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  •  The latest nutty bill in the NC Leg (6+ / 0-)

    is to strip local communities of authority to zone out billboards.

    "We have been told there will be a bill to basically prevent local governments from having restrictions on digital billboards or any kind of local ordinance," said Molly Diggins, executive director of the N.C. Sierra Club.
    Working on Billboard Bill

    I guess our restaurant smoking ban is next on the chopping block. Don't want to be interfering in business and that mumbo-jumbo.

    There should never be a tax benefit for companies that screw over American workers.

    by bear83 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 07:17:26 AM PST

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    •  Oh, man... (6+ / 0-)

      and the hits just keep on comin.' I hadn't heard about the billboard thing.

      I'm sure you know about newly-elected Teabag representative Mike Stone, who 1) convened a super-secret closed "meeting" with a bunch of video gambling lobbyists - even threw out a reporter (this was part of the Republicans' "new open government" promise, I suppose) to help "rewrite" video gambling laws, and 2) turns out to be operating video gambling machines at at least one of his own stores (they're currently illegal under NC law, but there are lawsuits and there are "friendly interpretations" of the law out there), and then 3) removes the "perfectly legal" machines from his store and takes them home after a reporter questions him about them.

      I swear, you just can't make this stuff up. Teabaggers,, corruption is thy name!

      Our legislature now officially defines "stupid". Oh, and "corrupt".

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 07:26:34 AM PST

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      •  I suspect they won't stop at just billboards (5+ / 0-)

        You know how the GOP feels about zoning, annexation, and government in general.

        They know they can't ever get elected locally in places like Durham and Chapel Hill, so they may just try exerting control from the Leg.

        There should never be a tax benefit for companies that screw over American workers.

        by bear83 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 08:14:06 AM PST

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        •  Exactly. (6+ / 0-)

          Actually, they're in the process of killing annexation completely. I wouldn't be surprised to see them repeal all municipal zoning ordinances next.

          Just as we should be asking "where are the jobs, Speaker Boner?", we in NC should be asking "where are the jobs, Speaker Tillis?", because I have yet to see a single bill out of this corrupt, idiotic, and morally bankrupt Teabag majority (who ran on a "jobs" platform, of course) that helps with jobs. In fact, like Boner, Tillis and his merry band of crooks in Raleigh are taking steps to eliminate jobs - and, like Boner, they're proud of it.

          "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

          by blue in NC on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 09:25:59 AM PST

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        •  ...which is really stupid (4+ / 0-)

          Planning and zoning provide predicatability in land use, and let owners know what to expect.  It stabilizes property values, nay, ADDS to them.  Stupid is as stupid does...

          Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

          by tom 47 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 09:28:41 AM PST

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    •  I can picture the Smokies. (1+ / 0-)
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      bear83

      The communities on the NC side of the National Park are not as awful as Gatlinburg, but if that bill passes, it will no longer be true.

      Greg McKendry, Linda Kraeger, Dr. George Tiller, Steven Johns. Victims of Wingnut violence

      by Judge Moonbox on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 10:22:30 AM PST

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