Wednesday News: R.I.P. Howard

Former Congressman Howard Coble dies (WFMY-TV) – Ray Coble Jr., brother of former Congressman Howard Coble, issued the following statement: "J.Howard Coble passed away at 11:40 p.m., Nov. 3 after an extended hospitalization. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ali Hajazi and the staff of the Select Specialty Hospital in Greensboro for their excellent care. The community will be notified of funeral arrangements when complete."

Howard Coble Dies at 84 (TWCN-TV) -- One of North Carolina's longest serving members in the U.S. House passed away late Tuesday night.

Eleven percent of eleven percent just doesn't cut it

Here are the final vote counts in Gibsonville's municipal election:

Mayor Leonard “Lenny” Williams will keep his seat. He got 388 votes — 71 percent of the votes. Opponent Paul Thompson garnered 148 votes — 27 percent.

In the aldermen’s race, incumbent Mark Shepherd came in first with 382 votes — 25 percent. Incumbent Clarence Owen came in second with 364 votes — 24 percent. Incumbent Paul Dean came in third with 297 votes — 20 percent. Joel T. Isley received 259 votes — 17 percent. Steve Harrison received 173 votes — 11 percent.

All told, it was a good experience, and definitely not something people should be afraid of trying. Congrats to those who prevailed, and for those of us who didn't, get ready for round two. :)

I told you so

Pat McCrory hoodwinked a majority of North Carolina voters in 2012, but some of us knew all along he was a shady character. Pat is cut from the same block of wood as Mike Easley and Jim Black. The only difference is where they learned flimflamming. In McCrory's case, it was mostly at Duke Energy.

Tuesday News: The corruption story that wouldn't die edition

Budget writer: McCrory should have consulted on prison contract extension (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A top legislative budget writer said Monday the administration of Gov. Pat McCrory should have consulted with the General Assembly about renewing private prison maintenance contracts that were awarded to a McCrory friend and campaign contributor.

McCrory Helps a Donor Secure State Contracts (Camel City Dispatch) – Gov. Pat McCrory was elected on campaign promises to clean up North Carolina’s crony capitalists, “Good ‘ol Boy” style of doing business. Now McCrory once more finds himself part of a federal investigation for appearing to have personally stepped in to help a major donor get a lucrative contract extension that the Governor’s own appointees did not want.

2015 NC Municipal elections tomorrow

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Monday News: Not just McClatchy edition

Team McCrory botches another one in failing to discard "pay to play" (Beaufort Observer) -- We think this is a simple situation to understand. It is just another case of people who want to make money from doing business with the state using political influence to get that business. In all due respect to the people who wrote Governor McCrory's press release, they miss the point. The issue is not McClatchy's reporting. It is whether big political contributors get state contracts or not.

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2) Offer fair reporting as a balance to the liberal Elite Media.

It's time to de-delegate DENR

Back in March, a good case could have been made for the federal government to de-delegate DENR as its regulatory agent in North Carolina. By doing so, the government would have had to certify that DENR was not doing its job and was violating federal law. The effect of de-delegation would be a federal takeover of environmental enforcement in the state.

A swing and a miss in defense of Spellings' appointment

How to lose an argument before it even starts:

As a former journalism teacher and newspaper reporter, I understand why the media are adamant that searches be conducted in the open. I respectfully disagree. I commend Chairman John Fennebresque and the search committee for its outstanding work as they spent hundreds of hours in reviewing qualified applicants from around the world and in interviewing and seriously considering more than a dozen candidates.

To have involved all 32 members of the UNC Board of Governors, faculty, staff and students would have indeed created a circus atmosphere. Thank goodness the majority on the Board of Governors did not succumb to the pressure to open the process.

And just exactly who were those "more than a dozen candidates" of which you speak? And what were the criteria used in that "hundreds of hours in reviewing" you claim took place? The truth is, you don't know if any of that is accurate, you're just regurgitating happy talk from press releases. A journalism teacher? What the hell did you teach them, the fewer the questions the better? Write about what you *don't* know?


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