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#ncpol: Is it Andy Time, yet?

Last Thursday, at the council of state forum in Pinehurst, we were introduced to Andy Stevens — a Republican challenging incumbent agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler’s (R) renomination.   (Andy has been a Haymaker fan for some time — commenting on the site and following us…

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#ncga: It’s getting’ all affiliated up in here, yo.

Back in September, House Rules chairman David Lewis slipped into technical corrections some language about these affiliated committees– basically allowing our elected officials to bypass the party organizations and privately rake in their own cash. Here’s what we said back then:  Quite a few honorables have…

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#ncgov: So, it’s ROY COOPER’S FAULT ????

[Verse] Nobody’s fault but mine [X2] Trying to save my soul tonight It’s nobody’s fault but mine Devil he told me to roll [X2] How to roll the log tonight Nobody’s fault but mine Brother he showed me the gong Brother he showed me the…

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#ncpol: It’s gettin’ NASTY out there.

It was cold in Pinehurst Thursday night, but there was a lot of heat in the forum for Council of State candidates.  So much, in fact, that the fire alarms went off near the end of the affair.  The two races that appear to be…

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#ncpol: Bloomberg-Johnson 2016?

Our favorite warrior princess, Lady Liberty, broke open the story this week about a GOP public schools superintendent candidate getting a BIG contribution from former NYC mayor and BIG, deep-pocketed, soda, gun and trans-fat banning liberal activist Michael Bloomberg. Mark Johnson, the candidate in question,…

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Litter court? (Seriously? ‘Fraid so.)

Odor in the court! Robeson County is a special place.  It’s my home county. (And not my current place of residence, BTW.)  And it is also one of the state leaders in a number of categories:  violent crime, sexually transmitted diseases, poverty, and child abuse,…

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#ncga: American Conservative Union salutes Sen. Buck Newton for “conservative excellence”

Retiring senator Buck Newton is hoping to add a new title to his résumè:  Attorney General of North Carolina.  He has a couple of hurdles to clear in March and in November.  In the meantime, he’s picked up an honor from the DC-based American Conservative Union….

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JoCo leaders reject CSX / State of NC land grab. (Psst – CSX didn’t need govt $$$ or heavy-handedness in OH or PA deals.)

We’re told, in a bipartisan fashion, by the ruling class that you have to hand out money and favors in order to get business to commit to doing business in your state.  You HAVE TO, they insist.  We reported earlier on the heavy-handed tactics being…

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#ncga: A conservative direction? (THAT is not what the numbers tell us.)

If you believe the GOPe campaign rhetoric, they’ve got our state headed in a “conservative direction.”  *Wow.  That sounds great.  We must be cutting taxes and the size of government all over the doggone place. Right?  (Um, right?)* Well, we decided to verify all that…

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#ncpol: Taken

Imagine that someone rings your doorbell, announces they are with Mega-Corporation X, and that they are going to give you Y-amount of dollars for your property.  You aren’t interested in moving.  Your home and the surrounding property have been in your family for generations.  Yet,…