Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 1:11am

Rep. Renee Ellmers and Rep. Tim Murphy, who is chief sponsor for his proposed Mental Health Reform Bill, met with the Editorial Board of the News and Observer Tuesday in Raleigh. Here is the link to the article published by the N&O and written by Lynn Bonner. There is a brief video of Murphy speaking to the Board posted, too.

I am posting a link to a different viewpoint on this bill written by Bonnie Schell. Bonnie is a former peer support provider in California and a former employee of PBH in Concord (now "Cardinal Innovations"), a Managed Care Agency. Bonnie is also a published author and the Chair of the Board of a state-wide peer led mental health advocacy organization called NC CANSO.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 5:38pm

What is it about my vote that the NCGA doesn’t like? Most of you already know me at least by my activity on BlueNC. My name is Brian. I am a new transfer student at UNC-Pembroke. I am majoring in Political Science and the first few days of classes have started to open up my mind and make me think about that one question, what is it about my vote that the NCGA doesn’t like? That is a rhetorical question. I know what it is. I do not vote the way the “majority” wants me to vote, I am a member of a demographic that historically doesn’t vote the way the “majority” wants me to.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:23pm
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:39pm

The rumors of Art Pope's loss of influence over McCrory are wildly exaggerated:

In a press release on Monday afternoon, Governor Pat McCrory announced that he will appoint Winston-Salem lawyer Richard Dietz to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Dietz will fill the seat of Judge Bob Hunter, Jr., whom McCrory appointed as a Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court ahead of elections in November. Judge hunter will be sworn in on September 6th to be followed by Dietz.

“Richard Dietz has an esteemed legal record and an extensive background in appellate practice,” said Governor McCrory. “His experience, service on the North Carolina Courts Commission and involvement in his community will make him a valuable addition to the Court of Appeals.”

What you won't find in this article is his recent attachment to Civitas and the John Locke Foundation, including his indoctrination training in free-market principles:

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 9:18am

The harsh reality of the GOP's failure to properly fund public education:

And no math formula can make it right:

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 8:01am

PHIL SMIRK
Pope beneficial to state (Raleigh News & Observer column) -- Art Pope is to be commended for his many years of public service, especially for his 20 months as the state’s budget director.
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/25/4096078/phil-kirk-pope-beneficial...

THE SPILL
McCrory: I’ll sign coal ash bill that violates constitution (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/mccrory-coal-ash-commi...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:24am

In case anyone remained under the illusion that judicial elections in NC were actually non-partisan, like they are officially billed to be, former NC Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake shatters that illusion.

In a firey [sic] plea for money, I. Beverly Lake, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, is rallying support for Bob Hunter in his campaign for a seat on the high court.

Lake, who reached mandatory retirement age in 2006, sent out a letter to Republican donors stating his case clearly:

“One justice can mean the difference between liberty and tyranny. … Since leaving the bench, I’ve watched liberal ‘activist judges’ rewrite the Constitution – and waited for one justice to stand up and say ‘No’ to the craziness going on in our courts.”

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 4:43pm

End corporate taxation. And then tax the hell out of individuals for capital gains.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:17am

And the voices of dissent are growing:

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission is seeking input from the public on proposed rules for oil and gas development. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Rockingham County High School in Wentworth.

Also on Monday, opponents to fracking are organizing a Frack Free NC rally at 4:15 p.m. in front of Rockingham County High School.

So far, opponents have outnumbered pro-frackers by a sizeable margin, but that hasn't stopped media from giving them equal time. Which is exactly what FreedomWorks is counting on.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 8:14am

DELUSIONS
Legislature addresses coal ash cleanup, safety (Rocky Mount Telegram) -- Creating legislation can be an ugly, contentious business, even when everyone is a member of the same party. Future legislatures probably will be asked to tweak and update the coal ash legislation of 2014. But passing a bill to address cleanup and safety was critical. It couldn’t wait. For that, North Carolina legislators are to be thanked and commended.
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/opinion/our-views/legislature-addresse...

CAMPAIGN 2014
The Kochs' commercial appeal (Politico) -- The Koch brothers are showing up in so many campaign ads for Democrats, you’d think they were on the ballot. The commercials are full of images designed to make ordinary Americans bristle, from private jets to limousines to handshakes in dark rooms. They often feature the same images of Charles and David Koch in blazers and ties — portraits that could have appeared in the billionaires issue of Forbes magazine. And many of the ads point out that the wealthy industrialist brothers are behind rival ads that support Republicans. … Democrats’ decision to give the Kochs the Mitt Romney treatment highlights the degree to which the brothers’ unprecedented spending has upended American politics. This cycle, Koch-affiliated groups, such as Americans for Prosperity, are expected to spend up to a staggering $290 million to support conservative causes and candidates, much of it on advertising. … Senate Majority PAC, the main Democratic outside group trying to keep the Senate, has used the Kochs in its television spots in states including Michigan, Louisiana, Iowa and North Carolina. One ad it ran during the NCAA basketball tournament had a bracket showing a picture of the Kochs and the narrator saying: “A special interest bracket brought to you by the out-of-state billionaires the Koch brothers. They picked Thom Tillis to play for them. As speaker, Tillis passed a tax cut for the wealthiest while raising taxes on 80 percent of North Carolinians.”
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/koch-brothers-commercials-110270.h...

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