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"I'll have an order of lies. Oh yeah. Supersize it."

The 2020 races for governor and US Senator aren't the only statewide campaigns we should be watching. We also need to keep an eye on Mark Johnson, that state stuporintendent of public instruction. Johnson has proven himself to be a liar in the same vein as every other GOP leader in the country, and he's spending taxpayer dollars to sell his dishonest propaganda. WRAL breaks it down:

Mark Johnson says he wants North Carolinians – particularly the taxpayers who are parents of public school children – to have access to more information about how their money is used and what is being done to help learning. Johnson, the state superintendent of public instruction, appears to want us to understand how much our classroom teachers are being paid and how that compares with household incomes and wages other North Carolinians earn in their jobs. He wants to convince us he and other leaders are doing a good job of providing for public education.

The website database is part of a larger $6.4 million taxpayer-financed project. There is no breakout of the costs for Johnson’s “dashboard.” No matter the exact cost, in its current form, we’ve shelled out a lot of money for something that is so significantly misleading as to be worthless. The specific “facts” presented may be in and of themselves accurate. But they are displayed in a way that lies to and misleads North Carolinians. It must be fixed. Until that is done, the misleading and distorted information should be taken off line.

You'll find the whole WRAL story below. Read it and weep. For our country and for our state. We are being run by dishonest people, elected officials who would just as soon lie as breathe.

Is North Carolina Trump country?

Sometimes I can barely stand to be alive in this bizarro state of North Carolina, where otherwise thoughtful people seem to have lost their minds and morals. What I don't know is whether it's just my imagination. Is the NC GOP really that bad?

In one of his early campaign events, Joe Biden cautioned against painting the entire Republican party with the Trump tar brush. Biden says Trump himself is the problem, not the whole GOP. It's almost like he thinks Trump hypnotized everyone into being amoral traitors and liars. It's not really their fault? I can't quite buy it.

Rage

I was going to write about rage this morning, about the toll it takes when you're mad so much of the time. But when I looked up the definition, I found "uncontrollable anger."
Hmmmmm.

Is there such a thing as controllable anger? Can I borrow some?

Two-faced Thom Tillis flips on border wall funding

As you've probably heard by now, Thom Tillis is running scared. After he pissed off his rabid base by daring to stand up for the Constitution, he's now flipped and voted to support tRump's executive over-reach. What's the motivation? Looks like he's getting scared of being primaried by Mark Meadows. What a schmuck.

Name this politician

It seems like I’ve been running for office my whole life. I’m not really sure why, it’s just what I do. Maybe it's because of that goofy Tom Hanks movie.

Name this politician

I'm a policy wonk and consider that a good thing.

I think a lot about what government can do, and what it should do.

No matter what it does, however, government should be fair and competent.

I'm not your charismatic pretty face and I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth.

My accent gets more apparent the farther east I travel.

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