“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.
With control of the House, Senate and Governor’s mansion, the North Carolina Republican Party pushed through a variety of bills this past session.
Voter identification, abortion restrictions, unemployment benefit cuts and a variety of other laws galvanized the GOP base and spurred negative reaction and protests from opponents. How did the party seize control and can it maintain its hold on power?
Host Frank Stasio talks about the state of the North Carolina GOP with Becki Gray, vice president for outreach at the John Locke Foundation; Brian Balfour, director of policy at the Civitas Institute; and Marc Rotterman, a GOP political consultant.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 4:50pm
Financing the Future: Reforming State Tax for North Carolina
May 7, 11:45 a.m.
Emerging Issues Commons, James B. Hunt, Jr. Library
NC State University
1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
$10 Registration Fee
North Carolina’s economy and population have changed dramatically over the last century, yet our financial systems have remained relatively stagnant. As our population and infrastructure needs change, so too, must our tax system. Tax reform is a complicated and often contentious issue, and North Carolina has once again begun weighing the prospect of reforming the State’s tax system.
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