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North Carolina continues to draw unwanted national attention

Art Pope 3This time, it’s from the editors of the online site Too Much — a  project of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies,

Not surprisingly, the subject is State Budget Director, Art Pope. Today, Pope is featured in the “Greed at a glance section” of the Too Much newsletter.

“Sometimes you just have to do the job yourself. Art Pope, a billionaire who owes his fortune to a discount store network his daddy built, certainly thinks so. Pope has spent over $40 million in recent years gerrymandering North Carolina, and the state this winter sports for the first time in over a century a GOP governor, a conservative state Supreme Court majority, and a GOP-dominated state legislature all at the same time. But Pope isn’t resting. He had himself appointed state budget director. Last week his budget priorities made national headlines. In North Carolina, a state with America’s fifth-highest jobless rate, lawmakers have now slashed maximum weekly unemployment benefits from $535 to $350, cut the number of benefit weeks allowed, and denied 39 percent of the state’s 438,000 jobless special federal aid . . .

6 Comments


  1. Frances Jenkins

    February 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Yellow Journalsim at its best. Rob knows for a fact about half of the article is a bold face lie.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    February 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Someone need to get the wrinkles out of the suit of Larry Hall

  3. Frances Jenkins

    February 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Is Larry hall saying we can have anything we want but do not have to Pay?

  4. gregflynn

    February 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Reminds me of the woman Art Pope called his Braveheart. So loyal, so willing and ready to defend him, so much unrequited love, brewing a bitter mead.

  5. david esmay

    February 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Frances, even your typing is shrill.

  6. patsy

    February 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Frances, hopefully you will lose your job and have to live on 350.00 a week.

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