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Skvarla's whiny oped defies logic

Contradicting himself left and right:

In the latter piece, you attacked DENR for designating leadership positions as exempt from the state personnel act and misled residents trying to understand the important changes we are making to the way state government works...

By reviewing rules through the lens of scientific data and regulatory experience, we can make responsible choices that help residents without sacrificing the environment.

How can you review rules "through the lens of scientific data and regulatory experience" when you're turning exactly those same positions into political ones, meaning those scientists and regulators will likely be replaced by political hacks like yourself?

Double the ineffectiveness: Burr helps Tillis grab DC money

Finally something Burr is qualified to do:

Burr will join Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) for the Sept. 24 fundraiser in Washington, D.C., a sign establishment Republicans are rallying around Tillis even as others get into the primary against him.

Burr's support is especially important; along with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R), he's the state's highest-profile Republican.

Which only goes to show that a profile has absolutely nothing to do with actual performance...

Massive invasion of charter schools coming in 2015

Instead of just one bandwagon it's becoming a wagon train:

As many as 170 new charter schools could open in North Carolina in 2015, including 39 in the Triangle and 43 in Mecklenburg County.

Charter schools are taxpayer-funded schools that are exempt from some of the regulations that traditional public schools must follow. They are also independent of the school districts in which they’re located.

They may be "independent" of local school districts, but that doesn't mean they won't be draining resources from local taxpayers, and other traditional public schools they are competing with.

NC DHHS continues to waste taxpayer's money

Creating jobs for political hacks:

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has hired a former Republican campaign staffer and lobbyist as the agency's new director of brands and marketing. Aaron Mullins began work Sept. 5. He will be paid an annual salary of $68,000.

Agency spokeswoman Julie Henry would not release the written description for Mullins' new job, which is exempted from state personnel requirements. She said Mullins' duties will include improving the agency's website and expanding its use of social media.

You can't release a written description if one doesn't exist. Mullins probably doesn't know jack squat about IT issues, but that really doesn't matter. It's just a title, anyway.

Val Foushee chosen to replace Ellie Kinnaird

At least there's fewer Republicans to argue with in the Senate:

State Rep. Valerie Foushee will replace former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird following a vote Sunday evening by the N.C. Senatorial District 23 Democratic Party Executive Committee.

After only two rounds of voting, Foushee, who currently serves Durham and Orange counties representing House District 50, secured all of the votes and beat out her six competitors. A panel similar to the panel that chose Foushee to complete Kinnaird’s term will be called to appoint someone to serve the remainder of Foushee’s term. Foushee will be up for election in 2014 when Kinnaird’s term ends.

Take a few minutes to get to know Senator Foushee:

Countdown to 1,000 Facebook Likes

Check out that thing over there. ---->

No, above that. The facebook button thing. Right now, it's at 990 Likes. If you can predict the time and date when it will click over to 1,000, you will win one free year of BlueNC membership, along with the privilege to post diaries and comments. Good luck!

Putting memes to bed: Christensen sets the record straight

A little truth goes a long way:

Myth No. 7: North Carolina was no longer an attractive state because of high taxes.

Not according to the moving companies. The 2012 United Van Lines Migration Study found that North Carolina was the fourth highest destination for moves, following the District of Columbia, Oregon and Nevada. North Carolina has been growing at twice the national average. During the first decade of this century, only the states of Nevada and Texas grew faster than North Carolina, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

No doubt Republican propagandists are steaming in their shells over this article, since they've gone to great pains to paint a different picture. But a lot of this is simply common sense. Everybody knows North Carolina's population has been growing at a freakish pace for the last decade or so, and a lot of those families have school-aged children:

Questions abound on Kieran Shanahan's hasty departure from DPS

Applying for a security clearance can be a stressful thing:

Kieran Shanahan’s unexpected resignation as head of the state’s public safety agency in July came as he appeared to be making long-term plans to remain in the job. There are no clues among the messages that he would resign. Rather, they show Shanahan focused on obtaining clearance from Homeland Security.

On the afternoon of July 22, Shanahan’s assistant sent him a text that said she was working on getting the fingerprinting done. About half an hour later, she told him it would be done at the City-County Bureau of Identification in Raleigh, apparently on that date. Three days later Shanahan resigned, along with Chief Operating Officer Edward “Sonny” Masso. There was no indication that their departures were related.

It would be interesting to find out what happened with this security clearance. But you'd probably have to have a security clearance to find out...

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