Tuesday News: You're no Schindler, dude


DAN BISHOP LIKENS ANTI-LGBTQ CROWD TO JEWS DURING HOLOCAUST: The Republican candidate for an open House seat in North Carolina likened his efforts to undermine LGBTQ rights via religious exemptions to the work of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved Jews during the Holocaust. State Sen. Dan Bishop, the Republican nominee in the Sept. 10 do-over election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, made the remarks in email communications with conservative activist leaders in March 2017. The emails were obtained through a public records request by the liberal news site Real Facts NC, which published them online at the end of June. “As Oscar Schindler said, as many as we can,” Bishop replied, comparing his wish to see the maximum number of people exempted from local anti-discrimination laws to Schindler’s professed desire to hire, and therefore save, as many endangered European Jews as possible during World War II.

GIULIANI AND GINGRICH STINK UP THE RACE FOR NC03 REPUBLICANS: A pair of Republican stalwarts are lending their voices to opposing campaigns in the final days of a feisty runoff in Eastern North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is now President Donald Trump’s lawyer, has recorded robocalls to voters on behalf of state Rep. Greg Murphy, a urologic surgeon. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is doing robocalls on behalf of Joan Perry, a Kinston pediatrician and first-time candidate. Republican voters will choose between Murphy and Perry as their nominee for September’s special election on Tuesday. Murphy and Perry finished first and second, respectively, in April’s initial primary in the special election to replace the late Rep. Walter Jones, who died in February. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. The Republican winner will join Democrat Allen Thomas, Libertarian Tim Harris and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt on the ballot for the Sept. 10 general election.

AMIDST BUDGET STANDOFF, MEDICAID EXPANSION COMPROMISE BILL MOVES FORWARD IN HOUSE: Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, the bill's lead sponsor, said he didn't know what brought about the sudden willingness to hear the bill and that he presented it to the House Republican Caucus for the first time Monday at the speaker's request. Lambeth said the bill should clear the House Health committee during its 9 a.m. meeting (643 LOB), and he said the bill will largely be worded as it has been since it was filed in April. Moore said he wasn't sure whether a majority of House Republicans support the bill. "I think it's really close," he said, "and I would assume that most Democrats would vote for it." The bill includes work requirements for new Medicaid recipients and other concessions meant to make the bill more palatable to Republicans leery of expanding the state and federally funded health insurance program for the poor by billions of dollars. Democrats aren't on board with all of its elements, but Cooper indicated earlier in his term that he could live with the compromise.

DUKE ENERGY RATE BILL AMENDED TO HELP POOR PEOPLE, BUT STILL HAS OPPOSITION: On Monday afternoon, new language was added requiring the utility to spend additional earnings that come from the bill on programs that help poorer customers. With that change, the bill moved through the House Rules committee on a divided vote, putting it as few as two steps away from final passage. It's unclear whether the amended bill will get Gov. Roy Cooper's support. Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, who's carrying the measure in the House, said late last month that Cooper's team told him the governor “would not be comfortable signing” the bill into law as is, throwing up a potential major roadblock. Cooper's press office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the amended bill Monday. Duke's team at the legislature said they weren't sure what the governor would do. Lewis said he plans to discuss the bill with Cooper's team Tuesday. A manufacturer's group representing large electricity users and a lobbying group for clean energy companies still opposed the amended bill in committee Monday.

DC HIT WITH FLASH FLOODING AFTER ALMOST 4 INCHES OF RAIN FALLS WITHIN ONE HOUR: A month’s worth of rain deluged the immediate D.C. area early Monday, resulting in one of its most extreme flooding events in years. The record-setting cloudburst unleashed four inches of water in a single hour, way too much for a paved-over, heavily populated urban area to cope with at the height of the morning rush. The sheets of rain, with nowhere to run off, turned major roads into rivers while streams and creeks shot up 10 feet in less than an hour. The rushing water stranded scores of people in their vehicles, poured into businesses and the Metro system, submerged cars in parking lots, swamped basements and caused some roads to cave in, forming massive sinkholes. Montgomery County, northern Fairfax County and Arlington endured some of the most extreme rainfall. At Reagan National Airport, Washington’s official weather observing location, 3.44 inches fell, with 3.3 inches coming in the 9 a.m. hour alone. The odds of rain this intense in any given year are less than 1 percent.



Mother Nature decides to go lobbying?

Since politicians and an ignorant President refuse to listen to their own scientists, maybe a practical demonstration on the dangers of climate change might catch their attention...