Between January 2008 and March 2012, IIT has received over $68.6 million into this account from the AVOTW Enterprise gambling operation. IIT also received funds from North Carolina and South Carolina Internet Cafes (which some of these are being operated by the same members of the AVOTW Enterprise previously mentioned in your affiants Master Affidavit) and other states which totaled
approximately $98.4 million through March 2012.
Just to refresh your memory, the Allied Veterans operation in Florida was one of the biggest ripoffs in the name of helping veterans that has ever been perpetrated. The sheer volume of money and money-laundering transactions is staggering, and over $400,000 of those ill-gotten gains ended up in the campaign coffers of the NC GOP, including that of the now Governor McCrory. And considering there are direct ties between McCrory and Burns, the state BOE should have been all over this. And the NC DOJ might be interested in these fellows, as well:
The CDC released a study last week that ties chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, 1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE) and vinyl chloride to childhood cancers such as leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, as well as serious neurological system birth defects. Among the conclusions of the study: Women who drank the contaminated water were four times as likely to give birth to a child with a neural tube defect such as spina bifida or anencephaly, as well as a "slightly elevated risk" of their children developing leukemia or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The horrific nature of this contamination has been compounded by the frustrating and possibly criminal denials and cover-ups, but hopefully that mindset won't be present as the victims seek treatment. They should not have to produce their own scientific evidence that whatever ails them can be directly linked to the tainted water. The fact that they drank the water and are now sick should be enough.
The chairwoman will be attorney Jeanette Doran, who worked for years at the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law. Other members are former Greensboro Mayor Keith Holliday and ex-Charlotte council member Stanley Campbell.
Throughout the holiday season, the NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement will hold statewide informational pickets outside of Budget Director Art Pope-owned stores. This campaign will shine a light on NC Budget Director Art Pope's support and influence on the extremist and regressive direction of North Carolina public policy. These policies hurt the very people who shop and work at the stores he owns.
During the second week of the campaign, four pickets will be held in cities across the state: Durham, Charlotte, Fayetteville, and Winston-Salem. Information about the time and location of these events can be found below.
Submitted by persondem on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 1:12pm
The recent passing of Nelson Mandela got me thinking. He was a man of great compassion and understanding and did what was right regardless of who he might alienate. He was the right man to lead South Africa (SA) as its first post apartheid president.
A new committee of legislators that is looking for ways to save money by making the courts more efficient recently heard just how difficult a task that will be. Lawmakers on the House Judicial Efficiency and Effective Administration of Justice committee, meeting for the first time in November, were given an overview of a statewide judicial system struggling to keep up with caseloads amid budget cuts.
"Do you have any answers?" asked Rep. Allen McNeill, a first-term Republican House member from Asheboro and retired law enforcement officer.
"More funding," Smith replied.
You can provide them with all the statistical data and dour warnings you like but, at the end of the day, all these single-minded GOP lawmakers are going to do is make the occasional inappropriate or non-pertinent comment and then move forward with more budget cuts. In their minds, money is never the answer, it all has to do with "work ethic" or some other phraseology that shifts the blame.
I often hear from the right that teacher salary ranking is an inaccurate measure because it fails to take into account the differences in cost of living. It is something often repeated by the talking heads from the various Art Pope organizations.
I was having a conversation with two fellow teachers that are transplants, one from Delaware and the other from Maryland. Both of these guys are strong GOP backers so our conversations are always interesting to say the least. (The liberal teacher stereotype is extremely inaccurate.) Both of them insisted that not only was teacher pay much, much better in their home states, but the cost of living was not higher.
By most accounts, next year's US Senate race in North Carolina will be a squeaker. With Republican hopes of regaining a majority in Washington hinging on their ability to unseat Kay Hagan, right wing special interest groups are already in high gear.
Let's be clear that this bridge failure is a very serious matter, and it's a very serious issue for residents and visitors of NC's Outer Banks.
Yet the NC GOP response to the discovery that the bridge is unsafe for travel is curious. They blamed the SELC, who has a long-running lawsuit against the state regarding a planned replacement bridge. They blamed the SELC loudly, immediately, and in perfect harmony with one another. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata took the lead, showing his Fox News commentator skills:
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