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New Sparkle poll shows the entire NC GOP Congressional delegation with single-digit approval ratings

Lynchburg, Virginia -- A new poll just released by the Sparkle Group shows that North Carolinians are extremely unhappy with Republicans representing them in Congress. With an average approval rating of just 7%, no GOP member can be considered safe in the upcoming election cycle.

Alumni blues

You'd think UNC would be hustling like heck to get donations for me. I'm a wealthy alum married to a woman who used to be chair of the faculty. Together we give a great deal of money to educational and advocacy organizations in North Carolina. In any reasonable world, I would be at the top of UNC's development hit-list. But I'm not.

An actual expert weighs in on the Wall

I found this on Facebook. It's an awesome explanation of what's wrong with Trump's Wall of Shame:

Amy Patrick
January 8 at 10:52 PM

Howdy.

I’m a licensed structural and civil engineer with a MS in structural engineering from the top program in the nation and over a decade of experience on high-performance projects, and particularly of cleaning up design disasters where the factors weren’t properly accounted for, and I’m an adjunct professor of structural analysis and design at UH-Downtown. I have previously been deposed as an expert witness in matters regarding proper construction of walls and the various factors associated therein, and my testimony has passed Daubert.

Am I a wall expert? I am. I am literally a court-accepted expert on walls.

Structurally and civil engineering-wise, the border wall is not a feasible project. Trump did not hire engineers to design the thing. He solicited bids from contractors, not engineers. This means it’s not been designed by professionals. It’s a disaster of numerous types waiting to happen.

The tragedy that is Senator Thom Tillis

If you follow the never-ending propaganda produced by Thom Tillis, you know the junior Senator from North Carolina has recently shifted into full-scale campaign mode. After four years of literally doing nothing, Tillis seems to realize that two more lackluster years would cost him dearly. As a result, he is literally scrambling to rehabilitate his image. It's not going well.

The state of mediocrity

An excellent editorial, received today via email from WRAL.

When it comes to excellence, North Carolina seems satisfied with achieving unparalleled mediocrity.

Why work to be the best when the state can continue to give unnecessary tax breaks to corporations – on top of massive federal tax cuts? Then, after revenues dry up, explain away stagnation with “that’s the best we can do with the money we have” to deliver important government responsibilities that are just alright? It’s government on the cheap. In too many cases, North Carolina taxpayers aren’t even getting what they pay for.

North Carolina is among the bottom half of states in per-student public school spending and average pay for public school teachers.

The state’s dropped to 40th with a “C-“ grade in Education Week’s “2018 Quality Counts” report card on public education. North Carolina received a C- grade and a score of 70.6 out of a possible 100 in the 2018 Quality Counts report released this week by Education Week. That’s below the national grade of C and score of 74.5. North Carolina’s score put it 40th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. That’s a DROP of two slots from a year earlier.

Put this on your 2019 to-do list: Tracking Dan Forest

One thing that really irks me is when an elected politician spends all his time running for office, getting his photo taken in celebrity poses, and generally being a do-nothing screw off. We see that every day with the Great Orange One ... but it's also true of NC's second-highest elected official, Dan "Photo Op" Forest. With that in mind, I hope you'll join us in keeping tabs on Dan the Scam as he continues to rip off North Carolina taxpayers all day every day.

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