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Fayetteville mayor candidate & his family biz facing state complaint,charges

Mitch Colvin came out on top in Tuesday’s mayoral vote in Fayetteville, but things may not be looking so good for him with the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service.  (Colvin, mayor pro tem of Fayetteville and a funeral director by trade, made the cut Tuesday to face off with incumbent Nat Robertson in November. We had the chance to see a consent order drawn up via The state Office…

Posted in Media NC State Government Politics

Drive-by fishwrap: Fayetteville can, um, “learn” from Baltimore.

You know things are bad when your local driveby fishwrap / birdcage liner starts telling you how your town can LEARN from Baltimore.  Yep.  The same place immortalized in the great HBO series “The Wire.”  The SAME place that blew up into total Third World-style anarchy earlier in the year. But The Fayetteville Observer wants its readers to pay close attention to what is happening in that Maryland metropolis:  Poverty…

Posted in campaign 2014 Law & Order NC State Government Politics

All rise. “Environmental Court” is now in session.

      I’ve just been made aware of the existence of an “environmental court” in Cumberland County.  This “court” — presided over by an actual Superior Court judge — has recently ordered that some private  property in Fayetteville be demolished.  No order to fix it.  Just demolish it.  Just what is environmental court all about?  Let’s go to Cumberland County’s web site: WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL COURT? A specialized court dealing…

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Fayetteville: Stomping on existing business in the name of “economic development”

We’ve been following for some time the case of Jackie and Dale Pfendler, owners of JP Electric in Fayetteville, in their long-running battle with The City of Fayetteville. The city got a $8 million federal grant to construct a “transit hub.”   City leaders  picked a site for the “hub” which included the location of the Pfendler’s existing electrical contracting business.   The city first moved to condemn the property…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Law & Order Media Politics

City of Fayetteville continues with thuggish tactics against local businesswoman

Jackie Pfendler is trying to prove the person wrong who said “You can’t fight city hall.”   The City of Fayetteville has stomped all over her Fourth Amendment Rights, and is now going to work on her First Amendment Rights. What’s the problem here?  Well, Jackie owns and operates JP Electric, an electrical service contracting firm in Fayetteville.  In 2009, she bought a building in a tough, troubled part of…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

NC’s I-95 tolls to hit MORE than just drivers

          Legislators and bureaucrats in Raleigh are blowing through funds like a drunken sailor on an extended shore leave.  Instead of tightening their belts and trying to control costs, the powers-that-be have found yet another way to squeeze extra dollars out of North Carolina’s weary, economically-distressed residents: tolls on I-95. Recently, in Fayetteville, some area businesses gathered to explain how the proposed tolls will impact them…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

‘McCarthyism’ rears its ugly head in Racial Justice Act political drama

      Leftists are utilizing tactics they have long despised — loudly and publicly — in an effort to intimidate people who believe that violent criminals deserve the harshest possible punishments.  When they had the majority in the General Assembly, Democrats rammed through The Racial Justice Act over the objections of crime victims, their families, prosecutors and law enforcement.   The legislation gave an early Christmas present to convicted…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

Another Fayetteville politico aiming HIGH?

Word is on the street that state senator Eric Mansfield (D-Fayetteville) is taking a good hard look at the state’s soon-to-be-vacant lieutenant governor post.  If he makes the jump to that race, that will mean TWO incumbent Democrats in the county’s General Assembly delegation will be seeking higher office.  State Rep. Rick Glazier is already primarying incumbent DPI secretary June Atkinson.  If Mansfield jumps in to the race for #2…

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‘Government Gone Wild’ in Fayetteville

  Fayetteville businesswoman Jackie Pfendler thought she was doing something good for her community.  She bought an old abandoned building in 2009 in a troubled part of town, spent $1 million on the building and renovations, and moved her business in.   Now, The City of Fayetteville is showing their appreciation by condemning and seizing her building — all because they want to put a city-owned and operated “transit center”…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Signs, signs, everywhere signs …

    You can tell it’s campaign season throughout the Sandhills. Signs are starting to pop up on the landscape, and people are starting to complain about them. In today’s Fayetteville Observer, there is an item about The City of Fayetteville cracking down on problems associated with political campaign signs.  Of course, there are some complaints about the city’s tactics: Fayetteville is cracking down on campaign signs that are too…