James @
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:11pm

Day Three of the Great GOP Voter Suppression Trial took place in Winston-Salem today, and you get the scoop, courtesy of Kelly Fetty at Digital Journal. Looks like it was a grueling day to be Charles Stewart III, an expert witness for the good guys.

Defense Attorney Thomas Farr cross-examined Stewart for nearly two hours. Farr attacked Stewart's characterization of voters as "sophisticated" or "unsophisticated" based on education and income.

Farr asked Stewart if Stewart regarded African American voters as "unsophisticated."

"Isn't that a racial stereotype, Dr. Stewart?" Farr asked.

James @
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:26am

But hey, why listen to an expert geologist when you can listen to a full-of-baloney ideologue like Andrew Brock?

Paul Thayer has a pretty good idea what the Davie shale basin holds. After all, the 6-mile wide by 4-6-mile long shale basin was the subject of his dissertation for his doctorate in geology from UNC Chapel Hill, making him the only geologist around who has studied it extensively. Asked to weigh in on a proposal for the state to pay for test drilling in the basin, Thayer delivered a blunt response: “My take is, No. 1, that would be a total waste of taxpayer money,” said Thayer, now a professor emeritus of geology at UNC Wilmington. “It’s a pie-in-the-sky thing.”

James @
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 8:54am

It happens dozens of times every day in America, and this time it happened in Vance County, North Carolina. An 11-year-old kid killed his grandfather after the grandfather shot the kid's daddy (his own son). Isn't it great that we have this kind of freedom!

I'm hoping America's gun fetishists will eventually exterminate each other and leave the rest of us alone. Unfortunately, they seem to have a propensity for killing bystanders and kids. More misery to follow shortly.

James @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 6:03pm

BlueNC has been on the trail of Art Pope for a decade, watching with alarm his steady rise to power and influence. Unable to win his race for lieutenant governor, he took his ball, went home, and decided to buy the government for chump change. You might argue that all the attention we've focused on Mr. Pope has been a waste of time, since he got exactly what he wanted all along. And you'd have a point.

But there's another point too. Unless and until the public is made painfully aware of undue influence, that influence will never dissipate.

Harry Reid's doing it.
The Institute for Southern Studies is doing it.
And so are we.

Art Pope
James @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 2:47pm

Stage manager John Hood took to the pages of the Wall Street Jourinal recently, with a crafty column about the so-called Carolina Comeback. Too bad the whole piece was full of bull, designed to prop up the catastrophic failure of his boss's economic policies. Thankfully, Dean Baker slogs through the miasma, so we don't have to.

James @
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:28am

As I said yesterday, if Mayor Pat were running North Carolina like a business, he would have fired Aldona Wos for incompetence a year ago.

(McCrory) needs to fire Wos and recruit and keep experienced and talented staff. He also needs to end the practice of no-bid contracts that Wos has made a staple of DHHS and has led to wasted dollars on incompetent hires.

Lots of people have called for Wos to be fired, but it isn't going to happen. McCrory needs access to her pocketbook to fund his next campaign.

Aldona Wos
James @
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 8:58pm

I've been looking for news about the nature of arguments and the judge's demeanor related to the Voter Suppression case heard in WS today. Have come up dry except for this one story on BradBlog.


Anybody know anything worth sharing?

James @
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:45am

Yesterday We completed the last phase of incorporating ourselves. Today the world celebrates!


James @
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 12:43pm

The N&O has some excellent reporting this weekend on Mr. McCrory's Magnificent Medicaid Meltdown, which is underway right now in North Carolina. If you've been wanting to understand what's going on with Medicaid, and why, this article should be your first stop.

As you read the story, two things will jump to mind. First, for all the mythology about Art Pope's financial acumen, he just another schmuck plugging made-up numbers into the state budget, all designed to create the illusion that McCrory knows what he's doing. And second, you'll learn that there are real and terrible costs associated with the so-called leadership of our Republican-led government. Under the crushing weight of Queen Aldona Wos, anybody who knows anything about Medicaid has abandoned ship, leaving DHHS hollowed out and completely dysfunctional.

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