Governor Perdue

Gov. Perdue's administration settles with US DOJ

This press release is about settlement in response to complaint from Disability Rights North Carolina in July, 2011:

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Contact Chrissy Pearson at 919-855-4835 or Chrissy.pearson@dhhs.nc.gov

DHHS, U.S. DOJ Reach Agreement on Community-Based Care for Citizens with Serious Mental Illness

Raleigh — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Justice today reached an agreement on the state’s plan to offer more choices of where and how citizens with serious mental illness receive care and supportive services.

I stand with Governor Perdue

Gary Pearce today opines that Governor Perdue's over-ridden vetoes underscored her political weakness. I see it differently. I see her over-ridden vetoes as underscoring her political integrity ... her willingness to do the right thing in the face of reckless partisan opposition.

We're proud of you, Governor Perdue.

If the North Carolina legislature wasn't filled with a majority of corrupt thugs, the Governor's vetoes would have been sustained. That says a lot more about the North Carolina General Assembly than it does about the Governor.

Budget veto from Gov. Beverly Perdue

...To teachers and state employees, I understand that many of you are interested in the small pay raises that are in the budget. As you know, I support pay raises for teachers and other state employees. In fact, my budget proposal had pay raises that were 50% larger than the pay raises in the General Assembly’s budget. I strongly hope that legislators will come back to the table and work out an agreement that does a little better for schools and allows the pay raises to become law. Here is a clip of my speech this morning where I addressed the pay raise issue to teachers and other state employees directly: http://youtu.be/EbP3enLUcLQ

To all North Carolinians, here is a video of my full speech this morning about my decision to veto the budget: http://youtu.be/g1Qaa3ATWgE

A pocket veto in store for fracking?

A commenter last night voiced my own growing concerns about the fact that Governor Perdue has been mum on the NCGOP's toxic fracking plan. With that in mind, I offer this gentle nudge:

Either stand up like an adult and approve the piece of crap ... or veto it with extreme prejudice.

The idea that any governor would acquiesce in supporting a new law that is guaranteed to pollute North Carolina's ground water system so that a few rich assholes can get even more rich ... well that's just flat out sick.

Contact Governor Perdue here.

NOTE UPDATE: No such thing as pocket veto ... more like pocket approval.

Call the Governor; ask for VETO of fracking bill S820: Best number to call is 919-733-2391

This just in from the NC Council of Churches in Raleigh. Good to know they are supporting defeat of Senate Bill 820. I have been told that the Governor's office does keep track of number of callers and number of emails. Nothing to lose by trying.

Big, Bad Government, no matter how you look at it

I hadn’t planned on writing again on this topic this soon, but it‘s raised its ugly head again in the news. The Raleigh News & Observer today published an article: Public agency considered for Yadkin hydropower . This is, if not the same, a variation on the Yadkin River Trust which the state legislature defeated in mid-2010, 66 - 39. Keith Crisco, of all people, said it conjures “an image of big, bad state government taking over.” But then, he goes on to say it’d be okay if the public agency were centered in the six counties near the Yadkin Project.

The entire article is a bit vague on who the State and civic leaders behind this are, or what the public agency is. But, the description seems to fit the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission (URRC), which someone in the state legislature hastily created after it became apparent that the Yadkin River Trust legislation could not pass, behind closed doors in Raleigh, with no public comment. The enabling legislation for the URRC sounds inocuous, does not mention Alcoa, and appears to be something entirely different than an agency to control the Yadkin Project. Yet, there’s been suspicion. The appointments to the Commission have been stacked with obvious proponents of a state takeover. There is nothing about the URRC that does not smack of big bad government. The entire thing was crammed down the public’s throat.

Who owns the Yadkin River - revisited

The Supreme Court has ruled, the fat lady has sung, in the PPL Montana vs. the State of Montana case. The Supreme Court overturned lower court rulings that the “Great Falls” section of the river, and possibly other disputed sections, were navigable, and therefore that the riverbed was owned by the state. A key point of the decision was that navigability must be determined on a section by section basis, not on rivers in their entirety.

The decision laid out some legal principles which could have repercussions in North Carolina. Basically, it enumerated three distinct issues:

Who owns the Yadkin River?

Last week the US Supreme Court heard arguments from Montana and PPL, a hydroelectric power producer regarding who owns the riverbeds on three Montana Rivers. According to US law, if a river is "navigable" it is owned by the State and should be held in Trust for the people of the State. If the river is not navigable, then it is owned by the federal government for the people of the United States. The case began as parents of school children in Montana got tired of budget cuts to schools, and noted that the State had not been charging millions in riverbed rent for several rivers over the past several decades. They sued the state claiming the State had not been managing its public trust responsibly because it had not been charging rent for the use of the public land.

Racial Justice Act change reported in IndyWeek

Good coverage by Bob Geary of the Independent Weekly about the Racial Justice Act vote by NC Senate

It was a straight party line vote on Tuesday. McKissick of Durham says he thinks a VETO would be sustained in the NC House, if Perdue were to use the big red stamp.

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No chance of supporting a veto in the Senate with the numbers of GOP having a 2/3 majority there

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