Despite the growing influence of new media in politics at the national level, traditional media still reign supreme here in North Carolina. An obscure mention of some political development Under the Dome, for example, can trigger an avalanche of coverage, while a snub by the mainstream press can relegate an issue to the hinterlands. The herd instinct runs deep among the media elite.
NC Senator Josh Stein confirms what was not much of a secret: he will run for Attorney General in 2016. This assumes Roy Cooper, Stein's former boss, runs for governor (a safe assumption) and that Josh wins re-election to his Senate seat (generally considered a safe seat).
Stein worked in the AG’s office from 2001 to 2008, where he headed the Consumer Protection Division, working in areas such as predatory lending, identity theft, telemarketing privacy, fraud and Internet safety. He resigned when he became a state senator in 2009. Before his work in the attorney general’s office, Stein worked as deputy chief of staff and legal counsel in the U.S. Senate.
It's been quite some time since I updated the Art Pope Puppetshow map, and I was surprised to find that it's much simpler these days. Now that Mr. Pope controls all of state government, the need for some of the sideshows has dissipated. Plus many of Pope's minions have found gainful employment in the government they love to hate.
“Surveilling a professor’s communications is a really troubling approach to protecting liberty,” the law professors wrote in a letter published Tuesday on the Chapel Hill News website and in the paper’s Wednesday print edition. “We deeply admire Gene Nichol’s commitment to protecting and speaking for the state’s poor and disempowered. The only comfort we take from this sorry request by Civitas is our confidence that it will increase his passion.”
“They’re all tenured law professors making big bucks, far more than I make,” De Luca said. “I don’t have any fancy degrees or anything. What are they scared of?”
Of course, we'll have to take your word for the difference in salaries, because the man pulling your strings doesn't make a habit out of releasing salary information on his puppets employees. But even if we knew, what the hell does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Are you saying the more money you make, the less your expectation of privacy should be? Because if that's the case, I think we should go ahead and submit FOIAs for all of Art Pope's communications since he's become a government bureaucrat. If he's done nothing wrong, he shouldn't be scared of that, right?
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 6:45am
The News and Observer is reporting that the McCrory administration is charging for public records, with requests for records generating bills of hundreds of dollars for electronic materials provided free by the previous administration. Story here.
McCrory's staff has interpreted a one-sentence clause in North Carolina's public records law as providing broad authority to assess a "special service charge" on any records request taking more than 30 minutes for an employee to process. Invoices totaling hundreds of dollars have also been assessed for requests for digital copies of emails that have routinely been produced by past administrations without charge.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 8:28pm
If you're in their viewing area, be sure to send a supportive note to WBTV in Charlotte for their fair coverage of the Issa "hearing" on ACA. The station's reporters not only noted that supporters of the ACA weren't allowed to speak and were told if they did they would be asked to leave, but also interviewed supporters on what they wanted to say at the hearing.
The program, implemented through an Atlanta company called Purchasing Power, allows the SEANC's 55,000 members to buy items and then make monthly payments through payroll deductions over a year. Although some employees say they like the program because it allows them to purchase expensive items on a payment plan, others say they feel they are being taken advantage of by the inflated costs.
A Playstation 4, for example, retails for about $400, but through Purchasing Power, costs nearly $850. An iPad retailing for as low as $499 will cost nearly $1,000.
The SEANC won't say how much money it makes from the Purchasing Power program, saying only that it is a nonprofit agency and that the money from the program goes back into its membership base.
Here's a clue: when you're a union and a lot of your members have bad credit and/or can't afford to buy appliances without using a loanshark "nonprofit agency", then your union has already failed in its basic mission.
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