Smokin’ & Drinkin’ with Renee Ellmers

          Got $500 to $2,000 burning a hole in your pocket?  You can stop in at an undisclosed location in Washington, DC to smoke cigars and drink whiskey with Renee Ellmers: So much for political correctness and good health. Rep. Sandy Adams will be the “special guest” at a “Cigar and Whiskey Tasting” in downtown Washington, D.C., April 24. The event, a fundraiser for fellow Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., “suggests” contributions in a range of $500 to $2,000. Event organizer Franny Decker said the evening get-together was strictly “a fundraiser for Congresswoman Ellmers” and Adams spokeswoman…

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A wise move on early voting in Lumberton

I know it’s shocking to hear this, but here goes:  The rest of the state needs to learn from Lumberton and follow its lead. For those of you who don’t know — Lumberton is the county seat for Robeson County, which tends to lead the state of North Carolina in MOST ALL of the bad categories.   The Lumberton City Council has taken a bold step by seeking to END early voting in city council races. Early voting allows for people to vote in races as early as 14 days before Election Day.  The problem you run into is this:…

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Charlotte pol lays blame for city’s “decline” at feet of Mayors McCrory, Foxx

  Don Reid has never been one to mince words.  The former four term Republican Charlotte City councilman (1991-1999) established a record of fiscal conservatism while in office.  Since leaving political office, Reid has continued on as a conservative leader in The Queen City. Reid told us recently that the city’s current troubles with The Bobcats basketball team — plus the city government’s economic woes made public by the city manager’s recent revelation that the city is in “decline” — are a product of poor leadership in city government: Instead of selling the Tyvola Coliseum to him for an offer…

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Primary foe a boon for Mike Causey?

Running for down-ballot council of state races is often a popularity contest based on name ID — a lot like student council races from our school days. Mike Causey,  Republican candidate for NC state Insurance Commissioner, is part of the crowd of candidates fighting for publicity against political big dogs like Walter Dalton, Bob Etheridge, and Pat McCrory.  (Causey previously ran unsuccessfully for this position against state political icon Jim Long.) Usually, it is preferred to not have a primary opponent. It now appears that controversial former state legislator Richard Morgan’s decision to file for the GOP primary for Insurance…

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Boom Boom is 1st choice for SE NC Dems in 2012 NC GOV race

  The word I am getting from well-placed sources within the Democrat machine in southeastern North Carolina is that Bobby “Boom Boom” Etheridge is leading the Democrat field for NC governor by a nose. I checked in with one source who served me well when I was a member of the drive-by mainstream media.  This guy has his finger on the pulse of Democrats in that part of the state better than ANYONE else I know of. ( I could connect with him two days before Election Day, and he would successfully predict the order of finish in the Democrat…

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Civility a one-way street for the granola crowd

      Civility for thee, but not for ME. Rush Limbaugh has been beat about the head shoulders for more than a month now for “incivility,” in discussing comments by a leftist activist at a Democrat press conference on Capitol Hill.  Now, we have a Democrat elected official in Wake County directing vulgar comments toward a public official, and we’re getting yawns from the granolas and their media accomplices: Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata and supporters say they’re offended by Democratic board member Susan Evans’ indirect use of vulgarity to refer to him, in what Evans says was…

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NC-13 GOP US House race: Holding campaign NOT coordinating with Holding family

    A SuperPac supporting the election of George Holding to North Carolina’s 13th congressional district seat in the U.S. House has been criticized by his opponent Paul Coble — a fellow Republican — and the newsroom at the N&O.  SuperPACS, under federal campaign finance laws, can spend with basically no limits in support of a candidate, as long as the PAC does not coordinate with the campaigns it is supporting. The N&O has identified some of the main donors to the pro-Holding SuperPAC: The donors to the super PAC are Frank Holding, retired chairman of First Citizens ($100,000), Frank…

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Richard Morgan wants to be your “friend”

Recently-deflated former state legislator Richard Morgan is spreading the word about his latest political escapade via Facebook.  (He can’t use his long-time web site address. It’s been taken over by a Morgan foe.) He’s cut a commercial touting his 2012 campaign for state Insurance Commissioner, and is sharing it with key GOP groups on their Facebook pages.  (You might have to be logged in to Facebook in order to view the linked video.) My tipster on this — a reader from coastal NC — cautioned me: “get out your barfbag.” Most of the rhetoric in the ad could apply to…

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We’re #4!!!! (Um … yay ???)

The N&O was pondering why Boss Bev was not tooting her horn about a slight drop in recent unemployment figures.  (North Carolina’s rate FELL from 10% down to 9.9%. Most of that can be explained by tricky bureaucratic math reducing the size of the “work force.” Folks I know working at the ESC tell me they are STILL busier than ever.)  The silence MAY have something to do with the fact that our state has the FOURTH worst unemployment rate in the nation. The economy is THE issue on the minds of voters. Yet, Raleigh throws us this marriage referendum…

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Confusion on Amendment One? (Gee, I wonder WHY … )

Public Policy Polling, A Democrat consulting firm based in Durham, has declared that there is  A LOT of confusion among voters on the upcoming referendum on amending the state constitution.  Gee, I wonder why? Could it be that the Democrats, the professional left, and their lapdogs in newsrooms around the state have repeated —   ad nauseum — lame, fact-less talking points comparing Amendment One to Jim Crow laws from the early 20th century?  Could it have something to do with mainstream media in North Carolina REFUSING to publish or report the ACTUAL TEXT of the amendment?  If they did that,…

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