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.
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.
Raleigh News and Observer colunmist Ruth Sheehan, long a proponent of everything leftist, has again, shown her unreasonable side. In her Monday column, she wrote of an illegal immigrant who was driving without a license, and with an expired license tag. On top of that, the Mexican driver, who'd been in North Carolina for years, had failed to appear in court on a previous traffic charge.
The illegal immigrant driver, Santos "Omar" Perez, was pulled over at 10:00 p.m. on November 7 while taking his step kids to his sister-in-laws' house. Sheehan complained in her column, that the police weren't nice enough to Perez and to his wife, American citizen, Cecelia Millan.
While he was being detained, Perez made a phone call to his wife who told him that she was on the way, with lawyer in tow. She asked to be put on speaker phone. With the phone left in the car, Sheehan reported that Millan spoke to the five and six year olds to help calm them. Next, according to Sheehan, one of the members of the Raleigh PD allegedly told the children that "...you're never going to see you're daddy again".
Sheehan didn't tell her readers how the situation ended. Instead, we have to wait for her next column. We'll be back to keep you updated.
In the meantime, basic questions must be raised.
First, why would Millan, the mother, place her two children in a car with her illegal husband, a man with an obviously poor driving record?
Additionally, because he's an illegal, he cannot get insurance nor can he obtain a valid license plate under North Carolina law. North Carolina recently toughened its laws after legislators discovered our state had one of the weakest statutes in the country. Illegals were flooding into the state, getting North Carolina driver licenses, and leaving, taking advantage of our weak laws. Thankfully, they were strengthened last year.
Additionally, what were five and six-year-old children doing out at 10 p.m.? Granted, November 7 was a Friday night, but I'd want my kids in bed.
Further, why would she go to the scene with her attorney? Shouldn't she instead be worried about the welfare of her children rather than that of her lawbreaking husband?
Finally, why is Sheehan so worried about the rights of Illegals in this country? Perez is a lawbreaker merely by being here. His wife should be a lawbreaker by aiding and abetting him.
Sheehan should get down on her knees and thank God she lives in a nation as free and wonderful as ours. We are so blessed to be born here.
She needs to be a lot more thankful of the Raleigh Police Department, who were just doing their job. But, that's just it. The liberals will never understand and thus we conservatives will continue to have much fun mocking and shaming them.
According to Jordan Schrader of the Asheville Citizen-Times, old names and faces were re-elected while new ones were addedasthe Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly held their bi-annual leadership elections this weekend.
Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake) was re-elected to his post as House Minority Leader.
Senator Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) defeated challengers, Senators Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) and Pete Brunstetter (R-Forsyth) to retain his post as Senate Minority Leader.
Senator Harry Brown (R-Onslow) is the newly elected Deputy Minority Leader. The post was previously held by Senator Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) who didn't run for re-election to the coveted post, citing family issues.
Senator Eddie Goodall (R-Union) will take over the Joint Caucus Leader position, while Senator Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) continues on as Senate Whip.
Most troubling to conservatives is the election of the new House Minority Whip, Rep. Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg). Tillis' election is controversial to many conservatives due to his affiliations.
According to several sources, former Co-Speakers Jim Black (D-Mecklenburg) and Richard Morgan (R-Moore) "bought and paid for" Tillis' initial victory to the North Carolina General Assembly. He defeated a solid, and much beloved conservative, Rep. John Rhodes in a Republican primary.
Rhodes (left) is best remembered as being the FIRST to call for the ouster of Jim Black. He once memorably noted in a speech on the House floor:
"One day Mr. Speaker, the people of North Carolina will take you by the collar of your shirt and the waistband of your trousers and throw you out over the seal of North Carolina."
Both Black and Morgan left office in disgrace and Black is now serving time in federal prison for, among other things, accepting bribes and obstruction of justice. A John Rhodes Day was held in 2007, thanking him for uncovering corruption.
Morgan eventually returned to politics and attempted an unsuccessful comeback, losing his bid for Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2008.
The 2009-2010 session of the North Carolina General Assembly convenes at Noon on January 28, 2009, in Raleigh. Katy's Conservative Corner will be there, covering the action.
I spoke with him a few times off air. I remember one time he announced that the former manager of the Beatles was in town speaking at a church. I could tell he was using the music tie in to encourage people to come to the church to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He had my respect from then on.
The Curtis Media Group has lost one of its most talented and beloved radio family members.
Jack Boston (left) passed away last night after a valiant battle with cancer. Boston recently received a bone marrow transplant but was readmitted to the hospital after contracting an infection.
Jack always had a smile and a wonderful way of making employees laugh. He was a kind, talented, optimistic and caring person and full of life.
Jack had a tremendous love of radio and Curti (sic) Media will miss his boundless enthusiasm and creativity.
Jack is well known across North Carolina. At WDLX in Washington, N.C., Jack was the guy who got the day going with down-to-earth humor and kept listeners laughing and smiling all day.
He joined the Curtis Media Group and quickly gained a tremendous following on Y-102.9.
When an opening developed on WPTF's North Carolina's Morning News in 2006, Jack beat out more than 100 applicants and was a natural choice. (Your blogger was among his biggest fans.)
His loss is felt very deeply by all of the Curtis Media Group family and particularly those of us who worked along side of him at the Highwoods Complex in Raleigh.
Mike Blackman - WPTF News Copyright: Curtis Media Group Mon Sep 22, 10:41:45 AM EST
On a side note, finally, listeners from other markets can enjoy WPTF radio's broadcasts via the World Wide Web. Go to the WPTF website and click on Listen Live. Be sure to check out their 3-6 show, featuring Bill LuMaye, who is nothing short of excellent.