Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 10:33am
They apparently can't get their story straight. While some of them are saying they were trying to comply with the VRA by stacking black voters into certain districts, others are saying race wasn't even mentioned:
Yesterday's crowd was five times the size of previous crowds, and the arrests brought that number up to 300. And Republican efforts to downplay these numbers provide more evidence of their cluelessness:
THE BUDGET PASSED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA SENATE includes a special provision changing the state’s Medicaid eligibility requirements for pregnant women. Under the Senate provision,
starting in 2014, pregnant women earning more than 133 percent of federal poverty level (about $15,282 for a single person) will no longer qualify for Medicaid. Currently, pregnant women earning up
to 185 percent of federal poverty level (about $21,256 for a single person) qualify for Medicaid. This change will impact thousands of women.
Sanctity of life my ass. The sheer hypocrisy of the Tarheel Taliban is mind-boggling. Try to force women seeking an abortion to look at an ultrasound, when they are the ones who should be forced to look at every fetus they want to cut from Medicaid funding. You know what? That's what we should do, start collecting pictures of unborn babies who fall into this category and putting them on signs and pamphlets. Kinda hard to argue with that.
Submitted by millstone on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 10:25am
Thomas Mills here. This blog is cross-posted at www.politicsNC.com.
By all accounts, tomorrow’s protest at the legislature is going to eclipse the previous three. Caravans are gearing up to drive to Raleigh from areas across the state. Facebook pages are encouraging participation and one has over 700 people saying they plan to attend.
But the protest will have little sway with Republicans in the legislature. They’re certainly not going to slow down the GOP push to enact regressive tax laws, shred the social safety net and privatize as much of government as possible. They’ve got a super-majority and a compliant governor who more resembles a lame-duck than a leader. Besides, the Republicans are as sure that they are right as the protesters are sure that they are not.
In just four short months, the extreme right-wing leadership of the state legislature has taken a hatchet to the health and well-being of our state and my patients. Their refusal to expand Medicaid to cover 500,000 hard-working, tax-paying North Carolinians will mean thousands of unnecessary deaths and increase health care costs for the rest of us. Their plan to raise taxes on food, medicine and doctor visits will cause real pain to working folks and retirees on fixed income. Meanwhile, higher income folks like me will see their tax bills cut in half.
Kudos to the Charlotte Observer for publishing this oped. Dr. van der Horst does a good job summarizing bad decisions that will adversely impact the health of North Carolinians:
Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 06/01/2013 - 9:31am
Apparently they're too busy arresting octogenarians for peaceable assembly to worry about the real lawbreakers:
Last year, a News & Observer series revealed that many employers, even in high-hazard industries, fail to provide workers’ compensation coverage to those they employ. In response, N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin chaired a bipartisan commission focused on figuring out how this was possible and how the state might stop it. So why has the legislature, when faced with a clear course of action that amounts to simply strengthening enforcement of existing law and protecting residents from those who violate it, suddenly stopped paddling forward?
That's pretty simple, really. When you worship at the Church of the Blessed Dollar, the deacons of said church (business owners) can do no wrong. And the more of them that engage in a certain behavior, the more valid it becomes. I'm surprised they haven't tried to solve this problem by simply doing away with the laws in question. Of course, that would probably lead to other laws that would need to be struck off the books:
Submitted by scharrison on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 10:53am
It may not be the crime of the century, but Rep. Bryan Holloway at least deserves several citations from the fashion police:
Christian Chensvold of Ivy Style has finally figured out who "Richard" of WASP 101 really is: Bryan Richard Holloway, a Republican member of the North Carolina state House. The most damning evidence is the fact that, according to Chensvold, Holloway's receptionist already knew who he was -- which she informed him of quite curtly -- when he called Holloway's office, asking for comment. Why else would a female receptionist already know -- and have a poor opinion of -- a niche men's clothing blogger who has no connection to the politician Holloway, but who has had a longtime online feud with Wasp 101's "Richard?" (It turns out that his receptionist appears to be Wasp 101 contributor "Kipp.")
And considering the blog and tumblr sites were both taken down shortly after said phone call, it would appear Holloway's sense of timing sucks about as much as his sense of style. As far as his sense of decency, that is also in question:
Every single member of the General Assembly needs to ask him- or her-self one critical question: how will raising the taxes on 80% of the voting population affect my chances for reelection? While there are definitely more moral questions they should be asking at this time, they've demonstrated a unique ability to ignore such aspects, so the practicality of pissing off a supermajority of the citizens may be the only thing that penetrates those hard heads:
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