Renee Ellmers & Richard Burr think government needs MORE of your money

    We’re in the middle of a godawful economic quagmire.  Record unemployment.  Increased regulation.  Anemic economic growth.  An impending economic disaster called ObamaCare.  The expiration of lower federal income tax rates.  An increase in the state’s unemployment withholding rate.   Now, some members of Congress — led by alleged tea partier Renee Ellmers (NC-2) and US Senator Richard Burr  — have pushed through a bill allowing government tax collectors greater access to the revenues of online businesses. The alleged conservative party has ditched all that talk about spending cuts and is aiding and abetting the expansion of the federal…

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Thom Goolsby’s RJA repeal is pure common-sense. PASS IT! SIGN IT! MAKE IT SO!

  State senator Thom Goolsby’s  (R-Wilmington)  bill to repeal the grossly-misnamed Racial Justice Act has cleared its first hurdle.  It passed a Senate committee today. The RJA  — passed by a Democrat majority on Jones Street — allows inmates on death row to have their sentences overturned if a judge finds race may have played a role in their sentencing.  The bill was passed despite the overwhelming objections of state prosecutors — Democrat AND Republican.   Racial discrimination is already illegal.  Critics saw the bill as hamstringing the state’s ability to hand down a death sentence for some of the most…

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Rob “Rielle Who?” hits the nail on the head re: McCrory, but misses the mark on a lot of other stuff

  Guest lecturer Rob Christensen appears to be filling in for John Frank at the Raleigh campus of McClatchy’s School of Creative Writing.  Mr. Frank, the school’s dean, must be away on sabbatical trying to get the crayons sharpened.  Rob has the reputation of being Mr. Politics in North Carolina — even though he spent months following John Edwards around and never thought to ask who the blonde with the video camera was.   With the release of Gov. Pat’s first budget proposal, all eyes were on Mr. Politics for his take: Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a hold-the-line budget on…

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(1) Lefties scream. (2) Tillis & McCrory cave. (3) Return to Step One.

  A requirement for voters to show ID at the polls, and special licensing for non-citizens would appear to be no-brainers for the state GOP after winning an overwhelming majority and mandate in 2012. But, no.  The lefties scream holy hell about both issues.  Their screaming gets magnified by their comrades in the state’s’ mainstream media.  And the executive branch and the state House leadership tuck their collective tails and run for the hills.  First up: Voter ID.  More than TWO-THIRDS of state voters think it is a good idea for voters to PROVE WHO THEY ARE, beyond a reasonable…

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STILL WAITING FOR THAT CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION: NC, national GOP throwing limited government under the bus

In 2010, we were told a conservative revolution was sweeping North Carolina AND the country.  In 2012, we were told conservatism was on the rise — with the election of a new GOP  lt. governor, governor, and expanded majorities in the legislature. Fast forward to 2013.  We have congressional Republicans teaming with Democrats to raise taxes.  In Raleigh, we have a Republican legislature raising unemployment taxes and seriously looking to implement new sales taxes on service providers (mostly small businesses).   The new (allegedly) Republican governor has introduced his first budget, which seeks to spend $400 million MORE than the…

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RNC missing the boat with its “autopsy”

      The mainstream media is chattering away about this party “remake”  report issued by a group of establishment Republicans.  The report regurgitates a lot of the same things we’ve heard from MSNBC talking heads:  the party offends women and minorities, is insensitive to the poor, and soooooo not inclusive.   Believe it or not — I’ve got a few observations about said report: 1.  Reince Priebus.  Who died and anointed him the smartest man on the planet?  He’s from Wisconsin.  The GOP lost ground there, and Obama took it in the presidential race.  For the first time —…

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NCGOP leadership races starting to get crowded

    With all of the infighting between grassroots activists and establishment types this past year, you had to expect this. Right now, it appears there will be at least five people competing for the NCGOP’s top two posts — which come up for a vote at the state convention in June. Chairman Robin Hayes just announced his decision to not seek reelection.  Vice-chairman Wayne King has taken a paid position with Congressman Mark Meadows (R-11th), and has not announced his intentions regarding reelection.  For those of you under the impression that Hayes got thrown under the bus by Gov….

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HOT lanes have taxpayers hot under the collar

      North Carolina legislators seriously talked up tolls on I-95 in 2011 and 2012, but that idea got shot down by Renee Ellmers, Mike McIntyre, a number of legislators with districts along the interstate thoroughfare, and a huge outcry from the citizenry.   Now, in 2013, a new twist on the concept of toll roads is being pushed in Mecklenburg County by House speaker Thom Tillis and other area leaders that has grassroots groups hopping mad.   What’s the fuss about?  It’s about HOT (High Occupancy Travel) lanes being installed on I-77, one of Mecklenburg’s busiest roadways: It’s…

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Kudos to Goolsby on Racial Justice Act

      While the state House leadership is talking about watering stuff down, slowing things down, appeasing the Democrats to “get stuff done,”  at least one state Senator is out there slugging away on behalf of principle and DOING THE RIGHT THING. Senator Thom Goolsby (R-Wilmington) has stepped forward to push for a total repeal of the atrocious Racial Justice Act.   (During the previous legislation, House majority leader Skip Stam and Speaker Thom Tillis pushed through a watered-down version of the bill.)   Supporters of the RJA — mainly defense attorneys and lefty activists — say the bill…

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Ellmers: Men screwed EVERYTHING UP

          Is it just me, or is our Second District congresswoman sounding a lot like Barbara Boxer?  Or perhaps our first — or soon to be — ex-wives?  Miss Harnett County told Yahoo News this week: U.S. Rep Renee Ellmers says the Republican Party – particularly its men – made “unnecessary mistakes” that cost the party the presidential election. Ellmers, a Republican from Dunn, was participating in an online Yahoo News chat Thursday about how the GOP can better appeal to women. She said: “Oddly enough, many of the mistakes were made by the men in…

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