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THE ANTI-REFORMERS, PART 3: HOW MUCH TAX $$$ IS ENOUGH FOR COLE PHELPS?

Cole Phelps isn’t just another anti-reformer promising higher taxes, like Michael Garrett and John Campbell. In his short career as a public official, Cole Phelps has already raised taxes himself, and he’s itching to do it again. As a Washington County Commissioner, Phelps raised property taxes by about 10%. Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes: May […]

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THE ANTI-REFORMERS, PART 2: LEARNING ABOUT MICHAEL GARRETT

Another anti-reformer who opposed bipartisan tax cuts and teacher raises: Michael Garrett. Garrett has run for office several times, as both a Republican and a Democrat. This time, he moved in with his parents. Garrett says he supports teachers and public education, but on social media he’s blasted the state budgets that raised teacher pay […]

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WHEN $1.3 BILLION ISN’T ENOUGH

It seems the conservative reformers on Jones Street are getting serious about a Constitutional Amendment that gives voters the chance to cap tax rates and handcuff big-spending politicians. The House Finance Committee approved the tax cap last week, and the entire House is poised to sign off soon. This is good news for taxpayers, good […]

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DEMOCRAT LEGISLATORS SIDE WITH POLITICIANS ON TAX LIMITATION

Our recent statewide issues poll reveals 62% of voters agree with a Constitutional Amendment limiting the income tax to no more than 5.5%. But anti-reform Democrat legislators refuse any limit on the power of politicians to raise taxes. And the blindly left wing Budget and Tax Center predictably says handcuffing the politicians will starve North […]

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UNC, STATE BAR LOBBY AGAINST PEOPLE ‘S RIGHT TO VOTE ON JUDGES

The Daily Haymaker reports UNC’s $437,000 a year general counsel, who is also State Bar president, is ginning up opposition to allowing people to elect their judges every two years. So who is Mark Merritt? And why is he lobbying against electing judges every two years? Well, our taxpayer-paid, university lawyer and Bar president would […]

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COOPER’S NAKED POLITICS

There’s a reality show called “Naked and Afraid.” Governor Cooper would star in “Naked Politics.” Even the Charlotte Observer certifies it. Here’s what the liberal editorial board said about the governor’s demand for a redistricting special session: “On Wednesday, the governor called for a special 14-day session for the legislative branch to draw new maps […]

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WHAT HAPPENED ON JULY 8, 1996?

That’s the day Senate Redistricting Committee Chairman Roy Cooper told Attorney General Mike Easley it wasn’t feasible to draw new districts before the November election. See page 26 for yourself. And now Cooper wants new districts in two weeks? The Governor must not live in the Governor’s Mansion. He lives in a glass house of […]

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ROY’S FEEBLE MEMORY

Governor Cooper must have a fading memory. He’s fuming about alleged racial gerrymandering and partisan redistricting and demanding an immediate redrawing of legislative districts before a single judge has ordered it. Hmm. That never bothered Roy Cooper when he was Chairman of the Democrat’s Redistricting Committee in the 1990s and specialized in racial gerrymandering and […]

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COOPER SELLS OUT AGRICULTURE FOR LAWYERS

When Mountaire Farms, one of the big poultry producers, announced 65 new jobs, Governor Cooper sang their praise and the importance of agriculture. “These new, good-paying jobs mean better opportunities for hard-working people and their communities in Scotland County,” Cooper said. “Agriculture has a long and proud history in North Carolina and Mountaire Farms’ new […]

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