#ncga: Hey, here’s a thought. GIVE IT BACK.

It must have been quite a spectacle on Jones Street yesterday listening to all those honorables lecturing the Democrat administration about ethics. ( *Because we ALL KNOW that pay-to-play, sleazy backroom deals, and shakedowns for cash in exchange for favors never, never, never, never, ever, never, ever ever, ever,ever, ever, never never, never, never, never, ever, never, ever ever, ever,ever, ever, never never, never, never, never, ever, never, ever ever, ever,ever, ever, never never, never, never, never, ever, never, ever ever, ever,ever, ever, never never, never, never, never, ever, never, ever ever, ever,ever, ever, never  happen on Jones Street.*) Apparently, the folks putting in…

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#ncpol: Lawyer tied to House leaders, NC Dems’ Goodwin INDICTED

The saga swirling around Raleigh attorney Mark Bibbs appears to prove that political corruption IS bipartisan: […] Raleigh attorney and lobbyist Mark Bibbs faces ten criminal charges stemming from an investigation by the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office that was prompted by a WBTV investigation. Court records show a Wake County grand jury returned the indictment against Bibbs on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Bibbs faces two counts of felony obstruction of justice, two counts of felony conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count of felony perjury, four counts of lobbying without registration and one count of conspiracy to lobby without…

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#ncga: Um, “mystery” solved?

    The drivebys and their Democrat buddies are in quite a tizzy.  Legislative Republicans are heading back to Raleigh, and some liberal spidey-senses are a-tinglin’.  Colon “Toilet Boy” Campbell — (AND a co-author !!!) — ponder the GOP’s “mystery agenda in today’s N&O.  Senator — and hyperactive attention whore — Jeff Jackson is feeling a bit butt-hurt: Well, when in doubt, go straight to the folks who DO KNOW. I rang up a couple of amigos / moles who happen to have floor privileges on Jones Street.  They tell me GOPers are being called back under the pretense of…

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BIGGER not always better

We’re really getting soft-pedaled and spun about the UNC Health Care / Carolinas Medical merger.   I, for one (and as a former patient with both), don’t see much good for consumers in the deal. When was the last time something getting BIGGER benefited you as a consumer?  (Or, for that matter, when was the last time something private partnered with a government entity and got better?) My long-time bank merged with a bigger in-state bank some years back.  I went from having a local bank staff who I knew, and who knew me on a first name basis, to a…

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EVERYBODY loves Donald

The drivebys want to tell you President Trump is despised, hated, loathed in all corners.  Yet, you’re getting big business types — well-known suckups to Dems — praising our CINC.   The State of the Union speech last night got a 75% approval rating in a CBS poll.  Even more curious is the number of skittish RINOs and NeverTrumpers who appear to be stampeding for a spot under the Trump tent. Back in 2016, Robin Hayes gleefully joined the rest of the NCGOPe elite on Marco Rubio’s North Carolina campaign committee.  (State House speaker Tim Moore did not publicly endorse any…

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Popping the “Blue Monday” bubble

  Well, the state Democrat Party has rolled out more challengers for incumbent Jones Street Republicans.  One that threw me for a loop was Lowell Simon of Moore County challenging Jamie Boles. If you read up on Simon, he sounds like quite an impressive fellow.  Buuuuuuuut —- he’s a Democrat.  In Moore County.  One of the state’s reddest, yellow-dog Republican counties.   Let me illustrate.  Here are some total vote percentages in the county for GOP candidates in November 2016: Donald Trump — 63% Richard Burr — 63% Richard Hudson — 67% Pat McCrory — 61% Dan Forest — 65% Buck…

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#ncga: ACLU goons targeting Dare’s Boswell

Republican Beverly Boswell captured a very competitive seat from the Democrats last time around.  She ticked off the GOPe and the Left simultaneously.  She’s an outspoken, tell-it-like-it-is conservative. So, all that makes her a marked woman. Well, another election cycle is approaching.  So, it was about time the hordes geared up for war. The ACLU of North Carolina and Kitty Hawk resident Craig Merrill have teamed up for a public records suit against Boswell.    Here’s the complaint. What do they want?  EVERY piece of communication — texts, emails, letters, phone records — between Boswell and her staff and any…

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#ncga: New maps. (Hmm …. )

The honorables have floated some new proposed districts for the state’s court system.  My first thought:  The districts are so nice and neat and contiguous.  WHY can’t we do this for the legislature and the Congress? Here are the proposed prosecutorial districts.  Here are the proposed District and Superior Court districts. Some highlights: Moore County:  That’s our home base, so it’s a great place to start.  We’re joined at the hip with Hoke County on the judicial and prosecutorial districts.  Hoke County has incumbent judges AND an incumbent prosecutor.  So do we. Their folks tend to be Democrats, while ours…

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#ncga: “Let Jimmy try it.”

Remember the old,Life cereal commercials  where the kids get ol’ Mikey to be the first to try the strange new cereal?  I’ve come to believe that Jimmy Dixon is the Mikey for the House leadership. The N&O busted Dixon for obtaining an earmark of $830,000 for a big donor’s development deal.  Yeah, it was shady.  (But it’s not like it’s the first time shady things have happened on Jones Street.) From what I’ve observed of Ol’ Jimmy — he takes great pride in being “the bad cop” for Timmy, Dave, Nelson and the rest of the boys in leadership.  He…

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For liberals, MLK’s “content of their character” dream is long-forgotten.

The day after we celebrated Martin Luther King’s birthday, this happened: Yep.  This is sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools.  The speaker is something called a “Parent Engagement Specialist.” As you can see, her thesis is that the public schools have a problem because they are “strongly accountable to white people and white culture.” White culture?  Can ANYBODY actually tell me what THAT is? State Rep. Graig Meyer and I are both middle-aged white guys living in North Carolina.  THAT is about all we have in common.  Remember, he is the guy who is ashamed of being white. (I, for…

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