ANOTHER sensible idea emanating from Raleigh …

This is getting kinda scary.  Some in the GOP legislative majority are proposing merging several small community colleges in order to save the state some money.   Florence and Darlington Counties in South Carolina have done well — for AGES — with Florence-Darlington Technical College.  The communities of Northern Virginia have done well with a regional Northern Virginia Community College system.  If our neighbors to the north and south have survived with this method in play, why can’t we? Jay Schalin, director of state policy at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, had a great opinion piece…

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Redistricting revisited …

  Reports are that the congressional redistricting map produced by the state legislature in Raleigh has been challenged by The U.S. Justice Department over concerns about compliance with the Voting Rights Act.  The 1965 Voting Rights Act gives federal authorities the right to OK or veto voting districts in geographic areas (READ: Down South) where there has historically been institutional discrimination against minorities. Reportedly, the feds are concerned about the redrawn majority-minority 1st district, currently held by Congressman G.K. Butterfield. if the legislature ends up having to tweak this district, it could have a domino effect on the 13th, currently…

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One more from the “It Needed to be Said” division of North Carolina state government …

“He spent the last 20 years predicting we were going to lose and when we did declared victory … He was right 1 of 20 times. A broken clock is right twice a day.” — State Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt (D), describing Raleigh political consultant and highly-quoted political pundit John Davis.     

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State senate redistricting brings change for Moore

The new redistricting map released by the state legislature Tuesday puts Moore County in a new state senate district and confronts our longtime incumbent, Senator Harris Blake (R), with possibly the most significant electoral challenge of his tenure in Raleigh. The plan puts Moore County — and Senator Blake — into senate district 29, which is home to Randolph County’s Senator Jerry Tillman (R), the current Senate Majority Whip. Moore voters in Blake’s current district will be lumped in with the voters of Randolph County.  Because Randolph has a larger population, many political observers give Tillman the edge in a…

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Another headline that NEEDS to be finished ….

“Congressional redistricting plan unpopular” screams the headline in today’s edition of The News & Observer.  If you read into the story, you see that the following phrase needs to be added to THE END of that headline: ” … among 37 percent of respondents to a skewed poll conducted by a Democrat political consulting firm.” According to the N&O item,  651 people (no breakdown of party registration given) were polled by Public Policy Polling, a renowned consulting firm known for aiding Democrat candidates in North Carolina and across the country.  The margin of error is +- 3.8 percent, which is…

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NC congressional redistricting clarified …

The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill has an excellent piece in today’s paper about congressional redistricting.  Opponents of the plan, drafted by the conservative majority in the legislature, say it unfairly splits counties and cities and puts counties together that have nothing in common.  (As though this has NEVER been done before, like when The Left called the shots on Jones Street ….)  Morrill points out that in several counties, you have all but a handful of voters in a congressional district.  In Sampson County, for instance, all voters — but ONE — are placed in one district.  Morrill offers up…

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Legislature’s Republicans FOR crack houses????

Yep.  The Fayetteville Observer had a story this morning by the Democrat minority’s chief stenographer Paul Woolverton which would make you believe just that: A state law passed in June has forced Fayetteville to postpone the enforcement of new rules meant to crack down on crime-ridden, dilapidated rental properties. City leaders struggled for three years to develop regulations that would target problem properties while not punishing responsible landlords. After controversy and compromise over fees and scope, the City Council approved the regulations in April and planned to enforce them July 1. But the state legislation took most of the teeth…

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GOP legislator eyeing Kissell challenge in NC-8

  Reports from Washington are that state Rep. Justin Burr (R-Albemarle) — no relation to our state’s senior U.S. Senator — is seriously eyeing  a challenge to two-term 8th district incumbent congressman Larry Kissell (D). The NCGOP is placing a lot of emphasis on this district. The current state chairman, Robin Hayes, represented the district in Congress until 2008, when Larry Kissell and Barack Obama’s street money sent him back home to Concord.  Hayes, whose hometown is still in the district, has a vested interest in Kissell’s defeat. It’s tough to knock off an incumbent congressman in North Carolina.  Bob Etheridge was…

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A good first step toward reforming public education

The Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation has hit on an idea that I have been bouncing around for a while, as well.   JLF’s Terry Stoops is calling for the state to drop certification requirements for teachers in public schools’ virtual classrooms: “Teacher certification requirements are among the most onerous rules enforced by state education agencies,” said Dr. Terry Stoops, JLF Director of Education Studies. “Those requirements have the potential to place serious limits on the scope, quality, and accessibility of virtual schooling for years to come.” Stoops labels state teacher certification mandates “the most serious barrier to the widespread adoption of…

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Planned Parenthood ENTITLED to NC tax money?

Planned Parenthood has filed suit over the recently passed state budget because it cut out funding by the state of North Carolina for their operations.  Planned Parenthood says in their filing that it is UNFAIR that they are not even getting a crack at our tax dollars. Unbelievable.   Where in the state or U.S. Constitution does it say that Planned Parenthood, or any other person or entity, is entitled to payments from the government ad infinitum? It all goes back to FDR’s New Deal and LBJ’s Great Society.  The government throws money at people, organizations, and problems, with very…

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