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First in Flight, Last in Education

Personal finance website Wallethub is out with some new rankings of the states with the best -and worst- public schools.

North Carolina comes in at #37 in the rankings and is #47 in school spending.

Of course, this ranking probably doesn't take into account the latest budget from the legislature and the teachers that have fled the state or dropped out of teaching here in the past few months.

Story here.

Staffer in Rep. Moore's office calls teacher an "idiot"

A North Carolina teacher calls the office of state Representative Tim Moore to voice her concerns about the budget.

Then, when the staffer forgets to hang up the phone, you won't believe what happened next ...

First in Freedom! - A business opportunity

Are you a North Carolina entrepreneur? Or would you like to raise funds for your favorite liberal organization?

Have I got an opportunity for you!

One of the little-noticed provisions in the legislature's recently passed budget is this little gem:

Gives drivers a choice between license plates with the "First in Flight" slogan or a "First in Freedom" slogan.

It's illegal to deface any part of a North Carolina license plate. However, one can have a frame outside of the plate that includes a slogan.

Imagine driving down the highway and seeing a North Carolina license plate that says "First in Flight" or "First in Freedom" along the top and one of the following phrases at the bottom:

  • Last in Education

Budget shenanigans

After grabbing headlines about a 7% teacher raise that seems to be...er...misleading at best, the Tillisberger released the budget under cover of darkness. Senators got copies on theirs desks at 8:30 a.m. and were expected to vote on the 260-page bill at 10:15 a.m.

It's no wonder that Phil & Thom want to keep the budget secret, because it has all kinds of sleazy little personal pet provisions in it, including:

  • Moving the SBI from the Attorney General's control to the control of the governor whose administration is being investigated by the SBI (something the wing nuts have been trying to do for a long time);
  • Moves the ABC & ALE to new places too;
  • Eliminates 4 badly needed special judges;

Thom Tillis moves into first place for "lie of the year"

Republicans love to call Obama's statement about keeping your insurance under the ACA the "lie of the year". Of course it's not even a lie, because the ACA was adapted to ensure that people could keep their really shitty plans for a few years if that's what they needed to do to prove that they hate, hate, hate Obama.

Thom Tillis, who thinks that Kay Hagan and Barack Obama are the same person, loves to talk about Senator Hagan repeating the so-called "lie of the year".

But Thom, who's a consummate liar himself, has just moved into first place. Heck, he's probably cinched "Lie of the Decade". Discussing the NC budget debacle, during which he's shown himself to be ineffective and inconsequential (on those occasions when he bothers to show up), here's Thom lying through his teeth:

NC budget: theater of the absurd

After opening the budget conference as a public meeting, the NC GOP participants predictably played to the cameras.

A day of scheduled budget negotiations got off to a rocky start Wednesday morning after House leaders insisted on hearing from outside experts on education spending.

Senate negotiators responded by walking out of the meeting. They returned an hour later, but the good feelings of compromises reached last week on Medicaid funding were long gone by then.

In another display of absurdity, the NC GOP -- those would be the folks who stomped all over the less fortunate citizens of our state with their original budget -- stole lines from the Democratic party.

He said the Senate budget, which would eliminate Medicaid eligibility for thousands, would shortchange the needy.

"Our" General Assembly

Sorry I missed this earlier. James
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Our representatives in the General Assembly are servants of the people. We elect them and expect them to listen and at least acknowledge our concerns. Earlier in the short session I made the effort to send e-mails to each of our house and senate members. After crafting a letter voicing my concerns regarding one very specific aspect of the budget I modified one version for senators, another for house members and another one that was more personal for my local representatives.

Now there is a generic address you can use to send out bulk e-mails but I figured that probably wouldn't carry much weight with them and in all likelihood wouldn't even be read.

Guvnor Pat gives Tillisberger a good laugh again

More accurately, in this case, Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat provided major guffaws for Bergodaca by demanding that the NC Senate take a vote on the House budget, which is the budget that Guvnor McClueless has endorsed.

Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday demanded the state Senate take a vote on a education spending plan he supports a day after the chamber’s GOP leaders dismissed the legislation outright.

“I’m very disappointed that the Senate is not taking action on a House bill that was voted unanimously by Republicans and Democrats,” the Republican governor said. “I firmly believe the Senate needs to vote on that.”

The laughter of Sens. Berger and Apodaca reportedly could be heard all the way from Wilmington to Asheville.

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!"

Guvnor Pat gives Tillisberger a good laugh

Guvnor McClueless continues to operate under the delusion that he is somehow relevant in state government, although most everyone realizes that he's Tillisberger's hired pen, nothing more.

He recently offered two more humorous demonstrations of his view from his home in Alternate Realityville.

First, he summoned reporters to tell them what would happen if the House and Senate can't agree on a budget. It boggles the mind why any of the reporters bothered to show up, but they did, and Pat gave them the lowdown.

McCrory called reporters to his office on Monday afternoon to let them know he has told Budget Director Art Pope to issue a directive letting state agencies know how they should proceed if the current two-year budget isn’t amended in the next eight days – which is pretty much the whole reason the legislature is back in town for the short session.
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