bob etheridge

Teachers say "no thank you" to divisive merit-pay bonus

Solidarity in the pursuit of sound educational policies:

Decked out in matching colors and receiving a standing ovation from a crowd of their peers, a handful of teachers from Murray Middle School on Thursday presented state lawmakers with a petition to be exempt from recent legislation that replaces tenure and raises for master’s degrees with merit pay.

That was just one of many emotionally charged topics–primarily related to pay–put forth to a panel of N.C. legislators and local and state education officials during an update on public education at UNCW’s Watson School of Education Thursday afternoon.

Goolsby displayed his usual contempt for his constituency, but his meme-spouting and ignorance did not go unchallenged:

Editor's note to the NCDP

In the political realm, all communications are important, and should be crafted with care. This is even more important for online communications, because they are (generally) preserved for posterity somewhere in the cloud and can resurface at inopportune times. The following is excerpted from an e-mail, but the editorial notes are mine:

Folks, many of you know that during the past several months, I have been traveling around our great state sounding the alarm on the Republican’s (1) education plan. Over the weekend, Governor McCrory negotiated a budget that cuts nearly a half-billion dollars from public education in North Carolina. As the former Superintendent of Public Instruction and Congressman (2), I am in total shock over what the Republicans are trying to pull. This budget is my worst nightmare.

(1) The location of the (possessive) apostrophe would indicate a single individual as opposed to a group. This would work if the noun indicated a group (Republican Party's education plan), but it doesn't, so Republicans' is the proper form.

(2) In the absence of further context (Congressman for the district/region blah blah), it should be "a" Congressman.

Bob Etheridge & David Price address concerns about the NC GOP

Saturday morning (Feb. 9th) the Harold Ellen Harnett County Democratic Men's Club hosted their annual Groundhog breakfast. David Price who now represents a portion of Harnett County was the keynote speaker and Bob Etheridge was master of ceremonies. Each spoke about the future of the Democratic Party and the dangers of the GOP in Raleigh and Washington.

Council of State and Judges 5 county tour of Eastern North Carolina , Saturday , Oct.27th, 2012

The Council of State candidates and statewide candidates of judicial races will be touring 5 counties in the east on Saturday, Oct 27th. Details below.

NC's free market education divide

We can thank Bob Etheridge for bringing this up:

Parents and supporters at several Wake County schools have raised money to pay for teachers in recent years. A News & Observer analysis before the current school year showed that foundations, parent-teacher groups, individuals and companies gave as much as $21 million annually to Wake County Public Schools. Schools with low-income populations got much smaller slices of the pie.

Of course they did. And there's a whole lot of rural schools out there whose parents can't afford a pack of pencils, much less a multi-million-dollar annual budget supplement. It's a bleak future for our kids. Most of them, anyway...

Interesting attempt to contact me ...

Got an interesting call yesterday. Some kid Field Organizer from Etheridge campaign called up and left a message on my phone. Told me to contact him (but did not leave a number), but left the number and name for a Field Director for the entire state. So I called him.

I told him that as a Precinct Chair in Wake County, I can't take sides and endorse one candidate over another. I told him that I was not so much concerned about the candidate's policies (assuming that they will follow the Democratic Party platform and work to turn it into public policy should Hell freeze over and we get a workable majority back).

So Renee, do you support Paul Ryan’s bill to gut Medicare?

Update by James with short answer: Yes, Ellmers does support destroying Medicare.

Last cycle, Republican’s across the nation ran against President Obama’s healthcare reform plan by scaring seniors about ‘Death Panel’s’ and how the President’s plan would cut over $500 billion from Medicare. Although both claims are completely misleading, that didn’t stop Renee Ellmers from using those lies to attack Bob Etheridge for his support of heathcare reform.

Etheridge chosen to guide recovery efforts

You can't retire just yet, Bob:

Former Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge will take office today as director of the state Office of Economic Recovery and Investment, overseeing the spending of federal stimulus money.

The state has received more than $10.5 billion so far in federal stimulus money. Nearly 80 percent had been dispersed and the money will continue to flow through at least 2012.

Here's a link to the Office's site, where you can find (among other things) a county by county listing of Stimulus-related job opportunities.

Renee Ellmers: Clueless?

Renee Ellmers has pledged to oppose all earmarks.......but right after making that pledge she revealed that she didn't really know what an earmark was.

Renee Ellmers based her campaign on repealing health care reform.......but she says she will probably sign up for the federal health care plan that is offered to congressmen and women.

Renee Ellmers wants a smaller federal government.........but her district is home to Ft. Bragg and the local governments are being overwhelmed as a result of BRAC.

My letter to Renee Elmers

Dear Ms. Elmers,

Thanks so much for you making the Park 51 building a center of your campaign. It is so important that we care about this issue in North Carolina. Now that you've addressed what matters in New York, I will hope that you will also address these other out-of-state issues as well: :

* Seattle is considering a $2 billion dollar tunnel for Highway 99. If they are building a tunnel that expensive, shouldn't it go to Raleigh? Pearl Jam is from Seattle, and a lot of Pearl Jam fans live in NC. Imagine how thrilled they would be if they could go straight there with no traffic lights!

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