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Talking point of the day: Drawing a paycheck from the government they hate

If you're a voter who wants to see public institutions destroyed through gross incompetence, law-breaking and sleaze, vote for Republican leaders. They hate government, and it shows.

A state agriculture official leaked information about a raid on a Butterball turkey farm in Hoke County last month to company officials six days before the raid, according to a search warrant released Wednesday. [snip] ... the animal rights group Mercy for Animals provided authorities with video of employees kicking and stomping birds, dragging them by their wings and necks and throwing turkeys around.

Millions stolen from North Carolina workers

The Republican vision for North Carolina was on full display this week in a report by the NC Justice Center that Tarheel employers screwed their workers out of millions of dollars, just because they could. These are the same employers that the GOTP Wrecking Crew will "hire" to take over our roads, hospitals, schools, parks, water systems, rivers, and more. Because private enterprise is oh-so trustworthy.

Director of Elections in Harnett County resigns because of GOTP Marriage Discrimination Amendment

An inspiring action from a dedicated public servant. Received via email.

On January 3, 2012 I resigned my position as Director of Elections for Harnett County, NC. I am extremely proud of the progress and accomplishments made to the voting procedures and polling places in Harnett County over the last eleven and a half years. I am especially proud that the Board of Election’s Office has always been operated in a fair, efficient and non-partisan manner during my tenure.

Unfortunately, recent actions of the North Carolina General Assembly made it impossible for me to continue as Director of Elections as speaking publicly about candidates or issues appearing on the ballot is prohibited. In September, the legislature passed a bill requiring a referendum be placed on the May, 2012 primary ballot defining marriage as a “union between a man and a woman”. I cannot and will not be a party to such actions.

Editorial page round-up on Tea Party Midnight Madness

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD COLUMN: Thom Tillis picks a fight with newspapers -- So it turns out the Speaker doesn’t like how “midnight madness” at the General Assembly was portrayed in newspapers this week. “Tomorrow will be the last day I receive the Charlotte Observer at home after nearly 14 years. I decided if the Charlotte Observer is going to reduce itself to being a liberal blog, I'll just read it online like I do ProgressNC, BlueNC, and the like. They are all kind of like road kill--you try not to look at, you do anyway, then you regret it,” House Speaker Thom Tillis in his Facebook message.
MEDIA DISRUPTED COLUMN: Thom Tillis: “Cancel my subscription!” --  -- How a leading member of the House thinks he can effectively represent the concerns of his constituents when he doesn’t read the paper serving those constituents is beyond me. No Google alert will cover everything the Observer writes about. But I’m sure that Rep. Tillis has that covered. After all, he learned somewhere that drug testing for people on public assistance was a good idea.
ROCKY MOUNT TELEGRAM: GOP lawmakers break transparency pledge -- N.C. House Republicans may or may not have violated the state constitution in convening a middle-of-the-night session to override a veto by Gov. Bev. Perdue. But they certainly violated the pledge they made last year when they took control of the N.C. General Assembly to bring more transparency to the legislative branch.
GREENVILLE DAILY REFLECTOR: Late-night vote wrong -- Fighting on behalf of public schools apparently has a political cost, as the Republican-led General Assembly demonstrated with its despicable early-morning action to punish members of the N.C. Association of Educators. By orchestrating a veto override in the dark of night, House Speaker Thom Tillis successfully retaliated against the teachers organization as he pledged in June he would do.
SALISBURY POST: Seeing through a surprise vote in NC House -- Nothing good happens after midnight. Not for teenagers. And not for surprise sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly. Leaders who spring crucial votes when some members are conveniently absent make a mockery of democracy. Many are justifiably angry following the state House’s actions last week.
FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Payback: GOP plays the stealth game well -- When (GOP) House leaders failed to find the votes to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of their repeal of the Racial Justice Act, they would not be denied the blood they wanted to draw.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER COLUMN: The familiar call of the arrogant -- Because we can. Do you recognize that? It's the call of the arrogant, the powerful - or at least those who believe themselves to be. It's the explanation we get from people who don't think they need to explain themselves, and last week we heard it in words and in deeds from those who've forgotten whom they serve. In Raleigh, House Republicans held an after-midnight veto override vote early Thursday without giving the public notice - unless, possibly, you happened to be on the General Assembly website at 12:15 a.m. It was a vote Republicans could have held on any morning or afternoon and achieved the same result, yet they inexplicably decided to invite criticism by doing it with the stars shining down. … We've come to expect the contempt our elected officials show us, and we too often fulfill their expectation that we'll shake our docile heads and do little else. But history is also filled with voters who rise together in protest, and with politicians who learn they had less of a mandate than they thought - as Thom Tillis might understand if he someday runs for statewide office.
RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER COLUMN: Midnight in the legislature -- Last week, the Republican legislature convened a post-midnight special session for the sole purpose of gut-punching one of their foes - the N.C. Association of Educators.

When you find yourself in a situation where everyone thinks you're wrong, you probably are, and should apologize. Thom Tillis, on the other hand, is digging in his heels. What a guy.

Thom Tillis, NC Speaker of the House, says liberal blogs are "like road kill"

The world according to Thom Tillis, Tea Party Republican Speaker of the North Carolina House.

Tomorrow will be the last day I receive the Charlotte Observer at home after nearly 14 years. I decided if the Charlotte Observer is going to reduce itself to being a liberal blog, I'll just read it online like I do ProgressNC, BlueNC, and the like. They are all kind of like road kill. You try not to look at, you do anyway, then you regret it.


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