Posted in Campaign 2012 NC legislature Politics

Key player in L’affaire LaRoque wavering on re-election bid?

          A Republican legislator who got a taxpayer-financed loan from embattled state Rep. Stephen LaRoque is being rather coy about whether he will seek re-election to his seat in the state House. The Hickory Daily Record has the story: Rep. Mark…

Posted in Bev Perdue Congress Law & Order Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Indictment of Boss Bev cronies is like deja vu all over again …

  If I talked to you about a governor with cronies laundering money to sidestep campaign finance laws, you’d think I was talking about Mike Easley.  We went through a whole soap opera about ol’ Mike, a made-up job for his wife, unauthorized campaign flights,…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government

NC gas tax cap races through state House (Speed bump awaits in Senate)

        The conservative majority in the North Carolina General Assembly’s lower chamber did its duty and overwhelmingly approved, on Monday, legislation to hold the current state gas tax at 35 cents per gallon and put off a scheduled rate hike from Jan…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Harris Blake Moore County NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Civitas: Pinehurst’s Blake is NC Senate’s top conservative

      According to NC Civitas, a Raleigh-based conservative think tank, Senator Harris Blake (R-Pinehurst) is wrapping up this session at the top of the class, with a perfect conservative voting record.  Blake topped all  50 Senators with a perfect score of 100, while…

Posted in Law & Order Media NC legislature

Public defenders stick up for ‘Racial Justice’ …

            Just days after North Carolina’s prosecutors formally seek an end to the travesty called ‘The Racial Justice Act’, the state’s public defenders are speaking up.  The N&O had the story:   Public defenders are appealing to state senators to…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Let the scare tactics begin …

        When liberals realize they can’t win a debate on the issues, they almost always turn to the scare tactics. Lyndon Johnson got the ball rolling in 1964 against Barry Goldwater, running ads depicting Barry Goldwater as a madman eager to start…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

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…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature

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.) …

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

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…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Law & Order Media NC legislature Politics

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…