Trans Studies Reading Group? (Yay!) Feminist Decolonial Politics? (um, Double Yay!)

Some of you may be taking a break from stressing over how you’re going to pay that tuition bill for the rugrats from that UNC institution of,um, higher learning.  Some of you may still be steaming over “Sex Week” or that $17 million for “diversity” that UNC edu-crats find too “insignificant” to cut.  Well, here’s one more gem from those folks in the ivory tower who insist they need even more of our money because they can’t get it done with the truckloads we’ve already given them: The UNC Charlotte LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty Caucus is happy to announce that…

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From the NC Dem “Great Hope” to a holding cell

North Carolina Democrats were counting on him as their next big star.  Dan Blue III, son of former House speaker and current senator Dan  Blue, has chaired the Wake County Democratic Party and had been a regular fixture on NC Spin.  He was the Democrat nominee in the 2016 state treasurer’s race.  There was talk of grooming him for bigger and better things. Well, that apparently came screeching to a halt on Friday afternoon.  According to Wake County authorities, Blue was arrested at 1:40 AM on Friday for driving under the influence. Some will take a partisan opportunity and giggle…

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#ncpol: Patrick McHenry and the woman with the “James Brown hair”

“I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. {…] I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair!”  –– Bill O’Reilly on US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) ——— For all of you who thought uber-consultant Dee Stewart was congressman Patrick McHenry’s BFF — think AGAIN.  Dee apparently has some competition: […] I’ve got a very good relationship with and have been able to pass serious legislation with Maxine Waters. I’ve got enormous respect for Maxine; I think she’s smart and capable. I think we’ve got opportunities to do more in the future. And I…

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#ncpol: Lawyer tied to House leaders, NC Dems’ Goodwin INDICTED

The saga swirling around Raleigh attorney Mark Bibbs appears to prove that political corruption IS bipartisan: […] Raleigh attorney and lobbyist Mark Bibbs faces ten criminal charges stemming from an investigation by the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office that was prompted by a WBTV investigation. Court records show a Wake County grand jury returned the indictment against Bibbs on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Bibbs faces two counts of felony obstruction of justice, two counts of felony conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count of felony perjury, four counts of lobbying without registration and one count of conspiracy to lobby without…

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#ncga: Um, “mystery” solved?

    The drivebys and their Democrat buddies are in quite a tizzy.  Legislative Republicans are heading back to Raleigh, and some liberal spidey-senses are a-tinglin’.  Colon “Toilet Boy” Campbell — (AND a co-author !!!) — ponder the GOP’s “mystery agenda in today’s N&O.  Senator — and hyperactive attention whore — Jeff Jackson is feeling a bit butt-hurt: Well, when in doubt, go straight to the folks who DO KNOW. I rang up a couple of amigos / moles who happen to have floor privileges on Jones Street.  They tell me GOPers are being called back under the pretense of…

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Raleigh superhero Lil’ Josh, his sidekick AndyPaul KNOW smack

McClatchy’s Politifact gets presented as something serious and important, but usually ends up coming off like something dreamed up during one of Wayne Goodwin’s daily extended stints in the porcelain reading room. You can almost see Goodwin’s reading room masterpieces getting rushed STAT from the reading room to the N&O newsroom to have AndyPaul Spock’s (Speck? Specht?) byline slapped on it. This time, AndyPaul has outdone himself by “fact-checking” a Tweet by syndicated columnist Ann Coulter, a woman who could make him cry so many snowflake tears in a New York minute.  Here he goes: […] In his State of…

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Folwell gives state retirees early peek at benefits of Trump tax cut

Thanks to the work of North Carolina state treasurer Dale Folwell’s team, state government retirees will be some of the first to see the benefits of the tax cut recently approved by Congress: North Carolina State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, announced today that January benefit payments to North Carolina retirees will increase by a total of $5.7 million this month thanks to the Retirement Systems Division (RSD) beating the clock on an IRS deadline.   The deadline was the result of the new federal tax reform law, which lowered the amount of federal taxes that should be deducted from 2018…

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Monkey Business Report: Robeson County real estate edition

What would you say about someone who bought a piece of property (1) at TWICE the assessed tax value,  (2) that was $100K behind in property taxes, and (3) without having a clear use in mind for the property? You’d think they were either (a) stupid or (b) up to something shady. Well, this very scenario has come to fruition in Robeson County.  The county commissioners there bought a building there from a politically-connected family whose business is apparently experiencing some trouble.  The move was allegedly to help the school system — whose old,digs got flooded out in the recent…

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#ncga: Harry Brown for Congress ???

That’s the word on the street (at least the streets in the Third Congressional District).  I’ve heard from a number of movers and shakers in the 3rd district NCGOP who tell me they’ve heard from the North Carolina Senate Majority Leader and folks close to him about this. “This is not testing the waters,” one source in the know told me. “This is ‘I’m IN.’ ” If Brown does follow through, it would make the 3rd district GOP primary — already featuring incumbent Walter Jones and Craven County Commissioner (and lobbyist) Scott Dacey — even more of a 2018 blockbuster….

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Meet The New Boss, Same as the old boss …

The Round Rev has moved on to bigger and better things on  The Soros plantation.  The NC NAACP has a new screaming preacher heading things up, and The N&O is giddy with excitement: With the North Carolina General Assembly scheduled to open a special session on Wednesday, the new state NAACP president will be at the state halls of power leading in protest just as his predecessor did. The Rev. T. Anthony Spearman became the leader of the organization in October after the Rev. William J. Barber II, a fiery Southern preacher often compared to the Rev. Martin Luther King…

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