Posted in Law & Order

No belching after dark ….

The Boone, North Carolina city council is apparently BEGGING to be sued on constitutional grounds. The Associated Press is reporting on changes to the North Carolina mountain town’s noise ordinance that sound more like something you’d see in a third world dictatorship than in the…

Posted in Bev Perdue Democrats Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Republicans

And the beatdown goes on ….

(No that’s not me misquoting some famous song lyrics by The Whispers. Or was it Sonny & Cher ?) We’re talking about the action today at the legislative building in Raleigh.  The legislature convincingly overrode THREE more of Madame Governor’s vetoes. We here at the…

Posted in Economy Education Law & Order Media NC legislature Politics

Look at me! I’m on TV !!!

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning, Jr. is quite passionate about educating North Carolina’s children.  He is so passionate about it that he often tiptoes up to the line, which separates the state’s legislative and judicial branches, and calls for  changes in education policy…

Posted in Democrats Howard Coble Larry Kissell Mike McIntyre NC legislature NCGOP Politics Renee Ellmers Republicans

McIntyre: I’m running in NC-7 regardless of final map

Congressman Mike McIntyre has said publicly that he plans to run for reelection to his 7th district seat regardless of what the final redistricting map looks like.  Two maps have come out of the legislature.  The first map had more than half of McIntyre’s home…

Posted in Democrats Howard Coble Larry Kissell Law & Order Mike McIntyre NC legislature NCGOP Politics redistricting Renee Ellmers Republicans

Redistricting reboot: From bad to worse for NC Democrats

The Left threw a major tantrum over the first congressional redistricting map released by the conservative majority in the North Carolina General Assembly.  Leftists claimed the map was unconstitutional, unfair to minorities, and WAY TOO GENEROUS to Republicans. The map-drawers in Raleigh received word that…

Posted in Democrats Harris Blake Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics redistricting Republicans

Redistricting revisited …

  Reports are that the congressional redistricting map produced by the state legislature in Raleigh has been challenged by The U.S. Justice Department over concerns about compliance with the Voting Rights Act.  The 1965 Voting Rights Act gives federal authorities the right to OK or…

Posted in Democrats Media NCGOP Obama Politics Republicans

A lesson on reading polls …

Over the past couple of days, there have been a few misleading stories in the N&O regarding political poll numbers.  I am going to assume the best — that Rob Christensen and the other folks in the N&O newsroom don’t understand how to read an…

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One more from the “It Needed to be Said” division of North Carolina state government …

“He spent the last 20 years predicting we were going to lose and when we did declared victory … He was right 1 of 20 times. A broken clock is right twice a day.” — State Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt (D), describing Raleigh political…

Posted in Economy Education Politics

Some Thoughtful advice trickling out of Raleigh

The Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation has released a study that details and makes recommendations on the economic and financial conditions of North Carolina’s local governments. This study, available for download on Locke’s web site, provides some real “food for thought” for local officials and people…

Posted in Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics redistricting Republicans

NC congressional redistricting clarified …

The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill has an excellent piece in today’s paper about congressional redistricting.  Opponents of the plan, drafted by the conservative majority in the legislature, say it unfairly splits counties and cities and puts counties together that have nothing in common.  (As though…