Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:47 AM
octoberlib (4,763 posts)
N.C. activists ask McCrory to halt 'power mad, power grab'
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Environmental advocates and other political activists on Thursday called on Gov. Pat McCrory to halt what they called a Republican power grab in Raleigh.
Standing behind a sign reading “Power mad, power grab,” group leaders converged on uptown Charlotte and called for McCrory to denounce Senate Bill 10, which would allow Republicans to replace members of several state regulatory commissions and boards.
They asked the governor to veto the bill and address conflicts of interest he might have.
The bill, which was approved by the Senate last week, would allow McCrory and the Republican-led General Assembly to replace – and in some cases reduce – the number of members of the state’s Industrial Commission, Environmental Management Commission and Utilities Commission, among others.
The Utilities Commission regulates rates and services for public utilities in North Carolina, including Duke Energy.
McCrory worked for Duke Energy for nearly 30 years.
“The fox isn’t just guarding the hen house anymore,” said Beth Henry of NC WARN, a nonprofit environmental group. “He’s about to walk in the front door with a knife and fork in hand and a napkin around his neck.”
But Republicans said the bill would allow the new administration to start fresh with commission members who share their philosophy.
It would also save the state $2 million a year by eliminating or downsizing some boards, they said.
Thursday’s press conference was one of several arranged by Progress North Carolina, a liberal advocacy group.
Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress North Carolina, said McCrory’s support for Senate Bill 10 shows he is shifting to the political right.
“(McCrory) was a moderate when he was first elected to the (Charlotte) City Council and first elected mayor,” said Mark Sumwalt, a workers’ compensation attorney who spoke against the Senate bill Thursday. “But he’s been going further right the entire time.”
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/02/15/3855832/activists-criticize-nc-bill-to.html#storylink=cpy
MCrory isn't in the process of "shifting to the political right". He's been firmly in teabagger territory ever since he took office.
The comments are awesome.
Comments: FredTheJanitor • 21 hours ago −
If the GOP were a person we'd be signing involuntary commitment papers on them for being mentally ill and a threat to self and others.
McCrory is a train wreck.
hellbane • 15 hours ago −
Anyone who thinks changing the makeup of the Utilities Commission is anything but payback over their having denied Governor Pat's old bosses, Duke Energy, whatever rate increase they wanted to sock us with over the past three or four years is an idiot.
He's not going to save $2,000,000.00 - he's just going to give it to his friends instead of using it to help people who really need it... ordinary North Carolinians. The first thing he did was enact a 12% increase for his new Council of State appointees because, "They have to be able to live while they do the job." Working people in this state haven't gotten 12% in salary increases TOTAL over the last 10 years but these guys deserve it just to show up for their first day on the job? Meanwhile, Sir Gov thinks it's ok for people to lose everything they have because he says we can't afford to extend benefits and Medicaid coverage to people who still can't find work in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. And you people call Democrats elitist.
All you Tea Party sycophants need to wake up, and stop thinking that everyone else is lazy, worthless scum except for yourselves, and remember what Jesus said about doing unto others as we would do for ourselves.
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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:40 AM
ProfessionalLeftist (4,982 posts)
2. "McCrory is a train wreck"...
IMO McCrory is just like that meteor that slammed into Russia. Only 1000x the size and slamming into NC.
The Tealiban is here.