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Rep. Etheridge Concedes; Renee Ellmers Wins 2nd District Seat in Congress

On Tuesday, the State Board of Elections will certify the results, which show Republican Renee Ellmers has defeated Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge for the 2nd District seat in Congress. Rep. Etheridge conceded this afternoon. The county-by-county recount results can be found here.

From the News & Observer:

U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge finally acknowledged Friday what the numbers have said since Nov. 2. He has lost a seat he’s held for 14 years to a political newcomer and Tea Party darling, Renee Ellmers.

“The numbers confirm that despite the incredible support we had – and neither candidate getting to 50 percent – in the end we came up just a little too short,” Etheridge said in his statement.

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The White House’s crazy priorities

Almost everyone agrees that American public education is in crisis. Even liberals think so, but claim its because of racism, sexism and all other kinds of isms. Conservatives say it’s because of feather-bedded teacher unions that won’t get rid of lazy and incompetent classroom instructors. So, what is the White House doing about it?:

The White House is set to announce on Monday a major new initiative that would place up to 5,000 salad bars in public schools nationwide, despite uncertainties over how local health inspectors might treat those salad bars and USDA nutrition-tracking rules that could prove a major impediment.

Officials in the White House, led by chef Sam Kass, and at the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention, have been working to build a coalition representing the produce industry and Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services in Boulder, Colo. schools, who recently teamed with Whole Foods to raise $1.4 million from customers to establish a grant program that would place salad bars in qualifying schools.

The nutrition argument is a red herring designed to take attention away from the biggest problem of American education: bad or no parenting. No amount of lettuce and tomatoes will make up for the reality of kids with irresponsible parents, or kids raised by grandparents because their parents long ago decided to let the village raise their children.

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Cong. Ron Paul on TSA: “we’re a bunch of cattle”

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas has some interesting things to say about the role of government and what is playing out with the debate over full-body scans and pat-downs being used by the TSA.

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Come on Raleigh, He Just Wants to Sell His Pizza

It’s a classic example of government thwarting a person’s ability to make a living. Mike Stenke has taken the initiative to start a mobile pizza operation. But guess what? The City of Raleigh won’t let him sell his pizza. From the Independent Weekly:

A Raleigh ordinance prohibits motorized food trucks from operating within the city limits; only nonmotorized ice cream and hot dog carts are allowed. Food truck operators are restricted to applying for event permits, which cost $60 and are valid for 20 days or four consecutive weekends in a single spot.

Now Stenke is leading a group of current and potential food truck operators who are lobbying Raleigh city leaders to change the law to allow two trucks per block, as long as they aren’t parked within 75 feet of a restaurant. The Raleigh City Council’s Law and Public Safety Committee has determined that the current ordinance is unclear and that police have difficulty enforcing it.

“I slaved and slaved and slaved to get this truck to get that permit and get that business license,” he says. “And then people say, ‘Sorry, congrats on your business license, but you can’t use it in Raleigh, best regards

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