Daily dose: Bad business decisions edition


Treasurer worries bill could threaten state's credit rating (AP) — State Treasurer Janet Cowell says she's worried a Senate bill going to the floor next week could risk the top scores bond-rating firms give North Carolina that help keep borrowing costs low.

Treasurer says tax amendments endanger NC’s bond ratings (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The state treasurer on Friday announced her opposition to a bill advancing in the Senate that would impose spending and income tax caps through a trio of constitutional amendments, if voters approved.

On the campaign trail with Small-Town Steve

And no, I'm not going to put "Small-Town Steve" on my yard signs, and I really haven't gone very far along said campaign trail. But I thought it would be a good exercise (for me at least) to explore some of the ideas that drove me to file for office and have dominated my thoughts since then. Don't really have any local dragons to slay or threads of corruption to unravel, so some of you may find this a little boring. But when you get right down to it, where you live is pretty dang important, right? I believe that local government should be more than just a collector of taxes and provider of services. It should also strive to improve the quality of life for all its citizens. The former is formulaic, but the latter requires vision and understanding, traits that seem to be rare these days. Let's talk about that:

Liar in Chief? WaPo fact-checks the GOP clown car

And reels in some whoppers:

“I’ve been fighting amidst a lot of opposition from both Hillary Clinton, as well as some Republicans who wanted to send arms to the allies of ISIS. ISIS rides around in a billion dollars’ worth of Humvees. It’s a disgrace. We shouldn’t fund our enemies, for goodness sakes.”

–Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Daily dose: Anti-Federal government fervor edition


Senate Budget Bars Federal Energy Grants (Coastal Review) -- Senate leaders have added a state budget provision that would prohibit agencies from applying for federal clean energy, efficiency and technology grants.

Gaston County man said he wanted to shoot up the FBI, agents say (AP) -- Already suspicious of a military takeover of the U.S., Walter Litteral said he would drink a bottle of tequila and shoot up the FBI after being denied the ability to buy a semi-automatic rifle, according to testimony in a Thursday court hearing.

About Rick Brajer, the new head of DHHS

There's only one thing that needs to be known about our new secretary of DHHS in North Carolina:

Brajer was until January CEO of ProNerve in Denver. A Tennessee company announced in February it had acquired ProNerve, a few days after the Denver company started bankruptcy proceedings.

Read more here:

Amidst Budget crisis, GOP debates Constitutional Convention

Who needs moot court when you've got moot government:

A state House committee approved a bill under which North Carolina would join Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota in an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to control the national debt. Rep. Chris Millis (R-Hampstead) is pushing House Bill 366, where 38 states would call for a Constitutional convention to put forward a balanced budget amendment. The bill is scheduled to go to the House Appropriations Committee next.

Millis says that a compact will be binding on the state unless a future General Assembly votes to remove North Carolina from it.

That last part is simply not true, proving Millis either hasn't read the whole document or is severely deficient in reading comprehension:

Daily dose: That pesky "Bicameral" thing again


NC Senate Offers To Drop Medicaid, Sales Tax Proposals (WFAE-FM) -- Hoping it will help jump start negotiations on North Carolina’s budget, state senators are offering major concessions to the House. But they want something in return. For weeks now senior budget writers from both the House and Senate have been talking in secret, just not about the numbers in their budgets. "We have had discussion on the economic development proposals and the Medicaid proposals," said Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger.

Shining Rock Classical Academy update

Weekly update from Waynesville's excellent Smoky Mountain News on the trials and tribulations of the startup Shining Rock Classical Academy in Haywood County.

First, publisher Scott McLeod explains in plain language for readers the letter and intent of the state's public meetings law, and its application to charter school governing boards. Scott's headline says it all: "The public - not the newspaper - needs to know."


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