Clown car in Commerce continues to roll

John Skvarla, Sharon Decker. Two hapless "visionaries" who see a future brightened by giving millions of dollars to private businesses. "The sky is falling," says the Secretary of Commerce. "We can't compete unless we create another government bureaucracy to take the place of Commerce Department, but of course, we have to keep the Commerce Department, too."

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McCrory reignites feud with AP, openly bickers with reporter (WRAL-TV) -- Gov. Pat McCrory continues to maintain he properly reported a payout from Tree.com, telling an Associated Press reporter Monday that the news agency's story presents a "false impression" of his dealings with the company. The story stems from McCrory's time in the private sector between his unsuccessful run for governor in 2008 and his winning bid that landed him in office at the beginning of 2013. During that time, McCrory served on the board of Tree.com, the Charlotte-based parent of Lending Tree. "You continue not to correct your mistakes," McCrory told the AP reporter, Michael Biesecker, after the governor spoke to an economic forecast forum in Durham.

http://www.wral.com/mccrory-verbally-spars-with-ap-reporter/14330643/

Two-word Tuesday

(Note: Over the past few years, I've often experimented with language. One game is to see if I can get through a day using sentences of only two words. I tried it last year here at BlueNC, and thought it might be neat to resurrect for 2015. You'll be surprised how easy it is. So with that preamble in mind, welcome to Two-word Tuesday.)

Have fun.

Tuesday Twitter roundup

The RWNJ Twits (who think they swung the Tillis/Hagan race) are going after Boehner:

And when they fail, they'll blame it on Obama, of course.

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More regressive taxation on GOP's 2015 agenda

Instead of rolling back corporate tax cuts, the general public will suffer even more:

The 2008 recommendations from a blue-ribbon panel created by Democratic Gov. Mike Easley and his party's legislative leaders included more than doubling the annual vehicle registration fee and raising the tax on car purchases — called the Highway Use Tax — from 3 percent to 4 percent. Both combined would have generated another $400 million annually.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow and a car dealer, said Senate colleagues would be cautious about agreeing to raise taxes "but I think we also know the needs in transportation are great."

And I think we also know where you would stand on the car tax issue. Which is regressive, but not nearly as regressive as increasing sales taxes on food, clothing, and other essentials those hovering on the poverty line must have. This article is a few weeks old, and the new NCGA website has zilch information on the upcoming session, so I'm doing a little tea-leaf reading here. But the fact the GOP was able to shift the tax burden from the wealthy to the not-so-wealthy via sales tax shenanigans, without suffering at the voting booth, leads me to believe they will go back to that community well again, and soon. Film at eleven.

Closed-door incentives meeting for chicken plant

The Sanderson Farms fiasco continues:

The Cumberland County commissioners are expected to decide today whether to consider an incentives package for the proposed Sanderson Farms chicken plant. More than 40 people are attending the board's meeting this morning.

The commissioners will meet behind closed doors with the staff of the Economic Development Alliance to hear a briefing on the package, Board of Commissioners Chairman Kenneth Edge said last week.

It hardly needs to be said, but when you've got a wildly unpopular project being considered, meeting behind closed doors to consider how to "sweeten the deal" is not the best way to increase public support for said project. Especially when most of the new jobs created won't even provide a living wage:

Rucho and Lewis: We're the scumbags in charge now, so screw you

Bob Rucho and David Lewis, two kings of slime in the General Assembly, responded last week to a News and Observer editorial call for fair redistricting. True to form, they dragged out the old canard, wondering aloud where liberals were when Democrats were doing their own gerrymandering.

Where were your scathing editorials then?

Daily dose: Burrcare? No thank you.

GOP searches for elusive Obamacare fix (Politico) -- Republicans cite a sense that articulating their own alternatives to Obama Care may send a message to the Supreme Court that it doesn’t have to fear health care chaos if it rules against the White House. To that end, GOP Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah are tweaking their Obamacare replacement draft, which is probably the most comprehensive in the Senate. They’ve brought into the discussion two other key committee chairmen — Fred Upton (R-Mich.) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), incoming chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “The onus is on us to present a logical solution prior to that case ever being heard,” Burr said. “Maybe the court will feel more confident making a decision if in fact there is a legislation solution [to the subsidy problem] that is realistic.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/gop-obamacare-new-plan-113776.html

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