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Game On! Judges refuse to delay NC primary elections

  A three judge panel in Raleigh refused this week to grant a request from Democrats and liberal activists to delay the state’s May primary.  This decision puts into play — at least, for 2012 — the legislative and congressional redistricting plans passed last year…

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North Carolina’s unemployment insurance mess

    The Tar Heel State’s unemployment rate exceeds the national average.  Ol’ Bev keeps extending unemployment benefits for the state’s long-term unemployed.  All of this is going on in the wake of payroll tax rate cuts and fewer people drawing paychecks and paying those…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

L’affaire LaRoque gets some federal attention

            Sarah Ovaska, at NCPolicyWatch, has been on top of the scandal swirling around state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston) since the beginning.  Now, she’s confirmed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened an investigation into the matter: The federal…

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And the spending goes on and on and on …

      North Carolina is broke — or so we were told during the fight  over the state budget during this last session.  Stuff got cut out left and right.  The N&O, The Democrats, the NCAE and state employee reps all howled over the…

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A rational, common sense look at NCGA v. NCAE

          Democrats and the mainstream media  (redundant? mutually exclusive?) all over the state are decrying the state legislature’s move to end the teachers’ groups ability to forcibly deduct dues payments from EVERY North Carolina teacher’s paycheck.  The same people who covered…

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Here COMES the judge !!!!

  It looks like the state teacher’s union’s judge-shopping efforts have paid off.  A Wake County Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking legislation that ends mandatory automatic teacher paycheck deductions for teacher union dues.   The judge found that the NCAE…

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SUE: For those “special” times when you can’t get your way via the democratic process

                The state teachers union, in the aftermath of having their cash faucet turned off by the legislature, appears to be calling in the lawyers: Leaders of the state’s largest teachers group said they will claim retaliation when…

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NC Legislators end union shakedown of teachers; Democrats & media throw major fit

  On the N&O’s front page, there was a full color photo of some large, angry Hillary Clinton lookalikes from the NC Association of Educators (NCAE) holding signs  that said “We will not be silenced.” (I pity their poor husbands.) The N&O posted a video…

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The Castle Doctrine kicks in: common sense finally prevails in Raleigh

            Now that the trial lawyers have lost their stranglehold on Jones Street, crime victims and other law-abiding citizens of North Carolina are getting some relief.  Charlotte’s WBTV had the story on November 30: A new state law goes into…

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Will indictment of Boss Bev’s bag man bounce back on Senator Hagan?

Boss Bev’s campaign finance chief was in court yesterday, and WRAL was there: Gov. Beverly Perdue’s former campaign finance chief pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstruction of justice in connection with violations in her 2008 campaign. Peter Anthony Reichard entered an Alford plea, which allows a…