Top ten missed opportunities in the Omnibus Voter Restrictions Bill

Top 10 Missed Opportunities in the N.C. Omnibus Voter Restrictions Bill

10) Any person with a visible tattoo must vote a provisional ballot, and must subsequently produce
three character witnesses, two of whom must belong to the political party of the governor.
9) Any person accompanied at the polls by a child under the age of six must swear, under penalty
of perjury, that the child is not receiving Medicaid benefits.
8) Unaffiliated voters will not be permitted to serve as precinct judges or staff ... oh, that's already
taken care of.
7) Volunteers or participants in the civic educational program Kids Voting may not be located within
2,000 feet of a polling place.
6) Voters who produce a signed receipt of a $5,000 donation to a candidate in the current election
shall receive one additional ballot per receipt.

McCrory tax madness: Myth versus reality

I've been looking for a compact, clear, and objective analysis of the facts involving Pat McCrory's Magnificent Middle Class Tax Increase ... and found just what I needed over at NC Policy Watch. It's worth a few minutes of your time.

Myth: Everyone in North Carolina will have more money in their pocket under the new tax plan unveiled by House and Senate leaders this week.

Reality: Many people will see fewer dollars in their pockets. With the elimination of the state Earned Income Tax Credit nearly 1 million North Carolinians will likely have less money, including 64,000 military families. Parents who send their children to child care will no longer be able to claim the child and dependent care credit and that could increase their income tax. If they own a small business, the $50,000 business income deduction is eliminated. Other ways that the income tax load goes up—no more medical expense deduction, loss of the personal exemption, loss of the standard deduction for seniors and the deduction for retirement income. Read more here.

Congratulations are in order for the NCGOP's great progress on education

Take notice, folks. When Deputy Assistant Governor McCrory makes an issue "one of his top priorities," big things happen fast.

Glazier on abortion: Let me get this straight

Rick Glazier's comments on the House floor on July 11, 2013

Out of a purported concern for women’s health, and in light of the constitutional rule of Roe v. Wade, and an ostensible genuflect to the outcry over the process and substance of the Senate bill, the majority, in what it portrays as an admirable exercise of legislative restraint, abstains from passing a bill eliminating abortion access outright. Because, after all, that would have meant a direct constitutional confrontation it was sure to lose. So this bill emerges from yet another rewrite by moonlight to the early morning sun yesterday under the intriguing and wholly non-transparent title of the “Motorcycle Safety Act” with some minimal changes in wording, but as Rep. Ruth Samuelson conceded, “the same intent” as the widely criticized Senate bill.

The result, of course, is precisely the same as the Senate bill and no different than if the bill expressly eliminated access.

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.

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