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Re: “Richard Burr Wraps Himself in the Flag, Forgets What It Stands For

Burr if anyone has noticed is nothing but an asshole and a corporate lackey...He works for corporate and not for the citizens of this state he has supported everything bad that has happened here in our beautiful state and left to republicans our state will be nothing but poisoned water and land and long as his rich buddies make enourmous profits at our expense....All of us who work for a living will suffer the theological and corporate bull shit these assholes have pulled on us.....They havent saved us a dime on fact we pay more now than ever and get nothing in return...They are LIARS and CROOKS period.

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Posted by Tony D on 08/17/2016 at 1:19 PM

Re: “In North Carolina, the Rich Get Richer, While the Middle Class Disappears

McCory=AsshOle......2016 is our time to kick these crooked scum suckers out of office.

Posted by Tony D on 08/17/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Is Pat McCrory’s DHHS Willing to Jeopardize Lives to Appease the Boss’s Former Employer?

The McCrory cabal lies on spec.

Posted by ScottB on 08/17/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Richard Burr Wraps Himself in the Flag, Forgets What It Stands For

If you've seen Richard Burr outside of a major GOP "give me your bucks bazaar"--raise your hand! Oh, my!! Not many regular North Carolinians get to see or hear from Burr about jobs, affordable housing or bringing home the bacon. What's more-- the "invisible" senator was nowhere to be found Tuesday when his party's presidential nominee spoke in Wilmington. Huh? Guess Burr doesn't want North Carolinians to know he supports Trump because the party told him who to back and how to vote.

Maybe Richard Burr can explain why an American flag lapel pin makes him more patriotic than anyone else. Patriotism is about loyalty to America not allegiance to a political party over all else. Patriotism is about protecting the rights of all, including the incendiary and threatening comments of "Donny Dangerous."

BTW, gov. Pat McCrory didn't shy away from saying he supports Trump. McCrory delivered a cutesy stump speech for his flagging gubernatorial campaign.

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Posted by cityfox on 08/11/2016 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Necessary evil: The business of nonprofits

Non-profits are just innocuous little entities existing in their own isolated corner of the economy. They do not hurt the economy, but they certainly do not carry it, either. Non-profits serve one distinct purpose – bettering the world while zeroing out their books. Non-profit organizations are a steady source of employment. Just because non-profits are not allowed to carry forward does not mean their operation does not require specialized jobs to be filled. In fact, in terms of day-to-day operations, non-profits run very similarly to for-profit corporations. Non-profits, like for-profits, rely on computer programmers, accountants, graphic designers and other specialized workers to ensure smooth operation. AGC founder Alan Gavornik personally commits his 32 years of entrepreneurship and business development excellence to facilitating the causes of the philanthropic community. AGC is committed to the prudent application of the successful business models and principals of the private sector to those of the philanthropic and public sector markets. His consulting, coaching and training services to the non-profit community are delivered on both a discounted basis as well as through a host of pro bono engagements. AGC has a mission to boost the performance of non profit clients by using decades of private sector experience tailored to the following areas;

• Development Sales Training
• Program Marketing
• Effective Team Leadership Skills

Posted by Anna Weber on 08/11/2016 at 12:22 AM

Re: “The Myth of Gender

I'm sure you will get blow back from this as it doesn't match the 'Genesis story' be damned...

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Posted by workforjustice on 07/27/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “A Brief Note on the Indy's Recent Personnel Changes

Fresh ideas are essential to progressive journalism - Bravo to the new team - it feels like the old Indy is resurging. Maybe we can once again count on the Indy for quality, substantive reporting. Particularly impressed with the work of David Hudnall - a beacon of light in a world of mostly content-free news.

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 07/06/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “A Brief Note on the Indy's Recent Personnel Changes

Good luck to Skillet and Grayson! I've enjoyed their work for years and will miss them in these pages.

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Posted by john i on 07/06/2016 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Guns & God

Ronald C. Tanciar - if your brand of mythology demands "don't be gay", then by all means, do whatever you have to do to not be gay. Ditto for eating pork, working on Sundays, etc. But your mythological tenets should not be used to suppress others... or even attempt to make others seem lesser human beings than yourself.

Me? I don't like coconut. It is repulsive to me. But I'll be damned (pun intended, of course) if I'll demand others be prohibited from eating coconut. That would just be wrong.

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 06/29/2016 at 9:58 AM

Re: “I Touched Trigger

I freak out a little when I see Reidsville mentioned. :) Beautiful story.

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Posted by thespone on 06/10/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “I Touched Trigger

That's a great story.

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Posted by Bill Knight on 06/10/2016 at 12:57 PM

Re: “In Memory of Wes Phillips, 1977–2016

Thanks Matthew! We have update the playlist with the correct track listing. Blame iTunes for somehow grabbing the wrong titles from their database : )

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Posted by rbenjamin on 06/03/2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “In Memory of Wes Phillips, 1977–2016

Just a brief note that most of these song titles are not matched with the correct music files. Thanks for posting all the same :)

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Posted by Matthew Kennedy on 06/02/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “MYOBathroom

Let's not forget Part 3 while eliminates use of state courts in discrimination cases. Your taxes will still support those courts by all kinds of discrimination cases will now have to go to federal courts.

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Posted by Harry 1 on 05/21/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “In North Carolina, the Rich Get Richer, While the Middle Class Disappears

I'm all for raising the minimum wage, but even $15/hour will not bring back a strong middle class. The problem is the loss of quality jobs - factory jobs that paid well and provided good benefits. Somehow these must be replaced by other quality jobs which provide more opportunity and incentives for people to build careers and prosperity. There must be incentives for companies to keep factories and other businesses in the US and this must be the priority - focusing on minimum wage, I believe, obscures the bigger issue.

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Posted by Lynn Hayes on 05/19/2016 at 7:13 AM

Re: “In North Carolina, the Rich Get Richer, While the Middle Class Disappears

All suggested solutions in this article will only make it worse for the middle class and young people trying to get a foothold in this economy. It is important to realize how negative and underperforming the Obama economy is. It is like a massive boat anchor that can never let us pick up speed. ObamaCare, to the jubilation of the left, continues to to be the main factor slowing and stalling all sectors of the economy.

North Carolina is hanging in there better than most states in the face of ObamaDisaster. Things will improve all over the nation after this clown is gone.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 05/19/2016 at 12:32 AM

Re: “In North Carolina, the Rich Get Richer, While the Middle Class Disappears

Great article- straight to the heart of the issues and calling out what most of the press outside NC has failed to address- the other 4 parts of HB2.

And might I add my admiration for using both "obsequious" and "ass" in the same paragraph! ;)

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Posted by Cristel Gutschenritter Orrand on 05/18/2016 at 10:10 PM

Re: “In North Carolina, the Rich Get Richer, While the Middle Class Disappears

I get why the greedy Art Pope-types want the largest pieces of the economic pie. What I do get are the poor and middle class folks who vote Republican. Do they think Pat McCrory and his cabal give a fig about them? Their taxes are on the rise. The GOP has cut "safety net" programs for all North Carolinians, including current and retired veterans. The NCGOP talks jobs then blocks raises to minimum salaries. Is it the kabuki dance of social issues?

Maybe it's time to read between the lines. The Repubs call for small government. What that means is cuts to education funding for our kids; Social Security and Medicare benefits for the most vulnerable will go bye-bye. The governor already slashed unemployment benefits when people were hurting. He gave his old bosses at Duke Energy a sweetheart deal while they continued to poison our drinking water. Read between the lines. The right wing has insinuated itself into every aspect of our lives and canceling democratic rights.

Government stats show that the face of poverty is changing. The faces on the breadline won't be just black or brown. "By the time they turn 60, a whopping 76 percent of whites will experience economic insecurity—joblessness. Three out of four white people will get to know economic panic before they reach retirement age." All North Carolinians can thank the McCrory faction for the hurt and damage--all because the RWNJs want more cash and total mind control.

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Posted by cityfox on 05/18/2016 at 4:19 PM

Re: “MYOBathroom

When you see the state do something that makes no sense for North Carolina as a whole, that flies in the face of the GOP’s much trumpeted (and never adhered to) preference for “local control”, you should do what I was taught to do in military intelligence: “Ignore the propaganda and follow the money.” This worked well with the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, Bin Laden, and it works well with our own politicians and the ultra-wealthy men holding their leash, like Art Pope, the current owner of our state legislature and governor.

You have to wonder if a man as wealthy and erudite as Mr. Pope cares one whit who pees where, and I suspect he doesn’t. But I’m quite sure he’s concerned with section 2 of HB2 which pre-empts local jurisdictions setting a municipal minimum wage. You see, in addition to the bathroom ordinance, the City of Charlotte had announced its intention to set a $15 minimum wage for city employees, which I am sure Mr. Pope and his allies saw as a slippery slope to mandating a $15 state minimum wage, a trend that needed to be stopped before it started, and HB2 accomplishes this in section 2.

Proponents clearly had good reason to think this misdirection would work. Recall the mile long lines to buy Chik-Fil-A when their CEO was under fire for funding anti-gay groups? Legislators doubtless knew they could use transgenderism to terrorize the same folks. I think it has worked largely as intended. Consider that HB2 has been on the front page of local papers since it was signed, with no mention whatever of the minimum wage.

Our lawmakers perhaps underestimated the backlash from portraying North Carolina as a state populated by phobic troglodytes. So I expect the governor and legislature may eventually back down on HB2 section 1. But they will certainly enforce the labor law preemption provisions of section 2, which I am convinced was their goal from the start. Our lawmakers may not truly care about protecting us from bathroom predators, but they certainly care about protecting Mr. Pope’s pockets.

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Posted by Ron Garrett on 05/17/2016 at 1:38 PM

Re: “The GOP Isn’t the Party of Lincoln. Now It’s the Party of Trump

The corruption machine of several decades standing named "The Clintons" is the most destructive force in North America. Hillary is not a liberal, she is not a progressive, not idealistic, and not very competent except at committing crimes, producing scandals and covering them up. She is a Clintonist and anything done by her or hubby is to benefit The Clintons, Inc. This Eva Peron wanna-be has more in common with Hugo Chavez without the charisma, a sickening proposition all the way around. Why do you people tolerate this manifest evil for your leadership? #NeverHillary

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 05/11/2016 at 5:31 PM

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