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  • bc0001 Feb 6, 2:16 p.m.

    After listening to Rabon's explanation, it strikes me this is a sure fire way to assure that good qualified candidates for these posts and positions WON'T apply (unless of course their political affiliation is in alignment with the legislature). Not a great future for these folks. Just more partisan politics, at a time when that isn't what NC needs.

  • bc0001 Feb 6, 2:09 p.m.

    This seems like a sure fire way to end up with a Democratic landslide next election cycle. I'm tired of both parties playing heavy handed politics - instead of doing what is right for the public. Less than 6 months into office, and it looks to me like a giant FAIL. Nationally the GOP is trying to rebrand it self for greater acceptance. Statewise - it looks like we're moving closer to SC politics: good ole boy favoritism....

  • djofraleigh Feb 6, 1:59 p.m.

    You mean the GOP is going to do what the Democrats have done for over a hundred years?

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 11:39 a.m.

    "So no, taxes here aren't high. They're significantly below average."

    and before the crash NC was consistently listed as one of the best places to do business....and it was, until the Neanderthals took over in 2010....now its just a laughingstock waiting to be raped by big business.

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 11:36 a.m.

    "Do your own research on this; this is a bogus list (As are numerous media "lists" and "facts")."

    Yeah the media are all conspiring against you.......and only Faux news and rush tell you the truth (ie what you want to hear)

  • sixnitepkg Feb 6, 11:28 a.m.

    I'm not sure NC is the 5th highest as far as state income taxes, but we are higher than Connecticut and New York. With a taxable income of $60,000 as an example for the calculation- NC inc. taxes for single filers- $4,072.50; CT- $2,870.00; NY- $3,236.00. So the previous post you were disputing is much more accurate than what you are posting. I don't think this is going to stop you from posting false and inaccurate numbers, but hopefully people won't beleive it."

    funny, but you are forgetting a couple of very important factors (or are you skewing the facts to justify your lie?): 1)state property taxes, and 2)in CT and NY they have city, county AND borough taxes none of which we have here. I'm pretty sure that CT and NY more than make up for a couple of grand for a 60k/yr salary in what they rake in with property taxes

  • Adventurer007 Feb 6, 11:00 a.m.

    Now, if you'd like to have an HONEST discussion on most taxed states, including ALL taxes, I refer you here:

    http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/total_taxes/total.html

    Junkmail

    So you think using CNN is a good source for tax calculations- whether they are income, property, or sales? I'm sorry, but I am not using CNN as an accurate source for tax calculations. That would be like seeing your physician for legal advice- not a good idea. I very much doubt NC is #35 out of 50 states. Even when someone presents you with clear and concrete calculations you somehow disagree; but you don't have any calculations to support your so called honesty. So your telling me that CNN calculated property taxes, sales taxes, etc. and came up with this list? I just don't beleive it. What property value did they use? How did they calculate how much a household spends and related sales taxes? Do your own research on this; this is a bogus list (As are numerous media "lists" and "facts").

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 6, 10:33 a.m.

    I'm betting the replacements will be making more money than the ones let go. Not buying the "save the state money" arguement. Will have to wait and see.

  • junkmail5 Feb 6, 10:27 a.m.

    Now, if you'd like to have an HONEST discussion on most taxed states, including ALL taxes, I refer you here:

    http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/total_taxes/total.html

    North Carolina is #35.

    Which is quite a distance from the top 5.

    This includes not just personal income tax but property taxes and sales and excise taxes.

    So no, taxes here aren't high. They're significantly below average.

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 10:12 a.m.

    "considering the diaster this state is in-- i'll take "extreme" right here and right now-- and i'm not a repub either. this state is in an economic meltdown, morally the citizens of nc have the backbone of an earth worm, and politically --the CHICAGO MOB HAS NOTHING ON NC IN TERMS OF CORRUPTION, now after 120 yrs of rule by democrats-- YOU TELL ME WHO PUT US THERE?"

    yeah and what about those flying pigs! and its the same mindset that is now in power that ruled for most of that 120 years.....the republicans are just the Dixiecrats under a new name.

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 10:10 a.m.

    ""Can you point to an example of a single policy driven by Gov Perdue that provided jobs in North Carolina? She is the least effective governor in the history of North Carolina. Perdue failed to define and drive any policy initiatives, and had no vision for improving the economy of our state. westernwake1""

    She was Gov. during the deepest recession in 80 years! No State was creating jobs other than those that had a lot of oil and that only because of the high price of oil.

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 10:05 a.m.

    "Since the beginning of 2010 over 150,000 jobs have been added to the North Carolina economy. This historically is one of the fastest job growth periods in the history of the state."

    yet our unemployment is still above the average....which indicates its the overall economy that has improved not that the GOP in the State has done anything to help. All they have done is make it easier for employers to exploit workers in NC and rape the environment. Yes that might create some jobs but at what long term cost?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 6, 9:57 a.m.

    I think the governor is trying to create jobs by the steps he has taken. Lowering unemployment insurance payments by business, stripping the boards to hopefully replace with more business friendly members. In theory, that might help. From my standpoint, that is not going to do much. I need demand to go up before I can think of hiring, or even moving some part times back to full time. I was hoping the gov had some fresh new ideas, but I beginning to think its just the same ole same ole the democrats were givng us with more empahsis on the moral issues.

  • wildpig777 Feb 6, 9:55 a.m.

    considering the diaster this state is in-- i'll take "extreme" right here and right now-- and i'm not a repub either. this state is in an economic meltdown, morally the citizens of nc have the backbone of an earth worm, and politically --the CHICAGO MOB HAS NOTHING ON NC IN TERMS OF CORRUPTION, now after 120 yrs of rule by democrats-- YOU TELL ME WHO PUT US THERE?

  • mayhem Feb 6, 9:52 a.m.

    "WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? The NC Republicans campaigned on this very promise. Where are the jobs???" - exteacher

    This IS a jobs creation bill. It allows Guv. Pat to put a lot of his cronies into high-paying state jobs immediately.

  • Adventurer007 Feb 6, 9:47 a.m.

    Get on with it! NC is the fifth high taxed state. xanroc

    Uh, no it isn't.

    Top 5-

    http://money.msn.com/taxes/5-highest-5-lowest-states-for-taxes

    1. Connecticuit 2. New Jersey 3. New York 4. Massachusets 5. Maryland
    Junkmail

    I'm not sure NC is the 5th highest as far as state income taxes, but we are higher than Connecticut and New York. With a taxable income of $60,000 as an example for the calculation- NC inc. taxes for single filers- $4,072.50; CT- $2,870.00; NY- $3,236.00. So the previous post you were disputing is much more accurate than what you are posting. I don't think this is going to stop you from posting false and inaccurate numbers, but hopefully people won't beleive it. The preceding tax calculations are directly from the state taxation tables/websites; I would stop using media articles for tax calculations. Links are below.

    http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/it/it201i_tax_rate_schedule.pdf

    http://www.dir.ct.gov/drs/Taxcalsched/TCS2012.htm

  • sixnitepkg Feb 6, 8:41 a.m.

    can you say IMPEACH NOW? a DUKE POWER EMPLOYEE aka. Mr. Mcrory firing the utilities comission? How the heck is that NOT a direct conflict of interest? Oh, wait the GOP holds power... oh, well either vote to impeach the governor or be impeached yourself for gross dereliction of duty... it's time for people to WAKE UP!! these so-called conservatives are anything BUT conservative. They are, as demonstrated by their actions, right - wing radicals bent on destroying the U.S. from within

  • westernwake1 Feb 6, 8:22 a.m.

    "So typical, Republicans have NO answer to the question about the JOBS that they campaigned on so they resort to trying to turn it back. One more time: The REPUBLICANS, in 2010, campaigned on JOBS JOBS JOBS!!! They ran on this, and they won on this, and they have YET to produce ONE initiative that will result in any jobs anywhere in the state. I['m still waiting for the answer to my simple question: WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????" - exteacher

    Since the beginning of 2010 over 150,000 jobs have been added to the North Carolina economy. This historically is one of the fastest job growth periods in the history of the state.

    http://www.deptofnumbers.com/employment/north-carolina/

    'From a trough of 3,850,400 in February 2010, North Carolina has gained 154,200 jobs according to CES (employer survey) employment figures.'

    'From a November 2009 low of 4,055,045, North Carolina has added 259,434 jobs according to the CPS (household) survey.'

  • stormtrooper76 Feb 5, 8:35 p.m.

    This is wrong on so many levels. This is nothing but politics at its worst. I thought it was all about what's best for the state and the people thereof but all I'm seeing is a political powergrab. I'm losing faith very quickly in our party. I beginning to regret my vote.......

  • exteacher Feb 5, 8:00 p.m.

    "Can you point to an example of a single policy driven by Gov Perdue that provided jobs in North Carolina? She is the least effective governor in the history of North Carolina. Perdue failed to define and drive any policy initiatives, and had no vision for improving the economy of our state. westernwake1"

    So typical, Republicans have NO answer to the question about the JOBS that they campaigned on so they resort to trying to turn it back. One more time: The REPUBLICANS, in 2010, campaigned on JOBS JOBS JOBS!!! They ran on this, and they won on this, and they have YET to produce ONE initiative that will result in any jobs anywhere in the state. I['m still waiting for the answer to my simple question: WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????

  • Ripcord Feb 5, 7:51 p.m.

    "WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? The NC Republicans campaigned on this very promise. Where are the jobs???" - exteacher

    The new governor has been in office how long? Settle down and let the man get some work done. The jobs will come.

  • dirtydozen431 Feb 5, 7:38 p.m.

    the 14 following persons shall be qualified to hold a supervisory position over sworn members of the 15 North Carolina State Highway Patrol: 16
    (1) The Governor. 17
    (2) The Secretary of Public Safety. 18
    (3) A person certified as a law enforcement officer under the provisions of 19 Chapter 17C of the General Statutes
    NOT GOOD.

  • westernwake1 Feb 5, 7:09 p.m.

    "It's the same party in name only, obviously"

    Yeah... I have an article for you...

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/03/14/3097521/nc-democrats-criticize-own-candidates.html

  • westernwake1 Feb 5, 7:01 p.m.

    "You fail to remember that we just recently got rid of a clueless Democratic governor named Bev Perdue who vetoed every measure that would create jobs. westernwake1"

    'And YOU fail to remember that MANY of those vetoes were overridden by the legislature. I'm still waiting for the answer to my question: WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? The NC Republicans campaigned on this very promise. Where are the jobs???' - exteacher

    Can you point to an example of a single policy driven by Gov Perdue that provided jobs in North Carolina? She is the least effective governor in the history of North Carolina. Perdue failed to define and drive any policy initiatives, and had no vision for improving the economy of our state.

  • westernwake1 Feb 5, 6:56 p.m.

    westernwake1: So effectively you are stating that this is the exact same as 1898 when hte Democrats kicked all the Republicans and blacks out of office at gun point.... and then tried to move the state backward to 1801 by instituting laws repressing blacks & others. Those Democrats were 'determined to move this state backwards instead of forward'.

    'Me: That Democrat party isn't unrecognizable compared to what it is today. What's the point in bringing it up?

    It's the same party in name only, obviously.' - NYtoNC81

    In 2010 the state Democratic party finally 'disowned' their own KKK members running for office.

    N.C. Democrats disown 'racist' state candidates -
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/03/14/3097521/nc-democrats-criticize-own-candidates.html

    Over the past 40 years there have been 19 members of the state legislature with KKK associations - all of them were Democrats, not a single one was a Republican.

  • NYtoNC81 Feb 5, 6:00 p.m.

    westernwake1: So effectively you are stating that this is the exact same as 1898 when hte Democrats kicked all the Republicans and blacks out of office at gun point.... and then tried to move the state backward to 1801 by instituting laws repressing blacks & others. Those Democrats were 'determined to move this state backwards instead of forward'.

    Me: That Democrat party isn't unrecognizable compared to what it is today. What's the point in bringing it up?

    It's the same party in name only, obviously.

  • corey3rd2 Feb 5, 5:47 p.m.

    Duke Power wants to increase our bills by 10% - McCrory made how much money off these guys? And now he wants to destroy the utilities commission. Do any of you Righties want to tell me how that's going to be a Victory! We're all gonna suffer for this greed grab.

  • exteacher Feb 5, 5:37 p.m.

    "You fail to remember that we just recently got rid of a clueless Democratic governor named Bev Perdue who vetoed every measure that would create jobs. westernwake1"

    And YOU fail to remember that MANY of those vetoes were overridden by the legislature. I'm still waiting for the answer to my question: WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? The NC Republicans campaigned on this very promise. Where are the jobs???

  • westernwake1 Feb 5, 5:04 p.m.

    "You fail to remember that we just recently got rid of a clueless Democratic governor named Bev Perdue who vetoed every measure that would create jobs." - westernwake1

    'Are you still claiming to be an independent. LOL Republican through & through. I can say one thing at least Bev kept these sharks at bay, now we have to deal with the consequences of their anti-worker, anti-regulations, anti-gay and anti government whining.' - shaun2xlife

    Yes, I am an independent. I criticize both sides of the aisle when they deserve it. It is difficult (if not impossible) to attempt to make a case that Bev did anything positive for jobs in North Carolina.

  • FlagWavingFascistCrank Feb 5, 4:48 p.m.

    D.A.R.N Network Desperate Deflection:

    RALEIGH--The new Governor of North Carolina, Barack Obama, has said he wants to focus laser-like on the public's top concern: All the "Jobs Jobs Jobs" he promised to create if we voted for him instead of that McCrory guy, who lost the election.....a delusion brought to us by carpetbagger conservative transplants who abandoned their home state because people like them ran it into the ground.....please stand by for a surge in poutrage and lip-draggin'.

    *Delusional Alternate Reality News Network

  • shaun2xlife Feb 5, 4:44 p.m.

    You fail to remember that we just recently got rid of a clueless Democratic governor named Bev Perdue who vetoed every measure that would create jobs. westernwake1

    Are you still claiming to be an independent. LOL Republican through & through. I can say one thing at least Bev kept these sharks at bay, now we have to deal with the consequences of their anti-worker, anti-regulations, anti-gay and anti government whining.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 5, 4:35 p.m.

    The really sad thing RadioDJ is that the poor sad sack republican voters actually believe the rich have their best interest at heart. I feel very sorry for them.

  • bill15 Feb 5, 4:32 p.m.

    McCrory gets to appoint all his old bosses from Duke Energy to the Utilities Commission. Puppet.

    But since all these commenters thing court packing is an okay idea, I'm sure they won't complain if Obama adds 2 justices to the Supreme Court.

  • J-Hol Feb 5, 4:16 p.m.

    I see dozens of posts on here saying "well, Obama did it too" or "NC Dem's have done it before," and I guess that is supposed to make it all okay...?

    First of all, even if that were true -- so what? Take a step back, think for a moment instead of just reacting, and try to honestly judge this action on its own merits. Can't you see why it's a terrible and dangerous precedent to wipe out entire supervisory boards and then pack them with single-minded, rubber-stamping cronies?

    Conservative, liberal, republican, democrat -- whatever. How can anyone not see how dangerous this is to the interests of the average North Carolina citizen?

    So short-sighted. So grossly partisan. So sad.

  • douglively919 Feb 5, 4:12 p.m.

    What is this? .... the Russian politburo? The only difference between these tactics and a 3rd world regime is that US leaders get to walk away with their lives! They do get to walk away with their lives right?

    BTW, how does this create efficiency in government? This adds waste in that we now have to spend time on a "witch hunt" deposing current leaders and then waste time finding the "Party's" person to fill the position. Of course then they will need to vote in pay raises as well.

  • shaun2xlife Feb 5, 4:11 p.m.

    I guess you think the dems didn't "fix" the voting districts, either.Danny22

    Childish mentality, perfect example of a conservative voter they did it mom, so I did it too. How about coming up with a rational thought other than something a 2nd grader would say.

  • FourAutumn Feb 5, 4:08 p.m.

    "thayerguy, I guess you think the dems didn't "fix" the voting districts, either."

    Oops, another person who forgot Rep. Stam saying that a separate panel should do redistricting. Of course, that was when he was in the minority.

    Now that he is in the majority, look how he behaves.

    And, Danielle, look at the votes in 2012 versus the breakdown of Reps. Interesting stuff.

  • junkmail5 Feb 5, 4:04 p.m.

    Oh like the Democrats never stacked a court...lol
    affirmativediversity

    Can you cite when they ever did so?

    because even at the federal level the one ATTEMPT ever (FDR) was met with so much backlash they didn't do it.

    Get on with it! NC is the fifth high taxed state.
    xanroc

    Uh, no it isn't.

    Top 5-

    http://money.msn.com/taxes/5-highest-5-lowest-states-for-taxes

    1. Connecticuit
    2. New Jersey
    3. New York
    4. Massachusets
    5. Maryland

  • FlagWavingFascistCrank Feb 5, 4:03 p.m.

    Update from D.A.R.N Network*: Our old name, The USA, has now been changed to CCCDOG....."Confederate Conservative Congressional Districts Of Gerrymandering".....and our new motto is: "If We Can't Win By Getting The Most Votes, We'll Change The Rules"

    *Delusional Alternate Reality News Network ;)

  • affirmativediversity Feb 5, 4:00 p.m.

    "They've had less than 2 months...Obama's had more than 4 years and TRILLIONS of dollars..."

    Are you a new resident of our once fair state? The Republicans took control of the NORH CAROLINA state legislature in 2010, which is now going on THREE YEARS. per exteacher

    --------------------

    Actually I'm not a "new" resident to NC...I've lived here for decades and although the Repubs did win a majority in the State legislature in 2010 our fair state was still governed by Bev Perdue until a month ago...and Bev Perdue was a veto maniac who care little for the actual people of North Carolina and a whole lot more for the people at Harvard (where she now works)...

    Oh and as for the ban on Gay marriage...you forget that one of the biggest supporters of the Amendment One was the various pastors of the many Black churches in North Carolina...now correct me if I'm wrong but I'm thinking a big majority of those voters were DEMOCRATS...

  • shaun2xlife Feb 5, 3:58 p.m.

    Bow to your new Kansan overlords! hardycitrus

    Don't forget about ALEC, it's funny that they are suppose to be lawmakers but somehow can't come up with any of their own, same playbook as every other right wing nut in office. But I guess you can say they are organized (against the people that is).

  • westernwake1 Feb 5, 3:57 p.m.

    "Are you a new resident of our once fair state? The Republicans took control of the NORH CAROLINA state legislature in 2010, which is now going on THREE YEARS. They campaigned on JOBS and that they would be the ones to bring jobs to NC. WHERE are those jobs??? And please show me anything they have done in the last 3 years to stimulate job growth???" - exteacher

    You fail to remember that we just recently got rid of a clueless Democratic governor named Bev Perdue who vetoed every measure that would create jobs.

  • Nancy Feb 5, 3:54 p.m.

    "Where are the JOBS that these knuckleheads campaigned on???"

    "WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has said he wants to focus laser-like on the public's top concern: jobs."

  • shaun2xlife Feb 5, 3:43 p.m.

    Oh like the Democrats never stacked a court...lol affirmativediversity

    That's funny the dems have pretty much left the court system alone, they haven't went all in on the courts. Unlike conservatives who think GOD has to be reflected in all of these backwood laws. They stack the courts to stamp their agenda's until the high courts strike it down. Got to give it to them, they know how to work the system as you notice they are putting these measures into the NC constitution which is much harder to overturn.

  • Pirate01 Feb 5, 3:42 p.m.

    It is perfectly reasonable and to be expected that the party in power would run these boards. Just sour grapes from the dems who lost in the state.

  • shaun2xlife Feb 5, 3:39 p.m.

    WHERE are the jobs that NC Republicans campaigned on???????exteacher

    They aren't job creators they are wealth protectors, you think they care if the lower end survive on a decent wage & decent benefits. It's all a rouse and the bad thing about it their constituents don't care, they look at life quite simply I have mine who cares if you get yours ( by the way most of them don't have much). Just put your tunnel vision on and make it through the next few years & hopefully our electorate will wake up. And the way these guys are going it won't take long for the people to see their real intentions. McCrocker will be trying to run as a moderate next go around but this time the people will have a record to look at.

  • FourAutumn Feb 5, 3:38 p.m.

    "Oh like the Democrats never stacked a court...lol"

    perhaps you could provide an example of a D adding seats to the NC Supreme court in order to appoint a D.

    Thanks in advance!

  • hppyhourhero Feb 5, 3:36 p.m.

    exteacher: you are 100% correct....Where are the jobs?

  • Danny22 Feb 5, 3:35 p.m.

    thayerguy,
    I guess you think the dems didn't "fix" the voting districts, either.

  • Terkel Feb 5, 3:34 p.m.

    Toss in the Real Estate Commission. Hens guarding henhouse.

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