Party like it's 1999 Repubs!

Howard Coble's retirement dinner brought out a bunch of statewide and local GOP dignitaries even if it didn't bring in any big bucks

The High Point Enterprise was leaked a copy of the email and other information reported to be preliminary financial numbers on the event. The information was provided by an anonymous source.
The information provided a list of revenue generated totaling $13,000. But total expenses amounted to $17,296, according to preliminary accounting provided to the Enterprise. The expenses included the dinner, a band and use of a piano and printing of programs.

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Oh how they claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility, but they must not have learned their numbers.

More whining from Wos on Legislative oversight

And more high-dollar outside contracts:

Davis and DHHS Sec. Aldona Wos told lawmakers they have hired a consultant to help streamline the agency and help make budget forecasts more reliable. "We've got here another single-bid $3 million contract," Tucker said, expressing frustration that a large agency with thousands of staffers could not have found workers to do such a review.

Wos said that DHHS' staff has shrunk and didn't have the ability to both handle day-to-day tasks as well as plan for the future. "This was an example of success. if this was able to be done by the employees of DHHS over the past 14 years, it would have done," Wos said. She added, "We would love to be at our desk working but we are here to provide you with the information you requested."

Shorter version: "It's not my fault, it's your fault." Apparently Republicans in the NCGA don't understand how job evaluations amongst the 1% really work: you fuck up, you move up, and the more money you lose in mismanaging your organization, the bigger your bonus and golden parachute. I shouldn't have to explain these things.

When Thom Tillis calls the tune

Indyweek's Bob Geary does a great job cutting through the baloney to explain what's happening in the US Senate Republican primary. It's hard to summarize all the points, so go take a look and see for yourself.

Here are two highlights:

A "culture of corruption" surrounds Tillis and makes him unelectable, says Dr. Greg Brannon, the Cary obstetrician and tea party favorite who runs second to Tillis in most polls. Tillis ignores Brannon, who has ethical issues of his own. After a civil trial in February, a jury found that Brannon misled investors about a technology start-up and ordered him to repay $454,631.

The NC GOP's empty promise on teacher raises

At least snake-oil salesmen put a bottle of something in your hand after their spiel:

No doubt sensing that their attacks on public education – and public school teachers in particular – might backfire on Election Day, Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders grudgingly started flirting with pay hikes for some teachers. But now they seem to be backing up and denying the real cause of their retreat.

But here’s the rub on teacher pay. Thanks to the fact that the Republican giveaway will cost the state about $2.4 billion over five years in lost revenue – personal income tax withholdings are behind forecasts by $221 million – there’s not going to be enough money for an across-the-board teacher pay increase. The entire scenario is brought to you by inexperienced legislative leaders driven by something akin to the tea party ideology of little or no government and few if any taxes. They took a leap without calculating distance and speed and looking at what might be at the bottom.

And now McCrory is saying the raises will happen in 2015, in an effort to get the Republicans past that whole pesky election nonsense unscathed. If we let them get away with it, all it will do is reinforce the value of lying to the people, and 2015 will be even more of a kabuki theatre.

Sorry, Jordan Lake, we simply don't care

After a years-long effort to protect Jordan Lake, the NC GOP loons decided that we don't need no stinkin' anti-pollution rules. So Jordan Lake gets more polluted each day. As reported in multiple BlueNC posts, the NC GOP solution is to allow upstream polluters to continue to pollute while experimenting with expensive, ineffective automated water stirrers (stirring up the pollution will help, won't it?).

Hey, NC media outlets, what's going at in the NC DOT?

While no one was noticing, McCrory's hand-picked leader for the NC Department of Transportation, the controversial Tony Tata, reworked the formula for distributing funds for transportation projects around the state, shifting monies away from rural areas and guaranteed support for secondary roads.

Tata was profiled this month with kid gloves in the industry publication Government Technology, the only media outlet that's mentioned Tata's tenure in the job in much detail. There have been a couple of boneheaded goofs (here and here) by the NC DOT noted by BlueNC.

Ron Rabin stands with Cliven Bundy

One of our state senators stands with Cliven Bundy and he wants everyone to know.

So what does it mean to stand with Cliven Bundy? Here's what Right-wing Ron is standing with:

Breaking: McCrory pitches coal-ash smokescreen

There's a reason they call Pat McCrory the King of Coal Ash. He loves the stuff and is doing everything he can to protect Duke Energy's interests as the ash-pond debacle plays out. So instead of choosing the right thing (moving coal ash dumps away from rivers), he's developing a complex scheme to get away with doing the wrong thing (leaving it where it is).

Plus, watch out. When a greeder like John Skvarla uses his bully pulpit to call a citizen "sophomoric," you can be sure some good old-fashioned f*ck-you customer service won't be far behind.

WRAL has the story.

GOP redistribution of wealth in Watauga County

As always, J.W. is on top of the story:

Commissioners Nathan Miller, David Blust, and Perry Yates trotted out their lists of past beefs with Boone, their grievances, their grudges going back decades in some cases, but they readily admitted that their self-righteous spite sprang mainly from the on-going feud Mr. Yates's daddy-in-law Phil Templeton has with anybody and everybody who won't let him do precisely as he wishes as a millionaire land developer.

Last night, Mayor Ball asked Commission Chair Nathan Miller if he thought it was fair that Boone raise 60% of the revenue and get 12% of it in return. You could see the ire rise in Miller. It's plenty fair, he replied with noticeable venom.

Another factor which must have played a role in this decision: Boone had the audacity to elect a dynamic and outspoken YDNC leader as Mayor. Local Republicans might not fear the influence of local Democrats too much, but they do fear what Andy Ball represents; smart, young, Progressive Democrats, who have the vision to see what the future could be, and the intelligence and drive to explain it to others. The only way to fight it is to stack the deck against the new Mayor, and hope his popularity collapses. And if the people of Boone have to suffer as a consequence, it's their own fault for wanting progress.

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