The Left frets over debt ceiling …

The N&O reported this morning on a “non-partisan” discussion on the federal debt ceiling debate, which was hosted by Democrat U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and held in The People’s Republic of Chapel Hill. The event featured hedge fund types and venture capitalists from North Carolina, and was moderated by PBS talk show host, and walking sleep-inducement aid, Charlie Rose.  The N&O noted that most in attendance were at or near retirement age.  (I’m sure Hagan scheduled this thing at a time when younger working people — who actually finance social security and medicare with their tax payments — were at…

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No belching after dark ….

The Boone, North Carolina city council is apparently BEGGING to be sued on constitutional grounds. The Associated Press is reporting on changes to the North Carolina mountain town’s noise ordinance that sound more like something you’d see in a third world dictatorship than in the United States of America: Fireworks, outdoor music, and animal noises are being banned in Boone at night.  (???) The Watauga Democrat reports that Boone Town Council members have beefed up they city’s noise ordinance in an effort to reduce complaints of loud student parties and to create more “peaceful neighborhoods” in the college town. More…

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And the beatdown goes on ….

(No that’s not me misquoting some famous song lyrics by The Whispers. Or was it Sonny & Cher ?) We’re talking about the action today at the legislative building in Raleigh.  The legislature convincingly overrode THREE more of Madame Governor’s vetoes. We here at the DH sincerely believe that — if this keeps up — Madame will soon be in need of medical attention. Override #1 involved limiting damages against doctors in medical malpractice lawsuits.  The conservative majority touted the bill as a responsible way to keep health care insurance costs down, and attract more doctors to North Carolina: “This…

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A twisted definition of ‘success’

We in Moore County just received news that only THREE of our 22 county schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status under the federal No Child Left Behind Law. … “Every year, I look at the [AYP] results and what’s going on in the classroom,” [county schools superintendent Susan Purser] said. “When I get the opportunity of pairing those two together, I would say that we are on the right path.” Purser said that schools maintained their test scores this year, despite several variables that could have contributed to poorer results. “Our teachers are honoring our students,” she said. “Given…

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Look at me! I’m on TV !!!

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning, Jr. is quite passionate about educating North Carolina’s children.  He is so passionate about it that he often tiptoes up to the line, which separates the state’s legislative and judicial branches, and calls for  changes in education policy that require significantly more government spending.  He’s been doing this for years, and continues even this year — as the state attempts to balance its budget in the face of a potentially serious economic disaster. Manning is the N&O’s favorite elected Republican. Leftists cheer his work, while constantly reminding those of us in the common…

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McIntyre: I’m running in NC-7 regardless of final map

Congressman Mike McIntyre has said publicly that he plans to run for reelection to his 7th district seat regardless of what the final redistricting map looks like.  Two maps have come out of the legislature.  The first map had more than half of McIntyre’s home county in Larry Kissell’s 8th district.  The second map released this week had McIntyre’s ENTIRE home county of Robeson in Kissell’s district. Wilmington resident Ilario Pantano, a former Marine and the 2010 GOP nominee in the 7th district, is already running for the 2012 GOP nomination.  Today, reports have surfaced that state Senator David Rouzer…

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Audit raises questions about NC public schools’ use of federal stimulus money

Amid all of the leftist sobbing about mean Republicans cutting school budgets, causing teacher assistants to lose their jobs (and, of course, kids to get dumber), an audit of the state’s public schools’ handling of federal stimulus money is raising eyebrows: North Carolina’s public schools received $380 million in stimulus money that was supposed to save teaching jobs, provide services for low-income students and purchase supplies. A WRAL News investigation has uncovered that some of that spending is in question. Two-hundred twenty school systems and charter schools received stimulus money, and newly returned audits question some of that spending. If…

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Redistricting reboot: From bad to worse for NC Democrats

The Left threw a major tantrum over the first congressional redistricting map released by the conservative majority in the North Carolina General Assembly.  Leftists claimed the map was unconstitutional, unfair to minorities, and WAY TOO GENEROUS to Republicans. The map-drawers in Raleigh received word that the federal government had concerns about the redrawn NC-1, which is a majority-minority district currently occupied by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D).   Legislators said that adjusting NC-1 would likely cause a “domino effect” on the shapes of the state’s other 12 districts.  Boy, were they NOT kidding: Republican lawmakers had promised a ripple effect…

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voting plus showing ID equals …. HITLER?????

It used to hold that a loser in an argument / competition screamed ‘uncle’ when he was losing.  Modern-day leftists in North Carolina have apparently replaced the word ‘uncle’ with ‘Hitler.’ The News & Observer has an item up about likely GOP gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory’s  voter ID contest.  The Charlotte Republican is asking state residents to submit stories via email, YouTube video or other means about various situations where they have to show their IDs.  (McCrory’s point is to show that producing ID in order to vote is NOT the big deal The Left is making it out to be….

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Public school shortcomings blamed on everyone BUT the true culprits

Reports have been all over the mainstream media lately about teachers in Atlanta public schools being caught helping their kids CHEAT on system-wide standardized tests meant to measure students’ progress: Teachers spent nights huddled in a back room, erasing wrong answers on students’ test sheets and filling in the correct bubbles. At another school, struggling students were seated next to higher-performing classmates so they could copy answers. Those and other confessions are contained in a new state report that reveals how far some Atlanta public schools went to raise test scores in the nation’s largest-ever cheating scandal. Investigators concluded that…

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