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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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ANOTHER sensible idea emanating from Raleigh …

This is getting kinda scary.  Some in the GOP legislative majority are proposing merging several small community colleges in order to save the state some money.   Florence and Darlington Counties in South Carolina have done well — for AGES — with Florence-Darlington Technical College.  The communities of Northern Virginia have done well with a regional Northern Virginia Community College system.  If our neighbors to the north and south have…

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Moore County’s “Casey” trial …

The nation has been captivated recently by the sensational trial in Florida of a young mother accused of killing her two year old daughter.  The tabloids, newspapers, and TV shows gave us the most sensational bits and pieces of testimony and the case facts.  The jury returned a verdict of “Not Guilty” to murder, and a national cry of dismay and anger went up.  Who are these idiot jurors?, people…