Fraudster O'Keefe takes credit for GOP wins

Talk about your narcissistic personality disorder:

Democrat incumbent Kay Hagan went from a two-point lead to a two-point loss to Republican Thom Tillis after videos released by Project Veritas. So does the undercover work of guerrilla journalists like O’Keefe make a difference? He thinks so. … O’Keefe explained local media outlets pay attention when there are allegations of vote fraud against their candidates, especially if there is video to back the claims.

The concrete result of his work is that Voter ID laws are being given more consideration. “Sources tell me in North Carolina that they were able to get that Voter ID implemented in 2016 – it was not implemented this year but it will be – many people have said that’s directly because of our videos in the past.

So, not only did you sway the elections in several states, you also succeeded in getting legislation passed from coast to coast as well. And how are you sleeping? The current medication you're taking is known to occasionally disrupt REM sleep, so this recurring dream of being a political catalyst is not necessarily a bad thing. Tomorrow I want to talk about all these different versions of you riding in a bus. It could be enlightening.

Post Election Thoughts

Unlike many across the state, our group of Democrats was celebrating Tuesday night. Union County is so red that it is hard to get a Democrat elected even in a local non-partisan race, so when we took the lone county-wide, at-large school board race, a district school board race, and the county-wide soil and water commissioner supervisor race...well...let's just say all hell broke loose at headquarters. Thank goodness we didn't have alcohol available or I might have matched Dallas Woodhouse drunken slur for drunken slur.

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POLICY & POLITICS
Communities Fight State Laws That Can Divide Broadband Access (New York Times) -- Small cities are asking the F.C.C. to use its power to override laws in 19 states that forbid municipalities to build or expand broadband networks. Jason Bissette could throw a sweet potato from his office here in eastern North Carolina’s Wilson County, where he and his family oversee nearly 3,000 acres, to their newest barn. But despite his wishes, Mr. Bissette cannot extend the high-speed broadband from the office to his barns, either by wire or Wi-Fi, an upgrade that would help him monitor his sweet potatoes and tobacco. The problem is that his office sits in Wilson County, where a municipal power company has built a high-speed fiber-optic network. The barns, however, sit in Nash County. And a three-year-old state law prohibits the city of Wilson’s utility from expanding its broadband network outside its home territory.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/10/technology/in-rural-america-challenging-a-roadblock-to-high-speed-...

Mentally ill prisoner dies of dehydration

Here is a clear statement of our humanity and the way we treat "difficult" people. And with more cuts coming from the Teabilly NCGA, they will only add more stress to the system of prisons and hospitals through understaffing, as has always been the case with mental illness treatment. Inhumane and criminal.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/11/08/4305376_state-locks-down-information-on.html?sp=/99/100/&rh=1

Are employee-owned companies the wave of the future?

The Magic 8-Ball sez, "If we're smart they will be."

In addition to enhancing employee recruitment, a Harvard Business School study shows that employee-owned companies increase production and profitability while contributing to employees’ dedication and sense of ownership. “From top management to the front lines, the participants in employee-owned companies are partners in enterprise, sharing a single agenda and common goals … employees both learn and drive the business disciplines to help their company do well.”

Another study of ESOP companies during the recession showed they performed better financially than non-ESOP firms, paid their workers higher wages, contributed more to their employees’ retirement, and hired more overall workers.

Data- and performance-driven profit sharing models have long shown that companies who imbue their employees with a sense of ownership out-perform those who don't, so it's no big surprise that employee-owned businesses would be successful. But the longer we allow Citizens United to stand, the more likely bought-and-paid-for politicians will try to legislate this business model out of existence. Why? Because employee-owned companies are much less likely to dedicate a large amount of resources to partisan campaign efforts.

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