Posted in Campaign 2012 NC legislature NC State Government Politics

Where’s Walter? NC’s barely-there Lt. Governor

Is it just me, or did Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton simply vanish after the 2008 elections?  This guy has got to be one of the most low-key statewide politicos we’ve had in a  long time.  (To tell you the truth,  he has been so low key I had honestly forgotten…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Mitt Romney Politics Republicans

George Will: Romney = Dukakis

  Yep.   That’s the comparison the conservative establishment scribe made recently on ABC’s This Week during a discussion about the GOP presidential field.  His comments were based on the whole “competence vs. ideology”  thing.   ( Considering the performance of the 1988 Democrat nominee for president, I am sure…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Economy Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Village govt speaks up on ‘deficit spending’ claim

  Charges of deficit spending by village leaders have arisen in the current campaign for mayor and village council.  Sensitive to the charge, the professional staff at Village Hall has released a statement addressing the accusation: The Village of Pinehurst’s annual budget is developed in accordance with NC General Statutes…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: More village govt numbers

I got my hands on the financials for village government, as of June 30 2011.  Click here to see them for yourself.  The package includes some gems like: The total dollar value of new home construction in the village has dropped like a rock since 2009.  In 2011,  the value…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Law & Order NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Rep. LaRoque and the latest on the smell test

        The problems keep piling up for state Rep. Stephen LaRoque (R-Kinston) — a close political ally and friend of SpeakerrrrrRichardMorgan™.   According to the left-wing group NCPolicyWatch, a defamation lawsuit LaRoque filed against a political opponent is starting to backfire on LaRoque: State Rep. Stephen LaRoque’s…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst govt by the numbers

  There’s been  a lot of talk about village government finances during this year’s campaign for village government offices.  I thought it might be interesting to compare some of the political rhetoric to the reality of black-and-white, independent facts. The village has an independent audit  of its finances from June…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: The Return of NewCore

    The elections for local village offices will be here soon.  Two candidates,  Nancy Fiorillo for mayor and John Cashion for council, have publicly endorsed the idea of  pushing forward with the NewCore proposal, while protecting downtown’s historical status.  It’s been a while since this development proposal has been…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Candidate Forum Follies

    The League of Women Voters held a forum this week for ALL EIGHT candidates for Pinehurst village offices.  It was quite  dog-and-pony show.  It was a dream for candidates — a lot of participants, not much time,  time limited responses, and prearranged questions.  It was a great opportunity…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Politics

BarryO’s appalling VP

    Late night comedians and the alleged mainstream media have tried to tell us that Republicans Sarah Palin, Dan Quayle, and George Bush are the biggest idiots to ever set foot in the American political arena.  Yet, their silence is deafening when it comes to some of the sheer…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Democrats Politics

Democrat U.S. Senate kingpin “Dingy” Harry Reid: govt jobs more important than private sector

        Yep, that’s what the genius said on the floor of the United States Senate — the world’s greatest deliberative body.   (No word yet on how much he had to drink before making the statement.) : We all suspected this was the case, but you’re always…