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The Micromanaged Life

Dear NCGA,
I usually make decisions on my own but as you seem to have the answer for everything that ails North Carolina, I thought I’d seek your advice on a few things.

It’s raining this morning, what should I wear? Should I take an umbrella with me? And should I take lunch or eat out?

Another Reason to Vote Democratic

The hard right doesn’t want to govern, they want to rule. And they want to rule right now.

One of the millions of articles on the resignation of Speaker John Boehner commented that:

Boehner’s tormentors refused to accept the limits of his political power.

They refuse to accept the limits of his political power.

Losing Faith in our Courts

America's judicial system is no longer interested in the common man.

I believe I've mentioned here before something I read many years ago and can no longer find. A statement that said,

Americans will take a lot of abuse from their legislative officials and from their executive as long as they can trust their court system. But when Americans lose trust in the judicial system, watch out, because the revolution is coming.

Another Ed Bill Reappears

Another Education issue is back.

SB 524 will be heard in the House Committee on Rules on Monday.
The bill came up earlier in the session, and apparently, went on vacation for a while. Now it is back.

Charter schools, #NCGA,

The Senate has gutted House Bill 539 and replace it with their own language. This bill will now take even more money away from traditional public schools and give it to charter schools. Please note, this will require counties to give part of their capital funding for school facilities to charter schools. This is a big, big change.

SEX is back, at ‪#‎NCGA‬!!

Sex Education, that is. They just can't keep their hands off of it.

Now that I have your attention, a new addition to SB279 would allow anyone who calls themselves an expert to approve sex ed curricula-meaning ANYTHING could be taught. It could be written by James Dobson's Focus on the Family or your Great Aunt Rose.

Once again, teach lies and call it education. This opens the door to Abstinence Only, or any kind of erroneous information a school or district finds their parents are comfortable with.

Sunday Sermon

Expansion of Medicaid is one way we, as individuals and as a body politic, respect the sanctity of human life by making sure all God's children get the medical care they need. Appropriate medical care makes an individual stronger and in doing so, makes America stronger as a whole. Stronger, healthier people learn more, work harder, are better able to take care of their own children and lead more productive lives.

Keeping NC Blue

Thomas Mills has it right. For North Carolina Democrats, the time to run for election in 2016 is NOW.

And the old ways of Dems getting elected to office has to change. Why? Because the times have changed and what worked in the 90s, and 80s, and 70s is no longer effective.

Unexpected Budget Treasures: The Rocks

Curious. This past spring, out of nowhere, New Hanover Sen Michael Lee filed SB 160, a bill to remove "The Rocks," from across the southern tip of the barrier islands at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. This bill passed the Senate but stalled out in the House. It was then inserted into the budget (HB 97).

What are The Rocks?

The Army Corps of Engineers says The Rocks are the “best ever” project conducted by its South Atlantic Division. The Rocks have been referred to as a dam, a giant breakwater, and a jetty, and were built to close up what was called New Inlet. New Inlet was a break in a barrier island at the mouth of the Cape Fear created by a big storm in 1761. (Yes, that’s actually 1761.) Today, we see this kind of inlet appear across Hatteras when a storm comes through and creates a new opening for water to move between the ocean and the sound.

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