Thom Goolsby

Senator Thom Goolsby resigns

Good riddance to bad rubbish:

Sen. Goolsby (R-New Hanover) not running

Star-News (Wilmington):

State Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, announced Friday morning that he will not seek re-election.

Read more: http://ow.ly/ssGCX

Teachers say "no thank you" to divisive merit-pay bonus

Solidarity in the pursuit of sound educational policies:

Decked out in matching colors and receiving a standing ovation from a crowd of their peers, a handful of teachers from Murray Middle School on Thursday presented state lawmakers with a petition to be exempt from recent legislation that replaces tenure and raises for master’s degrees with merit pay.

That was just one of many emotionally charged topics–primarily related to pay–put forth to a panel of N.C. legislators and local and state education officials during an update on public education at UNCW’s Watson School of Education Thursday afternoon.

Goolsby displayed his usual contempt for his constituency, but his meme-spouting and ignorance did not go unchallenged:

Additional Moral Monday coverage

More coverage over at BackwardNC, including pictures and video.

The ninth Moral Monday resulted in 80 people, who were exercising their constitutional rights to peaceable assembly in a public building paid for with their tax dollars, being arrested and hauled off to jail. A major theme of this latest protest is the 170,000 people that Tillisberger and the McCronies have thrown under the bus by refusing them access to federally funded unemployment benefits already paid for by our tax dollars.

Gee, now he says he was trying to be funny.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130611/ARTICLES/130619931/1108

Please raise your hand if you're laughing. Myself, I have a lot of experience with being bullied from my elementary and middle school days. Probably why I have something of an anger issue now... At any rate, that's the first retort from a bully caught with his hand on the kid's throat or shoving the kid's head into the toilet: "Gee, I was just making a joke." The kid being bullied is not laughing. Neither are we. But the days of scurrying away from being ridiculed are over. We don't shrink away. We stand.

Fighting rhetoric and lies with information

Hi folks. New BlueNC member here. Quickie bio: born and raised in NC, live on the SE Coast in Thom Goolsby's district, more's the pity. For seven years or so, I've written and wrangled content for the History Commons, where I've learned that information is indeed power. Before my arrival, we helped the Jersey Girls force the creation of the 9/11 commission (they provided the activism, we helped with the info), and some of our members have testified before Congress. Our members have produced at least two books and I'm writing a third as we speak. Taught for 21 years. Currently underemployed. Adore my wife and my houseful of cats.

That's done, whew! Now, I proposed a project for the Daily Kos that is delineated here:

NC: Moral Mondays Now Joined by Information Tuesdays (and every day!)

Time to hold Thom Goolsby accountable:


Truth

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE TRUTH: After the jump, there is an image we are asking people to share with everyone they know via social media and email. We need to hold Thom Goolsby accountable for his recent editorial about Moral Mondays. (You can see the editorial at http://bit.ly/19bjYOy if you have not yet read it.) Tell everyone you know who has not attended a Moral Monday to come and see for themselves so that they know the truth: the good people of North Carolina are speaking up at Moral Mondays, people of all races, ages and socio-economic groups, people who will no longer tolerate the politics of hate as exemplified by Thom Goolsby's shameful comments. Thank you. Photo to Share after the jump.

Thom Goolsby in his own words

The Republican State Senator Thom Goolsby represents New Hanover county. This past Friday he wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Chatham Journal. His opinion piece is titled "Moron Monday shows radical Left just doesn't get it" and can be found here. I won't rehash the piece for you, all I have to ask though is "When can we get rid of these people in the NCGA?" It can't come soon enough for me.

Sunshine amendment to the NC Consitution

From the Wilmington Star News:

Sen. Thom Goolsby said Tuesday his bill to criminalize violations of open meetings and public records laws should change the default position of public officials "to open rather than closed" when it comes to information that is rightfully the public's to inspect and obtain.

But other lawmakers and lobbyists representing governmental organizations expressed concern Tuesday that well-intentioned office directors who err on the side of caution related to sensitive information could find themselves facing a Class 3 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $200 and 20 days in jail for repeat offenders.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130312/ARTICLES/130319915?p=1&tc=pg
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Goolsby's bills are as follows:
S331 Sunshine Amendment. S 03/14/2013 Filed
S332 Government Transparency Act. S 03/14/2013 Filed
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Goolsby gloats, and reinforces Perdue's legacy in the process

Arrogance might impress the feeble-minded; but the rest of us, not so much:

Instead of pulling a ‘Bill Clinton’ and running to the center in order to be the hero, she distanced herself from many popular reforms that she could have owned. She could have been a populist hero fighting Obamacare, balancing the $3 billion deficit in the state budget, instituting voter ID, dismantling the Racial (In)Justice Act, reforming medical malpractice liability and making the state energy independent. Instead, to her detriment, Perdue fought the Republicans on all these popular issues.

Thanks for reminding us. While Goolsby might believe changing your principles as often as you change your necktie is admirable behavior, I believe otherwise. I also believe Bev Perdue may have knowingly sacrificed future wealth and success in order to do what's right for the people of NC, and that should also be part of her legacy.

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