Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 10:48am

In today's mile-a-minute world, illusion is often more compelling than reality. That's certainly the case with Daddy Berger's political stunt yesterday, in which he single-handedly wrapped North Carolina pundits around his middle finger. Even Thomas Mills seems to have gotten caught up in the fantasy.

So far, I’ve disagreed with almost everything Phil Berger’s done and I probably will in the future. However, I believe that as a state and nation we need to have both sides listening to each other instead of demonizing each other. I hope that Senator Berger is sincere. After steering the state hard to the right, it’s time for somebody to bring it back to the middle.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 7:41am

From BlueNC's national desk, a blog post by Lt. Col. Robert Bateman.

I am coming home. I need to be there and be part of the solution. Moms Demand Action is getting some traction, but they can use the lean-in of a few U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Rangers. I am only sorry that I did not stand up to this threat to our nation before. I am sorry. I was busy.

I have been overseas in Afghanistan and in NATO nations for half a decade while the insanity of the National Rifle Association expanded and exploded, and the NRA became, essentially, the tool of death in the United States. They made mass killings normal.

Well done, NRA. But this shit is too much.

Here's hoping an army of other active duty officers and enlisted rise up to take this on.

James Protzman
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

open thread
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:01am

An interesting test of wills coming up. So many town and county leaders in North Carolina have long worn their right-wing credentials like badges of honor. Now that the GOP in Raleigh is stomping all over their local authority, will mayors and county commissioners continue to support them, or are we reaching another tipping point?

The governing mob believes that when it comes to North Carolina affairs, all the wisdom resides in Raleigh, more accurately, in themselves. And they believe this even though four short years ago, and for the 110 years or so before that, they were the biggest proponents of letting local governments run local affairs in this state minus interference from Raleigh.

Paul O'Connor
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 5:15pm

Anyone observing politics these days will have noticed the razor sharp edge of debate around the release of Bowe Bergdahl. I believe this debate is leading to a tipping point about the insanity of the radical right in general, and the Republican party in particular. With madness going mainstream, average people are shaking their heads and wondering, WTF is going on here?

Only two months ago, Republican leaders were singing the praises of Bergdahl, rightly calling for action to get him released. But now, in the throes of a smear campaign that rivals the swiftboating of John Kerry, these same leaders are accusing Bergdahl of desertion, treason, and worse. Some are even calling for Obama's impeachment because of his handling of Bergdahl's release.

ncgop Thom Tillis
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 3:03pm

Is this really the best guy the Republican party in North Carolina could come up with? Poor Senior Berger. His son is a hot-head with poor judgment. Gotta be an embarrassment.

Phil Berger Jr.
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 11:21am

Thom Tillis and Phil Berger have just sucker-punched North Carolina, again.

North Carolina’s new tax code results in taxpayers at the lowest end of the income spectrum, with income of $17,000 or less, paying around 9.5 percent of their annual income in total state and local taxes while taxpayers at the upper end, with income of $345,000 or more, pay about 5.5 percent of their annual income in total state and local taxes.

See more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/14/report-documents-great-tax-shi...

ncgop tax reform
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 1:13pm

Hey North Carolina. You've been screwed again.

Taxpayers are expected to contribute $90 million over that same period. That’s if Gov. Pat McCrory’s request to transfer 67 positions and an estimated $18 million next year to the new group from the Commerce Department is endorsed by lawmakers in budget negotiations. Draft legislation had initially put the group on the hook to raise $10 million from private sources immediately, but the language endorsed by House and Senate committees will lower that to $6 million over five years, a move that Republican sponsors is more realistic for a startup group.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 8:58am

Listen up, asshole. Your career as a fancy consultant and squeaker of the NC House in no way qualifies you to even have an opinion about what our Commander in Chief is doing in military matters. And just because ALEC gave you some convenient talking points doesn't mean you have to use them.

Thom Tillis
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 12:55pm

Thomas Mills as been on a tear lately, this time with a definitive review of the performance of our hapless Deputy Assistant Governor. The piece is call "Remembering McCrory" and it's a doozie.

The episode highlights a lot of McCrory’s problems as governor. First, McCrory has trouble telling the truth, or at least sticking to his positions. Second, it reminds us that the senate is trying to transfer two large and essential agencies to an executive branch already under fire for managerial incompetence and instability. Finally, the whole affair reminds us that the senate is driving and directing state government while McCrory is little more than a ribbon-cutter.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 8:46am

McCrory could have found a worse candidate to entrust with millions of taxpayer dollars, but it would have been hard. This is just unbelievable.

Dick Lindenmuth, the Raleigh businessman and “change agent” selected to steer the McCrory administration’s privatization of the state’s job recruitment efforts came into the high-profile job with no economic development background and a checkered work history.

Great job of reporting from NC Policy Watch.

Pat McCrory