The NC DHHS quagmire deepens:
— Thomas Mills (@tmillsNC) October 8, 2013
It's worse than you think:
Documents obtained by North Carolina Health News through a public records request show that in January, incoming Sec. Aldona Wos and Medicaid head Carol Steckel eliminated detailed explanations of alleged high administrative costs, management problems and budget overruns in past years.
In a document that displays “track changes” that include Steckel’s electronic signature, whole paragraphs were deleted, with evidence that, for example, North Carolina’s administrative costs are lower than most states rather than 30 percent higher, as maintained by McCrory administration officials.
Incoming administration officials also deleted whole sections explaining that budget overruns were in large part a function of under-budgeting by the General Assembly.
And in her first week in her new office, Steckel struck through paragraphs explaining that Community Care of North Carolina had been studied by two national groups that found cost savings. Instead, she inserted language casting doubt on the efficacy of CCNC and suggesting further study of the statewide program that’s been lauded nationally and that is being replicated in several states.
Beth Wood needs to reopen her audit, and this time focus on why her office was fed misinformation by DHHS. And if that's outside the purview of the State Auditor (don't know why it would be), it needs to be investigated by somebody within the government, and not left to media and non-profit orgs who struggle to get requested documents.
And once again, the timing of document discovery is seriously in question:
— Capital Tonight (@NCCapTonight) October 8, 2013
I'll bet you my hat (I...don't wear a hat) that the issue of deleting pertinent information prior to the audit won't be brought up in today's Q&A. If there's even any Q going on.
— Civitas Institute (@NCCivitas) October 1, 2013
I find it extremely ironic that JLF/Civitas pundits love to opine about "Liberal elitist professors", when in reality they are the real elitists. Those Liberal professors do their very best to make our Democracy inclusive, while the faux-Libertarians do everything they can to exclude certain segments of our population from having a voice in the direction our government.
It's not enough to open the floodgates of shadow money to control the political process from on high. Oh no. You have to use the power of the government to suppress and silence the peasants. That's their definition of Liberty. I wonder what Robespierre would say about that. The answer is, he wouldn't say a damned thing, he'd just send them to the guillotine.
— Wayne King (@WayneKingNC) October 7, 2013
That right there is almost as funny as the Onion. And so is this:
FreedomWorks, a group affiliated with the tea party, sponsored the event to show support for the freshman Republican from Glenville, who has taken a central role in the federal shutdown.
“I know he has been getting calls from the other direction so we are here to say, no, we support what he has been doing,” said Allen Page, FreedomWorks Southeastern director.
And what's even funnier than all that, this guy lives like three blocks from me. ;)
That might not be too surprising for you folks who live in rarified neighborhoods like Chapel Hill or Raleighwood, but out here in the hinterlands it's prime front-porch gossip material.
— Michael Biesecker (@mbieseck) October 7, 2013
So much for having a free and open Democracy. Wouldn't there need to be "probable cause" or some other legal basis to conduct this? Very unsettling. And apparently the government-hating you'll-get-my-gun-when-you-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-hand crowd doesn't give a shit when it's the Librals who are being surveilled. Gee thanks for your selective outrage.
— Melissa Price Kromm (@MelissaAPrice) October 8, 2013
I gotta say, the good Reverend is not only a dynamic presence in the continual fight for civil rights, he knows which battles are important. Money in politics has the potential to suppress average people more than any other single element. We're with you, sir.
Speaking of institutional civil rights challenges, it's time for some due diligence:
— NCPoliticalNews (@NCPoliticalNews) October 6, 2013
Which is just one more effort to deceive the American public on who's responsible for the whole shutdown mess. But that's not why I posted this Tweet.
It's been covered here before, but it's time to do so again: NC Political News tries to pass itself off as some sort of mainstream digital news outlet, but it's really just a public relations arm of the NC GOP:
Founded in February 2013, NCPoliticalNews.com is North Carolina’s online source for political news.
NCPoliticalNews.com is managed by Pioneer Strategies, Inc., which also manages Cape Fear Business News.
Peeling the rotten onion further:
Frank has been a featured speaker for a variety of organizations. He has addressed gatherings of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the Brunswick Community College Small Business Center, the Leland Business Association, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce, the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, the N.C. State University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the John William Pope Civitas Institute’s Academy of Practical Politics, Heritage Action for America’s activist skills clinics and numerous other civic and political organizations.
Frank is actively involved in civic and business affairs and local and state politics. He has served as president of the Leland Area Rotary Club and on the boards of directors of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and Communities in Schools of Brunswick County. He has also served on the Brunswick Community College Small Business Center Advisory Committee. Frank served as chairman of the N.C. 7th Congressional District Republican Party from mid-2009 until early 2012, serves on the Brunswick County Republican Party executive committee and has served on the N.C. Republican Party’s central and executive committees. He was elected as an alternate delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.
Peeling further still:
After calling Barefoot several times to discuss his race and the GOP strategy, and getting no answer, I received a text from him saying his wife had just given birth to their first child. That's a good reason not to return a call. But Stam, Barefoot's boss Frank Williams and campaign treasurer Chris Ayers—an attorney at Poyner & Spruill— did not return repeated calls and emails seeking comment and additional campaign finance information for this story.
•His mother-in-law is Tami Fitzgerald, a former lobbyist for several groups, including the N.C. Family Policy Council and the N.C. Values Coaliton, which led the successful passage of the anti-LGBT measure, Amendment 1. His wife of 18 months, Paige Barefoot, is on the staff of Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Dale Folwell.
•In January, Barefoot was hired by public relations firm Pioneer Strategies, run by conservative Republican Frank Williams, a Brunswick County Commissioner candidate. Pioneer Strategies does not list its clients—or Barefoot, its director of business development—on its website.
According to several press releases, the firm began representing the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools, a pet project of charter schools advocate and Barefoot contributor Bob Luddy, in January, about a week after Barefoot's hiring. Pioneer Strategies has not occupied its Raleigh office, listed at 4617 Western Blvd., for the past two years, according to a tenant there. Of course, Barefoot could be working from home.
The #ncpol hashtag and, to a certain extent, the #ncga hashtag, have become cesspools for paid propagandists and delusional RWNJ twisters, like this one:
— betseyross (@betseyross) October 6, 2013
Which is probably also funded by the Orwellian GOP machine.
It makes for interesting commentary on my weekly roundup, but I don't know how much more I can take of this crap. Their propensity for deceit and thinly-veiled racism is both breathtaking and nauseating, and forcing myself to read this crap even just once a week is not healthy, to say the least.
Which is one reason I fall back on the Onion when I reach the gagging point:
"Meatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeatmeat." – Boar's Head CEO Robert Martin http://t.co/TspfVwGFbE
— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 4, 2013
Yeah that's...not helping my nausea. Doesn't his head resemble one of those tightly wrapped honey-roasted turkey...ahh, I need to change the subject real quick:
In Focus: Stoner Uncle All The Kids' Favorite http://t.co/OqbKL877Nm
— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 4, 2013
:) That's better.
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