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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When NC drops to 49th in school funding, we'll still be ahead of —

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM

If you've seen the ads, it's not Mississippi. Mississippi will spend more on public schools than we do. It's not South Carolina. (Really? Not even with Nikki Haley in the Gov's Office?) Nope. Together NC coalition leaders just sent a letter of apology to South Carolina for their mockery back when our state was never gonna be like their state. *** So our all-but-adopted state budget, when the Senate Republicans are finished overriding Gov. Bev Perdue's veto, will drop us to 49th out of 50 states in taxpayer support for K-12 schools. Which I've read over and over in...

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Perdue to announce budget decision: Veto coming? (Update: Veto, yes. Perdue statement, plus a new poll.)

Posted By on Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Photo by Travis FainGov. Perdue adds her BP to the red ink [Update 4: 6/13: Public Policy Polling finds one-third of voters are undecided, but otherwise, Perdue's veto is the popular choice; even the Republican electorate is puzzling over the GOP position ... while Dems and UNAs — unaffilateds — are with the Gov.] *** The rest is from Sunday — [Update 3: Question about those five Democrats? She's talked to them, had them to the mansion, hopes some — or some Republicans — will now come to her aid. Question about the GOP budget, didn't they meet you halfway?...

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Friday, June 3, 2011

You go, Gov: Perdue bypasses the GOP, orders that those entitled to jobless benefits receive them (UPDATE: And it gets better ...)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Indyweek illustration by V.C. RogersPerdue keeps stirring up trouble for the GOPCan she do it? She can try. Let the Republicans find a judge who'll block it, but for now, Gov. Bev Perdue has declared — via executive order — that 47,000 people who should've been getting extended jobless benefits but weren't because the Republican General Assembly refused to pass a routine bill are entitled to receive them and they will. The Republicans have tried to tie Perdue's hands in the budget fight — the subject of our cover story this week — by linking the jobless benefits bill to...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Jim Neal, 2 others arrested in pro-gay rights action at General Assembly

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 6:35 PM

photo by Bob GearyAdam Attarian of Raleigh says "come on" WRAL is reporting that Jim Neal, a candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2008 Democratic primary, was one of three pro-gay rights demonstrators arrested today at the General Assembly. They went on the House floor while the chamber was in session and called for "liberty and justice for all" — whereupon they were removed. Neal was among the speakers at a rally earlier outside the legislative building. The rally was sponsored by a California-based group called Get Equal with a new N.C. state chapter. (The rally started late and I...

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(Update) The Republicans' budget vs. Perdue's: The gap is way bigger than it appears— Why are 5 House Dems with the GOP?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 9:52 AM

[Update II, 6/2, 9:30 a.m.: Progressive groups are incensed that five conservative House Democrats may upset Perdue's applecart. The five apparently will vote for the GOP budget when it comes back from the Senate. Whether they'll vote to override a Perdue veto is uncertain; it's possible that after a veto, they'll go to work on a real compromise.] [Update I, 4 p.m.: The "bipartisan" budget passed the Senate 31-18 ... with 31 Republican votes and zero (0) Democrats. Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt's critique is added below.) That "bipartisan budget deal" unveiled yesterday by the General Assembly's Republican leadership is...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Perdue in title defense vs. GOP'ers: Gov dominates in early rounds (but oops, goes down on broadband)

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM

photo by Bob GearyGov. Perdue at SE Raleigh HS Don't look now, but the supposedly unpopular Gov. Bev Perdue is kicking Republican sternum all over NC in the fight over the budget and public schools. [Update: Oh, we didn't see that one coming. The Gov just hit the deck on the broadband issue — she announced she won't sign or veto HB 129, which has the effect of making this bad boy law. The judges will have to decide if it's a knockdown or a slip — either way, it looks like it's a round lost. Her statement is copied...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ian Palmquist leaving Equality NC: Off to fair Harvard

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

courtesy Equality NCIan PalmquistNews from Equality NC: Ian Palmquist, their stalwart leader, is departing after 11 years at the helm and heading for Cambridge, MA. There, he'll wear the crimson of fair Harvard University. Under Palmquist's direction, Equality NC blossomed as a strong, statewide organization advocating "equal equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians." If the Republicans in the General Assembly have their way, North Carolina will vote next year on a constitutional amendment to discriminate against LGBT citizens. Palmquist helped build an organization capable of taking on that fight. A search is underway now...

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

HK on J Five: Historic thousands come to Jones Street

Posted By on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 5:12 PM

photo by Bob Geary (Update: To get on the list for text messages from the HK on J coalition as the General Assembly session moves forward, send your text to 46988 with ncnaacp as your message.) Picture postcard day in Raleigh. That helped the turnout for HK on J, no doubt, as did — don't you think? — fresh images of people power from Egypt. I'm guessing between 2.500 and 3,000 were there in front of the General Assembly building. And for sure, a diverse crowd. White, black, brown, for labor rights, immigrant rights, education rights — equal rights. In...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Politicians beware: Raleigh is cracking down on panhandling

Posted By on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

See how many of these new panhandling rules, listed in a City of Raleigh press release, your local candidate or political organization may be violating. (e.g., no asking for money in groups of three or more; after 8 p.m.; under the influence of liquor; in a dining area — these do apply to everybody begging for money, yes?) And also, no threats allowed that if you don't fork over some cash, they will [via a "statement, gesture, or form of communication that a reasonable person would perceive as a threat"] see to it that you'll regret it: APPROVAL GIVEN TO...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

GOP General Assembly Day 1: Step a-w-a-y from the ballot box, you &#!%#!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Just spent an invigorating several hours at the General Assembly's opening-day events. The big news, other than the fact that new House Speaker Thom Tillis revealed he was beaten by his father with a belt — more on this below — is that the Republicans are planning to move fast on their promise to pass Voter ID legislation. There's no stopping it, according to my very knowledgeable, don't-use-my-name source. The only question is whether the GOP bill will literally require every voter to present a photo ID at the polls? Or, if you don't have one, will alternative forms of...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ellmers' screw-up on health care: Just walk away, Renee

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers I don't like piling on. If I were a field judge, guys diving helmet-first into a ball-carrier when he's flat on the ground would be thrown out of the game. So I hesitate to comment on the really stupid thing Congresswoman Renee Ellmers said — and did — when she decided to accept a taxpayer-funded health insurance policy. The N&O already let her have it this morning. By noon, the state Democratic Party was out with a blast ... quoting the N&O. Read 'em (Dems' statement is below the fold) and, if you voted for Ellmers,...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Progressive coalition tells Gov. Perdue: Gotta raise taxes in 2011-12

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 11:07 AM

It'll be ugly if you don't push for a tax hike, is the message to Gov. Perdue from Together NC, a coalition of about 120 progressive-minded provider and advocacy organizations. In a letter described by its sponsors as "strongly worded," the coalition said Perdue must abandon her stated position that tax increases are "off my plate" as a means of helping to balance the 2011-12 state budget. Best estimates now are that, without any additional revenues — taxes — spending cuts of $3.7 billion will be needed to balance the budget. That means current spending levels would need to...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ellmers likes her Tea Party with cash in the cups, thank you

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Renee EllmersSure, Renee Ellmers got elected to Congress as a Tea Party Republican, railing against the special interests and career politicians like Bob Etheridge, her Democratic opponent, who feasted on their contributions. But even as she prepares to take the oath of office, Ellmers is faced with a choice between taking special-interest cash for her own campaign treasury and remaining pure ... but poor. Hey, that was fast. (Ellmers will take the cash, according to Politico, an online DC tip sheet. Duh.) Opponents are calling Ellmers a hypocrite. “I’m getting whiplash from the speed with which Ellmers has dropped her...

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dix Hospital's fate and the future of mental health in NC

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM

photo by Bob GearyView from the front of Dix Hospital I went up to Dix Hill the other day to remind myself what this old and venerable place looks like, and feels like, now that the psychiatric hospital that was its reason for existence is in the process of closing and its sole use is as a campus for the state agency that's doing the closing. Dorothea Dix Hospital, named for the crusader who talked the North Carolina legislature into creating a hospital asylum for the "insane" in 1848, will be closed by the Department of Health and Human Services...

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Big setback for Alcoa in battle for the Yadkin River

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 6:38 PM

photo by Bob GearyOne of Aloca's hydropower dams It's a long way from over, but if you were making odds in the battle between Alcoa and the Perdue Administration, Alcoa's got a lot worse yesterday and Gov. Bev Perdue's odds would look pretty good except for the fact that if she gets what she wants from Washington and the state is allowed to recapture (the legal term) Alcoa's water rights on the Yadkin River, North Carolina will have to compensate Alcoa for what its dams are worth — and the state presently has no money, honey. That said, Alcoa's road...

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Easley pleads guilty, skates away one last time

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Mike Easley in the courthouseFormer Gov. Mike Easley just entered a guilty plea to a single count of filing a false campaign finance report in connection with his 2006 re-election campaign. He was fined $1,000 plus court costs — no jail time at all. The plea brings to an end the long investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office and a separate investigation initiated by the State Board of Elections which resulted in a referral to a local district attorney. The SBOE fined Easley's campaign committee $100,000. Nobody else laid a glove on him. Corruption? Easley was far too disconnected from...

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Skip Stam: Too late, Dems, for us to be fair on redistricting

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Rep. Paul Stam, R-WakeYour Wake Republicans were in excellent spirits last night as they gathered in North Raleigh to salute their conquering candidates, especially Paul (Skip) Stam, the House minority leader in the current General Assembly who is battling to be the House Speaker come January. (More on his chances below.) Stam threw out the red meat, promising swift action on the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Amendment), voter IDs, Right-to-Life license plates, more charter schools as well as tax credits for private-school tuitions, and a budget that slashes spending — no tax-rate increases, Stam promised. In other words, everything the...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Troxler's truculence: Maybe he could sell his big grocery cart?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

They loves their cart at the Dept. of Ag So the Republicans are coming to town to slash the state budget, and as we said yesterday, Gov. Perdue's a step ahead of them with a directive to every department: Tell me where you'd cut 5 percent, 10 percent or 15 percent of your budget. Well, as Rob Schofield says, you can't make this stuff up: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, an elected official in his own right(-wing) after all, says he can't cut a dime. And he's a Republican! Wouldn't be prudent, I believe he told an aide in his best...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Budget cuts and Bev Perdue: How much is too much?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 5:01 PM

With the U.S. House in Republican hands come January, not only is another round of federal stimulus funding for the states a virtual impossibility, it may be that the GOP will try to pull back unspent funds from the 2009 stimulus package. (In the U.S. Senate debates, Richard Burr and Elaine Marshall both said that about one-third of the initial stimulus remains to be spent — which if my math is right would be, after accounting for the fact that one-third of the stimulus funding was in the form of tax cuts, about $150 billion.) So the N.C. General Assembly...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Speculating Wake: Coble up, transit down, schools in trouble, Pope's in his heaven

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Paul CobleI am bumming myself out just thinking about the consequences of last night's elections, so allow me to just fire up as raw speculation — sans elaboration — some of the things I've been hearing: 1) Paul Coble will be the new chair of the Wake County Commissioners. 2) The idea of a 1/2-cent sales tax for transit on the ballot in Wake next year is dead. 3) For the why on No. 2, see No. 1. 4) Also, see the enormous school budget cuts coming down the pike from the General Assembly to the Wake schools — leaving...

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GOP sweeps, takes 4-3 hold of Wake Commissioners board; statewide, GOP is in command, Etheridge is losing

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 1:20 AM

Update: Republicans swept the four Wake County Commissioners races and they added one legislative district to their side of the ledger. Overall, however, Democrats won 5 House seats in Wake to the Republicans' 4; the two parties split the four Wake seats in the state Senate 2-2. Update 2: Republicans may also have picked off one of the three Democratic congressmen with parts of Wake County in their districts. District 4 Democrat David Price and District 13 Democrat Brad Miler won easily — albeit with reduced margins from '08 — over Republican opponents B. J. Lawson and Bill Randall,...

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Save Dix or close it? The choice is Gov. Perdue's

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Mental health advocates in Wake County are hoping that a last-ditch, last-month campaign will convince Gov. Bev Perdue to keep Dorothea Dix Hospital open. As things stand, Perdue's Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler has announced that he has no money to keep Dix operating past the end of 2010, and consequently Dix will cease taking new admissions at the end of November. About 100 people rallied in a light rain this afternoon near the General Assembly, then marched to the Governor's Mansion to chant "Keep Your Promise!" to Perdue, who was nowhere in evidence. Is there a...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy: It does exist, and Raleigh is well-represented

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

If I were a right-winger, I'd sure be proud of my good friends Art Pope and Bob Luddy. Moneywise, they're not quite in the same league as the Koch Brothers, who are reported to be "worth" $21 billion each. (Worth means different things to different people, but if I were a right-winger, I'd measure it by the money.) But Art and Bob are rich. And when the vast right-wing conspiracy meets — and as this report from Think Progress (Center for American Progress) demonstrates, it's hosted twice a year by the Kochs — Raleigh is well-represented in the persons...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Bless her heart, Elaine Marshall is getting murdered

Posted By on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 7:34 PM

It's 7:32, 32 minutes into the Burr-Marshall debate. I can't watch any more. Burr was terrible in the first debate. That was a couple of months ago, and no one was watching. In this one, three days before early voting starts, Marshall is terrible. Burr's not great, but he's doing a reasonably good job of talking around every issue. And Marshall, who's 15-20 points behind in the polls, hasn't managed to call him out on anything. Generally, she parrots his nonsense, forgets to deliver any sort of critique of Burr, the Republican Party, George W. Bush, filibusters, obstructionism, special...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Saving the Republic-ans"? Or, "The Stam-pire Strikes Back!"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM

[Emergency Update ... second transmission received ... garbled — ... click here to unscramble.] This transmission just received from the planet Apex: Democrats have taken the Capitol. The situation is dire....

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