Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:39am
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 teddyrooseveltp... on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 7:41am
If you live in Forsyth, consider putting some pressure on the powers that be to get Forsyth Board of Elections Chair Ken Raymond removed from his post.
I missed this in the flurry of news coming from Raleigh, but Q-Notes published a piece about him in January.
After the Winston-Salem Chronicle in an editorial said Raymond "would be the result if Allen West and Herman Cain could produce a lovechild," he responsed to the newspaper with a diatribe against gays and lesbians. The Camel City Dispatch chimed in on Raymond's remarks.
Nance told qnotes that The Chronicle‘s response to Raymond’s actions is reflective of the feeling in the local African-American community and the larger Forsyth County community.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:01am
NC Policy watch has the scoop on the black hole of Art Pope money influencing North Carolina elections.
First up, State Supreme Court Justice candidate Bob Hunter sent out a letter for an exclusive and expensive fundraising event signed by Art Pope, who just happens to currently serve as McCrory's Budget Director.
If elected, will Hunter excuse himself from cases involving the administration to avoid any conflict of interest?
And DHHS Secrety Aldona Wos has a connection to a Civitas fundraiser:
If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor.
For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state. Programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.? Perfect poverty traps.
I would recognize that a perfect recipe for keeping poor people poor is to create incentives that push them into decisions that prevent them from climbing out of poverty.
We can expect to see more of this tripe as the year unfolds. What Brian is trying (and so far failing) to do is deflect attention away from the realities of the recession, and put forward the idea that people are struggling because of their own choices. All they have to do is "want" to work and a good job will magically materialize for them. The truth is much more complex and disturbing:
Faculty from private and public universities delivered a letter today to the governor and his budget director, Art Pope, asking the two men to condemn Civitas' request for emails and other records from UNC School of Law professor Gene Nichol.
“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, 10/02/2013 - 4:00pm
Some of you might know that our McCrory appointed budget director (and "behind the scenes" actual Governor) Art Pope is one of the big donors for the Koch Brothers's group of political action groups, including Americans for Prosperity. Pope is so embedded with the Koch's that he's been called the "third Koch brother".
The president of the Civitas Institute is apologizing for a blog post he wrote last week and quickly deleted that accused Gov. Pat McCrory and his chief of staff of cronyism.
Francis De Luca posted his mea culpa Tuesday. "In trying to be vigilant against cronyism or even the appearance of cronyism— whether from the left or the right, liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans — I made a mistake," he wrote, saying he skewed some facts in the original piece. "In talking about the event the Governor attended, I painted with too broad a brush by implying that an elected official’s appearance at an event involving organizations that lobby for state funds is tantamount to cronyism."
The only mistake you made was waiting this long to speak out about cronyism in DAG McCrory's administration. And now you've compounded that mistake by proffering an apology to a Republican for something you've done countless times to Democrats. It's called hypocrisy, Colonel. If you look back to some of the stuff you wrote during the Perdue and Easley administrations, you'll probably find that word used a lot, and it might jog your memory.
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