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#ncga [ House GOP OKs licenses for illegals]

THIS is mind-boggling:  When a bill that would allow immigrants in the United States illegally to obtain limited driving privileges cleared the House Finance Committee Tuesday morning, Gregorio Morales and Carmen Rodriguez were among the folks sitting in the back of the room smiling. Yeah….

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#NCGOP (Damn! Was that an Earthquake ????)

The rumors of the grassroots’ demise are greatly exaggerated. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, foresaw the events that transpired at the NCGOP convention in Raleigh today.  Cabarrus County Tea Party activist Hasan Harnett decisively defeated the establishment choice — somebody named Craig Collins — in…

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NC-03: Tata coming after Walter Jones?

It’s no secret that Walter Jones irritates the political establishment.  The GOPe tried to get him in the 2014 primary.  Now, it appears they’re trying again with a new face:  Tony Tata, the state transportation secretary, is seriously considering challenging Congressman Walter Jones in the…

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Buck Newton: Our next AG?

The Democrats have come after Wilson’s Buck Newton hard.  In 2010, they slandered him as a drug dealer.  (Newton went on to knock off a long-time incumbent Democrat senator.)  In 2012, his Democrat opponent spent some of the general election campaign in the custody of the state. Newton,…

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#ncga: Of drones and men …

I’m the last guy to throw in with the black helicopters and tin-foil helmet crowd.  But I found some language in the new state rules for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, aka ‘drones’) a wee bit troubling: A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO CLARIFY…

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NC-02: A shot across Raleigh’s bow from district GOPers

They’re getting rowdy in North Carolina’s Second District.  At last weekend’s district GOP convention, the delegates gave a rousing welcome to Jim Duncan, Renee Ellmers’s Tea Party challenger. They passed a resolution condemning the use of corporate welfare or targeted incentives for economic development. Another…

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NC-02: Jim Duncan steals the show at district’s GOP convention

Over 200 Republican leaders in North Carolina’s Second Congressional District gathered in Sanford today for their party’s district convention.  As expected,  there were candidates for the 2016 election cycle pressing the flesh and pitching for support.  All three announced candidates for the 2016 GOP primary…

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If GOP is so good on taxes, why isn’t Tax Freedom Day getting EARLIER?

The DC-based Tax Foundation coined the term “Tax Freedom Day” — which denotes the day Americans transition from working to pay their tax bill to working for themselves.  The GOP has been in control of the North Carolina General Assembly since 2011, and the US…

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Pew: Since 2000, total of 78 US counties (counting 5 in NC) have gone majority-minority

Some new findings from the Pew Research Center show how immigration may be re-shaping our nation:  In the United States as a whole, the white share of the population is declining as Hispanic, Asian and black populations grow. But the shift to a more diverse nation is…

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End solitary confinement in state prisons? (Um, NO.)

Blinkin’ Chris and Angry Rob and their comedy web site are calling for the end of solitary confinement in North Carolina prisons:  Last year, North Carolinians were stunned and horrified by the death of Michael Anthony Kerr, who was found unresponsive in a van after…