Submitted by Martha Brock on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 4:59pm
Raleigh, N.C. —
House lawmakers amended their chamber rules this morning in response to an incident earlier this month in which five Democratic lawmakers delivered a petition to Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, and took pictures in his office while neither the Republican nor his staff were present.
The measure, put forward by Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham, surfaced yesterday. It was approved by the House Rules Committee Wednesday and then approved by the full chamber Thursday morning with little debate.
read about the "incursion into Tillis' office" at WRAL.com
Democrats have repeatedly cried foul during the six-month session, saying the Republican majorities in the House and Senate are circumventing public debate by introducing bills with little notice, if any, and using their numerical advantage to push them through the chambers quickly.
From WRAL TV tonight, exploring gun violence. This should be an interesting, commercial-free hour, that will drive Tarheel Preppers over the edge. Dr. Jane Brown, my wonderful wife, will be one of the experts featured in the report. Starts at 8 pm.
I have yet to see the lease signed today by Governor Perdue on behalf of the state of North Carolina. I hope to see it soon to see which party, the state or the city, is responsible for environmental liability and clean up. I raised this issue to members of the Council of State and the Governor, but never received acknowledgment of my questions or the courtesy of a reply to my emails.
The pledge by Greg Poole, leader of the group which calls itself Dix Visionaries, to raise $3 million raises some questions on openness and transparency:
Is there a budget for the master plan? Will the group be inclusive, when appointing the leaders of the planning group? Will Gregory Poole fully commit to funding the master plan privately? Will he make the donors public?
Tuesday, Republican Representative Efton Sager's legislative assistant used a state owned computer and a state owned email account to forward an email calling President Obama a pompous ass. Apparently she intended to send it to Republicans only, which would still be a misuse of state property and taxpayer money. Unfortunately for Shirley Winstead, she sent it to both Republicans and Democrats.
Ms. Winstead has received what many of us will feel is an inappropriate email on a state owned email address and then forwarded it on. She is wasting time and tax payer dollars instead of doing her job. It makes me curious just how many emails of this nature are forwarded through our state owned email addresses. ( I wonder how much an FOIA request would cost? )
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