Posted in Campaign 2011 Politics

Donald Duck for …. MAYOR ????

  Pinehurst voters may think they have a lively mayoral race this year.  But that  Moore County election doesn’t hold a candle to the race for mayor in the New Hanover County community of Castle Hayne – a suburb of Wilmington: It appears Castle Hayne…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Marcum on deficit spending

I finally pinned down mayoral candidate John Marcum and got him to talk in detail about his accusations of deficit spending in Pinehurst village government. (The documents he is referencing can be found here. ): Brant, Glad you saw the audited overspending in FY10. If…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Economy Moore County Politics

Southern Pines 2011: Grow Your Own Food, Read by Candlelight

  Most candidates for political office talk about how they are going to advance their communities through the new millennium.  Town Council candidate Marsh Smith, a dedicated green political activist, apparently wants to turn back the clock to the time of Southern Pines’s initial settlement….

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Partners In Progress moving to downtown Pinehurst?

Could Moore County’s chief economic development organ be leaving its current location in the Moore County Chamber building on 15-501 to the more exclusive environs of historic downtown Pinehurst?  My spies tell me Moore County Partners In Progress is being seriously tempted by an attractive…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Razook’s endorses Joan Thurman

Razook’s, the world-renowned women’s clothing store in downtown Pinehurst, has endorsed Joan Thurman for village mayor.  Yep, that’s right.  You can see her campaign signs in the windows of the Razook’s building in downtown.  I think that makes sense.  After all, Joan is a very…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County NC legislature NC State Government Politics

New State law on campaign signs

    In August, the state legislature enacted  a law which should have a significant impact on political campaigns and local efforts to police sign ordinances: Towns and municipalities no longer have jurisdiction over some campaign signs placed on their borders. In August, the N.C….

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Deficit spending or not?

  According to the website, the definition of deficit spending is: the amount by which a government, company, or individual’s spending exceeds its income over a particular period of time. Mayoral candidate John Marcum has accused village government of  “deficit spending” by an average of $1 million for the last three years — a…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Vacation $$$ for Pinehurst village workers

  According to village government financials, dated 6/30/11 (page 12), the budget included a long term liability for “accumulated vacation” totaling $558,806.. “That is what you would have to pay out if every village government employee resigned today, and asked for their vacation pay,” explained…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Andy’s 8-year contract and a NEW police chief

Mayoral candidate John Marcum has made an issue of Pinehurst government having three managers.  He and his campaign have noted that manager Andy Wilkison has an EIGHT-YEAR contract paying him — in salary and benefits —  “more than the governor of North Carolina.” A village…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Southern Pines 2011: The Pilot makes a good call

  Kudos to Moore County’s thrice-weekly Pulitzer Prize winning local newspaper for its endorsements Sunday in this November’s Southern Pines municipal elections.  The Pilot endorsed the reelection of longtime veteran councilman Fred Walden and the campaign of Jim Simeon to replace retiring councilman Mike Fields:…