#ncpol: Drivebys celebrate rise of radicals, rioters, & repudiator$ in big-city NC govts

We told you earlier about The Charlotte Observer’s fawning about a ringleader of the 2016 riots that tore that city apart being elected to the city council.  The Fayetteville Observer did what it does best — cover up for a Democrat candidate in a local election.  Mitch Colvin’s business got disciplined by the state for financial improprieties.  He was being sued all over town for not paying his bills.  He had a criminal history that included drugs  and assault.  And now — in no small part to his hometown paper — he’s MAYOR. If you think Charlotte and Fayetteville are…

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McClatchy celebrates Charlotte rioter’s election to city council

I was an undergrad in DC when then-mayor Marion Barry got caught smoking crack in a hotel room with a woman who was not his wife.  The whole thing was on videotape.  I thought for sure the guy was DONE politically.  I mean, who could shrug off something like that?  (Barry went to jail.  But he also got elected and reelected mayor and councilman several more times down the road.)  Well, it appears an awful lot of Charlotte voters AND many of our state’s drive by media types are shrugging off something worse in Charlotte: […] Around Charlotte’s government offices…

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#ncga: Gettin’ PAID in Hendersonville

SOME of the honorables on Jones Street are pushing through changes to Hendersonville’s charter:  Got that?  “The mayor AND council members shall receive for their services such salaries as the City Council shall determine , from time to time, in acordance with the applicable general laws of this State.” No set rates.  Nothing like the specifics set out for legislators’s per diem payments.  The council and the mayor get to decide what they’re going to get paid.  How would you like a gig like that?  You decide what you’re going to get paid — and the money comes out of…

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Rocky Mount “racism” update

We told you the other day about the outrageous behavior of the Rocky Mount City Council.  Well, the good folks at Civitas have offered up the details that led to Mr. Daughtridge addressing the council and subsequently being slandered: […] In the meeting, which took place Jan. 13, there was a proposal put forth to approve $67,430 to include a study that would be run by Visions Inc.  Senator Angela Bryant(D- Nash) runs this organization, and Rocky Mount City Councilman Lamont Wiggins is on the board. The Rocky Mount Telegram reported that “(t)he intent of the plan was to assist the city in…

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Disagree with the Rocky Mt. city council? You’re RACIST!

When I first heard about what happened Monday night in Rocky Mount, I couldn’t believe it.  A reader from the Rocky Mount area tipped me off to an incident at that night’s city council meeting.  He directed me to this video, which details it in all its, um, glory. The video is about ten minutes long.  During the — roughly — first five minutes, you can see a portion of local businessman Lige Daughtridge’s very professional presentation to the council expressing his concerned about a proposed taxpayer-funded Events Center. The video portrays a few more citizens addressing the council. At…

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Set-asides, preferences for gays in the cards for City of Charlotte?

        Folks who do business with The City of Charlotte may want to sit up and take notice: Councilmember LaWana Mayfield spoke to nearly 40 LGBT community members on Tuesday about the city’s new minority, women and small business enterprise program. The city, she said, wants to reach out and diversify its utilization of small businesses. “We’re going to be introducing a new program… that is really looking at how we are going to move forward in diversifying our minority and small businesses and how we can really outreach,” Mayfield told members of the Charlotte Business Guild,…

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Charlotte Pol: Undervaluation of Panther stadium saved team TONS in property taxes

The Charlotte City Council’s vote to give the owners of The Carolina Panthers $87 million to renovate Bank of America Stadium has raised some hackles in the grassroots. Did the Carolina Panthers avoid millions in Charlotte city taxes as a result of an unusually low valuation of the team’s stadium by city officials?    Edwin Peacock, a former councilman running for mayor of the Queen City, says he’s done research suggesting THAT is exactly what has happened. We obtained a raft of emails between Peacock and some other current and former Charlotte / Mecklenburg government officials discussing Peacock’s theory. Peacock…

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Simon Says: Pull Your Pants Up!

Pants on the ground Pants on the ground Lookin’ like a fool with yo pants on the ground With yo gold in yo mouth Hat turned sideways, pants hit the ground Call yourself a cool cat, lookin like a fool Walkin’ downtown with your pants on the ground Get it up, hey, get your pants off the ground Walkin’, talkin’ with your pants on the ground Get it up, hey, get your pants on the ground Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground Gold in your mouth Hat turned sideways Call yourself a cool cat, yeah, lookin’…

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A tax revolt on Charlotte City Council?

  At first glance, Charlotte would appear to be a rather hopeless venue for the teaching and preaching of fiscal conservatism. Since Pat McCrory’s departure from city politics in 2008, the Democrats have taken the mayor’s office and a 9-2 majority on the city council. The John Locke Foundation notes that Charlotte, for more than a decade, has held the dubious title of North Carolina’s highest-taxed municipality.  Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton recently told The Charlotte Observer that the city was “in decline” and needed government intervention to reverse that trend.  The bloc of government services dependents was about to…

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City of Charlotte seeking legal advice on same-sex benefits for city workers

        In the wake of the overwhelming approval last week of the marriage amendment to the state constitution, the Democrat-dominated Charlotte City Council is taking it slow and cautious on benefits for city employees in same-sex relationships: The Charlotte City Council appeared concerned with offering benefits to same-sex partners during a budget meeting Wednesday, voting 9-2 to seek an opinion from the N.C. Attorney General as to whether that would be legal after the passage of Amendment One. City Manager Curt Walton recommended on May 9 that the city begin offering the benefits, which he said is…

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