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Meet Ed Goodwin, candidate for NC Secretary of State

Most people, when they hear the words ‘secretary of state’, they think of foreign policy and Hillary Clinton. The position of North Carolina Secretary of State plays a significant role within North Carolina’s economy.  The office administers state business licensing, certifies election results, and investigates…

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Mentally incompetent? Here’s your ballot.

Life in this state never ceases to amaze me.  Our state government is absolutely amazing. Gaston Pridgen — Robeson County’s first elected GOP legislator EVER — is doing yeoman’s work in trying to knock some common sense into the bureaucracy. Pridgen was the driving force…

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Renee Ellmers making overtures to GOP’s left wing?

  A TV ad during the May primary promoted congresswoman Renee Ellmers as “North Carolina’s most conservative member of Congress.” It also plugged her as a fighter for “traditional marriage” and the free market. That ad helped her get renominated in a new, more conservative…

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North Carolina’s ‘baby-mama drama’ : Will John Edwards — um — GET OFF?

As a former journalist who has covered more than my fair share of trials — my experience has found that, the longer a jury deliberates, the better the chances are for the defense team and the defendant. McClatchy — the parent of The N&O and…

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L’affaire LaRoque: C’est fini?

Well, it appears embattled Republican legislator and state House Rules Committee chairman Stephen LaRoque  is DONE.  The recount in his apparent May 8th loss to challenger John Bell confirmed that LaRoque lost by 39 votes. Confirmation of the LaRoque defeat would appear to eliminate one…

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A real gem on PBS

I — like a lot of free-marketeers — generally give a thumbs down to public broadcasting.  In the era of cable and satellite and Internet broadcasting HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of choices, PBS would seem to have outlived its usefulness. Over the holiday weekend, I…

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Meet Dan Forest

  Throughout our state’s history, lieutenant governors have put their own personal touch on a job with a limited scope of powers.  Dan Forest, one of the two GOP candidates for lieutenant governor still standing,  would like his tenure in office to be marked by principled…

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Charlotte Observer, Hudson tee off on Scott Keadle

        Richard Hudson and The Charlotte Observer have JUST discovered that the DC-based Club for Growth is endorsing and supporting Eighth Congressional District Republican candidate Scott Keadle: A little-known dentist from rural North Carolina hopes to become the latest Republican congressional nominee…

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Lt. Ellmers goes off to war …

      I got YET ANOTHER emailed release from congresswoman Renee Ellmers’ taxpayer subsidized PR flack.  I started reading it, and saw our Renee risked life and limb this week by heading into the Afghanistan war zone.  Good for her, I thought. The release…

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Civitas: What Belt Tightening?

It’s election time.  The honorables on the right side of the aisle  on Jones Street are running around telling us how conservative and careful they’ve been with the people’s money. The folks on the left — and their allies in the media and activist communities…