Submitted by Martha Brock on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 1:29pm
A WRAL News review of thousands of pages of emails and other public records shows that for more than a month starting July 15, counties across the state struggled with a buggy, sluggish system that frequently froze up and prevented workers from keying in cases. By the time the NC FAST team identified the problem as a simple browser compatibility issue in late August, almost 70,000 food stamp customers statewide – many of them families with children – were waiting on overdue benefits, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That's 8.5 percent of the number of clients the state currently serves every month.
Of course, there is the requisite lie about characterizing NCAE as a union:
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) issued the following joint statement today in response to a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina affiliate of the national teachers’ union and a liberal special interest group
But this one really takes the cake. This has to be a candidate for whopper of the year:
Attorneys representing Gov. Pat McCrory, the N.C. Board of Elections and other state officials have laid out a proposed schedule in a report to the federal court, suggesting that a two- to three-week trial could be held no sooner than the summer of 2015.
But the organizations challenging the extensive changes to North Carolina’s voting rules signed into law by McCrory this summer want their arguments heard much sooner. They are pushing for trial before the midterm elections on Nov. 4, 2014.
Just waiting for the RWNJ fringe to start howling about how Democrats are trying to save the election. They're not smart enough to know how much that undermines their fabricated reasoning to justify the law in the first place. Should be entertaining.
We've seen a number of articles and opinion pieces covering the dire economic consequences of the Pope administration, and even more chronicling the baffling pattern of lies and half-truths told by DAG McCrory. But none come close to matching these articles by Bob Geary and Rose Hoban in terms of depth and breadth of gory detail. It's worth bookmarking both.
And for those who think online classes are the magic answer, think again.
A study of a million users of massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, released this month by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education found that, on average, only about half of those who registered for a course ever viewed a lecture, and only about 4 percent completed the courses.
With your social media mavens digging through the blogosphere every day, I'm confident you'll find this note. Thank you for reading.
News reports suggest your company may be looking to relocate from Washington State. Unhappy with worker demands, you're looking to trim costs in order to improve profits. As such, you've developed a shopping list of incentives that could contribute more than two billion dollars to your bottom line over the next 20 years.
I'm not a fan of incentives, but if you're going to play that game, how about raising the stakes just a bit? In addition to asking for monetary concessions that will enrich your shareholders, perhaps you could demand some social concessions that would help your employees. Here in North Carolina, there are three specific demands you should be making.
Repeal Amendment One. Your gay workers of the future will not be happy to find themselves living in a state that actively discriminates against them.
Increase the education by half again. North Carolina scrapes the bottom of the barrel in teacher pay for science and math. What's more, our education funding depends on state-sponsored gambling as a key revenue source. Is that the foundation you want for your business? The legislature will convene this May. Insist that education funding and teacher pay be raised to the national median.
Repeal Voter ID and other voter suppression policies. Your employees will have a hell of a time voting in North Carolina under the most restrictive voting policies in the nation.
I don't know what these demands are worth in terms of corporate profits, but if you expand your vision to think about the triple bottom line, they are worth more than almost anything. Said another way, maybe you should use your clout to do some good for a change.
That's the sound of the new package of incentives North Carolina's hapless leaders could be offering to lure Boeing to our homophobic, anti-worker, anti-teacher, misogynist state. At least $1.7 billion worth of incentives over 20 years, to be exact, which is what it will cost to match Missouri's reported bid.
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