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The long, saga of Wake County's Chris Mintz (left) is over. Mintz, a former Republican, switched to the Democrat party due to his own, sorry political ambitions.
Your blogger first met Mintz when he was a college student at North Carolina State University and we lived in the same precinct.
Since Raleigh's downtown 01-06 literally had only 96 registered Republicans at the time, the eight of us who came to a precinct meeting in KCC's landlord's living room, agreed to split up precinct leadership with Mintz, taking the chairmanship and your blogger agreeing to be secretary.
Two years later, your blogger was awakened early one morning by an upset party activist and donor. "I cannot get in touch with Chris Mintz", whaled Olga Santo-Tomas, a Cuban American, and supporter of then-Mayor Tom Fetzer. She and her family had fled the Castro "revolution" and she has the highest respect from this blogger.
After searching high and low, Senora Tomas and I realized that Mintz was not reliable nor reachable.
Fast forward fifteen years. Mintz was now president of the Wake County Republican Men's Club. KCC thought at the time, "I wish I could have warned them." According to Under The Dome, the News and Observer's political blog, Mintz switched to the Democrat Party in 2005. He wanted to run against against conservative stalwart Rep. Russell Capps (below, right) but lost in the primary to Ty Harrell, (left) who sadly defeated Capps in the general election. Harrell resigned last year due to ethics issues with his campaign expenditures.
Capps founder of the Wake County Taxpayers Association, originally was elected in a "safe" Republican district, had been slowly been gerrymandered by the state Democrat leaders into a "swing" district and Democrats were now willing to take him on.
Dome reports that he was accused last July by federal prosecutors of taking more than $1 million from two elderly clients, via his position as an investment advisor. Mintz is scheduled to serve four years. Let's hope he serves every single day of his sentence. Your blogger does not believe in getting one day cut off of a sentence for each day of "good behavior".
Editor's Note: Your blogger has the highest respect for former Rep. Russell Capps. She first met him in 1992 in a parking lot in Raleigh, when he was campaigning against a convention center that was voted down by the public.
He started a grassroots movement that stopped the wasteful spending project and gave rise to the Wake County Taxpayers Association. He was then elected to the State House and became a champion for taxpayers statewide.
Repeating a situation that plagued the state’s taxpayers last year, officials with the North Carolina Department of Revenue have already announced that individuals filing their taxes can expect delays in receiving their refunds.
“Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay told The Associated Press on Friday his agency is delaying refund checks for individuals and businesses. It's all part of the state's effort to manage cash while its tax collections remain anemic.” (“State says expect delays on tax refunds,” WRAL.com, 2/12/10)
Officials at the N.C. Department of Revenue have long known about slow tax collections and the effect on state fund balances. Yet, Governor (Beverly) Perdue and Secretary Lay have not taken effective steps so that taxpayers do not face unreasonable delays in receiving tax refunds from state government. Many of the taxpayers owed refunds are small businesses struggling to meet payrolls, and the delay in paying refunds may actually cause additional job losses in the private sector.
Senate Republican LeaderPhil Berger(R-Rockingham, above left) made the following statement:
“A second consecutive year of taxpayers facing unreasonable delays in receiving their refunds demonstrates two things about the Perdue Administration. The first is a continuation of the incompetence and mismanagement all too evident in the Easley administration. For too long, Democrats, in complete control of the legislature and the Governor’s office, have not been held accountable for their lack of competence in managing the state’s fiscal affairs.
“The second is a mindset that plagues Democrats in Raleigh and in Washington - that money collected, or over-collected, as tax revenue belongs to the government and not the taxpayer. But this is the taxpayers’ money, particularly that money to be refunded, and the only reason the government has it now is because they collected more than they should have. The money should be returned to taxpayers promptly.”
This morning, Tom Fetzer, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, called for the resignation of two major figures in Governor Beverly Perdue's administration.
During her campaign, Perdue promised to transform state government and make it transparent. Clearly, that hasn't happened (pun intended.) In short, Fetzer wants the NC Governor to clean up state Government or be prepared to face the consequences (at election time).
A copy of the press release from the NC GOP follows:
NCGOP Chairman Tom Fetzer today called on Governor Bev Perdue to remove from their positions Alvin Keller, Secretary of the Department of Corrections, and Reuben Young, Secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Fetzer also called on Perdue to convene a panel of journalists to determine barriers to access to public records and have those barriers lifted immediately.
Fetzer referenced Young’s time serving as former Governor Mike Easley’s Chief Legal Council, saying that Young failed to properly investigate claims that the Governor’s office instructed employees to delete emails. Fetzer charged that “Young either orchestrated the cover-up or observed it with a casual indifference.”
Fetzer also noted Young’s inclusion in the recent Ruffin Poole indictment, where Young failed to properly investigate the Easley staffer about being taken on a private jet to New Orleans for a bachelor party thrown by an Easley supporter. Fetzer said Young is a “holdover from the incompetence and corruption of the Easley administration” and that Perdue should dismiss him from his current post immediately.
Fetzer outlined Keller’s lack of results as the head of Corrections, including his poor handling of problems surrounding the state’s probation system. Keller had made filling vacancies of parole officers his #1 priority; but the number of parole officers actually went down during his tenure. Recently, Keller has refused media requests to release records showing the details of supervision of those out on probation and backpedaled on his ordered to release prisoners who were sentenced to life in prison.
According to Fetzer, a lack of internal checks and balances has left it to the media and private “watchdog” groups to uncover corruption in state government. Fetzer said he believed even more problems would be discovered if access to public records was easier. He proposed that the Governor put together a panel of journalist and members of concerned citizens groups to identify the obstacles that stand in the way of access to public records.
“The governor should listen to common sense recommendations from those who know what the obstacles are and then, using whatever is within her power as Governor, implement reform by executive order.”
“Bev Purdue has called herself the ‘Education Governor’ and then promptly signed a budget that slashed education. She called herself the ‘Jobs Governor’ when unemployment increased on her watch. It’s time ‘Business as Usual Bev’ started backing up her rhetoric when it comes to ethics and transparency,” Fetzer concluded.
Editor's Note: All underlining is added by your blogger for emphasis and was not in the original press released.
Additionally, the video will soon be available via video. When this occurs, your blogger will update this post.
After seeing divisions and solutions for years in her own party, KCC read the following with interest. Both major political parties in North Carolina are not without their problems and the email posted below certainly proves it.
From an online newsletter called "PDNC Watch List", the email lays out how a group, called the Progressive Democrats of North Carolina (PDNC) is "ruining" the state Democrat party. The author, self-described word-smith Gene Messick, sends out these emails as a part of a mailing list that anyone can subscribe to, including:
Editor's Note: Teabaggers? Really now. How unoriginal can one be?
Here is the full content of the email. It gets a bit long, but you can really see how the division in their party is laid out. Please note that the NC Democrat Party's State Executive Committee (SEC) , is scheduled to meet this weekend in Durham.
Additionally, the author goes so far as to call former State NCDP Chairman Jerry Meek a "closet progressive", discusses "progressive bullies", and has issues with the Lesbian Gay, and Transsexual people within the party. It would appear that Mr. Messick is from former Governor Mike Easley's wing of the Democratic Party, and not the ultra-liberal, PDNC.
Please further note, that your blogger worked on this post for over two hours, getting the editing, and formatting correct, as well as the links. By this time, it was nearly 4 a.m. so she decided to have some fun posting photos of corrupt Democrat politicians, along with a few of her favorite political statements. Sure, these may be a bit silly, but it did get very late...
[NCDP-on-Trial] 158: For Feb 13th SEC Meeting: PDNC Watch List
As long-term NC Democratic Party Faithful approach this State Executive Committee Meeting, they are faced with an external organization which is dedicated to kicking them out of control of their Party, as being stupid and old fashioned, to be replaced by political novices who understand almost nothing about political organization. It's a recipe for disaster.
Progressive Democrats of NC was secretly formed specifically to get rid of the Old Fogies in the Party whom they detest, which just happens to coincide with the Leadership of the entire traditional Political Base of the Democratic Party in North Carolina. Shun moderate and centrist Democrats? How could anyone be so politically naive?
PDNC is an extremist, external, radical organization which can not point to a single accomplishment, outside its creeping invasion and attempted overthrow of the Party. This Corporation takes its Party Invasion Instructions from an Out-of-State Political Action Committee, Progressive Democrats of America. These Progressives are not Democrats, but are political anarchists, blind to the damage their self-serving independent Agenda does to the NC Democratic Party.
*The State Executive Committee of the NC Democratic Party consists of some 700 Democrats elected by each of 100 County Democratic Parties. *Because of its huge size, SEC meets normally only twice per year. (Editor's note: much like the NC GOP's State Executive Committee, of which your blogger is a member.)
*TheNumber of SEC Members per County varies according to the number of Democrats registered to vote by each County Board of Elections, being one of 100 nonpartisan agencies of the State who operate all Public Elections. NC BoE is not affiliated with any political party, serving to regulate Elections and campaign contributions.
*The SEC for the Party is the equivalent to a Board of Directors: the elector of State Party Officers, and the maker of all Rules, embodied in the NCDP Plan of Organization, the equivalent to Bylaws.
*Each County must have at least one SEC Member, and if only one, it's normally the Chair of the County Party. Wake County has 74 SEC Members; Mecklenburg 64; Guilford 46; Durham 32; Orange 16; Robeson 9; Onslow 8; Rockingham 7, Cleveland 6, Transylvania 4, Polk 2, etc, etc.
*Attendance at SEC Meetings is mandatory for all 700 elected Members; formal substitute Proxy Members may be sent. Certain elected State and Federal Democratic Officials are Ex-Officio Members, as are Presidents of formally approved NCDP Auxiliaries. However, the private membership Corporation Progressive Democrats of NC, Inc, is NOT, and cannot be, an approved NCDP Auxiliary, and therefore may NOT send any voting members to any SEC Meeting.
*How then has PDNC sent its representatives to past SEC Meetings, where they have been allowed to vote and propose Resolutions which advance the narrow Agenda of this private Corporation? As NCDP Executive Director Andrew Whalen recently stated in the Winston-Salem Journal -- PDNC "is NOT affiliated with the NC Democratic Party."
*How can this be? How can members of a Protestant Church go to the Vatican and officially vote to tell the Pope what to do? How can Ford stockholders attend a GM Directors Meeting and vote to instruct Chrysler what to do? These behaviors would make as much sense as the deeply corrupted state of affairs which has been allowed to fester within the NC Democratic Party for the past 5 years, introduced on his own volition by former State Party Chair Jerry Meek with approval of no one in the Party, and perpetuated in total without restraint by current State Party Chair David Young since his election at last year's first SEC Meeting on Jan 31st, 2009.
*One SEC Meeting was held since then, in August, and NOTHING was done to cleanse this Progressive Stain from the Party, even in the face of continued direct attacks on the Party by Progressive Groups and Members, in direct violation of the NCDP Plan of Organization.
*Progressive Bullies just flip their noses at the Party, at the Plan of Organization, at the SEC, and continue their independent Agenda of attacks and invasions, daring anyone to do anything.
*Democratic Candidates have lost elections because PDNC Corruption of the Party has weakened it, fracturing Party Unity. With most critical November Elections for our State and Nation coming up, Progressives show no sign of relinquishing their choke-hold on the Party. Registration for ALL Candidates to run in the May Primaries MUST be done between noon February 8th and noon February 26th, at one of the Boards of Elections.
*To be elected in November, a Candidate must Register in February, and must win in May. It's now February, folks!
.*If Progressives are still embedded inside the Party as Officers at the end of the day on Feb 13th, they will have been approved by default, and the Party's over. Editor's Note: Literally.)
*Since soon after formation in 2004, Members of the private membership Corporation, Progressive Democrats of NC, Inc., began engaging in acovert plan to infiltrate the NC Democratic Party Leadership. For years, PDNC has advocated in its Newsletters that PDNC Members should sneak into NCDP by becoming elected as Officers at all levels: Precinct, County, District and State, growing in strength like a secret society.
*By the Jan 31st 2009 State Party Election, Progressive mole Delmas Parker was elected 2nd VChair, and State Chair David Young advertised Statewide that he had been endorsed by the external PDNC Corporation, as did State 1st VChair Stella Adams. A Wake Co Progressive Chapter led a massive Open Attack upon a Wake Democrat for the Office of Party Secretary, organizing Progressive SEC Members across the State by Email in their Attack on her.
*In Editions 155 & 157, readers were promised a List of Progressives who have infiltrated NCDP as Officers. Anyone holding dual membership as an NCDP Officer, and ALSO in Progressive Groups dedicated to the overthrow of NCDP, were offered the opportunity to remove themselves from this List prior to publication by signifying they had left their Progressive Group. Two did. Their names will not be found below.
*Each of the Party Officers listed below, in their prior behavior and/or affiliation with Progressive Groups, have advocated weakening the Democratic Party by promoting and supporting non-Party Candidates for Public Office, and by publicly attacking fellow Democrats they choose to dislike, in direct violation of the NCDP Plan of Organization.
*Such self-identified traitors to the Party are Unfit to Serve as any Officer in NC Democratic Party, and must be removed forthwith.
.*This Progressive Watch List is provided as a service to NCDP, so that legitimate SEC Members attending the Feb 13th Meeting may become aware of Progressives attempting to infiltrate the SEC as Party Officers or Proxies.
EDITOR'S NOTE: KCC respects the Mr. Messick's candor about his party and his work to protect it. Your blogger feels the same about her own party. The author's candor is refreshing, which is not an easy thing to find in this era of "watch-what-you-say CYA", big-brother-is-watching, politics.
Please note that the underlining for emphasis done by your blogger and not by the original author and that this piece has undergone some editing by your blogger.
Below is Messick's Watch list of those to avoid at this weekend's SEC. Read at your pleasure and you might find someone you know.
.Category 1: Progressive Democrats of NC, Inc.
[ ] Heiderose Kolber (Orange Co), PDNC Corporate President
[ ] Michael Sprague (Guilford Co), PDNC 1st Vice President
[ ] Patricia Seibert (Beaufort Co), PDNC 2nd Vice President
[ ] Isaac Coleman (Buncombe Co), PDNC 3rd Vice President
[ ] Christopher Lizak (Wake Co), PDNC 4th Vice President
[ ] Tara Blomquist (Guilford Co), PDNC 5th Vice President
[ ] Sally Goerner (Orange Co), PDNC Secretary
[ ] George Six (Henderson Co), PDNC Treasurer, fmr PDA State Coordinator
[ ] Pete MacDowell (Orange C0) PDNC Immediate Past President
[ ] Mary Alsentzer: PDNC Beaufort County Chapter Chair
[ ] Nick Divitci: PDNC Guilford County Chapter Chair
[ ] Gautam Desai: PDNC Mecklenburg County Chapter Chair
[ ] Jack Saunders: PDNC Orange County Chapter Chair
[ ] Michael Oder, Forsyth Co 3rd VChair, PDNC Webmaster
*Category 6: Officers of Mecklenburg County Party who have allowed Mecklenburg Progressive Democrats of and MeckMobe/GayDemocrats to masquerade as legitimate Democratic Party Auxiliaries and abusively use NCDP resources.
. Category 8: Officers of Wake County Party who have allowed Wake Progressive Democrats to masquerade as a legitimate Democratic Party Auxiliary and abusively use NCDP resources.
[ ] Doris L Weaver, Party Chair, allowed Wake Progressives to attach to her Party, organized Witches of Wake, Progressive Stalker
[ ] Jack Nichols, Wake County Party Chair, 2009-2011
[ ] Gerald 'Jerry' Meek: fm HQ: fmr closet Progressive Chair of NCDP
[ ] John Hollingsworth, original Wake Progressive President under Weaver
[ ] Jesse Goslen, President Wake Progressives & Chair PDA Chapter
[ ] Other Wake County Party Officers serving 2007-09 and 2009-11
* Category 9: Progressive Predatory Political Stalkers. Officers of Wake County Party who used Facebook, Internet Blogsites and Community Webpages to cowardly stalk, harass and smear fellow Democrats by publicly posting false, derogatory and sometimes libelous comments, commonly using false aliases to conceal their identities. This included multiple incidents of Stalkers supporting a Republican for Election to Cary Town Council by attacking the Democratic Candidate, who was their fellow Party Officer. See also [NCDP-on-Trial] 150 & 155
[ ] Joanne Casey
[ ] Ruth Merkle: see also [NCDP-on-Trial] 135, Case #001
[ ] Christopher Telesca: see also [NCDP-on-Trial] 139, Case #005
[ ] Doris Weaver: see also [NCDP-on-Trial] 137, Case #003
.*[Full Disclosure: I do not visit blogs, but have been told I'm one of several Democrats being stalked by the 4 SECs above. ~ G. Messick]
. *Category 10: State Party Officers who have aided and abetted Invasion by Progressive Groups.
*Elected 2005: Jerry Meek (Former 1st VChair Meek who won by only 15 votes over Ed Turlington after promising Progressives he would sneak in a Progressive Auxiliary if elected over Gov Easley's concern about having an LGBT State Chair.), Beverly Earle, Delmas Parker, Courtney Crowder, Ann Huggins, Muriel Offerman
*Elected 2007: Jerry Meek, Dannie Montgomery, Delmas Parker, Courtney Crowder, Roy Lucas, Muriel Offerman
*Elected 2009: David Young, Stella Adams, Delmas Parker, Tony McEwen(?), Kathy Knight, Muriel Offerman
*"It's the first wrong steps that count. How easy it is to go from bad to worse, once we start a downward course." -- Mark Twain, 1904
.NOTICE: If a number of SEC Member slots open due to resignations, you can test your wings by attending this SEC Meeting to see if SEC is your cup of tea. Any registered Democrat in NC who would like to attend the SEC Meeting as a Voting Member should contact their County Chair for Proxy Voting instructions: http://www.ncdp.org/counties , including a form which must be filed prior to the Meeting. http://www.ncdp.org/files/secproxy082909.pdf
.EVERY meeting of NCDP is open to ANY Registered NC Democrat who chooses to attend as a Non-voting Member of the Party, free of charge, including this Feb 13th SEC Meeting in Durham: http://www.ncdp.org/
They've become a national joke. Yet they reside in Chapel Hill and call North Carolina home.
Our once great nation was sadly introduced to Johnny Boy Edwards some years ago, when he won a huge award for a little girl who was stuck on a drain on a swimming pool and won her millions of dollars for her severe medical injuries. Laws were changed to prevent further such instances.
Later, he left his legal practice behind and ran for the US Senate. With his face, that hair, and his award-winning charm, he was considered to be a rising star in the national Democrat party. Sadly, North Carolina fell for it all and elected him.
Fast forward to 2010. His career is in shambles and one would think he would do the decent thing and just go back to practicing law and stay out of the public eye. Apparently Mr. Edwards just loves the spotlight too much.
Recently, the world not only discovered that he had an extra-marital affair with a former campaign videographer, while his wife is dying from cancer, but also that he fathered a child from the ... hookup, for lack of a better word.
Just last week, Mr. Edwards announced that indeed, he finally would live his life privately. Within days, however, he chartered a plane and was bound for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, a place that needed him, about as much as North Carolina does. To add insult to injury, he returned the next day, with a planeload of injured Haitians, apparently promising them medical care in the US.
This blogger certainly hopes that Mr. Edwards will dip into his vast fortune and pay the medical bills of the sad people who he has brought here, and if he does, it is certainly admirable. If he expects the US government to do it, that's another matter entirely.
KCC feels sure he had his staff passing out press packets as they all disembarked onto the tarmac. Your blogger wishes Edwards' goodwill flight had been carried out in private, rather than in front of banks of microphones, if he truly meant what he said about being private.
Now, CNN via WRAL (who has a love fest with the man) is reporting that Elizabeth Edwards has finally had enough and that she and John are separating. While this blogger feels terribly sorry for her plight with cancer, and we hope that she may die in some comfort and piece of mind, KCC wishes that she had not "pulled a Hilary" and stood by her man this long.
Bless you Mrs Edwards. We wish you had saved us from you husband. We wish we had never heard of John Edwards.
NC Senator Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) is not happy about Governor Beverly Perdue's Tax Increasing Budget. In fact, he stated on Wednesday:
“Governor Perdue’s call for a job-destroying $1.5 billion tax increase is irresponsible and could not come at a worse time.As North Carolina faces the most dire economic recession in decades including double digit unemployment rates, Governor Perdue refuses to abandon the tax and spend policies that have brought us to this point.The Democratic addiction to more spending and higher taxes is a surefire strategy for more job losses and delayed recovery.History shows increasing taxes during a recession has never produced an economic recovery.Republicans proposed a reasonable alternative of freezing spending at existing levels, a policy that will not require debilitating cuts to education or job-destroying tax increases.Politicians can only be effective if the people that elected them trust them to keep their word – Governor Perdue should think twice before breaking her campaign promise not to raise taxes.”
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:
On Wednesday, newly elected NCGOP State Chairman, Tom Fetzer (left, photo Katy Benningfield), held his first press conference. Fetzer wasted no time in establishing the type of chairman he will be.
Do you wonder how our liberal, yet dying newspapers will handle this one? Will they give this any ink?
A June 23rd North Carolina Democrat Party fundraiser sponsored by Governor Bev Perdue and the Democrat members of the Council of State “honoring” Democrat Legislative leaders, gives the appearance of a violation of state laws. These laws were written in the aftermath of the corruption scandal surrounding disgraced formerDemocrat House Speaker Jim Black. (left, courtesy WRAL-TV, Raleigh)
“While our citizens look to elected officials for leadership, a lobbyist & PAC fundraiser during the heat of budget negotiations raises serious ethical questions” said Tom Fetzer, Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.
Fetzer went on to say “At the very least this creates the appearance of pay-to-play politics. Given recent revelations involving former Governor Mike Easley (left, courtesy Ches McDowell) and many current Democrat members of Governor Perdue’s administration, a reasonable person could assume much worse.”
The ethics law, supported by then Lt. Governor Perdue and the current Democrat Legislative leaders including Senate Pro Tem Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney, barred lobbyists from contributing to the campaigns of candidates and strengthened prohibitions on fundraising during the legislative session.
In spite of the restrictions, Governor Perdue and Legislative Democrats are skirting the law by soliciting donations from special interests during budget negotiations between the State House Democrats and State Senate Democrats.
“I join the call of North Carolina’s citizens who are fed up with Pay-to-Play politics and demand that the spirit of the Ethics Reform Law be respected and this fundraiser be cancelled” Fetzer added.
“Furthermore, this loophole in the legislation needs to be closed, less our citizens be left to wonder if the liberal-led culture of corruption has not ended, but instead simply moved its’ operations from private dining clubs and IHOP restaurants to the Democrat Headquarters on Hillsborough Street.”
Listen to Fetzer's Press Conference Below in MP3 format:
Editor's Notes: Your blogger was a proud Raleigh taxpaying citizen when Fetzer and company defeated the liberal elitists that ran Raleigh. They then took on the once-powerful News and Observer every day! We expect more of the same from our new chairman.
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.
N.C. State University Chancellor James L. Oblinger resigned this morning after months of investigations by the Carolina Journal and by the Raleigh News and Observer. Read the ever-changing story, here.
On Sunday, the News and Observer announced that the hiring of Mary Easley to her lofty job at that university went to the very highest levels of government, meaning straight to her husband, then-Governor Mike Easley's office.
Our tax dollars went "down the drain" while our state is otherwise struggling to pay its bills, and while legislators and our current Governor, Beverly Perdue, is threatening to raise taxes at the worst possible time.
God bless North Carolina! God bless our the Ole' North State!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article originally appeared in an email sent by NC SPIN and the copyright and credit is theirs. However, your blogger thought it was so good, she just had to pass it along. KCC rarely re-posts info by others, but thought this was necessary information that readers should consider prior to election day:
Want to know how Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight remains in power? It’s simple. He gives large sums of money to the State Democratic Party earmarked for Democrats he wants to win. Basnight gave the state party more than $1 million.
Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand has given more than $370,000. Senate Budget Leader Linda Garrou chipped in almost $200,000 and Finance Chair Dan Clodfelter added another $81,000. And rank and file Senate Democrats are “encouraged” to contribute $25 to $50,000 to the party. Through these earmarked contributions, more than $513,000 has been given to Senator Julia Boseman to prop up her hotly contested election.
Three questions need answering:
Why do PACS, lobbyists and special interest groups continue to dump large sums of money into Basnight’s coffers even after we passed new laws that restricted their influencing peddling?
How do you think Boseman and other beneficiaries of these large sums of money from Basnight and Senate leadership are going to vote when these people who helped finance her return to office come asking for support on key issues? Why isn’t there a huge public outcry to change our campaign finance laws to restrict the amount of soft-money contributions from political parties to candidates?
Answer those three and you will get a clearer picture of how North Carolina is being run.
By the way, House Speaker Joe Hackney is also playing the game. He’s contributed over $600,000 to the State Democratic Party. And Republicans don’t have clean hands either. Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger has given the State GOP more than $180,000.
Editor's Note: We thank Tom Campbell and the folks at NC SPIN for the excellent job they do covering state government. For the record, State Sen. Phil Berger is a virtual choirboy when compared with the antics of Basnight, Rand, and Boseman! It appears that Campbell only included Phil Berger's name (not to be confused with communist Doug Berger) to seem non-partisan.
Phil Berger and the GOP are rightly giving party money to the campaign of Bettie Fennell, who is running against embattled Democrat R.C. Soles. He has a record a mile long, and stands alongside Basnight and Rand.
Last year, when the Anson County Commissioners were presented the list of unpaved roads the state wanted to pave, one of them had the good sense to ask why the state wanted to pave McAllister Farm Road when it didn't even have any houses on it.
When the state wants to hand out money, it is rare that anyone turns it down, and that road, while sparsely traveled, at least was not a dead end road.
Anson County's Bridge to Nowhere is one of many examples of our tax dollars at work. The bridge is at the very end of a dead-end road that is worse than the average farm driveway. There is not a single home or business served by the bridge.
But take a look at the picture (above) of Anson County's Bridge to Nowhere. It shows a bridge at the very end of a dead-end "road" that is worse than your average farm driveway.There is not a single home or business served by the bridge. By all appearances, it was built to permit someone with the right friends at DOT to harvest trees. If you want to see it easily, check out SR 1707 on Anson County's GIS.
At least it didn't cost as much as the amazingly expensive bridges built in Bev Perdue's(and your blogger's) home city, New Bern, and it certainly cost millions less than bridge/overpass over the Neuse and Trent River (Highway 17/70) and was completed in 2000. (left)
There is yet another overpass under construction just west of New Bern designed to serve a planned bridge over the Neuse that may never be built and is hardly a priority compared to projects being postponed, theoretically due to lack of funds.
Anson County's Bridge to Nowhere raises questions, as does the new overpass west of New Bern, but if you really want to get upset, go on Google Earth and take a look at the project currently underway in Pamlico County to widen Highway 55 to 5 lanes. There's no question about that project; 5-laning Highway 55 in Pamlico County is a political boondoggle that makes the money involved in the many recent scandals involving DOT Board Members look like chicken feed.
That's right. DOT is currently constructing a five lane highway from New Bern into a county of barely 13,000 people by widening a road far beyond any rational need.
The project reminds me of Anson's Bridge to Nowhere; east of the bridge there is forest while east of the road lies the Pamlico Sound. Pamlico County has some beautiful scenery, but given the geography of the area, there's no way that road will ever serve as many people as the roads being postponed to divert funds to that project.
People in the Piedmont are told there's so little road money available we must accept toll roads, but there's no mention of putting a toll on that road. There's supposedly not enough money to complete the 485 loop or the Raleigh outer belt, but Pamlico County is getting a five lane road almost to the front door of Cutter Bay. Ah, maybe that explains it.
The developers of River Dunes and Cutter Bay either have the right friends or are incredibly lucky or both. Not only have they managed to achieve a near monopoly on sewer capacity in Pamlico County, they've managed to move one of the poorest and most sparsely populated areas in the state to the head of the line for a major road widening project.
The people of Pamlico County certainly deserve help from Raleigh, but what they need most is help cleaning up the mess created using state funds to benefit the well-connected at the expense of the longtime residents of Pamlico County. Millions of dollars of federal and state funds have been spent, supposedly to improve water quality, but it seems there might have been a hidden agenda.
Money to serve unsewered communities was spent extending sewer service to an area that had soil well suited to septic systems, and recent tests suggest that was money wasted. But by using sewer capacity to provide sewer service to existing residents served by septic, and by siting a large prison there that used up even more capacity, the overall availability of sewage treatment capacity was depleted giving certain developers a near monopoly on new development.
What the people of the rest of the state need is an explanation of how Marc Basnightand his Appropriations Committee Chairmen, including Bev Perdue, Kay Hagan and Walter Dalton, have managed to divert so much money from the high population areas of the Piedmont that are choking on traffic to Marc's sparsely settled corner of the state.
Better yet, how about an explanation of how so many of the papers that theoretically serve the people of Charlotte or Raleigh or Union County or the other places that have just flat been robbed have managed to so completely miss the story.
Dumb or dishonest? You choose.
Jim Black was a sideshow. The main event was in the Senate.
If you agree, please share this information as widely as possible. Very few people who live in the Piedmont even know that while they're stuck in horrendous traffic jams, a five lane road is being built in Pamlico County, a county of barely 13,000 that doesn't even have a car dealer. While counties with populations many, many times as large are told there is no money available to fix problems that are killing people, the insiders continue to spend freely on their pet projects, secure in the knowledge that (given the media bias that has protected them for years) there's little chance the public will figure out who is getting rich by mismanaging state government.
Fern Shubert is a former State Representative, State Senator, Town Manager and Candidate for Governor. She currently serves as the NC State Director of the National Right to Read Foundation. She also writes a weekly column for the County Edge newspaper and has been a regular contributor to Katy's Conservative Corner.
Your blogger has always disliked the replacement bridge over the Trent and Neuse Rivers in New Bern. They have "uglified" New Bern's previously beautiful waterfront and made a joke of civil engineering. The charm of traveling though the state's second-oldest town, and former state capitol, has been lost.
Thankfully, KCC has posters and photos hanging in her home office, reminding her of her New Bern's formerly beautiful rivers. She's always blamed Perdue and her cronies for ruining the beauty of the place your blogger used to sail, hydro-slide, and water ski.
Your blogger underlined words for emphasis, not the writer.
Louis Seawell, Perdue campaign fundraiser and former member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation, resigned under pressure last week. (Read the story, here.) At time of his resignation, the Secretary of Transportation said he would be turning Seawell over to the Ethics Commission.
However, the Ethics Commission has decided not to look into Seawell's misdoings. Your blogger can only hope that the entire commission is sent to pasture after this election. They have argued with tough guy State Auditor Les Merritt, with the Auditor coming out on top.
Auditor Les Merrit has a bullseye paintedon his back by the the Democrat Liberals in North Carolina. He can use all the help he can get in this election. Check out his website here and please volunteer to help his campaign.