Wednesday News: It's the other way around, dimwits


REPUBLICANS SAY LEANDRO JUDGE WILL VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION IF HE UPHOLDS THE CONSTITUTION: The plaintiffs in the long-running Leandro school funding court battle have proposed requiring the state budget director, state controller and state treasurer to turn over $1.7 billion to fund the next two years of a new education plan. State Superior Court Judge David Lee has scheduled a court hearing in Raleigh on Wednesday to consider their proposal. “This Court cannot permit the State to continue failing to effectuate the right to a sound basic education guaranteed to the people of North Carolina, nor can it indefinitely wait for the State to act,” the plaintiffs say in their proposed court order, which was obtained first by WRAL. Senate Republicans said in a press release Monday they expect Lee will attempt to order the transfer of funds, which they say would be unconstitutional. The NC Supreme Court ruled that not funding schools properly actually violated the NC Constitution, this is a remedy for that. Case closed.

BIG SURPRISE, REPUBLICAN GERRYMANDER IS RACIST, ALSO: A sizable proportion of North Carolina's minority representatives in Congress and the General Assembly are likely to lose their seats under new district maps the Republican-led legislature approved last week. Of the 12 Black senators in the state Senate, all of whom are Democrats, four are likely or certain to lose their seats in the 2022 elections, according to a WRAL News analysis of data from the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, which scores redistricting maps nationwide for their potential to give one party an unfair advantage. Sen. Ben Clark, D-Hoke, has been drawn into a Republican-favored district that also includes Sen. Danny Britt, R-Robeson. Sen. Ernestine Bazemore, D-Bertie, has likewise been drawn into a heavily Republican district, while Sens. Sydney Batch, D-Wake, and Toby Fitch, D-Wilson, would run in districts that lean Republican. In the state House, five of the 24 Black members are at risk or certain to lose their seats next year. See y'all in court, make sure you eat a healthy breakfast before showing up, because we're going to eat your lunch.

FIRST IN FLIGHT (Suck on it, Ohio), AND THIRD IN SOLAR PV: North Carolina comes in third nationally for growth of energy produced through solar, a new report finds. But in other areas of renewable energy such as wind and sales of electric vehicles the state isn’t a current leader but is showing strength. So says the “Renewables on the Rise 2021” report published Tuesday published in part by the Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. “We are a leading state in renewable energy growth,” Krista Early of the Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center, tells WRAL TechWire. “Our solar growth and progress in other areas puts us in league with states like California, Texas and Iowa. North Carolina has seen a more than 265-fold increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun since 2011 and we’ve seen a notable increase in electricity savings from energy efficiency programs.” Early also notes other areas of growth. “Our report ranks North Carolina 10th in the nation in energy efficiency progress from 2011 to 201,” she explains. “This analysis comes as North Carolina just passed a bipartisan energy bill that sets goals to reduce heat-trapping carbon pollution. Beyond top-ranking growth in solar energy, North Carolina has also seen an 546 GWh [gigawatt hours] increase in wind power.” The other day (once again) I heard somebody gripe about how NC really needed to get into the Solar game. After 25 minutes of me explaining how and why this person was off course, he all but ran away from me. Don't get me started...

SPEAKING OF EATING OTHER PEOPLE'S LUNCHES: Officials in a North Carolina school district are trying to determine what caused more than 40 students to get sick on Monday. Sixth-grade students at Starmount Middle School in Boonville complained of various symptoms on Monday, including headache, nausea and abdominal discomfort, news outlets reported. Yadkin County Schools’ Superintendent Todd Martin said emergency services and firefighters along with school nurses evaluated and took care of the students. Martin said most of the students were feeling better before the school day ended. Students who were feeling fine were moved to another area while sick students were evaluated and sent home, said Wayne Duggins, associate superintendent for Yadkin County Schools. The school system said no students were hospitalized. I bet it was meatloaf day. I mean, I still ate the meatloaf in the cafeteria, but it was fairly nasty.

TRUMP'S KAKISTOCRACY ENGAGED IN NEAR-CONSTANT ILLEGAL CAMPAIGNING: At least 13 senior Trump administration officials illegally mixed governing with campaigning before the 2020 election, intentionally ignoring a law that prohibits merging the two and getting approval to break it, a federal investigation released Tuesday found. A report from the office of Special Counsel Henry Kerner describes a “willful disregard for the law” known as the Hatch Act that was “especially pernicious,” given that many officials abused their government roles days before the November election. President Donald Trump — whose job it was to discipline his political appointees — allowed them to illegally promote his reelection on the job despite warnings to some from ethics officials, the report says. “This failure to impose discipline created the conditions for what appeared to be a taxpayer-funded campaign apparatus within the upper echelons of the executive branch,” investigators wrote in the scathing 60-page report. “The president’s refusal to require compliance with the law laid the foundation for the violations,” the report says. “In each of these instances, senior administration officials used their official authority or influence to campaign for President Trump. Based upon the Trump administration’s reaction to the violations, OSC concludes that the most logical inference is that the administration approved of these taxpayer-funded campaign activities.” Of course he approved of it, he probably ordered them to do it.