Gettin’ $$$ PAID $$$ (workin’ for the state)

Every time I hear stories like this, my level of sympathy for “the poor, poor state employees” drops another three notches. (*It’s been FIVE MINUTES since they got a bonus or a salary increase!*): North Carolina has billions of dollars invested in stocks, bonds and more – but it needs someone to decide what to do with all that money. The state’s $94 billion pension plan is responsible for making sure retired teachers, cops and other government workers are taken care of. It has been without a permanent leader since July, when the chief investment officer at the state treasurer’s…

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Dale Folwell wants NEW TAXES.

I soooo hoped that this is some of that fake news that our state drivebys are so fond of concocting. But it isn’t.   I don’t know how much more back-stabbing and selling-out I can stand.   From what I know of Dale Folwell personally, and from what I’ve seen of his work in the General Assembly and at Employment Security, that headline makes NO SENSE.  I’d believe Folwell desiring more fiscal restraint, or less spending, before new taxes. But, that is the headline the drivebys are presenting us with.  Here are some of the highlights of the interview with…

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#ncpol: ‘If you can’t beat ’em, BUY ’em.’

Incumbent state treasurer Janet Cowell fought tooth and nail against a legislative proposal, pushed by an architect and construction company, that would allow for the privatization and leasing of public school buildings with state funds.  Well, the Democrat incumbent treasurer is not seeking reelection.  But the proponents of the bill, which is currently stalled in the legislature, are making fast friends with the Democrat seeking to replace Cowell in the treasurer’s office:  A legislative proposal that would have allowed Robeson County to use state money saved from school staff reductions to make lease payments on new schools is an issue…

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The enigmatic Mr. Royal

    The media is dismissing Steve Royal, the GOP nominee for state treasurer, as an also-ran — an after-thought.  Royal has raised very little money and has been so low-key that an awful lot of politicos (even those in his own party) have a hard time describing or identifying him.  Jimmy Stewart made “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” — a movie about an average guy, fed up with Washington, who gets elected to Congress — part of the American political lexicon.   Is Steve Royal about to give us “Mr. Royal Goes To Raleigh”? One nominee for a Council…

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