The NCGOP's four signature pieces of legislation

As the year winds down, people begin to focus on accomplishments and legacy. I see four major "accomplishments" of the North Carolina Republican Party.

The Great Tax Increase of 2014. They'll spin and they'll blather about a monumental tax cut, but the truth will out. The so-called GOP Tax Reform is the biggest tax increase on working families in history. Fail.

The Insult Our Woman Act of 2013. McCrory said "none" when asked about future restrictions on abortion, and then he signed this legislation into law. No amount of happy-talk will change this reality. It will be the end of his political career.

The Keep Poor People Poor Initiative of 2014. Two pivotal decisions involving Medicaid and unemployment benefits will be on full display next year, costing North Carolina taxpayers billions of dollars. There's no way to put lipstick on this pig.

The No Jobs Act of 2013. Republican policies have put North Carolina at the bottom of the barrel in job creation, at a time when the rest of the country is moving forward. And their only trick - corporate bribery - is losing steam in the face of teacher retention problems, eliminating environmental protections, and good old-fashioned corruption.

Look for Art Pope's Multimillion Dollar Opinion Manufacturing Machine to shift into high gear over the next month. Whenever you see their propaganda on these issues, do two things. First, report it here. And second, respond with a letter to the editor or a comment online to set the record straight.


John Hood has been cranking out

supportive propaganda pieces about various Republican initiatives for several weeks now. Probably because he's the only one smart enough to write about these things without inadvertently revealing all their negative aspects.

It's an art, and he's an artist.

I nominate two more "accomplishments"

The War on Public Education. As in eliminating teachers' pay raises for advanced degrees, eliminating teacher assistan positions, redistributing wealth from taxpayers to private school owners via vouchers and dropping teacher pay and education funding to near-last in the nation.

Voter Suppression. North Carolina exceptionalism on display with more than a dozen ways to suppress the votes of people who tend to vote for Democrats, making it the worst set of voter restrictions in the nation. Pat and the Tillisberger tout is as "voter ID", but wait until people find out about the other provisions and discover how difficult it will be for them to vote.

Both of these will be on full frontal display too, especially with both being challenged by lawsuits.

(Oh, and we have several names for John Hood other than "artist").

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014