Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics

Down with The Struggle: Walter Dalton, soul brother #1

            There’s nothing like the whitest white man on the planet Earth complaining that someone else doesn’t get “the black experience.”  But that’s what we were treated to last night in the televised “Shootout at the Mediocre Corral,”  a/k/a the…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Moore County Politics Renee Ellmers Republicans

Renee Ellmers and those “spending cuts”

          Carolina Journal recently put together  a profile of the race for North Carolina’s Second Congressional District.  The profile mentioned that there has been some recent — ahem — conservative criticism of incumbent Renee Ellmers: […] She also attracted criticism from…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Democrats Larry Kissell Media Mike McIntyre Politics

“Endangered” NC Democrats running to right of challengers in US House races?

Quick.  In North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District, can you guess which candidate won the endorsements of conservative establishment groups like the National Rifle Association,  Concerned Women for America, The National Federation of Independent Businesses, and  Americans for Legal Immigration?  If you guessed Republican nominee David…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Education Media Moore County Politics

Public education’s solution for boosting graduation rate: Lower the standards

        The edu-crats at Moore County Public Schools have outdone themselves again — putting forth a rather questionable bit of innovation: Struggling students may soon have another path to graduation that takes into account personal hardship, says one Moore County school official….

Posted in Campaign 2012 Education Media Moore County NC State Government Politics

North Carolina Campaign 2012: Staying after class with Mr. Tedesco

    John Tedesco looks tired.  And he SHOULD.  He’s running an extremely low-budget campaign for state superintendent of public instruction.  He has no entourage of aides.  Some candidates have customized buses for touring the state.  Tedesco has himself, his smart phone, and his personal…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Education Media NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics

Snow is cold. The sun is hot. NCAE opposes a Republican.

      The N&O is presenting the surprising, shocking news that the NC Association of Educators is upset with GOP gubernatorial nominee — and general election frontrunner — Pat McCrory.   Apparently the union is mad about the fact that McCrory supports (1) charter schools,…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

Mayor Pat Comes to town: Timmy & Larry & George reunite

  Someone in the Moore County Republican Men’s Club has quite a sense of humor. The membership and the who’s-who of the county GOP establishment turned out in force to hear from the man most see as the next governor of North Carolina.  As expected,…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Paul Stam Politics Thom Tillis

‘Pay To Play’ alive and well on Jones Street

When the GOP majority took over the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, we were promised an end to pay-to-play.  Pay-to-play has typically meant the shakedown of lobbyists and other interested parties for campaign donations in exchange for legislative attention to their concerns. The GOP…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

EVEN MORE STUFF Timmy and John Lentz won’t tell you …

If you count on The Pilot as your main source of news in Moore County, I truly feel sorry for you.  For the most part, the newsroom’s modus operandi has sunk to taking dictation from politicos with agendas.  You’re often getting a twisted version of…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC State Government Politics

Queen Nancy sticks it to NCDOT (DOT chief to “educate” us)

            We here at The Haymaker have to stand up and applaud Her Majesty, The Queen of Pinehurst,(a/k/a Mayor Nancy Fiorillo)   for speaking out so forcefully against bureaucratic tyranny: If you are watching transportation issues here in the Sandhills,…