Seven months, no public records

Back in September -- 7 months ago -- the Raleigh News & Observer made a public records request of Queen Aldona's realm. They asked for emails of Carol Steckel (you remember Carol, she was hired as the savior of NC's Medicaid program and lasted 8 months under Queen Aldona before she abruptly resigned).

It’s been 205 days since The News & Observer requested emails of former state Medicaid director Carol Steckel.

What could possibly take so long?

But Kevin V. Howell, legal communications coordinator for the department, said in an email last week that “we will be in a position to begin reviewing Carol Steckel’s emails very shortly.”

That’s nearly seven months with no work on the request. “As you know,” Howell wrote, “public records requests are processed in the order in which they are received.”

So we are to believe that DHHS had a 7-month-long queue of public records requests? Either that's a helluva lot of requests or they're incompetently slow.

This is Deputy Assistant Guvnor McCrony delivering on his campaign promise of government transparency.


This level of foot dragging

must mean that there's some really good stuff in the emails that they don't want us to see.

"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