L’affaire LaRoque: C’est fini?

Well, it appears embattled Republican legislator and state House Rules Committee chairman Stephen LaRoque  is DONE.  The recount in his apparent May 8th loss to challenger John Bell confirmed that LaRoque lost by 39 votes. Confirmation of the LaRoque defeat would appear to eliminate one of House Speaker Thom Tillis’s political headaches. (The whole Lobbyist Love thing is still hanging around out there.)   LaRoque, a close political ally of Tillis and former legislator Richard Morgan, had been under fire over questions about his private business’s use of tax dollars.  Those questions were reportedly the subject of a federal probe….

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A real gem on PBS

I — like a lot of free-marketeers — generally give a thumbs down to public broadcasting.  In the era of cable and satellite and Internet broadcasting HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of choices, PBS would seem to have outlived its usefulness. Over the holiday weekend, I did encounter a great piece of programming via the PBS app on my iPad.  It was a documentary called “Civilization: The West and The Rest,” based on the book by the same name by British-born Harvard scholar Niall Ferguson.  Ferguson is a historian whose work focuses on the impact of finance and economics throughout the…

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Meet Dan Forest

  Throughout our state’s history, lieutenant governors have put their own personal touch on a job with a limited scope of powers.  Dan Forest, one of the two GOP candidates for lieutenant governor still standing,  would like his tenure in office to be marked by principled leadership in the areas of education and economic development.   Forest, an architect from Raleigh making his first run for political office, is facing off against Wake County commissioner Tony Gurley in a July 17th runoff. I caught up with Forest on his way to Memorial Day festivities in Spring Lake — a small town…

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Charlotte Observer, Hudson tee off on Scott Keadle

        Richard Hudson and The Charlotte Observer have JUST discovered that the DC-based Club for Growth is endorsing and supporting Eighth Congressional District Republican candidate Scott Keadle: A little-known dentist from rural North Carolina hopes to become the latest Republican congressional nominee to charge from behind and, with the help of a powerful Washington backer, upset a favored GOP pick. Congressional candidate Scott Keadle of Iredell County, who faces a July 17 runoff against the apparent GOP favorite Richard Hudson in the 8th Congressional District, has become a darling of national conservative groups after being anointed by…

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Lt. Ellmers goes off to war …

      I got YET ANOTHER emailed release from congresswoman Renee Ellmers’ taxpayer subsidized PR flack.  I started reading it, and saw our Renee risked life and limb this week by heading into the Afghanistan war zone.  Good for her, I thought. The release included a lengthy quote praising our soldiers, which was surely composed by said taxpayer-subsidized PR flack.  I scanned through that until I hit THIS passage: This past weekend, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers travelled to Afghanistan as part of a congressional delegation to visit with American troops, Afghan officials, and civilians. The trip was organized by the…

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Civitas: What Belt Tightening?

It’s election time.  The honorables on the right side of the aisle  on Jones Street are running around telling us how conservative and careful they’ve been with the people’s money. The folks on the left — and their allies in the media and activist communities — are telling us the honorables on the right have unreasonably and mercilessly cut the state budget. The crew at NC Civitas is singing a much different tune about the state House budget plan: In 2011 North Carolina lawmakers passed a two-year state budget which legislators are reviewing this year. The current budget has built…

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A few thoughts on Paul Ryan and his budget

A lot of the players on the right side of the aisle in politics are singing the praises of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan and his proposed federal budget.   I came across this interesting piece by Ira Stoll from March of this year in The New York Sun that should make a lot of conservatives think twicel: The burst of attention devoted to Congressman Paul Ryan’s 2013 federal budget seems to have passed, at least momentarily, but don’t be deceived: the plan rolled out last week by the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee is going to be important…

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Tedesco: Screaming pro-Obama teacher NEEDS to Go

          John Tedesco, Republican candidate for NC public schools superintendent, has called for a Salisbury teacher —  made famous via a viral video —  to resign her post: John Tedesco, a Republican candidate for North Carolina superintendent of public instruction, released a statement Thursday calling for the resignation of North Rowan High School teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely. Dixon-Neely, who teaches social studies, sociology and psychology, can be heard on a cellphone video that has since gone viral and is posted on YouTube in a heated exchange with student Hunter Rogers. Dixon-Neely can be heard telling the student…

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Campaign 2012: Unleash the lawyers!

  Well, as predicted — Pat McCrory’s threat to sue over a Democrat ad against him has kept said ad in the news for ANOTHER day. Now, the Democrats are filing suit against the McCrory campaign. Nice going, guys.  We WERE talking about Jay Parmley, crotch-punching and gay sexual harrassment at Democrat HQ, and record unemployment.  Now, we are here — in May — playing defense over Pat McCrory’s business dealings and lawyering up over a stupid ad. State Democrat Party chairman David Parker could not have scripted a better scenario.  Talk about turning a fastball down the center of…

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LITTLE LOVE for Bev as she heads out the door

  Democrat pollster Public Policy Polling has found that Lame Duck Bev is THE MOST UNPOPULAR governor in these here United States. The organization’s latest poll found that her disapproval was at 57% while her approval was at only 31 percent. You have to give Bev credit for one thing — she, unlike Walter Dalton, has bent over backwards to avoid a conflict of interest with her child’s employment.  

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