McCrory (again) tries to blame University system for dismal employment numbers

Tilting at the ivory tower:

In his keynote speech Sunday for UNC’s 221st birthday celebration, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said that universities must prepare more students for technology and research jobs that need to be filled right now.

If that doesn’t happen, he said, thriving industries could leave the state:

“To ensure we get a return on our investment – more importantly, to ensure that no more students at any of our universities graduate with a huge debt, and no job comparable to their investment – universities must continue to help decrease the job gap by honing in on skills and subjects employers need while also stimulating a student’s passion and interest.”

McCrory is basing much of this most recent attack against universities on a Q3 Manpower Survey, which is where he got the 36% stat on employers complaining about talent shortages. But that's the Global average; the US is actually at 40%, which tells you McCrory didn't even read the damn survey, somebody just tossed him a percentage to quote. Which also explains why he missed the most important findings of said survey:

Daily dose: Lt. Governor is a little crazy edition

Lt. Governor Dan Forest on Friday's Court Decision (News Release) -- Friday, an unelected federal judge violated the foundational principles of this great nation. … The courts have essentially stated that a man “marrying" another man, or a woman another woman, is rooted in our nation’s traditions and history, inferring that states have no interest in the preservation of marriage as an exclusive union between a man and a woman. This strains credulity. Our people will either submit themselves fully to a federal oligarchy of unelected judges or stand up and proclaim that federalism is alive and well. I hope that you will join me in standing against judicial tyranny, and fight to restore the balance of power intended in the Constitution of the United States.
http://www.ltgov.nc.gov/Newsroom/tabid/3116/EntryId/636/Lt-Governor-Dan-Forest-on-Fridays-Court-Deci...

Lt. Gov. Forest Hosting Town Hall Meetings To Discuss Convention Of States (N.C. Political News) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will be joined by constitutional scholar Michael Farris at two upcoming townhall style events to discuss the many arguments for and against the Convention of States Project. Michael Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of each organization. Farris is a constitutional appellate litigator who has served as lead counsel in arguments before the United States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of 13 states. He has been a leader on Capitol Hill for over 30 years and is widely known for his leadership on homeschooling, religious freedom, and the preservation of American sovereignty.
http://www.ncpoliticalnews.com/?p=11239

Rep. Mike Stone: Gambling with the Truth

The Rant has busted Rep. Mike Stone lying in print. Last week, ProgressNC held an event calling for Mike Stone to donate the $4000 campaign contribution he received from Chase Burns (something other politicians, like Pat McCrory have done) to education-related causes. In response, Stone told The Sanford Herald that he was instructed to “hold onto this money and not touch it.”

The Rant knew better and contacted the State Board of Elections. We’ll let The Rant take it from here:

John Arrowood endorsed for Court of Appeals by NCDP Executive Council

John Arrowood has received the endorsement of the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Council to return to the NC Court of Appeals. He is running in a field of 19 candidates that includes almost an equal number of registered Democrats and Republicans. The NCGOP endorsed former judge John Tyson. The candidate who receives the most votes wins the seat that came available when Chief Judge John Martin announced his retirement.

Wesley Meredith supports expanding Medicaid -- to his family

It seems that state Senator Wesley Meredith, in addition to being racist and misogynist, also feeds at the public trough then lies about it.

An accusation of potential Medicaid insurance fraud against Republican state Sen. Wesley Meredith dates back nearly 20 years, but documents dropped by his Democratic opponent, Billy Richardson, have stirred up what was a quiet election campaign in Cumberland County.

The documents include Medicaid ID cards from 1996 naming Meredith's son and his then-wife, Elizabeth, as recipients. One hospital record obtained by WRAL shows Medicaid covered the birth.

There is no signature, but it lists Wesley Meredith as the guarantor. At the time, tax records show Meredith, a landscaper, was making around $100,000 a year.

Another NCSU professor wearing two hats

Objectivity in the fracking debate is becoming more elusive every day:

People curious about fracking in North Carolina attended an informational panel Saturday afternoon. Panel speakers were Viney Aneja, professor at N.C. State University; Lee County Commissioner Jim Womack, a member of the N.C. Mining Energy Commission that is writing rules; and Hope Taylor, a fracking critic and director of Clean Water for North Carolina.

Aneja began the panel presentation by explaining the process of fracking and how it has worked in other states. He said he wanted to offer the benefits and disadvantages on the industry in the state. "Let us not be afraid of this industry," Aneja said. "Let us have the good science that we have today and make a decision based on that science."

No, Aneja isn't a geologist, he specializes in atmospheric (air) pollution. An issue that has been the subject of much research recently re fracking, as we try to determine just how much methane escapes into the atmosphere throughout the process. But he isn't just an academic, Aneja is also a "specialist" for a business consulting firm, which has natural gas drillers, coal mining companies, and other energy-related industries as clients:

Daily dose: Dallas blames Kay, forgets Burr and other Republicans

JUDGE COGBURN MAY BE HARD FIT FOR ‘JUDICIAL ACTIVIST’ POSTER BOY – In the wake of Friday’s court action to strike down as unconstitutional, North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage, those who don’t like it have focused on the U.S. district court judge who issued the order -- Max Cogburn of Asheville. “It nationalizes the election and focuses it on federal issues that deal with the U.S. Senate: One key role is confirming or not confirming the president’s judges,” Dallas Woodhouse told reporters on Saturday. Woodhouse runs Carolina Rising, a conservative nonprofit organization based in Raleigh. “If you don’t like this ruling, it is appropriate to take it out on Kay Hagan.” It may also be appropriate to take it out on North Carolina’s other U.S. senator, Republican Richard Burr – and 94 other U.S. senators.

Head gun-nut tries racial fear-mongering in State Fair debate

Reminiscent of 1960's pro-segregation scare tactics:

How about this headline: “ ‘Beat Whitey Night’ at Iowa State Fair”? – “Police are investigating whether a series of assaults at the Iowa State Fair were racially motivated since the attackers reportedly announced it was ‘ Beat Whitey Night.’ ”

The Christian Science Monitor reports: “Wisconsin State Fair mob attack: Police seek hate crime charges” – “Police in West Allis, Wis., say some attacks by black teenagers on white people outside the gates of the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug. 4 were racially motivated and should be prosecuted as hate crimes.” At a previous Wisconsin fair, the mayor of Milwaukee was beaten with a metal pipe.

Not surprisingly, these comments could have been taken directly from a White Supremacist website. It is surprising to see them in the pages of the state's flagship newspaper though, and the News & Observer's editorial staff needs to do some serious soul-searching on whether they are trying to give both sides of a debate some column space, or help fan the flames of racial strife for controversy's sake.

Daily dose: Freedom to marry edition

‘We do (Greensboro News & Record) -- The grooms stood in front of a minister in a corner of the Guilford County Register of Deeds office shortly before 7 p.m. and affirmed during their vows that there was no legal reason they couldn’t be wed — hours after a judge struck down North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriages. And just like that, history was made.
http://www.news-record.com/news/videos-we-do/article_e3d7c636-50c0-11e4-b540-001a4bcf6878.html

Gay Marriages Allowed to Proceed in Idaho (New York Times) -- In two terse sentences, the court denied Idaho officials’ request to block the Ninth Circuit’s decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage. … Those ripples reached Colorado and West Virginia this week, where same-sex marriages have already started, and North Carolina, where a federal judge on Friday struck down the state’s ban based on one of the appeals court decisions that the Supreme Court had let stand on Monday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/11/us/politics/supreme-court-lifts-stay-on-same-sex-marriages-in-idah...

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