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Ode to Dandy:

It's all demagogues know how to do.

Of the people, by the people, for the people

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Here are some of the bills filed by Democratic lawmakers this session:

Nickel also sponsored a bill, SB 792, that would drastically increase North Carolina’s unemployment benefits. The coronavirus shutdown and subsequent job losses have highlighted the fact that North Carolina has among the country’s lowest-paying unemployment benefits.

North Carolina cuts off benefits at anywhere from 12 to 20 weeks, depending on the state’s unemployment rate. Most states in the U.S. allow up to 26 weeks, and Nickel’s bill would have North Carolina match that. His bill would also raise the maximum possible payout from $350 to $450 per week.

And before you say it, I know, the chances of any of these bills to even reach the floor, much less get enough R votes to pass, are slim to none. But it's important to see what could be, and also be able to answer those questions from the politically disconnected who whine, "Why don't they do something about this?" This is the root of that, "Both parties suck" mentality; until something gets fixed, they just assume nobody is trying to fix it. Here are more much-needed improvements:

Renewable energy surpasses coal-burning in nation's power generation

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The clean energy revolution is more than just a slogan:

The United States is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, new government projections show, a transformation partly driven by the coronavirus pandemic, with profound implications in the fight against climate change.

It is a milestone that seemed all but unthinkable a decade ago, when coal was so dominant that it provided nearly half the nation’s electricity. And it comes despite the Trump administration’s three-year push to try to revive the ailing industry by weakening pollution rules on coal-burning power plants.

Please understand: It wasn't those air pollution rules that brought renewable energy to the level it is right now; it was the wise decision to harness the market and entice investors into the mix. Policies like NC's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards created the demand that drove production and innovation, two key areas that had been dormant for wind and solar for so long. And once that process began, the costs associated with renewable energy would (naturally) drop, keeping the momentum going:

Betsy DeVos is funneling virus relief to private and religious schools

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Kakistocracy is as Kakistocracy does:

Ms. DeVos has used $180 million of those dollars to encourage states to create “microgrants” that parents of elementary and secondary school students can use to pay for educational services, including private school tuition. She has directed school districts to share millions of dollars designated for low-income students with wealthy private schools.

And she has nearly depleted the 2.5 percent of higher education funding, about $350 million, set aside for struggling colleges to bolster small colleges — many of them private, religious or on the margins of higher education — regardless of need.

Keep in mind, DeVos is doing this at the same time that state and local revenues are falling precipitously. Funding for public schools is going to be cut, if it hasn't already, but people like Betsy DeVos don't really care about the vast majority of schools and their students. She's grabbing every dollar she can for any school but those public institutions, because destroying them was her goal from the very beginning. But a lot of responsible folks are pushing back:

Dan Forest and other Christofascists holding rally today

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Return America of Amendment One infamy is hosting the event:

A group of Christian leaders plans to rally in downtown Raleigh on Thursday, demanding that churches should be allowed to reopen like retailers. The group, named Return America, will be led by pastors and Christian educators. During the rally, they'll announce a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper over allowing indoor assembling at churches.

The rally is expected to take place at 11 a.m. outside the legislative building. The Primitive Quartet, a bluegrass gospel group, will perform, and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will speak, according to Return America.

In a perfect world. both Return America and Berean Baptist Church would lose their tax-free status by allowing a candidate (Forest) to give a speech at their rally. But we don't live there. And if you're wondering about my use of "Christofascists" in the headline, wonder no more:

Coal Ash Wednesday: Think of the children

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Because exposure to coal ash can be devastating to them:

Experimental research has demonstrated that fine and ultrafine particulate matter can pass directly through the nasal olfactory pathway into the circulatory system to the brain.18,19 In addition, research has shown when air pollution is cleared from the lungs it can enter the gut and exit the body via the gastrointestinal tract.20

Chronic exposure to air pollution and particulate matter has been found to cause chronic inflammation and elevated levels of cytokines throughout the body and brain.18,19 In addition, some of the metals in fly ash are neurotoxins,21-24 and exposure to neurotoxic heavy metals during rapid growth in the early stages of life can disrupt developmental processes and result in neurological dysfunction.17,24

Normally I would remove those reference numbers to make the reading easier, but it's good to occasionally give a nod to legitimate research. There's so much industry-funded nonsense out there (a lot of) people can't tell the difference anymore. Prior to the Clean Smokestacks Act of 2002, a heinous amount of the fly ash produced by coal combustion was escaping into the air, literally blanketing the state. But even with the new scrubbers in place these days, particulate matter from coal burning is still polluting our skies. And children are especially vulnerable:

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Get in line, pal. We've been begging NC voters to get rid of Burr for years, but they're apparently infatuated with empty suits.

Psychopaths on parade in Raleigh threaten assistant DA's family

The police should have been all over this unhinged racist:

The white, male demonstrator who met up with Thomas and his family in the crosswalk stuck out his right arm with his palm open. Thomas, who is black, interpreted it as a Nazi salute. A Raleigh-based pro-Second Amendment group called Blue Igloo, which live-streamed the demonstration and posted it online, has said that the gesture was not a Nazi salute.

Beth Thomas ducked away from the man and asked that he keep his distance. His response isn’t heard on the video. Deonte Thomas said he heard the following exchange involving his wife: “My wife had told him to back up and he said something to the effect that, well, I can hit you from here. I can get you from here.”

This nonsense has become intolerable. Who does that? I mean, aside from the obvious racist overtones in this confrontation, who threatens a family with small children in strollers? The answer is, somebody whose racism runs so deep he doesn't consider black children as being human. Dude needs to be found and arrested for communicating a threat, and then given an intense mental health evaluation. Because if he's crazy enough to pull that stunt on camera, god knows what he would do if no witnesses were around.

Voting during a pandemic: Advocates and officials chime in

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Hat-tip to Melissa Boughton for putting this together:

It’s not easy to forget the photos of masked Wisconsin voters standing in large lines waiting to cast a ballot in the middle of a pandemic. Residents there risked their health and lives to make their voices heard; they chose democracy in the face of uncertainty, and now, the rest of the nation has a chance to learn from them.

One big lesson that I hope the NC GOP learned from that fiasco is this: You screw around with the election process to try and protect one (or several) of your candidates, and the people are liable to punish you for it. With Jill Karofsky's win over uber-conservative Daniel Kelly, the Wisconsin Supreme Court is now 4-3 conservative, perched on the edge of a flip to Liberal control. The fact that very Court was poised to purge 200,000 voters from the rolls with Kelly's backing likely played a role also, as well as the Court's decision to force the election itself. Back to NC and the things we need to do to help voters:

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