Speaker Thom Tillis dismissed the state House on Friday saying that the chamber was not expected to hold any sessions next week, a strong indicator no deal is imminent.
Many of the state's top GOP leaders are scheduled to attend the annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that starts Tuesday in Dallas, Texas, and lasts into the weekend. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is on the agenda to speak at the opening luncheon of the conservative group.
Gov. Pat McCrory made an unusual visit to the legislature Thursday to "touch base" with House and Senate lawmakers as the budget stalemate drags on.
McCrory tried to duck public notice by cutting through a meeting room, but a House Rules meeting was underway in the room at the time, leading to an awkward moment for the governor and his retinue.
Caught off guard, Prevaricating Pat reverted to his natural tendency: lying.
Governors in general are not often seen at the legislature, but he denied that his visit was unusual. "I come here often just to have interaction. I cut through here on the way to the house, back and forth to the house often," he insisted.
Right, Pat. Like you visit the Moral Monday protests "all the time".
Trying his best to minimize the awkwardness, Pat moved on.
In the latest contest to demonstrate just how much they hate President Obama, the legislative loons passed a bill to repeal the Common Core educational standards. Those would be the standards adopted by nearly every state in the union, and in which North Carolina invested $66 million.
Deputy Assistant Guvnor McCrory was one of the Republicans opposed to repealing Common Core. NC's business community, including the Chamber of Commerce, also opposed repeal.
In case you were wondering whether Pathetic Pat found a spine, grew a pair and stood up for something important, the answer is (SURPRISE!) no. Pat caved and signed the repeal today.
Submitted by James Inc. on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:14am
The GOP swarmed into Raleigh in 2012 with promises of efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. They swept up super-majorities in both houses, assuring voters that the days of back-room wheeling and dealing would be long gone. Big government had run its course, local control was the order of the day, and magical tax cuts on the rich would cure all of our economic woes. What a difference two years makes.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:28am
This is satire. Please take it in the humorous spirit in which it is written.
Both houses of the North Carolina legislature rushed into late night session to pass legislation outlawing elitism in North Carolina and Governor Pat McCrory signed it this morning saying, "This is an important law to protect average North Carolinians from being discriminated against. I wish it had been in place before I selected our poet laureate. She was held to much higher standards than the average poet could meet. That isn't fair. Average people deserve a chance to get awards too."
The law addresses several areas where Tillis, Berger, and McCrory felt average North Carolinians were losing out:
The NC Scholars program was started in 1983 to designate those high school students with high academic performance. The NC Scholars program will now recognize all students with a GPA of 2.0 and higher.
Both Hise and Dollar also said that the Department of Health and Human Resources sorely needs experienced Medicaid officials to manage a complicated program that provides care to 1.7 million North Carolinians: the blind, disabled, elderly and poor children and their parents.
To which North Carolinians respond "DUH!"
Yet the thoroughly incompetent Aldona does just the opposite, surrounding herself with people who have no such experience. To top it off, she pays them ridiculously inflated fees using our taxpayer dollars [emphasis mine]
Asked whether his budget director, wealthy businessman Art Pope, would be the deciding factor on a budget veto, Gov. Pat McCrory said, “No.” Dispelling the often-voiced idea from critics that he is “Art Pope’s man,” the governor said: “He knows his numbers and where the skeletons are and where money has been hidden in the past and it’s very helpful. I make final decisions and my secretaries and budget director will go along. “We have healthy debate every Tuesday morning,” McCrory continued. “I consider him part of my cabinet."
The governor was on TV to talk about the state’s plunged unemployment rate and reduced federal debt following North Carolina’s decision not to extend long-term jobless benefits.
Varney asked McCrory if he thought cutting those benefits was the way of the future nationally, observing that there seems to be a philosophical conflict among some states over the value of benefits.
There is disagreement about whether cutting jobless benefits led to more jobs in North Carolina, or if the unemployment [sic] just quit looking.
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