Day: July 26, 2011

Kay Hagan Debt Crisis Roundtable

Yesterday I attended Senator Kay Hagan’s debt crisis round table at Kenan-Flagler Business at UNC School moderated By Charlie Rose. The meeting had many important aspects I wish to write about over time. With the importance of the debt ceiling crisis I wish to briefly summarize it now.

The main point made by the panelists was the separation of the debt ceiling from the debt crisis. The debt ceiling crisis needs to be solved immediately and the debt crisis in the near future. There is no reason for the two to be linked. Senator Hagan says the Senate needs to have the bill by Wednesday due to procedural problems which may be encountered such as cloture. Read More

The N.C. House successfully overrode Govenor Bev Perdue’s veto of House Bill 854, the abortion waiting period bill: 72-47.

The so-called “Woman’s Right to Know” Act requires women seeking an abortion wait 24-hours, be shown a detailed ultrasound and receiving very specific counseling before the procedure is performed.

During Tuesday’s hour long debate, Rep. Rick Glazier said the bill was more intrusive than anything being considered in Washington.

Union County Rep. Frank McGuirt said with its passage Big Brother would be “bashing his way into the O.R., bashing his way into the relationship beteen a doctor and his patient.”

Rep. Ruth Samuelson said her bill keeps abortion legal and provides women with the information they need to make a difficult decision.

The measure now heads to the NC Senate where the GOP needs 30 votes to override the Governor’s veto.

To hear those who urged the House to sustain the Governor’s veto, click below:

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Americans for the Prosperous held yet another “rally” of the same 45 usual suspects today in front of the General Assembly today. The objective was to  endorse the override of gubernatorial vetoes.

This time, they at least had the sense not to wear black shirts and stand in the middle of an empty field. Still, despite the presence of the Speaker and House and the Majority Leader, it was a dreary, lightly attended and startlingly low energy affair.

Here is a photo of the “crowd” as well as one of the boxes of empty tee-shirts/soon-to-be dust rags for which there were no takers.   (You can click on the photos to see larger versions).  

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The Los Angeles Times had an interesting story yesterday about the high rate of teacher turnover in L.A.’s fast growing charter schools. It sounds like confirmation of what many critics have long said is a key objective of/problem with charters — privatizing education means replicating the corporate model of constantly trying to pay workers less and work them longer hours.

This is hardly the recipe for addressing what ails our public schools.