Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

A prime candidate for a budget cut

    A county government mole tells me various county officials’ sights have been set on a budget line item entitled: “Non-Profit:  Grants & Contingency.” In some circles, this is derisively known as “Cary McSwain’s slush fund.”   (county budget classification #:  1005 1037  56024)…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

About those ALLEGED drastic education spending cuts …

      Some rather duplicitous candidates and granola-munching activists are bemoaning an alleged lack of funding for education needs in Moore County.  The problem with their harrangue is — hold on to your hats — there’s an EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR leftover balance from the…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Media Moore County Politics

Around the world with Renee (and the lobbyists)

Government records show that lobbyists paid for congresswoman Renee Ellmers, her husband, and her chief of staff to visit Turkey and Israel in August and October of 2011. From 8/13/11 to 8/21/11,  Ellmers and her husband toured Israel on the dime of The American Israel…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Politics Renee Ellmers

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas

    I’ve continued my perusal of Renee Ellmers’s campaign finance report.   Check it out HERE (specifically p.94).  It appears that her reelection campaign fund picked up the tab for “food and beverage” on March 21 and March 24  at The Palazzo in fabulous…

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Guilty conscience wreaking havoc in The Pilot’s newsroom?

I guess South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson finally got to the fiction-peddlers in The Pilot’s newsroom. Here we are — one week before the vote — and we finally get our local paper here in Moore County (affectionately known as Pravda-on-Pennsylvania) to PRINT the text…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Thom’s Team LUVs lobbyists

The other –um, high-heeled — shoe has dropped. It’s been learned that state House Speaker Thom Tillis has discovered ANOTHER of his employees having a romantic relationship with a registered lobbyist: House Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday a second staff member will resign this week…

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Ellmers enjoys another FIVE-DIAMOND getaway thanks to her campaign fund (stocked mostly with lobbyist dinero)

  While our state and nation’s economies tank — while the unemployment rolls grow — while families are struggling to pay their bills — congresswoman Renee Ellmers  has enjoyed yet another campaign-funded getaway to the FIVE-DIAMOND Stein Erikson Lodge in Park City, Utah.  (This is…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Politics Renee Ellmers

Pants on Fire: What are you cutting, Renee?

      South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson is talking to Renee Ellmers again. In today’s Raleigh News & Observer, congresswoman Ellmers speaks up in support of her boss John Boehner: Ellmers knows the criticism against her. But she says it will take time to…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Forget the whales and the dolphins. Save the Speaker! (Save Thom !!!)

The state’s economy is in the tank.  Our debt is growing by the minute.  Unemployment ranks are growing.  And what is the Raleigh political class doing?  Plotting to save poor Thom Tillis’s political reputation and get him two more years as the top money-changer in…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media Politics

Only in the federal govt: $20K is ‘an acceptable loss’

    Just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all about the idiocy within the federal bureaucracy — something else comes along to take the cake. I was talking yesterday with a friend who works with a federal agency.  He said he had…