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PPP: Libertarian Mike Beitler polling “surprising” 10% in Senate race

Tom Jensen of the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling is characterizing PPP’s new poll results — which show Libertarian Senate candidate Mike Beitler pulling 10% of the vote — as “surprising.”

I don’t find this surprising at all. Voters are looking for alternatives to the two major parties — particularly fiscal conservatives.

Nor do I find it surprising that Beitler is pulling more Democrats (7%) than Republicans (4%).

Libertarian Mike Munger, the 2008 candidate for governor, says he drew more of his votes from Democrat Bev Perdue than from Republican Pat McCrory.

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No, This Isn’t a Joke

Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson is on the scene at the General Assembly for a hearing at which the UNC-TV footage that was — incredibly — subpoened by state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell and his committee. Here’s part of what occurred this morning, per Rick: (emphasis is mine)

The hearing room was packed. A separate bill was discussed and approved, and then Hartsell announced a 7-minute recess. Which quickly stretched to 15. And then, Hartsell said that we would not see the video right away because, even though UNC-TV had voluntarily turned over 13 DVDs worth of materials (or possibly 13 hours worth of materials), and reporter Eszter Vadja had provided a single, edited disc containing the footage for broadcast, the committee didn’t have the technical ability to show the footage. (Note to the General Assembly: Betamax lost the format wars long ago.)

So we’ll be back this afternoon, 15 minutes after the Senate session ends, to try it all again. I hear Best Buy has great prices on DVD players.

For all you tweeps, I’ll be tweeting the action, as it were. Follow me @Deregulator.

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‘Change’ not working out well for the economy

Michael Barone points out that liberal blogger Hale Stewart writes that businesses aren’t hiring because of uncertainty brought on by so much “change” in the past year. But Stewart is coy about what brought on all that uncertainty?:

What kind of change over the last 12 months? Who’s been producing that change? Stewart doesn’t say, but it’s not too hard to figure out. This is as pungent and concise an indictment of the Obama Democrats’ vast expansion of the size and reach of government as I’ve seen anywhere.

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About Those Politically Correct Grocery Bags

Since the CEO of Whole Foods is an entrepreneur who believes in the free market and has dared to detail his views in writing, I shop regularly at Whole Foods. I’m not the typical Whole Foods shopper, however. I couldn’t care less about organic foods. I simply like the selection of foods and want to support CEO John Mackey.

Unlike my vehicle, most of the cars in the Whole Foods lot across from Duke University sport some kind of save-the-planet sticker or pro-Obama message. And unlike me, most of the shoppers carry a reusable canvas shopping bag.

Well guess what. Those bags are bacteria-infested. From Time:

A new study (dubiously paid for by the American Chemical Society, which is lobbying against California’s potential ban of plastic bags) found that out of 84 bags tested, 12% contained traces of E. coli, and all but one was growing some sort of bacteria.

The source? Three quarters of users interviewed in California and Arizona carry vegetables and meat in the same bag.

Stick with paper or plastic, folks.

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The Democrats’ January surprise

The biggest tax increase in American history will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011. Note that this is AFTER the November elections. That’s not an accident. Democrats put the effective date off until after the election in hopes that we wouldn’t notice. Don’t let them be proved right.

Here is a list of the taxes, which, along with the repeal of tax relief passed by past GOP Congresses, make up a perfect storm of government oppression.

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Well, Well, Well

Back in 2005, proponents for a state-endorsed, state-run gambling operation were so obsessed with securing enough votes for a state lottery that, with a wink and a nod, they repeatedly assured the public that “education lottery” revenue would put additional dollars into public education rather than replace dollars.

That promise was — to be kind — a fib.

From a Greensboro News-Record story comes the interesting explanation for using lottery revenue to replace other public dollars: (emphasis is mine)

Rep. Maggie Jeffus, a Greensboro Democrat and one of the lead House budget writers, said she wouldn’t even characterize the use of lottery funds as supplanting.

“It depends on how you look at it,” she said. “I would say no. I would say also we’re in extremely unusual circumstances this year, and they warrant some unusual decision-making.

“As far as using the lottery money to retain teachers, I think its certainly better to retain jobs and keep the teachers in the classrooms to educate students.”

Gov. Bev Perdue cast the deciding vote to create the lottery when she broke a tie in the Senate as lieutenant governor in 2005.

“I said I would watch out for supplanting — I meant that,” Perdue said last week. But, she said, the economy has been slow to bounce back and as a result, the state needed to do things it ordinarily would not.

“Sometimes you have to do what you have to do,” Perdue said.

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