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Two Tax Hikes For Durham County?

It’s possible. Durham County commissioners want more of other people’s money. So, they’ve instructed Manager Mike Ruffin to compile options — including a hike in the property tax rate and asking voters to approve a quarter-cent hike in the sales tax. At what point will county officials end this spend-and-tax cycle?

 

 

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2 PM On WPTF: Wake Commission Chairman Paul Coble

Bill LuMaye is interviewing Wake County Commission Chairman Paul Coble at 2 p.m. to get his reaction toRaleigh Mayor Charles Meeker’s decision not to seek re-election. Coble is a former mayor of Raleigh. You can hear the interview at 680 AM on the dial, or at www.wptf.com.

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Charles Meeker NOT Running For Re-Election

Jeff Hamlin of NewsRadio 680 WPTF is reporting that Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has just announced he will NOT run for a sixth term.

 

 

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Dave Bing Gets It

Over at sister blog  The Locker Room, Mitch Kokai posts about Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s comments about his city’s problems, including its public sector benefit package.

 

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The Latest John Edwards Development

Were John Edwards and his attorneys scheduled to meet with 100-year-old heiress Bunny Mellon this week? Steve Daniels of ABC11 in the Triangle reports here on a tip he received about that.

Meantime, WCHL Radio in Chapel Hill reports that Edward’s attorneys will be among those at this Friday’s hearing on a motion by media outlets to make public the documents related to former Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter’s lawsuit against ex-Edwards aide Andrew Young.

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ACLU to Continue Defense of Cary Resident’s Speech Rights

From the Cary News comes word that the ACLU will continue to defend Cary resident David Bowden’s free speech rights when the Town appeals its loss of the court case over Bowden’s “screwed by the Town of Cary” sign to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

 

Cary contends the town did not want to restrict Bowden’s speech – but how he displayed his message.

“We don’t let people in Cary graffiti the side of their house,” Frantz said. “This is a blight on our community.”

Katie Parker, the legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina, said her organization will continue to fight the appeal on Bowden’s behalf.

“This is about his right to say what he wants about his government on his own property in a way that communicates the message to the government,” she said.

 

While I wouldn’t be pleased if Bowden’s message/sign was displayed in my neighborhood, the ACLU is correct. What if Cary decided that a T-shirt of a bumper sticker was inappropriate for the town?

 

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Legislator Asks The Question the Pro-Abortion Lobby Doesn’t Want to Answer

Carolina Journal’s David Bass reports here on House Bill 854, sponsored by Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenburg). I encourage you to read the entire story, but here is a sample.

 

Pro-lifers say a bill pending in the General Assembly would save thousands of unborn lives by ensuring that abortion-minded women are furnished with needed information before choosing to terminate a pregnancy.

The proposed law would signal a sweeping change for North Carolina, which has few abortion restrictions on the books, and is sure to generate heated political discussion as it makes its way through the legislature, a process sponsors say will start soon.

“Abortion is a surgical procedure that affects two lives, and I believe it’s important for a woman to have complete and accurate information before she consents to the procedure. Right now, that’s not required,” said Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, a chief sponsor of the bill.

The measure — House Bill 854, Abortion-Woman’s Right to Know Act — would bar physicians from performing an abortion without a woman’s “voluntary and informed consent.” Among other provisions, that translates into a 24-hour waiting period prior to the procedure, an ultrasound image of the unborn child, and notarized parental consent for a minor’s abortion.

The woman would have to certify in writing that she was provided the information. The signed statement would be retained in her medical records.

 

Rep. Samuelson says this is not about taking away a woman’s right to choose. And she poses the key question: (emphasis is mine)

 

“I think reasonable people will agree that an abortion is vastly different from any other medical procedure,” she said. “I think the real question here is: Why would someone not want women to be fully informed before they make a decision about it?”

 

Exactly right. If you want to know what the abortion lobby is really about, read the comments of a former Planned Parenthood clinic director from Texas who reveals PP’s efforts to make money from ending the life of a defenseless baby.

 

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Will This EPA Program Get Cut? It Should.

Our government at work, courtesy of the climate-change alarmists at the EPA. Perhaps this program — which includes a rap about climate change – will be cut as we try to make a dent in our astronomical deficit and debt.

 

 

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The Right Decision

Nevada Sen. John Ensign will retire from the Senate May 3. Politico reports that GOP insiders say it’s a move to avoid a public ethics report. The senator is doing the right thing — finally. His behavior, including a sleazy affair with the wife of a staffer, is reprehensible and damages the office.  Once out of office, I hope he’s able to fix the damage to his family.

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“This situation reinforces the worst stereotype of ineffective and inefficient government.”

That statement comes from California Gov. Jerry Brown. There’s a reason for stereotypes, and the latest financial debacle  of California shows us yet another reason why the state is teetering on collapse. An audit has found that California agencies have given out interest-free loans and salary advances to scores of employees who have never paid it back. Worse, state officials haven’t cared that it hasn’t been paid back, showing their utter contempt for the hard-working people who pay the freight. Gov. Jerry Brown has ended the practice.

 

Brown’s statement said a 2009 state audit found $13.3 million in outstanding loans at 11 agencies. “In most cases, employees were granted advances, and agencies were either slow to collect funds or failed to collect at all,” the statement said.

The administration expects to find millions more in unpaid loans at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where auditors from the controller’s office arereviewing the books. Chiang spokeswoman Hallye Jordan said she could not comment on an ongoing investigation.

 

Last year, an investigation found that California welfare cards were being used at casinos, on cruise ships, and more.

Despite these stories, as well as the scores of other stories about ludicrous “priorities” and wasted public money — including a Florida agency buying Superman capes for the unemployed — it is stunning that there are still some big-government nanny-staters who don’t understand the genesis and the appeal of the tea party movement.

 

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