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Cash Michaels: GOP's power grab limits minority hires in new administration

It's not just Democrats in general who are being held back:

Based on his posture as a moderate Democrat, Cooper attracted a lion’s share of the Black vote in November, enough to help him unseat McCrory by just over 10,000 votes, to become North Carolina’s 75th governor on January 7, 2017.

However, now, thanks to measures passed last week by the Republican-led General Assembly in an extra special session, and signed this week by McCrory before he leaves office, observers say Cooper’s ability to indeed govern in the interest of all North Carolinians and make sure communities of color across the State are heard, respected, and reflected in his administration, has been severely compromised with the removal of many of his key appointment powers.

Just looking at the numbers, with McCrory (being able to) replace 1,500 employees, and now Cooper only being able to replace less than 1/3 that number, the opportunities for more diversity have been severely curtailed. And since many of those positions are middle-management, lower-level employees are going to be facing some weird political dynamics with their bosses. And if NC's employment history is any reliable gauge, African-Americans will suffer the most under such a formula.

Editor's note: We almost lost Cash to cancer earlier this year, but he's back in the saddle again. Read what he writes, you will learn something.

Thursday News: Just go already...

AS CLOCK TICKS ON HIS TERM, PAT MCCRORY TO RETURN TO CHARLOTTE (Charlotte Observer) – Gov. Pat McCrory and his wife, Ann, kept their home in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood throughout his four-year term in Raleigh. It was unclear Wednesday how long they plan to stay in Charlotte as McCrory considers job options, including the possibility of his taking a post in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. McCrory’s communications director, Josh Ellis, said Wednesday morning he had no information on McCrory’s next steps after leaving the governor’s office.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article123391394.html

Why I'm Running for NC Democratic Party Chairman

Wayne Goodwin for NC Democratic Party Chairman

I’m a North Carolina Democrat.

Like for so many folks, a good strong public education and programs created by Democrats helped me succeed in life. My public school teachers, my church and my family raised me in rural Richmond County and made me who I am today.

In fact, there hasn’t been a time when politics – the art of the possible – did not mean a great deal to me.

Wednesday News: Ode to Jim Martin

EVEN HIGH PROFILE REPUBLICANS SAY LEGISLATURE'S GONE TOO FAR (Capitol Broadcasting Co. editorial) -- The latest hastily conceived and enacted, GOP legislative power grab even has some top N.C. Republicans saying it’s wrong-headed. They are right. Former Gov. Jim Martin, a Republican who often tangled with a Democratic-controlled General Assembly over maintaining his office’s authority, also voiced strong concerns about the bill. Martin, in an interview with WFAE-FM in Charlotte, said provisions of the law taking appointive authority from the governor were violations of the state Constitution’s separation of power clause. “They (legislators) write the laws but they don’t have the authority to carry them out.”
http://www.wral.com/editorial-even-high-profile-republicans-say-the-legislature-s-gone-too-far/16379...

Glimpses of the Kakistocracy: The foreclosure King

Steven Mnuchin has a lot to answer for:

Yang was lucky. The bank eventually dropped its efforts against him. But others were not so fortunate. In recent years, OneWest has foreclosed on at least 50,000 people, often in circumstances that consumer advocates say run counter to federal rules and, as in Yang’s case, common sense.

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary has prompted new scrutiny of OneWest’s foreclosure practices. Mnuchin was the lead investor and chairman of the company during the years it ramped up its foreclosure efforts. Representatives from the company and the Trump transition team did not respond to requests for comment.

Not that it would make any difference, but I'd love to find out how many of those 50,000 foreclosed folks voted for Trump, and how they feel about that mistake now. Mnuchin represents the worst type of businessman, one who directly profits from the suffering of others. Calling him a "Robber Baron" is too nice, he's really just a flim-flam man. Speaking of, here's Republican Fred Thompson hawking reverse mortgages:

The first step to retake control of our state

We've spent enough time feeling sorry for ourselves, our state and our country. Now it's time to make a plan and work the plan! We have a short time to get our parties out of dreamland and back into realty. Our neighbors in the 80 rural counties of North Carolina have been disinfranchised by the politicians of both parties for too long. To rectify the conditions, Our first step should be to modify our constution so that the state senate is comprised of 100 senators representing our 100 counties.

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