Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 11:28am

I usually ignore hypocrisy. It's become so commonplace that it hardly deserves notice anymore.

But sometimes the disconnect between what a person says and what he actually does is so stunning, so extreme, and so callous, that it simply cannot be glossed over. That's the case with Nelson Dollar, an austerity Republican from Wake County. To hear him talk, you'd think he was a bleeding-heart liberal from Chapel Hill.

Nelson Dollar
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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:37am

It doesn't take a genius to see the practical way out of our budget conundrum. But then again, it does take at least a few brain cells, which we seem to be lacking in Raleigh.


Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:07am

Apparently the term "at will" means something different to Republicans:

McCrory heaped praise on House Speaker Thom Tillis for calling teachers and superintendents to testify to the budget conference committee that is working out differences between the House and Senate, while lambasting senators for walking out of the room.

"I am disappointed that the Senate walked out on superintendents and teachers," McCrory said after meeting with his Education Cabinet at Shaw. "We need to listen to them, not walk out on them."

That's what you get when you've got a collection of playground bullies running the show in the Legislature. Declaring victory is more important than arriving at any kind of consensus, and the only sure thing you can count on is someone's going to get a wedgie.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 9:35am

What do you do with 100 tons of coal ash? (Asheville Citizen-Times) -- Dump trucks – each loaded with 20 tons of coal ash – make some 200 trips a day from Duke Energy's Lake Julian power plant to the Asheville Regional Airport, where the toxic material is used as fill to create flat, usable land. The disposal method is considered a cost-effective and environmentally sound reuse of the material. About 4 million tons will have been removed from the plant's two ash ponds by the time the project ends next year. But, as state lawmakers struggle with legislation to better manage coal ash in the wake of the Feb. 2 spill into the Dan River, there are concerns about what to do with amounts of the byproduct far larger than what's being reused in Asheville. Duke estimates there are 102 million tons of coal ash in 33 ponds across the state.

Daily dose
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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:31am

It seems that John "Duke" Wayne's family and Duke University are arguing about who has rights to the Duke name.

As part of a long-running legal tussle, the Durham university and John Wayne Enterprises have been fighting over “Duke” trademarks and whether the family of the star of countless classic westerns can brand their bourbon with the name they want.

Seems to me that both parties ought to be much more concerned about the damage being done to the "Duke" name by those other folks.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 11:08pm

or in the heat. But either way, the NC GOP wants to stop after-school child care subsidies for 12,000 kids from low-income families.

Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Republican from Cornelius, said the goal is to shift the focus to early childhood development..

Oh, well the way Jeff tells it, this must be a good thing. Unless, of course:

Child advocates say the change could put children at risk by forcing parents to choose between work and leaving their children in potentially unsafe situations.

Oh, that doesn't sound good at all. But that's just those bleeding-heart "child advocates" talking. Let's hear from an actual parent, who would need to pay more than $1,000 more per month, something she can't possibly afford.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:11pm

Day Three of the Great GOP Voter Suppression Trial took place in Winston-Salem today, and you get the scoop, courtesy of Kelly Fetty at Digital Journal. Looks like it was a grueling day to be Charles Stewart III, an expert witness for the good guys.

Defense Attorney Thomas Farr cross-examined Stewart for nearly two hours. Farr attacked Stewart's characterization of voters as "sophisticated" or "unsophisticated" based on education and income.

Farr asked Stewart if Stewart regarded African American voters as "unsophisticated."

"Isn't that a racial stereotype, Dr. Stewart?" Farr asked.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 6:24pm

, Corinthian Colleges, appears to be in hot water and for Foxx, the money spigot may be drying up. According to an article in the New York Times dated July 4, 2014, Corinthian has allegedly lied to "students and investors about job placement rates for its graduates and about its financial condition." In 2013, the California Attorney General brought suit. On July 8, 2014, the New York Times editorial board wrote an opinion about the for-profit college collapse.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 1:40pm

After opening the budget conference as a public meeting, the NC GOP participants predictably played to the cameras.

A day of scheduled budget negotiations got off to a rocky start Wednesday morning after House leaders insisted on hearing from outside experts on education spending.

Senate negotiators responded by walking out of the meeting. They returned an hour later, but the good feelings of compromises reached last week on Medicaid funding were long gone by then.

In another display of absurdity, the NC GOP -- those would be the folks who stomped all over the less fortunate citizens of our state with their original budget -- stole lines from the Democratic party.

He said the Senate budget, which would eliminate Medicaid eligibility for thousands, would shortchange the needy.

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