Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics Renee Ellmers Republicans

Ellmers slams state’s I-95 toll proposal

  Can I get an Amen? My congresswoman and I are singing from the same sheet of music on this issue of tolls on I-95.   I dealt with these things when I lived in Virginia in the 70s and early 80s.  There was such an outcry and revolt from…

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WAY too many ‘free passes’ for 2012 @ NCGA

As election filing ended yesterday, we learned that 39 of the 17o North Carolina General Assembly seats will have ONE and ONLY ONE choice for voters in May and November.  (Most all of those are incumbents, by the way.) Ten of those lucky candidates are in the state Senate (6…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics Thom Tillis

THAT dripping noise over on Jones Street

    It’s remarkable how The N&O and its comrades on The Left have such a high regard for legislative ethics  — when the Republicans are in the majority.  The drip-drip-drip of ethics questions appears to center mostly on Republican legislators with close ties to former legislator SpeakerrrrrRichardMorgan.™    First it…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County NC legislature Politics

John Marcum for NC Senate

  Surprahz! Surprahz! Surprahz! — Private Gomer Pyle, USMC I’ll have to admit that NOT many people saw this coming.  I think it must have been a spur-of-the-moment thing for John.  The only political web site out there for him is for his last race for Pinehurst mayor.  I had…

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NC’s I-95 tolls to hit MORE than just drivers

          Legislators and bureaucrats in Raleigh are blowing through funds like a drunken sailor on an extended shore leave.  Instead of tightening their belts and trying to control costs, the powers-that-be have found yet another way to squeeze extra dollars out of North Carolina’s weary, economically-distressed…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

NCGOP: Merely a new set of money-changers in the temple?

  GOP leaders took power on Jones Street in 2010 with promises of “no more business as usual.” They were propelled into power by an angry Tea Party and frustrated citizenry eager for dramatic change in Raleigh.   Here we are — two years later — with the same outrageously…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Moore County NC legislature NCGOP Politics

TimmyWatch: Lea for NC Senate?

Moore County political insiders tell me to not be surprised  if retiring Moore County Commissioner Tim Lea files at the last minute for the NC Senate seat held by Republican Jerry Tillman of Randolph County.  If Lea files, he would join Tillman (the Senate majority whip) and Tommy Davis of…

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A lesson from Hoke County’s NUGGET-gate ?

Outrage and disbelief erupted nationally last week over reports that government inspectors have been inspecting pre-schooler lunches.  West Hoke Elementary School –with such poor academic performance that teachers are being bussed in for special after-school tutoring sessions — made national news when it was revealed that a government replaced a…

Posted in Education Media NC legislature NC State Government

Hoke County Schools & Bev’s More At Four: A National Laughing-Stock

          Rush Limbaugh, Stephen Colbert,  and the network news programs have all had a field day with Carolina Journal’s Nugget-gate exposé at West Hoke Elementary School:  A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told…

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Two new players in L’affaire LaRoque?

    It appears that state Rep. Stephen LaRoque (R-Kinston) will have a political fight to complement his current legal fight.  The NC Free Enterprise Foundation (NCFEF)  is reporting that the beleaguered legislator will be facing Goldsboro realtor John Bell and Wayne County commissioner Andy Anderson in the May GOP…