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The search for Art Pope

The search committee to find the successor to UNC President Tom Ross has been announced. What characteristics were the Board of Governors seeking in search committee members? Perhaps knowledge of the university system, experience in recruiting top-level academics or knowledge about a presidential search process?

“You like to think that ideologies don’t matter because we’re all trying to find the very best leader for the university system, but in reality you do need a viewpoint of different ideologies in that process,” [Board of Governors vice chair Lou] Bissette said.

Quid pro tobacco

e-cigarettes are booming. States are trying to determine how this new product should be taxed, especially as it relates to tobacco products.

The NC GOP had this debate last year, and to no one's surprise, it was all about pay to play.

Months after state lawmakers agreed to apply a favorable tax rate to their e-cigarette products, Reynolds American Inc, the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., gave $50,000 to a nonprofit group affiliated with state House Republicans.

Stam the sham...or whatever you call it

Paul "Skip" Stam continues his war on the NC Education Lottery, but this time he's chosen to be completely incoherent in defending his latest bill.

“We said (to Senate leaders), ‘what are the parts that you did not object to, and we’ll put that in this bill,’” Stam said. “This was intended to sail through like a greased glove or whatever you call it.”

North Carolina's constitutional circus

After watching an unending string of their unconstitutional laws be obliterated by the courts, Tillisberger passed a law (itself unconstitutional) requiring lawsuits against their unconstitutional laws to be heard by a three-judge panel. They figured that this might, through some (ahem) "judicious" judge shopping, allow their unconstitutional laws to remain in force.

They never expected that Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory would get off his leash just long enough to file suit against one of their unconstitutional laws, and they surely didn't expect he'd win.

Pay to play Pat

Even with the leading "Deputy Assistant", the title "Governor" is wholly inappropriate for Pat McCrory. He doesn't govern; all he does is perpetually campaign.

There's the daily stream of spin, lies and propaganda, but perhaps the most disgusting of Pat's behaviors is his near constant fundraising. He knows the people with the cash, and he'll do most anything to get them to give a lot of that cash to him.

Creating a budget for the state of North Carolina is one of the most important acts of governing.

Tax cuts hurt education

"Duh!", you say...of course tax cuts hurt education. Not according to the NC GOP, of course, and they're doing their best to make sure that everyone hears their propaganda. But one voice recently spoke truth to power.

John Tate of Charlotte ended his 12 years on the State Board of Education on Thursday with a speech criticizing state tax cuts he said hurt public education.

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Ricky's back!

We all remember Little Ricky Diaz, the McCrony campaign hack who was rewarded with an $85,000 per year job that was not advertised and for which he was not qualified.

Being an opportunist, Ricky used that temporary gig as a springboard to go to Washington and be a communications hack for a Republican "strategy" firm.

But now Ricky's back in North Carolina! This time as a Republican party communications hack.

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