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Charges dropped in UNCG time sheet scandal

N&R coverage; prosecutors drop charges against former UNCG employees Chris English, David Wilson and Lyda Carpen.

Assistant Guilford County District Attorney Howard Neumann said:

what happened in court Thursday isn’t a sign that prosecutors had weak evidence. He said there was probable cause to charge Carpen, English and Wilson.
His office routinely sees similar charges brought about by other employers, Neumann said. “We handle them in a similar fashion,” he said.

Neumann also provided more details about the freelance work English and Wilson allegedly did on UNCG’s time.

Evidence showed that English and Wilson operated their private photography business, Artisan Images, from their offices at UNCG, Neumann said. The university’s Information Technology department found on English and Wilson’s computers thousands of freelance photographs shot with UNCG cameras. The photographers also used UNCG computers to send invoices to their clients, he said,

The criminal charges focused on the time sheet issues, he said, “because there’s not a crime that covers this type of misuse of state property.”

Now the three employees will appeal their dismissal, a process that could ultimately result in a public trial, according to Carpen’s attorney Seth Cohen. But Cohen made it clear that UNCG officials –especially Chancellor Linda Brady and Associate Chancellor Paul Mason –might not want to go there.

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Cosmo’s Hagan party bus

Geez we knew it was going to get weird down the stretch. As if the previous post wasn’t weird enough (though some would say desperate) now we have this:

Taking a break from stories such as “Untamed Va-jay-jays” and “Foreplay Men Crave,” Cosmopolitan magazine will participate in Tuesday’s congressional elections by operating a shuttle at North Carolina State University.

The New York City-based fashion magazine most famous for its hard-hitting Aug. 2012 article entitled “When Your Vagina Acts Weird After Sex“ will provide a party bus filled with snacks, models and Cosmo-emblazoned stuff that will drive students around to polling places where they may actually be on the voter rolls, Campus Reform reports.

The magazine announced the plan for the #CosmoVotes Party Bus after endorsing U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, in September of this year — and after previously publishing a story called “My Gyno Talked To My Vagina” in April 2012.

I would just hope that some enterprising N.C. State student would take advantage of those wonderful amenities and walk straight into voting booth and pull the lever for Thom Tillis.

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Thom Tillis and Trayvon Martin

What do the two have in common, you might ask? Just ask Harry Reid.

Washington Post give the ad “four Pinochios” concluding “voters have every right to think the worst about Senate Majority PAC’s purpose in making such accusations on radio stations that have large African-American audiences.”

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Gas-powered golf carts in downtown W-S

Winston-Salem City Council approves an ordinance allowing golf cart transportation around downtown.

Of course the idea is get people out of their cars. Imagine my surprise, however, when I got to the bottom of the story:

Hinsley said he and his wife have decided to use a gasoline-powered gold cart because he can’t afford the downtime to recharge an electric cart. The cart will be able to get to speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour on city streets, he said.

Not very green, there W-S.

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Hagan and Hillary

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Forget rubber-stamping Obama’s policies. This here is enough to make me shudder.

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Fjeld campaign imploding down the stretch

Bad enough that Laura Fjeld struggled during last night’s 6th District Congressional candidates debate with opponent Mark Walker, but now Democratic operatives piss off the N&R in an awkward attempt to slam Walker.

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HP council spikes Main St. road diet

High Point Enterprise reports the High Point City Council votes 7-1 to reject the proposed North Main Street “road diet.”

Council found that a city-commissioned study of the idea didn’t adequately address how the project would impact roads surrounding N. Main Street and that the project would not “yield significant economic benefits to justify the expenditure of public tax dollars.”

Councilman Jay Wagner cast the lone opposing vote and had several heated exchanges with his colleagues. He said Thursday was the fourth time since May that council has made an exception to its normal procedures to take votes on items that weren’t on the agenda in advance of a meeting.

Council did so, he said, to dismantle revitalization efforts touted by The City Project and Ignite High Point. He said council is trying to kill revitalization proposals like the road diet before the end of its term Dec. 1.

Well that’s that, after all the debate and a $100k feasibility study.

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Thom Tillis’ October surprise

The Senate candidate now says North Carolina should consider expanding Medicaid:

“It wasn’t like I had an ideological objection to expanding Medicaid,” he told Time Warner Cable News. “We’re trending in a direction where we should consider potential expansion. … I would encourage the state legislature and the governor to consider it.”

Democrats were quick to cry flip-flop.

Sure it’s easy for Tillis to say since he won’t be around to do the hard work, no matter the outcome of the election. By the same token, is it such an outrageous flip-flop considering the fact that Gov. Pat McCrory —who has nothing to lose in this election —- and Secretary Aldona Wos are reconsidering Medicaid expansion based on claims that “management problems have improved at the state Department of Health and Human Services.”

The real issue is whether or not that truly is the case.

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Two radically different views on Senate campaign spending

Charlotte Observer totals the numbers and speculates that —at over $100 million — the Kay Hagan -Thom Tillis Senate campaign will be the most expensive in history.

But Carolina Journal takes a different approach:

While a Charlotte Observer analysis shows that total spending in the race, including that from independent groups, is expected to top out at around $103 million, that’s actually less in inflation-adjusted expenditures per registered voter than has been spent in the two most expensive U.S. Senate races in North Carolina.

At $103 million in candidate plus independent spending, the 2014 contest comes in at $15.56 per registered voter in inflation-adjusted dollars — or third place overall.

The top spending U.S. Senate race in North Carolina was in 1984, when incumbent GOP Sen. Jesse Helms defeated then Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt. That year, the two spent $20.14 per registered voter in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The next two highest per-voter spending races also had Helms’ name on the ballot. In 1990, Helms and Democrat Harvey Gantt spent $16.11 per registered voter in 2014 dollars. In 1978, Helms and Democrat John Ingram spent $14.69 per registered voter in 2014 dollars.

As for the morality of spending such money on campaigns to become one of the most 100 powerful people in country —if not the world — we have two different views there, too. As you can probably imagine, the N&R’s doug Clark says spending $100 million on a Senate campaign is —gasp —-obscene:

The amount of money spent is appalling. The wealthy individuals and special-interest groups that are bankrolling it — many of them not publicly disclosed — must have a very perverse value system. I can think of better things to do with disposable income in a state where one person in five lives in poverty. When charities need funds to provide food, clothing, medicine, housing, transportation and other basics for the poor; when deserving students can’t afford college tuition; when the sick go without health care, it’s grossly disturbing to literally watch $100 million spent on a political campaign.

As you can probably also imagine, JLF president John Hood has a different view:

It’s not fashionable to say this, but advertising makes truly competitive politics possible. Challengers, in particular, would have a hard time overcoming the inherent advantages of incumbency — such as frequent media coverage, name recognition, and the use of governmental resources for what amounts to campaigning — if they and their allies were unable to raise and spend money freely to communicate with voters.

Clark’s solution for a better world would be “each candidate would choose a number of charities and ask his or her supporters to give their money to them,” and then “voters could let the amount of good done by each campaign guide their selection.”

Guess Clark doesn’t see that such a system would be putting “good” up for sale, never mind the fact that the definition of “good” has been so skewed in this country for so long, not to mention the definition of freedom, which in my mind means that it’s your money and you spend it as you see fit.

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UNCG chancellor’s resignation: coincidence?

UNCG Chancellor Linda Brady announces her retirement in the wake of the university’s time sheet controversy that resulted in the arrest of three former employees.

Brady’s retirement is effective July 31. Seems like we see this all the time —- person at the top bows out in the wake of a scandal, but they assure everyone that it has nothing to do with said scandal.

As for how all this plays out — Brady assures us her administration was justified in in their action toward the former employees—note the interesting comment beneath the N&R’s write-up:

The truth will come out but don’t count on everyone accepting it. Their bias against women will not let them. It’s the liberal way of doing things. Facts aren’t important.

Not sure where the commenter is going here —- have no idea where a bias against women factors into this ugly situation, and anybody knows who’s paying been attention to the up coming election knows that bias against women certainly is not the liberal way of doing things. Or so liberals say.

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