Darwin awards

You've probably seen stories and videos about Darwin awards, celebrating people who have done enormously stupid things, usually resulting in their deaths. It's good to know that journalists are getting good footage of the NC Republican Party as it orchestrates its own demise.


New video depicts GOP coverup: Three arrested, media expelled, detainees hid from cameras by police

An infringement of politics on law enforcement

This afternoon, I had the chance to connect with Eric Byler, of Story of America. Eric was on the scene yesterday when our government moved into "police state" mode in Raleigh.

Here's a written account of his experience to accompany the video.

What on earth is happening to our state?

NCGOP unhinged

It's hard to imagine anyone saying anything more ignorant and delusional than these words from Wake County GOP chairwoman Donna Williams.

“The people are tired, and these protesters are just on the wrong side of history. We thank Governor McCrory and our legislators for fulfilling their campaign promises.”

This would be true if and only if:

1. Discriminating against certain segments of our population is "on the side of history."
2. Destroying the North Carolina economy and future was a Republican campaign promise.


North Carolina's growing child poverty gets national attention

Just the kind of news that will attract businesses with knowledge workers in the future? Kirk Ross has a concise summary with good links and documentation here.

Some dismal news from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which released a report on child heath and well-being in the states. North Carolina ranks 35th with one in four children in the state living in poverty. Though there were several improvements listed, including higher graduation rates and improvements in early childhood programs, the overall report, which tracks 16 different factors, underlined the challenges now and the impact new policies that reduce funding for education and reduce unemployment benefits and tax breaks for low income families will have in the coming years. The state dropped one position overall, but fell to 39th in economic-well being.

Week in review

This week’s shameless publicity stunts by Fran Deluca and the corrupt Civitas Institute painted Republican family values in brilliant colors for all to see. Many observers walked away from the display with a clear understanding the Moral Monday arrestees represent a broad cross section of honest, informed North Carolina citizens. More still concluded that Civitas is a group of frat-boy bullies worthy of nothing but scorn.

GOP FAIL: The tax reform that didn't happen

For all their claims of effectiveness and efficiency, the North Carolina Republican Party has completely failed to do the one big thing they established as their top legislative priority for 2013. Rob Christiansen's column today at the N&O offers an excellent analysis of the Great GOP Tax Reform Fail.


Big Government Republicans now bullying Asheville on local elections

They way Republicans in the General Assembly are interfering in local governments, it's hard to understand why every elected official in every city and town in North Carolina isn't participating in civil disobedience on Moral Mondays. This kind of ridiculousness is simply beyond the pale.

The reason they cheat

Moral Monday protests: Why they matter

Thomas Mills here. This blog is cross-posted at

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.

The dirty deeds on paper

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