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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…

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#Amnesty: ”unaccompanied children” continue to be relocated to Carolinas

It’s fallen off the radar in the drive-by media, but the relocation of “unaccompanied children” border-crashers from Latin America is still going strong. The US Department of Health and Human Services’s Office of Refugee Resettlement reports that — from October 2013 to September 2014 — North…

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#ncga: Bipartisan bill makes it easier for third party, unaffiliated ballot access

It seems almost too good to be true.  Reps. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) and Paul Luebke (D-Durham) have filed a bill making some interesting amendments to state election law:  A BILL TO BE ENTITLED  AN ACT TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF A “POLITICAL PARTY” AND TO…

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Once again, a sliver of 2.3% of the population is trying to intimidate the rest of us

The lefties tried to suggest that North Carolina’s approval of an amendment to its state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman was going to be an economic development nightmare. Companies were going to run away from North Carolina due to its…

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Consulate General of Mexico and N.C. DHHS Reach “Agreement for Protection of Minors “

Yes, you read that right.  The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is apparently conducting foreign policy: On March 25, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services (DSS) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh signed…