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John Locke Foundation to Jones Street: Spend, baby, spend.

    It seems like just yesterday that The John Locke Foundation  — the alleged conservative HQ of North Carolina – was smacking around Jones Street for spending like drunken sailors.     In case you haven’t heard,  state government is running a $900 million…

Posted in campaign 2018 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

NCGOPe all-stars cheer Easley crony’s staying power in Raleigh swamp

Every once in a while we get some evidence that — like in DC — Raleigh, and state government, are run by ONE big government-loving PARTY.  Look at what popped up on Twitter: Dan Gerlach was appointed head of The Golden Leaf Foundation in 2008….

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John Locke crowd is learning: Republican, conservative NOT the same thing.

The John Locke Foundation was quite often the critic of state government when Democrats ran the show.  Though, they got a little sycophantic toward the governing class when the 2010 “conservative revolution” rolled into town and the McCrory era dawned. Now, it appears some folks…

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A (not-so) civil war in Pope-land?

THAT is what it is looking like.  Gazillionaire Art Pope has his hand — and cash — behind an awful lot of things political that are purportedly conservative.  The John Locke Foundation and The Civitas Institute are two examples.  You would think that both organizations…

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John Locke Foundation & Planned Parenthood: A “Winning” Team?

Yessirree, bob.  The John Locke Foundation and their fearless – and tap-dancing, I may add — leader are joining forces with the likes of Planned Parenthood and the AFL-CIO to press their case with those mean ol’ Republicans in the General Assembly. (Personally, I can’t…

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Locke Foundation teams up with a bunch of libs. (Um, Yay.)

John Hood and Chris Fitzsimon don’t just team up on NC Spin.  They are also doing it more and more on state policy matters:   A coalition of policy and advocacy groups renewed their efforts to convince the General Assembly to set up an independent…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC State Government NCGOP Politics

#ncpol: Team Pope protecting Pat about planes?

Civitas and The John Locke Foundation have long billed themselves as non-partisan, conservative watchdogs looking out for the interests of the taxpayer.  They went hard after former Democrat governors Mike Easley and Bev Perdue.  But when it comes to Republican Pat McCrory?  *CRICKETS.* Both organizations…

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#ncpol: John Locke, neutered?

I’ve had my suspicions about what HAS or HAS NOT been going on within the John Locke Foundation lately.  The so-called hotbed of free market thought in North Carolina has been — lately — championing things like reparations and the installation of tracking devices on…

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The cost of government

There is a lot of hubbub about the state budget right now.  We’re hearing  a lot from county and city officials moaning about how hard it is to do business without x-amount of dollars from the state. We thought it might be a great time…

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#NCGA: Jones Street mafia targeting Civitas, Locke & US ????

Apparently, General Maximus has unleashed hell upon the powers-that-be within the North Carolina General Assembly.  From what I hear, the common folks beyond the beltline DID NOT vote in a Republican majority in order to get hit with higher gas taxes and to give even more…