The federal shutdown continues to trickle down to North Carolina’s workers and some of its neediest resident. We were one of the first state to furlough state workers whose jobs depend on some federal funding; on Tuesday we became what is believed to be the first state to stop enrolling families in WIC, the program that helps mothers buy food for their children; and on Wednesday it was the disableds’ turn. Those disabled people who are training for a job or work with the help of assistants had to stay home in many instances because the federal funds that pay for the program has dried up and the state isn’t stepping in with funds to keep the program. Read the full story here.
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“Joe Echevarria, the chief executive of Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, said, “I’m a Republican by definition and by registration, but the party seems to have split into two factions.”
While both parties have extreme elements, he suggested, only in the G.O.P. did the extreme element exercise real power. “The extreme right has 90 seats in the House,” Mr. Echevarria said. “Occupy Wall Street has no seats.” Read the full story here.
“The complaint, which was obtained from Don Wright, general counsel with the State Board of Elections in a routine public records request, charges Luke Eggers and Bill Aceto with “official misconduct, participation in intentional irregularities, unethical actions, and incapacity and incompetency to discharge the duties of their offices.”
“According to N.C. General Statutes 163-22(c) the State Board of Elections has full power and authority to remove from office any member of a county board of elections for “incompetency, neglect or failure to perform duties, fraud or any other satisfactory cause.” Read more here.
From the story: “Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, a reliable friend of business on Capitol Hill and no one’s idea of a bomb thrower, isn’t buying the apocalyptic warnings that a default on United States government debt would lead to a global economic cataclysm.
“We always have enough money to pay our debt service,” said Mr. Burr, who pointed to a stream of tax revenue flowing into the Treasury as he shrugged off fears of a cascading financial crisis. “You’ve had the federal government out of work for close to two weeks; that’s about $24 billion a month. Every month, you have enough saved in salaries alone that you’re covering three-fifths, four-fifths of the total debt service, about $35 billion a month. That’s manageable for some time.” Read more here.
“Wake is a bellwether county and last night was the first referendum on the fringe policies of Gov. McCrory and Republican legislative majorities, who have meddled in local government affairs and turned their backs on public education since coming into power. North Carolinians know we can do better and sent a clear signal last night that they’re ready to reclaim our state for our teachers, students and citizens.”
“Sen. Kinnaird’s years of advocacy in the legislature paired with PFADP’s mobilizing of tens of thousands of concerned citizens statewide helped stop executions here. We are a safer state without executions thanks to her work and the efforts of many advocates and litigators,” said Stephen Dear, PFADP’s executive director, in a statement.