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Publisher's note: The author of this post is Barry Smith, who is an Associate Editor for the Carolina Journal, John Hood Publisher.

Facility that potentially would host baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and other events likely to need controversial TIF bonds.
Some of High Point's leaders are advancing a plan that would place a multipurpose stadium somewhere downtown, even though the city does not host a minor league professional sports team.

Baseball could be played at the new complex, along with... (read more)
Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue - public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center,... (read more)
Publisher's note: We want our readers to understand that there is wise policy afoot here in North Carolina, and to that end, we offer these excellent videos from our associates, in prudent policy research, at the John Locke Foundation.

We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.

JLF's Katherine Restrepo describ... (read more)
Tom Campbell Let us settle for all time the question whether there is bias in the media. Of course bias exists and anyone who tells you differently is prevaricating. Reporters, along with the rest of us, are a product of where we were raised, our family environment, education, life experience, economic situation and other elements including our age, sex, nationality and race. These factors form our worldview and are reflected in whatever we undertake. This includes reporters.

That said, it has... (read more)
Tom Campbell With fewer than 90 days before the November 8th elections it is fitting to consider who can and will vote and what can be done to encourage voter turnout.

Article VI of the North Carolina Constitution speaks to who can vote. Any natural born or naturalized citizen over 18 who has resided in our state for more than one year and in the voting district 30 days prior to an election is entitled to vote in any election in our state. The Constitution further stipulates that the General A... (read more)
Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue - public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center,... (read more)


Bloodless Warfare: Politics

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Greensboro, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory today celebrated the expansion of HAECO Americas aerospace operations at Piedmont Triad International Airport, an announcement that will bring 400 new jobs and $41 million in investments to the state by 2018.

"I'm proud to help break ground on this major project, which will create 400 new jobs right here in the Triad," said Governor McCrory. "These new manufacturing jobs are evidence of our state's thriving aerospace industry, which now in... (read more)
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Raleigh, NC In a WRAL interview released this morning, Deborah Ross stumbled when asked whether she felt Hillary Clinton was trustworthy. Ross dodged the initial question and the follow up question, and only after WRAL reporter Laura Leslie called her out for "parsing" her words did Ross finally say Clinton "is trustworthy."

Given that polls show about nearly 60% of voters find Hillary Clinton to be dishonest, it's no wonder it was so painful for Deborah Ross to finally weigh... (read more)
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Fear of gang violence helped pass the Federal Firearms Act of 1938. That law curbed the use of the infamous sub-machine gun, silencers and the like.

Today, it's not organized crime, but fear of terrorists. Terrorist inspired violence and the violent acts of the deranged that motivate the majority of our citizens to support common sense gun control measures. This is especially true with semi-automatic long guns. The weapons, though occasionally repurposed as hunting implements a... (read more)
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RALEIGH, NC - The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) had their State Convention this past weekend, where delegates took action to make a public statement against Attorney General Roy Cooper, and then endorsed Governor Pat McCrory. WCCB reported on the issue stating, "The delegates walked out on Roy Cooper [...] The FOP is now endorsing incumbent Pat McCrory."

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"That fact that law enforcement officers walked out on Roy Cooper and endorsed Pat McCrory for g... (read more)
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Raleigh, N.C. The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) today released the following statement ahead of Tim Kaine's campaign stop in Asheville:

"From squashed FBI requests for a public corruption probe to top aides receiving salaries from both the State Department and the Clinton foundation, Tim Kaine's visit to North Carolina comes after a week of bad headlines about the shady relationship between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton's State Department," said NCGOP... (read more)


Our Founding Principles

An amendment to replace the States' influence in the federal government since the 17th Amendment was adopted.
"...If no remedy of the abuse be practicable under the forms of the Constitution, I should prefer a resort to the Nation for an amendment of the Tribunal itself." --- James Madison, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1832


Diane Rufino Whereas, "The Creator has made the earth for the living, not for the dead. Rights and powers can only belong to persons, not to thi... (read more)
On February 20, 2014, there was a mock debate within the confines of the Beaufort County Superior Court regarding what would be the eventual outcome of modern day Constitutional Conventions, resulting from the possibility that state legislatures would call them, thus providing a platform, a voice to allow an enlightened public the apparatus to modify the way the United States governs itself. The United States Constitution, in Article V, allows for such remedy to bring the Federal government mo... (read more)
North Carolina will be challenged to support a convention of states to amend the U.S. constitution. You need to understand both side of this issue. The meeting will present pros and cons of the advantages and dangers of amending the Constitution at this time.

In a convention of this type your civil rights and liberty may be debated.

Social issues will be decided. Second Amendment; right to life; marriage amendment; church and state; freedom of religion; Christianity and other issues could ... (read more)
Mark Levin, who wrote an excellent book "The Liberty Amendments" to urge states to call for an Article V Convention to propose constitutional amendments to restore the federal government back to some sort of constitutional limits, calls Nullifiers "kooks." His solution is to keep the federal government in check by a series of constitutional amendments.

My question to Mr. Levin is this: Why do we need to AMEND the Constitution? The Constitution has never been legally altered from its origina... (read more)


Words with the Publisher

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek regarding North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's lawsuit filed Monday against the U.S. Department of Justice concerning the state's student privacy law, known as HB2:

"Americans deserve to be governed by those who uphold and follow the law. Instead, the Obama administration continues to illegally distort the law and ignore legal precedent to benefit powerful Washington lobbying groups a... (read more)
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ADF challenges lawless federal actions that could force women, girls ADF challenges lawless federal actions that could force women, to share locker rooms with men nationwide

RALEIGH, N.C. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing students and parents at North Carolina public schools and universities filed suit Tuesday against the U.S. departments of Justice and Education for making federal student aid and educational funding dependent on students sharing restrooms an... (read more)
Grassroots out maneuvered; Hasan Harnett replaced by Robin Hayes; will a Phoenix rise?
by Hal James and Raynor James

In spite of persistent, sustained efforts by grassroots Constitutional conservatives, a kangaroo court style proceeding removed Hasan Harnett as Chairman of the NC Republican Party on Saturday, April 30.

The meeting of the NC GOP Executive Committee held in Raleigh began with registration at 9 a.m. and did not end until 6:15 p.m. Three hundred and three Executive Committee me... (read more)
The United States entered negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in an undeniable position of strength. Sanctions on Iran were working as intended: causing the Iranian currency to crumble, wreaking havoc on Iran's financial sector, and dramatically cutting Iran's oil exports. Iran's economy was teetering on the verge of collapse. As President Obama noted earlier this year, the United States imposed "the toughest sanctions in history" that "helped bring Iran to the negotiating table."

... (read more)
In response to an article titled "Mapping the Left," I would like to tell you a little about the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and about some of our partners that are working to make their communities better places to live.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation proudly supports groups that are creating greater economic opportunities; investing in strong public schools; developing solid leadership for the future; and trying to make it easier for citizens to have a voice in our democracy.

We suppor... (read more)
Ever since the Imposter-in-Chief admitted he had no strategy on how to deal with ISIS and the Middle East, I have been looking at other situations where there is a definitive strategy, and well laid out tactics to accomplish the goal.

Think about the recent events occurring on our border with Mexico. Thousands of simultaneous crossings suddenly occurring. They are coming through, joining millions of illegals already in the country. Does this not seem just as strange as aLL of the key people ... (read more)