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U.S. Senate hopeful Greg Brannon issued fiery constitutional rhetoric and delivered the biggest applause lines Friday night from an audience of about 600 people as he ran away with a straw poll at a Republican candidates forum.
Tom Campbell wrote an excellent article concerning why he predicts a low turnout in the upcoming Primary Election, May 6. He seems to think the economy and jobs is what might rouse people to the polls.
On April 14th Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) released recommendations by its political action committee, GRNC-PVF (Political Victory Fund), for NC candidates running in 2014 based on their voting record and responses to a questionnaire.
No one has yet offered any kind of cash flow spreadsheet for the public to use in assessing the proposed jail to be built in Chocowinity.
Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed the entire month of April as "Month of the Military Child," encouraging the state of North Carolina to recognize the children of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
Local officials in North Carolina, particularly those who reside in distressed communities, should be wary of the twin dangers of claptrap and flimflam. If you aren't careful, you'll buy bogus information and hire bogus "experts" and your community will be worse off.
The House Oversight Committee, who are also charged with discovering the truth on countless other scandals, which have swamped the incredible Barack Hussein Obama presidency, are tasked with the responsibility to accomplish this unenviable feat to know who is ultimately responsible.
On May 6, 2014, voters will go to the polls to select the Republican nominee for the general election in November. As in all political races, it is important the voter makes an informed decision. To that end, I would like to present some information to help clarify a few key issues.
I recently spoke with a philosophy professor at an Ivy League university. We discussed some issues in higher education, including such depressing topics as the increasing rejection of long-accepted standards of objectivity and a growing contempt for traditional perspectives.
As the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services assists Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties in their response to a case of Hepatitis A in a food handler, it is important to remind people to always take precautions when preparing food, whether at home or at a restaurant.
Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined state officials today in announcing "NCWorks," a major initiative that will promote one consistent, cohesive strategy for workforce development across North Carolina.
By the looks of it, the individual mandate is almost devoid of life. This tax was once viewed as the centerpiece of the federal health law. Without this critical element of government coercion, Obamacare could not work to its full capacity.
Here we go again. Or maybe I should say "Here they go again". "They" would be the Anointed One and his merry group of sycophants led by Ms. Reid's boy, Harry and Ms. Schumer's boy, Charlie.

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Government

News Release:

Hickory, NC Governor Pat McCrory has proposed reinvesting $16.8 million in savings generated by community colleges into additional funding for the state's 58 community colleges to train workers in high-demand fields such as health sciences, engineering, construction, manufacturing, transportation, chemical and biotechnology fields.

"This is all about putting North Carolinians in good-paying jobs as soon as possible," Governor McCrory said. "More importantly, the decisions on how to invest the funds will be made at the local level to directly connect the training to the area economy."

The governor made the announcement at Catawba Valley Community College near Hickory. He was joined by Dr. Scott Ralls, North Carolina Community College System president and Catawba Valley president Dr. Garrett Hinshaw.

"Reinvesting these funds provides increased support to colleges in ... (read more)
Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

'One of 4,500' project seeks to build support for Opportunity Scholarships
RALEIGH A group advocating for low-income families to benefit from a tuition voucher program that's tied up in court is using the Internet and social media to tell the stories of parents who want to take advantage of the options offered by the Opportunity Scholarships.

"The clock is ticking here," said Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a group backing educational alternatives and reform efforts. He said that the YouTube videos posted by the group will afford parents who have "gone the extra mile" to get an alternative education for their children to share their stories.

Twenty-five parents located across all of the state's geograp... (read more)

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Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The author of this post is Dan Way, who is an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Brannon wins straw poll; Tillis a no-show
Republican Senate candidates at the April 11 forum in Wendell. Top, from left: Ted Alexander, Alex Bradshaw, Greg Brannon, Heather Grant. Bottom, from left: Mark Harris, Edward Kryn, Jim Snyder. WENDELL U.S. Senate hopeful Greg Brannon issued fiery constitutional rhetoric and delivered the biggest applause lines Friday night from an audience of about 600 people as he ran away with a straw poll at a Republican candidates forum.

Brannon won 51 percent of the exit poll vote conducted by the East Wake Republican Club, spons... (read more)
Tom Campbell wrote an excellent article concerning why he predicts a low turnout in the upcoming Primary Election, May 6. He seems to think the economy and jobs is what might rouse people to the polls. That is something no one in government has really addressed since it all crashed and burned under the Bush Administration. We bitch and moan, but it is beyond our control. It is a world wide problem and not just in the US so what should the real issue be?

PROPERTY TAXES NEED REDUCTION

If every citizen in Beaufort County were given a 30% reduction in Property Tax, would you support a candidate who had a plan to reduce them? If it were extended across the State of NC, would you then vo... (read more)
News Release:

On April 14th Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) released recommendations by its political action committee, GRNC-PVF (Political Victory Fund), for NC candidates running in 2014 based on their voting record and responses to a questionnaire.

For the NC House District 6 race GRNC-PVF recommends Mattie Lawson, the Republican candidate, with a top-level 4 star rating. Ms. Lawson views the protection of our 2nd Amendment rights as necessary to make it possible for American citizens living in this Constitutional Republic to enjoy all of the other rights granted by our Creator and listed in the US Constitution.

The link to the evaluations of all NC candidates is available at htt... (read more)

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Community

The Carteret County Commissioners meeting today regarding the Mill Pond project, was an eclectic affair. This is the best of my recollection as to a summary of what transpired.
I am not a veteran. I only have the greatest respect for those who have served, unsurpassed by all professions that keep America safe and strong.
A Moore County man who was on probation for domestic violence charges is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend, whose body was found Wednesday near the entrance to the county landfill, authorities said.

Business

News Release:

"NCWorks to focus on one goal – connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people." – Gov. McCrory

Sanford, NC Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined state officials today in announcing "NCWorks," a major initiative that will promote one consistent, cohesive strategy for workforce development across North Carolina.

"While I am continually pleased to see more and more people finding jobs in North Carolina, it is important to remain focused on getting people back to work," said Governor McCrory. "As we continue to rebuild, I am committed to making our state stronger and more resilient. Today we are officially launching NCWorks to focus on one goal – connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people."

Governor McCrory made the announcement at Caterpillar Inc. in Sanford. The governor and secretary were joined... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: My apologies for being slow to post all contributions, but I have been endeavoring to catch-up after my bout with the flu, while ironically under the weight of so many contributions. On this one post, I combined two of Warren Smith's most recent submissions to help present his fundamental position.

Gentlemen:

No one has yet offered any kind of cash flow spreadsheet for the public to use in assessing the proposed jail to be built in Chocowinity.

Commissioner Klemm laid out some revenue and inmate census projections in the Washington Daily News on March 15, 2014.

Working with the commissioner"s guidelines, I have created a spread sheet for the next twenty years, in hope of giving some structure to the question of how this proposal compares to remodeling the courthouse facility.

I have no knowledge of just what cost are to be considered. Rather than try to ... (read more)

The Arts

Performances of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown will be held:
April 10, 10:00 am (sold out)
April 11, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
April 12, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
April 13, 2:00 pm

Tickets prices are as follows:
Advanced Tickets - $12.00 Adults, $10.00 Seniors, & $7.50 Students
All tickets are $2 more at the door
COAST Players casts are made up of College of The Albemarle students and members of the community.
STORY:

It's "an average day in the life of Charlie Brown." But, for Peanuts fans there is nothing ordinary about the innocent yet profound characters in this delightful, nostalgic musical. You'll relive some of the best moments of your favorite character's lives in this delightful show. The story unfolds as Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, Sally Brown and a large chorus of many other wonderful Peanuts characters who work their comical way through a day that begins with a br... (read more)

Llewyn Davis's Vision of Unrelenting Irony

The Folk scene in Greenwich Village, New York City, circa 1961, was a trans-formative time in American music. It does not particularly mean that all of the music was good, or especially unique, it just was a new wave of sound, which should be understood from a historical context. For whatever purpose, Folkie Llewyn Davis just never fit into that time, in that place, in a manner comparable to his relative talent.

Llewyn Davis, played well enough by musician /actor Oscar Isaac, put up a wall around himself built upon the foundation of perpetual irony, which was destroying whatever career that he could have made for himself. Or possibly, the supreme irony would be that Llewyn would succeed because, or inspite of his impediment of an artist's unremarkable sense of misplaced priorities. We, the audience, however, will never know since all o... (read more)

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Living

News Release

Raleigh, N.C. As the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services assists Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties in their response to a case of Hepatitis A in a food handler, it is important to remind people to always take precautions when preparing food, whether at home or at a restaurant.

The simple act of thoroughly washing your hands before and during the preparation of meals can prevent the spread of Hepatitis A and other food-borne diseases. Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds. All surfaces should be washed, including the back of the hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails. This is especially important after using the restroom and before handling food. Food service workers should always have gloves on when coming in contact with ready to eat foods (foods that do not need to be cooked or foods that have... (read more)


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