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    The Decline of North Carolina

    Every Monday since April, thousands of North Carolina residents have gathered at the State Capitol to protest the grotesque damage that a new Republican majority has been doing to a tradition of caring for the least fortunate. Nearly 700 people have been arrested in the “Moral Monday” demonstrations, as they are known. But the bad news keeps on coming from the Legislature, and pretty soon a single day of the week may not be enough to contain the outrage.

    In January, after the election of Pat McCrory as governor, Republicans took control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first time since Reconstruction. Since then, state government has become a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot.

    The cruelest decision by lawmakers went into effect last week: ending federal unemployment benefits for 70,000 residents. Another 100,000 will lose their checks in a few months. Those still receiving benefits will find that they have been cut by a third, to a maximum of $350 weekly from $535, and the length of time they can receive benefits has been slashed from 26 weeks to as few as 12 weeks.

    The state has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country, and many Republicans insulted workers by blaming their joblessness on generous benefits. In fact, though, North Carolina is the only state that has lost long-term federal benefits, because it did not want to pay back $2.5 billion it owed to Washington for the program. The State Chamber of Commerce argued that cutting weekly benefits would be better than forcing businesses to pay more in taxes to pay off the debt, and lawmakers blindly went along, dropping out of the federal program.

    At the same time, the state is also making it harder for future generations of workers to get jobs, cutting back sharply on spending for public schools. Though North Carolina has been growing rapidly, it is spending less on schools now than it did in 2007, ranking 46th in the nation in per-capita education dollars. Teacher pay is falling, 10,000 prekindergarten slots are scheduled to be removed, and even services to disabled children are being chopped.

    “We are losing ground,” Superintendent June Atkinson said recently, warning of a teacher exodus after lawmakers proposed ending extra pay for teachers with master’s degrees, cutting teacher assistants and removing limits on class sizes.

    Republicans repealed the Racial Justice Act, a 2009 law that was the first in the country to give death-row inmates a chance to prove they were victims of discrimination. They have refused to expand Medicaid and want to cut income taxes for the rich while raising sales taxes on everyone else. The Senate passed a bill that would close most of the state’s abortion clinics.

    And, naturally, the Legislature is rushing to impose voter ID requirements and cut back on early voting and Sunday voting, which have been popular among Democratic voters. One particularly transparent move would end a tax deduction for dependents if students vote at college instead of their hometowns, a blatant effort to reduce Democratic voting strength in college towns like Chapel Hill and Durham.

    North Carolina was once considered a beacon of farsightedness in the South, an exception in a region of poor education, intolerance and tightfistedness. In a few short months, Republicans have begun to dismantle a reputation that took years to build.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/opinion/the-decline-of-north-carolina.html?hp#commentsContainer

     
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    In response to GreginMeffa's comment:

    And meanwhile, down in South Carolina, the giant hooplah over the confederate flag over the state house was completely ignored the guy who put it up. 

    Ya see, he's a democrat.  Shhhh!  It doesn't fit the plan and is terribley inconvenient.



    A "southern democrat", you mean.

    Shhh!!  Context is important.

     

     

     
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    Sounds like North Carolina is on the right track.  Massachusetts could learn something from this.

     
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    Not sure where the Tea Party has anything to do with this other than prove the ignorance of the poster.

     

     
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    Sounds like North Carolina is on the right track.  Massachusetts could learn something from this.

     




    We should try to have the fifth highest unemployment rate while slashing education? We should embrace group punishment and slash welfare rather than targetting actual fraud?

     

     

    Now, what would you say to building a debtor's prison?



    WDYWN,

    Shhhhh. Someone may pick up on that and find a way to get it done down there.

     
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    The Decline of North Carolina

    Every Monday since April, thousands of North Carolina residents have gathered at the State Capitol to protest the grotesque damage that a new Republican majority has been doing to a tradition of caring for the least fortunate. Nearly 700 people have been arrested in the “Moral Monday” demonstrations, as they are known. But the bad news keeps on coming from the Legislature, and pretty soon a single day of the week may not be enough to contain the outrage.

    In January, after the election of Pat McCrory as governor, Republicans took control of both the executive and legislative branches for the first time since Reconstruction. Since then, state government has become a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot.

    The cruelest decision by lawmakers went into effect last week: ending federal unemployment benefits for 70,000 residents. Another 100,000 will lose their checks in a few months. Those still receiving benefits will find that they have been cut by a third, to a maximum of $350 weekly from $535, and the length of time they can receive benefits has been slashed from 26 weeks to as few as 12 weeks.

    The state has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country, and many Republicans insulted workers by blaming their joblessness on generous benefits. In fact, though, North Carolina is the only state that has lost long-term federal benefits, because it did not want to pay back $2.5 billion it owed to Washington for the program. The State Chamber of Commerce argued that cutting weekly benefits would be better than forcing businesses to pay more in taxes to pay off the debt, and lawmakers blindly went along, dropping out of the federal program.

    At the same time, the state is also making it harder for future generations of workers to get jobs, cutting back sharply on spending for public schools. Though North Carolina has been growing rapidly, it is spending less on schools now than it did in 2007, ranking 46th in the nation in per-capita education dollars. Teacher pay is falling, 10,000 prekindergarten slots are scheduled to be removed, and even services to disabled children are being chopped.

    “We are losing ground,” Superintendent June Atkinson said recently, warning of a teacher exodus after lawmakers proposed ending extra pay for teachers with master’s degrees, cutting teacher assistants and removing limits on class sizes.

    Republicans repealed the Racial Justice Act, a 2009 law that was the first in the country to give death-row inmates a chance to prove they were victims of discrimination. They have refused to expand Medicaid and want to cut income taxes for the rich while raising sales taxes on everyone else. The Senate passed a bill that would close most of the state’s abortion clinics.

    And, naturally, the Legislature is rushing to impose voter ID requirements and cut back on early voting and Sunday voting, which have been popular among Democratic voters. One particularly transparent move would end a tax deduction for dependents if students vote at college instead of their hometowns, a blatant effort to reduce Democratic voting strength in college towns like Chapel Hill and Durham.

    North Carolina was once considered a beacon of farsightedness in the South, an exception in a region of poor education, intolerance and tightfistedness. In a few short months, Republicans have begun to dismantle a reputation that took years to build.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/opinion/the-decline-of-north-carolina.html?hp#commentsContainer




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    Sounds like North Carolina is on the right track.  Massachusetts could learn something from this.

     

     




    We should try to have the fifth highest unemployment rate while slashing education? We should embrace group punishment and slash welfare rather than targetting actual fraud?

     

     

     

    Now, what would you say to building a debtor's prison?

     



    Seems to be working.  While here in the Baystate, more and more people are leaving for...North Carolina.

    But, where were the complaints when a Democrat was in charge, and unemplyment was even higher?

    Under the first republican governor since 1993, the unemployment rate has dropped a full percentace point since taking office, give or take.

     

    So, like I said, seems to be working.  Suck on that you Democrat partisan hack.

     
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    Sounds like North Carolina is on the right track.  Massachusetts could learn something from this.

     

     




    We should try to have the fifth highest unemployment rate while slashing education? We should embrace group punishment and slash welfare rather than targetting actual fraud?

     

     

     

    Now, what would you say to building a debtor's prison?

     



    WDYWN,

     

    Shhhhh. Someone may pick up on that and find a way to get it done down there.



    Loose control of the facts.  Unemployment has risen under a Democrat governor, and is dropping under the recently elected Republican governeor.

     

    Typical pattern:  Democrats run up the bills, the Republicans come in and clean things up.  This cycel repeats endlessly, and will, until we wipe progressive thought from our country.

     
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    Typical pattern:  Democrats run up the bills, the Republicans come in and clean things up.  This cycel repeats endlessly, and will, until we wipe progressive thought from our country.



    Further evidence that willed ignorance is incurable.

    Prior to President Obama, the national debt has fallen under every Democratic President since FDR and risen under every Republican since Nixon. It's easy enough to find this information if you take the time to look for it.

     

     
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    North Carolina Republicans Quietly Attach Abortion Restrictions To Motorcycle Safety Bill

     

    Not satisfied with their efforts to force through stringent abortion restrictions by attaching them to an anti-Sharia bill, Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are trying again. This time, without providing any public notice, they have quietly inserted anti-abortion amendments into a measure about motorcycle safety

     

     
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    Spin a meter !!!! you can run but you can't hide from I.T.

    North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory criticized the Senate for pushing the abortion legislation through in relative secrecy, and House leaders responded by holding a public hearing on Tuesday.

    Who are you speaking to user 99  "Oh He is a TP guy " and he is a REP.

    Rep 65% Dem 55% 




    Not spinning, running, or hiding.

    NC legistature attached strict abortion rules to an anti-Sharia Law amendment last week (a joke in itself).  The republican governor threatened a veto because it went too far.

    Now this week, they attach similar (but slightly watered down) anti abortion rules to a motorcycle safety bill....actually anti-safety because it eliminates the state's helmet law.  They expect it to be signed by the governor.

     

     
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    A friend of mine just moved back here from NC due to lack of employment.

     
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    Typical pattern:  Democrats run up the bills, the Republicans come in and clean things up.  This cycel repeats endlessly, and will, until we wipe progressive thought from our country.

     



    Further evidence that willed ignorance is incurable.

     

    Prior to President Obama, the national debt has fallen under every Democratic President since FDR and risen under every Republican since Nixon. It's easy enough to find this information if you take the time to look for it.

     



    "Prior to President Obama..."

    I didn't think I would live to see the day when a progressive , over the top Obama supporter admits that Obama is running us off a cliff.

     
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    Spin a meter !!!! you can run but you can't hide from I.T.

    North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory criticized the Senate for pushing the abortion legislation through in relative secrecy, and House leaders responded by holding a public hearing on Tuesday.

    Who are you speaking to user 99  "Oh He is a TP guy " and he is a REP.

    Rep 65% Dem 55% 

     




     

    Not spinning, running, or hiding.

    NC legistature attached strict abortion rules to an anti-Sharia Law amendment last week (a joke in itself).  The republican governor threatened a veto because it went too far.

    Now this week, they attach similar (but slightly watered down) anti abortion rules to a motorcycle safety bill....actually anti-safety because it eliminates the state's helmet law.  They expect it to be signed by the governor.

     



    So, why aren't you happy with a bill that saves babies and expands freedoms for bikers?

     
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    until we wipe progressive thought from our country

     



    Shhhh. Your fascist is showing.

     



    How?  By going after facists?  

    Progressives are all lock-step in thier freindly fascism.  Control everything, subjigate everyone to the progressive state.

     
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