Republicans playing political games when they should focus on jobs

Last Friday, President Biden wisely revoked a Trump executive order which sought to limit liability protections for online platforms, an order originally signed in retaliation to the former president’s ban from Twitter. While President Biden’s action walks back a needless Trump-era legacy, attempts to seek political retribution against "enemy" technology companies have continued from many Republicans.

We need more balance in appointments to UNC BOG

HB730 would have made that happen:

Four candidates shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Four candidates shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. One candidate shall be appointed upon recommendation of the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. One candidate shall be appointed upon recommendation of the Minority Leader of the Senate. Two members shall be appointed by the Governor.

That would still leave Berger & Moore appointing 2/3 of the UNC Board of Governors (8) vs the Democrats 1/3 (4). But this bill was immediately buried in committee and did not survive the Crossover. Because in the minds of Republicans, the only thing more important than power is absolute power. This bill would also have slightly modified appointments to (each) Board of Trustees:

Thursday News: The other 1619 project


UNC ALUMNI TAKE OUT 2-PAGE AD FOR HANNAH-JONES TENURE: The ad, paid for by Proud UNC Alumni, lists the names and graduation years for all 1,619 people. It calls for Hannah-Jones to receive tenure from UNC as she becomes the Knight Chair for Race and Investigative Journalism at UNC-CH starting in July. Hannah-Jones’ contract is for five years but does not include tenure, even though previous Knight Chairs in the journalism school were tenured. The issue has created a firestorm for UNC in the past week, with some saying they think conservative politicians were behind the effort not to grant tenure. “Dismissing a list of merits that includes winning a Pulitzer Prize, Peabody Award, and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant is an attempt to penalize Nikole Hannah-Jones for her groundbreaking and unvarnished reporting of American history. We demand that the Board of Trustees immediately revisit this matter, grant tenure as recommended by the appropriate faculty, Dean, and Provost, and restore the integrity of our University.”

Coal Ash Wednesday: Duke Energy rate increase begins June 1st


It could have been much worse, but it's still not necessary:

Duke Energy Progress electric rates will increase by an average of 4.7% across all customer groups, effective June 1. The annualized bill for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per month will increase to $119.83 from the current $113.53 over the next two years.

The specific increase for individual customer groups will vary, depending on the rate they pay. The average rate increase will be 5.3% for residential customers, 4.7% for commercial customers and 3.6% for industrial customers.

Duke Energy pays out about 75% of its earnings in stockholder dividends, and those dividends have grown by almost 10% in the last 3 years. In actual dollars paid to investors, it's now roughly $2.8 Billion, per year. Which makes this almost laughable:

Wednesday News: License to kill


IMMUNITY FOR NC NURSING HOMES WAS A BIG MISTAKE: In a lawsuit filed last month, Noguera and Talent allege that the staff at Brighton Gardens of Charlotte failed to give Quirindongo medication to help her breathe, ease her pain and quell her anxiety as she died of congestive heart failure — when the heart doesn’t pump blood properly. In her final hours, Quirindongo’s children received little help from staff as they watched their mother claw at her neck and cry for help as her lungs filled with fluid, effectively drowning her, they allege. Still, Noguera and Talent’s lawsuit is expected to be swiftly dismissed by a judge, because of a temporary law passed by North Carolina’s state legislature last year. That measure gives health care providers and facilities sweeping immunity from civil liability during the pandemic.

Tuesday News: Okay, Lisa


WHITE WOMAN DRIVES VEHICLE INTO ELIZABETH CITY PROTESTERS, INJURING TWO: A Greenville woman could face hate crime charges after she struck two Black women with her vehicle as they were protesting the April killing of Andrew Brown Jr. by sheriff’s deputies, according to Elizabeth City Police. The two pedestrians were treated for “non life-threatening injuries” at an area hospital and later released, police said. Charges against 41-year-old Lisa Michelle O’Quinn, who is white, include “assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill by the use of a motor vehicle,” careless and reckless driving and unsafe movement, police said. She remained in jail Tuesday under $40,000 bond. The department said it is investigating “potential aggravating factors” that could result in hate crime charges being filed.


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