Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Democrats Media Politics

The selective coverage of politician “sins”

      Rob Christensen, senior political writer and resident newsroom wonderboy at The N&O, wants us to believe that today’s allegedly mainstream media (AMSM) is MUCH tougher on political candidates than the scribes of the past.  He’s partially right.  Today’s  AMSM is a lot…

Posted in Law & Order Media NC legislature

Public defenders stick up for ‘Racial Justice’ …

            Just days after North Carolina’s prosecutors formally seek an end to the travesty called ‘The Racial Justice Act’, the state’s public defenders are speaking up.  The N&O had the story:   Public defenders are appealing to state senators to…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Let the scare tactics begin …

        When liberals realize they can’t win a debate on the issues, they almost always turn to the scare tactics. Lyndon Johnson got the ball rolling in 1964 against Barry Goldwater, running ads depicting Barry Goldwater as a madman eager to start…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Put up or shut up time for NCGOP

          There are a number of developments brewing in Raleigh that will tell volumes about whether North Carolina made a wise investment in the Republican Party last November: 1) Ethics:  There has been a steady drip-drip-drip of information hitting the media…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

Making Friends 101, with Professor Tim Lea

  Moore County Commissioner Tim Lea, who apparently believes he is the smartest person in Moore County and quite possibly North Carolina, has ruffled more than a few feathers on some politically-powerful ‘birds’ with a PowerPoint presentation he is circulating.  The PowerPoint, which (1) was…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature

GOP legislators seek business POV; Dems & Media cry FOUL

Boy, it really turns my world upside down to see something published by The N&O staff complaining about not including both sides of a story. Until recently, I thought “fracking” was only an epithet used by characters on Battlestar Galactica.  (Sorry, my geek is showing.) …

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

Surprise! Media, Dems demagogued NC state budget cuts.

        Boss Bev, legislative Dems, and their hench-persons in North Carolina’s alleged mainstream media (MSM) tried to tell us THE SKY WOULD FALL if budget cuts pushed by GOP legislators were to pass. Well, the budget cuts passed — with the help…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Law & Order Media NC legislature Politics

A surprisingly thoughtful piece by an N&O reporter …

        The debate over abortion frequently gets clouded by PR spin and code-words like “choice,” as well as sign-wielding activists screaming at each other.  Earlier this year, the state legislature passed bills defunding Planned Parenthood and requiring doctors to show a woman…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Campaign 2012 Media Politics

OK. Which one is it, N&O?

      Here they go again.  Our state’s flagship newspaper is at it again — offering readers contradictory information on their page, sometimes within the same day and other times within  week. Last week, chief political correspondent (and newsroom wonderboy) Rob Christensen told us…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Education Media NC State Government Politics

A vacancy at DPI?

  It is looking like there may be an open seat on North Carolina’s Council of State in 2012.  Rumors are swirling about a possible retirement by incumbent N.C. Department of Public Instruction Secretary June Atkinson.  (Atkinson is not exactly breaking her neck to deny…