Let’s see. Blocking incompetents from voting is — CONTROVERSIAL ???

Yep.  I find that hard to believe, as well.  We’ve documented the story about mentally-handicapped people being hauled to the polls on election day to “cast votes.” There is a new effort afoot in the NC General Assembly to make it harder for folks to haul mentally challenged folks to the polls to vote.   Jay DeLancey, head of the Voter Integrity Project, has been fighting the good fight against vote fraud in North Carolina for some time now.  He is worried about the fate of this current legislation: “We can all shake our heads about this abuse of the…

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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT: Thom Tillis, NCGA’s heavy-handed traffic cop

  In the run-up to the 2010 elections, we heard a lot of sob stories from NCGA Republicans about how heavy-handed and unfair the Democrats were to them when they ran the legislature.  A Republican legislator from Cabarrus County has stepped forward to shed some light on how House leaders are badgering conservatives and helping to water down conservative initiatives. Rep. Larry Pittman (R) made his remarks at a recent Tea Party meeting in his district (fast forward the linked video to about the 12:00 minute mark).  Some of the more interesting revelations from Pittman’s remarks: Apparently, the speaker’s office…

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NCGA Insiders: We ALL got Gambling $$$$$, bosses said it was OK

      McClatchy and the rest of the nearly-extinct legacy media are trying SO hard to paint this whole “scandal” regarding campaign donations to state legislators from an indicted Oklahoma businessman as a REPUBLICAN THING.  (Lotsa Dems got some of that gambling money, as well.)   I talked with some NCGA insiders who told me that legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle and sources close to those leaders provided cover for accepting the contributions: “There are people close to the leadership in each chamber who vet these things, who check out the sources of this money.  We…

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NAMING NAMES: national gambling scandal $$$$ lined a lot of pockets in both parties on Jones Street

The North Carolina state board of elections is calling for a probe into campaign contributions made by an indicted Oklahoma businessman and his wife to Gov. Pat McCrory and scores of North Carolina state legislators. Chase Burns, the owner of International Internet Technologies (IIT), is accused of providing illegal gaming software to outlets in Florida, violating the state’s gaming laws.  Multiple  four-figure contributions from Burns, and his wife Kristin — totaling $235,000 — have shown up in campaign reports for numerous North Carolina elected officials and candidates. The North Carolina contributions from the Chases went to both Democrats AND Republicans….

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It’s not about Rs vs. Ds. It’s statism vs. freedom.

  [H]ow on earth could an Obama-liberal be one of the four Republican Leaders in the State House? That’s a question longtime campaign consultant Carter Wrenn asked in a recent blog post.   Carter sounds like a lot of people I hear these days.  They equate being a Republican with being a conservative and opposing all things Democrat, Obama and big government.  These days, being conservative and being Republican are far too often mutually exclusive.   Consider this.  The Ripon Society is a group of Republicans who want to rid the GOP of its conservative influence.  They are what are…

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Charlotte Pol: Undervaluation of Panther stadium saved team TONS in property taxes

The Charlotte City Council’s vote to give the owners of The Carolina Panthers $87 million to renovate Bank of America Stadium has raised some hackles in the grassroots. Did the Carolina Panthers avoid millions in Charlotte city taxes as a result of an unusually low valuation of the team’s stadium by city officials?    Edwin Peacock, a former councilman running for mayor of the Queen City, says he’s done research suggesting THAT is exactly what has happened. We obtained a raft of emails between Peacock and some other current and former Charlotte / Mecklenburg government officials discussing Peacock’s theory. Peacock…

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RacismRacismRacismRacismRacism and, oh yeah, I almost forgot — RACISM !!!!!!!!!

    SNL’s “Church Lady” had a habit of finding Satan’s hand in EVERYTHING.   The 18th century writer Samuel Johnson described patriotism as “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” I believe you could update and modernize Johnson’s quote by replacing the word “patriotism” with the word “racism.”   Modern-day lefties play the race card any time the facts are not on their side.  Lately, it seems lefties and their comrades in the mainstream media are finding “RACISM” in just about everything. Gary Pearce — former N&O scribbler from the pre-McClatchy era, former mouthpiece for Jim Hunt, and Carter Wrenn’s…

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Blueprinting Mr. Stone: ”McClatchy Rob” has no shame

Democrats have been working hard to take out state Rep. Mike Stone (R-Sanford).  Stone’s 2012 race was a little too close for comfort.  In 2013,  the Blueprint crowd has ordered the creative writing crowd at McClatchy-Raleigh to sharpen their crayons and finish Mr. Stone off. Rob Christensen is widely celebrated as Mr. Politics in North Carolina.  I used to cover politics within the mainstream media in North Carolina.  Rob and I frequently crossed paths while doing business.  From all I saw, it was pretty clear that Christensen is little more than a sycophant suck-up butt-kisser to the Raleigh political establishment…

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Here are my United Federation of Planets credentials. Can I vote NOW?

          Thom Tillis and his team in the state House have pushed through a voter ID bill, but Jay DeLancey is NOT IMPRESSED: First, security. The law abandons the secure production process used by the DMV and instead adopts uncontrollable production standards from 17 public universities and 60 community colleges. In addition to forcing every poll worker in our state’s 2,000-plus precincts to become document experts on non-standardized photo ID cards from 77 schools, the workers will also have to spot a fake ID card from any of those schools and deny the voter access to…

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Things are getting HOT over toll roads in Thom Tillis Country

The battle over pay-to-drive toll lanes in Mecklenburg County has taken to cyberspace.   A few weeks back, anti-toll activists with widen i77 went to Raleigh seeking help from house Speaker (and local legislator) Thom Tillis in stopping the installation of special toll lanes on Interstate 77 — a widely used thoroughfare for Mecklenburg residents.  Instead of an audience with Speaker Thom, the group was ambushed with a press conference / propaganda session by pro-toll interests.  Widen I-77 thought they would have an ally in Tillis, who — a year ago — had opposed the installation of tolls on I-95. Tillis…

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