Tillis 2012: Tolls are bad. Tillis 2013: Tolls are OK.

    A Mecklenberg County-based grassroots group has released some rather provocative video featuring state House speaker Thom Tillis.  In the video, Tillis can be seen and heard addressing a group of truckers in 2012.  The speaker can be heard telling the truckers that he opposes tolls on I-95, fearing that they could spread to I-77. In 2013, Tillis has become a proponent of HOT lanes — a concept where sections of public roads are leased to private companies to manage on behalf of drivers who pay an extra fee for the privilege of driving in those lanes.    Tillis and…

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Did Thom Tillis torpedo bid by Justice Newby’s relative to join UNC BOG?

  I had a rather interesting conversation today with a fellow who has a LONG track record of influence in North Carolina Republican politics. He  says Wake County conservative leaders AND religious right figures around the state are up in arms over House Speaker Thom Tillis’s apparent efforts to block Joe Knott from being appointed to the UNC Board of Governors.  Knott, a Raleigh attorney, is the son of a former Wake County commissioner, was an assistant US attorney in North Carolina during the Reagan administration, was  the 2004 GOP nominee for Attorney General, and IS the brother-in-law of NC…

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Easter Sleaze: McClatchy pulls out the really sharp Crayons,tries “Blueprint” tag-team takedown of NCGOP

      ‘I expect this kind of stuff from Rob “Rielle Who?” Christensen and John “Gunga Din” Frank at McClatchy-Raleigh.  But it’s disappointing to see it from Jim Morrill, who tends to do a pretty good job covering politics from his perch in The Queen City. McClatchy-Raleigh and McClatchy-Charlotte decided to give us a twofer — based on Chris Fitzsimon talking points and spin — this AM.  Apparently, according to McClatchy, the NCGOP HATES people who live in cities.  Seriously?  First, let’s take on Mr. Rielle Who, who presented us this morning  a love note headlined “Drop Dead: Is…

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US vs.THEM: “Toll-Road Thom” sticks it to his constituents

    Last year, an outcry from voters forced the legislature to back off the idea of putting tolls on Interstate 95.  This year, Jones Street is trying again.  This time it’s on I-77 in Mecklenburg County. Anti-toll activists from the county showed up in Raleigh this week, believing that they would get an audience with their legislative representative — and House speaker — Thom Tillis.  Instead, they got a nasty surprise, apparently orchestrated by “Toll Road Thom”, that likely has his political “rabbi”  Richard Morgan beaming with pride.   The folks at Davidson-based “A Short Chronicle” had the details:…

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Lefties LOSE IT over Senator Tillman’s charter school proposal

  It’s absolutely refreshing to hear an elected official championing the supremacy of the free market over the iron-fist of the bureaucracy.  Legislation introduced by state Senator Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) seeks to enhance innovation within public education and diminish the influence of the education establishment. Basically, Tillman’s bill yanks oversight of publicly-funded charter schools away from the state board of education and gives it to a newly-created oversight entity.  Tillman argues that the current state education board — packed with allies of the education establishment — is throwing monkey wrenches into the effort to bring positive change to the state’s…

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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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State treasurer jumps into turf war over Charlotte airport

      A deputy to state treasurer Janet Cowell is warning that efforts to take Charlotte Douglas International Airport away from the City of Charlotte and have it run by a new regional authority could have negative consequences on the state’s borrowing power: Transferring Charlotte’s airport to an authority would raise thorny legal issues involving airport debt and could even affect the cost of state borrowing, the North Carolina Treasurer’s office said Monday. Deputy Treasurer T. Vance Holloman said legal uncertainty over the airport’s $860 million debt “could result in potential prolonged litigation.” Urging lawmakers to “proceed cautiously,” he…

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Forget the football and basketball teams. How about that LAW SCHOOL?

    Chapel Hill is known mainly for two things:  (1) Great basketball and (2) loony-tunes lefty nuttiness.   Basketball is down a little bit this year.  (The football team is showing some promise as it emerges from probation.)  But the UNC law school is still swinging away in all of its leftist glory. I have a judge friend here in the state who also happens to be a UNC law alum.  He’s a rather conservative jurist, so its safe to say that the indoctrination / mind control  didn’t work on him.  He once told me a great story about…

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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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