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 that is NOT what the Romney campaign wanted to hear. )    Click here to watch the short video.

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 and sound budgetary principles. State law dictates that municipalities not overspend their budgets as adopted.  If a municipality overspends its…

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 of new home construction has been HALF of what it was in 2009. The number of building permits issued, however,…

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 federally-funded non-profit will have to keep paying $250 a day for failing to provide documents in a defamation lawsuit LaRoque…

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 2010 posted on its web site.  Click on the link to check out some of the information in the report,…

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 in the news, so I’ll take time to refresh your memories (just in time for the big vote). Here is…

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 to generate sound bites for The Pilot, but didn’t do a lot toward informing the voters and making candidates defend…

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 idiocy  of Vice President Joe Biden.  From his “clean and articulate black” comment about BarryO to his urging, during a…

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 surprised when one of the most powerful Democrats in the country just comes out and demonstrates the extent to which his…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Council meetings

    Why does the village council insist on meeting at times during the week when most people under 65 are working, and are unable to attend?  Southern Pines has their meetings at night. Why can’t Pinehurst? Are the geriatrics on the board scared that the young working whippersnappers will see that they are merely figureheads doing what Andy Wilkison tells them to do?  One village government insider — seriously…