A very tiny part of this border may be redrawn.
Let's just get it over with.
1. Black pastors rally together in support of HB 2.
You read that right. Yesterday, a whole bunch of preachers, mostly black, gathered in Raleigh to express outrage about the fight over HB 2 being compared to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. Christ. The N&O explains
The idea for the rally crystalized after Clarence Henderson, one of the students who participated in sit-ins at the Woolworth’s diner in Greensboro in 1960, wrote an op-ed piece in last week’s Charlotte Observer saying it was a gross exaggeration to compare the two issues.
This very important and necessary event was organized by the N.C. Values Coalition, a conservative Christian group
The ministers urged the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory to stand up to LGBT and other advocates who are calling for a repeal of HB2, which among other things pre-empted local LGBT anti-discrimination laws including Charlotte’s ordinance.
Henderson and others recounted historical injustices against blacks — from slavery to lynchings to segregation — as well as lingering racism today, such as police profiling.
“Whatever it is you call yourself doing, don’t call it civil rights,” Henderson said.
U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch happened to be in Fayetteville yesterday for a policing conference and was able to supply some sensible comments:
“While the civil rights movement certainly in this state focused on racial discrimination, civil rights and human rights are not limited to any one particular issue or even one particular group of people,” Lynch said during a news conference.
“Where there are people who feel victimized and are indeed victimized and made to feel vulnerable simply because of a physical characteristic over which they have no control — that is exactly what the civil rights laws are meant to cover,” Lynch said.
What she said.
2. State legislators working to let Duke Energy off the hook on coal ash.
The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality last week ordered Duke Energy
to quickly excavate all its horrible coal-ash ponds throughout the state. Duke Energy doesn't want to do that. Yesterday, a House committee passed a bill
that would undermine this decision and make life much easier for Duke Energy.
Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center and an advocate for N.C. citizens against Duke's environmental crimes, says
This bill is the latest attempt by Raleigh politicians to bail out Duke Energy. Citizens and communities across North Carolina followed the rules set out in the Coal Ash Management Act over a year and half ago. Under the existing law, after extensive public comments, DEQ was forced to conclude that Duke Energy must remove its coal ash from its dangerous and leaking pits across the state. Now, after heavy lobbying by Duke Energy, the Raleigh politicians want to re-open the process to try to find a way to let Duke Energy off the hook. The law, common sense, and common decency require Duke Energy to take responsibility for its irresponsible coal ash practices and move its coal ash to safe, dry lined storage as is happening in South Carolina today. In fact, up until they got a result they did not like, Duke Energy and the state’s politicians praised CAMA.
He added: "Sooner or later, North Carolina’s politicians have to put the public interest above Duke Energy’s special interest.” One hopes.
3. Another victim comes forward in Fayetteville basketball coach sex-crimes case.
Rodney Scott, an AAU basketball coach who was worked in Cumberland County Schools on and off for nearly twenty years, was charged in early May with a sex offense involving a juvenile. Since then, many more juveniles have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. Scott now faces a total of sixty-nine charges. WNCN reports
The most recent victim, a boy, was 15 years old at the time of the alleged offenses involving Scott on February 12 and 13 of this year, police said.
Scott now faces an additional count of statutory sex offense with a child, one count of crimes against nature, and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Coach Scott's bond has been jacked up to $12 million.
4. Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District superintendent will retire.
Dr. Tom Forcella will step down in August after five years with the district. The Chapel Hill News
has a nice rundown
of Forcella's accomplishments and what his successor will inherit.
5. Border between North Carolina and South Carolina might soon be redrawn.
It will only affect a handful of property owners, but it's a giant, complicated, legal mess. The N&O explains
The N.C. Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a long-delayed plan to shift the state line in several locations in Gaston and Union counties near Charlotte.
The original border was established in the 1700s, but it’s become nebulous over time because it’s based in part on landmarks that no longer exist.
“Rocks were used, trees were used, fence posts were used,” Tucker said. “They’ve been degraded over the years.”
Researchers combed through old records and century-old boundary surveys to determine where the border belongs. That process wrapped up several years ago, but leaders have since been struggling with how to move properties from state to state without causing major headaches.
What specifically will change?
If the proposal passes the Senate – and then wins approval from the N.C. House, the South Carolina legislature and both states’ governors – 16 South Carolina homeowners will wake up to find themselves in North Carolina on Jan. 1. Three homes in North Carolina would end up south of the border.
One thing is for sure: Money is raining down upon the lawyers working on this on both sides of the border.
A good day to you.