Nelson Dollar

Anything for a dollar

Last month Dollar Tree offered to buy Family Dollar for eight and a half billion dollars. But now, Dollar General is also offering to buy Family Dollar, and they are offering close to ten billion dollars -- more than one billion dollars more for Family Dollar than Dollar Tree offered.

All three stores cater to customers who don't have many dollars, and with people like Nelson Dollar making poor people even poorer, the customers of Family Dollar, Dollar General and Dollar Tree find themselves with fewer and fewer dollars to spend. That's why Dollar General and Dollar Tree are trying to buy Family Dollar. Not enough dollars to go around.

Regardless of who pays the most dollars for Family Dollar, it is reported that the new combined company will be renamed Almighty Dollar.

Breathtaking hypocrisy

I usually ignore hypocrisy. It's become so commonplace that it hardly deserves notice anymore.

But sometimes the disconnect between what a person says and what he actually does is so stunning, so extreme, and so callous, that it simply cannot be glossed over. That's the case with Nelson Dollar, an austerity Republican from Wake County. To hear him talk, you'd think he was a bleeding-heart liberal from Chapel Hill.

NC GOP playground fight breaks out

The good ole boys are acting like little kids. The NC House and Senate budget bills clash and so do the House representatives and senators.

"Art Pope and Nelson Dollar’s latest budget gimmick fails to account for the state’s deteriorating Medicaid situation and could violate North Carolina’s constitutional requirement for a balanced budget,” Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca said in a news release.

In his own news release, Governor Pope responded, "I know you are, but what am I?". Dollar, meanwhile, called a press conference and shot back, "I'm rubber and you're glue Tom!"

Exactly one way to fix Jordan Lake

The anti-environment, pro-pollution-if-it-benefits-corporations nut jobs in control of the Jones Street House of Pain passed a really stupid bill to delay the Jordan Lake Rules that took a decade to develop. Those rules were intended to maintain Jordan Lake as a safe drinking water source (and recreational area, and wildlife refuge). Of course, DAG McCrony signed this really stupid bill. So now it's NC law that it's pretty much OK to shit in people's drinking water.

Because freedom.

In a pathetic attempt to try to demonstrate that they're not drinking water lake shitters, the wing nuts included a provision to deploy an "experimental" technology that, as nearly as we can tell, is an expensive, fancy aerator.

Passing the Jordan Lake test

With all the trouble brewing in Raleigh, you might have missed this one: a $1.65 million contract to use solar powered technology to fight algae in Jordon Lake.

Instead of working to keep the lake clean in the first place, Republicans have done what Republicans always do: Put something at risk (lakes, air, the ocean, whatever) and hope there'll be some silver bullet to clean things up after the fact. Especially if you can also make a bunch of money from the silver bullet. Nelson Dollar stands by the bill, even though he doesn't really know where it came from:

“I don’t know if it’s pointed at one company or not, but my understanding is that (the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources) wanted to test the methodology in a pilot to see if it would actually work,” Dollar said.

When Nelson Dollar lies

The Republican Reign of Error here in North Carolina is barely underway, and already GOP golden boys like Nelson Dollar are proving their chops as untrustworthy liars. Progressive Pulse drives the point home, after digesting this story from the AP.

General Election polling results

Public Policy Polling of Raleigh: Oct. 16

PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds Pat McCrory's lead in the Governor's race holding steady. He's at 47% to 37% for Walter Dalton with Libertarian Barbara Howe at 5%. Those numbers are exactly identical to what they were two weeks ago.

McCrory continues to be the most popular politician in the state, with a 47/31 favorability rating. Those numbers are far better than the sitting Governor or either Senator has. McCrory leads by a greater than 2:1 margin among independents, 52-25. He's also taking 18% of the Democratic vote from Dalton while losing just 7% of Republicans.

Moral tap dancing to an immoral tune:

We've seen some low points in North Carolina General Assembly moral leadership since it fell under the control of the far right faction of the GOP, but we truly hit a new low last week when 67 Republican and five Democratic members of the NC House went on record as saying it is okay for the color of a person's skin to determine whether they live or die.

Before and after: Republican dishonesty in action

That was just one month ago, when Dollar, Tillis and Berger promised everybody no cuts to Medicaid would be forthcoming. This is now:

Annexation reform bill not likely to pass

Both sides of the debate have problems with the referenda aspects of the bill:

Those opposed to involuntary annexations who have been lobbying for changes in the law since 2008 now say the 34-page bill makes the situation worse for home and business owners.

And they say their brass ring - requiring a referendum as a prerequisite for involuntary annexations - is tarnished because the threshold for such a vote is too tall for anyone to reach. Fifteen percent of registered voters within the existing city limits and the area to be annexed would have to sign a petition seeking a vote.

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