To replace Cashion in Pinehurst: Berggren OR Campbell

The local paper says 14 folks have applied to fill out the last year of John Cashion’s unexpired term on The Village Council.  (Cashion retired on November 13th due to health issues.)   There are some Knowns, and quite a few Unknowns on that list.  We’ve got the rabble-rousers (Jack Farrell, John Strickland, and Bart Boudreaux) and we have some sensible veterans (Clark Campbell and Claire Berggren). It is our concern that the rabble-rousers will take us back to an era where Pinehurst was known as a huge pain-in-the-neck.  Planning board hearings to approve yard fences and swing-sets.  Bans on…

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For Moore County voters …

Here are our thoughts on the races that pretty much just affect the local area.  (You other folks?  We’ll get to you.  Just wait.) NC Senate 25:  Tom McInnis (R) vs. Helen Probst Mills (D).  We’ve heard a lot of nice things personally about Mrs. Mills. She’s a fellow Pinehurstian who is quite active in the community.  Yet, the whole two last names thing gets me thinking of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  And the rhetoric coming out of the Mills campaign is not far off from the Hillary manifesto.   On the other side, we have Tom McInnis — who was…

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Integrity a one-way street in Moore County D.A.’s office?

Law enforcement documents are leaked to a local newspaper in a county that has a heated primary for sheriff going on. The documents target a candidate in the sheriff’s race and indicate that he will be impacted by the precedent set by the US Supreme Court’s Giglio ruling —  officers caught lying in an investigation must have that fact disclosed in all future court testimony. This happened about 60 miles southeast of us in Robeson County on April 26.  It happened here in Moore County on April 27: Less than two weeks before the Republican primary, a long-simmering personal and…

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Moore County: An evening with the candidates

I spent my Monday evening — roughly 2.5 hours of it — taking in a candidate’s forum at Little River Golf Club.  (*Oh, the things I do for you people* ….) We got treated to speeches and Q&A with most of the candidates who will be on the May 8th ballot.  Here are some of my takeaways: Sheriff:  Embattled incumbent Neil Godfrey and challenger Ronnie Fields jabbed at each other.  Fields claimed morale at the department is so low that 100 employees have left since Godfrey took office.  Godfrey countered by saying that the actual number of employee departures during his tenure…

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PROBATION for FATAL hit-and-run ???

Face it folks.  Our legal system is little more than lawyers scratching each other’s backs.  They’re all buddies in the local bar.  They get each other elected to the legislature.  They get each other appointed to the bench. And the prosecutors and defense attorneys are hardly the adversaries you see them portrayed as on TV and the movies. And all of us are left standing on the sidelines watching in belief. I remember well the morning that Stephen McGregor was run down on the side of NC 211 near West End.  I was driving past the crime scene — right…

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#ncga: *Tap! Tap!* Is this mike on? (*Crickets*)

Well, the George Little political organization hosted a fundraiser for state senator Tom McInnis here in Moore County last night.  How did it go?  Check out this pic from one of our moles and see for yourself: Yep.  That is the senator himself speaking at the front podium in this large, sparsely-populated ballroom at National Golf Club.  McInnis currently represents Anson, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland, and Stanly counties.  In  2018, his district will drop Rowan and Stanly, but pick up very-Republican Moore county. (For what its worth, my moles tell me the above photo captures nearly all of the attendees.) McInnis…

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For Pinehurst Village Council: Berggren & Drum

Election Day is Tuesday. We have big decisions to make.  In Pinehurst, there are EIGHT candidates fighting for TWO seats on the village council.  Someone can win four years on the council with 13% (or less) of the vote, so EVERY VOTE really does count this time.  Four of the eight are running serious enough campaigns that might get them onto the council:  Kevin Drum, Claire Berggren, Bart Boudreaux, and Judy Davis.  Berggren is the only incumbent on the ballot.  She won as a write-in candidate  against Myles Larsen (who is once again on the village council ballot). A major…

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For Southern Pines Town Council: Haney & Lancaster

Election day is Tuesday. We’ve got some decisions to make.  The voters of Southern Pines have a choice between four different candidates for TWO SEATS on the town council. I am familiar with three of the four running:  Mitch Lancaster, Carol Haney and Marsh Smith.  Marsh Smith seems to be on the ballot every two years.  He comes up short every time, too.  Smith is a proud liberal who wants to work some of that liberal magic on town government.  In past races, Smith has embraced the platform of The Sierra Club — which would mean more regulations and costs…

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Pinehurst Matters? (Yeah, but so does THE TRUTH.)

There’s a small, but loud group of people making quite a commotion about this year’s village council races in Pinehurst.  They really, really, really don’t like Mayor Fiorillo (aka Queen Nancy) and really really really wanted former council member John Strickland elected mayor.  They made a lot of noise and slinged a lot of mud in 2015 — and LOST.  They’re back with a vengeance in 2017 with an official PAC called “Pinehurst Matters” (and an unofficial one called The Pinehurst Civic Group) and a slate of candidates: Bart Boudreaux and Judy Davis. The centerpiece of this group’s argument appears…

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Campaign 2017: Golf gloves are coming OFF in Pinehurst

Things are generally very cordial here in our little corner of paradise. Rolling green fairways.  Mild weather.  Little to no crime.  Neighbors that offer a friendly ‘how-do’ when you pass by.  Local elections here are normally quiet affairs.  Folks are polite. After all, they WILL be seeing each other later at the cocktail parties around town (and on the golf course).  Things got a wee bit rough during our 2015 elections for mayor and city council.  nasty mailers.  Nasty ads.  Nasty letters-to-the-editor.  Well, the golf gloves are coming off.  It sounds and looks like 2017 will make 2015 look like…

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