The short answer? North Carolina's outdated yet persistent patriarchal society is well-represented in our business community, and those wealthy (white) men are loath to give up their dominance by nominating or supporting women candidates for office. Aside from the sexist angle, these men fear the variables that would result, like the propensity for doing the right thing. Don't like that opinion? Prove me wrong. Please.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 10:26am
Drill, baby, drill.
The News and Observer reports that McCrory, along with the governors of Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama, met with the Interior Secretary yesterday to press for oil and gas exploration off the coast of NC.
The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources changed its position on a controversial reservoir project in Cleveland County, shortly before depositions were set to begin in a lawsuit against it.
That's right, after Bev Perdue's DENR consistently opposed an unnecessary reservoir that environmental groups call a "real estate scheme", Pat McCrony's DENR put the reservoir on a fast track.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 7:39am
The Winston-Salem Chronicle has the story on a recent meeting of the Forsyth Board of Elections where the Board approved a list of early voting sites that puts the majority of early voting polling places in white suburban parts of the county and only one in the city of Winston-Salem where the majority of voters reside.
Several residents also asked the board to extend the evening hours to allow for voting after normal business hours or expand the voting schedule on Saturday May 3, the only weekend voting option during the primary early voting schedule.
“It is my understanding that there’s only one Saturday voting time, and I would really appreciate it if the board would consider enlarging that,” said Charles Wilson. “…I want us to be fair to workers in particular. They need that extra day.”
Submitted by scharrison on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 1:01pm
12th Congressional District Dems duke it out over private schools:
The N.C. Association of Educators, the state’s largest teachers group, has said the voucher issue was key in its endorsement of longtime state Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro. NCAE vice president Mark Jewell says Adams has a 22-year record as a strong advocate of public education who opposes diverting public funds for private schools.
Brandon defends his support of voucher legislation. “To me it’s a justice issue,” he says. “If people in a certain community, because of their income and zip code, can have a quality education, then the people in my community deserve the same access and same opportunity.”
I'm afraid the only "justice" many of those children would see after they moved to their new school would be of a biblical nature, like being turned into a pillar of salt if you looked back at the destruction of your sin city, or how many jackasses you would owe your neighbor if you happened to kill one of his slaves. Needless to say, Marcus (and Malcolm) are wrong on this issue, and bad judgment is rarely limited to one thing.
McCrory wrote a letter to the Charlotte Observer, attempting to set the record straight after having gotten a cook fired last week. Bad move.
The letter tells us a lot more than McCrory intended. It tells us that he cannot take the slightest bit of criticism. No slight is too small to offend him. He comes off as silly, petty and self-pitying.
Silly, petty and self-pitying? Add in thin-skinned and hot-headed and you've got the guy in a nutshell.
A new report on private schools in North Carolina finds that most of the schools available to voucher recipients are very small, unaccredited religious schools with uncertified teachers, nonstandard curricula and no public accountability. The report, “Characteristics of North Carolina Private Schools,” provides insights into the schools that may be accepting the vouchers.
The report was issued by the Children’s Law Clinic at Duke Law School, based on data from the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education and an extensive phone survey of those schools.
It's extremely ironic that Republicans harp so much about public schools being "broken" and how they're tired of "throwing good money after bad", and then they turn around and throw money into a collection of schools that have such dubious qualities and shadowy characteristics there's no way to even assess them properly. Here are some numbers to ponder:
Cozy. Environmental advocates and government watchdogs used the word frequently last week to describe the relationship between Duke Energy and Gov. Pat McCrory.
The company gave $748,000 directly to his campaigns in 2008 and 2012, critics noted. Duke employees donated another $410,000.
Margaret goes on to explain that Duke Energy has given lots of money to both parties, but the utility's support of other individual candidates pales in comparison to what it has provided for McCrory in the past. But what may be even more important in determining how the McCrory administration will handle the coal ash crisis is Pat's future campaign needs. The 2016 Gubernatorial race is going to be expensive, and (in McCrory's mind anyway) the more it costs Duke to fix the coal ash mess, the less he will get. And that is the heart and soul of a conflict of interest.
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