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 return of Pinehurst’s hollering NIMBYs

I really thought we had turned the corner. It wasn’t long ago that Pinehurst village government  consisted of a somnambulant group of 80-somethings who allowed bureaucrats to run willy-nilly on the rest of us.  One grumpy old lady could show up and complain about something — children outside after dark, let’s say — and by golly the octagenarians on the board would pass a ban on kids outside after dark.  (This actually happened, people.) We had village government committees that demanded you appear before them and get approval before erecting either a fence or a swing-set in your yard.  And…

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For Moore County voters …

Here are our thoughts on the races that pretty much just affect the local area.  (You other folks?  We’ll get to you.  Just wait.) NC Senate 25:  Tom McInnis (R) vs. Helen Probst Mills (D).  We’ve heard a lot of nice things personally about Mrs. Mills. She’s a fellow Pinehurstian who is quite active in the community.  Yet, the whole two last names thing gets me thinking of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  And the rhetoric coming out of the Mills campaign is not far off from the Hillary manifesto.   On the other side, we have Tom McInnis — who was…

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#ncga: Keepin’ it CLASSY.

We told you earlier about the resignation of a Moore County GOP official over state senator Tom McInnis.  The official is not just leaving his party office, according to the local paper in Moore County, but is also leaving the party itself: […] In the latest development of turmoil among local Republicans still upset, longtime Republican leader Bob Zschoche has resigned as president of the Moore County Republican Men’s Club over its decision to provide financial support to McInnis. He also confirmed Thursday morning that he plans switch his party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated. McInnis and Lexo competed in…

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#ncga: Moore GOP official resigns in protest over Tom McInnis

The aftershocks from the nasty May state senate district 25 GOP primary are still being felt here in the North Carolina Sandhills. A well-connected county GOP source  supplied us with an email  sent by Bob Zschoche, president of the Moore County Republican Men’s Club, to the rest of the club leadership: From: Bob Zschoche […] To: PaulMensClub Subject: Message from Bob Zschoche to the Members of the Men’s Club _________________________________________________________________________At the September 21st meeting of the Executive Committee, one of the agenda items concerned financial support to republican candidates in the November election. When the discussion got to supporting Tom…

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#ncga: Hard feelings still lingering among SD-25 GOPers?

Speaking of Tom McInnis and the Senate GOP caucus …. It appears there hasn’t  been much of an effort to kiss and makeup in the wake of the vicious GOP primary between McInnis and Whispering Pines mayor Michelle Lexo earlier this year. Moore County is a key bloc of GOP votes in the district.  Word among the moles here in Moore is that there is still a significant amount of discomfort and anger regarding McInnis among local GOP leaders and activists. A couple of well-placed sources tell me there is better than a 50-50 possibility that McInnis’s name may be…

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Integrity a one-way street in Moore County D.A.’s office?

Law enforcement documents are leaked to a local newspaper in a county that has a heated primary for sheriff going on. The documents target a candidate in the sheriff’s race and indicate that he will be impacted by the precedent set by the US Supreme Court’s Giglio ruling —  officers caught lying in an investigation must have that fact disclosed in all future court testimony. This happened about 60 miles southeast of us in Robeson County on April 26.  It happened here in Moore County on April 27: Less than two weeks before the Republican primary, a long-simmering personal and…

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Moore County: An evening with the candidates

I spent my Monday evening — roughly 2.5 hours of it — taking in a candidate’s forum at Little River Golf Club.  (*Oh, the things I do for you people* ….) We got treated to speeches and Q&A with most of the candidates who will be on the May 8th ballot.  Here are some of my takeaways: Sheriff:  Embattled incumbent Neil Godfrey and challenger Ronnie Fields jabbed at each other.  Fields claimed morale at the department is so low that 100 employees have left since Godfrey took office.  Godfrey countered by saying that the actual number of employee departures during his tenure…

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Monkey Business Report: NCGOPe treachery edition

Boy, the monkey sure is getting a workout this week. Another day, another mailer dropped in our mailboxes here in Moore County by a Raleigh special interest.  It’s a repeat performance by the Senate Republican caucus (a/k/a Phil Berger & Tha’ Boys). Previous mailings have promoted senator Tom McInnis in his primary fight with Whispering Pines mayor Michelle Lexo.  This time, Phil & Tha’ Boys are going full-contact against Lexo. Spending money raised from Republican donors to attack other Republicans is just wrong.  It’s doubly wrong when the attack is patently false.  Berger’s mailer suggests Lexo is FOR gun control…

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Monkey Business Report: Truth in campaign advertising edition

The Lexo-McInnis NC Senate primary race has been a wild and woolly one thus far.  The primary race down here between state Rep. Jamie Boles and challenger Ken Byrd is starting to heat up. We all got treated to a mailer this week from Boles accusing Byrd of “flocking to tax increases.”  The mailer accuses Byrd, an Aberdeen town councilman, of voting for a 4 cent tax hike and a 5% increase in water and sewer fees. Well, we did some checking and — of course — there is more to the story.  In April 2016, it appears the Town…

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