Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Thurman & Fiorillo ducking, hiding and playing it safe

An item in today’s Pilot says two of the three candidates for mayor of Pinehurst are refusing to participate in a candidate forum scheduled for this Tuesday evening. Incumbent village council members Joan Thurman and Nancy Fiorillo say they won’t be there Tuesday night because…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Is Pinehurst’s ruling clique breaking up?

For years, Pinehurst politics has been dominated by a close circle of residents centered around SpeakerrrrrRichardMorgan™ and his wife Cindy.   Now that the voters have removed those two from public office, their disciples appear to be parting ways.   The Morgans were  quite good…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Economy Politics

Lapins right on the money on Pinehurst Post Office

The U.S. Post Office is struggling mightily, right along with the rest of us, during these terrible economic times.  Hamstrung by the demands of the postal workers union and an ever-growing list of regulations from the federal government,  the public-private organization is short on solutions…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst Council candidate touts his local ties, business background

Pinehurst village council candidate John Strickland has taken his campaign to The Internet with a Facebook page and an information-laden web site. Like mayoral candidate John Marcum,  Strickland is touting his own long ties to the village. According to his campaign web site, Strickland is:…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Marcum: Pinehurst village government a lot like D.C.

Pinehurst mayoral candidate John Marcum told potential supporters at an in-home meet-and-greet Friday night that Pinehurst village government has been engaging in budget-busting and a lack of transparency akin to what we’ve been seeing in Washington. Marcum told his audience that Pinehurst’s passion for forcibly…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Media Moore County Politics

Pinehurst Village Govt: Who’s in Charge?

This is how it is supposed to work: We elect a mayor and council to oversee the work of  local government staff to ensure staff is (1) acting in accordance with good ethics and the law, (2) making wise use of taxpayer money, and (3)…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Economy Moore County Politics

Campaign 2011: An agenda for Pinehurst’s future (part 1)

“John is my golf buddy. ”  “Nancy is a sweetheart and a GREAT bridge player.” These are examples of the rationale being offered up by various campaigns in the 2011  Pinehurst village elections to woo voters.  Our country and state are suffering through a historic…

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PAC takes the stage in Pinehurst races

  A political action committee calling itself “The Village Action Team” debuted in an ad on page 2a of this morning’s edition of The Pilot. The ad indicates that the group will be endorsing Nancy Roy Fiorillo for mayor,  Mark Parson for Council, and John…

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Campaign 2011: PAC to influence Pinehurst elections?

I was trolling around recently on the Moore County Board of Elections web site.  (I know — I lead a very exciting life.) One entry among the campaign report listings that caught my eye was “Village Action Team” — whose report shows it was formed in June…