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Rep. Brockman’s traffic stop

Charlotte’s WBTV obtained dash cam video Rep. Cecil Brockman, D-Guilford, being pulled over and questioned by state troopers in Archdale:

The stop begins with Allred trying to pull Brockman over on Main Street in Archdale. In the video, Brockman drives for more than a minute with Allred behind him before pulling over.

Shortly after Allred approached the car, Brockman said he didn’t immediately stop because he didn’t see the trooper’s flashing blue lights in his rear view mirror.

Brockman claims his treatment during the stop was “excessive,” and while the troopers say they ran his vehicle’s PIN number because they didn’t know how to run his N.C. House license plate (not like troopers haven’t pulled House members before) Brockman believes troopers “checked my VIN, for no other reasons than to make sure I had not stolen my own car.”

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Gboro council fills performing arts center budget hole

No doubt you’ve heard or read that the Greensboro City Council approved a plan to fill the $9.6 millionn budget gap for the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. The vote was 7-2–with council members Tony Wilkins and Marikay Abuzuaiter voting ‘no.’

Wilkins asked questions about ticket prices given the (now) $4 fee, and Abuzuaiter questioned proposed funding for arts groups, since their buck share of the ticket tax was now being “repurposed” to fill the budget gap.

Bottom line is Coliseum Director Matt Brown–who’s overseeing the project— was able to convince the council that the projected 150 dates—a “conservative number” given the state of the art center’s potential draw—will fill the budget gap given the VIP parking and all. That Brown’s word is gospel with the City Council makes that task all the easier.

What was surprising was the lack of public turnout, given the skepticism I’ve read on social media—no public speakers. I guess everyone’s excited about the new downtown performing arts center or they’re just not paying attention—no snark intended.

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Mo Green bolting for Reynolds Foundation

Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green told the school board during last night’s meeting that he is resigning to take over as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Emotions ran high among school board members in the wake of Green’s announcement:

Board member Linda Welborn’s voice shook as she praised Green for his “high character” and “passion for children.”

“We have been blessed to have Mo for seven years, and he’s done an outstanding job,” Welborn said.
Board member Darlene Garrett was red-faced when she returned from the closed board session that preceded Green’s announcement. She cried as she recalled being one of the board members who voted against his appointment in 2008 for reasons that included his lack of a background in education.
Garrett said the vote was a mistake, a comment she has frequently made.

“He’s been a great superintendent, and I’m really going to miss him,” she said. “It’s a big loss for our community because he is such a great leader and he is a person, as Linda (Welborn) said, of high integrity and moral character.”

Green has been on the job for seven years. The selection of a news superintendent will come at an interesting time for the school board—a partisan election in which district lines will be redrawn.

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Mark Walker responds to Susan Ladd….

The 6th District representative first responded on Facebook to the N&R columnist’s charge that he is culpable in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shootings. The newspaper publishes his response in today’s print edition.

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Incentive for Natty Greene’s?

N&R reports the Greensboro City Council will consider incentives to help Natty Greene’s expand its brewing operation the revitalized Revolution Mills property off Yanceyville Street in Northeast Greensboro.

According to the N&R, the plan is to keep the S. Elm Street restaurant and pub at its current location. That’s good news—-Natty’s anchored Gboro’s downtown revitalization.

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Susan Ladd blames Mark Walker for Colorado shootings

Liberal N&R columnist Susan Ladd blames 6th District Rep. Mark Walker for the Colorado Planned Parenthood shootings:

That Walker and others legitimized these videos by continuing to cite them in their campaign against Planned Parenthood makes these politicians complicit in the terror attack on the Colorado clinic.

They helped perpetuate the lie. Now, three innocent people are dead.

Who will stand up and acknowledge this lie? Who will disavow these dishonest videos, which have caused so much pain?

So predictable, so pathetic.


The Saint’s Cousin and climate change

I read with interest former Triad Business Journal editor and My Cousin the Saint author Justin Cantanoso’s analysis of the U.N. climate summit:

If you don’t think climate change is real or man-made; if you don’t believe the last 15 years have been the hottest in recorded history; if you don’t agonize over photos of the Arctic melting or recognize that sea-level rise is stealing the Carolina coast, then the U.N. climate summit in Paris means nothing to you.

But I ask you to care. I beg you to listen. And, please, don’t just take my word for it.
Pope Francis is perhaps the most popular, trustworthy figure on earth, whether you are Catholic or not.

Maybe you see him restoring credibility to a damaged Catholic Church. Maybe you admire his statement, “Who am I to judge?” Maybe you are inspired by his humanity, humility and insistence on eschewing the trappings of papal luxury to live more like the poor whom he champions.

I’ve been listening to Catanoso’s reporting on WFDD for years, so I’m well aware that he’s all in on climate change. That’s fine, that’s cool if that’s his bag—I’ve come to the conclusion that climate changers are just going to believe what they’re going to believe and I can’t change that, kinda like the crazy Christians the left attacks every chance they get.

Problem is—props to the N&R for running it in the Ideas section —is the N&O ran Cantanoso’s piece on the front page.

No surprise —the N&O—my hometown newspaper mind you— has really been trying really, really hard to salvage President Obama’s legacy— including Ned Barnett’s gusher just as the Paris terrorist attacks had gone down.

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Gboro performing arts center cost overruns (surprise)

Big N&R front-pager on plans to address $10 million in cost overruns for the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.

Bottom line is private donors will be hit up for another $3.5 million, while $1 of the ticket service fee will be “repurposed”—meaning local arts organizations—instead of getting a cut from the ticket fee— will have to settle for $120,000 funded by “sponsorship agreements.” And by the way an extra $1 will be tacked on to the ticket fee.

The money quote, however, comes from City Council member Nancy Hoffmann, who’s not shy about speaking out about what she regards to be Gboro’s past failures:

“We want to do this right,” Councilwoman Nancy Hoffmann said. “We got 50 years out of War Memorial Auditorium, but it was a bad building from the day it opened. It was never good.”

“With the Tanger Center, we are building a building for a century,” Hoffmann said. “We want everything to be right when it opens — the sound systems, public safety, seating, sight lines, bathrooms, the exterior of the building. We’re not just building a box here.”

Yeah War Memorial wore out its welcome, but was it a bad building from the day it opened? But what’s really irritating about Hoffmann’s statement is the assumption that this time —under her leadership, of course—they’re going to do it right. So far they’re not doing a very good job.

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Mo Green says tablets not working

Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green tells an NAACP-sponsored forum that tablets issued to middle schoolers aren’t making much of a difference:

“I don’t see us using those limited resources to try to take the (personalized learning initiative) to high schools when we have not seen the progress that I would want to see in middle schools at this point,” Green said during a recent forum hosted by the High Point and Greensboro chapters of the NAACP.

Should the school system find additional resources, Green said, he likely would recommend they go toward other things before expanding the tablets to high schools.

Limited resources— really? The tablets were funded with a $30 million federal Race to the Top grant. Meanwhile GCS chief of staff Nora Carr adds the tablets “are tools for learning and not ‘miracle cures.'”

Look I understand this was experiment (if you will) to see if technology —an essential part of our 21st century world—would aid in the learning process. Considering the problems the program has endured in the three years since the rollout—-most of which is the sale of tablet vendor Amplify—it’s a little early to say the tablets aren’t working, isn’t it?

All that said— keep this in mind next time you read or hear that there’s not enough money for education n in this country.

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Mark Walker, Jesse Helms and the U.N.

Rep. Mark Walker introduces legislation to fight terrorism. The bill “withholds ten percent of United States funding to the United Nations until the intergovernmental organization adopts a definition for ‘international terrorism.'”

Reminds me of the time another conservative North Carolina legislator took on the U.N.—-Sen. Jesse Helms’speech before the Security Council back in 2000.

Text of Helms’ speech here. No matter your feelings on the late senator, it should be required reading. Keep in mind this was during the Clinton administration, and Helms speaks highly of both Secretary of State Madeline Albright and U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, describing Holbrooke as “an able diplomat and a genuine friend to whom I am most grateful for his role…”

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