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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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Tillis's budget: Big gambling losses

BlueNC already established that the NC House budget that relies on phantom revenues from the NC lottery is a great big gamble.

Today the Raleigh News & Observer reports that Tillis and his loon posse should have known that their lottery revenue estimates were bogus.

The House budget that won approval Friday overestimates how much lottery money the state is expected to receive, documents show, jeopardizing Republicans’ plan to increase teacher pay.

The N.C. Education Lottery warned legislative staffers that the House’s plan to boost lottery sales by doubling the advertising budget would generate only $59 million next year – far less than the $106 million designated in the budget.

Budget busted by $60 million Pope and DHHS goof

WRAL is out with the news this morning that the Department of Health and Human Services has blown a $60 million hole in the state's budget. Budget Director Art Pope and DHHS head Aldona Wos issued a press release this morning, revealing that the state had violated Federal guidelines on Medicaid.

During budget meetings earlier this year, Department of Health and Human Services officials guaranteed lawmakers that they had the Medicaid budget under control and that there would be no late-spring surprises from unexpected cost overruns. While this isn't a billing error or computer glitch like those that have plagued the department in the past, it is a nasty fiscal shock that comes in the middle of the budget process.

Delusional Pat issues "stern warnings"

To his credit, DAG McCrony has criticized several aspects of the NC Senate's off-the-rails budget. We suspect that's more because the Senate thoroughly ignored Pat's budget than it is about actual policy decisions. Still, having the governor call out some of the more extreme budget measures, and saying he disagrees with them, is likely to be useful.

But it also demonstrates Pat's delusions once again, as if he hadn't demonstrated his mental shortcomings enough already.

Pat issued "stern warnings" about the NC Senate's loony budget and said it would be tough to reach a budget compromise.

With the Senate’s stance, however, McCrory said compromise in the end may prove difficult.

Elizabeth City State University facing the ax?

WRAL is reporting on a provision in the budget that could lead to shutting down Elizabeth City State University.

Could this possibly be related to the election last November of ECSU student Montravias King to the Elizabeth City Council?

Naahhhh they wouldn't possibly pull a stunt like that....would they?

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