Tillis, bloggers Pow-wow on voter ID bill

    Apparently, the Speaker of the NC House had a private meeting with some conservative bloggers to talk about the issue of voter ID in North Carolina elections.   (Hmmm.  My invitation must have been lost in the mail.)  The latest reports off of Jones Street suggest that Republicans were going to water down the voter ID bill so they could get Democrat votes to override Lame Duck Bev’s veto.   (Utility bills could be accepted in lieu of actual government-issued photo IDs.)  Randy Dye published an account of the meeting over on NCRenegade:  Voter ID legislation does not…

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Have we lost The John Locke Foundation?

    The Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation has, for years, positioned itself as  Ground Zero for conservative and libertarian thought in North Carolina.  For years, we on The Right have been able to count on the folks at Locke to provide us with intellectual ammo to use in the battle against The Left. However, in recent months,  John Hood — the foundation’s el presidente — has stepped off the boat on the port side one too many times for this writer’s comfort. First, Hood allowed himself to become the poster boy for the gay rights crowd in the fight for…

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New NC Polls: McCrory still up, auditor & treasurer races looking promising for GOP

    Democrat-aligned Public Policy Polling has released some new numbers showing that the negative ad war in the governor’s race has not had much effect on either candidate’s numbers, and that two council of state races are looking like dogfights for the Democrat incumbents: A lot has gone on in the North Carolina Governor’s race over the last month- attacks ads on both sides, lawsuit threats, salvos in the press…and the effect of this all on voters has been…basically none. The state of the race is exactly the same as it was a month ago. Pat McCrory leads Walter…

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(How YOU doin’ ?) Net wealth for American families drops nearly 40%

      Barack Hussein Obama (MMMM -MMMM-MMMM) says we’re all doing “FINE.”  The Federal Reserve says something different: The recent recession wiped out nearly two decades of Americans’ wealth, according togovernment data released Monday, with ­middle-class families bearing the brunt of the decline. The Federal Reserve said the median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That puts Americans roughly on par with where they were in 1992. Another rough economic period brought on by federal government largesse.  Read On:  The data represent one of the most detailed looks at…

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A tax revolt on Charlotte City Council?

  At first glance, Charlotte would appear to be a rather hopeless venue for the teaching and preaching of fiscal conservatism. Since Pat McCrory’s departure from city politics in 2008, the Democrats have taken the mayor’s office and a 9-2 majority on the city council. The John Locke Foundation notes that Charlotte, for more than a decade, has held the dubious title of North Carolina’s highest-taxed municipality.  Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton recently told The Charlotte Observer that the city was “in decline” and needed government intervention to reverse that trend.  The bloc of government services dependents was about to…

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Federal deficit DOUBLED

        Last month, the federal government recorded a deficit that was TWICE what it was at the end of May 2011: The U.S. government posted a budget deficit of $125 billion in May, more than twice the level registered in the same month last year. So far this fiscal year, the budget deficit stands at $844.5 billion, narrower than at the same time a year ago. Under the government’s accounting system, October is the opening month of fiscal 2012. During fiscal 2011 which ended Sept. 30, the budget deficit totaled $1.296 trillion. Before certain folks start sputtering:…

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Holding taking heat over decisions re: John Edwards

        George Holding, former US attorney and current GOP nominee for the 13th congressional district, is facing questions from Edwards case jurors, legal experts, and the mainstream media about his decision to probe and prosecute former Democrat U.S.  Senator and vice-presidential nominee John Edwards: […] From the start there were allegations from the Edwards camp that he was a victim of political score settling. Holding, a Republican from Raleigh who announced his candidacy for a U.S. congressional seat from the 13th District just weeks after Edwards’ indictment, rode herd over a case that ultimately was tried in…

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The declining value of the “Republican” and “conservative” political labels

        In this nightmarish economy, we’re seeing a lot of things lose their value.  In recent years, we’ve also begun to see the decline in value of the “conservative” and “Republican” labels. We used to have a clear idea of WHO was conservative:  Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, Jesse Helms, William F. Buckley, Margaret Thatcher.  Those folks saw great electoral success, brought a lot of new people into the conservative movement, and made it “cool” to be called conservative. Consultants now tell Republicans you need to “moderate” in order to attract Democrat votes.   Helms & Reagan stood…

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Tim Lea, The Pilot, and Larry Caddell’s evil plot to team up with Bojangles’ and rule the world

You would think — after having ridden with Tim Lea’s story about Bojangles, only to have it blow up in their faces — The Pilot would be working hard to try and regain SOME credibility with its readers. Let’s recap:  Moore County commissioner Tim Lea threw a fit in open session about discussions of an alleged land sale — in closed session — to a developer looking to build a Bojangles restaurant in Carthage.    As usual, The Pilot’s scribes  were there to take dictation and broadcast Tim’s wisdom to the rest of Moore County. Then, Tim’s small, loud fan…

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The Pilot: pushing far-left talking points, telling half of the story, and mocking the few readers it has left

You have to just LOVE Yankees who move down here and chastise us for not being more like the morally and fiscally-bankrupt blue states they fled. Steve Bouser, The Pilot’s minister of propaganda overseeing the paper’s op-ed pages, is a textbook example of just such antics.  His page ran for months with leftist talking points about the proposed  marriage amendment to the state constitution — warning of a return to Jim Crow and the approach of the apocalypse if it passed.  It took months of THIS site — and a few others — beating on Steve and The Pilot before they…

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