Outrage, pushback on UNC System Chancellor raises

Golden parachutes will be handed out as soon as the hydraulics begin to fail:

At Appalachian State University on Tuesday, protesters asked Chancellor Sheri Everts to give up her 17.5 percent increase, which boosts her annual pay to $335,000. The same day, the East Carolina University Faculty Senate passed a resolution expressing “disapproval of the taxpayer-funded pay raises for top management at a time of stagnant taxpayer-funded wages for the rank-and-file who are major contributors to the work of the university.”

On Friday, the UNC board, in a closed-session vote, gave raises to 12 of 17 UNC system chancellors, ranging from 8 percent to 19 percent. In the recently passed state budget, university employees and faculty got $750 one-time bonuses but no salary increase.

Just an observation without commentary, lest I be accused of playing the Race Card: Of the five Chancellors who did *not* receive a raise Friday, three (3) were African-American, one was a Latino, and one was a Lumbee.

Thursday News: McCrory dodges another ethical bullet


Ethics panel clears McCrory in complaint (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A pair of ethics complaints that a liberal advocacy group filed against Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year have been dismissed. The governor disclosed the state Ethics Commission’s decision on Wednesday, saying it vindicated him in the face of a politically motivated “smear campaign.” McCrory refused to release any of the details of the decision or other related information and documents. While McCrory said the complaint was “without merit,” the commission conducted a preliminary inquiry and found there was reason to proceed to a more comprehensive staff investigation.

Solar farmer sets the record straight

This is how you save rural America:

After speaking with our neighbors and family, we chose to use 34 acres of our farmland for a solar farm, producing enough power for 800 homes. We kept more than 200 acres as traditional farmland.

Our solar farm does not produce any noise or pollution, and our property value has not decreased. So far, the additional income from our solar farm has been used for medical bills, but my health has improved. And solar helps us provide for our family and keep our land where it belongs – in our family.

Compared to fracking, which taints wells, poisons farm animals, and guts property values to the point you can't even give away your land just to escape the nightmare. You won't find a more stark example of how little Republicans actually care for those they are supposed to represent than this one.

Wednesday News: R.I.P. Howard

Former Congressman Howard Coble dies (WFMY-TV) – Ray Coble Jr., brother of former Congressman Howard Coble, issued the following statement: "J.Howard Coble passed away at 11:40 p.m., Nov. 3 after an extended hospitalization. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ali Hajazi and the staff of the Select Specialty Hospital in Greensboro for their excellent care. The community will be notified of funeral arrangements when complete."

Howard Coble Dies at 84 (TWCN-TV) -- One of North Carolina's longest serving members in the U.S. House passed away late Tuesday night.

Eleven percent of eleven percent just doesn't cut it

Here are the final vote counts in Gibsonville's municipal election:

Mayor Leonard “Lenny” Williams will keep his seat. He got 388 votes — 71 percent of the votes. Opponent Paul Thompson garnered 148 votes — 27 percent.

In the aldermen’s race, incumbent Mark Shepherd came in first with 382 votes — 25 percent. Incumbent Clarence Owen came in second with 364 votes — 24 percent. Incumbent Paul Dean came in third with 297 votes — 20 percent. Joel T. Isley received 259 votes — 17 percent. Steve Harrison received 173 votes — 11 percent.

All told, it was a good experience, and definitely not something people should be afraid of trying. Congrats to those who prevailed, and for those of us who didn't, get ready for round two. :)

Tuesday News: The corruption story that wouldn't die edition

Budget writer: McCrory should have consulted on prison contract extension (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A top legislative budget writer said Monday the administration of Gov. Pat McCrory should have consulted with the General Assembly about renewing private prison maintenance contracts that were awarded to a McCrory friend and campaign contributor.

McCrory Helps a Donor Secure State Contracts (Camel City Dispatch) – Gov. Pat McCrory was elected on campaign promises to clean up North Carolina’s crony capitalists, “Good ‘ol Boy” style of doing business. Now McCrory once more finds himself part of a federal investigation for appearing to have personally stepped in to help a major donor get a lucrative contract extension that the Governor’s own appointees did not want.

2015 NC Municipal elections tomorrow

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Monday News: Not just McClatchy edition

Team McCrory botches another one in failing to discard "pay to play" (Beaufort Observer) -- We think this is a simple situation to understand. It is just another case of people who want to make money from doing business with the state using political influence to get that business. In all due respect to the people who wrote Governor McCrory's press release, they miss the point. The issue is not McClatchy's reporting. It is whether big political contributors get state contracts or not.

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A swing and a miss in defense of Spellings' appointment

How to lose an argument before it even starts:

As a former journalism teacher and newspaper reporter, I understand why the media are adamant that searches be conducted in the open. I respectfully disagree. I commend Chairman John Fennebresque and the search committee for its outstanding work as they spent hundreds of hours in reviewing qualified applicants from around the world and in interviewing and seriously considering more than a dozen candidates.

To have involved all 32 members of the UNC Board of Governors, faculty, staff and students would have indeed created a circus atmosphere. Thank goodness the majority on the Board of Governors did not succumb to the pressure to open the process.

And just exactly who were those "more than a dozen candidates" of which you speak? And what were the criteria used in that "hundreds of hours in reviewing" you claim took place? The truth is, you don't know if any of that is accurate, you're just regurgitating happy talk from press releases. A journalism teacher? What the hell did you teach them, the fewer the questions the better? Write about what you *don't* know?


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