repeal. Therefore,
the boilerplate disclaimers the State relies on from Plaintiffs’ individual employment
contracts with local school boards—which do not purport to address the revocation of
career status protections in any way but instead merely, and sensibly, recognize that
a teacher’s salary and continued employment depend on the State not running out of
the funds necessary to honor its obligations—have no bearing whatsoever on this
litigation.

Unfortunately, this decision appears to only affect teachers who had already achieved tenure, and does nothing (of substance) to help those who had almost achieved it, or to get the tenure provision put back in place. But I did find it reassuring that JLF's Terry Stoops and his "expert" sidekick were soundly refuted:

In opposition to Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, the State submitted
affidavits from Terry Stoops, a policy analyst at the John Locke Foundation, and Eric
A. Hanushek, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute. Citing North Carolina students’
low scores on standardized tests and arguments by Hanushek and other researchers
that raising the quality of the teacher workforce is the key to raising student
achievement, Stoops defended the Career Status Repeal because it “will make it
easier for public school administrators and school boards to remove ineffective
tenured teachers from the classroom” and “will likely produce a much-needed surge
in student performance, particularly for public school students in low-income and
low-performing schools.” For his part, Hanushek described how his research
demonstrated that the quality of teachers is the most important factor in maximizing
student learning but that teacher quality is difficult to measure and new metrics for
best assessing teacher quality are ever-evolving, which means that granting teachers
tenure not only makes it more difficult to remove ineffective teachers but also
“severely restricts the ability of the schools to use updated teacher performance
information in making personnel decisions.” Hanushek took issue with aspects of
Rothstein’s analysis of the Career Status Law’s systemic benefits but provided no
specific evidence that career status protections adversely impact the quality of
education North Carolina’s public school children receive
.

Bolding mine. That industry-funded think-tank bullshit might play at Tea Party rallies, but the COA requires that thing called evidence.

Well, if he continues his spotless record of underachievement, he should have plenty of time to write scary books about terrorists and international intrigue, and then go flog said books at conferences and book signings and such. Just keep him off of any committees that are related to terrorists or international intrigue, and we should be safe.

I doubt seriously if Markeece understands a whit of what John Bolton is about. He's not a Conservative, he's a Neocon, and would gladly expand our military greatly and put "boots on the ground" in every other country in the world. If that's his idea of a "small government," I'd hate to see his idea of a big one.

Roger that.

Honestly, it is simply hard to grasp how people could embrace such idiocy. The short answer is, there's a lot of idiots out there. I was recently in a truck-stop bathroom just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, and some dude had scribbled, "Obama is the worst ememy Amerca has ever has, including Hilter!" Really? A low count of US deaths associated with WWII is around 420,000. Which of course pales in comparison to the 5.8 million Jews who died in the Holocaust, or the some 26 million Soviets who perished during the war. It takes a special kind of stupid to classify one of the better Presidents we've ever had with Adolph Fricking Hitler, but unfortunately this is not a rare demonstration of such.

I'm gonna go ahead and say, "Yes." NC Political blogs are quite possibly the most important thing happening in the entire Solar system, and maybe the whole quadrant. I've been watching way too much Star Trek...

Um, what?

Governor McCrory defends Constitution
May 28, 2015 • Legislation
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on Senate Bill 2:

"I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, we are a nation and a state of laws. Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties of their office should be exempt from upholding that oath; therefore, I will veto Senate Bill 2."

Okay, first of all, "thank you." That being said, could you try (just a little bit) to not be such a pompous ass?

Okay, Dallas, just what the hell are you up to? On second thought, I don't want to know...

And the evidence of massive violations of the NVRA is mounting:

The letter to the North Carolina agencies cites the example of Sherry Denise Holverson, a North Carolina resident who switched counties in 2014. In June, she visited a DMV office to update the address on her driver's license and asked to have that change reflected on her voter registration information. But when she went to vote early in October, she was told there was no record of her registration. Holverson was forced to cast a provisional ballot, which was not ultimately counted.

The NVRA requires that unless a person opts out, driver's license address changes automatically serve as requests to update voter registration. So in the case of Holverson, her voter registration record should have had her new address.

The sheer number of cases like this simply couldn't happen in a vacuum. There had to be some directives issued, and hopefully the discovery phase of this lawsuit will uncover them.

And I think you're probably right. It's not about McCrory trying to "do what's right," it's about image-crafting. Professional wrestling comes to mind, where one wrestler seems to be turning the tables, but at the last second goes down for the count. Just watching the staged drama drains your IQ.

On that disgusting note, here's your Onion:

Ehh, it's kind of funny, but I've been one of those silent guests before, and it was *not* funny at the time. Here's another:

Well, where did you think they came from? Some huge stork?

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