Remedial education for NC high school graduates on the rise

        The Democrats WANT to talk about education this campaign season.  They’ve dominated state government for decades.  They’ve thrown tons of money at our public schools.  How’s all that working out?  Terry Stoops with The John Locke Foundation fills us in: Last year, I published a study of community college remediation rates from 2007 to 2010.  I now have the 2010-11 data, which reflects the percentage of 2010 high school graduates who were required to take at least one developmental/remedial course (in English, reading, or math) during the 2010-11 community college year. 2010-11: 65% 2009-10: 64% 2008-09:…

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Today is THE DAY!

  Today marks THE LAST DAY you can register to vote or change your party registration in time for North Carolina’s May primary.  If you need to do either of those things, you need to beat a path over to your local board of elections office.

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A lesson for Pinehurst government in Raleigh

  The Village of Pinehurst government is aggressively promoting the idea of downtown revitalization.  They’ve paid for a study of the idea of building a performing arts center.  They’ve obtained grants to help a brewery renovate a historic building in the downtown area.  Now, the village government is exploring the idea of incentives for new businesses to open up in the historic downtown area. The John Locke Foundation reported yesterday on the fallout from Raleigh city government’s attempt to actively revitalize their downtown: It’s been nearly a week since the Triangle Business Journal reported that The Mint, a taxpayer subsidized…

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Tea Party dumping Ellmers?

The fallout from a rather heated meeting in Pinehurst between local Tea Party leaders and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers has local activists ready to organize a district-wide revolt against Ellmers in the upcoming GOP primary. I talked to one Tea Party source familiar with today’s private powwow: “She was combative.  She was getting in people’s faces  and telling them they don’t have a clue, and that they needed to get one.  She was telling them they needed to stop complaining and read some bills.  Our people in that room likely have spent more time reading legislation than Renee has!   We got fooled in 2010.  She’s…

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#FAIL: Renee’s day in Pinehurst

      Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-Dunn) had her debut before The Moore Republican Men’s Club at lunch today.  Moore County was just added to her district, and Ellmers is pretty much of an unknown to the overwhelmingly Republican electorate in the county.  The Men’s Club is one of the oldest and largest such clubs in North Carolina.  This opportunity presented itself to Ellmers as a great way to introduce herself in Moore. How did it go?  One source, in attendance at the luncheon told me later: “It was worse than that  Bob Etheridge ‘who are you?’ video.  It was awful.  It was…

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The NCGA GOP spending machine keeps rolling on ….

        We’re being told that those mean ol’ legislative Republicans on Jones Street are trying to bleed public education dry.  Au Contraire, mes amis.   Check out this latest development from a recent House committee meeting: A House committee endorsed an arrangement that would have the state pay for students’ Advanced Placement tests and give bonuses to teachers whose students earn good scores. Price tag: $11.7 million. That’s $7.17 million for the test fees, $2.9 million for teacher bonuses, and $1.5 million for teacher professional development. Teachers would receive a $50 bonus for each student who receives a…

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Hey! All you guys in line @ the unemployment office! Let’s talk about education!

  Bobby “BOOM BOOM” Etheridge says we need to dump MORE money into public education.   We’re getting THIS from the state Democrat Party and its house propaganda organ, The N&O. Yet, in response, we’re getting THIS and the sound of crickets from NCGOP HQ in Raleigh. Some members of the GOP leadership in the General Assembly have tried to play defense against the Democrats’ education lies — ahem — charges.  Our budget is only one percent lower than what Bev Perdue asked for.   GREAT!  That line of defense works wonders when we’re trying to paint Bev and her buddies…

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State senate candidate cuffed, detained by Moore deputies

Tommy Davis has been a long-standing fixture on our local paper’s web site message boards.  Today, he moves to the front pages of the paper.  (I’m not so sure that THIS was the kind of publicity the rookie candidate was looking for.) Davis is running in the GOP primary for the NC Senate District 29 seat against incumbent Jerry Tillman and Pinehurst’s John Marcum. You’ll see — at the bottom of the story — an anonymous poster referring to Tommy as a “tea partier.”  ANYONE who has followed Tommy’s rants knows that he is the furthest thing from a Tea…

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Vinroot, Gantt team up for May

        The 2000 GOP nominee for North Carolina governor and the 1990 & ’96 Democrat nominee for U.S. Senate  are teaming up for an assault on May’s vote on Amendment One:   Dear Friend, We have an important message to share with you from Harvey Gantt and Richard Vinroot. Both used to be Mayor of Charlotte. Harvey Gantt is a Democrat, Richard Vinroot is a Republican. Both have had a major impact on our state. They don’t always agree on everything but they do agree on one major issue: Richard Vinroot opposes Amendment One because it is “unnecessary…

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Tea Party, Ellmers headed for a divorce?

I attended a Tea Party gathering of about 500 people tonight in Moore County.  It was a meet the candidates dinner that included leaders and activists from Moore, Lee and Harnett counties. The group heard from candidates for Congress, Council of State (lt. governor, secretary of state, DPI secretary), Supreme Court, District Court and county commissioner. Moore County has been added to the Second Congressional District.  The county features one of the largest blocs of Republicans in the region, making its electorate quite attractive in GOP primaries. Three of the four GOP candidates for the Second Congressional District seat in…

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