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Pinehurst Village Council: Fireworks in November?

        John Marcum may have finished a distant second in this month’s mayoral race, but he is certainly not riding off quietly into the sunset.   Marcum’s community action group, Concerned Citizens of Pinehurst, is taking its concerns directly to the Pinehurst Village Council  on November 29 via a new, high-powered spokesman.   Colin McKenzie, a former village council member and Moore County commissioner, will speak for…

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Apple, $46 million for 50 jobs, and the $1.7M jacuzzi …

          North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory (R) and some legislative Republicans in Raleigh are talking up the idea of reforming the state’s economic development practices.  The landing of an Apple data center for the western town of Maiden is a great case study for highlighting the problem with the state’s current modus operandi: In its pitch for approval and tax breaks, Apple said it may…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

  Thank you to all of our faithful readers who have stuck with us for our first six months.  Stick with us over the holidays, and into the new year.  There’s even more fun in store! Enjoy this time with family and friends.  Be thankful for all of the good things we do have, during these horrible economic times.  If we stay focused and work hard, things will get better.

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One standard for us, another for the political class

        Congress is now considering cutting off tax deductions for people making MORE than $174,000 per year.  (Want to guess how much a Member of Congress makes per year?)  It’s illegal for me or for you to use inside information to make stock buys or sales.  It’s not for Congress and their staff.  This particular double-standard is the subject of a new book by Peter Schweizer, and…

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In YOUR dreams, Rob …

      Rob Christensen.  Rob – Rob – Rob.  *Sigh* Please step out of The News & Observer offices a little more.  Your detachment from reality — The Real World — is becoming more apparent with every word you write: There is a temptation to try to draw too many lessons from off-year local elections, which often center on such issues as student assignment plans and landfills. As former…

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Pinehurst 2011: GAME OVER for Ginsey?

Moore County’s thrice-weekly Pulitzer Prize winning local newspaper endorsed the candidacies of Mark Parson and John Cashion for Pinehurst Village Council this week.  Incumbent mayor Ginsey Fallon, stepping down to run for a council seat this year, was overheard by one of my spies commenting on her candidacy being dismissed by the editorial staff at The Pilot. “I’ve won without their endorsement before, and I’ll do it again,” Fallon said,…

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Pinehurst 2011: candidate no-shows turn town hall forum into “The John Marcum Show”

Pinehurst mayoral candidate John Marcum says increasing public input into village decisions is a key point in his platform. “This current group in village government makes their decisions, then provides a limited opportunity for the public to comment,” Marcum said at a town hall forum Tuesday night, in front of a radio audience and an in-person audience of about sixty people.  “I want to hear from the people FIRST, before…

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Bev Perdue, mistress of the art of budget-busting …

Madame Governor has apparently been reading the polls, which all show her losing to the former GOP mayor of Charlotte (who has yet to even announce his candidacy).  So, she is pulling out the big gun — the weapon of choice for any beleaguered liberal politician — MORE SPENDING: Republican legislative leaders asked a Wake Superior Court judge to clarify his ruling on the state pre-kindergarten program. They want to…

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Bev Perdue: The JOBS governor ???

Seriously? She likes to call herself THAT? Gov. Bev Perdue, who likes to call herself the jobs governor, will get to talk about jobs some more. She has has been named to the National Governor’s Association’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee. The committee is chaired by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and includes such governors as Arizona Gov. Janice Brewer, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo…

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Audit raises questions about NC public schools’ use of federal stimulus money

Amid all of the leftist sobbing about mean Republicans cutting school budgets, causing teacher assistants to lose their jobs (and, of course, kids to get dumber), an audit of the state’s public schools’ handling of federal stimulus money is raising eyebrows: North Carolina’s public schools received $380 million in stimulus money that was supposed to save teaching jobs, provide services for low-income students and purchase supplies. A WRAL News investigation…