Just before approving the party platform Saturday, Republican delegates voted to soften the language on gambling, meeting a floor above the pit where machines chimed and dice rolled.
The platform statement against it – “we oppose gambling, including the state lottery” – was amended to include a phrase affirming “the rights of the individual” to gamble.
It spurred a brief floor fight as the delegate that proposed the amendment lauded the casino’s economic boost for the area, saying “for us to make a platform that kills jobs is against our Republican way of life.”
Republicans have truly run out of ideas, if they ever had any, that is. The jobs created by the casino can't hold a candle to the horrific suffering of the families dealing with chronic gamblers. But since the word "suffering" isn't included in the free market dictionary, the subject is off limits.
Since you brought up that number, how about the 500,000 people who will avoid going to the doctor until it's too late because you and your colleagues refused to expand Medicaid? You want to act concerned about people's health, stand up in the NCGA and do the right thing.
Republicans have a plan to shift the State Bureau of Investigation from the Attorney General’s office to the Governor’s office. They must want to ensure that it stays under Roy Cooper’s control.
From the Department of Motor Vehicles to the State Board of Elections to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the mother of all debacles, the Department of Health and Human Resources, McCrory’s agencies have screwed up spectacularly and he’s either oblivious or incompetent. Despite lousy headlines, no one is held accountable and McCrory never admits mistakes. Everything is always just peachy in McCroryland.
Republicans are either clueless about what a move like this represents, or they're intentionally modeling their public policy approaches after tyrants and military juntas in the not-so-free world abroad. Side note: if you find someone being written a warning ticket by the Grammar Police distasteful, don't follow me below the fold:
Howard Coble's retirement dinner brought out a bunch of statewide and local GOP dignitaries even if it didn't bring in any big bucks
The High Point Enterprise was leaked a copy of the email and other information reported to be preliminary financial numbers on the event. The information was provided by an anonymous source.
The information provided a list of revenue generated totaling $13,000. But total expenses amounted to $17,296, according to preliminary accounting provided to the Enterprise. The expenses included the dinner, a band and use of a piano and printing of programs.
On Sunday, though, the official Twitter account of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory tweeted with pride that the patches on the green jackets were made in the Tar Heel State – and made double-bogey in the process.
“Great to see the patches on the infamous green jackets at @The_Masters are made in Weaverville, NC!” McCrory’s account tweeted.
But the green jackets aren’t exactly infamous – infamous, according to Merriam-Webster, means, “having a reputation of the worst kind; notoriously evil.”
This was not a typo. Apparently whoever wrote this Tweet was under the impression that "infamous" meant "really famous," something a 3rd grader might get confused, if he or she had been avoiding homework.
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