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#ncga: Taxing & regulating gambling?

That’s an idea that intrigues us.  Taxes on gambling are paid voluntarily, as opposed to the current confiscatory practices of our state and federal revenue agencies.  Doing something like this — coupled with reducing or eliminating some of the confiscatory taxes — might be something we could get behind. Setting…

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Politics 101: How to handle people with video cameras

Howard Stern had a great gag with one of his sidekicks  — a guy named Stuttering John.  John, armed with a camera, would approach some celebrity and ask a really offensive question. Something they really, really, really didn’t want to talk about.  If the celebrity freaked out in response, Howard…

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#NCGA: Skip Stam hits the road in support of tolls

State legislator Skip Stam (R), the speaker pro tem and a close ally of speaker / US senator wannabe Thom Tillis, is hitting the rubber chicken circuit to sermonize on the brilliance and necessity he sees in toll roads. We’re already paying one of the highest gas taxes in the…

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#NCGA: Skip Stam endorses toll roads

State House speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam has posted an endorsement of toll roads on his official site — which still IDs him as the “North Carolina House Republican Leader”.  The endorsement language on his site matches the talking points we got in a group email, originating from his law…

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BOHICA Alert: With primaries over, NCGOP doubles down in push FOR toll roads

It’s no surprise that politicians save discussion of controversial issues until AFTER they have safely secured another term at the public trough.  It appears the “honorables” on Jones Street are keeping that tradition alive. I had heard that state Rep. Skip Stam had a real problem with accidentally sending business…