Posted in campaign 2014 Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

#NCGA: No reasonable expectation of privacy while on public street? (Um, Fourth Amendment?)

I am seriously #SMH on this one: […] Sen. Tamara Barringer, a Cary Republican who is also a law professor, said there is a right to privacy but not always a reasonable expectation of that privacy. “I abhor government intervention, but I will support the…

Posted in DENR Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government

Monkey Business Update: The state’s sea level rise study

We’ve posted previously about the do-over ordered by the legislature on the projections of sea level changes along the coast.  This information is important because it can affect insurance rates, and permitted uses of private property, for decades to come. The chairman of the NC…

Posted in campaign 2014 Education Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

Gov. Pat takes a page from Thad Cochran’s political playbook

In Mississippi, when incumbent US senator Thad Cochran appeared to be going down in flames to Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel, GOP establishment types sold their souls and threw in with Democrats to fend off the conservative hordes.  It looks like Pat McCrory — apparently…

Posted in campaign 2014 Education Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

#NCGA: Looking to cut? WHY NOT UNC ???

The state budget is on the mind of a lot of Raleigh-watchers and insiders.  How to get pay raises for teachers has been a major sticking point on reaching an agreement.  It’s been pointed out that North Carolina’s public school system has some of the…

Posted in campaign 2014 Education Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics

Pat sounds like Bev.

In 2012, Bev Perdue came to the conclusion that she had enough of a GOP majority on Jones Street and escaped Raleigh to the safe confines of Harvard’s Kennedy School and New Bern.  Lefties and their media cohorts bemoaned the impending “conservative revolution” in Raleigh….

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Plenty of money for statist nonsense. Not enough for stuff govt is actually supposed to pay for.

In Charlotte and Raleigh, leaders are trying to raise property taxes in order to finance teacher pay raises.  There is NO money available right now to pay for those raises, they tell us. Yet — thanks to our friend Lady Liberty — we learn that Wake…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Tharte. Thillis. Tholl Roads. Thwenty dollars round-trip DAILY. Throuble?

Toll roads.  House speaker and US Senate Thom Tillis thinks they are OK.  So does state House speaker pro tem Skip Stam. Gov. Pat likes them, and so does his DOT board chairman.   The state has awarded a 50 year contract to a Spanish…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Pat McCrory Phil Berger Politics

#NCPOL: Gov Pat forced to lay in the bed he made

It’s pretty clear — from the background conversations I am having —  that things are a bit frosty between the governor’s office and many of the Republican honorables on Jones Street. A lot of the problem seems to be rooted in a lack of communication.   Legislators…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NC State Government Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

#NCGA: McCrory blasts Senate for respecting state constitution & concept of balanced budgets

The North Carolina constitution requires a balanced budget.  Gov. Pat and Speaker Thom got together and submitted a revised budget plan that does not balance. Speaker Thom whipped his troops into shape and passed his deal with the governor through the House. The Senate sent…

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Feeling heat, McCrory enviro-appointee responds to lefty bias accusations

We posted earlier about the apparent efforts of a McCrory appointee to prevent the seating of three global-warming skeptics on a key NC DENR panel studying the issue of sea levels.  The panel was charged by the legislature with studying the issue of sea level…