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Open Letter to sponsors of HB147

Recently, three GOP assemblymen have concocted HB147, which proposes--among other things--a constitutional amendment that would give voters a chance to repeal Article I, Section 4 of the North Carolina Constitution. Article I, Section 4 prohibits NC from seceding from the USA. The assemblymen are Michael Speciale of New Bern, George Cleveland of Jacksonville, and Larry Pittman of Concord.

This is an open letter to these assemblymen, raising questions about HB147.

Dear Assemblymen Speciale, Cleveland, and Pittman:

GOP's Voter ID law: Myth vs. fact

THE MYTH: The many changes and restrictions in the so-called Voter ID law are aimed at limiting voter impersonation and assuring public confidence in our elections.

THE FACTS: No, that is not their aim. Instead, they are about making it more likely that Republicans will win elections by making it harder for people who support Democrats to vote.

NC's GOP on limited government & local control: Myth vs. fact

THE MYTH: Republicans typically believe that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to decisions by big government and, therefore, local control is better than big-government.

THE FACTS: Actions by the GA and the McCrory administration contradict these professed beliefs. The following are only a few examples of this glaring disparity:

NC's GOP blames Medicaid: Myth vs. fact

[Updated based on new information.]

THE MYTH: Medicaid costs are the reason the GA and Governor denied school teachers their pay-step increases from 2009 to 2013, kept their pay raise at 1.2% in 2012, denied them a pay raise in 2013, and suppressed the pay raise for 30-year veteran teachers to 0.29% in 2014.

Support for public education in NC: Myth vs. fact

[Updated based on new information.]

THE MYTH: Spending for public schools was increased by the GA and Governor McCrory.

THE FACTS: No, it was not. In 2012 they spent a $100 million less than NC’s Office of Management and Budget, headed then by arch-conservative Art Pope, told lawmakers it would take to keep schools funded at the same level as the previous year.(1)

GOP's treatment of the unemployed & working poor in NC: Myth vs. fact

THE MYTH: Major cutbacks since the Great Recession in assistance to the unemployed and the working poor are designed to create more jobs for low-income families.

THE FACTS: The cutbacks involve no such goals or results. Instead, they are designed to reward corporate campaign-donors and pander to ideological extremists.

GOP tax cuts in North Carolina: Myth vs. fact

This blog is the first in an 8-part series on the myths and the facts about changes to North Carolina made by the GOP since 2010. (Subsequent parts in the series will appear about every three or four days and will be linked to previous parts in the series.) The purpose of the blogs in the present election year is to offer readers information and talking-points supported by factual evidence and documentation from sources that are reputable and available to the public.

[Updated based on new information.]

Trump's Inadvertent Warning

In his recent interview with FOX's Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump responded as follows to her question about whether or not he has regrets:

"Uh, absolutely I have regrets. I don't think I want to discuss what the regrets are, but absolutely. ... But overall, I have to be very happy with the outcome [of my conduct]. And I think if I didn't conduct myself in the way I've done it, I don't think I would have been successful, actually. If I were soft, if I were, you know, 'presidential'."

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