Raleigh – After N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper spoke publicly Monday about keeping government officials accountable, the N.C. Republican Party is testing him by asking for thousands of records dating back to when Cooper took office in 2001.
In five detailed requests, one for each day of “Sunshine Week,” the party asked for every email and correspondence Cooper and his senior staff sent or received in the past 14 years. It also asked for every Twitter and Facebook message, official appointment, expense report, official opinion and internal memo from the attorney general’s office since 2001.
In addition, the N.C. GOP requested specifics about the operations of the N.C. Department of Justice, the State Bureau of Investigation and the State Crime Lab during the past 14 years. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: They just don’t understand, they are in denial or they just don’t give a damn yet. But when it hit home, they will get it!
First, some data. In the recent midterm elections, a study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that white working-class voters—defined as those lacking a college degree, and whose jobs paid an hourly wage—voted for the Republican over the Democrat for Congress by a whopping margin of 61 percent to 26 percent.
Got that? Good. Also, the “vast majority” of recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit—and remember, that credit only goes to people who earn enough money that, without it, they’d be paying income taxes—are white, according to data collected by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Finally, the 2009 Obama stimulus package expanded the Child Tax Credit to make more working class families eligible. We don’t have exact data on the racial composition of those who benefited from the expansion, but given that about half of families in poverty are white, we can extrapolate that somewhere around half of beneficiaries are white.
Still with me? Okay. Now check this out, from a New York Times article about a deal in the works that centers around making corporate tax cuts permanent: (Source: Read more)
President Obama, who initiated the sequester process as part of his concessions to Speaker Boehner as part of the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling, is now making a symbolic gesture of solidarity with the people affected by his sequester cuts by refunding 5% of his salary to match the cuts in the rate of growth for employees of federal agencies affected by the cuts.
The show of unity will cost the president $20,000 a year since his salary is $400,000. His pay is constitutionally protected against pay cuts and a budget agreement superfluously exempted him from pay cuts along with members of congress. Supporters of the president have seized on his gesture as proof that he stands with the people. Remember, the sequester cuts do not lower the amount of federal spending; they lower the rate of how fast it increases.
Nevertheless, federal agencies have chosen to pass the modest reductions in their budget increases on employees by imposing pay cuts upon them either by salary reductions or unpaid furloughs. It is unclear why President Obama did not direct those in charge of the affected agencies to spare employee salaries from any pay cuts. (Source: Read more)
I often hear people say the Democrats have controlled North Carolina for more than 140 years, and it is now time to give GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature a chance to see what they can do.
While it is true that North Carolina, like the rest of the South, has been dominated by the Democratic Party for much of its history, the Republicans – and what’s more important, conservatives – have a much richer history in the Tar Heel state than some may realize.
During the past 40 years, for example, we’ve had six governors – three Democrats and three Republicans. During the past 19 years, three of the five state House speakers have been Republicans. (Source: Read more)
Response: Damn ain’t that an ignant comparison, "A speech by Barack Obama is a lot like sex," said GOP strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos. "The worst there ever was is still excellent."
Washington (CNN) — He talked a good game of acting on his own if necessary, calling for 2014 to be a "year of action, but President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address showed he knows that true progress depends on cooperation with a divided and recalcitrant Congress.
"Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged," he said near the end of the more than hour-long speech, seeming to describe his bad 2013 that lowered his approval ratings. "But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress." (Source: Read more)