Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress DENR Economy Media Politics

Incomes on rise in energy mining areas, falling in manufacturing regions

According to data published this week in The Wall Street Journal, regions of the U.S. where energy mining is on the rise are seeing an economic boom, while industrial and manufacturing areas are experiencing a bust. (Yet one more piece of evidence to throw in the…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst: A welcome-aboard briefing for the new police chief

    Our thrice-weekly Nobel Prize-contending, Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper ran a nice article this week on new Pinehurst police chief Earl Phipps.  Change was really needed at the PPD.  The old regime ran the department  in a manner reminiscent of Cold War era Eastern…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Democrats Economy Media NC State Government Obama Politics

Fudging the jobless numbers — and scamming the voters — to aid reelection campaigns

              I’ve always cautioned people against believing what they see in the mainstream media.  Today’s media-gasm on the drop in the unemployment rate is only the latest example of what I’m talking about: The United States created jobs at…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Kay Hagan Media Obama Politics

U.S. Senator Sock Puppet (D-NC) gets her dander up

      The folks who enjoy abortion, and the generous government funding it enjoys, like to refer to themselves as “pro-choice.”  But anyone who dares to make a “choice” this crowd doesn’t like risks being subjected to heavy-handed political intimidation and lawsuits.  When the…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Law & Order Media NCGOP Politics

Richard Burr’s EPIC FAIL on congressional insider trading ban

        The U.S. Senate voted 93-2 to move forward on the STOCK bill, which lowers the boom on Members of Congress who use info they gain via their regulatory and oversight duties to make investment decisions.  The legislation arose from allegations raised…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Politics

NCFEF study illustrates tough task ahead for Dems in NCGA

The NC Free Enterprise Foundation, a Raleigh-based non-partisan pro-business group, has released an analysis showing just how tough it will be for the Democrats to take back the state House ANYTIME SOON.  The NCFEF partisan breakdown takes into consideration the new districts that will be…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Last one out, turn out the lights …

Boy, the rats sure are abandoning the sinking ship.  I believe it is incredibly symbolic, fitting, and appropriate that BarryO will be holding his convention in a state where the Democrat Party is in a downward spiral free-fall toward electoral disaster. We learned today that…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Politics

Nominations for “Etheridge fo’ Guvnah 2012” campaign theme song

I think I got some mischief started.  (Fancy that.)  I already proposed using The Who’s “Who Are You?”  (AKA The CSI theme song).  One of my partners-in-crime suggested “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent.  Any more ideas out there?  We can REALLY have some fun with this,…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Media NC State Government NCGOP Politics Renee Ellmers

Who Am I? Ah’m gonna be yo’ next guvnah. BOOYAH! (Who ARE you?)

  He’s back.  Hide your kids. The sanctimonious, Bible-thumping, corn-pone snake oil salesman (and sidewalk wrestler) from Harnett County is hauling his carcass into the political spotlight ONE more time.  The right Rev. Bobby Etheridge is trying to move his “spending-spree-with-other people’s-money” routine — so…

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

L’affaire Laroque offers unique glimpse into secretive world of legislative ethics

        State Rep. Stephen Laroque — a close friend and political ally of House Speaker Thom Tillis — is taking a lot of heat over his management of two government-funded non-profits.  The N&O posted an item  raising questions about Laroque’s support of…