James @
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:27am

More Walking Mayor news. Good to see someone in NC doing the right thing for a change.

James @
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 9:40am

Bill Maher has a new website up called Flip a district. Renee Ellmers is in the number three spot.

Renee Ellmers
BlueNC @
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 9:27am

· Thursday July 24: McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway' (WUNC-FM) -- “I did present both the Senate and House caucuses, I think, breakthrough plans on how to work out our differences.” McCrory Said.

· Friday July 25: McCrory Says He Could Veto State Budget (WUNC-FM) -- "I’ve clearly communicated my issues and concerns and I will stand by those issues and concerns. If the budget doesn’t address my issues and concerns, I’ll definitely consider vetoing the budget like I would consider vetoing any other bill," said McCrory.

Enviro groups unhappy with ash legislation (Charlotte Observer) -- Several environmental groups wrote N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger and House speaker Thom Tillis

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Posmo @
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 8:43am

Asked to make a false choice between two unpalatable budget options, an NC educator deftly demonstrated that he is smarter than the NC GOP wing nut idealogues who claimed that they wanted to hear from him.

At a budget meeting earlier this month that House members invited superintendents to attend, Cumberland County Superintendent Frank Till, when asked to choose between higher teacher raises and fewer teacher assistants or smaller raises where the assistants kept their jobs, said he would “do something to raise revenue.”

Bravo Dr. Till! NC citizens prefer option three also. The GOP legislative loons refuse to acknowledge the elephant in the room.

Posmo @
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:45pm

As the Republican House and Republican Senate and Republican Governor all carp at each other and make no progress on a budget, after weeks of grandstanding, many of the NCGA members will skip town next week to attend the annual ALEC meeting.

Speaker Thom Tillis dismissed the state House on Friday saying that the chamber was not expected to hold any sessions next week, a strong indicator no deal is imminent.

Many of the state's top GOP leaders are scheduled to attend the annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that starts Tuesday in Dallas, Texas, and lasts into the weekend. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is on the agenda to speak at the opening luncheon of the conservative group.

Posmo @
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 3:23pm

Earlier estimates put the cost of the NC GOP's tax giveaways to millionaires at nearly half a billion dollars.

Turns out those estimates were low -- we're now pushing three-quarters of a billion dollars in revenue shortfall because the NC GOP puts Art Pope's tax cut above every other policy objective.

New figures from legislative analysts confirm the 2013 cut to individual income tax rates is costing the state far more than originally projected.
According to a memo Thursday from legislative analyst Brian Slivka and chief economist Barry Boardman, the updated cost of the tax cut is $690 million for the current tax year.

That's $205 million, or 43 percent, higher than the original projection of $475 million.

That's for this year. And like the Energizer bunny, the NC GOP's fiscal irresponsibility just keeps going and going.

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:37am

Privatization going off the rails:

And when you're doing something really unwise, cutting off the debate is SOP:

BlueNC @
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 9:40am

Thus begins the mismanaged care of the poor:

Senate Tentatively Passes Medicaid Overhaul Bill (WUNC-FM) -- Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively approved a bill that would overhaul North Carolina's Medicaid system. The measure would create an independent agency to oversee the state's health care system for low-income residents. The bill would also contract out Medicaid to managed care and provider-led organizations. They would receive a set amount of money per patient to provide care. Republican Senator Ralph Hise is a sponsor of the bill. He says it's necessary to help control ballooning Medicaid costs. "We go through this budget over and over again, it looks like a spaghetti plate, budget is so intertwined with everything else in health care, in public health, that it's very difficult to get a handle on what it costs to run a Medicaid department," said Hise.

Daily dose
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 8:50am

We often talk about social justice at BlueNC, but we rarely talk about reparations. I'd like to take a step in that direction this morning. I'm not an expert on the subject and until recently didn't spend a lot of time thinking about it. This article in the May issue of The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates helped me get over the hurdle of understanding the necessity of reparations.

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

Part of what kept me from embracing the idea of reparations was the enormity of what needs to be done and the knowledge that it won't be enough.

Posmo @
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 8:43am

When Bev Perdue was governor, the NC GOP said that cash payments to corporations, job creation notwithstanding, were a bad thing. It's wrong for government to pick winners and losers, said the wing nuts.

Now with the GOP in control of all three branches of NC government, coupled with the slow realization that they're positively destroying the jobs climate in the state, the GOP has slightly revised their position on corporate welfare: cash payments to corporations are now a good thing, and they have no problem at all with picking winners and losers.

Now, with a Republican governor at the helm, some GOP lawmakers want to expand state incentives and create a so-called “closing fund” that will allow cash grants to seal a deal with large corporations that promise to add jobs.

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