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Daily dose: Training worker drones edition


Business Can Pay to Train Its Own Work Force (Chronicle of Higher Ed) -- This is how employment is supposed to work. Companies hire broadly educated workers, invest in appropriate training, and reap the profits of a specialized work force. Increasingly, however, employers have discovered a way to offload the nettlesome cost of worker training. The trick is to relabel it as education, then complain that your prospective employees aren’t getting the right kind. … Bemoaning the unpreparedness of undergraduates isn’t new. Today, however, those complaints are getting a more sympathetic hearing from the policy makers who govern public higher education. "We’ve got to adapt our education to what the marketplace needs," N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory said this year at a conference on innovation. "People are ready to get the work. Let’s teach them these skills as quick as possible."

Daily dose: Regressive Republican revenues edition


NC Senate proposes income tax cut, sales tax increase (Asheville Citizen-Times) – Average North Carolinians will pay more of their income at the cash register when they buy things so the rich pay less of their income when they file their income tax returns under a tax proposal rolled out by the state Senate's Republican leadership this week.

Daily dose: Grimesey firing fallout edition


Three School Board Members Resign; Grimesey's Return Possible (Southern Pines Pilot) -- Moore County Board of Education members Sue Black, Ben Cameron and Kathy Farren resigned Saturday afternoon following ­withering and almost universal community condemnation of their vote Thursday to fire Schools Superintendent Robert Grimesey.

School Board Members' Letters of Resignation (Southern Pines Pilot) -- Following is the text of the letters of resignation issued Saturday from Sue Black, Ben Cameron and Kathy Farren:

Daily dose: Supremely partisan edition


Legislature backs up-or-down vote for NC high court justices (AP) — The North Carolina legislature formally agreed Thursday to try another method of electing some judges to the state's highest court.

McCrory gets bill to change NC Supreme Court elections (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A plan to change how North Carolina elects its Supreme Court justices is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk after a 65-49 N.C. House vote Thursday.

Another Perspective

In American history, when did life expectancy, as we know it, gain the most? Was it in the late 19th century, when anesthesia was discovered, making surgery easier? Or was it in the 20th century, when antibacterial medicines became available? Or, was it when CAT scans and MRI’s and Ultra Sound procedures revealed serious health issues? I suggest the correct answer is “all of the above” with emphasis upon the word: access, i.e., having access to health-care professionals.

American Theocracy

HB 2, allowing Magistrates to opt out of marrying gay couples when they have a strong religious aversion to doing so, just passed its third reading in the House and will be sent to the Governor. Most of us were raised to have a polite aversion to discussing religion in the public realm. We have to get over that. Now.

Is the "renewable energy" debate masking a struggle for legislative power?

From a long-time BlueNC reader:

There is a war going on among Republicans in the N.C. House of Representatives. To the casual observer it may seem to be about the future of the state’s clean energy economy – one of the few true growth sectors in North Carolina over the last five years.

But the real struggle is over future leadership of the House of Representatives – with Majority Leader Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, looking to position himself to make a challenge to first-term Speaker Tim Moore, before the Cleveland County Republican can firmly establish himself as the undisputed House leader.

Unfortunately, the battleground is playing out in a variety of pieces of legislation jeopardizing the renewable energy sector, most significantly solar energy, where there are now 23,000 jobs and generating $4.8 billion in annual revenues.

Daily dose: Whining Skvarla edition


McCrory administration blames GOP-led legislature for losing Volvo plant (Raleigh News & Observer) -- North Carolina lost its bid for a Volvo manufacturing plant in part because the Republican-led legislature hasn’t approved more jobs incentive funding, said GOP Gov. Pat McCrory’s Commerce Secretary John Skvarla. Skvarla’s comments came mere hours after Volvo announced it will build a new $500 million plant near Charleston and employ up to 4,000 people -- after offering about $150 million in state incentives.

Daily dose: Anti-abortion crusade continues edition


Bill Requires Longer Waiting Period For Abortion In N.C. (WUNC-FM) -- A pregnant woman seeking an abortion would be required to speak to a medical provider and wait for three days before she can have the procedure under a plan approved by a North Carolina legislative committee on Wednesday. The proposed law, which got its first nod in a House of Representatives committee, would increase abortion wait time from one day and would require physicians to report information about the abortion to state health officials.

Duke University and the "mystery" of the hanging noose

The public's right to know trumps protecting the reputation of a wealthy racist scion:

Duke Student Affairs Vice President Larry Moneta said the student responsible for the noose would face judgment under the school's code of conduct, which includes penalties ranging from probation to expulsion. He said it was "too soon to make any comment'' about whether the student had expressed remorse.

“This is all part of what the investigation will yield and the opportunity for the student to speak to the basis for the behavior,'' Moneta said.

"Speak to the basis for the behavior"? What could he possibly say that would mitigate such an outrageous insult (if not threat) to not only African-Americans attending Duke, but all others living in the region? I have a feeling the "privacy laws" excuse cited for their lack of disclosure has a hell of a lot more to do with avoiding a lawsuit from a wealthy family than it does the laws themselves, and that kind of weak-kneed response is exactly why crap like this is still happening in our country. Even if Duke wins the NCAA, it appears they're losing a more important contest back on campus.


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