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Hide your kids. Hide your cameras. HE’S IN! (BOOYAH!)

  Former congressman Bobby “Boom Boom” Etheridge  made it official today — signing on the dotted line in Raleigh to become the 13th candidate for governor of our fair state.  Remember, just a few months ago, when this race was simply going to be a Pat v. Bev rematch? Wow. …

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Oh, hell. Richard’s back. (AGAIN)

    SpeakerrrrrRichardMorgan™ is starting to remind me of Jason Voorhees, the deranged killer in all of those really bad Friday The 13th movies. The heroes in those movies are terrorized by Jason, but they fight really hard to kill him off.  They think he’s dead — FINISHED — but…

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NC’s I-95 tolls to hit MORE than just drivers

          Legislators and bureaucrats in Raleigh are blowing through funds like a drunken sailor on an extended shore leave.  Instead of tightening their belts and trying to control costs, the powers-that-be have found yet another way to squeeze extra dollars out of North Carolina’s weary, economically-distressed…

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NCGOP: Merely a new set of money-changers in the temple?

  GOP leaders took power on Jones Street in 2010 with promises of “no more business as usual.” They were propelled into power by an angry Tea Party and frustrated citizenry eager for dramatic change in Raleigh.   Here we are — two years later — with the same outrageously…

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Study: No connection between fracking and groundwater pollution

        North Carolina is looking at a potentially enormous economic boom with fracking.  North Dakota is already booming. The energy industry believes that The Tar Heel State has great untapped energy resources and wants to start fracking to get them out of the ground.  Environmentalists are pulling…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Politics Republicans

Conservatism of Congressional GOP leaders

    Does anyone else find it interesting that the top congressional leaders of the GOP — the conservative party — are nowhere near being the most conservative members of their respective caucuses or chambers? According to National Journal, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va), the House Majority Leader,  is ranked #73…

Posted in Media Moore County Politics

Pinehurst: “ambience” & selective indignation

When you think of Pinehurst, North Carolina, you think of  pristine, well-manicured championship golf courses, the quaint downtown area, and The Carolina Hotel.  You certainly don’t think of locales like the one pictured here.  You might think this is a photo of a crack house in a blighted neighborhood in…

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NCDOT: Plenty of $$$$ for Moore County Airport, but not for I-95

    It’s recently hit the news that the “wise” persons in our state government are going to set up tolls on I-95  to pay for much-needed renovations.  So, in addition to paying the highest gas tax south of The Mason-Dixon Line, drivers will be hit with even more cost…

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Senator Burr: Having it both ways with BarryO’s stimulus

      U.S. Senator Richard  Burr (R-NC) published a great piece the other day in The Charlotte Observer on the evils of BarryO’s stimulus: Three years ago, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Investment Act, better known as the stimulus bill, into law, promising the American people that…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Moore County Politics Renee Ellmers

Campaign 2012: Confused? Lost?

    Our local paper reported the other day that Congresswoman Renee Ellmers was campaigning in Moore  County.  However, according to her official web site, neither Southern Pines nor Moore  County are part of her district.   (The primary vote for Congress is about two months away.  I hope she…