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  •  In case you missed it: we are marching (6+ / 0-)

    I am in there somewhere. Of course, Rev. Barber is called a race-baiter and radical agitator by the right.

    It's not just unemployment cuts that are the headlines here in NC. The Republican-led legislature and Governor are also rejecting the Medicaid expansion that would cover over 500,000 North Carolinians and bring jobs and up to 1.4 billion dollars to the state. They refuse to establish a healthcare exchange program.

    They denied young DREAMers a driving license until our AG Roy Cooper (D) instructed the DMV that those who qualify for deferred action status fulfill NC's requirements for a driver's license.    

    They are also poised to reduce the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers while repealing the estate tax for the wealthy. School vouchers, Voter ID, early voting cutbacks, stacking commissions with corporate cronies, putting fracking on fast track and eliminating the position of state geologist from the mining commission, restricting unions (as if they had so much power in this right-to-work state to start with), replacing the state income tax with a sales tax increase, and akkowing concealed weapons in restaurants and bars (alcohol and guns: what could possibly go wrong).

    And, let's not forget last year's folly, making it illegal to consider sea levels rising due to climate change.

    If money is speech, then speech is money and I should be able to pay my bills with witty social commentary, astute political analysis or good old blarney

    by heiderose1 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 03:00:22 PM PST

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    •  They Also... (4+ / 0-)
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      ...have a proposal that has passed the NC Senate (after 15 minutes of "debate") that would fire all members of state commissions and advisory boards and have McCrory appoint all their replacements.

      This would include the Utilities Commission which will soon be acting on a request by Duke Power for a rate increase.  It should be noted that McCrory worked for Duke Power for 29 years.

      There is also a proposal to add two members to the NC Supreme Court which, unlike the current members, will NOT be elected by the people but appointed by McCrory.  Republicans already have a majority on the NC Supreme Court.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 03:25:32 PM PST

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      •  The NC Utilities Commission (2+ / 0-)
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        is considering both a Duke Energy 10% rate increase (aren't coal and gas dirt cheap right now?) and a 20-year generation plan that would require the building of new coal and nuke plants - and a 400% rate increase to pay for it all.

        Meanwhile, Mccrory holds at least $10,000 in Duke Energy stock - and likely holds $100,000+. Of course, that's just a coincidence...

        Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

        by bear83 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:00:58 PM PST

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    •  Keep up the fight (1+ / 0-)
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      And I hope your numbers grow!

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