Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 9:31am
Aldona Wos' gravy train picks up a Tea Party nutjob passenger:
Margaret "Mardy" Peal, 42, started with the department as a senior planner Aug. 12 and will make $95,000 a year, salary records show. She taught at ECU for about three years in the 1990s, was briefly involved in the early stages of the Eastern North Carolina Tea Party and donated $1,250 to McCrory's campaign in 2012.
Peal was also listed in 2010 under her married name, Grubb, as a member of the board of directors for the anti-abortion Carolina Pregnancy Center, which provides "abortion alternatives, post abortion support and abstinence education with the hope of transforming lives through Jesus Christ," according to its Facebook page.
I wonder what Jesus Christ would say about DHHS failing to provide food stamps for thousands of hungry children while paying one of his followers $95,000 per year. Pretty sure he would not be happy about that.
Submitted by scharrison on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:21am
#motorcyclevagina rides on, from my Facebook page:
In the waning days of the last Legislative session, Republicans in the NC General Assembly took a non-controversial bill on motorcycle safety, which had already been through committee and was scheduled for a vote, and proceeded to add several provisions which will place hurdles in the way of women seeking an abortion, including the likely closure of several women's health centers.
There is one simple reason for this action: the Republicans pursuing this attack on women's rights lack the courage to present their archaic beliefs in an open and honest fashion. They lack the courage to expose their weaknesses to an enlightened society, and try to explain to women why they should be treated like children. Or chattel.
The Department of Health and Human Services found health code violations this summer at two North Carolina clinics that provide abortions. Now, one of them has closed for good, while the other has re-opened.
Durham’s Baker Clinic for Women has voluntarily surrendered its license after being shuttered by the DHHS in July for a quality control on blood banking.
This may be the first to permanently close, but it probably won't be the last.
The Republicans not only cut taxes and business regulations, as many had expected, but also allowed stricter regulations on abortion clinics, ended teacher tenure, blocked the expansion of Medicaid, cut unemployment benefits, removed obstacles to the death penalty, allowed concealed guns in bars and restaurants, and mandated the teaching of cursive writing. In an interview, Mr. McCrory said that critics had obscured what he called a pragmatic and fiscally responsible agenda. “It’s a combination of people on the two extremes wanting to bring up and exaggerate controversial issues,” he said, adding that he had pushed back against earlier versions of the abortion and tax bills, and was planning to veto other bills this week.
It will be interesting to see if he follows through on the Veto "plan", and which insubstantial bills will be the sacrificial possums. More on these alleged Vetoes from the Washington Post:
Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 08/03/2013 - 10:48am
Keep your pink shirt handy, because it looks like we'll need to be even more vigilant than before:
"What we typically see is that abortion opponents are really active and in charge of the process," said Elizabeth Nash, the state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health think tank that supports abortion rights but whose research is respected by both sides. She said North Carolinians should expect that process to include a comment period, much back and forth between various governmental bodies, and probably public hearings. Nash said in Virginia, the clinic regulation process turned out to be very political. "It was not based on medical evidence," said Nash, "and was really about making it incredibly hard to open and operate an abortion clinic."
Not only do we need to keep an eye on how regulations will be developed, we also need to be prepared to fight future bills by looking at what stunts Republicans in other states have pulled:
Wednesday’s action against Asheville’s Femcare came after similar sanctions earlier this year against clinics in Charlotte and Durham. Each of those closings came under current health laws. The new law, among other things, calls for DHHS to draw new standards for abortion clinics. Under an earlier version of the bill – which McCrory threatened to veto – Femcare would have been the only clinic to meet the more stringent standards.
This is not a coincidence, and it's not evidence that abortion clinics are "more dangerous" than other health care facilities. But it is evidence that Aldona Wos is mismanaging her resources in order to achieve a political agenda:
Nice try, but it ain't gonna work, pal. I understand you myopic mental midgets have a lot of trouble with "big picture" thinking, but the cookies didn't materialize in a vacuum. They are symbolic of Republicans' disregard for the rights and opinions of women, and no amount of joking will make that symbol less repulsive. Here's more feeble attempts at humor:
While I can appreciate McCrory's desperate attempts at spin -- governors who run for re-election don't want to have to explain why they deserve the voters' trust after lying to them the last time -- his argument falls apart after minimal scrutiny. Right off the bat, there the regulatory TRAP laws that are slated to close 15 of North Carolina's 16 women's health clinics. When there's one clinic providing abortion services in a state of 10 million people spanning 53,000 square miles, it's probably fair to say a whole lot of women are necessarily going to lose access.
There is simply no amount of spin that will make this bald-faced lie go away. Make no mistake, it will be an issue in not only the Gubernatorial election three years from now, it will also play a role in 2014.
The law of abortion is set out in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, where the Court established the undue burden test for determining whether a statute restricting abortions could pass constitutional muster. Under Casey, a law is invalid if it places an undue burden on a woman’s right to have a pre-viability abortion. An undue burden exists if the state regulation has the effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman’s choice to obtain that abortion. A state’s discretion to regulate on the basis of maternal health does not permit it to adopt abortion regulations that depart from accepted medical practice.
In some quarters, these are known as constitutional principles. But apparently not on the floor of the NC General Assembly.
Requiring doctors be present, outlawing abortion coverage for city/county female employees, aggressive regulation of abortion clinics. All of these acts will reduce the availability of abortions and increase the out-of-pocket costs for women. These are substantial obstacles, and Republicans in the General Assembly know they are, or they wouldn't have taken the time to put them in place. Here's more from Planned Parenthood v. Casey:
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