Huh @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:19pm

Sorry I missed this earlier. James

Our representatives in the General Assembly are servants of the people. We elect them and expect them to listen and at least acknowledge our concerns. Earlier in the short session I made the effort to send e-mails to each of our house and senate members. After crafting a letter voicing my concerns regarding one very specific aspect of the budget I modified one version for senators, another for house members and another one that was more personal for my local representatives.

Now there is a generic address you can use to send out bulk e-mails but I figured that probably wouldn't carry much weight with them and in all likelihood wouldn't even be read.

BlueNC @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 6:19pm

The General Assembly
explores its budget options.

After Dark
James @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 6:03pm

BlueNC has been on the trail of Art Pope for a decade, watching with alarm his steady rise to power and influence. Unable to win his race for lieutenant governor, he took his ball, went home, and decided to buy the government for chump change. You might argue that all the attention we've focused on Mr. Pope has been a waste of time, since he got exactly what he wanted all along. And you'd have a point.

But there's another point too. Unless and until the public is made painfully aware of undue influence, that influence will never dissipate.

Harry Reid's doing it.
The Institute for Southern Studies is doing it.
And so are we.

Art Pope
BlueNC @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 4:03pm

A press release with some good news:

ASHEVILLE - The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against CTS Corporation, deciding that the CTS of Asheville Superfund site must remain on the EPA’s Superfund inventory despite the company’s objections. CTS Corporation, which ran its Asheville facility from 1959 until 1986, sued the EPA in an effort to remove the contaminated site from Superfund. Finding that the site is indeed heavily polluted with carcinogens such as trichloroethylene (TCE), the court’s ruling in favor of the EPA will hugely benefit the Asheville community that is afflicted by CTS Corporation’s pollution.

James @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 2:47pm

Stage manager John Hood took to the pages of the Wall Street Jourinal recently, with a crafty column about the so-called Carolina Comeback. Too bad the whole piece was full of bull, designed to prop up the catastrophic failure of his boss's economic policies. Thankfully, Dean Baker slogs through the miasma, so we don't have to.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:29am

Since I'm in the mood for a distraction from politics:

You know, unless you actually feed the poor creatures sweet, juicy peaches their entire sad lives, I'll stick with my peppery vinegary stuff, thank you very much.

James @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:28am

As I said yesterday, if Mayor Pat were running North Carolina like a business, he would have fired Aldona Wos for incompetence a year ago.

(McCrory) needs to fire Wos and recruit and keep experienced and talented staff. He also needs to end the practice of no-bid contracts that Wos has made a staple of DHHS and has led to wasted dollars on incompetent hires.

Lots of people have called for Wos to be fired, but it isn't going to happen. McCrory needs access to her pocketbook to fund his next campaign.

Aldona Wos
BlueNC @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 8:38am

House Coal-ash Bill Raises Concerns about Groundwater Rules (N.C. Health News) -- The state House has passed a coal-ash bill that, according to some critics, would weaken the rules that protect subsurface drinking water

Coal-ash legislation heads toward compromise (Mountain Xpress) -- What to do about coal ash, the toxic byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity? The North Carolina Senate and House have dueling views on what should be done, and environmentalists say neither approach does enough to clean up existing coal-ash impoundments and prevent spills like the one that released tens of thousands of gallons into the Dan River this February. The proposals go into conference soon, as legislators try to iron out their differences and craft the final bill.

Daily dose
James @
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 8:58pm

I've been looking for news about the nature of arguments and the judge's demeanor related to the Voter Suppression case heard in WS today. Have come up dry except for this one story on BradBlog.

Anybody know anything worth sharing?

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:44am

Feeding the fear-mongering machine:

In May, I released a comprehensive study showing how the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare – will likely play out in North Carolina over the next few years. The diagnosis isn’t good.

First, the short version. In two years, the ACA’s structural problems will lead to substantial premium increases. Once that happens, North Carolinians will likely leave the insurance market in droves. They’ll have little choice – they won’t be able to afford health insurance because federal subsidies won’t keep up with the rapid price increases. Within a decade, this could swell the ranks of the state’s uninsured by 57 percent.

It was either an oversight related to poor vetting on the part of the N&O's editorial staff, or an outright attempt to deceive their readership, but they failed to note this "doctor" was a PhD, as opposed to an MD. I don't usually quibble over that, because I have a lot of respect for PhDs. But when an article is related to medicine, the difference between the two is night and oranges. You don't allow those particular wires to be crossed, even when you're discussing economics. And this cookie-cutter article is appearing in other battleground states as well, proving that politics is behind the propaganda:

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