Submitted by Martha Brock on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 2:29pm
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.
In a cabinet in Durham, North Carolina, there's a drug that could likely help Josh Hardy, but the drug company won't give it to him. They're adamant that spending the time to help Josh and others like him will slow down their efforts to get this drug on the market.
A kid is dying. A drug company president refuses to help.
"He holds our son's life in his hands," Todd Hardy said. "This is just beyond belief to me."
Submitted by Lizard Lick Uni... on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 6:45pm
Help! All-Points Bulletin…
Help!... I respectfully send out a clarion call to all Republicans in Sampson County, far and wide.
I’m in desperate need of a high-def., glossy photo of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. A 16” X 20” color-photo is preferable. But a high-gloss “black and white” will do.
If the Republicans of Sampson County, and/or the “in the know” Republican County Commissioners will petition the governor on my behalf and obtain a copy of his official photo, I will be forever grateful. (By the way, it will be required of you to have mounted on a saw-off tobacco stick -about 3’ in total height).
As a retiree, I’m on a fixed income but I’m willing to pay a small pittance for your troubles in obtaining me the “mounted copy.”
My request is urgent! It is somewhat like the J.G. Wentworth television commercial: “I have a structural settlement and I need cash now.” Except in my case, I needed the photo of McCrory, yesterday.
Moffitt and Turner met at Travinia restaurant in Biltmore Park about 3 p.m. on Feb. 24. King, who has touted the fact that he has friends on both sides of the political aisle, acted as a go-between and was also at the table. The meeting was ostensibly a pre-campaign get-together for the two candidates to say hello.
But over an appetizer and iced tea – sweet for Turner, unsweetened for Moffitt – Moffitt asked Turner to withdraw from the race. Turner declined. The conversation continued, with Moffitt suggesting that Turner might fulfill a desire to serve the state through some other state job, according to sources familiar with the meeting. (Turner resigned his job as a vice chancellor at UNC Asheville to challenge against Moffitt, his first run for political office.) Moffitt went on to say that third-party groups he couldn’t control would “nuke” Turner and his family, according to the sources. Turner is married and has a daughter.
This is so far over the line I don't even know where to begin. The Republican leadership should ask for his resignation long before November's Election rolls around and, if they don't, the voters of the 116th District should reject Moffitt's extremely anti-democratic approach to keeping his seat. And no, I don't expect either of those things to happen, but it's nice to dream of a not-crazy world sometimes.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:30pm
At issue here with the State Democratic Party is no longer a matter of personality clashes or competing party ideologies. The core problem of the struggling NCDP is a lack of leadership. I am convinced that Chairman Voller is a nice guy. I have talked with him one on one and have listened to him speak. I am convinced that he genuinely cares for the party and the people in it. If all it took to be in charge was a winning personality Jimmy Carter would have won a second term and John Kerry would be a former President instead of current Secretary of State.
In documents filed in court and with the state charter school office, Mack, vice chair Jennifer Winstel and consultants hired by the StudentFirst board say Handford overstaffed the school, put family members on the payroll, failed to pay bills and document expenses, arranged big raises for herself and Moss, and let the school fall into academic disarray.
“Once operations were underway, we met monthly and received glowing reports from the school’s leaders – reports that we would later discover were mischaracterizations at best and outright fabrications at worst,” Mack wrote in his Feb. 19 response to Medley.
The court case is shaping up to be a big hot mess, but there's no doubt the financial stability of the school is in jeopardy. And the way the Legislature has designed oversight for these entities, taxpayers have very little control over how their money is spent.
Gov. Pat McCrory says his staff will consider making changes to a new law that offers raises to top teachers who give up tenure rights.
“I think it’s an example of passing a policy without clearly understanding the execution,” McCrory said.
McCrory says his staff will review the impact of the law between now and the short session in May. “I share some of the concerns expressed based on the implementation of the rule. The intent of the rule is very good -- the implementation process needs to be more clarified,” he said.
No, the intent of the rule is the root of the problem, not the implementation. The intent is to tear down the ranks of experienced teachers so they can be replaced by less-expensive and less-experienced rookies. And with those new teachers continuously worried about their short-term contracts, they're less likely to complain about having no new books or other needed materials. It's a policy of destruction, plain and simple, and it needs to be reversed.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:51am
Last week, news outlets covered the tearful statement by Kentucky's attorney general where he said he could not defend that state's ban on gay marriage. Meanwhile, as NC's Amendment One is challenged in court, our own attorney general has remained silent.
Will you join the attorney general of Kentucky, Mr. Cooper, and do the right thing? Or will liberals be too embarrassed to cast a vote for you in the governor's race in 2016?
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