Southern Pines 2011: The Money Chase

Typically, a campaign that raises the most money from the most individuals does quite well on election day.  Campaigns that raise over $1,000 are required to file finance reports with The Moore County Board of Elections. Town Councilman David McNeill, one of two candidates for the open mayor post, is the only Southern Pines candidate who filed a finance report this week.  McNeill reported starting off with $2,365.52.  His report says that, as of last week, the McNeill campaign spent $2156.24 and had $1634.28 on hand. It doesn’t appear that the campaign funds are flying as fast and furious in…

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Southern Pines 2011: Chris Smithson, The Sierra Club, and ‘Cool Cities’

    Once again, Google is an amazing tool to supplement my election coverage. I found the following post, dated July 23, 2007 on the blog for the North Carolina chapter of The Sierra Club: The filing period for municipal elections across North Carolina ended Friday and I was watching closely since the success of the Cool Cities program is of course predicated on who’s in local office across the state. I’ve already heard from one candidate, Chris Smithson. He is a Council member in Southern Pines and is seeking the Mayor’s seat. Part of his platform is to make…

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“Occupy Wall Street” REALLY STINKS

The alleged mainstream media is trying to hard to compare these idiots running amok in New York’s financial district to The Tea Party.  (Never mind that there have been over a thousand arrests, compared to NONE at Tea Party events.) The American media also drags out comparisons to the Woodstock-era hippies they so admire.  To find out the real truth, you have to turn to the British press, and articles like this one in The Daily Mail: This are the shocking scenes that have led some people to accuse the Occupy Wall Street protesters living rough in New York’s financial…

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NO, Nancy & Ray are NOT MOVING to Greensboro

  To all of you Moore County campaign operatives who read this blog religiously, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY. I have had several emails and calls from people today expressing sentiments along the line of:  “That’s outrageous!  How can she run for mayor of Pinehurst when she’s moving to Greensboro???” “She” is Nancy Roy Fiorillo, candidate for mayor of Pinehurst. Operatives for other mayoral and council campaigns sounded off to me.  (One Fiorillo supporter was so upset she wanted to get her campaign contribution refunded.) As far as I know, Nancy and Ray Fiorillo are…

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U.S. Economy keeps stumbling along

    BarryO and his sycophant accomplices in the alleged mainstream media keep telling us about “job creation.”   People who actually know something about business and the economy will tell you THAT optimism is pure misguided nonsense: U.S. employers added workers to their payrolls last month, easing recession fears but falling well short of the pace needed to get 14 million jobless Americans working in the next few years. The government’s snapshot of hiring showed employers added 103,000 jobs in September. The Labor Department also revised up the number of jobs added in August to 57,000 from its previous estimate…

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Southern Pines 2011: handicapping the races

  Pinehurst is not alone with its silly season.  Southern Pines has one that has geared up as well. The Town has two council seats up for election — one vacant — as well as its mayor post — which is also being vacated.  Mayor Mike Haney and Council member Mike Fields are each stepping aside, to make way for ‘new blood.’ This year’s election appears to have the same theme as the one two years ago:  NIMBY, environmentalist, left-of-center  interests vs. Establishment, conservative, pro-business, pro-growth interests.  Mayor:   This race pits two incumbent council members — David McNeill and Chris…

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NCDOT board: More trouble than it’s worth

In this age of dwindling tax revenue and budgets drowning in red ink, I have a few questions for the new conservative majority in the legislature. Why are we still funding a Human Relations Commission?  There are paid full time employees on this commission who also get office space.  The commission’s official job description is to organize MLK Day celebrations in North Carolina and foster racial harmony.  Really?  Seriously? Government has a plan to help us all get along?  Why does this need to be a state-subsidized operation?  Are you all scared of being called ‘racist’ if you cut this…

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Signs, signs, everywhere signs …

    You can tell it’s campaign season throughout the Sandhills. Signs are starting to pop up on the landscape, and people are starting to complain about them. In today’s Fayetteville Observer, there is an item about The City of Fayetteville cracking down on problems associated with political campaign signs.  Of course, there are some complaints about the city’s tactics: Fayetteville is cracking down on campaign signs that are too big or too close to the road. Last week, candidates for Fayetteville races each received a letter from the city explaining the rules for campaign signs and gave this warning:…

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Pinehurst 2011: Development a key issue in races

  It’s become increasingly clear that development is playing a key issue in the 2011 village council races. Voters are expressing frustration with an eroding downtown, a failed residential development in Old Town, and an oppressive, hard-line mentality in the village’s planning and zoning operation. The Traditions of Old Town:  Council candidate John Strickland and mayoral candidate John Marcum have each specifically cited this failed, abandoned development off of McCaskill Road.  A lot of trees were cut down on the site, which sits adjacent to many six and seven-figure homes.  The developer’s original intent was to develop high-end townhouses within…

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Auditing Mr. Bouser on Internet sales taxes

The Pilot, our local newspaper, runs unsigned staff editorials in each edition — much like many other papers across the country.  (Steve Bouser, The Pilot’s nearly-retired editor, writes most all of the unsigned editorials.) Mr. Bouser is a reliable leftist — surely making his bosses, the former owners of The N&O, very happy.  Republicans are bad, taxes and government spending are always good  … In Wednesday’s paper, Steve penned an editorial about online shopping — of course, calling for businesses to be shaken down by government for more money —  that made him look flat out misinformed: There are pragmatic…

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