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Surely you jest

One year ago to the month, it was about religion freedom. Another day, another disdainful bullshit session in the North Carolina General Assembly. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. And anyone who thinks the Republican controlled NCGA is a legitimate body of organization and representation on matters pertaining to the welfare of the State is truly vacuous.

Apex hick attorney won't seek re-election

When you compare Apex to Raleigh, the bastion of small town charm doesn't compete with the metropolis. Rural in many ways, Apex and other small towns in North Carolina still cling. To their insidious ideology whether from homegrown Southerners or transplants, pseudo (in many ways) Christian beliefs, small government, less taxation, astute and proud, overt and covert bigotry.......and the list goes on.

How to bleed a bank account the NCGOP way

My, my. The following comment found its way to an unusual place. A place to promote an agenda through some bizarre sense of dialogue while simultaneously bleeding the bank accounts of the ideological and ignorant. North Carolina GOP’s Facebook page.

The NC GOP is a disgrace to North Carolina! You continually push for and pass unconstitutional laws that waste out tax dollars.

Why "performing an act" in North Carolina sounds icky

If evidence of the absurdity of Senate Bill 2 hasn't hit home by now, it never will. Also known as the "Bigots for Berger's Re-election Bill,” it allows county magistrates to opt-out of performing marriages that conflict with their closely held religious bigoted beliefs. And God knows North Carolina has some bigots. Fancy, salaried bigots for sure. Whether on a local, county or state level, these principled bigots enjoy their financial livelihoods at the expense of North Carolina’s taxpayers. While words like "opt-out" might sound purposefully important, “cop-out" seems more appropriate. As Taylor Batten writes in the Charlotte Observer; "I now want in on Senate Bill 2", a positive side to this absurdity might be floating to the top.

The price of healthcare in North Carolina

When it comes to North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), few words have been written that are more damning than these...

The need to catch up with nearly two years worth of Medicaid expenses runs counter to the state Health and Human Services department’s narrative that it has cleaned up longstanding problems in Medicaid.

The nuts of North Carolina

In parts of the Triad, eastern North Carolina and other areas of the state, there's no such thing as being too conservative (right wing). In fact, being too conservative (right wing) remains a work in progress. The ongoing shell shock from ludicrous Republican ideas and legislation never before seen is apparent. The Cambridge Dictionary defines "outdo" as "to be, or do something, better than someone else." With North Carolina Republican politics, "outdo" is defined as "to be, or do something, more absurd or insane than anybody else." The bar for insanity is infinite. A never ending black hole.

Whitehurst steps up

Taking a stand isn't that difficult. Especially when it's the right thing to do. Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat in Raleigh, North Carolina has now voiced his concerns regarding divisive legislation heading towards the North Carolina General Assembly. Religious Freedom Laws, as they are currently being portrayed, are nothing more than bigoted attempts at exclusion. While some may suggest that this is a back burner issue in light of recent backlash, it remains in full view of staunch ideology. Whitehurst is direct........

Our business is deeply rooted in the principles of collaboration and inclusion, where people from diverse backgrounds and experiences come together to share ideas, challenge the status quo, and spur innovation. We've seen first hand the impact of this collaboration among diverse groups of people. We cannot see any economic benefit from divisive legislation, and would prefer to see more attention given to issues that would have a demonstrable positive impact on all citizens.

I commend Mr. Whitehurst for speaking out. The Republican controlled North Carolina General Assembly and their continued zest for an improved business climate, should heed Mr. Whitehurst's words.

The Scotch Bonnet dilemma

When former Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina bought into Cannonsgate in Carteret County years ago, a developer and or real estate broker got giddy. The purchase put prestige and a big commission into someone’s pocket. Easley’s .36 acre waterfront lot according to Carteret County Assistant Tax Administrator Ralph Foster, was valued at $1,198,245.00 one year later. Easley paid $549,880.00 for a patch of sand. Assuming the standard 6% commission, $32,992.80 was a nice payday.

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