Posted in Education Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

School funding: The never-ending sob story

In Moore County, as I am sure it is in your county, THIS story is getting way too old:  With Moore County Schools’ dire budgetary straits and ever-stricter state mandates threatening arts programs and athletics, parents and teachers are circling the wagons.[…]  Notice how the…

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NCGOP congressional Cojones Check: Jones? Yep. Walker? Yep. Anyone else? (*Crickets*)

My that tough talk against “government waste” fades away fast once the polls close, doesn’t it?   Once again, the, um, “honorables” in DC shirked their constitutional duty to PASS A BUDGET.  Instead, they’ve hit us with yet another bloated, shameful “stopgap spending measure” to…

Posted in campaign 2016 Congress Media NCGOP Politics

Another day, another spending bill (*SIGH*)

    Once again, Congress has kicked their budgeting and fiscal management duties down the road.  The House passed another continuing resolution — keeping the government funded fully through December 9 — to avoid the much-feared government shutdown. From the North Carolina US House delegation,…

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Guess what? Spending more money makes NO DIFFERENCE on student performance

Once again, heads will be exploding over in Blinky and Scowly’s offices in Jim Goodmon’s special little socialist fantasy world.  Blinky and Scowly are ALL over the place trying to sell the idea that kids are being hurt by “education cuts.”  Their comrades in the…

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North Carolina state taxing and spending by the numbers

As the election season gears up, the phony statistics and the excrement are really going to be flying.  We decided to head some of that off by injecting some interesting, hard data into the discussion.   Revenues.   North Carolina has been more prolific than…

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#ncga: Trying to make cents of all those budget dollars

Well, the honorables on Jones Street have killed A LOT of trees to try and explain their spending plan for 2016-2017. Republicans will tout it as fiscal responsibility, while Democrats will moan about sick kids and grandmas eating dog food.  But let’s get beyond that…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NCGOP Politics

#ncga: The big fight for the short session? Tax reform vs. MORE SPENDING & PAY RAISES

Contrary to the prurient desires of The Gay News & Observer, HB2 is not being seen as the big fight in the GOP-dominated General Assembly during this short session.  John Hood, the wisest man within the topographical boundaries of Wake County, informed us this weekend…

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#ncga: smoke, mirrors, Jones Street and the treasurer’s office

There is an eye-opening report out from the highly-respected, free market-oriented Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  Apparently, something may be rotten in Princess Janet’s kingdom:  […] Real state spending per capita has increased fourfold in North Carolina since 1970. Three sources of revenue allowed for…

Posted in campaign 2016 Congress Media NCGOP Politics Renee Ellmers

#ncpol NC-02: Child Abuse.

Renee Ellmers’s team put out the word long ago that they would not be debating ANY of their girl’s FOUR primary opponents.  But, a circumstance has developed causing them to break from that narrative:  Kay Daly fired a gun and proclaimed she is hunting RINOs…

Posted in campaign 2016 Congress Media NCGOP Politics

Open Up and say Aah-mnibus !!!

There’s been a lot of anger about these year-end omnibus bills that keep getting shoved down our throats by the *conservative revolution* in Congress.  A lot of those *honorables* — quite a few Republicans elected with Tea Party support, to boot — have been spinning…