NC Political Connections By News 14 Carolina reporter Tim Boyum
(At my house, I cannot get this channel anymore, as we were forced to give up cable due to poor bandwidth issues and move to the better performing Directv. Sorry Tim.)
Fern Shubert Speaks for Us Published by admirers of former Senator Fern Shubert. Shubert served the ole' North State well, until stepping down from her office to make a run for Governor in 2004. While she is greatly missed from office, she knows where the "bodies are buried" and is still found digging up the truth.
ARRA News Service News for social, fiscal & national security conservatives who believe in God, family & country. We seek to uphold traditional family values, Republican principles & ideals, limited government, free markets to promote innovation, & individual freedom. The ARRA News Service is an outreach of the Arkansas Republican Assembly.
Crystal Clear Conservative Blogger Krystal Weeks writes about N. Virginia and DC metro area politics, as well as national issues. Check her out!
Cuba Generation Y This 30-something blogger publishes at great risk to show readers outside Cuba what everyday life is like inside the oppressive, Communist nation. Think you like Communism...read this blog and think again!
Smart Girl Politics Conservative Women bloggers, and a few men, who are here to refresh you when you are thirsty.
LadyBlog A modern take on traditional women. Classier than tea service. Like Fight Club but with better hygiene. Sightly more aggro than a cucumber sandwich.
The Political Byline One of my fellow Top Conservatives on Twitter. Check him out! He's not afraid to speak his mind. Based in the Motorcity.
Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Sister Toldjah National conservative blogger who tells it like it is. She loves North Carolina and occasionally picks up items from KCC on her blog.
Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
Dateline Obamastan Cary's John Byrnes writes about national, state, and local politics. He currently serves in the Army National Guard.
Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
Economists at the WSJ Say Waxman’s Energy Bill is Full of HOT AIR:
Despite House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman's many payoffs to Members, rural and Blue Dog Democrats remain wary of voting for a bill that will impose crushing costs on their home-district businesses and consumers. The leadership's solution to this problem is to simply claim the bill defies the laws of economics.
Your blogger received this note on Wednesday from Amazon.com Thank you, liberal General Assembly. Thank you very much. You put little wage earners like this blogger (and thousands of others in our state) out of business:
We regret to inform you that the North Carolina state legislature (the General Assembly) appears ready to enact an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with North Carolina-based Associates. You are receiving this e-mail because our records indicate that you are an Amazon Associate and resident of North Carolina.
Please note that this is not an immediate termination notice and you are still a valued participant in the Associates Program. All referral fees earned on qualified traffic will continue to be paid as planned.
But because the new law is drafted to go into effect once enacted – which could happen in the next two weeks – we will have to terminate the participation of all North Carolina residents in the Amazon Associates program on or before that same day. After the termination day, we will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to Amazon.com or Endless.com nor will we accept new applications for the Associates program from North Carolina residents.
The unfortunate consequences of this legislation on North Carolina residents like you were explained in detail to key senators and representatives in Raleigh, including the leadership of the Senate, House, and both chambers’ finance committees. Other states, including Maryland, Minnesota, and Tennessee, considered nearly identical schemes, but rejected these proposals largely because of the adverse impact on their states’ residents.
Senate Republican LeaderPhil Berger(R-Rockingham) renewed his call, Wednesday, for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible criminal violations involving former Democratic Governor Mike Easley, former first lady Mary Easley, and others. These investigations involve not only the appointment of Mary Easley to her position at N.C. State University but also flights taken by the Easleys and paid for by campaign donors in violation of campaign finance laws, the “lost” travel records of former Governor Easley from his tenure, and the Cannonsgate land deal. Former Governor Easley served in the position from 2001-2009 and served as Attorney General from 1993 to 2001.
Under North Carolina law, there is no statute of limitations on felonies related to public corruption. However, federal law sets the statute of limitations at five years on these felonies.
“The Attorney General’s failure to carry out his duties and appoint a special prosecutor is a cause for concern for all North Carolina citizens,” Berger said.
“With our state’s recent history of political corruption, with the close political connection among state Democratic elected officials, and with the public interest and concern about these issues, Attorney General Roy Cooper must act immediately to ensure that no instances of public corruption go uninvestigated or unprosecuted. Public officials must be held accountable when they break the law – the federal statute of limitations should not be a get out of jail free card. A special prosecutor can work with the F.B.I. and the U.S. Attorney’s office to ensure that violations of state law will not escape review. The failure of the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor makes it likely that violations of state law will go unpunished.”
Editor's Notes:Your blogger refers to Sen. Phil Berger as the "Good Berger", as opposed to Sen. Doug Berger (D-Franklin) who is the "Bad Berger".
NC Senator Phil Berger represents the 26th Senatorial District. He can be reached at:
The website will allow activists to sign letters and emails to North Carolina legislators stating their principled opposition to the $1 billion in new taxes already proposed by Gov. (Beverly) Perdue and the North Carolina General Assembly.
“There are no tax increases that will not hurt our economic recovery. These will be job-killing tax increases,” said Americans for Prosperity State Director Dallas Woodhouse. “Our legislators need to know that citizens are taxed enough already and will not stand for a $1 billion tax increase.”
The website was created by Americans for Prosperity because of the attempts by both Gov. Perdue and the General Assembly to increase taxes on sales, income and everything from automotive repairs to downloading music.
Other activities under serious consideration for dramatically increased taxation include digital properties, warranties, alcohol, cigarettes, as well as tangible personal property services such as plumbing repairs.
Editor's Note: Your blogger has long been active with the Americans for Prosperity and she finds it one of North Carolina's most valuable groups regarding fiscal issues. Don't miss their fall national conference in Washington. Watch this space for details. Your blogger will be there.
UNC System president Erskine Bowles has just announced that he will follow the reccommendation of the UNC System's Board of Trustees and terminate the contract of former first lady, Mary Easley. This does not end the Easley scandal and your blogger is sorry that two top officials from NC State University were made to be "fall guys" for this ugly episode. Blogging from her iPhone ... More to come.
*According to Donna Martinez, speaking to WPTF AM 680 Monday afternoon on the Bill LuMaye show, the chancellor and provost were not "fall guys" as your blogger opined, above. Mrs. Martinez says it was quite the opposite.
*Additionally, the communications office of North Carolina State University has posted certain information to their webstite, including links to documentation. Check it out here.
*Finally, your blogger's huband, an alumnus of NC State, received several e-mail messages this afternoon regarding the scandal. One was from the president of the NCSU Alumni Association:
Dear Robert Benningfield:
As executive director of the NC State Alumni Association, I’m saddened to report to our members a series of circumstances that has led to the chancellor’s resignation.
James L. Oblinger has resigned as NC State’s 13th chancellor, effective immediately. His departure follows the resignations of McQueen Campbell, chair of the NC State Board of Trustees, on May 15 and Larry Nielsen, provost, on May 22.
The resignations of NC State’s top administrative officers and board chairman stem from investigations into the hiring and compensation of Mary Easley, former N.C. first lady. The NC State Board of Trustees called a special meeting today and voted to terminate Easley as executive in residence in the Provost’s Office.
These developments have stunned us all. My staff and I have received messages and calls from concerned alumni and, like you, we’ve followed the developments as they’ve been disclosed.
This is a sad day and many of us are disappointed. I don’t know more than what I’ve read in the newspapers, but what I do know is this: NC State deserves our continued support and loyalty as alumni.
We have 32,000 students who worked hard to be here—and are working even harder to earn a degree that carries value throughout the world. We have more than 6,000 faculty and staff who are committed to offering the best in education, research and outreach.
I believe NC State can turn this dark day into an opportunity for change and renewal. We need to offer our support to Interim Chancellor Jim Woodward and to NC State’s deans as we choose new leaders who will direct the course of our future. Woodward, an aeronautical and mechanical engineer who taught at NC State early in his career, is chancellor emeritus of UNC-Charlotte. Check our blog, redandwhiteforelife.com, for more information about him tomorrow.
Because of its mission as a land-grant institution and its commitment to educating the leaders of tomorrow, NC State will continue to set the pace for higher education in this state and beyond.
Lennie Barton '77, '81 MS, '87 DED Executive Director
Editor's Note: More information as it becomes available. Both your blogger and her husband are members of the NCSU Alumni Association and of the Wolfpack Club.
Governor Beverly Perdue publicly stated Thursday that she is considering proposing additional tax increases on top of the cigarette and alcohol taxes included in her original budget proposal.
Longtime political reporter Rob Christensen, writing in Friday's edition of the Raleigh News and Observer, stated:
"Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday that a tax increase might be needed to prevent 'horrific' cuts in government services as state leaders try to close a projected $4.6 billion shortfall in North Carolina's budget.
Perdue didn't say what tax increases she might support. But she noted that her budget proposal made to the legislature earlier this year called for an increase in the excise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. She said she would not rule out other tax increases."
"Governor Perdue has already broken her promise to refrain from raising taxes with her original budget proposal. Now she wants even more money from the pockets of North Carolina's working families. It is not the fault of North Carolina citizens that the state is facing a $4.6 billion budget shortfall. Years of mismanagement, oversight, and neglect have produced this crisis as Democrats in the General Assembly, including the Governor herself, have been derelict in their duty to protect North Carolinians from the predictable outcome of profligate spending. Good leadership should put state government in a position to survive not just in a robust economy but in lean times as well. Governor Perdue should start providing that leadership instead of scapegoating North Carolina taxpayers when they are most vulnerable."
Editor's Note: The N&O's Senior political reporter, Rob Christensen, has been covering the NC GOP for years. He's never been a favorite among Republican circles but he's got the vote of your blogger. After chatting with him at a University of Tennessee alumni "Football Watching Party" a number of years ago, KCC became a big fan.
Christensen knows North Carolina politics as well as anyone and can tell you what will happen before it does. In the State GOP chairman's race, your blogger's money is on Christensen.
North Carolina, has been forced to put up with the continuing mess of Democrat corruption in State Government for years. Former Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer wonders in this latest video, what is current Governor Beverly Perdue doing about it?
In North Carolina, we Republicans deal with our own, who have strayed. In the Democrat party, they continue to put up with them, standing by them all the way until they leave for the big house.
In other news regarding the State GOP Chairman's Race, Chad Adams has announced several endorsements from Wake County. It would appear to this blogger, that Adams is focusing on bringing in the Wake County vote, as being the host county at the State Convention, that will be the largest county in attendance.
They came in buses from all parts of our state. They came with their signs of protest and they signed petitions to Governor Beverly Perdue saying "Don't Raise Our Taxes". It was also billed as a Tea Party, designed to draw in the "Tea Party crowd", and come they did.
Featured speakers included "Joe the Plumber", Jonathan Krone (the 14 year-old conservative prodigy, left with your blogger), and Raleigh's own Fox News Commentator, Mary Katharine Ham. Your blogger circulated through the crowd, ate Eastern NC style bar-be-que, listened to the band, and overall, had a grand old time.
The Wake County Republican Party has printed "Don't Tread On Me" T-Shirts ahead of today's Tea Party happening from 4:30 to 7:30 on Halifax Governement Mall, in downtown Raleigh.
The Tea Party, sponsored by the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, is a statewide protest against the billion dollar state tax increase. Fox News Star, and all around interesting person, Mary Katharine Ham, will be the featured speaker, along with "Joe the Plumber".
The "Don't Tread On Me T-Shirts" are twenty dollars and are limited to first-come, first serve, and are available at the Tea Party only. Get yours just as soon as you arrive at the Tea Party. Sizes run large, so purchase a size down from what you would normally wear.
UPDATE: THE SHIRTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE NCGOP STATE CONVENTION. WAKE IS THE HOST COUNTY.
Editor's Note: Your blogger is an activist and board member with the Wake GOP Executive Committee and serves on the NC GOP Executive Committee. She'll see you today (Wednesday) at the Tea Party, proudly sporting her new T-Shirt, with her young son in tow. Please be sure to say hello!
It is the opinion of this blogger, that our "esteemed" former first lady, Mary Easley, will not go gently into that good night. In fact, she won't go at all. She is refusing to step down.
She has hired guard dog lawyer, Marvin Schiller, with whom this blogger has personal experience and personally likes and respects. Because Mrs Easley has retained Mr. Schiller, the citizens of North Carolina have every right to cling tightly to their pocket books.
Your blogger looks for Mrs. Easley to hold out for an extremely lucrative buyout, setting herself up for life, so that she and "dearest Mike", can go down to Cannonsgate (near the home of this blogger) and enjoy their golden years, while their friends fall around them like houses of cards.
Congratulations Democrats. Thank you imposing Governor Michael Easley on our State, twice! You've just cost us even more money, that we don't have.
North Carolina, NC State University, and everyone surrounding the former Governor will all lose. The big exception is his wife, who will come out smelling like a rose, depending on the perfume she chooses.
Editor's Note: Marvin Schiller (left) is a former Republican candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court.
*Robert F. Benningfield, Jr (Rob) also contributed to this report.
As the loss of our liberty looms and freedom shivers in the shadow of socialism, we must reject this new worldview of government first, hand in our pocket liberalism that is creeping into every level of our lives and destroying the freedoms granted to us by our Constitution and bequeathed by our Creator.
America is being weakened spiritually, morally and economically. Our inalienable rights are now an indulgence of government and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping away as it is at this moment in our history.
Liberalism is the new religion of the political class in Washington and Raleigh. They continue to seize power denied by the Constitution to the detriment of our liberty and we must stop the theft of our freedom.
When we gather in Raleigh in June for the State Convention, let us rally on Halifax Mall as a means to peacefully voice our opposition concerning the seizure of our liberty and the mismanagement of the public treasury.
We must halt the invasion of this intrusive socialist government by offering voters an alternative to a Liberal Orwellian Democratic Party that seeks to strangle economic mobility, suppress freedom and surrender American sovereignty.
Please keep those calls to your legislators coming. Calls change minds, especially if they receive enough of them.
House Bill 120 has once again been postponed, this time until 3/30/09, in Monday night's session. Could it be that your calls and letters are working so well that the Liberal leadership has realized that they don't have the votes to get this to pass?
For more information on this terrible piece of legislation, please see KCC's previous blog post, here. It details how to contact your NC House Rep.
Tell your representative that you've had enough of welfare and goodies for politicians and to just say NO to this bad bill!
Please enjoy this live feed, when available, of CPAC 2009, compliments of UStream and Katy's Conservative Corner.
CPAC 2009 runs from Thursday until Saturday of this week and the streams will be made available during actual conference times. The conference agenda is also available. (If you are receiving this blog post via e-mail or RSS feed, you must go to the blog post to see the actual live feed.)
On Monday, Governor Beverly Perdue (D) announced that a chunk of NC's bit of the spendulus money will go to the largest pork project of all time, the North Carolina Global Transpork, errr Transpark.
The Transpark, was "awarded" to Kinston, in eastern NC, as a part of a "build it and they will come" campaign that occured in the early 1990s. Laurinburg "lost out" to Kinston and should thank their lucky stars.
They built it, but no one ever came despite all the monies that have been tossed at the project. The tenants are mostly government agencies.
But, now, apparently, the Governor (left) sees the need to pour in even more money into that wasteland of a pork project. We all know that the last three NC Governors have come from the Eastern part of our state, leaving those of you in Western North Carolina (WNC), "forgotten".
Frankly, your blogger would consider "forgetfulness" a matter of pride. Maybe WNC can show our government officials how to get along without a bunch of tax monies and useless pork projects. You all have that pioneer spirit that this blogger has always respected.
Agent Delbert Richburg Immigration and Customs Enforcement ~ Charlotte District Office 6130 Tyvola Centre Drive Charlotte, NC 28217
Subject ~ Illegal aliens at Biltmore Park
Dear Agent Richburg:
Earlier in the week I received a call and follow-up visit from a tradesman who had recently been laid off from the large scale work project at Biltmore Park in Asheville. This is a site of on-going major construction involving 12+ large structures. His issue of contention was the significant number of "illegal" workers employed by the various sub-contractors on the site.
To give you a sense of scale of this development project, the City of Asheville has a full-time on-site inspection service on the property that I attempted to visit today. During that visit I had the opportunity to observe that a significant number of the workers (I would estimate 50% of those I observed and/or spoke to directly) were of Latino descent. I spoke to 6+ subgroups that did not speak English - several did speak Spanish.
The gentleman who escorted me through the site offered that his co-workers routinely acknowledged being in the country illegally and working either under the table or through the use of false identification. I, of course, have no evidence with which to accuse these workers or their employers of breaking the law. Nonetheless, statistically 50-70% of those not speaking English are in the state/country illegally.
I am bringing this project to your attention specifically due to the large number of workers on site. I am also aware that your one visit to Mills Manufacturing has probably created more jobs for WNC (Western North Carolina) than the City's economic development efforts for the year. Arvato, formerly Sonopress, may be known to you as the company down the road from Mills where 50+ employees left the plant during your Mills raid. That company is to be commended for their subsequent efforts to hire legal citizens and authentically credentialed workers. Others have followed suit.
As an aside, the 2 elevator shafts in the six story Hilton hotel that is currently under construction were fully exposed on three observed floors. I appreciate your continued efforts to enforce legal immigration in Asheville and WNC .
Carl Mumpower Asheville City Council
EDITOR'S NOTES: The author, Dr. Carl Mumpower (left, campaigning in 2008), ran unsuccessfully for US Congress in our state's 11th District, due to a huge Democrat tide, which voted closet liberal Heath Shuler back into office.
With Shuler expected to challenge Senator Richard Burr in 2010, thus leaving the 11th District seat open, the timing would be ripe for a Republican, such as Mumpower, to take the seat. Your blogger proudly endorsed Mumpower in 2008 and does so again, here.
If there is no "Draft Mumpower" movement for 2010, let it begin now. Not only was he not afraid of the Asheville liberal establishment, he was also not afraid of those in his own party.
We need Mumpower in Congress. We need his fearless ability to stand up to the establishment, even to those, such as the the Republican National Committee (RNC). Mumpower and others were vindicated when those old RNC "leaders" were recently thrown out of office, and instead voted in the more conservative Michael Steele and a completely new team.
Mumpower is the lone conservative on a "crunchy, granola" city council in Asheville, and is used to standing up for what he believes in, often when he is alone! That stance reminds this blogger of the late Jesse Helms, who often proudly stood alone, and never folded when he believed he was right.
(The photo at the top of this post: Copyright 2007 by your blogger, Katy's Conservative Corner/KTCreations.)
Check out this little video that is making the rounds on the conservative circuit. This man is exactly right and funny. That's the thing about we conservatives: we are right and we have fun, simultaneously!
Though people try to pin a lot of the present economic mess on President (George W) Bush 43, he isn't guilty on a lot of it. Does anyone remember Ross Perot saying of NAFTA, "I can hear that sucking sound" going south if (former President Bill) Clinton passes this as he did?
NAFTA or “Shafta” as I called it, is entangled in this amorphous thing call free trade. In many respects trade which is not fair gives away our competitive advantages, can indeed compromises environmental quality and worker standards regardless of what folks purports, but such deals do meet the bottom line of unfettered profits as well as the quest for cheap labor.
As Hardy said to Laurel, "another fine mess you’ve got us into". It seems few have read the proposed Obama/Pelosi/Reid Stimulus package(s) which lays out spending the likes of which we have never seen, government socialization of banking with the automotive businesses to follow, nationalize health care with the computer based records system which will allow the government access to all your health information [even though Obama, Palin and Biden wouldn’t release theirs], and forestalls doing the real work of infrastructure repairs until its time to vote again for our representatives.
Obama is trying to ram this spending bill of pork and earmarks through before the American public wakes up. Thankfully some commentators have read it.
There should be no vote on the economic stimulus plan until Treasury Secretary Geitner rolls out the next plan for banks which reportedly exceeds an additional $800 billion. With the call for Paul Volker to head the economic advisers, a car czar and all these other political appointee paybacks to head things many had a hand in, one can only ask who is in charge or who’s on first? One thing is for certain, it is not the citizens and our pocketbooks.
If you want to create jobs which will benefit all of our citizens, why not provide:
- Small business stimulus to eliminate their taxes for one year, halve the rate the following year and equalize them with the corporate rate. It is small businesses which create over fifty percent of the jobs in America. Allow small businesses to buy medical insurance as a collective and not subject those with less than five employees to benefits requirements. [probably less than 100 billion]
-Expand the US Coast Guard and Public Health Departments by 100,000 to ensure emergency response capability in every county in the USA and baseline access to health services such as immunizations and screenings which would include mental health services. [less than 100 billion]
-Build “the wall” to slow the flow of illegal immigrants as the level of gangs in California and Texas demonstrates we are about to lose control of our borders if we don’t do things differently. [less than 100 billion]
-Give one billion dollars to every state for infrastructure repairs on federal roads, bridges, and highways with priority going to those projects which are already shovel ready. [50 billion]
-Give no more money to banks, but allow homeowners mortgage relief from those who already took money with a half payment holiday for one year and the balance tacked on to the last loan payment. [already gave the banks the money]
-And since we are in such a generous mood, give each taxpayer $5000 tax free to spend as they’d like.
All of this would cost less than the $800 billion which even the Congressional Management Office of the Budget says present bills would and these simple measures would stimulate the economy and create thousands of jobs.
Editor's Note: Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a physician and the NC Republican National Committeewoman. Contact her at P. O. Box 777; Salisbury, NC 28145; telephone (704) 223-ADA1 ; DrFisher@DrAdaMFisher.org
Dr. Fisher's opinions are her own and are not necessarily those of Katy's Conservative Corner. We thank her for sharing them with us and invite her to do so again.
Thank you for sticking with us while we were away, completing a move and getting settled in a new town.
Today, Tuesday, January 20th, your blogger is observing a day of silence. She is frankly exhausted by the long media obsession over "the anointed one". She is glad this day is finally here so that our new President can take his office and begin his duties. However, we are not here to discuss politics in depth today.
KCC has been offline for quite a while, now. However, as we are getting settled in our new quarters, we will begin regular reporting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 21st. We look forward to being back, stronger than ever. We look forward to your emails, tips, and general news. We appreciate our contributors and readers.
We'll pick up where we left off, on "Beverly Watch", regarding our favorite new governor. Regular reader, Frank Rouse, of Morehead City, has been providing interesting updates and we'll be using him as a contributor.
Additionally, our crooked North Carolina General Assembly comes back into session next week. Look forward to more fun, and antics as these guys and gals try to cover their tracks and try to convince you, the voter, that they are doing nothing wrong. It's all legal....REALLY.
Liberal Raleigh Mayor, Charles Meeker, has pushed his one-track agenda on taxpayers since he was first elected in 2001. After taking full control of city council four years ago, he and his band of tax and spenders have focused on rebuilding Fayetteville Street and virtually ignoring the rest of the North Carolina capital city.
The problem isn't that they merely wanted to re-open and fix up Raleigh's former "Main Street", it's that Meeker and company spent hundreds of millions of tax monies on turning a dilapidated area into the city's focal point, forcing it to become a destination spot.
Not only did the city re-open and fix up the street, but it also build an over budget convention center, a city plaza, and an expensive hotel. While the rest of Raleigh had to wait its turn for repairs and basic services, Raleigh "invested" city tax dollars into a top drawer restaurant called The Mint.
The Mint describes itself as an "adult-themed dining and entertainment, catering to sophisticated and professional adults". Raleigh simply cannot afford to be so picky about its downtown customer base, especially when the eatery was largely paid for on the backs of hard working taxpayers, most of whom cannot afford to dine there. According to a recent article in the Triangle Business Journal, the Mint is now losing business.
Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, also in downtown, sits an eyesore you won't hear Mayor Meeker talk about. Tarboro Street is the source of drugs, gambling, and prostitution. It's near a local college, St. Augustine's, and the North Carolina Governor's Mansion. According a Raleigh News and Observer editorial, "disturbing crime patterns on the street show that it's a world away from those historic landmarks."
Further, there have been three murders in the past three years on Tarboro Street alone. A Raleigh City police officer owned a rental house that was the subject of numerous complaints by local residents regarding domestic violence, drugs, and prostitution.
On Fayetteville Street, Raleigh and its taxpayers most certainly will lose money on every one of these projects. As for how much and when, it is too early to tell. Your blogger will be discussing this issue for some time to come, so please watch this space for updates to this story.
Editor's Note:Joey Stansbury, a lifelong Raleigh resident and fellow conservative blogger, contributed to this report.