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NCGOP moves into damage control mode

        In the face of a “Fire Hayes and Clean House” groundswell among party activists, the folks at NCGOP are taking steps to limit damage caused by the leak of a videotaped rant by state party chairman Robin Hayes at the recently…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Media NCGOP Politics

On eve of NCGOP convention, long knives come out

      State GOP leaders are spinning the need for “unity” heading into the November general election, but a flier making the rounds of  party activists suggests THAT might not be in the cards: Is GOP intruding into local or state and national primaries?…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Law & Order Moore County Politics

Pinehurst Police: Same — um — STUFF, different chief

  Well, the election is over. There is a new chief at Pinehurst PD. And it appears NOT much has changed from the old regime.   We now have the added touch of a speed trap at the village limits sign on Highway 5.  That’s…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Economy Moore County Politics

DEE-NIED! Feds reject appeal of downtown Pinehurst post office closure

          In a December 12 order, The federal government’s   Postal Regulatory Commission has rejected  Pinehurst mayoral candidate John Marcum’s appeal of the decision by The U.S. Postal Service to close the downtown Pinehurst post office: On August 18, 2011, John M….

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Back to the Future for Southern Pines: Mike Fields BACK on Town Council?

    Pinehurst recently tapped a familiar face to fill out the remainder of a term for an incumbent council member who had been elected mayor.  Southern Pines may be on the verge of doing something very similar. When town councilman David McNeill was elected…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Going along to get along is not always the way to go …

  Concerned Citizens of Pinehurst, and others, have expressed concern about the reappointment of appointed incumbent Mark Parson to the Pinehurst Village Council.  Newly-elected councilman John Strickland expressed concern about rushing forward on the appointment without conducting a thorough search for potential appointees. Instead of…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst FINALLY has a queen …

The birds are singing more cheerfully.  Rainbows are decorating the sky. The Pinehurst Police have abandoned their speed traps and have actually gone back to patrolling.   Blossoms are appearing on the trees.  Cats and dogs are living together. People are happier.  England had its…

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OK. Which one is it, N&O?

      Here they go again.  Our state’s flagship newspaper is at it again — offering readers contradictory information on their page, sometimes within the same day and other times within  week. Last week, chief political correspondent (and newsroom wonderboy) Rob Christensen told us…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Welcome Back, Parson?

Now that the dust has settled in the local municipal races, the new topic of discussion in political circles is who will be appointed to replace Pinehurst’s Nancy Fiorillo and Southern Pines’s David McNeill.  Both were promoted by voters from their respective council seats to…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst Village Council: They’re not as old as they look

I may have overreached in my quip about Tuesday’s election knocking up the average age of Pinehurst’s governing body. I was thinking mainly about the replacement of that young whippersnapper Mark Parson with retirees John Strickland and John Cashion. A member of the council —…