Peace, Love & Granola at the NC Democrat convention

            Rob Christensen has been SO concerned lately about a “hard right”  turn in the NCGOP. There were no public reports of crotch-punching at the recently completed state Democrat convention.  But it does appear that the Chapel Hill-Carrboro crowd pretty much had their way at the event: At its convention last weekend, the state Democratic Party endorsed 77 resolutions – many of them aligned with party policy positions, but more than a few on the partisan fringes, such as advocating for the legalization of marijuana, a single-payer health care system and the repeal of a constitutional…

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NCGOP flier hubbub won’t die: Beaufort GOP leader criticizes state party leaders, demands apology

    In comments posted to the Beaufort County Now web site, Beaufort County GOP chairman Charles Hickman is criticizing state GOP leaders and demanding they apologize to activists from his county who were reportedly confronted in an aggressive manner at the recent state party convention: During this primary season several switcheroo and otherwise suspect candidates have bragged about their support from powerful Republican power brokers. Some of this has been reported in Beaufort County Now, Beaufort Observer, Carolina Journal and other publications. Some of these alleged shenanigans directly affect our own districts. Other distressing situations occurred in neighboring districts,…

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Survey says — NC is NOT as business friendly as Walter & Bev claim

        Thumbtack.com — a nonpartisan website devoted to helping people find quality service providers — has conducted a nationwide survey on the national business climate.  The survey – -performed in conjunction with The Kauffman Foundation — takes a state-by-state look at the level of business-friendliness toward small businesses. Let’s look at what the survey found for North Carolina:  C+ Overall friendliness  C Ease of starting a business  A- Hiring costs  C- Regulations  C Health & safety  D Employment, labor & hiring  D+ Tax code  C- Licensing  C+ Environmental  C+ Zoning  D Training programs  C+ Networking programs  28th Current economic health  22nd Optimism about future  26th Growth rate last year The survey ranks…

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The Pilot: $pend more money! Who care$ if you actually HAVE it?

          News flash!  The management at the Southern Pines Pilot is outraged — OUTRAGED — by the  GOP led General Assembly in Raleigh: It is unconscionable that a bill to help right our state’s eugenics wrong – as if it could ever be truly righted – should still be languishing in the legislature. Remember, North Carolina’s eugenics program, under which thousands of people were forcefully sterilized between 1929 and 1974 for supposedly being mentally or physically unfit, is said to have been the most horrendous such program in the nation. Yet still our representatives in Raleigh…

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Talking conservative, voting liberal (with other people’s money)

    In 2010, the nation overwhelmingly rewarded GOP candidates for Congress who promised to cut federal spending, cut taxes, roll back regulations, and restore some sanity to our nation’s government. The Club for Growth, a conservative political action committee, does an excellent job of holding politicians’ feet to the fire — making them walk the walk AND talk the talk:   In 2010, the Republicans seized control of the House of Representatives from the Democrats, promising to cut spending and pay down the national debt. When given the opportunity, however, many Republicans routinely voted with the Democrats against spending cuts,…

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People dropping like flies out of NC’s workforce

      The headline says the unemployment rate is “holding steady.”   If you read into The Charlotte Observer’s story, you get a better understanding of WHY  (and it ain’t good) : North Carolina’s unemployment rate was unchanged last month at 9.4 percent, breaking a four-month streak of declining unemployment rates, state officials said Friday. The total number of unemployed North Carolinians dropped by almost 4,000 people, but the rate remained the same because the size of the work force got smaller. What that means is the government did some fancy accounting to doctor the numbers.  Reduce the total…

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Chuck Schumer ALLOWS Senator Kay Hagan to address her constituents

Chuck Schumer, New York’ s senior U.S. Senator, is granting those of us in North Carolina a marvelous opportunity to hear from our junior senator — his protegé and, some say, sock puppet — Kay Hagan.  (Can’t you just see the rainbows and unicorns and hear the happily-chirping birds responding to the Greensboro Democrat’s melodic words, which I am sure were written by her smug, socialist New York master.)  Apparently, Senator Sock Puppet has ALL the answers on how to fix this economic mess she has aided and abetted in the NC legislature AND in the U.S. Senate: North Carolina…

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Feds probing real estate deal involving Guilford county manager, former GOP LTGOV nominee

      Greensboro’s Rhino Times has broken a story about an FBI and IRS probe into real estate deals involving the Guilford County manager and former county commissioner (and 1996 GOP nominee for Lt. Governor) Steve Arnold: Guilford County Manger Brenda Jones Fox is the subject of an investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Criminal Investigation unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The questions being asked by federal authorities revolve largely around three deals Fox was at the center of: the $6.9 million purchase by the county of a building at 325 E. Russell…

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Roy Cooper: Talk about a missed opportunity

    2012 is supposed to be a boon year for North Carolina Republicans — landing the Governor and Lt. Governor seats for the first time since 1988, as well as  a number of other council of state seats.  Unfortunately, the post of attorney general, one of the most powerful jobs — if not THE most powerful job — in state government was left uncontested by Republicans this year. The attorney general supervises the State Bureau of Investigation — which assists ALL murder and police shooting case in the state. It also handles ALL crime lab work for every law…

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“Tell me, is the man who punched your crotch in this courtroom?”

        A former NC Democrat Party worker at the center of an alleged gay sex scandal at North Carolina Democrat HQ  is suing  his former employer: The staffer whose sexual harassment allegations earlier this year roiled the North Carolina Democratic Party has sued the party for defaming him. Attorneys for Adriadn Ortega filed a defamation suit in Wake County Superior Court on Thursday charging that the state Democratic Party and state party Chairman David Parker engaged in “false, despicable, and defamatory statements about him.” The suit is the latest twist in a sexual harassment case that has…

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