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Hagan’s media partners playing prevent defense

Charlotte Observer apparently deep sixes the story first reported by Carolina Journal that the “handling of a $250,644 stimulus grant received by a company co-owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband has been referred to the state auditor by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for “further legal review.”

CJ reports:

The review suggests these actions may pose legal problems for the Hagan companies, based on “several provisions regarding self-dealing” in the grant agreement. One notes that “the state requires compliance with self-dealing rules for grantees and their contractors and subcontractors. These rules require, among other things, that no one with direct lineal relations may receive incentive payment. For example, the mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter of a contractor working in this program cannot receive awards, contracts, and subcontracts” (emphasis in original).

Meanwhile the N&R —a biased Hagan supporter from the get-go —says (yawn) Hagan/Tillis political are getting old:

This year’s batch of political attack ads make the campaigns for Flaming Hot Cheetos and Axe Body Spray seem like “Charlie Rose” and “Masterpiece Theatre.”

I’m sure you’ve seen my favorite recent example, courtesy of conservative political guru Karl Rove’s American Crossroads PAC.

A little girl stands on stage at a spelling bee and is asked to spell “Hagan.”
An image of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan appears behind her as she asks for a definition.

“Hagan: a Washington liberal out of touch with North Carolina, voted for the Obama agenda 96 percent,” one of the judges says.

Some more political attack lines are provided before the little girl finally spells Hagan as “O-B-A-M-A.”

“Close enough,” the judges all agree.

It’s perverse enough to turn the Norman Rockwell setting of a child’s spelling bee into a political attack ad. Why not just bake some maggots into an apple pie?

Funny Joe Killian doesn’t mention the Democratic attack ad suggesting that Thom Tillis is indirectly responsible for the Trayvon Martin’s death.

Then again, what else would we expect?

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What about the General Assembly?

Yes the Senate race is considered a referendum on Thom Tillis’ policies while he was Speaker of the House, but Carolina Journal’s Becki Gray reminds us the real referendum is —in case you’ve forgotten — the General Assembly race:

So much ink, bandwidth, and money have focused on North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, but the implications of this election on state policies have been overlooked.

And that’s a shame.

….Since Republicans took control of the legislative branch in 2011, they have implemented a very aggressive reform agenda. They have reformed our tax system, rolled back regulations, strengthened infrastructure, raised teacher pay, expanded school choice, and restored integrity to our elections. It has been transformational and has taken strong, bold leadership.

…I believe the policies are good for the state and its people. We are starting to see signs that they are working. But change is hard, and these changes have been difficult to accomplish. Policymakers have struggled to find a balance between being aggressive enough to make a difference and slow enough to enact deliberate change.

What will it take to keep the momentum going?

No indications that Republicans will lose the legislature; only question is whether or not they will hold the veto-proof majority. Should that happen, it will make Gov. Pat McCrory “a even bigger player.”

As for Tillis and his evil policies that have helped create mayhem and murder nationwide, here’s a little October surprise, worthy of page 2 below the fold in today’s N&R: —-most North Carolina teachers have stayed put.

So much for bumper sticker I saw at the Farmer’s Market stating “North Carolina: First in Teacher Flight.”

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Charges dropped in UNCG time sheet scandal

N&R coverage; prosecutors drop charges against former UNCG employees Chris English, David Wilson and Lyda Carpen.

Assistant Guilford County District Attorney Howard Neumann said:

what happened in court Thursday isn’t a sign that prosecutors had weak evidence. He said there was probable cause to charge Carpen, English and Wilson.
His office routinely sees similar charges brought about by other employers, Neumann said. “We handle them in a similar fashion,” he said.

Neumann also provided more details about the freelance work English and Wilson allegedly did on UNCG’s time.

Evidence showed that English and Wilson operated their private photography business, Artisan Images, from their offices at UNCG, Neumann said. The university’s Information Technology department found on English and Wilson’s computers thousands of freelance photographs shot with UNCG cameras. The photographers also used UNCG computers to send invoices to their clients, he said,

The criminal charges focused on the time sheet issues, he said, “because there’s not a crime that covers this type of misuse of state property.”

Now the three employees will appeal their dismissal, a process that could ultimately result in a public trial, according to Carpen’s attorney Seth Cohen. But Cohen made it clear that UNCG officials –especially Chancellor Linda Brady and Associate Chancellor Paul Mason –might not want to go there.

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Cosmo’s Hagan party bus

Geez we knew it was going to get weird down the stretch. As if the previous post wasn’t weird enough (though some would say desperate) now we have this:

Taking a break from stories such as “Untamed Va-jay-jays” and “Foreplay Men Crave,” Cosmopolitan magazine will participate in Tuesday’s congressional elections by operating a shuttle at North Carolina State University.

The New York City-based fashion magazine most famous for its hard-hitting Aug. 2012 article entitled “When Your Vagina Acts Weird After Sex“ will provide a party bus filled with snacks, models and Cosmo-emblazoned stuff that will drive students around to polling places where they may actually be on the voter rolls, Campus Reform reports.

The magazine announced the plan for the #CosmoVotes Party Bus after endorsing U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, in September of this year — and after previously publishing a story called “My Gyno Talked To My Vagina” in April 2012.

I would just hope that some enterprising N.C. State student would take advantage of those wonderful amenities and walk straight into voting booth and pull the lever for Thom Tillis.

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Thom Tillis and Trayvon Martin

What do the two have in common, you might ask? Just ask Harry Reid.

Washington Post give the ad “four Pinochios” concluding “voters have every right to think the worst about Senate Majority PAC’s purpose in making such accusations on radio stations that have large African-American audiences.”


Gas-powered golf carts in downtown W-S

Winston-Salem City Council approves an ordinance allowing golf cart transportation around downtown.

Of course the idea is get people out of their cars. Imagine my surprise, however, when I got to the bottom of the story:

Hinsley said he and his wife have decided to use a gasoline-powered gold cart because he can’t afford the downtime to recharge an electric cart. The cart will be able to get to speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour on city streets, he said.

Not very green, there W-S.

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Hagan and Hillary


Forget rubber-stamping Obama’s policies. This here is enough to make me shudder.

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Fjeld campaign imploding down the stretch

Bad enough that Laura Fjeld struggled during last night’s 6th District Congressional candidates debate with opponent Mark Walker, but now Democratic operatives piss off the N&R in an awkward attempt to slam Walker.

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HP council spikes Main St. road diet

High Point Enterprise reports the High Point City Council votes 7-1 to reject the proposed North Main Street “road diet.”

Council found that a city-commissioned study of the idea didn’t adequately address how the project would impact roads surrounding N. Main Street and that the project would not “yield significant economic benefits to justify the expenditure of public tax dollars.”

Councilman Jay Wagner cast the lone opposing vote and had several heated exchanges with his colleagues. He said Thursday was the fourth time since May that council has made an exception to its normal procedures to take votes on items that weren’t on the agenda in advance of a meeting.

Council did so, he said, to dismantle revitalization efforts touted by The City Project and Ignite High Point. He said council is trying to kill revitalization proposals like the road diet before the end of its term Dec. 1.

Well that’s that, after all the debate and a $100k feasibility study.

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Thom Tillis’ October surprise

The Senate candidate now says North Carolina should consider expanding Medicaid:

“It wasn’t like I had an ideological objection to expanding Medicaid,” he told Time Warner Cable News. “We’re trending in a direction where we should consider potential expansion. … I would encourage the state legislature and the governor to consider it.”

Democrats were quick to cry flip-flop.

Sure it’s easy for Tillis to say since he won’t be around to do the hard work, no matter the outcome of the election. By the same token, is it such an outrageous flip-flop considering the fact that Gov. Pat McCrory —who has nothing to lose in this election —- and Secretary Aldona Wos are reconsidering Medicaid expansion based on claims that “management problems have improved at the state Department of Health and Human Services.”

The real issue is whether or not that truly is the case.

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