North Carolina

Weekend Punditry 8/17/18

TV Front Row w/ Marc Rotterman Panelists: Mitch Kokai Senior Political Analyst for The John Locke Foundation, Rep. Ed Hanes Former State Representative, Morgan Jackson Partner at Nexus Strategies, Ben Ball the News Director for WTKF 107.1 FM Radio NC Spin Panelists: Anna Beavon Gravely Deputy State Director of Americans For Prosperity, Peg O'Connell Healthcare analyst, Chris Fitzsimons Founder and Executive Director of...

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Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home

On Wednesday one member of the state ABC Commission, Michael Herring, took his ball and went home. Not only was Herring mad at the audit he was also mad at Cooper.  Herring called the results of the state audit “fictitious.” He saved most of his criticism for Cooper’s lack of support calling it “and injustice to all the...

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Oprah & Jenny McCarthy Strike Again

Oprah and Jenny McCarthy strike again! Thanks to airhead celebrity pseudo-scientists, way too many soccer moms have convinced themselves that vaccines are dangerous.  You would think with all these moms opting out of vaccines we would be seeing a massive reduction in cases of autism.  Are we?  Nope.  Instead, we get this, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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Governors Jump The Shark

On Monday, the 5 living ex-Governors in North Carolina held a press conference to highlight their concern about 2 of the 6 constitutional amendments on the ballot in the fall. Some of the harshest rhetoric came from the former Republican Governors.  Jim Martin called the gathering “unprecedented” and referred to the amendments as “a scheme” that threatens the balance...

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Bad Day for the NCGOP

Yesterday was not a good day for the NCGOP.  It started with a court ruling on the state Supreme Court race... Democrat-turned-Republican Chris Anglin won his court fight to run on the GOP ticket for Supreme Court justice in the Nov. 6 general election. Wake County Superior Court Judge Becky Holt issued her ruling Monday, Aug. 13, after a hearing...

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ABC, It’s Easy As 1,2,3

After an audit last week that found that ABC Commission spends money like Charlie Shen on Vegas bender the calls for privatizing the ABC system are getting louder.  Henderson Republican legislator, Chuck McGrady, says lawmakers should fix the broken system... “Most states use a licensure model that allows the private sector to sell and distribute liquor, said Rep. Chuck McGrady,...

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Weekend Punditry in NC 8/10/18

TV Front Row w/ Marc Rotterman Panelists: Mitch Kokai Senior Political Analyst for The John Locke Foundation, Rep. Ed Hanes Former State Representative, Donna King Managing Editor for the North State Journal, Nick Oschner Investigative reporter for WBTV NC Spin Panelists: Lt. Governor Dennis Wicker Former Lieutenant Governor, Patrick Sebastion Political Strategist for Majority Strategies, Chris Fitzsimons Founder and Executive Director of...

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Of Course They Screwed This Up

Leave it to the government to screw up selling the most in-demand product in the world.  A new audit finds the ABC system wasted millions of taxpayer money every year...http://bit.ly/2AY86oD The audit found that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission lost the state nearly a million dollars a year — specifically, $11.3 million over the course of 13 years...

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Fiscal Responsibility

As usual, we have some good news coming out of the State Treasures office this week.  First, we begin with the pension plan... State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA reported that the state pension fund posted overall gains of 7.3 percent for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. However, earnings to date for 2018 reflected only a 1.3 percent increase. The...

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Lawsuit Update

Democrats went 0-2 yesterday in court in an attempt to get a temporary restraining order like they did on Tuesday.  Chris Anglin on Tuesday successfully convinced a judge to issue a TRO in his challenge to a recently passed law.  The Democrats yesterday, however, were far less successful...http://bit.ly/2vtbse5 Gov. Roy Cooper failed Tuesday afternoon to get a temporary freeze on two...

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