Put up or shut up time for NCGOP

          There are a number of developments brewing in Raleigh that will tell volumes about whether North Carolina made a wise investment in the Republican Party last November: 1) Ethics:  There has been a steady drip-drip-drip of information hitting the media over the last several months about the scandal growing around state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston).   Media reports have suggested Laroque improperly funneled government funds to friends, family members and legislative colleagues. There have been hints in the press of a possible IRS probe.  House Speaker Thom Tillis has stayed quiet on the Laroque matter,…

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GOP legislators seek business POV; Dems & Media cry FOUL

Boy, it really turns my world upside down to see something published by The N&O staff complaining about not including both sides of a story. Until recently, I thought “fracking” was only an epithet used by characters on Battlestar Galactica.  (Sorry, my geek is showing.)  Actually, fracking is a new way of mining natural gas that has already created an economic boom in North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Montana.  A recent geological discovery has determined that a similar boom could be in store for North Carolina.  But the alleged Mainstream Media (MSM), Boss Bev, and her legislative hench-persons are having NONE…

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Surprise! Media, Dems demagogued NC state budget cuts.

        Boss Bev, legislative Dems, and their hench-persons in North Carolina’s alleged mainstream media (MSM) tried to tell us THE SKY WOULD FALL if budget cuts pushed by GOP legislators were to pass. Well, the budget cuts passed — with the help of a handful of right-minded Dems — and, the last time I checked, the sky is STILL UP THERE. Well, a report on severance pay to state workers has come out, and it reveals that things have been nowhere near as bad as the MSM, the Dems, and Boss Bev told us they would be:…

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A surprisingly thoughtful piece by an N&O reporter …

        The debate over abortion frequently gets clouded by PR spin and code-words like “choice,” as well as sign-wielding activists screaming at each other.  Earlier this year, the state legislature passed bills defunding Planned Parenthood and requiring doctors to show a woman an ultrasound of her unborn child before performing an abortion.  (Both issues are tied up in lawsuits as I write this.) N&O reporter Burgetta Eplin Wheeler authored a very thoughtful piece in the pages of her paper that cut through the political spin and put a very human face on the abortion-related issues facing our…

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Tillis: Laroque mess headed to ethics committee

      North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Cornelius)  says allegations swirling around taxpayer-subsidized loans by state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston) to himself (Laroque), family members and legislative colleagues are being referred to the House Ethics Committee for review: House Speaker Thom Tillis said Wednesday that he would ask a legislative ethics committee to review a complaint against a fellow Republican lawmaker who made controversial loans to himself and other legislators. The referral came after House Democratic leader Joe Hackney called for a special legislative commission to investigate Rep. Stephen LaRoque, a Kinston Republican facing questions about whether…

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Finally! Jimmy Carter is making sense.

Until now, Jimmy Carter has been widely regarded as the worst president EVER to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania.  (BarryO, the Carter family can’t thank you enough for taking this monkey off their back.) In Raleigh, and other capitals around the country, Democrats have been ranting and raving about rather reasonable voter ID proposals.  In Raleigh, Boss Bev and her hench-persons in the legislature have cried racism and raised the specter of Jim Crow to counter GOP efforts to codify into law the idea of showing an ID to prove who you are when you show up to vote.   Veteran…

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NC prosecutors seek an end to ‘Racial Justice Act’

        North Carolina’s elected prosecutors are seeking the legislature’s assistance in overturning one of the worst travesties to ever pass through Jones Street: The Legislature should act quickly to repeal a new law that gives death row inmates another way to challenge their sentences on the grounds of racial bias, North Carolina’s district attorneys argue in a letter to state senators. ” … if you do not address this issue quickly, the criminal justice system will be saddled with litigation that will crush an already under-funded and overburdened system,” wrote Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle, president…

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Laroque defamation suit gone, his firm ponies up $17K in fines

        The Raleigh-based leftist group NC Policywatch is staying on top of the ordeal swirling around state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston and a close political ally of SpeakerrrrrRichardMorgan™), which is looking — and smelling — fishier by the day: State Rep. Stephen LaRoque’s federally-funded non-profit will pay thousands in contempt of court fines as part of the state lawmaker’s agreement to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against a political opponent. LaRoque, a Kinston Republican, dismissed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday that he filed a year ago against the state Democratic Party and Van Braxton, the Democratic opponent that LaRoque…

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Sounds like somebody’s getting a little fussy …

          Boy, you ought to hear the Raleigh press corps — whining like a bunch of babies.  The mean old Republicans in charge of things in the NC legislature have scheduled business for Monday, and WON’T guarantee that something newsworthy like VETO OVERRIDES might happen.  Take WRAL’s Laura Leslie, for instance: If the House takes up any veto overrides Monday, Speaker Thom Tillis will have a whole lot of explaining to do. Republican leaders have been saying for weeks Monday’s session would be purely administrative, focused on passing an adjournment resolution that would let them come…

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D.C. Dems straddle fence on union vs. non-union labor at Charlotte 2012 convention

          North Carolina is one of the least-unionized states in the country.  The Democrat Party, which owes the unions BIG TIME, is holding its 2012 national convention in Charlotte, the largest city in one of the least-unionized states.  How do you win the hearts and minds of the locals in Charlotte while keeping the union pit bulls happy?  Therein lies the dilemma for BarryO and the boys: Democratic convention officials Friday rejected a Charlotte man’s claim that his company would be denied business because he doesn’t employ union labor. The claim by printer John Monteith ricocheted…

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