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RALEIGH – Bowing to new and overwhelming evidence from the scientific community and the powerful impacts of recent catastrophic weather events, North Carolina conservative political leaders announced today that they are willing to accept the reality of sea-level rise, while at the same time proposing a plan to deal with it.

“It does appear  that some coastal tidal patterns have started to shift slightly,” said State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. “And regardless of whether this is the result of direct intervention by the Almighty or, as I believe, over-regulation of offshore drilling which has prevented ocean floors from subsiding to their appropriate levels, it does appear it’s time to act.”

Berger went on to say that he and colleague House Speaker Thom Tillis will introduce legislation during the 2013 session of the General Assembly to be entitled the “Personal Water-Level Mitigation Choice and Responsibility Act.” Under the multi-faceted proposal, individual taxpayers would, among other things, be able to establish tax-free savings accounts in which they would be able to shelter income for future use in dealing with coastal storms and rising seas. Read More

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Governor-elect Pay McCrory just concluded his first Raleigh press conference since his election on Tuesday. All in all, it was a relatively smooth performance in which he avoided controversial topics, got mostly easy questions and did his best to project an image of action, frugality and, for lack of a better word, “down-to-earthness.”

All in all, he gets a B.

There were only a few red flag moments that stood out: Read More

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If only the local “libertarian-free market” think tanks had the courage to embrace the entire libertarian agenda rather than simply using the label as a convenient cover for what almost always ends up being a defense of far right conservatism.

For instance, national Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson was in Durham yesterday and had this to say according to the Durham Herald-Sun:

“I am the only candidate who does not want to bomb Iran,” he said. “I am the only candidate who would get out of Afghanistan tomorrow. I am the only candidate who believes that marriage equality is a guaranteed Constitutional right. I am the only candidate who wants to end our drug wars now and legalize marijuana now.”

For some reason, however, neither the Lockers or the Civitasers or Americans for the Prosperous has yet to offer up any glowing reports on this comment or the general Libertarian support of keeping government at bay when it comes to private, personal behavior (much less some sort of effort to favorably contrast President Obama and Governor Romney on these issues).  

Meanwhile the partisan propaganda from the these folks just keeps on coming and coming and coming and coming and coming.

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On one level, you gotta’ hand it to the Pope-Civitas people; they’ve gotten a huge amount of mileage out of their political “horse race” polls through the years (name recognition, the air of legitimacy, the chance to drive readers to their almost always absurd propaganda).

But seriously, if ever there was an example of why this stuff is regularly unreliable garbage that the mainstream news media need to, once and for all, STOP reporting on, this is it: Today, the Pope Civitas people reported that their latest “poll” shows that 30% of African American North Carolinians support Mitt Romney for president.     

Obviously, this is absurd. A third grader would understand this. As one commenter on the Civitas blog noted: Read More

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The folks over on Right Wing Avenue are sponsoring a “watchdog training” here in Raleigh later this month at which the headliner is the very troubled troublemaker James O’Keefe.

As  you will recall, one of the many “accomplishments” on young Mr. O’Keefe’s brief “watchdog” career (other than manufacturing inaccurate and dishonest “gotcha'” videos and getting arrested for attempting to play dirty tricks on a Louisiana Senator) was producing a video that wrongfully — some would say fraudulently — claimed to have unearthed voter fraud in North Carolina a couple months back.

As the folks at Think Progress have documented, the whole thing was as phony as a three dollar bill.  

All in all, quite a coup for the local Pope group!