Pat trumpets a (welcome) groundbreaking for a (welcome) announcement of a significant number of actual, real, high-paying, new jobs (unlike his other attempts to tout jobs, most of which are small in number, not actual, not real, not high-paying or not new):
Submitted by robertingastonia on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 4:20pm
As you may already know, one of North Carolina’s many nick names is “The Rip Van Winkle” state. “In 1819, Washington Irving published his short story “Rip Van Winkle,” in which the character of Rip Van Winkle goes off into the mountains and falls asleep for twenty years — missing the American Revolution and all of the changes it brought. Many North Carolinians were beginning to feel that time was passing their state by just as it had Rip Van Winkle. The state’s leaders were committed to a small government and an agricultural economy. But with poor transportation, no public education, and little economic opportunity, thousands of North Carolinians left the state each year seeking a brighter future elsewhere. “(An excerpt from the on-line education site, Learn NC.).
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 11:49am
Earlier this week a lot of good people got arrested trying to protest the insanity that is happening at the General Assembly. If that inspired you to make your presence and your opposition to these attacks on voting rights and on the people of North Carolina known, then check out this event.
3 pm: Welcome and Teach-ins (Moore Square, Raleigh, NC)
4 pm: Sidewalk march steps off (Moore Square going to Halifax Mall with stops along the way)
5-5:30 pm: Arrive at NC Legislature
5:30-8 pm: Rally, speak-outs, music, and more!! (Halifax Mall, Raleigh, NC)
Submitted by davidesmay on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 2:58pm
The NC GOP jobs plan has been outlined in the first two days of the new legislative session. Cut spending on any program that benefits the poor, mentally ill, or the elderly. Oppose health care reform by any means necessary, provide welfare for the wealthy and corporations by eliminating their tax burden and transferring it to the poor and middle class. End public education and sustain high unemployment,and make the state's economy less competitive.
The entire NC GOP is working from the same basic idea, which is to privatize the common wealth and natural resources of the state.
CHAPEL HILL, NC - Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory today took his attacks on public education to a new low, insisting that there is no longer a need for law schools in North Carolina universities.
"According to the New York Times, a flaming liberal newspaper, law school graduates can't find jobs. As a result, enrollment is sliding downhill faster than Tom Tillis' beer belly," McCrory told reporters this morning. "The fact is, hard-earned taxpayer dollars should not be going to support a bunch of pansy-assed lawyers whose profession in decline. I have directed my staff to eliminate all funding for legal education in public colleges."
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 9:17am
Sorry, there are no quick fixes. It requires organizing, organizing, and more organizing. Robert Cruickshank explains how Democrats and progressives in California, sick and tired of the past decades' destruction of rational government by the Republicans and conservatives, carefully and methodically organized the stunning Democratic sweep of the state in the November 2012 elections.
“Here in 2013, California is in a very different place - precisely because of the lessons learned from the era of Republican obstruction. Voters approved a tax increase to help schools. The state budget is headed toward surplus. Budgets are passed on time and without hostage tactics. State government is starting to become functional again.
Submitted by KatyMunger on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 3:15pm
Progress NC Action is proud to be partnering with the Center for American Progress Action Fund on a special report that reveals the real cost to North Carolina of the Romney/Ryan Plan. CAP Action has analyzed the Romney/Ryan plan and measured its potential impact on our state in a number of critical areas, including taxes, jobs, medicare, healthcare and more.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn the facts and to pick up materials you can pass along to your family and friends before November 6th.
You are invited to join us at a press conference in Raleigh this Wednesday afternoon featuring U.S. Congressman David Price, or at a special forum later that evening at UNC Greensboro. There will also be a Charlotte press conference on the morning of October 18th with details to some.
Event information and a link to a comprehensive resource page you are welcome to use is posted after the jump.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Sat, 09/08/2012 - 9:21am
This post is from Robert Reich's FB page and it expresses my own sentiments eloquently.
"This is going to be a squeaker of an election. Polls are showing Obama and Romney within a hair's breath of one another in the critical swing states that will determine the outcome. How can that be when Romney is an empty suit who believes nothing, hasn't articulated any program, and has (along with his running mate) called for more tax cuts for the wealthy, more spending cuts for the poor, and an evisceration of Medicare and Medicaid? When they want to deregulate Wall Street and regulate women?"
Submitted by JamesAndrews on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 6:51am
There is nothing working families want and need more than re-electing President Obama. Members of organized labor are re-doubling our efforts to see that candidates who will work hard and look out for working families prevail this November.
The President has worked to help strengthen our economy, but times are still tough here in North Carolina. We need help now more than ever. But, the Obama Administration is considering an action that could have a very negative impact on our state’s economy, on organized labor, and on our chances for victory in November here in NC.
The AFL-CIO is working against an ill-timed effort by the Food and Drug Administration that would remove menthol cigarettes from the market. If adopted by the agency, thousands of well-paid and organized workers across NC would be out of a job. And all because of a bad decision, made at the wrong time, and not supported by science.
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