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The Politics of the Teachers' March

As a long-time supporter of public education who has followed the far right's efforts to privatize education in North Carolina, I was a low-level participant in the Teachers March on Raleigh. I drove a support car, carrying water, fruit, protein bars and band aids, and accompanied one line of the teachers as they marched to Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday. I watched them struggle through the heat and humidity, slogging up hills, wiping away sweat. All they talked about for all that time was taking care of their kids.

Roy Cooper attends, speaks at reception in Raleigh

On Wednesday, May 18th, a reception was held at the home of Christine and George Reddin in support of Roy Cooper's gubernatorial campaign. Cooper, North Carolina's current Attorney General, was in attendance and even gave a short speech to a room full of around 40-50 supporters, donors, legislators, and more.

Ignorance is the "new" North Carolina

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Parrish Clodfelter, a 79-year-old retiree who lives on a central North Carolina farm, professes opinions about transgender people that might get him fired if he worked for a multinational corporation, though for many here, they constitute simple country wisdom.

“A man wants to change to a woman, he’s got a mental problem,” Mr. Clodfelter said on Wednesday over lunch at Spiro’s Family Restaurant, where posters by the door advertised classes on carrying concealed weapons and a “Hillbilly Sunday” Pentecostal church service.

Come on, Roy

I understand the duck-and-cover instinct, but still. Refusing to debate in a primary election? Kind of disappointing.

I got this by email today.

Statement from the Ken Spaulding for Governor Campaign:

Roy Cooper's refusal to have a televised debate is because he doesn't want to debate his own record.

1) He doesn't want the people in the Democratic Primary to know how he sided with Art Pope and the Republicans (January 11, 1989 HOUSE JOURNAL) to topple strong Democratic House Speaker Liston Ramsey in 1989.

WTF Roy?

Since I'm no longer running for governor in North Carolina, you can take my observations about Roy Cooper's position on refugees at face value. I have no ulterior motive.

If Cooper thinks he can win by out-dumbing Pat McCrory, he might as well close up shop right now. Cooper's comments couldn't have been more misguided, uninformed, and ham-handed if he had tried.

How to bleed a bank account the NCGOP way

My, my. The following comment found its way to an unusual place. A place to promote an agenda through some bizarre sense of dialogue while simultaneously bleeding the bank accounts of the ideological and ignorant. North Carolina GOP’s Facebook page.

The NC GOP is a disgrace to North Carolina! You continually push for and pass unconstitutional laws that waste out tax dollars.

McCrory and associates finally defined

Sooner or later, more than just journalists, bloggers, or opinion writers had to step up. Fortunately for all three, and the state of the State of North Carolina, there's a fourth.

In his (Cooper's) remarks at the Levine Museum of the New South, Cooper attacked McCrory and the GOP legislature without ever mentioning the governor or any other Republican by name. He said both are “not just conservative but extremist.”

The greatest act in politics is when incumbents hand deliver their vacuous heads, on a silver platter, to potential opponents.

Black Backs the Bad Guys

Jim Black (D),leader of the NC House, apparently finds it near impossible to stay out of trouble. While Atty. General Roy Cooper (D) was trying to shut down "payday lenders", Black and another NC House Democrat were taking more than $10,000 each from the lenders.

In case you didn't know, a payday lender is the same as a check-cashing service is the same as a legal loanshark. You bring them proof that you've got a job, and they'll give you a 30-day loan to cover you until your next paycheck. The problem is the interest rate. If you annualize the interest you pay on the short-term loan, the rates are outrageous -- I've heard 200% to 400%. Paying this kind of interest while pre-spending your next paycheck is a quick way into bankruptcy for many. Meanwhile, many banks and credit unions quietly offer the same service at much more reasonable rates. "Payday" = predatory.

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