Yesterday, 6/25/14, Senator Dan Soucek (R-45th) succeeded in his effort to strip Boone of its extraterritorial jurisdiction. SB 865 won approval in a vote of 66-46. The ETJ will now be controlled by the Republican led Watauga County Commissioners barring legal action that could be taken by the Town of Boone.
On Monday, 6/23/14, the House Committee on Government did not provide the bill with a favorable report by a vote of 12-15. On Tuesday, however, the bill was reintroduced in the absence of some Committee members who had voted against it and was given a favorable report.
Wake County has closed three recreational swimming areas at Falls Lake due to elevated levels of bacteria based on Environmental Protection Agency standards. Sandling Beach, Beaverdam Beach and Holly Point Beach are currently closed.
Remember, you read it here first. Unless you read it somewhere else first. But you read this particular essay here first. :-)
At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist or doomsday prophet, we think it's really important to explore this issue. We apologize in advance that the exploration is such a long essay. But this isn't conspiracy theory; it's real and it is likely to be imminent.
It's become clear that the GOP is a declining party. Their base of rich old white straight Christian males is declining and will continue to decline. Minorities, young people and often women favor more progressive policies more in line with the Democratic party's platform.
The GOP has maintained and even increased its control largely through gerrymandering and voter suppression. That can last only so long, and they know it.
Submitted by Tom Sullivan on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:02pm
Renewed attacks on voting rights in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and other states are as much about power as about policy and race. The hand wringing over elusive "fraud" is because America's majority ethnic group sees its traditional grip on power eroding with shifting demographics.
In North Carolina last week, Republican lawmakers again raised the alarm over the possibility that hundreds -- maybe thousands -- had criminally cast ballots in two states in the 2012 election. GOP leaders were quick to insist that the numbers justified the draconian voting law they passed in the last legislative session. The U.S. Department of Justice has challenged the law in court.
Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies just as quickly debunked the study by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach whose office, after checking 5 million voter records in 2013, "couldn't provide any evidence of a single instance in which the Interstate Crosscheck's data had led to an actual legal charge of voter fraud." Because the data, Kromm writes, "offers no proof such fraud is occurring." Requiring citizens to present identity cards to vote would have no effect on voting in multiple states.
Submitted by James Inc. on Sat, 11/30/2013 - 10:35am
Thom Tillis has saddled up and is riding hard. In the months ahead, he'll spend millions painting Kay Hagan as a dirty socialist because she voted with Democrats to pass the Affordable Care Act. Next November, he'll regret that move when he loses his bid for US Senate.
Most people agree that the healthcare.gov rollout was botched. Big deal. Websites fail all the time, and this one has had the added burden of constant attacks by Republican obstructionists. More important, there's no point in signing up now anyway because you'll be paying for coverage that doesn't start until next year. Just take a deep breath and come back in January. That's what I'm going to do. Healthcare.gov will still be there, and it'll be running like a well-oiled machine.
We have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party. The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.
There is a great risk that voters will forget who squandered nearly $25 billion dollars with this bullshit shutdown. Don't let them. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not a year from tomorrow. Because for all their intransigence in DC, Republicans are even worse here in North Carolina.
Submitted by Rick Vogel on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 8:33pm
It's about damn time somebody in a leadership position in the Democratic party had the cojones to say publicly what has been obvious to any and all observers regarding the thinly and not so thinly veiled bigoted racist remarks coming from the Tea Party, the far right wing of the GOP and some supposedly "respectable" Republican senators and representatives.
The thoroughly political, thoroughly clueless Donna Williams, chair of the Wake County GOP, launches a thoroughly political claim that Wake County DA Colon Willoughby is politically motivated in urging that protesters be cited, rather than arrested.
Showing that she, too, can be part of the GOP Taliban, she insists that those protesters be arrested and face "justice".
Even if it does waste $100,000 of taxpayers' money. And we thought that Donna opposed wasting taxpayer money. Either she has changed her mind or she is a hypocrite.
The wing nuts complain that Moral Mondays are wasting taxpayer resources and then insist on an unnecessary process that wastes taxpayer resources.
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