Submitted by Martha Brock on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 9:44pm
'In NC politics, women are noticeably absent'
BY LESLIE MAXWELL
A recent N&O front page featured a photo of a beaming Gov. Pat McCrory surrounded by Rep. Thom Tillis, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Sen. Phil Berger, Rep. John Faircloth and Guilford Schools’ Superintendent Maurice Green. The photo accompanied an article about the proposed salary increase for teachers with fewer than 10 years’ experience.
Submitted by Green Mom on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 10:49pm
Central NC band Craicdown (friends of a friend) produced this Moral Monday music video. My friend forwarded an explanatory email from bandmember Jim Roberts:
Last week, Craicdown finished this video. We think it sends a strong message about the state of affairs in NC and I would like for you to view it and to share it with your friends if you are so inclined. The music was written by Rob Sharer and I [Jim Roberts] recorded and mixed the music. David DiGiuseppe put together the video so it was truly a group effort. I hope you enjoy it as we tried to bring some humor in the tragedy of North Carolina politics as well.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 5:20pm
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 politicallypurplenc on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 6:18pm
The Strange Path of House Bill 695
The inflammatory N.C. House Bill 695, subject of the late-night voodoo in the N.C. Senate on July 2, was first introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly on April 9 of this year. At the time it carried the short title of "Foreign Laws/Protect Constitutional Rights," because it was ostensibly designed to ensure that the United States Constitution and the laws of North Carolina would be safe from the application of "foreign law."
More specifically, this odd little bill proclaimed that it would be the "public policy of this state to protect its citizens from the application of foreign law that would result in the violation of a legal or constitutional right of a natural person."
The Republican-controlled legislature also suffers in the court of public opinion, with 56 percent of voters disapproving of the job being done by state lawmakers. Democratic voters are especially displeased with the General Assembly, with just 10 percent giving that body a positive rating, while 20 percent of independents approve of the legislature. Slightly more Republican voters – 40 percent – disapprove of the legislature than the 36 percent who approve
Submitted by Michael Tuck on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 1:46am
Hi folks. New BlueNC member here. Quickie bio: born and raised in NC, live on the SE Coast in Thom Goolsby's district, more's the pity. For seven years or so, I've written and wrangled content for the History Commons, where I've learned that information is indeed power. Before my arrival, we helped the Jersey Girls force the creation of the 9/11 commission (they provided the activism, we helped with the info), and some of our members have testified before Congress. Our members have produced at least two books and I'm writing a third as we speak. Taught for 21 years. Currently underemployed. Adore my wife and my houseful of cats.
That's done, whew! Now, I proposed a project for the Daily Kos that is delineated here:
Submitted by robertingastonia on Sun, 03/24/2013 - 10:32pm
What’s Brewing in Raleigh? Possum Stew!
The most recent unemployment numbers in North Carolina show a continued decrease in employment. Gaston County, like all the counties in the state recorded more unemployed citizens than the previous month. At 11.1 % unemployment on the county level and 10.2 state-wide, the frenzied activity in Raleigh to right this sinking ship must be at an all-time high, right? Unfortunately the answer is no. Instead the feverish legislation coming out of Raleigh amounts to a piping hot bowl of possum stew!
Instead of an “all hands on deck” approach our law-makers in Raleigh have set their sights on laws that are not only insignificant, but smacks of silliness in the face of current economic calamity.
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