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Charlotte, NASCAR & P3s: Big dreams paid for with other people’s money.

Amid the excitement of the recent election results — and the recovery from the smothering audio-visual assault on our senses — yet another example of crony capitalism and P3 monkey business went toes up. Those who are preaching the gospel of public-private partnerships for things…

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#NCGA: HOW MUCH ?????

$107 Billion, 580 Million, 297 Thousand dollars.  ($107,580,297,000.00)  THAT is how much debt North Carolina state government had racked up by January 2014.   And how has the “conservative revolution” in Raleigh addressed this problem? By spending MORE and MORE each year.  State Budget Solutions,…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Economy NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Unfunded liabilities and North Carolina’s public debt shell game

Some observers though the GOP establishment in Raleigh might have bought off The John Locke Foundation when Gov. McCrory named Art Pope as his budget director.  But, apparently, nobody told JLF’s Sarah Curry anything about sweeping stuff under the rug. Curry has done some excellent…

Posted in campaign 2014 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Spending, more spending AND debt. Oh, My!

A new study reveals that North Carolina state government’s total spending on debt service — since 2003 — has grown 165 percent. Sarah Curry of The John Locke Foundation gives us details: Remember voting for a bond on the ballot?  You know, those things city,…

Posted in Congress Media Moore County Politics

OOPS. Those pesky facts are back again …

    Congresswoman Renee Ellmers prides herself on being quite savvy with social media.  She’s frequently on Twitter and Facebook touting her work and her alleged conservative bona fides.  People like Miss Harnett County run into problems when their self-promoting Tweets run afoul of reality…

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Things that make you go HMMMM: The Council of State and THAT ‘indebtedness’ vote

              Most of the news about the Council of State meeting this week focused on  the Dorothea Dix hullaballoo.  But if you read a little further into the meeting agenda, you noticed a proposal from state treasurer Janet Cowell…

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The Pilot’s county govt coverage: All Timmy, All the Time

  By reading the work of staff writer John Lentz in our Bavarian Goat Farmer Association Award-winning thrice weekly local newspaper, you might think that Tim Lea is the only Moore County commissioner who ever shows up at meetings and the only one who ever…

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GOP-controlled US House AGAIN kicks the debt can down the road

        The GOP-led US House, this week, passed ANOTHER short term funding measure for the federal government: Several freshmen Republicans in the House of Representatives who came into office kicking and screaming about reigning in the national debt and cutting spending caved…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Moore County Politics

Guzzling Timmy’s kool-aid in The Pilot’s newsroom

      Very few people outside of The Pilot’s newsroom take county commissioner Tim Lea seriously. That became crystal clear in the 2008 GOP primaries, when Lea barely eked out a victory against an unknown underfunded challenger.  (He was saved by the absentee ballots.) …

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Moore County government internal documents paint rosy fiscal picture

Sometimes, here at The Haymaker, things just mysteriously drop into our laps.  (Those doggone little birds … ) We happened to get our hands an email sent out by Moore County assistant manager  Ken Larking to the members of the county board of commissioners, as…