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Why do Republicans feel compelled to insult, dismiss and condescend to women in North Carolina?
 
The latest: Governor McCrory dismissing Ann Goodnight’s pointed and powerful letter to the N&O (reprinted in full at the end of this blog).
 
The Governor sniffed at the letter to Al Hunt of Bloomberg News: “Ms. Goodnight, he said, is a Democrat. Besides, he added, her husband supports him.”
 
This was right in line with McCrory delivering a platter of cookies to abortion protesters and Rep. Skip Stam saying the state’s superintendent of public instruction should “stick to her knitting.”
 
Plus, McCrory was wrong. Ann Goodnight told Hunt she is a registered Republican.
 
And McCrory shouldn’t assume too much about Jim Goodnight’s support. SAS is a company that depends on – and has excelled at – attracting bright, creative people.
 
Ann Goodnight’s letter shows how Republicans are making it harder for SAS – and North Carolina – to keep attracting them. That’s why her letter set off political tremors. Here it is:
 
“As the N.C. General Assembly closes the 2013 session, I am left stunned by the glaring lack of support for public education.
 
“As the link between education and prosperity has strengthened, other states have made public K-12 and higher education a priority to increase competitiveness. Other industrialized countries have made remarkable strides in increasing educational performance. In North Carolina, we are headed in the opposite direction.
 
“We are knowingly under-investing in our pre-K-12, community college and university students; in our teachers; and in innovative new approaches to learning. This budget is an embarrassment in its lack of investment in the skills and competitiveness of its people. This is a grievous mistake.
 
“Let the economists debate whether lowering tax rates will attract business. What I do know is that the state’s poor education funding will deter knowledge-based companies from choosing North Carolina. The quality of the public schools is always a key consideration when companies consider relocation. They want quality K-12 schools for employees’ children and quality community colleges and universities for workforce and training needs.
 
“We need aggressive action to improve education across our state. What we have is worse than inaction: It is harmful action. The only winners will be places that are investing in education and using the playbook we once embraced.
 
“Ann Goodnight, Cary”

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2 comments on “Good Night Ann

  1. clarence swinney says:

    America on a roll—downhill??
    We now rank number one on Inequality in the major nations.
    Last week, Corporate profits hit an all time high.
    Businesses are keeping more of their taxable income.
    Wages reached an all time low as a share of our economy
    Stock Market has almost doubled under Obama
    Hundreds of cities are like Detroit.
    Auto manufacturers off shoring their production.
    In my town textiles and apparel are long gone to cheaper labor
    Minimum wage cannot be increased.
    44 million work at minimum wage.
    When will we see a roll up the hill??
    Our leaders argue on everything except what counts-Jobs Jobs Jobs

  2. Choo says:

    A comment to Anne. Dear Anne, I have a great idea. Education in N.C. could jump from where it is today to somewhere near the top, perhaps firts place. What we need to do if follow the lead of the Democrats. We need to take companies like your husbands, and dis-allow all the insane high profits and wages you husband pays. Your husband needs to be limited to making $500,000 dollars a year others working for his company can make a little less depending on their positions. The rest of the money generated by his company needs to go to education in N.C. This would build many schools, pay teachers $100,000 a year, and provide computers and every other thing needed to increase the educational skills. With all the money left over from this windfall we could feed all the homeless in Wake County and perhaps the state. Anne being the compasionate person I know you are, I expect this will be happening before the year ends. Let me thank you in advance for your care for those less fortunate.

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