Sunday News: Battle of the LTE's edition


EARL HONEYCUTT: MCCRORY’S MISUNDERSTANDING (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- Gov. Pat McCrory demonstrated that his knowledge of the free market has serious gaps. By the governor’s actions, it is obvious he does not understand the difference between market-based decisions and crony capitalism.

GARRY TERRY: MCCRORY DID NOTHING WRONG (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- The blatant liberal bias in this story is sickening and can hardly be called journalism.

Ned Barnett's Editorial About NC's Higher Health Insurance Premiums

Already online tonight, linked here and below, is a Ned Barnett editorial based on a lengthy interview he and I had a few days ago. If the State of North Carolina had taken my recommendations from 2010-2013 then health insurance rates for many individuals and families would be lower now in 2015, 2016 and the foreseeable future than what we are experiencing now. The editorial should appear in the print Sunday version of the N&O tomorrow. I welcome your feedback.

Carson's lies keep piling up

But it doesn't make his supporters even flinch:

Carson’s book said that he was introduced in 1969 to Gen. William Westmoreland, who was then the chief of staff of the Army and a recent commander of U.S. military operations in Vietnam. The meeting, the book said, was followed by Carson being offered a full scholarship to West Point.

The story held up until now. But in retrospect, it is clear that it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The process to getting into West Point requires applicants to obtain a nomination, most commonly from their congressman, senator or vice president of the United States. The secretary of the Army — an appointed civilian leader — also can nominate a student for consideration, but the service’s four-star chief of staff — Westmoreland from July 1968 through June 1972 — is not eligible to do so.

And it looks like Westmoreland wasn't even in attendance at the time and place he was supposed to have offered Carson a slot at West Point. Maybe Ben got his stories confused? Did he try to stab the General instead, only to be foiled by his belt buckle? Was he going to hide the body in an Egyptian grain silo? These are important questions.

Saturday News: Berger fesses up edition


After call from Keith, Berger removed prison contract ban without knowing of FBI inquiry (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said he removed a ban on private prison maintenance contracts from the state budget in September – after being contacted by Graeme Keith -- without knowing that the FBI had started an inquiry into the contracts and into the lobbying activities of Graeme Keith Sr., the influential Charlotte businessman who had been aggressively pursuing such contracts for years.

McCrory's denials getting lamer every day

Miserably failing the smell test:

In a memo from that day, “The meeting began with Gov. McCrory making a few remarks and turning the meeting over to Graeme Keith. “Mr. Keith began his remarks by stating that he had been working on private prison maintenance for 10 years and during that time had given a lot of money to candidates running for public office and it was now time for him to get something in return.”

McCrory denied hearing Keith say that, according to a transcript of his interview with The N&O. McCory said, “My secretary informed me that was said probably while I was in a side conversation and I don’t know if it was said to the whole table or not, but I did not hear it.”

Riiight. You turn the meeting over to your donor buddy, and then immediately strike up a conversation with somebody else. Not bloody likely. That's one of the problems with electing somebody who doesn't see anything wrong with political patronage: They're also too stupid to avoid getting caught. And this explanation from Keith made me bark in laughter:

Friday News: Full-time jerk edition

Berger's six misleading minutes about TAs (Charlotte Sun-Times) – Sen. Phil Berger recently told a meeting of the education group BEST NC that the 15,000 state-funded and low-paid teacher assistants who are now helping kids learn to read, driving school buses, serving on emergency response teams, giving insulin shots, and doing a dozen other things to help teachers and children and schools are essentially as useless as manual typewriters. That will come as a surprise to the teachers and students and parents who rely on them.

Outrage, pushback on UNC System Chancellor raises

Golden parachutes will be handed out as soon as the hydraulics begin to fail:

At Appalachian State University on Tuesday, protesters asked Chancellor Sheri Everts to give up her 17.5 percent increase, which boosts her annual pay to $335,000. The same day, the East Carolina University Faculty Senate passed a resolution expressing “disapproval of the taxpayer-funded pay raises for top management at a time of stagnant taxpayer-funded wages for the rank-and-file who are major contributors to the work of the university.”

On Friday, the UNC board, in a closed-session vote, gave raises to 12 of 17 UNC system chancellors, ranging from 8 percent to 19 percent. In the recently passed state budget, university employees and faculty got $750 one-time bonuses but no salary increase.

Just an observation without commentary, lest I be accused of playing the Race Card: Of the five Chancellors who did *not* receive a raise Friday, three (3) were African-American, one was a Latino, and one was a Lumbee.

Thursday News: McCrory dodges another ethical bullet


Ethics panel clears McCrory in complaint (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A pair of ethics complaints that a liberal advocacy group filed against Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year have been dismissed. The governor disclosed the state Ethics Commission’s decision on Wednesday, saying it vindicated him in the face of a politically motivated “smear campaign.” McCrory refused to release any of the details of the decision or other related information and documents. While McCrory said the complaint was “without merit,” the commission conducted a preliminary inquiry and found there was reason to proceed to a more comprehensive staff investigation.


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