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Sen. Kinnaird: Republicans “ripped out the values we hold dear” (Audio)

Republican legislative leaders wrapped up the short session Tuesday hailing the passage of a $20.2 Billion state spending plan as “a budget that will benefit every North Carolinian.” But longtime Senator Ellie Kinnaird offers a much different assessment of what conservatives accomplished  over the last seven weeks.

Kinnaird bluntly tells NC Policy Watch that Republicans in the Senate and House “ran roughshod” over the wishes of most voters – cutting overall funding for education, permitting fracking without further safeguards, defunding Planned Parenthood, eliminating NC Teaching Fellows, and gutting the Racial Justice Act:

“They just have gone through and virtually ripped out the values that we in North Carolina hold dear,” said the Orange County Senator.

Kinnaird joins us this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to discuss the legislative session. For a preview of that radio interview, click below:

7 Comments


  1. Nonanon

    July 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

    The same could be said of the socialist left, except these ignore the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and property.

  2. Frank Burns

    July 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

    The problem with the Dems is “what they hold dear” keeps growing each year.

  3. gregflynn

    July 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

    “… and that’s education and fairness and justice …” – Senator Ellie Kinnaird

  4. Doug Gibson

    July 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Boy, it’s great to hear someone accuse the left of ignoring inalienable rights to life, liberty, and property in a comment on a post about Republicans gutting the Racial Justice Act and passing a bill that provides for the most sweeping “pooling” policy imaginable—which could force property owners to permit fracking on their property if enough of their neighbors sign away their rights to do it on their land.

    And I know it seems that “what we hold dear” grows each year, but that’s mostly because what corporations want to take from ordinary citizens seems to grow each year. We’d be happy to stop fighting for clean water, clean air, and a livable future once others stop angling to take them all away in the name of greater profits.

  5. Doug

    July 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    What a drama queen ! She’s just upset someone finally broke up the good old boy network in NC ! It used to be her biggest worry was dividing up the “pork”.

  6. david esmay

    July 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Nonanon, you wouldn’t know a socialist if they bit you in the ass. Anyone to the left of John Birch is a socialist in your view, I’m sure you consider yourself a divine patriot espousing such b.s.

  7. jlp75

    July 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Replacing one good ole boy network with another is hardly breaking anything up. You folks better wake up. As the who said, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.

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