Posted in Bev Perdue Congress Law & Order Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Indictment of Boss Bev cronies is like deja vu all over again …

  If I talked to you about a governor with cronies laundering money to sidestep campaign finance laws, you’d think I was talking about Mike Easley.  We went through a whole soap opera about ol’ Mike, a made-up job for his wife, unauthorized campaign flights,…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government

NC gas tax cap races through state House (Speed bump awaits in Senate)

        The conservative majority in the North Carolina General Assembly’s lower chamber did its duty and overwhelmingly approved, on Monday, legislation to hold the current state gas tax at 35 cents per gallon and put off a scheduled rate hike from Jan…

Posted in Law & Order Media NC legislature

Public defenders stick up for ‘Racial Justice’ …

            Just days after North Carolina’s prosecutors formally seek an end to the travesty called ‘The Racial Justice Act’, the state’s public defenders are speaking up.  The N&O had the story:   Public defenders are appealing to state senators to…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature

GOP legislators seek business POV; Dems & Media cry FOUL

Boy, it really turns my world upside down to see something published by The N&O staff complaining about not including both sides of a story. Until recently, I thought “fracking” was only an epithet used by characters on Battlestar Galactica.  (Sorry, my geek is showing.) …

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

Surprise! Media, Dems demagogued NC state budget cuts.

        Boss Bev, legislative Dems, and their hench-persons in North Carolina’s alleged mainstream media (MSM) tried to tell us THE SKY WOULD FALL if budget cuts pushed by GOP legislators were to pass. Well, the budget cuts passed — with the help…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Law & Order Media NC legislature Politics

A surprisingly thoughtful piece by an N&O reporter …

        The debate over abortion frequently gets clouded by PR spin and code-words like “choice,” as well as sign-wielding activists screaming at each other.  Earlier this year, the state legislature passed bills defunding Planned Parenthood and requiring doctors to show a woman…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Education Media NC State Government Politics

A vacancy at DPI?

  It is looking like there may be an open seat on North Carolina’s Council of State in 2012.  Rumors are swirling about a possible retirement by incumbent N.C. Department of Public Instruction Secretary June Atkinson.  (Atkinson is not exactly breaking her neck to deny…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Moore County NC legislature NC State Government Politics Thom Tillis

Tillis: Laroque mess headed to ethics committee

      North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Cornelius)  says allegations swirling around taxpayer-subsidized loans by state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston) to himself (Laroque), family members and legislative colleagues are being referred to the House Ethics Committee for review: House Speaker Thom Tillis…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 NC legislature Politics

Finally! Jimmy Carter is making sense.

Until now, Jimmy Carter has been widely regarded as the worst president EVER to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania.  (BarryO, the Carter family can’t thank you enough for taking this monkey off their back.) In Raleigh, and other capitals around the country, Democrats have been ranting…

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NC prosecutors seek an end to ‘Racial Justice Act’

        North Carolina’s elected prosecutors are seeking the legislature’s assistance in overturning one of the worst travesties to ever pass through Jones Street: The Legislature should act quickly to repeal a new law that gives death row inmates another way to challenge…