Two 24-year-old campaign elves landed senior state jobs making at least $85,000 a year because they were the strongest applicants, McCrory said. “They were actually moved over to areas that frankly a lot of older people applied for, too,” he explained. There were no other applicants since the jobs were not posted. Both young men fail to meet standards for entry-level jobs at Health and Human Services, where they hold top positions. McCrory gave them 35 percent raises within three months while freezing other state workers’ salaries.
In the midst of such a serious challenge, however, we find it disingenuous and irresponsible that you have chosen to aggressively, publicly, and inaccurately blame environmental organizations for this bridge closure. As a result of your urging, we have been at the receiving end of multiple threats based on misinformation you have provided. Rather than continue with these irresponsible public attacks, we encourage you to provide the leadership required to resolve the closure as quickly as possible and to focus on developing a long term solution to replace Bonner Bridge that ensures safe and dependable transportation to Hatteras Island.
Make no mistake, the Republicans are wetting their pants at the prospect of endangering the safety of the attorneys working for the Southern Environmental Law Center. The group has been a thorn in the side of irresponsible developers and polluting industries, and the GOP would love nothing better than to sweep this organization out of the way. And the bridge is only part of this story. A comment I posted on Facebook:
Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is moving to change the government insurance program for 1.7 million of the state’s elderly, disabled and poor residents to a system where providers are paid set rates for each person they treat. As it is now, the government pays fees for each medical treatment or service.
Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican and advisory committee member, said he was concerned about managed care insurance companies coming in to take over big parts of the Medicaid program. He asked whether insurance companies would be needed.
Adam Searing, director of the N.C. Health Access Coalition, has been critical of McCrory’s rap on Medicaid. Searing, whose organization advocates for low-income and working class people, was also critical of Atlas for not presenting what Searing said would have been a complete picture of managed care.
They don't want a complete picture. All they needed to see was "capped payments" and the love affair was off to a great start.
McCrory said exploration is part of a two-pronged approach to make the energy industry a sector that will help North Carolina come roaring out of the recession. The other, he said, is promoting power generation. Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. is the nation's largest electric power company. McCrory, who previously worked for Duke, said the state needs to look at tax policies that promote power generation.
The governor on Wednesday praised a law passed in 2013 laying out the regulatory framework for building wind farms to create energy. McCrory also said he wants to examine next year the balance between what he called subsidies received to produce renewable energy and the rates charged to consumers.
And when you do, what you'll see is the cost of renewable energy is a tiny fraction of what ratepayers are forced to pay your former(?) employer, compared to CWIP (Construction Work In Progress) and the recent merger fiasco. And when Duke Energy is finally forced to clean up coal ash ponds, they're going to (try to) charge us for that mistake, as well. But with Art Pope pulling your strings, I'm sure none of that will come up.
Submitted by scharrison on Fri, 11/29/2013 - 11:07am
The "say anything" Governor doubles-down on his prevarication:
This time, he got caught twice in the same interview. First, McCrory said that Duke Energy and IBM had stopped offering their employees health insurance because of Obamacare. That’s not true. That’s not even a rumor. He just made it up on the spot.
Next, he said that he and the legislature didn’t cut unemployment benefits. That’s not true either. Again, it’s not even being disputed. They cut the length of time a person could collect benefit, they cut the amount of benefits and they denied 170,000 unemployed North Carolinians long-term benefits that would have been covered by the federal government.
While politicians often bend the truth to fit their narrative, the stuff coming out of McCrory's mouth has been deteriorating into the absurd as his tenure progresses. Which is what happens when your previous lies aren't thrown back in your face very hard. And when you've made a habit out of avoiding the truth, the last thing you want to do is make it cheap and easy to acquire:
After dismissing criticisms of a new voter-ID law – he described the policy as “common sense,” despite the fact that it undermines voting and solves a problem that doesn’t exist – the Republican governor bristled in response to a question about early voting.
“We didn’t shorten early voting, we compacted the calendar,” McCrory said. He added, “It’s just the schedule has changed.”
Spoken like a true double-speaking bureaucrat. Once again, McCrory's PR team is trying to be clever, but they're just making their figurehead Governor seem even more of a lying sack of fertilizer.
Tea Party Republicans in Raleigh talk a mean game when it comes to fiscal austerity, but all that talk doesn't apply to friends and cronies. In an excellent story in the News and Observer today, John Frank follows one track of today's GOP gravy train. In this case, it's all about legal fees. Having raked in more than $2 million to draft legislation and defend the laws in court, the GOP's go-to law firm, Ogletree Deakins, is poised to earn millions more.
RALEIGH — Days before House Republican leaders announced plans to introduce a controversial voter ID bill, they hired a lawyer. Now the same outside law firm that was paid $55,591 to help draft the bill is poised to make hundreds of thousands of dollars more defending the law in court.
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