Submitted by Gordon Smith on Mon, 04/23/2007 - 8:22pm
Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom and her antisocial lackeys at the Division of Medical Assistance decided last week that they needed another week to analyze the costs of Community Support services. Of course, they didn't see any need to analyze costs at all when Secretary Odom precipitously slashed funding by a third, making the cuts retroactive to March 1. Due to massive public pressure (that's you) the Odom retreated to a position of making the new unsustainable rate begin April 5 and continue until they set a new rate using their magickal After-the-Fact cost analysis.
The Asheville Citizen-Times and the head of Western Highlands Local Mgmt. Entity (the body that ostensibly coordinates services for many of the western counties) have both called for Secretary Odom's dismissal. Reminiscent of George W. Bush's "complete confidence" in Alberto Gonzales, Governor Easley has expressed his complete confidence in Secretary Odom. Her decision to slash rates to $40/hour for a service that breaks even at $53/hour sent the entire state network of private providers into a mad scramble for cash to meet payroll, to keep their doors open.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Mon, 04/23/2007 - 9:12am
Dan Besse, one of our strong Democratic candidates for Lt. Governor in North Carolina, attended the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party convention on Saturday. We had a chance to speak with him and he was kind enough to allow an impromptu video introduction.
Dan Besse speaks to BlueNC:
Thank you, Dan Besse for giving us this wonderful introduction. Thank you for doing it with zero notice. You obviously know why you are running and you've given us a great deal to think about.
I'm excited about this for lots of reasons, the most important being my favorite thing in the whole wide world: transparency. The blogosphere is one big happy fishbowl. Or snow-dome, if you will. (Hey Dome, feel free to rip off my logo idea!) We now have a direct line to a handful of people who play an important role in shaping the political agenda in North Carolina. And make no mistake, that's what they do. The stories they cover, the verbs they use, the angles they play, the things they leave out. It all adds up to agenda-setting, and I personally believe that's the name of the game.
Saturday, April 21st, the Moore County Democratic Party held a fundraising luncheon at Little River Golf and Resort in Carthage. There were over 200 good dems in attendance and we were fortunate to have a great keynote speaker, Governor Jim Hunt.
The theme of the luncheon was "Celebrating Educational Leadership", and the two people that were celebrated this day were Evelyn “Ebby” Bruton Monroe and Rep. T. Clyde Auman (deceased), both hardworking and faithful Dems.
As most of you know, I have been taking a class provided by Moore County to help the citizens better understand how our government works and what it takes in both man-power and finances. Ebby has also been attending and we have all been blessed to have her there to ask the right questions. It wasn’t until this luncheon that I realized just how hard she has worked behind the scenes in North Carolina Democratic policies.
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