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For the next day or two we’ll be moving to a new server, so you may not see any new content posted, and you may experience some problems clicking stuff here and there. Also, there’s a somewhat ugly yet comfortable sofa that won’t fit with the decor of the new place, and we really don’t want to leave it out by the road unless we have to. And no, it won’t fit in that hybrid minivan, so you’ll need to call your brother-in-law with the truck. Thanks ahead of time for your patience, and if you have any boxes, we could sure use them.



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Thursday News: Political gamesmanship

REPUBLICANS GO AFTER AG JOSH STEIN WITH DEEP BUDGET CUTS: North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein was taken by surprise this week when lawmakers he used to work beside as a state senator cut $10 million from the state Department of Justice budget with very specific targets. “This move is as irresponsible as it is short-sighted,” Stein said in a statement released Tuesday, the day after legislative leaders released the $23.03 billion budget to the public. Stein said he was “deeply troubled” that the General Assembly directed his office to “eliminate the attorneys who work to prosecute criminals and keep them behind bars, who save taxpayers millions of dollars by defending against frivolous suits, who keep corporate bad actors in line, and who protect our clean air and water.”
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Hello Summer!

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Hello Summer! Summer has finally arrived – though it’s been feeling like Summer for quite some time, wouldn’t you agree?

Today kicks off the first official day of Summer and Summer Solstice. June 21st marks the longest day of the year. Today, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will have the longest period of daylight.

Ready For Some Summer Fun?

And speaking of Summer and Summertime, don’t miss these great Summer posts from a few of our NC Bloggers (in no particular order):

We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the posts we’ve shared! If you’ve got a Summer-themed blog post you’d like to share, we’d love to check it out.

Do You Have Any Plans This Summer?

What have you got planned this Summer? Have you scheduled any time for a little Summer fun? We’d love to hear about what you’ve got going on this Summer. Please share with us in the comments section below. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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As samples are collected for testing, chemical company decides to clean up GENX prior to discharge

And that timing is more than a little suspect:

Beginning tomorrow, the Chemours company will “capture, remove, and safely dispose of wastewater” that contains the byproduct GenX generated at its manufacturing plant in Fayetteville. The company announced late this afternoon that it would eliminate discharge containing GenX into the Cape Fear River, a drinking water supply. GenX has been detected in the Cape Fear near Wilmington; the chemical isn’t removed during traditional treatment at municipal plants.

The timing of the announcement is notable. The NC Department of Environmental Quality started sampling water in the Cape Fear and at the Chemours plant yesterday. The agency and will continue those tests through Thursday, and then resample at the same locations over the next three weeks. Also tomorrow the Cape Fear River Watch is hosting a community forum about GenX and the company.

Had a conversation recently with someone holding an MBA, in which I had to explain the difference between a chemical compound and a base element. Dude was waffling between Libertarianism and Bernie-ish “all politicians are owned by the corporations,” and he said something about how we’ve known what these chemicals can do for close to 100 years, so when he reads about the EPA “still testing” something it’s evidence of a payoff. Or something. There are literally thousands of new chemical compounds created every year, mostly by industry, and the bulk of their research is proprietary. Meaning, even if they did discover dangers to the environment or people associated with their new chemical, we probably won’t know until that danger is detected by someone outside the company. Here’s some background on GENX’s predecessor, and the Du Pont spinoff Chemours:



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Wednesday News: The way the ball bounces

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JON OSSOFF FALLS SHORT OF FLIPPING GEORGIA’S 6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: Ossoff’s campaign had nothing if not an abundance of election-obsessed supporters, who helped him raise an unprecedented amount of money and assemble a small army of door-knocking volunteers. Many of them were political neophytes, men and women who once rarely voted but now served as precinct captains and social-media advocates. But Ossoff still lost in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District because his supporters, even when combined with politically moderate independents, couldn’t outnumber Republican partisans. “This is not the outcome many of us were hoping for,” Ossoff told supporters during his concession speech. “But this the beginning of something much bigger than us.”
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Don’t Miss These NC Based Instagram Accounts

ncbloggers-NC-Instagram, NC-InstagramWe absolutely love Instagram! Bet you do, too. And because we’re such big fans, we thought it would be a fun idea to share some of our favorite finds with you in a new series where we spotlight some of the great NC based Instagram accounts we’ve found. These IGers are fun, funky, and fabulous to follow along with – best part, they’re all North Carolina-based.

Sharing Our Favorite NC Based Instagram Finds

Each week we’ll do our best to share a handful of our favorite finds. We hope this new series will introduce you to some new faces, and places throughout our beloved North Carolina. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.

It’s all about supporting each other (and small businesses) across this great state, so please consider swinging by and follow along with them or at the very least, adding your thoughts to the comments on their photos or giving them a like! If you happen to head over and follow along with them, give them a great big hello from us, @NCBloggerNetwork!

Fun, Funky, and Fabulous Instagrammers in NC

Here they are, in no particular order –

@NourishAndNestle – I’m in my happy place when I’m cooking, crafting, baking, creating, diy-ing or gardening. You too? Hey, we should be friends!

  • 341 posts
  • 919 followers
  • 876 following

Can I get a show of hands…how many of you struggle to get those ‘8 glasses of water a day’ ? I know I do…I even have a reminder on my phone that notifies me 4 times a day to ‘drink water’. In that ongoing quest, I’ve come up with a few hacks…I ALWAYS fill a huge bottle with water before I go anywhere in the car and I add yummy ice cubes to my water when I get tired of water being so…water-y. These blueberry/lavender cubes are sublime…but I also love the watermelon/lime ones and the cucumber/mint one. All the specifics on the blog…pop on over. #water #drinkmorewater #fruit #drinks #hydration #water #drinkmore #healthy #fruitinfusedwater #energy #fruitisfuel #freshfruit #refreshing #stayhydrated #drinkwater #fit #fitness #vegan #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #healthylife #instahealthy #cleanliving #lavender #blueberries #delicious #bhgfood #feedfeed #food52 #eatcraftdiy

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@TrialAndEater – Easy vegetarian recipes & fun adventures, Finding balance between pizzas & salad, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Will travel for food

  • 360 posts
  • 1,111 followers
  • 300 following
@LinenAndSalt – saved by grace, real-lifeTami Taylor, gummy bear enthusiast, faith + lifestyle blogger, NCBN Ambassador, etsy-preneur Work
  • 531 posts
  • 2,993 followers
  • 2,693 following

@Hispanic_Mama – Travel, Culture, Family, Food, Bilingual Life, Mom in Raleigh, NC, Bilingual Writer, Latino Advocate, From #Ecuador

  • 176 posts
  • 3,373 followers
  • 2,069 following

Hiking the #Appalachians 🏔🏔 North Carolina is such a gorgeous state! 👌

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@MomsSmallVictories – Productivity, book and chronic illness blogger. Passion Planner Rep, use TANYA10 discount code for 10% off full price items at passionplanner.com

  • 729 posts
  • 1,572 followers
  • 2,374 following

Share Your Favorite NC Based Instagram Accounts

Do you have a favorite, North Carolina-based, Instagram account you think we should spotlight? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to check them out. Also, if you’re in NC and you use Instagram, be sure to tag your photos with #igersnc so other NC-based users can discover your photos!

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Tuesday News: Prepping for the 2020 “we own the maps” Election

REPUBLICANS PASS MASSIVE TAX CUT TO GO INTO EFFECT IN 2019: The final budget compromise announced by House and Senate leaders Monday would sharply cut personal and corporate income taxes – but the new rates won’t kick in until 2019. “Millions of middle class families will also keep more of their own earnings,” Senate leader Phil Berger said during a news conference Monday, adding that 99 percent of taxpayers will see a tax cut or pay no income taxes under the plan. House Speaker Tim Moore said the change in the standard deduction will mean 95,000 people will no longer owe income taxes. The 5.25 percent personal income tax rate will be “the lowest rate in the Southeast among states that tax earnings,” according to a news release from House Republicans.
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Tuesday Twitter roundup

It’s what you don’t do that defines your budget:

The General Assembly’s war on the poor hits another new low https://t.co/IQHU5xc17N #ncpol via @ncpolicywatch

— Frank Goldsmith (@fgold45) June 20, 2017

Taking something that was already critically underfunded and slashing it more:



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Tuesday Twitter roundup

It’s what you don’t do that defines your budget:

The General Assembly’s war on the poor hits another new low https://t.co/IQHU5xc17N #ncpol via @ncpolicywatch

— Frank Goldsmith (@fgold45) June 20, 2017

Taking something that was already critically underfunded and slashing it more:



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