Submitted by Martha Brock on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 2:29pm
A WRAL News review of thousands of pages of emails and other public records shows that for more than a month starting July 15, counties across the state struggled with a buggy, sluggish system that frequently froze up and prevented workers from keying in cases. By the time the NC FAST team identified the problem as a simple browser compatibility issue in late August, almost 70,000 food stamp customers statewide – many of them families with children – were waiting on overdue benefits, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That's 8.5 percent of the number of clients the state currently serves every month.
One of the most basic duties a lawmaker carries out during session is mashing the red or green button during recorded votes on the House or Senate floor. While plenty of hard bargains and hard luck lurk behind the numbers, vote totals can tell part of the story behind the 2013 legislative session.
Binker reports on quickies like this--most red member of the House: Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, voted most often with the majority, 98.8 % of her votes were with the majority.
And from the loyal opposition, her opposite: Of those who served a full term, Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, voted against the GOP majority the most, 74 percent of the time. She is virtually tied with Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham.
Some more interesting tidbits here for political junkies. Check it out.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 7:19pm
"We're gaining national attention for the stupidity being played out" in the NC General Assembly," said Rep. Mickey Michaux (D-Durham). Michaux calls out GOP bills including one requiring drug testing to qualify for benefits passed by the NC Senate.
Laura Leslie questioned Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) about legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.
See Michaux and Rep. David Lewis live now on WRAL Channel 5, or watch the video on WRAL.com.
State Department of Health and Human Service Sec. Aldona Wos gives a presentation to the Joint Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services on the state of the agency after a week of scrutiny.
I have been listening to the video online, and I have never seen a presentation like it in my days at the General Assembly. Overall impression: this woman is in way over her head.
And just for good measure, a suggestion for those going to the Legislature today:
DO GOOD: Wednesday is the North Carolina Retail Merchant's annual food drive at the legislative building. If you're going to be downtown today, bring my some nonperishable food for a good cause.
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