Archive for July 22, 2009

Source: Channel 14

State Board of Education Chairman and CEO Dr. Bill Harrison announced Wednesday that he will retire from his position as CEO but will continue as chairman effective Aug. 31.

 Earlier this year, Harrison was appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue and hired by the State Board of Education to be the CEO of schools.

But last week, a Wake County judge ruled that North Carolina’s elected public schools superintendent, June Atkinson, has the constitutional powers to be the day-to-day administrator of the state’s education bureaucracy.

“As chairman of the State Board of Education, I want my focus to be on the 1.4 million students in the state, not on a court case,” Harrision said in a statement. “Six months ago, Gov. Perdue asked me to help her transform North Carolina’s public school system, and I will continue to work with her and Superintendent Atkinson to do so.”

Good news!

June Atkinson had no choice but to file suit against the state. Gov. Perdue’s actions essentially pushed Atkinson aside,  NC voters did not put Atkinson in office a second time to sit on the sidelines, I’m still surprised Perdue thought she should. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood’s ruling last week showed NC constituents two things; Perdue didn’t learn the state’s constitution in all of her years of public service and the state’s educational system has evolved into a perplexing labyrinth of jurisdictions that in-essence compete with one another to establish policy. Maybe that’s where Perdue should have made changes, starting with the part of the system that was actually broken.

I know a lot of people right now questioning why they voted for Perdue and her “I know what’s best attitude”.  Now that Harrison has retired, do the right thing Bev and spread his salary around to the teachers, assistant teachers and state employees your administration hurt from the get go. It looks like we got what we voted for, Bev “the one term wonder” Perdue.

Image Credit: AP

Image Credit: AP

Millions from India to China, got a rare treat yesterday, (July 22, 2009) they witnessed “the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century”. The totality (peak) lasted for 6 minutes and its path began in India and crossed through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma) and China.

For photos of the event go to, and ABC News they have slideshows of the eclipse . Looks like we will have to wait until 2017 for our turn, talk about being in the wrong place at wrong time.

North Americans must wait a bit longer for their chance at a total solar eclipse. On Aug. 21, 2017, the moon’s shadow will sweep coast to coast across the contiguous United States, from Oregon, southeastward to South Carolina. It will be the first total solar eclipse for the mainland U.S. since Feb. 26, 1979. 


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If our state budget passes as currently proposed, it may have some unintended consequences.

The plan calls for a temporary one percent increase in the state sales tax rate, raising the cigarette tax by 10 cents a pack, a 5-cent tax increase on a six-pack of beer and higher taxes on wine and liquor based on their alcohol content.

Sin Tax = this 80’s tune by Adam Ant, the lyrics say it all.

Dont drink dont smoke – what do you do?
Dont drink dont smoke – what do you do?
Subtle innuends follow
There must be something inside hes hiding.

Do you have questions regarding the proposed Public Health-care option currently being debated in Congress? Or  concerns regarding the proposed NC budget negotiations which now includes proposed tax hikes, cuts in education and social services?

Sen. Doug Berger is hosting a Town Hall meeting to answer your questions. The event is this Thursday, July 23rd at 6:30pm. The event will be held at the Old Vance County Courthouse in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room.  The address for the Old Courthouse is 122 Young Street, Henderson, NC 27536. 

According to an email from Brice Bratcher, Berger’s Legislative Assistant; Representatives Michael Wray, Lucy Allen and Jim Crawford will also be in attendance. Adam Searing of the NC Justice Center will be giving a presentation, and attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions of Mr. Searing and other present legislators.

Sen. Berger recently came under fire for voting to cut home care for elderly Medicaid patients by 60% , a move that would eliminate in-home care for 20,000 patients. But Berger in turn voted YEA, to build a $25 million dollar fishing pier with a 16,000 square foot clubhouse and ballroom at the beach, EIGHT DAYS LATER. Below is an ad from Save Home and Hospice Care regarding the cuts.

According to Talking about Politics ; Berger claimed his vote was warranted due to a report he received  from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) which stated 45 % of the recipients under the current state program were not eligible anyway.

Au contraire’

It should be an interesting event, so come armed with your questions, I am sure many will. Hope to see you there.

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