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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:13am

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:36am

North Carolina Republicans put ideology above lives

Letting people die to prove a point.

A week after Portia Gibbs’s death, Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal began a 15-day, 273-mile walk to Washington to draw attention to the outrage in Belhaven, which he blames on the combination of an “immoral” hospital operator and the failure of Republican leaders in his state to accept the new Medicaid funding the hospital needed to stay afloat.

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 7:21pm

That would be $36 million of your hard-earned tax dollars, North Carolina. Thanks for nothing, Pat.

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:44am
Will Pat McCrory veto the budget bill?:
Pat McCrory veto
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Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 9:15am

'Living on Water' comes to life (Martinsville Bulletin) -- Yolanda Brown’s favorite part of the “Living on the Water” Festival on Saturday at the Virginia Museum of Natural History was seeing world-champion sand sculptor Alan Matsumoto carving a 7-foot-tall whimsical work. “This is amazing. Look at the hair. Look at the (details) on in,” said Brown, of Martinsville, as she admired Matsumoto sculpting King Neptune, god of the sea in Roman mythology, playing cards with a mermaid. It will contain the words, “Go Fish.” … Brian Williams, program manager in Martinsville/Henry County for the Dan River Basin Association, gave a talk about the Duke Energy coal ash spill and its aftermath called “Heartbreak on the Dan.” During his talk and in an interview, he expressed concerns that only a small fraction of the coal ash that went into the Dan River has been removed, that flooding might stir up remaining coal ash and sediment, and that environmental damage, including marine and wildlife damage, may occur. “The river is not back to normal,” Williams said. “The river is not cleaned up. It’s never going to be cleaned up. How do you live with it?”

Daily dose
James @
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 7:33am

This one takes the cake: The decision to reduce protections for Jordan Lake, while spending millions on a Rube Goldberg contraption that might or might not make matters worse.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:27am

More Walking Mayor news. Good to see someone in NC doing the right thing for a change.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 9:40am

Bill Maher has a new website up called Flip a district. Renee Ellmers is in the number three spot.

Renee Ellmers
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:14am

The GOP swarmed into Raleigh in 2012 with promises of efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. They swept up super-majorities in both houses, assuring voters that the days of back-room wheeling and dealing would be long gone. Big government had run its course, local control was the order of the day, and magical tax cuts on the rich would cure all of our economic woes. What a difference two years makes.