RALEIGH – Following a public records request, the Civitas Institute has published a new report that it says has revealed that the UNC Poverty Center used public resources to host a closed event which was political in nature and appears to have been blatantly partisan, in violation of the state laws on open government. A press release from Civitas goes on to say that “further review of the Poverty Center will likely show that North Carolina taxpayers have been subsidizing political organizing and activism, not higher education.
Tell you what, Francis: I might be willing to concede some of your points, if you and your colleagues had not been completely silent on the worst open government failure of the decade:
Some tough food for thought from Bill Moyers, from an interview with Adolph Reed:
In the piece, Reed writes that Democrats and liberals have become too fixated on election results rather than aiming for long-term goals that address the issues of economic inequality, and that the administrations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama too often acquiesced to the demands of Wall Street and the right.
As a result, Reed tells me, the left is no longer a significant force in American politics. "If we understand the left to be anchored to our convictions that society can be made better than it actually is, and a commitment to combating economic inequality as a primary one, the left is just gone."
This morning, I politely asked AFP-NC to stop using the #BlueNC hashtag. For those unfamiliar, that hashtag is the key to showing up on the BlueNC Twitterfeed on the right side of our homepage. Out of some misguided sense that they are free to run roughshod wherever they like, they've ignored my request. Thanks for nothing, Fran.
Now you know how bullies work.
Update: Title changed to "bullies" from "assholes."
Gov. Pat McCrory spoke to reporters before touring the industrial giant Siemens’ offices in Cary, bluntly criticizing Duke Energy for how it handled the early stages of the spill of coal ash near its Rockingham County plant on Feb. 2. “Frankly, I’ve been very concerned about the lack of information that we initially received on the Dan River incident regarding what infrastructure was actually below the coal ash,” McCrory said. “They did not seem to know until the accident occurred that they had some infrastructural breakdown. ... To me, that raises a lot of issues, not only at that plant but what else is occurring at other potential sites that currently have coal ash?”
Bolding mine. McCrory is trying to float the idea that the stormwater pipes existed under the ash basin without DENR's knowledge, but that is a blatant lie. All stormwater infrastructure is covered within the NPDES Permit system, including this one:
It appears well established that if President Obama and/or Senator Hagan are for something, Thom Tillis is going to be against it; and if Ted Cruz and/or the Koch brothers are for something, then Thom will be for it, too (after all, he knows where his bread is buttered).
So it's not much of a surprise that Thom opposes any increase in the minimum wage. Obama and Hagan support it; Ted and the Kochs don't. And Thom has stomped on the poor so aggressively and frequently that it's quite natural for him to want people to work hard for a pittance.
U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis on Wednesday said he opposes President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the federal minimum wage, calling it a “dangerous idea.”
Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 12:44pm
For those who doubt the need for riparian buffers, drink this:
Six rivers in the Upper Neuse river basin are slated to join the state’s list of polluted streams, due to the Environmental Protection Agency April 1. The list, known as the 303d list, includes all streams that have failed water quality standards and do not yet have a cleanup plan.
Every stream monitored under Raleigh’s volunteer monitoring program has tested positive for water quality problems, including bacteria potentially from human, pet, and wildlife feces or leaky sewer pipes.
Hat-tip to astrogirlnc for Tweeting this story. Where there are high concentrations of people and the ubiquitous sprawl that accompanies such, the dangers of contamination via stormwater runoff are not far behind. For decades there have been best practices that should have been implemented in new development, but we've only given them a passing nod. We are already paying for that poor judgment, and will continue to pay dearly as time goes by.
Enough. After a stormy year as state Democratic Party chair, Randy Voller should step down for the sake of his party's candidates and North Carolina. I say this knowing that he won't, because Voller sees himself as a visionary leader—but he can't see that he's hurting Democratic prospects for 2014.
I was invited to go to the meeting, but declined to participate. I have no stomach for crap like this, which also explains my short-lived career in politics. But I do have the benefit of three separate and detailed accounts of what happened. I have reached the exact same conclusion as Bob: Randy should step down, but he won't.
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