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  • superman Jan 11, 3:55 p.m.

    There aint going to be no change. McCory done feed his buddies cake by giving them a raise. Unemployment benefits will be cut. So just what kind of change has been good so far. Sounds like the same old same old. Just a different set of crooks with their hands in the pot. The thousands with no jobs, no unemployment benefits might just soon storm Raleigh. I think we will soon see riots and demonstrations on the government. People have had more than enough. No future for a job. That has always been the difference in our country and others. People here had a future, hopes, dreams. They have them no more. People are going to get very tired of rich politicians who only think about themselves. McCory has already made it clear that he has no sympathy or compassion for the people who are cold, hungry and desperate. Remember desperate people do desperate things. Standard equipment for politicans will soon be bullet proof vest.

  • bassbugy Jan 10, 11:21 p.m.

    One must wonder how much it cost to have a inaugural celebration of the Governor of NC and the President of the US. I can only wonder how many homeless folks could be fed, or how many schools could be protected by officers for the money that is spend on these celebrations. The voting is over, and we know who holds the office. Why do we, as the taxpayers have to pay for a celebration that we can't even attend.

  • sunneyone2 Jan 10, 11:28 a.m.

    "least unionized state" means you can get fired at any time, for anything and not have anyone in your corner to help you fight, unless you pay them. Yeah, that's great....

    I'm worried about this group of leaders. I think they're going to ruin the beauty of this state for fracking. They're going to kill any advances made for anyone other than white dudes. I agree, dark days ahead for NC.

  • goldenosprey Jan 10, 10:17 a.m.

    What's not to hate? McCrony broke his campaign promise to be a "political outsider" and "root out special interest" by essentially selling this authority to his benefactor.
    Art Pope made a fortune selling cheap Chinese garbage to poor people and redistributing the wealth to undermine public education, workers rights, environmental stewardship, and women's health with his rightwing Civitas organization.

  • piene2 Jan 10, 9:47 a.m.

    "Oh you poor poor Democrats and your sour grapes. Republicans won, so the voters must be stupid, right? Time to stop crying and blaming voters, and own up to your failed policies. Let's see if you can take as many dirty tricks as you've been dishing out.
    NCJoe"

    Hey Joe, we have the nation. You are more then welcome to Mississippi North East.

  • North Carolina Home Jan 10, 9:32 a.m.

    Nobody that voted for Gov. McCrory or a Republican legislator in the state of North Carolina expects anything but negativity for four years from WRAL and the McClatchy twins (N&O and CO)

    That is just the way they roll. In fact, they may have a tougher time dealing with the loss of power than the Democrats in the back row for the first time in over a hundred years.

    Remind me again...why do you hate Art Pope? He's working for free. Dr.Aldona Wos is working for the grand salary of $1.00.

    According to the media, they are "paying" to play.

    Wish Mike and Mary Easley had paid to play at that rate.

  • driverkid3 Jan 10, 9:14 a.m.

    jgilchr, I am a woman and not at all afraid of what these folks are going to do. It's a shame what we women have had to go through under the rule of the dems, and now, it's going to change! No wonder you dems are spitting acid over this.

  • driverkid3 Jan 10, 9:11 a.m.

    It's about time that we have people on Jones St. that are looking out for this state, and are wanting to do the best for it. Just get the Voter ID passed please.

  • josephlawrence43 Jan 9, 5:26 p.m.

    aw now come on WRAL--you know that the reference to the tracking program you have for our new governor is going to show up--and the question is going to be asked "why not a similar program for Obama, Easley, Purdue, etc. Its gonna happen--so why not let it go through and be done with it???

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 9, 5:23 p.m.

    Maybe you mad now because yuhave to get off the porch and go to work. You won't be getting 5 years of unemployment anymore while you sit around.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 9, 5:22 p.m.

    All you left-wingers eat at the sme watering hole? Maybe you all live in the same tent and use the same computer. You sure have the same marching orders and same baseless spin.

  • free2bme Jan 9, 4:45 p.m.

    Some of NC's best days may lie ahead, especially if you work for a living. Get for real Mike.
    It seems that conservatives care nothing about those that are out of jobs seeking employment. The wealthiest 1% is their only concern. The hope is that jobs will be created in NC so more can be working. I plan to give this legislature a chance because I have no choice. I hope for the sake of the unemployed, disabled, and elderly that they prove me wrong.

  • Skywatch_NC Jan 9, 4:41 p.m.

    We need to approve the fracking...the more the better. Open it up on state parks.

    If fracking ever got approved ...don't see it happening at state parks.

  • goldenosprey Jan 9, 4:04 p.m.

    Really...LOL@ugoodol'boysheep. Get over it...the word "forward" is a verb to conservatives....NOT a meaningless campaign chant.-Smoke Wagon

    It sure as heck isn't an adjective to conservatives!

  • bluford2 Jan 9, 4:04 p.m.

    Has anyone actually seen any specifics on the new legislation that's about to be created/enacted? I see a lot of general politi-talk, psueodo-conservative, get-me-elected blah-blah but not much in the way of actual plans. Is there a website or booklet available so we can begin to decipher the politi-talk into specific policies? .....TIA

  • The Yoda Jan 9, 3:58 p.m.

    Nice to see our forward looking and acting Republican Legislature take the reins. Although they really have their job cut out for them fixing the last hundred years of unbridled liberalism and the national socialists trying to kill our Republic.

  • SmokeWagon Jan 9, 3:42 p.m.

    ..."Another sad day for NC..."

    Really...LOL@ugoodol'boysheep. Get over it...the word "forward" is a verb to conservatives....NOT a meaningless campaign chant.....!!!!

  • balog Jan 9, 3:26 p.m.

    "All of you crybabies stop. The can not do any worse than the crooks that have been their ov the last century!"

    Yes the explosive growth this state saw going from a cash crop state to a tech giant, was just horrible. Not to worry, the good old boy repubs will manage to unravel all of that. We will go back to pig wallop in the waterways and shutting down state parks so they can be fracked.

  • jgilchr Jan 9, 3:08 p.m.

    The GOP had the power in the NCGA last year. I didn't see any jobs bills come out of there. I saw denial of science (sea level rise), and hatred for gays and those in straight domestic partnerships(Amendment One). Since we are blaming Dems for unemployment rates we might as well start blaming Republicans as well for last year (they had the power to override vetoes). Additionally how can you say the unemployed are just lazy and deserve cuts to jobless benefits while at the same time complaining that the unemployment rate is a major problem? Which is it?

  • NCJoe Jan 9, 2:49 p.m.

    Oh you poor poor Democrats and your sour grapes. Republicans won, so the voters must be stupid, right? Time to stop crying and blaming voters, and own up to your failed policies. Let's see if you can take as many dirty tricks as you've been dishing out.

  • The Anti Hans Jan 9, 2:38 p.m.

    Some of NC's best days may lie ahead, especially if you work for a living.

  • outdoor592000 Jan 9, 2:37 p.m.

    Geez, all the crying naysayers on here. How about we give them a chance, got to be a better, more professional bunch than the last Democratic Admins. Are all of you afraid of simply running the government more responsibly and efficiently? No woman is going to be denied healthcare, no Gay person is going to be converted, and not every white male is wealthy, or benefitted by the new admin.

  • Relic Jan 9, 2:36 p.m.

    Another sad day for NC

    Why? Because we're a part of a democratic republic? Some of ya'll are killing me! Republicans cried and whinned the same thing about Obama and Democrats said "get over it.". Now in NC the Dems are the ones crying and whining and pouting. Jim Crawford was right! The Dems and GOP are being run and cheered on by the "wings" of those parties and nobody pays attention to the people at the middle on each side who could easily work together.

  • Paynattention Jan 9, 2:30 p.m.

    God Bless them!

  • jgilchr Jan 9, 2:26 p.m.

    This is a great day for White Evangelical Males across the state. For everyone else not so much.

  • Squirreling Dervish Jan 9, 2:23 p.m.

    Everyone get out your checkbook...The Legislature is in town....

  • jgilchr Jan 9, 2:06 p.m.

    Some of NC's darkest hours lie ahead especially if you are a minority, gay, a woman, or anyone else who isn't an evangelical and a wealthy white male.

  • mayhem Jan 9, 1:59 p.m.

    Beautiful day for the opening of the Great 'Pub legislature, courtesy of the global warming that they deny is happening.

  • piene2 Jan 9, 1:54 p.m.

    "And we're on our way...to becoming Alabama On The Atlantic. But hey, we'll have our guns and voter ID...the important stuff.
    Road-wearier"

    We will also still have the finer Southern cultural things like monster trucks, tractor pulls, dog fighting and hot rod racing.

  • North Carolina Cutie Jan 9, 1:35 p.m.

    Well thank those that wanted the Republicans to take over so what ever they do that does not make anyone happy thank the ones that voted them in that's why I depend on GOD.

  • Road-wearier Jan 9, 1:29 p.m.

    And we're on our way...to becoming Alabama On The Atlantic. But hey, we'll have our guns and voter ID...the important stuff.

  • lazydawg58 Jan 9, 1:28 p.m.

    No man is safe while the legislature sit.

  • goldenosprey Jan 9, 1:09 p.m.

    It could just as well be a funeral for teachers, the unemployed, schoolkids, voters without drivers licenses, wage earners, state workers, the environment...

  • immaannoid Jan 9, 12:37 p.m.

    Let's get ready for the attacks on women, homosexuals and anything else the Evangelicals don't like.

    Those things will be the priority, not what needs to be.

  • free2bme Jan 9, 12:36 p.m.

    Another sad day for NC.

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