Fisher, during an interview this week, accused N.C. NAACP President William Barber of being inflammatory. “Some of the things he’s saying are not in the bill,” she said.
Fisher, who has long supported voter ID, said when one strips away the misconceptions and confusion, the measure simply ensures that only citizens vote.
“It is not a voter suppression effort in any respect. If it were something like that, I wouldn’t stand for it,” she said.
And if the bill was merely what you say it is, it wouldn't be 38 pages long. This kind of outright misleading rhetoric won't get very far with African-American voters, although it might be readily accepted by the readers of NC Renegade, of which Dr. Fisher is a frequent contributor. And yes, if you're a black woman wanting to be accepted on that site, you better know the magic anti-government incantations. Such as this one:
Products exempt during the event include washing machines, freezers, refrigerators, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats.
The state’s Energy Star appliance tax holiday and the sales-tax holiday, an annual shopping event in August when consumers get a tax break on certain purchases such as clothing, school supplies and computers, were eliminated when North Carolina House Bill 998 was signed into law in July by Gov. Pat McCrory.
Because taxes are bad, and they put an unnecessary burden on...wait a minute. They're doing away with the tax breaks? And Governor McEnergy signed the bill? On second thought, that does make sense. You can't very well justify jacking up the rates and building new coal-fired power plants if people become so Efficient (former Third "E") you end up with a surplus of power.
Both lawmakers called on state Attorney General Roy Cooper to investigate the situation. “Schools have a duty to educate and protect our children, not serve as marching grounds for political protests orchestrated by unions,” Berger and Hunt said in a joint statement Wednesday. “We are deeply disturbed the NCAE is encouraging teachers to turn their backs on their classrooms and leave their students in the care of strangers who may lack formal training and background checks.”
“If the Senate was so concerned about students they wouldn’t have drastically shortchanged our public schools,” Cooper said in a written statement. “I can understand why teachers are beyond frustrated, but I don’t think they should leave the classroom.”
When I read that tripe from Berger and Hunt I almost fell over in my chair. But I will let one of the commenters on this article explain why:
The event at Blandwood drew about 100 guests to hear McCrory and Martin, the honorary Morehead Forum chairman, say they hope the conference series that debuts next year helps bring the state as many good things as Gov. Morehead did with his focus on railroad construction, other forms of transportation and public education.
“Whether Republican or Democrat, education, economic development and energy, these are the things we have to have in this state,” said McCrory, who grew up in Jamestown after his family relocated from Columbus, Ohio.
I'm not sure "focus" is one of our current Governor's strong suits. And no offense to Taft Wireback, but this is not a direct quote. I just watched (News14) McCrory make his statement, and he rattled off the education and economic development just fine, but then did a squirrel-in-the-middle-of-the-road thing with his head before blurting out "Energy!" And if he hadn't been a former(?) Duke Energy employee, the missing "E" might just as easily have been "Eggs!" or "Elephants!" For God's sake, there's only three of them. Even a pre-k student can keep up with that many important words.
A new national report says a proposed privatization of economic development in North Carolina may create scandals instead of jobs.
In Indiana, which North Carolina is using as a model, a state audit found more that 40 percent of the jobs promised by companies recruited to the state never materialized. The Indiana Economic Development Corp.’s representative in China has been accused of soliciting bribes from companies, the report states.
There's nothing wrong with bribery. Bribery is just the free market sorting itself out.
This week, the North Carolina Program Evaluation Oversight Committee members were getting an in depth look at an out (of) the box school district. The Douglas County, Colorado school district is far from North Carolina's borders, but some leaders believe they might have some ideas that could be used close to home.
“We have school systems that keep saying we need to do things differently,” Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, a Cabarrus County republican, said. “Well maybe give them some options of how to do things differently.”
Your first question was probably the same as mine: "How in the world did a school system in Colorado come to the attention of North Carolina lawmakers?" I'm sure many would almost immediately dismiss that as irrelevant, like some of our Democratic lawmakers did, and move on to some of the (chosen) details of the school district's program:
N.C. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker reported last year there is one lawyer in North Carolina for every 554 people and one legal services attorney for every 19,160 poor people. Heroic legal aid offices are forced to turn away up to 80 percent of qualifying clients because they don’t have the resources to serve them.
The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law study, reviewing adjudication systems around the globe, gives the United States an “F” in access to civil justice – placing us last among the 20 wealthiest democracies. The authors explain: “Socioeconomic status matters far more in the U.S. than in other countries.” Poor people are put at massive disadvantage.
Take the time to read the article. Gene Nichol is one of the few scholars here in NC with the willingness and wisdom to look our poverty problem in the face. If not for "them", then do it for yourself, because you may be joining their growing ranks:
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