The bubble world of Pat McCrory

This is my formal response to Mr. McCrory's press conference yesterday.

After ducking the press for months, Pat McCrory emerged from Art Pope's shadow yesterday with a too-little-too-late attempt to buff up his tarnished image. He did himself no favors. Not only did he demonstrate no understanding of his own policies in the area of unemployment insurance, he also proved himself inept in the fundamentals of executive leadership. As one Facebook friend wrote, he appeared to have the intellect of George W. Bush, without the charm.

Watch these videos of North Carolina's moment of shame in the abortion debate

Be careful though. You may very well want to throw up when you witness first-hand the charade of white Republican men who supposedly represent you in Raleigh. I don't think I've ever seen anything so disgusting in my 62 years of living.

The first video is the "inside" story.

The bottom is falling out in Ashe County

A report from the campaign trail

About 250 Ashe Countians currently drawing approximately $290 per week through EUC [were] cut off July 1, losing 26 weeks of benefits. The local economy will lose those benefits, too. Last year, Emergency Unemplyment Compensation pumped about $60,000 per week into Ashe County’s economy, with $3,052,344 in EUC benfits paid in the county from March, 2012, to February, 2013.

It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry when you see confusion on the faces of conservative voters in Ashe County who continue to elect Republicans to the General Assembly. The economy here has been struggling for years, with unemployment continuing to hover around 12%. What's even harder to understand, though, is why they're surprised. In 2012, our state sold its government to Art Pope, a retail slumlord whose vision for North Carolina's future looks like a crappy Dollar Store in a rundown strip mall. With Pat McCrory in his pocket, Mr. Pope is turning that vision into reality, just like he promised he would.


Police state

Wikipedia has a few choice words for Phil Berger:

A police state is a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive.

Big stuff going down in Raleigh right now

The NCGOP is formally declaring war on women.


Darwin awards

You've probably seen stories and videos about Darwin awards, celebrating people who have done enormously stupid things, usually resulting in their deaths. It's good to know that journalists are getting good footage of the NC Republican Party as it orchestrates its own demise.


New video depicts GOP coverup: Three arrested, media expelled, detainees hid from cameras by police

An infringement of politics on law enforcement

This afternoon, I had the chance to connect with Eric Byler, of Story of America. Eric was on the scene yesterday when our government moved into "police state" mode in Raleigh.

Here's a written account of his experience to accompany the video.

What on earth is happening to our state?

NCGOP unhinged

It's hard to imagine anyone saying anything more ignorant and delusional than these words from Wake County GOP chairwoman Donna Williams.

“The people are tired, and these protesters are just on the wrong side of history. We thank Governor McCrory and our legislators for fulfilling their campaign promises.”

This would be true if and only if:

1. Discriminating against certain segments of our population is "on the side of history."
2. Destroying the North Carolina economy and future was a Republican campaign promise.


North Carolina's growing child poverty gets national attention

Just the kind of news that will attract businesses with knowledge workers in the future? Kirk Ross has a concise summary with good links and documentation here.

Some dismal news from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which released a report on child heath and well-being in the states. North Carolina ranks 35th with one in four children in the state living in poverty. Though there were several improvements listed, including higher graduation rates and improvements in early childhood programs, the overall report, which tracks 16 different factors, underlined the challenges now and the impact new policies that reduce funding for education and reduce unemployment benefits and tax breaks for low income families will have in the coming years. The state dropped one position overall, but fell to 39th in economic-well being.

Week in review

This week’s shameless publicity stunts by Fran Deluca and the corrupt Civitas Institute painted Republican family values in brilliant colors for all to see. Many observers walked away from the display with a clear understanding the Moral Monday arrestees represent a broad cross section of honest, informed North Carolina citizens. More still concluded that Civitas is a group of frat-boy bullies worthy of nothing but scorn.

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