The last days of the Berger Empire:
"Machiavelli urged a style of cunning political manipulation that’s been embraced by Phil Berger and Tim Moore. Only that Machiavelli was shrewder." @SenatorBerger might still be King, but he'll have to play a little nicer. #FlipBerger #ncpol #ncgov #ncleg https://t.co/MFbIn5KvPs
— LetsTalkAboutPhil (@LetsTalkPhil) December 10, 2018
It will be interesting to see how they operate without absolute power...
— Progress NC Action (@ProgressNow_NC) December 17, 2018
While I understand Fletcher Hartsell might seem like a good poster boy for GOP campaign finance shenanigans, a much more appropriate photo would be of Ralph Hise, who just skated to another 2-year term. And is also much more likely to be the reason behind this proposed new law.
— The News & Observer (@newsobserver) December 17, 2018
F**k Berger, and the sway-backed mule he rode into town on. All he deserves is a lump of coal in his stocking. A lump of something, anyway...
Brent’s tweet conflates the Clause 4 criteria. The results needn’t be in doubt, only the “fairness”. Results simply must be shown to have been tainted. @MarkHarrisNC9 employing a felon who likely ran a staggering absentee ballot theft program seems to fit both. #ncpol #NC09 https://t.co/6dJ45xlQeV
— Tariq Smith (@TariqSmithNC) December 17, 2018
Brent gets a lot of things wrong, but it's never slowed him down.
Reviewer says NC must make important changes in order to meet settlement requirement for 3,000 community-based housing slots for adults with mental illness by July 1, 2021. https://t.co/P3Ym3wxcs9 #ncpol #ncgov #ncga #ncnews #avlnews #wncnews #truthseeker #investigativereporting pic.twitter.com/bkQm37U5u8
— CarolinaPublicPress (@CPublicPress) December 17, 2018
This needs more than a quick glance:
The placement of substantial numbers of North Carolinians with mental illness in adult care homes, as well as the uneven quality of care at those facilities despite state and county oversight continued to be a concern.
“(Adult care homes) continue to range from being well-maintained and inviting places to live to less-well-maintained homes that are not inviting,” Knisley wrote. “The less inviting homes are often loud, with many residents walking aimlessly up and down the halls, sitting in wheelchairs or in TV rooms, or outside sitting near the front door.”
She also noted specific concerns with the state’s oversight apparatus. Regional governmental agencies responsible for managing behavioral health services, called Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organizations or LME-MCOs, are responsible for investigating adult care home resident complaints about violations of their rights.
But Knisley reported that LMC-MCOs have consistently been finding complaints unsubstantiated. “None of the complainants reported being interviewed prior to the finding being considered unsubstantiated,” she wrote. “Without additional information regarding response to these complaints, the state cannot be found in compliance with this provision.”
Granted, some of those complainants are not competent enough to remember if they had been interviewed. But when *nobody* remembers being interviewed, that's not just an anomaly, it's pure negligence. Especially in the private sector mental health realm, you can't rely exclusively on clinicians and caregivers to provide unbiased reporting on their own actions. You just can't.
To paraphrase Jay-Z, “people lie - numbers don’t.” The numbers show that something very fishy happened this election in Bladen County.
This is *way* bigger than Harris or McCready. We have to get to the bottom of this. We have to get this right. #ncpol https://t.co/lsrpx7rK5z
— Rep. Chaz Beasley (@ChazBeasley) December 17, 2018
Roger that. The GOP is right about one thing: Election integrity is important. But it's not in-person voter fraud we need to worry about, it's front porch and living room fraud.
#UNC general counsel Mark Merritt is stepping down, after spending much time defending the @UNC trustees' proposal to build a $5 million history center to house #SilentSam, saying that was pretty much the only legal option. https://t.co/nZr8Kh9Gjw #ncpol #nced
— Lisa Philip (@LAPhilip) December 17, 2018
I still say you could bury good ol' Sam in the ground, on campus, and it would meet the criteria...
— Tim Boyum (@TimBoyumTV) December 17, 2018
What a relief. When I first saw reports of this, I was afraid they were getting all right-wingy. Which would mean I could no longer haz those heavenly chips & salsa, not to mention the Cajun Chicken Pasta. Or those little sliders...Dammit, now I'm hungry.
— Lauren Horsch (@LaurenHorsch) December 17, 2018
That's not helping! *sigh* Now I've got to get dressed, drive the tedious 3.7 miles to Chili's, explain to the nice girl (once again) that having a computer screen on my table is not nearly as "handy" as she thinks it is, try to avoid getting in a staring contest with that baby over there, wait until the waitress isn't watching so I can look at my IPhone without feeling like a hypocrite over my earlier comment about the computer screen...
The Butina 11: Meet the Russians ‘Handpicked’ for Trump Event @NCGOP @SenateGOP @HouseGOP @SenatorBurr @SenThomTillis @SenatorBerger @NCHouseSpeaker #ncga #ncpol @NRA https://t.co/l496TTJg5t
— innovIDrsrchr (@Band_Dad) December 17, 2018
Nice form. And she's holding the gun properly. Er, that wasn't me, it was Evil Steve. He's not as enlightened as I am...
— I.M Hydrogen (@ChuckGore2) December 18, 2018
Oh that's...unfortunate. And so is the juxtaposition of the cup in his hand...
$170m over 5 years, 93% of recipients go to religious schools where teachers are often unqualified to teach, and we have no way of measuring whether this expenditure is improving anyone’s life. What an incredibly irresponsible use of tax dollars. #nced #ncga #ncpol
— Justin Parmenter (@JustinParmenter) December 17, 2018
I hear you. But in the twisted mind of a Republican, an unqualified Christian teacher is greater than a secular teacher with a Master's degree. You just can't fix stupid, you have to remove it from power.
Pittenger Chief of Staff Jamie Bowers says out of the office messages are being setup to direct constituent concerns to Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr #NC09 #ncpol @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/TWLuy1tfUs
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) December 17, 2018
Yeah, you might as well just dig a hole in the ground and run the end of the phone line down there. At least those worms might listen.
On that depressing note, here's your Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 15, 2018
Yes, they are frightening. But most of them don't bite...