Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

North Carolina’s unemployment insurance mess

    The Tar Heel State’s unemployment rate exceeds the national average.  Ol’ Bev keeps extending unemployment benefits for the state’s long-term unemployed.  All of this is going on in the wake of payroll tax rate cuts and fewer people drawing paychecks and paying those taxes.  The state is falling…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

L’affaire LaRoque gets some federal attention

            Sarah Ovaska, at NCPolicyWatch, has been on top of the scandal swirling around state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston) since the beginning.  Now, she’s confirmed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened an investigation into the matter: The federal agriculture department has opened an…

Posted in Media Moore County Politics

Pinehurst govt dives into the performing arts

          Well, it looks like Queen Nancy and her court at Village Hall are putting us — the taxpayers — on the hook for a new performing arts center.   Village taxpayers will pick up the WHOLE $33,500 tab for a New York-based consultant to do…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Economy Media Mitt Romney Obama Occupy Politics Republicans

Getting rich is NOT a crime

With the rise of Mitt Romney, and the activities of The Occupy movement, and the even more outlandish activities of BarryO and his posse, it is pretty clear that we’re going to hear a lot about how our economic ills are the fault of “the rich.” I believe it was…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

And the spending goes on and on and on …

      North Carolina is broke — or so we were told during the fight  over the state budget during this last session.  Stuff got cut out left and right.  The N&O, The Democrats, the NCAE and state employee reps all howled over the budget cuts.  We were told…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media Mitt Romney Obama Politics Republicans

An interesting question for Mitt

      Mitt Romney’s work with Bain Capital, the venture capital firm he founded, has become a major issue in the GOP race for The White House.  Mitt’s opponents suggest that his firm behaved like a vulture, tearing apart and killing off companies, firing a bunch of workers, then…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Education Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

A rational, common sense look at NCGA v. NCAE

          Democrats and the mainstream media  (redundant? mutually exclusive?) all over the state are decrying the state legislature’s move to end the teachers’ groups ability to forcibly deduct dues payments from EVERY North Carolina teacher’s paycheck.  The same people who covered all those years for Jim…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Jim DeMint Media Politics Republicans

SC primary: Can you HEAR us NOW?

          Two South Carolina Republican officials with strong conservative and Tea Party credentials appear to be sending the GOP establishment and the party’s presidential candidates a message.  U.S. Senator Jim DeMint says that the party and its voters need to pay closer attention to the message…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Politics Republicans South Carolina

Welcome To The Carolinas

Now that the smoke has cleared in Iowa and New Hampshire, the nation’s eyes are turning just south of me to The Palmetto State. (We, in North Carolina, will get our share of the national spotlight this summer when BarryO and his traveling circus roll into Charlotte.) The national media…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Media NC State Government NCGOP Politics Tar Heels The ACC

Bev booed in Blue Heaven

  I spent Tuesday night, in my usual spot in The Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, watching my beloved Tar Heels dismantle The Miami Hurricanes.  As halftime approached, the P.A. announcer encouraged all of us to remain in our seats at the start of halftime for a “special…