Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:29pm

DemocracyNC has posted a great report card on the legislature which really clearly lays out who did what, by party and bill.

You can look here and define the work to be done to change all this, or not. Get your copy and spread it. Great job Bob and crew.

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 5:35pm

Not many know about the Redistricting Majority Project (REDMAP) of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC). The NCDP has not written a lessons learned from 2010 - but here is is, or a large part of it. I remember Tom Fetzer telling us that they were going to take the state legislatures above all else. And they did it. Read and weep.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 2:22pm

TABOR is legislation/act/amendment which takes budgeting and revenue generation from the hands of the legislature and produces a "ratchet down" effect, limiting budgets to population growth and inflation in any given year. Sound good? Well, Colorado amended their constitution in 1992 to include TABOR, and has thus dragged Colorado down from a really nice place to live to next to last and last in quality of life and public service attributes. As usual, Civitas and Pope and Americans for Prosperity are behind this crap. Colorado had to amend the constitution to get relief from TABOR just to survive. They announced this yesterday in Raleigh. TABOR has been rejected in California and various other states.

This is one in which you should get everyone you know to look up Taxpayer Bill of Rights in Wikipedia and then contact every person they know to sound the alarm.

Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 9:29pm

George Lakoff has leaped into the breach one more time to remind us that conservatives (right wingers) actually do think radically differently than those on the left/liberal and left/moderate sides of the block. And that set of differences is one reason we cannot communicate, even if the right wanted to.

From Truthout-Lakoff: The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy.

The individual issues are all too real: assaults on unions, public employees, women's rights, immigrants, the environment, health care, voting rights, food safety, pensions, prenatal care, science, public broadcasting and on and on.

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 2:42pm

This post, found at Campaign for America's Future, takes an extensive look at the forces behind anti public employee and public employee unions moverment. It is as indepth a piece as I have seen. I commend it highly.

It is difficult to read, watch or listen to the news without hearing that public employees are paid too much and get “lucrative” pensions and this is “bankrupting” your state, county or city. Public officials are "in bed" with "union bosses" and state and local government; taxpayer dollars are wasted to pay for people who don’t do much work but live the good life. "Reports" and "studies" confirm this.

Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 10:47pm

The Koch brothers have stopped hiding in the background, they just bought the US House and part of the Senate.

The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washington's political establishment, isolated by their uncompromising conservatism. Instead, they are now at the center of Republican power, a change most evident in the new makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 2:29am

Sometimes I stumble over things which simply leave me aghast. Seems like there is some concern somewhere, but obviously not in NC, that there will be no discernible union workforce in Charlotte for the DNC Convention. Tim Kaine then goes on to make it all worse by trying to explain that the Democratic Party's "right to work" laws are just part of the "good ole Southern scenery".

Friday, January 21, 2011 - 5:03pm

Americans for Prosperity - NC goals for 2011

AFP-NC 2011 Legislative Agenda:

• Pass a budget with ZERO tax increases
• Allow temporary sales and income taxes to sunset as planned
• Repeal ¼-cent sales and land transfer tax
• Require any referendum to take place on an even- year November General Election
• Increase the number of public charter schools and other school choice options
available to parents
• Promote the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) that would limit government
• Promote an amendment requiring a supermajority to raise taxes
• Eliminate corporate welfare (incentives) and adjust the corporate rate from 2% to 3%
• Protect private property
• Support a Constitutional Amendment to stop eminent domain abuse
• Stop forced municipal annexation
• Stop excessive property tax increases that threatens homes & businesses
• Dedicate all lottery revenue to school construction
• Repeal “Senate Bill 3” which raised energy costs and hurt families