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Pat doesn't understand irony

Guvnor McCrony continues to harbor the stupid idea that government is exactly like a business, and he seems to think that he has to go around "improving" it. One of his "improvements" was to form NC GEAR, an agency focused on improving government efficiency and effectiveness.

As our friends at NC Policy Watch note, "there's nothing inherently wrong with that". They also correctly note, however, that the folks appointed to run NC GEAR -- Art Pope and Joe Coletti, one of Art's John Locke flunkies who for years has been advocating crippling funding cuts to most all facets of state government, but especially education -- seem more interested in eliminating government than in improving it.

Duke Energy roundup: keeping records private, shareholders upset, and Locke Foundation makes snowballs in hell

Duke Energy has filed a motion with a Federal judge asking that records requested during the Federal investigation into the company's coal ash debacle be kept from state regulators and environmental groups that had sued Duke Energy under the Clean Water Act.

Frank Holleman, senior staff attorney with the environmental law group, said Duke's motion is a stalling tactic.

"They are using the fact that they are caught up in a federal criminal investigation related to their coal ash storage as an excuse to try to postpone the enforcement of the law against them," he said. "It's exactly backward from how you think the law would operate."

Please welcome a new member of Pope's propaganda machine

Today freshman Rep. Chris Malone wants everybody to know that he wrote a letter to the editor:

He did a fine job of parroting the Pope machine's propaganda, but he neglected to cite his source.

Please welcome Rep. Malone to the NC GOP Propaganda Machine. Be sure to catch his tweets and Facebook posts just as soon as Tim Moffitt and Art Pope compose them!

Can the Republican Party maintain control?

WUNC radio now:

Can The Republican Party Maintain Control?

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.

NC GOP and ALEC Legislation

Conservatives, especially the true believers that now populate the NC General Assembly, are fond of quoting Adam Smith, the 18th century Scottish moral philosopher and political economist. They love the quotes, but the content escapes them.

Smith wrote in "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations",
"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices." Smith went on to observe, "But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies, much less render them necessary."

Every time one of our Republican legislators goes to an ALEC seminar or meets behind closed doors with ALEC representatives to write laws, they are conspiring against the public ... and corporations are always the direct beneficiaries.

Art Pope's money for nothing

Art Pope spends a lot of money to complain about how much money the government is taking away from him. It would seem odd then that when the government is taking good care of his money and wants to give it back to him he doesn't seem to want it back.

More misinformation from the Pope machine

In response to this "scary" Tweet:

JohnLockeNC 7:17am via HootSuite
John Hood ruins the day of anyone who thought N.C. had a fully funded state pension system. #ConsNC #ncga #ncpol ow.ly/cECOy

For the most part, John Hood is correct in this article. State pension funds across the country have been improperly estimating earnings based on pre-recession data, and there will be some stricter reporting coming soon. But there is no connection between this article and NC's Pension Fund, since not only has Janet Cowell been reporting conservative earnings estimates, the actual earnings have been huge:

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