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Speaking about discrimination

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, I wrote a post When North Carolina economics and Indiana discrimination collide concerning the pervasiveness of discriminatory practices sweeping yet again, our country. I singled out three people that I felt, have a duty to speak up in light of recent Indiana legislation. By now, many are aware what the law (in the name of religious freedom) purportedly says. On its face, the law also says disgusting, discriminatory bigotry.

When North Carolina economics and Indiana discrimination collide

The antics of heavy handed discrimination regarding others is by now, getting very tiresome. Whether on a state or national level, Republicans frequently interject their self-righteousness and indignation among those they were elected to serve. While this isn’t a new phenomenon, the amount of laws (by percentage) as a part of all laws either sponsored, voted on or passed; and which specifically denounces the interests and views of citizens today, is remarkable.

The pawn and her politics

The water system, zoning, the airport; and now the city council. I’ve always believed that local school boards were the most important, elective bodies in North Carolina. Children are the pawns of adults; sometimes overly zealous while attempting to push their agendas forward. Parents, with their highly charged emotions, are eager to examine school board candidates and current members under the microscope. The general functions of a school board are straightforward. Funding based on enrollment and growth; curriculum, testing and achievement.

The perils of counsel in North Carolina

An award for renowned lawyers either in or connected to North Carolina and her politics is long overdue. There should be posthumous recipients; too numerous to list here. Three living, breathing law school graduates have now come to mind. First up is Bob Stephens, counsel to Pat McCrory. While helping the Governor complete his 2014 Statement of Economic Interest form for submission to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission, the apparent misunderstanding of how to define "date" and "time" became an issue; still is. Not too far behind Stephens is an attorney named Tom Harris. Anyone who has kept up with the State Employees Association of North Carolina along with the trials and tribulations of Dana Cope knows Mr. Harris both counsels and lurks in the shadows. As an alternative to confession at Our Lady of Lourdes, Harris, Cope and others went to the News & Observer several weeks ago seeking pats on the head in exchange for repentance. We now know how that turned out.

The crazy haze of passing on North Carolina's roads

House Bill 60 is a complete waste of time. No, seriously.

February 10, 2015
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ALLOW THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE TO OVERTAKE AND PASS SLOWER MOVING VEHICLES ON PORTIONS OF THE HIGHWAY WHICH ARE MARKED BY SIGNS, MARKERS, OR MARKINGS PLACED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STATING OR CLEARLY INDICATING THAT PASSING SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED.

I mean, why didn't I think of this? A novel idea decades in the making that for whatever reason, has just now surfaced.

McCrory and associates finally defined

Sooner or later, more than just journalists, bloggers, or opinion writers had to step up. Fortunately for all three, and the state of the State of North Carolina, there's a fourth.

In his (Cooper's) remarks at the Levine Museum of the New South, Cooper attacked McCrory and the GOP legislature without ever mentioning the governor or any other Republican by name. He said both are “not just conservative but extremist.”

The greatest act in politics is when incumbents hand deliver their vacuous heads, on a silver platter, to potential opponents.

How North Carolina Republican women engage in war on themselves

Through fact and nature, females of all species are more nurturing than their male counterparts. In other words, their roles in life are distinct and many times, undervalued. North Carolina women, just like education, continue to be the premier backbones of this state. According to current statistics, women outnumber men dynamically. And that female force, time and again, continues to reflect poorly in the voting booth.

Demographic Population Totals

Total Population In North Carolina

Total Population: 9,535,483
Male Population: 4,645,492
Female Population: 4,889,991

Demographic Household Type

Number Of Occupied Homes In North Carolina

Total: 3,745,155
Family led homes: 2,499,174

A potential bluing of Carteret county's red tide

I've kept up with Carteret county politics for many years and for the most part, it's always been the same tired story. While local municipalities have occasionally elected a sprinkling of Democrats to serve on governing bodies, both the county commission, as well as House and Senate districts, have historically remained Republican. The current crop of Carteret County Commissioners is stacked to the ceiling with Republicans. In 2008, NC House incumbent (district 13) Pat McElrath faced off against a liitle known name from "Down East" Carteret county. Barbara Garrity-Blake, from Gloucester, NC, really never had a chance. As a former commissioner on the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission, Garrity-Blake had little name recognition throughout the county, district or state. In 2010, Garrity-Blake attempted to unseat Jean Preston (district 2) in the NC Senate.

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