NCDP: Yolanda Stith Benefits From McCrory’s Blatant Public Corruption – Spectacular Magazine

NCDP Calls For Investigation Into McCrory Quid Pro Quo After Million Dollar Giveaway To Top Staff
Raleigh, NC – On Friday Dec. 16th, in what appears to be a blatant quid pro quo action, Governor Pat McCrory secretly signed SB 4 into law just as Republican legislators introduced a bill to carve out an appointment for the wife of the Governor’s Chief of Staff. With a salary of $127,215 a year, over the 8.5 year appointment this amounts to over a $1 million giveaway to the Governor’s top staffer.

“This million dollar giveaway from the Governor to his top staffer is a shameful and flagrant abuse of the public trust that must be investigated immediately. It seems far beyond coincidence that immediately after Governor McCrory signed into law an unprecedented power grab, the General Assembly introduced a bill to give the wife of the Governor’s Chief of Staff a specially carved out position. This is no longer just a power grab, but blatant public corruption,” said NCDP Chair Patsy Keever.

At about 12:30 on Friday, it was reported that Governor McCrory signed SB4. Just minutes later, Yolanda Stith, wife of Governor McCrory’s Chief of Staff Thomas Stith, was nominated to fill a vacancy on Industrial Commission. But because of a special carve out introduced by the legislature earlier this week, the appointment is extended from 2.5 years to 8.5 years. (Read more)

Wilson native Kristi Jones to serve as Cooper’s chief of staff – Wilson Times

The Watch Dog response: I have been knowing Kristi since the early 90’s and she has shown herself approved. Congratulations!

RALEIGH — When Gov.-elect Roy Cooper takes office next month, a Wilson County native who’s been an ally and Cooper confidante for 16 years will remain his right-hand woman.

Cooper named Kristi Jones his chief of staff last week, two days after Republican Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the race. She will be the first African-American woman to serve in the leadership role for a North Carolina governor.

“I couldn’t find a finer public servant to work with,” Jones said. “I tell everyone all the time that I am blessed. It is an honor to work with people you trust and respect every day. I know that he is always going to do the right thing for North Carolina, and that’s just a good thing, because my reputation is tied to his reputation.”

The daughter of Grover and Rose Jones, she grew up near Sims and graduated from James B. Hunt High School. After earning her bachelor’s in political science from N.C. Central University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina, Jones returned home to work for the OIC of Wilson, a community group providing food and job training to low-income residents.

“She was a young, ambitious, brilliant lawyer — still a girl to me,” said Howard Jones, the nonprofit’s founder and CEO who is also Jones’ uncle. “She has been a light of hope since she’s been out of school, just a wonderful person. She has been an inspiration for the family.” (Read more)

Butterfield: S.B. 4, H.B. 17 Tarnish State Reputation

 

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For Immediate Release

 

 

Date:  December 16, 2016

 

Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101


Butterfield: S.B. 4, H.B. 17 Tarnish State Reputation

 

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signing Senate Bill 4 into law:

 

“By signing S.B. 4, Governor McCrory has again demonstrated the extent to which Republicans will stoop to abuse their power by passing laws that will give them an extreme partisan advantage.  It is troubling that this enactment and H.B. 17 will strip Governor-Elect Roy Cooper of the traditional authority of the Governor.

“These measures will require legislative approval for cabinet appointments.  They restructure the Board of Elections.  They remove gubernatorial appointments to UNC Boards of Trustees.  They unnecessarily change the jurisdiction of the appellate courts by eliminating the right of direct appeal to the Supreme Court in cases of significant constitutional importance.  The legislation would re-institute partisan election for appellate judges. 

“It is suspect that the General Assembly would pass these changes without significant debate and public input. 

“The people of our great state clearly see the political motivation of Governor McCrory and the Republican General Assembly.  It is intended to undermine Governor-Elect Roy Cooper simply because he is a Democrat.  North Carolina has been further tarnished in its stellar reputation as a progressive state.”

http://butterfield.house.gov

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Keith Ellison Just Made North Carolina Politics A Democratic Party Fight – The Huffington Post

The Watch Dog response: I am glad that Rep. Ellison has figured it out. It appears that the Democratic Party is sitting back waiting and watching the Republican Party do whatever they want to do next. The NC NAACP has been the lead dog in fighting these mean racist in the NC General Assembly. If anyone can not see how all of this is racist then obviously you don’t see the bigger picture. I will not spend time trying to make you understand because if you connect the dots you will see so don’t focus on me focus on what is happening in Raleigh with the good ole boys.

WASHINGTON ― The wild battle over the future of North Carolina state politics became a central fight in the future of the Democratic Party on Friday, as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) joined state lawmakers to denounce Republican efforts aimed at eliminating the political power of incoming Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat.

“It’s wrong,” Ellison told reporters on a conference call. “And we have to stand against it. It’s undemocratic. It’s un-Republican. It’s un-American.”

The Republican-controlled state legislature introduced bills on Wednesday evening designed to undercut the administrative abilities of the state’s governor, giving outgoing incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory (R) the power to sign away his successor’s authority. The bills drastically limit Cooper’s ability to make appointments to various state boards and departments and require confirmation hearings for the appointments ― giving GOP lawmakers an opportunity to stifle basic state government staffing decisions. (Read more)