Handicapping the contenders for NC Governor

        That sound you hear — in the wake of Bev’s announcement yesterday — is the explosion of politician egos.  From Murphy to Manteo, ambitious “public servants” are salivating over this sooner-than-expected “opportunity to serve the people.” Let’s take a look at who the contenders are SO FAR: 1. Lt. Governor Walter Dalton:  The state’s second-in-command would be an obvious choice. Dalton has been very low-key over the last four years, carefully avoiding even the whiff of scandal. One huge stumbling block  for Dalton will be Name ID.  I was talking to some friends of mine who…

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Bev: Outta Here?

  Reports are swirling through state political circles and political media that Bev Perdue will announce, at a press conference later today,  that she will not seek reelection as governor.  A  high-profile southeastern North Carolina Democrat, who also happens to be a good friend, told me he got a call about this from a party source in Raleigh last night. Was she pushed out by the national party?  It’s pretty clear the DNC is targeting North Carolina in 2012.  Polls have shown Bev consistently underpolling BarryO in the state. The DNC convention will be in Charlotte this summer.  Perhaps national…

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Open up and say ‘Aaah.’ (You’ll TAKE your Romney and LIKE IT)

      The country is amid an economic mess.  BarryO has approval ratings worse than Satan’s.  The GOP COULD take this opportunity to present the country with a great case for free-market conservatism.  In business school, you are taught about how differentiation — clearly defining differences between your offerings and those of your competitor — is the key to success. Attacking someone for being a successful businessman — like Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry did — or championing gun control, anti-global warming rules, gay rights, and tax increases on the rich — like Mitt Romney has — is right…

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Lessons from South Carolina

    The political chattering classes were SHOCKED and SURPRISED about Newt Gingrich’s win in The Palmetto State’s primary.  I wasn’t.  I saw the pre-vote debates, and noted the audience reaction to Newt.  I talked to some people south of the border, and noticed the last-minute positioning of some key state-level political players.  All signs were pointing to a rough road for Romney and a good day for Gingrich. Now, for some post-game analysis: 1. The chattering classes, for the most part,  have NO IDEA what they are talking about.   Just about all of those people on the cable…

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Game On! Judges refuse to delay NC primary elections

  A three judge panel in Raleigh refused this week to grant a request from Democrats and liberal activists to delay the state’s May primary.  This decision puts into play — at least, for 2012 — the legislative and congressional redistricting plans passed last year by the NC General Assembly. We, here in Moore County, will see some significant changes.  The county will now share state Senator Jerry Tillman (R-Asheboro), the senate majority whip,  with Randolph County.  Moore County has been part of the Sixth Congressional District – represented by Republican Howard Coble — for more than a decade.  Starting…

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‘Government Gone Wild’ in Fayetteville

  Fayetteville businesswoman Jackie Pfendler thought she was doing something good for her community.  She bought an old abandoned building in 2009 in a troubled part of town, spent $1 million on the building and renovations, and moved her business in.   Now, The City of Fayetteville is showing their appreciation by condemning and seizing her building — all because they want to put a city-owned and operated “transit center” on her property.  Pfendler – instead of folding — has decided to fight. Pfendler’s supporters point out that another site in town was identified as more appropriate for this “transit…

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SC Primary: Newt Roars Back

  Mitt Romney has learned that he ACTUALLY lost Iowa, and that Rick Perry is dropping out of the race and endorsing Newt Gingrich.  The polls in South Carolina are tightening up, showing Gingrich nipping at Romney’s heels.  Not a good 24 hours for the Mittster.  (Polling in North Carolina shows Newt either leading or virtually tied with Romney.)  Many political observers, including El Rushbo, see Newt’s rise as a result of recent debate performances in The Palmetto State. The alleged mainstream media is in a panic about Newt’s surge.  ABC News has hauled out Newt’s most recent ex-wife, Marianne,…

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A DEM rumble for Secretary of DPI

  NC Department of Public Instruction secretary June Atkinson (D) has ended months of speculation by publicly declaring her intention to seek reelection to her post in 2012. That sets her up for a heated primary fight with state Rep. Rick Glazier (D) of Fayetteville, and — possibly — state Rep. Tricia Cotham of Charlotte. Glazier is an old hand at challenging entrenched incumbents.  He got to the legislature by knocking off longtime incumbent Alex Warner in the Democrat primary.  Glazier will likely go after Atkinson for basically being invisible during a legislative session that produced a tightened schools budget…

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HANDS OFF of the Internet !!!

You’ve heard a lot of talk lately about the federal STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT (SOPA).  I’m sure you’ve seen that sites like Wikipedia and Google are going “black” in protest of the legislation pushed by congressman Lamar Smith(R-TX). It is a surprise to see a normally good conservative like Smith pushing something like this.  (Apparently, he’s been thoroughly schmoozed and wined-and-dined by entertainment industry execs.) Declan McCullagh of CNet has an excellent piece HERE explaining the nuts-and-bolts of the legislation. One of the more dangerous aspects of the legislation is that it gives the U.S. Justice Department the authority to…

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Bev & The Big Lie: GOP wrecked public education, so we need to pay more taxes

          North Carolina’s beleaguered boss lady, desperately trying to stop her political career’s slide down the drain, is hauling out every scare tactic in the book.  Bev’s current screed is about how WE — hardworking folks trying to make ends meet in the middle of an economic mess created by her and her friends — need to shell out EVEN MORE money to the state: Gov. Bev Perdue will propose restoring a three-quarter cent sales tax increase in the next budget to stop “deep and unnecessary cuts” to schools. Perdue announced her proposal Tuesday afternoon, when…

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