Despite (false) hopes of a reset, the governor continues to damage himself and his party. The evidence is it will continue. Like Charlotte’s business oligarchy, of which McCrory is so fond, bank on it.
This reminds me of the diggers and fillers we had back at the Naval Academy. They were the guys who dug holes and filled them up again, usually to fix things, but often to break things.
In this case, McCrory's the digger. Duke Energy, the Chamber, and Art Pope? They're the fillers. Same as it ever was.
Submitted by NCNativeHasSpoken on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:31pm
The Charlotte Observer editorial board inadvertently asked for takers on Saturday in regard to Governor Pat McCrory's Duke stock ownership. Like chum on the crest of a wave off of Cape Lookout, it didn't take long.
I’m a proud native of the City of Charlotte. One of my first jobs was delivering the Observer when I was in junior high school. I attended the public schools and went on to Wake Forest University for undergraduate and law school. After two years in the U.S. Army, I practiced law in Charlotte for 40 years. I even had the honor of serving as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association.
I also love our entire state. That’s why I accepted the opportunity to serve as general counsel for our former mayor and current governor, Pat McCrory.
Submitted by NCNativeHasSpoken on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 2:43pm
Suppose you won a million dollars in the lottery. As you ride a wave of giddiness, you head to the local lottery office and present yourself and the winning ticket, to lottery officials. And in exchange, they hand you back a nice, fat check. Suddenly, your eyeballs begin to rotate into the back of your head as you envision marquee lights twirling around that piece of paper. What now? As you clutch that piece of paydirt between your sweaty fingers, you're immediately confronted with important decisions. Call a lawyer, an accountant, or head to your local bank branch and make a deposit? A deposit wins out; the lawyer and accountant can wait. On Main Street in Megalopolis, North Carolina, you find your branch. As you hastily enter the bank, you yank a deposit slip from your check book and scurry to an open teller. At the counter, you are met by a middle aged and bespectacled woman. She's a no nonsense professional in appearance.
You recall that McCrory refused to disclose anything about his sources of income or release his tax returns.
In the continuing dialogue, what is he now saying about Duke Energy stock? That he owns some in a 401(k) plan as a separate asset? Or does he participate in the Duke Retirement Savings Program?
Either way, any decision of his regarding a matter that financially impacts Duke common stock has a material impact on McCrory’s economic well-being (given that his financial disclosure statement shows his 401(k) is his only significant asset).
He came into office with such promise. Even some Democrats, who should have known better, crossed the aisle to support him. People took him at his word. When he said, "None" in response to a debate question about signing further restrictions on abortion, women and progressives breathed a sigh of relief. Surely he meant what he said, right?
Wrong. In retrospect, we have all come to understand that McCrory's answer to the abortion question was a calculated lie, the first of countless mistakes in judgement that would define him as irrelevant, confused, unethical, and above all, dishonest. That's a potent combination of weaknesses, and it shows no signs of letting up.
One of the many non-budget items added to the "budget update" during the short session was to move the State Bureau of Investigation from the Department of Justice, overseen by the elected Attorney General, to the Department of Public Safety, overseen by someone appointed by the Governor.
To be sure, this had nothing to do with the budget; it has to do with petty politics, namely, punishing the current Attorney General, Roy Cooper.
[State senator and former deputy AG Josh] Stein said the move doesn't save any money and no one at either agency asked for it. Police chiefs and sheriffs don't like it, either, he said.
This is a bad idea for lots of reasons, notably the very real potential for conflict of interest (anyone remember Watergate?) and opportunities to conveniently overlook wrongdoing in the governor's administration.
Angeline Echeverria, executive director of El Pueblo, a nonprofit advocacy group for Latinos in the Triangle, said the governor never bothered to contact El Pueblo or any other organization working with the refugee children. All of the groups have the information he said his administration lacks.
"He seems to be spending a lot of energy raising fears, raising concerns about the unaccompanied minors, about the children who are fleeing violence," Echeverria said at a news conference. "We are very concerned about his setting a tone that is unwelcoming, a tone that is generating fear and mistrust."
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