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Meet Mike Causey (R), candidate for NC Insurance Commissioner

  When you first meet Mike Causey, the Greensboro Republican strikes you as way too nice of a guy to be a player in hard-nosed big-time statewide politics. He presents quite a contrast to Richard Morgan —  his opponent in the July 17th GOP runoff…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Politics

Endorsements Time!

    Two Council of State races with runoffs on July 17 have had some movement in the endorsement area. Mike Causey and Richard Morgan are facing off in the GOP runoff for state insurance commissioner.  Causey tells us that James McCall, the third place…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Education Media Moore County NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Tillman’s chicken nugget bill has good intentions, but misses the mark

  State senator Jerry Tillman (R) — that body’s majority whip, who also represents Moore and Randolph counties — has pushed through legislation  targeting a policy that gave North Carolina some embarrassing international publicity earlier this year: The Hoke County chicken nugget school lunch incident…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress John Edwards Media Politics

Why is this man smiling? (Answer: He — um — GOT OFF.)

          After lengthy deliberations, a federal jury has found former senator (and all-American baby-daddy) John Edwards not guilty on one criminal count, and got hung up on the remaining counts: The jury in the John Edwards trial on Thursday found the…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Democrats Larry Kissell Media Politics

I’ll take endangered big spenders for a trillion, Alex

  The folks at the NRCC in Washington have come up with a creative little web site that should appeal to the fans of the popular long-running game show Jeopardy. Kissell – a Democrat representing North Carolina’s 8th district since 2008 – has been targeted…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

Property rights, economic development questions for Southern Pines, Pinehurst councils

            There was an interesting line in a recent Pilot story about Pinehurst’s new budget: […] Another $252,000 is in the budget for the construction of Spur Road, which would serve the new brewery that is proposed to be located…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Law & Order Media NC legislature Politics

Campaign 2012: crotch-punching returning to center-stage?

This year’s gubernatorial campaign is looking more and more like an economic stimulus program for members of the state bar association. We’ve got the Pat McCrory campaign retaining lawyers to go after a Democrat PAC and WTVD NewsChannel11.  We’ve got the Democrat PAC — led…

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Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Far too often in business (and other areas of society), when someone does something that WORKS, you get all kinds of other folks doing something pretty doggone similar.  Amazon rolled out its Kindle e-reader to great success, and now TONS of other companies have  an…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

As The Budget Busts: the expensive soap opera being rolled out by Jones Street studios

  We had a GOP takeover of the General Assembly which showed promise of introducing fiscal sanity to state government.  The 2011 budget debate had leftists hollering about mean old Republicans starving seniors and dumbing down school kids.  Republicans were crowing about that budget being…

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Carolina Journal: Room for improvement in NC House budget proposal

    Analysts with Raleigh’s John Locke Foundation say there are plenty of good things in the state budget proposal currently moving through state legislative chambers, but caution that conservatives seeking spending cuts and liberals wanting to bash legislators for cutting too much will both…