North Carolina was the only state to cut off welfare benefits to poor residents during the 16-day partial federal shutdown, and Congressman David Price wants to know why. The state said it suspended processing Work First applications because there wasn't enough assurance the federal government would reimburse the state for payments once the shutdown ends. However Price (D-NC) said the state's skepticism raised red flags. "They said, 'Well we don't believe this,'" Price said of the McCrory administration. "Why wouldn't they believe them? Forty-nine other states did believe them. It's almost as though they were too ready or almost looking for an excuse to cut off these needy people."
They were not only too ready to punish the poor unnecessarily, they were chomping at the bit to do so. And considering that Republicans in DC may be planning further shutdown shenanigans, the McCrory administration needs to be shamed into never pulling these stunts again.
"We need to listen to, empower and invest in our educators,” Eric Guckian said during a visit to Creekside Elementary School. Guckian said teachers need career ladders that tie advancement opportunities and better pay to student performance measures based on more than End-of-Grade tests. Most teachers would go along with that.
The real challenge for him and the governor is turning goals that sound good into policies that will get results.
In other words, happy talk. Teachers are arguably the last group you should try a snowjob with, since by the end of their first year of teaching they've already heard all the excuses that could be dreamt up by poor-performing students. And no amount of happy talk is going to make the GOP's draconian changes to their "career ladder", such as the removal of tenure and the addition of short-term contracts, any more palatable then they are right now. And every time McCrory's mouthpiece tries to offer teachers rhetorical cookies, it makes the Nov. 4 walkout seem more and more necessary.
Under other terms of the new law, the limit on contributions goes up 25 percent to $5,000 in January, and then increases automatically every two years in step with inflation. Changes also allow unlimited spending by interest groups not tied directly to a candidate, with no requirement they reveal the source of their funds during much of the election cycle.
That enables the use of “secret money” to launch attack ads against a favored candidate’s opponent, said Bob Hall, director of the voting-rights advocacy group, Democracy North Carolina.
I feel much the way James does when it comes to money in politics. I find the whole process distasteful, frankly, and the thought of having to ask for money, much less take it, will likely keep me from aspiring to elected office. That said, the harsh reality is: the money race is happening, whether we (personally) engage in it or not. So, I have a proposal for you progressives, especially the wealthy ones: only give your money to Democratic candidates, and only those Democratic candidates who will sign a pledge to vote for campaign finance reform. If they won't agree (for whatever reason), then they are not the person you want to support anyway.
In recent days, Meadows has played down his role in the shutdown drama, saying that it was inflated by the media. The congressman declined to comment for this article but told an Asheville newspaper that stories of Americans hurt by the shutdown tore “at his heart.” Local political observers also suggested that Meadows may have been more frontman than mastermind.
“I find it hard to believe that he’s the architect,” said Chris Cooper, a political scientist at Western Carolina. “But he’s a likely candidate for the shutdown caucus to put out there.”
He was a likely candidate alright, but not for his fellow Congressmen. Meadows was a willing and happy puppet for Heritage Action and the Club for Growth:
Decked out in matching colors and receiving a standing ovation from a crowd of their peers, a handful of teachers from Murray Middle School on Thursday presented state lawmakers with a petition to be exempt from recent legislation that replaces tenure and raises for master’s degrees with merit pay.
That was just one of many emotionally charged topics–primarily related to pay–put forth to a panel of N.C. legislators and local and state education officials during an update on public education at UNCW’s Watson School of Education Thursday afternoon.
Goolsby displayed his usual contempt for his constituency, but his meme-spouting and ignorance did not go unchallenged:
Harris is the evangelical guy, of course. He’s got the evangelical illogic thing down square. He talks in one breath about exercising the power of the state to prevent same-sex marriage and abortion and in the next about “a federal government that continues to encroach into daily lives” without bothering to acknowledge, much less think about, the contradiction. He’ll be great.
I doubt he’ll win. Tillis has too much name recognition and access to too much corporate money. But what he and Brannon will do, in the months leading up to the May primary, is shove the boundaries of the debate as far as possible to the right and prevent Tillis — who’s perceived, amazingly, as something of a moderate by the party’s extreme right wing — from being anything less than a full-blown hard-core conservative.
It's already begun. All three have said they would have voted against reopening government, which means they're only watching the Tea Party and not overall polling, including what close to half of Republicans think. But it's a primary, so we can expect the crazy to get even crazier. What I don't understand is: why am I still seeing Phil Berger commercials attacking Kay Hagan?
As the governor’s brother, I know that from an early age, our parents instilled a belief that we should make a positive difference in this world. While Nichol casts untruths to the contrary (“McCrory’s stands strain his ties,” Oct. 15 Point of View), Gov. Pat McCrory cares less about being governor and more about coming up with solutions to problems associated with the efficiency of government, our economy and improving the effectiveness of education in North Carolina – most of which he inherited. Sounds like a vision to me.
Setting aside for the moment the missing explanation of how a vision could make a sound, those "cares" your brother supposedly has would not have been "inherited", they would be the product of conditioning. The only thing he inherited from your parents (aside from possible estate holdings) would be genetic in nature, such as the inability to put two sentences together that don't immediately erupt into a brawl over what the subject should be. In other words, cognition. The ability to reason. I can see we're going to have to start with the basics: take these pictures home with you, and work on connecting things that go together, like the farmer and the straw hat. Very good.
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