Dome: McCrory team lists hundreds of job openings

FROM STAFF REPORTSNovember 18, 2012 

Dome has been checking out the website which lists the jobs available with Gov.-elect Pat McCrory’s administration.

On Friday, there were several hundred jobs listed under various state departments, including an intern, a prison guard and directors of various state agencies. Dome couldn’t help but feel sorry for the current job holders who saw their jobs listed, even though most had to know their jobs were toast under the new administration.

Then on Saturday, the big list with all the titles was gone. Were all the jobs already filled? Dome had heard the résumés had been flying in. Apparently not. The list of specific titles has been replaced with something a bit more generic. Now instead of applying for a “communications” job – not that Dome was interested – in the Department of Commerce, you apply for a job that “performs work for the Department of Commerce.” Ditto public safety, public safety, revenue and the like.

It’s a good-news, bad-news situation as far as Dome can tell. The good news is that McCrory will be hiring hundreds. The bad news is that many of the people in those positions will boost the state’s unemployment numbers.

Westward ho!

For those who have not been paying attention, Raleigh-based communications firm Capstrat has created a series of maps to show the westward shift of power in the General Assembly. They illustrate the change in geographic distribution of legislative leadership and experience over the last four years.

To track the shift in experience and leadership, the agency created a metric combining number of terms served and leadership posts and applied them the 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections.

“With the executive and legislative branches now solidly in Republican hands, geography could play a key role in battle lines over policy and budget,” account director Andrew Meehan wrote in a blog post. “The question for anyone with interests in the General Assembly – do you have support in these key geographic areas?”

The four areas of most significant change: Charlotte and points west; northeastern North Carolina; southeastern North Carolina and the border counties; central North Carolina.

Broadwell for Senate? No.

North Carolina – home to former Sen. John Edwards and future Sen. Paula Broadwell?

Not a chance that’ll happen now that Broadwell, who lives in Charlotte, has been outed as David Petraeus’ mistress and co-star of the most-talked-about extramarital romance since – well, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter, who also lives in Charlotte.

But Time magazine reports that Broadwell had a plan to run for the Senate, as a Republican from the Tar Heel State.

Over drinks last July in Aspen, Colo., she told a small group that she had been approached by some “Republican moneymen,” as Time put it, about running – presumably against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who is up for re-election in 2014. (Republican Sen. Richard Burr won a second term in 2010).

Broadwell was tempted. But Petraeus shot down her plan, Broadwell told the group “in an irritated tone,” the magazine said.

Petraeus – ex-CIA director, retired general and subject of a gushing 2012 biography by Broadwell – interrogated her about her positions on several issues: abortion, climate change, gun control, gay marriage, tax cuts, and Social Security vouchers.

“Her answers, he told her, would not fit either party, and she should not sell herself out,” Time reported.

Staff writers Mary Cornatzer, Austin Baird and Tim Funk of the Charlotte Observer.

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