Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 6:45am
The News and Observer is reporting that the McCrory administration is charging for public records, with requests for records generating bills of hundreds of dollars for electronic materials provided free by the previous administration. Story here.
McCrory's staff has interpreted a one-sentence clause in North Carolina's public records law as providing broad authority to assess a "special service charge" on any records request taking more than 30 minutes for an employee to process. Invoices totaling hundreds of dollars have also been assessed for requests for digital copies of emails that have routinely been produced by past administrations without charge.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 8:28pm
If you're in their viewing area, be sure to send a supportive note to WBTV in Charlotte for their fair coverage of the Issa "hearing" on ACA. The station's reporters not only noted that supporters of the ACA weren't allowed to speak and were told if they did they would be asked to leave, but also interviewed supporters on what they wanted to say at the hearing.
The program, implemented through an Atlanta company called Purchasing Power, allows the SEANC's 55,000 members to buy items and then make monthly payments through payroll deductions over a year. Although some employees say they like the program because it allows them to purchase expensive items on a payment plan, others say they feel they are being taken advantage of by the inflated costs.
A Playstation 4, for example, retails for about $400, but through Purchasing Power, costs nearly $850. An iPad retailing for as low as $499 will cost nearly $1,000.
The SEANC won't say how much money it makes from the Purchasing Power program, saying only that it is a nonprofit agency and that the money from the program goes back into its membership base.
Here's a clue: when you're a union and a lot of your members have bad credit and/or can't afford to buy appliances without using a loanshark "nonprofit agency", then your union has already failed in its basic mission.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 9:21pm
Thanksgiving is a special time of the year when most people gather with friends and family to celebrate their connection to one another and to give thanks for their many blessings. For some LGBT members it can be a very lonely and even depressing time.
As a gay man and an LGBT advocate I would urge my fellow straight allies to take a moment this week and do two things. First, seek out an LGBT individual and let them know you care. For an individual who has been shunned by their family or ridiculed by others for their sexuality the holidays can be anything but festive. Be a voice of acceptance and listen to their story.
It is regrettable that thousands of LGBT teens are forced to leave home or runaway when they come out. For them, this Thanksgiving won’t be filled with laughter, turkey and football, but will be a struggle to survive on the unforgiving streets of our Cities and towns.
Yes, they're a private school, but they're in line for public money, thanks to Skip Stam's voucher program.
The private Christian school is listed in the directory of recognized private schools by the state of North Carolina. That list is maintained by the Division of Non-Public Education and all schools on that list will be eligible for taxpayer-funded school vouchers beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
“It is long past time for the federal government to stop forcing American taxpayers to spend billions of dollars to prop up a now-mature energy source,” said Congressman Jones. “Combined with my concerns about the effects of wind turbines on the military installations and residents of Eastern North Carolina, I fully support the expiration of the PTC at the end of this year.”
Yeah right, this doesn't have a damn thing to do with Cherry Point, it's simply another push by the Koch Brothers to snuff out alternative energy sources, and Walter Jones is scrambling to please them before they Primary his ass into oblivion. Not to mention the rest of the usual suspects:
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