Moffitt and Turner met at Travinia restaurant in Biltmore Park about 3 p.m. on Feb. 24. King, who has touted the fact that he has friends on both sides of the political aisle, acted as a go-between and was also at the table. The meeting was ostensibly a pre-campaign get-together for the two candidates to say hello.
But over an appetizer and iced tea – sweet for Turner, unsweetened for Moffitt – Moffitt asked Turner to withdraw from the race. Turner declined. The conversation continued, with Moffitt suggesting that Turner might fulfill a desire to serve the state through some other state job, according to sources familiar with the meeting. (Turner resigned his job as a vice chancellor at UNC Asheville to challenge against Moffitt, his first run for political office.) Moffitt went on to say that third-party groups he couldn’t control would “nuke” Turner and his family, according to the sources. Turner is married and has a daughter.
This is so far over the line I don't even know where to begin. The Republican leadership should ask for his resignation long before November's Election rolls around and, if they don't, the voters of the 116th District should reject Moffitt's extremely anti-democratic approach to keeping his seat. And no, I don't expect either of those things to happen, but it's nice to dream of a not-crazy world sometimes.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:30pm
At issue here with the State Democratic Party is no longer a matter of personality clashes or competing party ideologies. The core problem of the struggling NCDP is a lack of leadership. I am convinced that Chairman Voller is a nice guy. I have talked with him one on one and have listened to him speak. I am convinced that he genuinely cares for the party and the people in it. If all it took to be in charge was a winning personality Jimmy Carter would have won a second term and John Kerry would be a former President instead of current Secretary of State.
In documents filed in court and with the state charter school office, Mack, vice chair Jennifer Winstel and consultants hired by the StudentFirst board say Handford overstaffed the school, put family members on the payroll, failed to pay bills and document expenses, arranged big raises for herself and Moss, and let the school fall into academic disarray.
“Once operations were underway, we met monthly and received glowing reports from the school’s leaders – reports that we would later discover were mischaracterizations at best and outright fabrications at worst,” Mack wrote in his Feb. 19 response to Medley.
The court case is shaping up to be a big hot mess, but there's no doubt the financial stability of the school is in jeopardy. And the way the Legislature has designed oversight for these entities, taxpayers have very little control over how their money is spent.
Gov. Pat McCrory says his staff will consider making changes to a new law that offers raises to top teachers who give up tenure rights.
“I think it’s an example of passing a policy without clearly understanding the execution,” McCrory said.
McCrory says his staff will review the impact of the law between now and the short session in May. “I share some of the concerns expressed based on the implementation of the rule. The intent of the rule is very good -- the implementation process needs to be more clarified,” he said.
No, the intent of the rule is the root of the problem, not the implementation. The intent is to tear down the ranks of experienced teachers so they can be replaced by less-expensive and less-experienced rookies. And with those new teachers continuously worried about their short-term contracts, they're less likely to complain about having no new books or other needed materials. It's a policy of destruction, plain and simple, and it needs to be reversed.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:51am
Last week, news outlets covered the tearful statement by Kentucky's attorney general where he said he could not defend that state's ban on gay marriage. Meanwhile, as NC's Amendment One is challenged in court, our own attorney general has remained silent.
Will you join the attorney general of Kentucky, Mr. Cooper, and do the right thing? Or will liberals be too embarrassed to cast a vote for you in the governor's race in 2016?
Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 5:58pm
Via e-mail from NCDP Headquarters:
MEDIA ADVISORY: NCDP STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING
WHAT: The State Executive Council Meeting of the North Carolina Democratic Party will meet on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm to discuss Party business. This meeting was announced on February 24, 2014 and all Council members have received notice.
DURING THE MEETING THE COUNCIL WILL ENTER EXECUTIVE SESSION, WHICH WILL BE CLOSED TO THE MEDIA AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. ONLY MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND LEGAL COUNSEL FOR NCDP WILL BE PERMITTED ACCESS AT THAT POINT. MEDIA AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC WILL BE PERMITTED ACCESS DURING THE OPEN PORTIONS OF THE MEETING.
WHERE: GUILFORD COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY HEADQUARTERS 2300 West Meadowview Road, Suite 110 (Wrightsville Building), Greensboro, NC 27407
Where (apparently) three mystery candidates will be voted on for Executive Director. Hopefully the EC has had a chance to vet these individuals. If not, another shitstorm is approaching...
Start watching at the 1:30 mark, where you'll find something like this:
We've cut corners for years to barely comply with environmental regulations, including coal ash. Now that the jig is up, we're going to pass the full cost of fixing the problems to you consumers. You've already paid once for us to put the ash in sub-standard holding ponds, and now you're going to pay again for us to move the mess somewhere else. Don't forget. We're Duke Energy. We own your deputy assistant governor, and we own this state. Get used to it.
Over the months ahead, it's almost certain that Duke Energy will find itself appealing to the North Carolina Supreme Court. There they'll find a friend they can count on, Justice Paul Newby, who is one of their wholly owned subsidiaries. It's a sick and sad affair that should be of grave concern to anyone in interested in justice. Facing South has the story.
It was the spring of 2013, and lawmakers were busy drafting more than 1,700 bills, including a handful that had big implications for companies that manage homeowners associations and condominiums. At the same time, a group called Alliance for Better Communities, which is bankrolled by property management companies, gave four donations totaling $51,000 to a nonprofit closely tied to Republican state House leaders.
There's a lot more to this sordid tale, but (as is almost always the case) the people slinging money around were able to do so legally. Proving once again, there's often a huge difference between "legal" and "ethical."
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