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Puppy millsFew developments are surprising these days in the through-the-looking glass world of the North Carolina General Assembly, but the recent developments surrounding “puppy mills” legislation takes a very large cake.

As was reported last week in multiple places, one of the North Carolina Senate’s most powerful members, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca, issued a statement in which he said that the Senate would not move legislation on this subject in 2014 because of its objection to the “tactics” of bill supporters — specifically the fact that a supporter meeting with Senator Bill Rabon openly recorded the Senator’s inflammatory comments on the subject and then made them public.

This was apparently not an idle threat by Apodaca. Yesterday, N.C. Policy Watch obtained an email sent by another lawmaker (Senator Bill Cook of Beaufort County) to a concerned constituent in which he recited Apodaca’s threat verbatim (see the bottom of this post for the full text). Read More

Ann McCroryProbably something like: “Don’t you ever send me over there again!” Or maybe, “There are some seriously troubled souls in that place!”

As you’re probably already aware, the North Carolina House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill this afternoon championed by the Governor’s wife, Ann McCrory, to enact some modest new regulations of so-called “puppy mills.” It was a bipartisan bill that passed  101-14.

Notwithstanding the First Lady’s support and presence in the chamber, however, at least a couple of members felt compelled to reveal their darker sides when it comes to the treatment of animals.  This is from a story on WRAL.com: Read More