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October General Fund Monthly Report – As Gov. Pat McCrory ponders brining the General Assembly into special session to free up money for economic development projects, the state’s treasury – more accurately the flow of revenues into it – may not be cooperating. North Carolina’s revenue picture continues to be dominated by red – as this fiscal year’s individual income tax collections for the first third of the fiscal year are running $477.1 million behind the same four-month period a year ago, according to figures released in the monthly financial report from the Office of the State Controller. Corporate income taxes are $46.5 million behind. All revenues – tax and non-tax, are $378.6 million behind the same period a year ago – and an increase of $57.1 million in the last month. “The Fiscal Research Division estimates that General Fund revenues through October are $148.6 million below the consensus revenue target. The revenue targets are monthly projections based on the fiscal year consensus forecast and previous monthly connection trends.”
http://www.osc.nc.gov/pdfs/Oct_2014_Gen_Fund_Monthly_Report.pdf

How NCDP Chair Randy Voller Denied Union County Dems the right to vote in the Democratic Party political process

Imagine being accused and punished for something, but your accusers never clarify their charges. Ever. They just accuse you of committing "irregularities," without offering proof of any kind or specifying their charges in any way. This is exactly what happened to the Union County Democratic Party when NCDP Chair Randy Voller coordinated with then (2011 - 2013) UCDP 1st Vice Chair Diane Little, to abruptly end our 2013 County Convention, denying nearly 100 Democrats who were gathered the right to vote for UCDP officers and delegates to the 8th and 9th District Conventions.

Please contact Berger Burr Jones McCrory McIntyre Price Tillis A.S.A.P.

Ron Sutherland updated us by email that the lawsuit to stop N.C. State from selling Hofmann Forest got picked up by the North Carolina Supreme Court, by-passing the Court of Appeals.

Bastids.

Ron relayed:

As you will recall, NCSU has signed a sale agreement with corn farmer Jerry Walker, his unknown co-investors in Hofmann Forest LLC, and RMS, a timber management group also representing an unknown group of investors - but so far [THANKS TO YOU!] NCSU and the buyers haven't been able to exchange the deed and money.

Pisgah-Nantahala forests at risk of wholesale logging

And once again, SELC is coming to the rescue:

In what conservation groups flag as a dramatic shift, the U.S. Forest Service is proposing industrial-scale logging in the vast majority of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina – about 700,000 acres, or an area bigger than the Great Smoky Mountain National Park – instead of protecting popular backcountry recreation destinations and conserving the Blue Ridge landscapes treasured by residents and tourists from across the United States.

“Under the law and for everyone who enjoys America’s forests, the Forest Service’s first priority should be fixing the mistakes of the past – restoring the parts of the forest already damaged by prior logging,” said DJ Gerken, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “But the misguided logging plan proposed by the agency will repeat those old mistakes, causing more damage and putting the healthiest forests we have left on the chopping block. The people who use and love these forests won’t stand for cutting them down.”

:( We need to put a stop to this plan, like pronto. There are sustainable methods for harvesting trees from forests such as these, but logging companies left to their own devices simply can't be relied upon to use those methods.

Arrogance

News this week that Thom Tillis privately commissioned a makeover at the legislature seems to have come as a shocker to more than a few people. Not me. Because if you've had the pleasure of reading my commentary about his Magnificent Presence over the past year, you know such imperiousness is perfectly in character. It comes from being a certain kind of partner in one of the large consulting firms. The world itself revolves around them. They do what they want, even when it is ethically bankrupt.

New report highlights progress for NC river, calls for more success stories

New report highlights progress for North Fork First Broad River, calls for more success stories

Raleigh, NC.-On the eve of the close of the public comment period for the new Clean Water Rule, a new report tells the story of how the bedrock environmental law has helped to restore and protect the North Fork First Broad River from development and pollution.

Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center, along with small businesses, released Waterways Restored, a series of case studies highlighting the success of the Clean Water Act in protecting places like the North Fork First Broad River, and calling for a new rule to restore protections for more than 135,000 miles of the state’s rivers and streams.

The Bergermeister's campaign money problem

It looks like pay-to-play politics is back in style, with a vengeance:

State Senate leader Phil Berger raised nearly $2 million through the third quarter of the year, according to his campaign finance report.

Below are the top individual and PAC donors with listed "election sum to date" contributions.There is a caveat. Every sum listed below exceeds the state's $5,000 contribution limit. There are a lot of them, 42 individual contributors alone.

Bless his heart, Doug doesn't believe Berger's campaign received all that money, that it was a calculation error. There's been some calculating, alright, but it's more along the lines of, "If we get caught, we'll just claim ignorance and 'give' the money back."

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