North Carolina

Virginia Foxx's Sugar Daddy

, Corinthian Colleges, appears to be in hot water and for Foxx, the money spigot may be drying up. According to an article in the New York Times dated July 4, 2014, Corinthian has allegedly lied to "students and investors about job placement rates for its graduates and about its financial condition." In 2013, the California Attorney General brought suit. On July 8, 2014, the New York Times editorial board wrote an opinion about the for-profit college collapse.

Virginia Foxx's Sugar Daddy

, Corinthian Colleges, appears to be in hot water and for Foxx, the money spigot may be drying up. According to an article in the New York Times dated July 4, 2014, Corinthian has allegedly lied to "students and investors about job placement rates for its graduates and about its financial condition." In 2013, the California Attorney General brought suit. On July 8, 2014, the New York Times editorial board wrote an opinion about the for profit college collapse.

We can be just like Texas

An appalling story in the New York Times today shows exactly what happens when fracking interests move in, a harsh preview of things to come here in North Carolina. Between slack regulation, a lack of property rights, trickle-up economics, and gag-rules, we've laid the same foundation they have in Texas. Poverty digs in. Just what we need.

And though the boom has helped produce fortunes for some and comfortable lives for many, for others it exists within a rural landscape of unpaved streets without garbage pickup, where few dare to drink the tap water because it tastes and smells like chlorine.

A bachelor's degree in lottery from UNC

Impossible you say? I don't think so.

In my many years of watching crap ooze from Jones Street, I'd be remiss in thinking I've both seen and heard it all. From Neal Hunt-R and his 75 MPH (excessive speed) bill to the idiots who proposed tolling the majority of North Carolina's ferries, Jim Black-D still holds the record for the most self-righteous legislation in recent memory. Known as the "Payback My Optometrists' Friends Bill", Black proposed having mandating that every child in North Carolina, upon entering school, have an eye exam. Of course these exams would be given by the very same people that got Black elected in the first place; a sort of refilling of pockets previously emptied for political contributions. And as disingenuous as he was obvious, Black, just like his legislation, would soon go up in flames.

Queen Puppet and her "brilliance"

... are truly too much to behold.

By now we all know that North Carolina is another $60,000,000.00 in the hole because of Wos and the "DHHS Plan." As outlined in an editorial from the Charlotte Observer, the math seems simple; or does it?

Simply put, according to the editorial, here’s how the plan would work:

North Carolina would tax 10 managed-care organizations that provide behavioral health services to mentally ill or developmentally disabled Medicaid recipients. Those “assessments” would bring in $90 million for the state and allow it to draw down an additional $60 million in matching federal funds. The state would then give the $90 million back to the managed-care organizations and pocket the $60 million from the feds. Budget woes, solved.

Toyota says Yakety Yak to North Carolina

"Decker, the commerce secretary, said she couldn’t recall the specifics of North Carolina’s incentives package. The Observer has filed a public records request with her department seeking the details."

This should be interesting.

Did you buy any Aqua America Inc. (WTR-NYSE) stock today?

Maybe a portfolio rebalance is in order. The stock (WTR) is currently trading at $25.14; down 0.19 with a volume of 153,010 and a dividend of 0.15.

From the Triangle Business Journal dated May 3, 2005: "Aqua America Inc. said Tuesday that its subsidiaries have made three small acquisitions in North Carolina worth about $250,000. The acquisitions were made by Aqua's North Carolina subsidiaries, Cary-based Aqua North Carolina Inc. and Heater Utilities Inc."

And then bits and pieces started flowing (literally) from the spigot.

"The homes north of Interstate 540 are among Wake County's most expensive -- and, this summer, may be among the driest. Because of policies designed to discourage high-density construction near Falls Lake, these neighborhoods are not hooked up to Raleigh's water system. Instead, they get their water from wells."

NC GOP (Grifters of Persuasion)

“The debate in the 1970s was whether the party was moderate or conservative,” (Tom) Fetzer said. “That debate ended some time ago. Every Republican is conservative batshit crazy. It’s just a question of how far are you willing to go to fight for conservative batshit crazy principles and values.”

Well said, Tom. In the 1970's, Jesse Helms was evolving into the most racist, bigoted, hardcore, right-wing fringe politician in the south. One would think that invoking the name of Reagan ad nauseum would be better served by invoking the name of Helms. Rob Christensen's article in today's N&O shows why.

A new image for BlueNC

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Sen. Kay Hagan Calls for Action on Climate

Washington, DC—Thursday evening on the Senate floor, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan made an impassioned speech on the threat of global warming to North Carolina’s future. Dave Rogers, Field Director with Environment North Carolina, issued the following statement in response:

“Sen. Hagan showed Thursday that she understands the urgency of addressing global warming. She understands what failing to act could mean for North Carolina’s famous coastline and our agricultural heritage. Given the PR campaign by the dirty energy industry to spread junk science and deny climate change, we thank the senator for standing up with science and speaking the truth.”

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