The chairwoman will be attorney Jeanette Doran, who worked for years at the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law. Other members are former Greensboro Mayor Keith Holliday and ex-Charlotte council member Stanley Campbell.
Let's be clear that this bridge failure is a very serious matter, and it's a very serious issue for residents and visitors of NC's Outer Banks.
Yet the NC GOP response to the discovery that the bridge is unsafe for travel is curious. They blamed the SELC, who has a long-running lawsuit against the state regarding a planned replacement bridge. They blamed the SELC loudly, immediately, and in perfect harmony with one another. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata took the lead, showing his Fox News commentator skills:
Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is poised to move dozens of jobs and millions of public dollars to a recently formed private nonprofit early next year.
The DAG's proposal is based on a "brief and vaguely written provision in the state budget passed earlier this year". This isn't the first time that poorly written legislation has caused problems. It seems that some in the legislature interpret the vaguely written provision differently than the DAG:
Submitted by Tom Sullivan on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 12:21pm
Richard (RJ) Eskow was on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto recently. Since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is positioning himself to run for president as a moderate Republican and since Fox Republicans can't have that, Cavuto invited Eskow on to bash Christie for him.
A few days ago, I took the mainstream media to task for giving the Pope Administration a pass. Little did I know this column was in the works by Taylor Batten, editor of the Charlotte Observer's editorial page. It's as sharp an analysis of the Deputy Assistant Governor's record as you'll find.
Most of McCrory’s troubles stem, in his mind, not from his support of policies that a majority of North Carolinians disagree with but from a media that, through bias or incompetency, just can’t understand his greatness.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 6:45am
The News and Observer is reporting that the McCrory administration is charging for public records, with requests for records generating bills of hundreds of dollars for electronic materials provided free by the previous administration. Story here.
McCrory's staff has interpreted a one-sentence clause in North Carolina's public records law as providing broad authority to assess a "special service charge" on any records request taking more than 30 minutes for an employee to process. Invoices totaling hundreds of dollars have also been assessed for requests for digital copies of emails that have routinely been produced by past administrations without charge.
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