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  • prodigalrn Feb 7, 11:20 a.m.

    ---The Industrial Commission should be fired. Are they the only ones who have knowledge of Workers' Comp? Maybe that is why they are so unfare and biased. They think they are the only ones who know anything so they can rule however they like even if it defies law and common sense. I could site numerous cases...If they are competent and qualified they can apply for the job again. Love how when one party does something it is fine but when another party does the same thing people are outraged---

    I would love to hear your case citations. As a Workers Compensation attorney, I would love to hear how you think the IC is biased.
    CaseyS
    February 7, 2013 10:51 a.m

    You know as well as I do this crowd is short on facts, and long on blustery party politics. I think if the Dems did this, it was wrong, and it's still wrong if the Republicans doing it, it is STILL wrong. Shame on both parties for doing this.

  • ykm Feb 7, 11:12 a.m.

    Times have changed and with them the old guard has to go. Glad to see it.

  • CaseyS Feb 7, 10:51 a.m.

    ---The Industrial Commission should be fired. Are they the only ones who have knowledge of Workers' Comp? Maybe that is why they are so unfare and biased. They think they are the only ones who know anything so they can rule however they like even if it defies law and common sense. I could site numerous cases...If they are competent and qualified they can apply for the job again. Love how when one party does something it is fine but when another party does the same thing people are outraged---

    I would love to hear your case citations. As a Workers Compensation attorney, I would love to hear how you think the IC is biased.

  • Plum Tuckered Feb 7, 10:26 a.m.

    These actions will not serve the people of North Carolina well in the short run or the long run.

  • dsdaughtry Feb 7, 10:20 a.m.

    sounds like McCroy wants to abolish balance of powers by removing judges and appointments.

  • KHawk Feb 7, 9:52 a.m.

    Why didn't we get this kind of coverage from when the Democrats were in charge of everything?

  • nic Feb 7, 9:25 a.m.

    The Industrial Commission should be fired. Are they the only ones who have knowledge of Workers' Comp? Maybe that is why they are so unfare and biased. They think they are the only ones who know anything so they can rule however they like even if it defies law and common sense. I could site numerous cases...If they are competent and qualified they can apply for the job again. Love how when one party does something it is fine but when another party does the same thing people are outraged

  • arfamr1007 Feb 7, 8:49 a.m.

    The problem I see here is the Republicans, when called out for doing something underhanded or just plain wrong, always reply with, "Well, the Democrats have been doing it for decades." Well, either way, things are still being done wrong. You can't keep doing the same old, same old forever. If the Democrats fired entire boards, then that was wrong. For the Republicans to do it, is again wrong. Some of those people are likely very good at their job, and bring a lot of experience with them. To summarily get rid of entire boards in an obvious power-grab, is simply, and still, wrong. For you to accuse someone of 'not having a clue' yet you allow this same pattern of behavior to go unchecked tells me that it is perhaps you that is lacking in the clues.
    prodigalrn
    February 7, 2013 8:31 a.m.
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    Please list one good thing any of the boards or commissions listed has done and why they should keep their jobs. Just one

  • arfamr1007 Feb 7, 8:47 a.m.

    wildpig can you tell us what is balance of power? if one party controls everything how is that balance? pot meet kettle....
    Gidder Dun
    February 7, 2013 8:38 a.m.
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    So you complained for the last 100 years too right? Sit down and shut up. You lost. As your president said: get in the back seat and watch us move forward

  • arfamr1007 Feb 7, 8:45 a.m.

    It appears this Republican program has been very successful so far. Unfortunately, to the extent that is does succeed, it also undermines the American democracy.
    ILoveDowntownRaleigh
    February 6, 2013 7:56 p.m.
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    Look at the maps in california. Nancy pelosi pulls 70% of the vote year after year. Either she gerrandered or that district should be removed from the union.

  • arfamr1007 Feb 7, 8:43 a.m.

    Great move by the repubs to clean house after a century of liberal rulers made NC one of the worst states in the country. Finally it appears we're getting closer to being back on te path to opportunity for those who want to work for it

  • Gidder Dun Feb 7, 8:38 a.m.

    wildpig can you tell us what is balance of power? if one party controls everything how is that balance? pot meet kettle....

  • prodigalrn Feb 7, 8:31 a.m.

    there is no balance of power and most of the positions are political {democrat} appointed and is nothing more than a good buddy system of appointments-- you my voter friend -- dont have a clue.
    wildpig777
    February 7, 2013 8:10 a.m

    The problem I see here is the Republicans, when called out for doing something underhanded or just plain wrong, always reply with, "Well, the Democrats have been doing it for decades." Well, either way, things are still being done wrong. You can't keep doing the same old, same old forever. If the Democrats fired entire boards, then that was wrong. For the Republicans to do it, is again wrong. Some of those people are likely very good at their job, and bring a lot of experience with them. To summarily get rid of entire boards in an obvious power-grab, is simply, and still, wrong. For you to accuse someone of 'not having a clue' yet you allow this same pattern of behavior to go unchecked tells me that it is perhaps you that is lacking in the clues.

  • wildpig777 Feb 7, 8:10 a.m.

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    This naked power grab removes all balance from NC Boards and Commissions. Decades of work by people in close communication with each other and the people they communicate with in order to work will be lost.
    -vj

    balance of power? decades of experience, close communication? man have you ever drank deeply from the Koolaid. there is no balance of power and most of the positions are political {democrat} appointed and is nothing more than a good buddy system of appointments-- you my voter friend -- dont have a clue.

  • revue Feb 7, 7:09 a.m.

    After reading this article, I realized that is was just more of the same - same politics, same political maneuvering, just a different political party. Folks, this kind of political "powerplays" have been going on for a long time in NC. It is nothing to get alarmed about.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Feb 6, 7:56 p.m.

    I encourage thinking people to read a NY Times article entitled "The Great Gerrymander of 2012". In its dying throes, the GOP has resorted to a project called Redmap - a long term effort to circumvent the vote of the American electorate. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    In 2012, Democrats won the national popular vote for House of Representatives by 1.4 million, but the GOP won seats by a margin of 234-201. Likewise here in NC, Democrats won 51% of the vote, and the GOP took 9 seats and the Democrats 4.

    It appears this Republican program has been very successful so far. Unfortunately, to the extent that is does succeed, it also undermines the American democracy.

  • miseem Feb 6, 7:19 p.m.

    People keep saying that NC is trying to replace Mississippi at the bottom of the heap. Hate to tell you this, but lots of states in the southeast are vying for that title, and I'm sure Mississippi is doing their best to retain it. However, I will admit that NC has jumped out to an amazing lead.

  • mtnmama Feb 6, 6:49 p.m.

    "You've got a new team in place, and they deserve their own players."---Too bad we can't do this in Washington every time there's a party switch! I can think of a few we could do without. This is absolutely ludicrous! One of the 1st things I learned about politics was the importance of a 2 party system so that one functions as a watchdog over the other. This is nothing but a McCroy ego trip.... the mother of all good ol' boy systems. All out, flagrant, in your face, revenge for losing 4 years go. Hold on for the biggest political "party" ever in NC. If this doesn't scream corruption, nothing does. Utterly disgusted with this band of thieves!

  • vjpenley Feb 6, 6:09 p.m.

    This naked power grab removes all balance from NC Boards and Commissions. Decades of work by people in close communication with each other and the people they communicate with in order to work will be lost.

    The boards are in place to protect North Carolinians, and guide regulations that protect them in the workplace, protect their air and water and land from pollution and sprawl, and keep utility and insurance companies from overcharging. The Superior Judge positions are needed to clear the dockets of overburdened courts, and will be replaced with 'conservative' judges.

    McCrory already has the power to appoint future members and judges, this law is clearly to cement the GOP agenda in place immediately, going forward.

  • arfamr1007 Feb 6, 6:06 p.m.

    "To wholesale eliminate dozens and dozens of people with all of their expertise and all of their knowledge is just bad policy," Stein said. "Let's pass a good bill, a good government bill, one that promotes government efficiency and not one that is a crass political power play."

    yes all the expertise to stick it to the NC taxpayers. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!!

  • geosol Feb 6, 6:03 p.m.

    Hang in there a little while longer, good people! Things are going to be really bad for a while and then get better in two years and we can put this unfettered right wing ugliness behind us once and for all.

  • lb27608 Feb 6, 6:02 p.m.

    "President Obama once claimed opposition was pointless because 'I won!'"

    Never happened. Back it up with a source.

  • JohnFLob Feb 6, 4:52 p.m.

    President Obama once claimed opposition was pointless because 'I won!'

    As I recall Gov. McCrory and the Republicans won.

  • Spock Feb 6, 4:44 p.m.

    What is taking so long? Get this batch done and move on to the many more -- hurry up already!!!!!

  • CaseyS Feb 6, 4:38 p.m.

    Where is the note in here about firing all of the Judges with the Industrial Commission? This Bill would fire EVERY Industrial Commissioner on April 15. That’s years of institutional knowledge of the Workers Compensation Act, Judges who have worked with lawmakers to ensure fair rules and statutes. Without their knowledge of the orderly process, there will be chaos, not efficiency.

    The delay in processing claims will be astounding. The delays will hurt the business community, insurance companies, and the injured workers. How far back will this be pushed so that these new Commissions can fully comprehend the legal issues involved? Talk about inefficiency!

    Shortening the IC terms will make it harder to attract top people into these positions, as will the unprecedented firing of the current Commissioners.

    Firing an entire board of well-qualified judges before their term is up, just so Governor can appoint whomever he wants is counterintuitive to efficiency, transparency and justice.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Feb 6, 4:31 p.m.

    These people are frightening.

  • wildpig777 Feb 6, 4:13 p.m.

    i got your constitutional right here in my hand-- listen up -those sacred cows-- judgeships-- fire em all,, espcially the legal positions fire them at once.

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