Making good on predictions issued earlier this year, House of Raeford Farms has given notice to the state Department of Commerce under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (aka the “WARN Act”) that it will be closing its slaughter plant and two support facilities in Raeford as early as July 13. The closures will result in the loss of 1,060 jobs in the small Hoke County community (population 4,600). Click here to read the letter sent by House of Raeford on May 10 as well as a May 13 memo from Commerce Assistant Secretary Roger Shackleford on the subject. Read More…
As reported byUnder the Dome Gov. McCrory told MSNBC that he was worried about federal sequestration and that many Republicans come across as too “negative” and “strident.” These comments — particularly the first one — contrast sharply with yesterday’s statement from Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office that efforts by advocates to call attention to the threat of sequestration were “a publicity stunt.”
Unfortunately, McCrory also used the interview to defend his decidedly negative and strident position on unemployment insurance — which he helped shred by signing disastrous legislation earlier this week — and his plan to block Medicaid expansion (an idea that’s now being embraced by more and more Republican governors around the country).
Governor McCrory likes to think and talk about himself as an “Eisenhower Republican.”
Now, given the Guv’s obviously superficial understanding of state and (presumably) national government, in his mind, this may simply mean that he wants to return our state to the the 1950′s.
We know for certain that it doesn’t mean he’s going to start lambasting the military industrial complex like Ike did or support a hike in income taxes (American marginal income tax rates peaked during the Eisenhower administration).
Presumably, however, what McCrory is trying to convey Read More…
Rob Christensen of Raleigh’s News & Observer has an interesting column today in which he points out that North Carolina’s new governor is still “undefined” after last night’s State of the State address/chat/ad lib sound bite recitation.
“The State of the State speech – where governors usually lay out their programs – did not provide much of a clue to whether we are going to get Mayor Pat or Conservative McCrory.
McCrory said little Monday night that he had not previously said – promising to focus on improving the economy, education and government efficiency. He described himself as an “Eisenhower Republican,” which most people take to mean a moderate – although in this case he used it in the context of long-term road building.”
Unfortunately, McCrory’s actions are speaking much louder and clearer than his muddled public pronouncements. This morning, for instance, the Governor will sign a disastrous bill dictated in secret by business lobbyists that will roll back decades of modest progress in the state’s most important anti-poverty/middle class preservation program — unemployment insurance.
And in keeping with the Governor’s desire to keep having it both ways (i.e. to preserve the illusion that he is somehow an “Eisenhower Republican” while governing like a Newt Gingrich Republican) he will sign the bill in his office without any public ceremony. Actually, it’s a fitting finale for this execrable legislation — a secret, behind-closed-doors signing for a measure that was developed behind closed doors, passed without opportunity for meaningful public comment and whisked through the General Assembly in record time.
Up until now, it’s mostly been talk. Now, Pat McCrory has to act and North Carolinians will soon learn what kind of new governor they have: A rational moderate who, as he often did as Mayor of Charlotte, puts families above campaign contributions and extremist ideology or a far right tool of the state’s business lobby in the ilk of Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Florida’s Rick Scott.
Yesterday, the General Assembly sent the Governor a bill that devastates North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system and now he has 10 days to decide what to do with it. A loud and compelling chorus has made it eminently clear why he should veto it.
On Wednesday, dozens of nonprofit advocacy groups representing people in need begged the Governor to think twice. In their letter they noted that: Read More…