Huh @
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 7:47pm

So the GA has proclaimed that they will no longer fund the Driver Education program at the end of this fiscal year. It appears that they are going to leave it up to the LEA's to come up with the funds.

"It is the intent of the General Assembly that, beginning with the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the driver education program administered by the Department of Public Instruction in accordance with G.S.115C-215 shall no longer be paid out of the Highway Fund based on an annual appropriation by the General Assembly. Local boards of education shall use funds available to them, including a fee for instruction charged to students pursuant to G.S.115C-216(g), to offer noncredit driver education courses in high schools"

James @
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 4:43pm

There are no fig leaves big enough to cover McCrory's private parts in this debacle. After threats and warnings and more ultimatums than you can shake a stick at, the Deputy Assistant Governor flat out CAVED, surrendering his integrity and spine to the kooks in the legislature.

We are thrilled.

Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday said he would sign the budget that the legislature has tentatively approved, explaining that it met his demands under the threat of a veto

Read more here:

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 11:36am

On Wednesday I decided to use my GPS to go to Clay Aiken's shindig at the Southland Ballroom. I lived in Raleigh for years, but it has been awhile. Since I was traveling alone, I thought it would make me feel more secure. When I was about half way there it started giving me directions from my house in Fayetteville again. That was kinda the end of the security part. After driving for about 45 minutes and it didn't get any better, I put the GPS in my trunk so I wouldn't throw it out the window. We won't even talk about why I was traveling alone.

The first people I talked to were Nick and Tucker. Nick said he never uses a GPS. I might give it another chance. It worked fine for a long time, but the trust is gone.

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:17am

Maybe we'll see something after all the election campaign contributions have been pocketed:

The General Assembly will not pass a bill governing the clean up of 33 coal ash pits at 14 locations across North Carolina after House and Senate negotiators failed to reach a consensus late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

"Up until about eight hours ago, I thought we could reach an agreement," Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, said early Friday. "Then things took an odd turn ... and I'm just going to leave it at that."

As some environmental groups have put forward, it would be better to have no legislation (right now) than bad legislation. But considering coal ash was the first issue on the docket at the beginning of this session, they've definitely had time to work out the kinks. If the leadership wanted to, that is. And apparently they're having some difficulty keeping their troops in line:

James @
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:03am

TEACHER PAY, THE MORE WE LEARN, THE LESS WE KNOW? – Historic pay raise is what legislative leaders proclaimed earlier this week. History is owned by those who write it. “Every teacher in North Carolina will receive a pay raise,” said Dan Sucheck, R-Watauga). Memories are short. In the 2006 budget overview, compiled by the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division, it says: “The General Assembly appropriated funds for the 2006-2007 fiscal year to provide annual salary increases ranging from 6.45% to 14.05% (average of 8.23%) for Public School teachers, effective July 1, 2006.” Find it, page O-5, at:

Daily dose
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 8:35am

NCHRC’s Overdose Prevention Project – A Look Back at the First Year

This August 1st 2014 marks one year since the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) officially launched the Overdose Prevention Project (OPP). The OPP focuses on the dual goals of educating the public on overdose prevention and response and providing overdose prevention kits containing naloxone, a medication that reverses drug overdose from opioids such as methadone, heroin, and prescription painkillers.

With opioid overdose fatalities claiming over 1000 lives a year in North Carolina and slated to become the state’s leading cause of unintentional injury death by 2017, it is necessary to implement a common sense solution to the problem. Enter, naloxone, a medication simple and easy enough to be administered even by people with no medical training. In one short year NCHRC’s naloxone program has grown from a handful of distributors to over 20 volunteer dispensers in 16 counties across the state.

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 7:15am

Are you a North Carolina entrepreneur? Or would you like to raise funds for your favorite liberal organization?

Have I got an opportunity for you!

One of the little-noticed provisions in the legislature's recently passed budget is this little gem:

Gives drivers a choice between license plates with the "First in Flight" slogan or a "First in Freedom" slogan.

It's illegal to deface any part of a North Carolina license plate. However, one can have a frame outside of the plate that includes a slogan.

Imagine driving down the highway and seeing a North Carolina license plate that says "First in Flight" or "First in Freedom" along the top and one of the following phrases at the bottom:

  • Last in Education
Posmo @
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 9:27pm

For the second time in three years, North Carolina has the dishonor of having one of its own legislators recognized as the ALEC legislator of the year.

The American Legislative Exchange Council has named state Rep. Jason Saine its Lawmaker of the Year for 2014.

It's the second time in four years a North Carolina lawmaker has won the group's highest honor. Outgoing House Speaker Thom Tillis was ALEC's Lawmaker of the Year in 2011.

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