Never one to miss an opportunity for sour grapes:
— Senator Phil Berger (@SenatorBerger) July 28, 2014
If you had read the decision, you'd know that very issue (majority rule) was addressed and discarded, at least as it bears on equality. Which you demagogues should have known from the start.
New story: Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says http://t.co/YhvSCHAI1k
— WRAL NEWS in NC (@WRAL) July 28, 2014
Here's a little piece of advice: if your headline seems Onionish but you weren't trying to go there, you might be crossing the border into Absurdistan.
— Senator Ralph Hise (@RalphHise) July 28, 2014
If there is any truth in that statement, it's because you Republicans have demonstrated time and again your propensity for punishing the poor and middle class in our state via budget shenanigans. Giving us a false choice between two budget plans that use teacher raises as red herrings to distract from the horrific mismanagement of the state's resources is behavior that should not be encouraged by Republicans, much less Democrats, so spare me the manufactured outrage.
— SEANC (@SEANC2008) July 28, 2014
I don't disagree, but you know what? Your efforts to distance yourself from teachers and their advocates, just so you could score brownie points with Neanderthals in the Legislature, might just be coming back to haunt you now. If your petard is feeling a little hoisted, maybe the discomfort will finally get through that thick skull. Live together, or die apart.
— Lynda Loveland (@lloveland) July 28, 2014
To be honest, he looks a little disappointed. To keep him quiet, the couple had promised to take him to Disneyworld, and he'd been making a list of the rides and exhibits he was going to hit first. One of the lesser-known tragedies associated with the kidnapping of simulacra.
— Jones St Chronicles (@JonesStWatcher) July 28, 2014
Does that mean "no debate allowed" or none ventured? Because I can't imagine none of those Dem Senators had anything to say about this.
— Carolina Democrats (@NCDemocrats) July 27, 2014
It would almost be worth waiting until disasters happen to see these guys crash and burn (or retire) during an election. Almost.
I am *theoretically* operational! Now actively scanning for anonymous edits to Wikipedia from the legislature and the #NCGA public wifi!
— NCGA Edits (@NCGAedits) July 12, 2014
That moment when you realize somebody has a solution for a problem you didn't know existed...
— Women AdvaNCe (@WomenAdvanceNC) July 28, 2014
The debate on this idiotic idea has been over for quite some time:
The idea of these Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) has persisted as conservative lawmakers across the country have implemented these plans, intended to cut healthcare costs. Right now in North Carolina, private practices and hospitals accept Medicaid, much as they would private insurance. Part of the problem with that has been unpredictable costs, and frequent cost overruns.
State Senators felt confident that giving a set amount of money to the MCOs and rewarding them for under spending would solve the state’s budget problems. It might solve the black-and-white numbers on paper, say critics, but patient care will surely suffer. A statement from North Carolina Medical Society reads, in part, “These outside managed care companies have a dismal history of success.”
The House of Representatives and the Governor both oppose this plan, so it has a slight chance of being implemented statewide. Instead, the results of passing such a contrary bill will reveal themselves in the coming weeks, as lawmakers in Raleigh fight to find consensus, dragging out even longer an expensive budget session, that is already a month longer than planned.
I wouldn't be so confident in said failure. The only thing many of those Republicans
are looking for is plausible deniability for these bad policy moves. If they feel they have that, they'll go along with anything.
Mad scramble for latest technical corrections bill. This is where #ncga lobbyists earn their keep. Keeping bad stuff out, good stuff in.
— Becki Gray (@beckigray) July 29, 2014
I think you've got it bass-ackwards there, Becki. Most of those "technical corrections" originated with lobbyists, trying to tweak laws in their favor. Yes, there are some lobbyists there working hard for the people of the state, but most of them represent the leading edge of corporate interference.
On that nauseating note, here's your Onion for the day:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 24, 2014
I hope I get an orange instead of an apple. There are at least three people at my lunch table who are in dire need of a citric acid squirt.