NCGOP staffer seeking more ways to “work with Democrats”

Grier Martin beat her brains out (electorally) on Election Day.  She campaigned for the House while on the state GOP payroll.  (Her campaign website included boasting about how her greatest accomplishments included getting resolutions passed at Young Republican meetings.) She’s blasted Republicans for not being cozier with “progressive” political activists.  (She even joined some RINO calls for moi to leave the NCGOP.) Hang on to your hats, folks.  Catherine Whiteford , the Young Republicans wonder-girl, has something new to say: Yes.  That’s the same Grier Martin who rudely ranted about President Trump as a “soft coward” who should “not come…

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Elizabeth City paper: Bob Steinburg needs to apologize.

I know.  I know.  The guy who intersperses his vicious personal attacks on political foes with self-righteous proclamations about his ‘Christianity’ won’t do it. He’ll caterwaul and moan about his young innocent legislative aide being “injured,” but won’t say a word about his (and his inner circle’s) previous bad behavior toward his past political opponents.   Apologizing is not senator-elect BS’s style.  He’s  more of a slander-praise-Jesus – slander-some-more-move-on kind of guy.  But the drivebys at the Elizabeth City paper are demanding an apology from the Edenton legislator (and rightfully so): State Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, did the right thing last…

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Robeson County pols crack down on anti-corruption crusader

It appears that Gerome Chavis is getting on the last nerve of the political bosses in this economically-depressed, corruption-infested, political-machine-driven Democrat stronghold: Robeson County’s government has taken out a temporary restraining order on Gerome Chavis, the face of the local We the People movement, which would prevent him from attending meetings of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners. A hearing on the order is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday in the Robeson County Courthouse, according to Gary Locklear, the interim attorney for the county. Chavis can ask that certain causes in the order be dropped or he can ask for…

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Are SOME lefties starting to see our point on ‘Going Green’?

The folks who owned The N&O for decades sold out to McClatchy and bought the local paper here in Moore County.  Of course, they’ve imported their leftist worldview into our very yellow-dog Republican county. The editorial page is reliably leftist. That’s why it threw me for a loop to see an editorial from  that crowd confessing that the desire to recycle may not be worth the cost: It’s not that easy being green — and it sure isn’t as cheap as it used to be. Moore County is experiencing some new sticker shock on the cost of recycling. It might…

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Monkey Business Report: Fake PAC gets Dem GOTV $$$ in Robeson County

The national media and their patrons in the Democrat Party are fixated on Bladen County and alleged Republican electoral malfeasance there.  Meanwhile, next door in Robeson County, there was a significantly larger sum of money — and a larger cast of characters — involved than there was in the McRae Dowless affair in Bladen.  Campaign finance reports for Bladen’s Republican sheriff James McVicker (2018) and Democrat  district  attorney candidate Butch Pope (2010) both show payments to McRae Dowless for “Get out the vote.” My sources on the ground in Robeson County tell me that the state and national Democrat “get out…

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$$$-strapped ECU med school drops $10 mil. on FOOTBALL

It seems like just yesterday that the Brody Medical School at East Carolina was bemoaning its tight finances and seeking MORE government funding. Actually, it was a mere TWO years ago. Now, we’re hearing that the med school is going to do its part to bail out the struggling ECU football program: East Carolina University has designated $20 million in university money to settle a deficit in its athletics budget and to make significant capital improvements to athletics facilities, officials said Wednesday. The funds are available immediately, with one $10 million transfer intended to nullify a deficit created in part…

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George & Barbara Bush’s North Carolina connection

I had heard about this many years ago.  But D.G. Martin does a nice job of recounting it in the wake of the former president’s passing: […] When Bush turned 18 in 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Chapel Hill for pre-flight training, which was according to Meacham, “a very shaping experience, a memorable experience.” Perhaps even more important for Bush was the daylong visit to Chapel Hill of 17-year-old Barbara Pierce. Bush wrote his mother, “She looked too cute for words—really beautiful.” , “They had a sandwich together and walked the campus, winding up at…

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Duke Law School jumps into Haywood Five / NCGOP fray

For a few years now — at least — a small band of conservative activists in Haywood County (out west) have been  slugging it out with establishment elements in the local party.  The ruckus spilled over into legal action being initiated against the conservative activists by the local GOP chairman. That led to the involvement of state party HQ.  Letters of trespass were sent out. Secretive huddles were held to determine whether any of The Haywood Five could remain as “legitimate” Republicans. Well, it now appears that Duke Law School’s First Amendment Clinic has decided to intervene in the case…

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To replace Cashion in Pinehurst: Berggren OR Campbell

The local paper says 14 folks have applied to fill out the last year of John Cashion’s unexpired term on The Village Council.  (Cashion retired on November 13th due to health issues.)   There are some Knowns, and quite a few Unknowns on that list.  We’ve got the rabble-rousers (Jack Farrell, John Strickland, and Bart Boudreaux) and we have some sensible veterans (Clark Campbell and Claire Berggren). It is our concern that the rabble-rousers will take us back to an era where Pinehurst was known as a huge pain-in-the-neck.  Planning board hearings to approve yard fences and swing-sets.  Bans on…

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The ‘Cultural Revolution’ comes calling in Carolina

The Chi-Coms orchestrated a massive purge in the early-to-mid 20th century to eradicate any all all capitalist, bourgeoisie, and / or “traditionalist” elements from Chinese culture.  American leftists are trying it here with attacks on Confederate monuments and our nation’s Founding Fathers.  In North Carolina, we’ve seen it in the attacks on the Silent Sam war memorial in Chapel Hill, the war memorial statue in Durham, the forced name change of the football stadium at UNC-CH, and now a broadside against the man who founded what is now known as Duke University: […] The University has stripped Julian Carr’s name…

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