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Now I am seeing ~~~ for real ~~~ how the Republican Elephant can fly an altered State of the Union speech.
In North Carolina, left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups for decades have wielded an alarming amount of power in the media, state politics, and government. They work together, both in loose coalitions and organized networks, to influence and control public policy.
The 2015 legislative session has commenced, which means that the House and Senate will be hashing out their differences about how best to reform our state's Medicaid program. The Senate favors a privatization approach, where multiple managed care companies (MCOs) compete for state contracts to...
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.
Religious liberty - which is the first right secured in the Bill of Rights - has won again in the nation's highest court. In a unanimous decision this week (Holt v. Hobbs), the U.S. Supreme Court has held that an Arkansas state prison policy that prohibited inmates from growing beards...
Every year, local newspapers announce the Golden Leaf Scholarship as an opportunity for NC residents. It is a scholarship offered by the Golden Leaf Foundation for high school seniors entering as Freshmen into eligible 4yr college/universities OR Community College transfer students.
Stan has spurred me to further research over the Conservative / Liberal split. Unbeknownst to me a good old High School buddy supplied me with the ultimate answer!
On December 22, 2014, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Sex Offense that occurred in a wooded area off of Hwy 306 in Aurora. Investigators collected evidence and started an investigation.
President Obama is proposing that two years of community college education be provided by federal and state governments free to students who are enrolled at least half time and maintain a 2.5 GPA.
Steve Logan, former East Carolina University head football coach, recently remarked that things don't usually turn out well for head coaches. The same is often true for anyone who serves "at the pleasure" of someone or some group. UNC President Tom Ross is the latest example.
Jim Graham, our late Commissioner of Agriculture, used to entertain audiences by braying like a mule, explaining that the mule was not only the symbol of the Democratic Party but also a reminder of our roots as an agricultural state.
Renee Ellmers (Ellmers for Congress)Salon's Joan Walsh leaped into the breach today to defend the honor of our very own Big GovtBarbie.

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Government

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory announced today that Rebecca Eggers-Gryder has been appointed District Court Judge in the 24th Judicial District. Eggers-Gryder will fill the vacancy created by the governor's appointment of former Chief District Court Judge Gregory Horne to the Superior Court bench in December 2014.

"Eggers-Gryder will be an excellent addition to the court," Governor McCrory said. "Her experience as a trial lawyer in a vast array of areas of litigation, as well as her time spent as president of the Watauga County Bar Association and the 24th Judicial District Bar Association, is sure to serve the district well. We look forward to her public service."

The district covers Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties.

Eggers-Gryder has been a trial lawyer in Watauga County for nearly 30 years, practicing in the areas of family law, juvenil... (read more)
Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. — As part of continued customer focus and enhancement of North Carolina's infrastructure, Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will meet with local leaders and transportation officials to consider all options for a recently widened section of I-485 in Charlotte.

"I am committed to having our team sit down with local leaders as soon as possible to discuss solutions for inadequate design, infrastructure and funding issues that were created years ago, which have been causing serious traffic congestion on I-485," said Governor McCrory. "We are open to reviewing and considering all viable options."

During a recent widening project of I-485, NCDOT engineers had the foresight to expand an additional section of the roadway that could be used for a future express lanes project submitted by local leaders an... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

"I thought I had seen everything until I saw an Elephant fly . . ." was a famous song from the Walt Disney movie of my childhood, "Dumbo."

Now I am seeing ~~~ for real ~~~ how the Republican Elephant can fly an altered State of the Union speech. Here it is.

Like Conservative commentators often say, "You can't make this stuff up!" I don't think Fox News will feature it. Rush Limbaugh and company will surely show it as real because there care little for facts.

Someone once said, "If you tell the same lie over and over, people will believe it . . ." I believe that person had something to do with Third Reich rise to power in Germany that led up to WWII . . .

I have said it often of late~~~LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY . . .... (read more)
Publisher's note: This post, by Susan Myrick, was originally published in the Corruption & Ethics section of Civitas's online edition.

In North Carolina, left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups for decades have wielded an alarming amount of power in the media, state politics, and government. They work together, both in loose coalitions and organized networks, to influence and control public policy.

Only now, however, is there a user-friendly online database that sheds light on this vast, shadowy network. Mapping the Left combines data and on-going stories about the organizations, the people and the funders that make up the radical liberal left in North Carolina.

We came up with the idea for a database that would illustrate the magnitude of the network of liberal/progressive groups in North Carolina a few years ago. It started as a simple list prompted by accusations being made by some... (read more)

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Community

News Release:

Martin David Brinson On December 22, 2014, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Sex Offense that occurred in a wooded area off of Hwy 306 in Aurora. Investigators collected evidence and started an investigation.

As a result, Investigator Christina Dixon applied for and obtained a warrant charging Martin David Brinson, age 25, of Marys Chapel Church Rd in Aurora, with one count of Second Degree Rape and one count of Second Degree Sexual Offense.

On January 22, 2015, Mr. Brinson turned himself in and was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond set by Magistrate Jasper Mills. Mr. Brinson is a registered sex offender and was on probation that included an electronic monitoring device at the time the crime was committed.

Contact: Lt. Wesley Waters

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office • Criminal Investigations ... (read more)

Business

As many of you may have noticed, there are subtle changes to Beaufort County NOW. And while they may seem insignificant to some naked eyes, they represent a major turning point for what we intend to provide, and the direction that these innovations shall be provided to the community.

What we have long been able to provide, but now in a more concise format, is the Social component of private messaging, sharing posts (moderated for quality), and comments (still moderated but to a lesser extent). Beaufort County NOW (BCN) is the prototype for what has become a variation of the senior version of Symbiotic Publisher, our Symbiotic Networks's (SNI's) proprietary Content Management System (CMS).

Now, after this last iteration of BCN, we can better provide that Social component, and we can provide it faster, and in a Responsive format, which, in the region of Northeastern North Carolina, w... (read more)

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The Region

News release:

Greetings,

Every year, local newspapers announce the Golden Leaf Scholarship as an opportunity for NC residents. It is a scholarship offered by the Golden Leaf Foundation for high school seniors entering as Freshmen into eligible 4yr college/universities or Community College transfer students entering eligible 4yr college/universities. Please see the attached for more detailed information. Students may submit an application online at www.cfnc.org/goldenleaf by March 1, 2015.

Please run this in your newspaper. Let me know if there is another procedure to publish the Press Release or if you have additional questions. Thank you for helping promote this scholarship.

Contact: Rashonn Albritton
Grants, Training and Outreach

NC State Education Assistance Authority

(800) 700-1775, ext 4681 (voice) • (919) 248-4687 (fax)... (read more)

The Arts


Every Great War Film is a Great Anti War Film

When Chris Kyle was a young boy growing up central Texas, he learned to hunt, to fight to win, loved Jesus, bronco busting and enjoyed pretty girls. How was it that he grew up to become the ultra patriot, an American hero, and now with the critically acclaimed film about his life as a soldier breaking box office records, someone immortalized, lionized?

Simply, Chris Kyle was reared by a God fearing church deacon, Wayne Kyle, played by Ben Read, who taught him to hunt, know Jesus, and to understand the ways of this world, personified in these comments he made to Chris as a pre-adolescent:

"There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs," Wayne Kyle implores his receptive son to know. "Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they would... (read more)

Life as a True Struggle

What began as a feel-good suicide 'Indie' film, with strident overtones of highly dysfunctional sexuality all around, quickly devolved into a poorly written Saturday Night Live sketch that struggled on far too long. Which, obviously, is quite sad since the two leads of the film were the two of the ten most solid sketch players, who ever performed of Saturday Night Live in the 40 years of its entirety - the versatile Bill Hader as the cross dressing homosexual Milo Dean, and his sister, the manic depressive Maggie Dean was played by the wonderful Kristen Wiig.

However, well intended, in the final analysis, the collective estimable talents of SNI alums Hader and Wigg would not help this little film. There was no life message, and the film was exceedingly boring as if any attempt at dark comedy was such a terrific struggle that all spontaneity was completely ... (read more)

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Living

Press Release:
Raleigh, N.C. — The State Employees Credit Union is hosting 47 rotating displays of the 2015 North Carolina Heart Gallery exhibition, featuring professional portraits of children available for adoption in the North Carolina foster care system.

Sponsored by the NC Kids Program, an initiative of N.C. DHHS' Division of Social Services (DSS), the Heart Gallery has introduced a wide variety of people to adoption through foster care throughout the country, helping locate permanent adoptive homes for children.

"The Heart Gallery exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to increase a foster child's chance at finding a forever home," said Wayne Black, DSS director. "Each gallery seeks to recruit foster and adoptive parents for not only children included in the exhibition, but those across the state."

The Credit Union is hosting the rotating displays in branches acro... (read more)

Announcements

Press Release:

This Saturday, June 23, 2012, there will be a PraiseFest event on Washington's Waterfront from from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

See the image below for all of the details:... (read more)

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