Message traffic related to Tom Ross dismissal

"You have four hundred twenty seven messages waiting for your attention":

UNC alumna and parent, Maureen Anne Costello Dwyer, to board members, Jan. 26: “On our family’s behalf, I am writing to express our extreme concern and confusion regarding the UNC Board of Governor’s recent actions regarding UNC President Tom Ross. As supporters of UNC and taxpayers in NC, we feel we, and everyone else in this state, deserves to know more specifically the reasons for the Board’s decision. Given the extremely limited and evasive information provided by Mr. Fennebresque in the news conference, it is incredibly difficult not to conclude that it is due primarily to politics and party affiliations.”

UNC supporter Patrick Walters to Fennebresque, Feb. 20: “I’m concerned (as are many others) about the abrupt dismissal of Tom Ross. From all indications he was doing a great job. Can you please explain in plain, simple, and honest terms why he was dismissed? If it’s because of differences in political ideology, then please just tell us.”

While Fennebresque freely admits there were more messages opposing the firing of Tom Ross, it's evident that many well-heeled Conservatives view it as an opportunity to reshape the ideology of the UNC System:

Sunday News: Immoral minority edition


Pro Life Groups Protest at Planned Parenthood Clinics (TWCN-TV) -- The controversial issue of abortion was at the center of a number of protests held at Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the Carolinas on Saturday. Those events all part of a nationwide effort by pro life groups to end all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Anti-abortion activists rally at Planned Parenthood in Raleigh (WRAL-TV) -- Anti-abortion activists are protesting outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the Carolinas.

Main Street Dem opposes municipal broadband

Rep. Michael Wray co-authors a propaganda-laced op-ed:

The Federal Communications Commission, in Washington, D.C., recently voted to overturn a North Carolina law that set limits on municipal broadband networks. We’ll leave the question about whether the FCC’s action was constitutional to the legal scholars.

But even if the FCC action is legal, that doesn’t make it right. That’s why we support U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ legislation to stop the FCC from overturning North Carolina’s law.

As you can see, not only is this op-ed riddled with industry talking points, this "Democrat" is actively promoting Thom Tillis' Senatorial activities. On top of that, he uses the hardships General Assembly Republicans have foisted on municipalities as a lever to discourage muni broadband:

Saturday News: One scandal too many edition

McCrory's mysterious role in NC sweepstakes scandal (Facing South) -- There has been speculation about the degree to which Republican Gov. Pat McCrory was involved in the sweepstakes industry's pay-to-play politics since he received thousands of dollars of laundered sweepstakes money in the form of campaign contributions, worked for a law firm that played a central role in the scandal, and made dubious statements to the media. Though McCrory has not been charged with any wrongdoing, his actions raise questions about his relationship to the sweepstakes industry and its push to legalize its business in North Carolina. Earlier this month, elections watchdog Democracy North Carolina sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker and Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman asking for "an independent, comprehensive investigation" of potential criminal violations by the sweepstakes industry, lobbyists and candidates for state office including McCrory, The group filed the original 2013 complaint that triggered the election board's investigation.

Private water, public suffering

With a little help from NC's bent Supreme Court, Aqua America continues to screw its clients:

North Carolina's highest court has upheld a decision by regulators allowing the state's largest private water utility to raise customer rates through an abbreviated process the General Assembly recently created for water and sewer improvements.

The state Supreme Court ruling's Friday affirmed last year's decision by the Utilities Commission involving Aqua North Carolina and rejected appeals of Attorney General Roy Cooper to make the utility complete the full rate-case process.

Any elected official in NC that supports the privatization of drinking water should be required to answer directly to the people paying these bills. I'll let Lisa Sorg explain it, in an article written before the Indy screwed up royally and let her go:

Burr's cluelessness on national security

Lot's of complaints, but only vague solutions:

Burr said he wasn't suggesting that thousands of U.S. armed forces be sent to fight the terror groups, but rather that trust must be rebuilt among U.S. allies in the region surrounding places such as Syria and Iraq, where the Islamic State is strong.

"Let's prosecute the war against terrorism, and let's leverage not just the Kurds but everybody in the Middle East that has the potential for boots on the ground and change the landscape," he said.

Friday News: Puppet patronage edition


McCrory gets way on jobless benefit review board (Winston-Salem Journal) -- Gov. Pat McCrory has gotten his way in a long-simmering dispute over the composition of an independent board of review that hears appeals of unemployment insurance benefit decisions. The board is a part-time job paying $120,737 annually.

The Bush Iraqi War lies, an act of treason

Treason is the act of betraying one's country. When President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld lied to Congress, the UN, and the public about their reasons for invading Iraq they committed treason. The lie is not treasonous but the consequences of the lie are if they give aid and comfort to America's enemies.


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