Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

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…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

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…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Democrats Economy Media Politics

“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…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Media Moore County Politics

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…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Media Obama Politics Republicans

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…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

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…

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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…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

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….

Posted in Campaign 2011 Economy Moore County Politics

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:…

Posted in Economy Media Moore County

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…