James @
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:51am

Mr. Mills offers a smart column today that touches on the fundamental problem with McCrory and the GOP-led General Assembly. Their austerity plan is not only doing nothing to help North Carolina, it's actually dragging us down with every passing day.

While McCrory and Company are bragging about a “Carolina Comeback,” North Carolina’s recovery is slower than more than 60% of the states. We still have almost 75,000 fewer jobs today than we did when the recession began. And our population is one of the fastest growing the nation.

Thomas Mills
James @
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 8:08am

Lot of news today, with the hurricane and all. Seems like everybody wants to get in on the action. And while the drama continues on the coast, don't forget the drama that's continuing in Raleigh, where the honorables have already racked up $150,000 in overtime for their extended "short session."

SHORT SESSION – DAY 51; Overtime 3 $150,000
NC lawmakers scaling back for July 4, budget talks (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly is scaling back its regular business schedule due to the July 4 holiday and the ongoing budget talks.

Much more below the fold.

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James @
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 7:39am

It's never a good thing for North Carolina when Pat McCrory hits the national news, as he did today in a New York Times story about Hurricane Arthur. At a moment when people would normally look to elected leaders for reassurance and calm, Mr. McCrory delivered none-of-the-above.

“Don’t put your stupid hat on,” Gov. Pat McCrory, who declared emergencies for 25 counties, said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

McCrory must be spending too much time with Thom Tillis. Stupid hat? Big-boy pants? Get a room, guys. You're embarrassing yourselves, and us too.

Pat McCrory
James @
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 5:44pm

A press release, via Carolina Mercury on Facebook. Very glad to see the Southern Environmental Law Center taking it to the McCrory administration for their criminal negligence involving coal ash.

Clean Water Act Violations from Coal Ash Noticed on Three North Carolina Rivers

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Southern Environmental Law Center today gave notice to Duke Energy and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources that it plans to enforce the federal Clean Water Act to clean up coal ash pits on the Cape Fear, Neuse, and Yadkin Rivers. The notices were filed on behalf of Cape Fear River Watch, Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation, Yadkin Riverkeeper, and Waterkeeper Alliance. The notices address coal ash pollution and dam safety issues at Duke Energy’s Cape Fear plant (Cape Fear River), Lee plant (Neuse River), and Buck plant (Yadkin River).

James @
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 7:52am

It's an ugly, sad story.

Until Republicans took control, the state had long been known as an outpost of Southern progressivism. This year’s elections may indicate whether the state’s shift to the hard right is in step with most voters.

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James @
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 3:27pm

And it's a winner.

James @
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 8:17am
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James @
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 6:40pm

In the spirit of "give them all the rope they want," I'm kind of excited about the Hobby Lobby decision today. Not only does it tilt the balance in favor of more women voting in November, but it also will speed the emergence of a single-payer system of healthcare in America.

You can't have this sort of idiocy happening and expect average people to sit by and take it.

And even though Thom Tillis has put a happy face on his #hobbylobby Twitter posts, the strategist in him is surely grinding his teeth in despair. Tillis already had a big hill to climb to win women's votes, and now that big hill is looking like Mt. Everest.

Women are watching, Mr. Tillis. And women are pissed. It won't be long before it's payback time, and that will be an awesome thing to watch.

Thom Tillis
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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:56am

Thomas Mills has a good post up today, analyzing recent polling data to see just what Thom Tillis is up against in his bid to oust Kay Hagan. We all knew Tillis would have a hard time recovering from his War on Women, and now Mr. Mills has the numbers to confirm it.

The Republican Revolution that Tillis ran on in the primary never had broad support. It satisfied the corporate North Carolina and tried to mollify the social conservatives and Tea Partiers. In the process, it alienated women and left our public schools, community colleges, and universities hurting. Now, Tillis is beginning to reap what he sowed.

Now all we need to do it work to make sure those women turn out in droves this November. Something tells me they're going to do just that.

Which should also be good news for Robin Hudson.

Thom Tillis
James @
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 7:48am

An appalling story in the New York Times today shows exactly what happens when fracking interests move in, a harsh preview of things to come here in North Carolina. Between slack regulation, a lack of property rights, trickle-up economics, and gag-rules, we've laid the same foundation they have in Texas. Poverty digs in. Just what we need.

And though the boom has helped produce fortunes for some and comfortable lives for many, for others it exists within a rural landscape of unpaved streets without garbage pickup, where few dare to drink the tap water because it tastes and smells like chlorine.