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Luddy to build more (private) schools

Choosy parents choose Luddy(TM) brand schools:

At an event today in Apex, Luddy will offer details of a technology and science concentration - to be called the Luddy Institute of Technology - to be featured at his planned high schools. Land has already been purchased in Apex and Rolesville for the new schools, which will serve grades 6-12, and the existing schools will educate children from kindergarten through fifth grade, Luddy said.

Um, didn't Wake County just purchase land in Rolesville for a new high school? Future breaking story: "School board votes to suspend plans for new school in Rolesville, citing lack of demand."

Thoughts on power and pragmatism

This diary is partially in response to a discussion/debate brewing on another thread and partially a reflection of a conversation I had with my older son the other day (he actually does exist, and is not some imaginary companion or rhetorical vehicle I've invented to facilitate my ramblings ;)).

For the purposes of this discussion, we'll look at power. Power to make your voice heard, power to change the way people think about issues, power to exert influence over those who craft public policy, etc. Does squeezing into the big tent of the Democratic Party give you more power than standing outside? (I was going to add "in the rain", but that might be deemed prejudicial). Does compromise really achieve anything, or does it merely serve to erode whatever power you (could have) had?

The Puppetmaster responds to Ford article

Reaffirming the Foundation's policy of misdirection:

Now is the time for a robust, open, public policy debate on how to reform and improve state government. Instead, N&O editorial page editor Steve Ford, in his Sept. 5 column "Money and rhetoric from the right," complained bitterly and maligned businessmen, such as myself, for supporting nonpartisan independent public policy organizations such as the Civitas Institute and the John Locke Foundation, and citizen groups such as Americans for Prosperity. One of the nicer things Ford said about AFP's over 50,000 volunteer activists in North Carolina was that they were a "rough crowd," that attempts to stoke fear and loathing.

I guess "open public policy debate" means sending fliers to people's homes that tell lies about the votes of legislators.

Burr funded by Texas scam artists

Talk about adding insult to injury:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged TaxMasters and Chief Executive officer Patrick Cox with violating the state's consumer protections law, after receiving more than 1,000 complaints from customers who said they had been deceived or lost money.

Cox and Alex Clamon, the company's vice president, both donated $4,800 to Burr's re-election campaign during a Houston fundraiser in February, reports Rob Christensen. They have also contributed to many other Republican candidates.

Screwed twice with nary a hug to show for it...

Raleigh's high-speed rail imbroglio

Raleigh's leaders likely squirming in their seats today:

The city council in North Carolina's capital could soon make its feelings known on proposals for high-speed rail in town.

The council could decide at a Tuesday meeting whether to endorse one of two proposed routes for high-speed passenger trains, or to urge more study.

Five bucks says "urge more study" wins the day. ;)

p.s. Sorry about the use of the word "imbroglio", but it popped into my head and demanded recognition.

Alamance GOP confused about "non-partisan" definition

Newsletter contains detailed technical descriptions about judicial candidates:

“Judge Wayne Abernathy is the only conservative candidate in the race. Please consider voting for Judge Wayne Abernathy and Judge Wayne Abernathy only,” Simpson wrote in an August newsletter to party faithful. “There’s not a dime worth of difference between the two Obama Democrats, but Judge Wayne Abernathy is the conservative choice that I hope you will consider voting for.”

It's "dime's worth", Robert. If you're going to use quaint vernacular to beef up your redneck creds, at least get it right.

Happy Birthday, collective bargaining

In the latter part of the 19th Century, a new voice erupted in the public sphere: that of the worker. That voice shook the foundations of many a mansion, whose inhabitants realized the previously meek laborers who provided the backbone of their personal empires were beginning to grow a backbone of their own, and big changes were just over the horizon.

Resistance to this change was predictable, and our government was drafted by the powerful industrialists in an effort to crush the movement in its infancy. The resulting clash was nothing short of horrific. Blood was shed, lives were lost. But something else happened, too: visible and irrefutable evidence emerged that acting collectively brought power to those who had none by themselves. And that power could change everything.

Another editorial refutes Real Jobs NC

In defense of our business climate:

The website for Real Jobs NC, which is seeking to toss out alleged Democratic spendthrifts and replace them with virtuous Republicans, declares that “North Carolina is currently rated as having one of the worst tax environments for business in the Southeast.”

If that's so, why has Site Selection magazine – whose subscribers are corporate executives who make decisions about where to locate plants – ranked North Carolina at or near the top of the list of states with the best business climate for nine years running? We must be doing something right.

AFP attack bus shifts into gear, N&O slams brakes. Your chance to take action.

The N&O's Steve Ford blasts Pope and the Koch Brothers:

There has to be a certain irony in a group bankrolled by some of the country's wealthiest business types - people with a vested financial interest in low taxes and limp-wristed regulation - using the working man and woman's annual holiday as a springboard for its anti-government agenda.

Americans for Prosperity has as a national director none other than the ubiquitous Art Pope of Raleigh, head of Variety Wholesalers (owners of Roses, Maxway, Super 10 and other bargain-oriented retail chains). Pope, one-time GOP legislator and candidate for lieutenant governor, hardly needs an introduction these days as the kingpin behind the libertarian/conservative John Locke Foundation and Civitas Institute.

Oh, it's dripping with irony, but I'm afraid that escapes most people.

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