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Common Core & Ft Bragg

When I had the opportunity to speak at NCGA's Education hearing on the Common Core (CC), one of the points I made was that having the same expectations nation-wide was not a Communist plot but merely common sense. My family moved a lot during my childhood. Although we were not a military family, in 12 years of public education I attended 10 schools in 4 states.

About that comeback

Triangle Business Journal is reporting that personal income in North Carolina is rapidly falling behind the national average. In fact, year after year, our personal income has seen less growth than the national average.

North Carolina per capita personal income, percent change from year to year (U.S. average)
2013-14: 2.5% (3.0%)
2012-13: 0.4% (1.3%)
2011-12: 5.6% (4.4%)
2010-11: 3.0% (5.5%)
2009-10: 1.4% (1.9%)
2008-09: -2.2% (-3.7%)
2007-08: 1.9% (2.7%)
2006-07: 3.8% (4.4%)
2005-06: 4.7% (6.2%)

Partisan School Board Elections

Representatives from Onslow and Forsyth want to make the elections to every local school board in the state into partisan elections. HB 324, filed by

Phil Shepard and George Cleveland, Onslow Repubs, and Donny Lambeth and Debra Conrad, Forsyth Repubs, will have all school board candidates, statewide, run with a party affiliation. If there are more party candidates than available seats on the board, there will be primary election to determine who will run.

A PEP for NCGA

It wasn't too long ago that we were hearing teachers cannot be trusted to assess the progress of their students and we needed all kinds of tests run by outside businesses (at big expense) to see how our kids were doing in school. It is so nice to see Sen. Jerry Tillman has a newfound trust in our teachers:

“The good teachers are doing informal assessments all the time, and they already know what they’re doing…"

McClumsy Strikes Again

McCrory was on hand to witness the school's retiring of Sam Jones' jersey. The ten-time NBA champion played his college ball at North Carolina College.

Though there are transcendent moments, politics and sports are not always inseparable. Thursday night was clearly one of those moments, as North Carolina Governer Pat McCrory was booed at a North Carolina Central basketball game Thursday night.

Wake redistricting comments

More Redistricting,

Senate Bill 181 sponsor, Sen Barefoot: most Wake residents live outside Raleigh…bill introduces more representation on the board… changes at large process to assure geographic representation… uses Wake school districts which have been upheld by the courts… districts set when county had 300,000 people, now have 1million. Nothing local about representing 1 million people… time to increase representation for all citizens of Wake.

Public Comments on G'boro Redistricting at NCGA

The Redistricting Committee is meeting at NCGA, Sen Rucho is Chair.
(consider all paraphrased, not direct quote)
Sen Trudy Wade will speak for her bill, Senate Bill 36.
Her bill would re-district Greensboro city, and is non-partisan. Each district would have a smaller population, and, she said, would encourage more people to run for office and pay less to do so.
Among other things, the bill adds districts. Also changes the duties, so that the mayor only votes in case of a tie. If passed would apply to the 2015 elections.

Tax Reform?

Conversation #1 from Facebook regarding the 'tax reform' given to us by our NCGA.
More to come!!

~sarcasm warning~ I can't thank our state legislature enough for the wonderful tax cuts that they've been bragging about for the past year (face palm)...Our gross income was $4k less this year....last year our state refund was $541, this year we owe the state $18.....I'm still trying to find that tax cut that they raved about....oh wait!!! I found it.....Art Pope got my tax cut.

Response from Friends:
-We owe $34 to NC. They're not getting it till April 10.

Intimidation in the Dark Ages


It’s nice to see the sun shining after this week’s snow, but no matter how bright the sun and Carolina Blue the sky, today North Carolina entered a new Dark Age.

When I think back on my educational experiences I never thought I'd live to see a day when Science was ridiculed as Magic, Learning denigrated as Foolhardy, and the Ravings of the Willfully Ignorant elevated to the level of Religion. Nor did I ever expect to live in a time where everyone associated with a world class university was made to feel the phrase Freedom of Speech had to be replaced with Do Not Anger The Powers That Be.

Which religion takes precedence?

The argument over SB2, allowing magistrates to opt out of marrying people they don't like, is about more than religious beliefs--it is about whose religious beliefs take precedence.

This is the same argument the right uses against birth control pills and abortion--they violate a business owner's beliefs and they violate a pharmacist's beliefs, or a doctor's beliefs or a hospital's beliefs. But in caving to the business owner, pharmacist, doctor and hospital, they violate the religious beliefs of the employee and patient.

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