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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"

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:19pm

Sorry I missed this earlier. James
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Our representatives in the General Assembly are servants of the people. We elect them and expect them to listen and at least acknowledge our concerns. Earlier in the short session I made the effort to send e-mails to each of our house and senate members. After crafting a letter voicing my concerns regarding one very specific aspect of the budget I modified one version for senators, another for house members and another one that was more personal for my local representatives.

Now there is a generic address you can use to send out bulk e-mails but I figured that probably wouldn't carry much weight with them and in all likelihood wouldn't even be read.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 6:27pm

In each of the previous two budgets drastic cuts were made in the Driver's Education program. Each county receives funds to pay for the program and with state cuts the counties have been stretched to the limit. Salaries for instructors have been slashed, worn out vehicles haven't been replaced and classroom materials are nonexistent.

The senate budget cuts 28 million from DPI's bus transportation in 2014-15 and transfers from the highway fund to DPI the 26 million Driver's Education fund. It then instructs DPI to decide how much of that to use for buses and how much for DE. In 2015-16 the 26 million DE fund (either from the Highway fund or DPI) is eliminated all together.

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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 9:44pm

The Harnett County Democratic Men's Club will be holding their annual Groundhog breakfast Saturday, February 8th. Breakfast will begin at 8:30. The keynote speaker this year will be retired Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Gerald Arnold. This year the club will honor all of the past county chairs that have worked tirelessly to promote Democratic Party principals and elect good Democrats to office, from the local to national level. With the first day to file for office Monday, expect a number of perspective candidates to be in attendance. All Democrats are cordially invited to join the gathering. The event will be held at the Government Complex in Lillington.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 3:38pm

I often hear from the right that teacher salary ranking is an inaccurate measure because it fails to take into account the differences in cost of living. It is something often repeated by the talking heads from the various Art Pope organizations.

I was having a conversation with two fellow teachers that are transplants, one from Delaware and the other from Maryland. Both of these guys are strong GOP backers so our conversations are always interesting to say the least. (The liberal teacher stereotype is extremely inaccurate.) Both of them insisted that not only was teacher pay much, much better in their home states, but the cost of living was not higher.

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Monday, November 4, 2013 - 8:48pm

Brad Salmon announced Saturday that he will be a candidate for the NC house district 51 seat currently held by Mike Stone. Salmon made his announcement at a Harnett County Democratic Men's Club meeting held in the Barbeque community in western Harnett County. The 51st district includes western portions of Harnett County and most of Lee County.

Salmon is a lifelong resident of the Mamers community where his family has farmed for generations. A product of the Harnett County public schools, he is a graduate of both North Carolina State University and Campbell University, where he obtained his law degree. Salmon continues to farm while practicing law in Lillington.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 9:37am

So the senate rules committee is about to push out their voter ID bill. I've pretty much resigned myself to photo ID. I don't see much that can stop it, but there are lots of other provisions that seem designed to suppress the vote. At the town hall meeting I attended a couple of months ago questions were asked about proposals to compress the voting window and each of the GOP representatives assured those in attendance that these proposals wouldn't be going anywhere. Here are some of the proposals, taken from the WRAL website.

•Eliminate pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, who currently can register to vote before they turn 18.
•Outlaws paid voter registration drive.
Eliminates same-day voter registration during early voting.

•Eliminates provisional voting if someone shows up at the wrong precinct.
•Allows voters to be challenged by any registered voter of the county rather than just a voter of the precinct in which they are registered.

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Friday, June 14, 2013 - 1:35pm

Back in April of 2011 I posted this:

"I thought folks might be interested to know how much we are spending on supplies for next year. I've been teaching for nearly 25 years so I've seen a lot but I've never seen a supply order allotment this small. Each year we are given a set amount we can spend and a supply list to pick items from. The county then orders our supplies and they are waiting for us when we return in August. I'm talking about pens, pencils, paper, paper clips, crayons, markers, pencil sharpeners, file folders, construction paper, rulers, index card and the like. I think when I started teaching we had around $120-140 to spend. This year we had $50 to spend. I got some red and black pens, a few #2's, some sticky notes, and a couple of dozen rulers and it was gone!

As a county we rank in the bottom 15% of the 115 lea's in local per pupil spending and as a state we rank 46th in the nation in per pupil spending. I haven't had a raise in three years and my advanced degree and board certification pay is being threatened. My school is already overcrowded and class sizes are set to increase even more next year. I don't have any money to chip in for what we don't have without hurting my own family."

Two years later we aren't getting any supply allotment at all. Teachers just go to the secretary and ask if there is any ___________ in the supply room. I didn't have a tape dispenser all year. There just weren't any left. I did get some paper clips though! I'll go to Wal Mart before school starts and load up on paper, pencils, pens, and composition books. When the electric pencil sharpener I bought this year breaks ( they don't last long when 100 or so 13 year olds are using it every day ), I'll head back to Staples.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 10:12pm

At a town hall meeting in Lillington Rep. David Lewis, Rep. Mike Stone, and Senator Ron Rabin responded to questions about bills related to early voting and the loss of the child tax credit for parents of college students that vote at school. Each said that they did not support reduced early voting days and locations. Senator Rabin said none of these bills would pass. When asked about the college voter penalty proposal Lewis said it was about preventing students from voting twice. When asked if the bill was worded to take away the tax credit from parents who's child voted twice or parents who's child voted in the town where they were attending college he said that what he was trying to say was that this bill would not pass.

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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 6:55pm

Saturday morning (Feb. 9th) the Harold Ellen Harnett County Democratic Men's Club hosted their annual Groundhog breakfast. David Price who now represents a portion of Harnett County was the keynote speaker and Bob Etheridge was master of ceremonies. Each spoke about the future of the Democratic Party and the dangers of the GOP in Raleigh and Washington.

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