Realtor UpTick

There's been a marked uptick in NC Realtor and Homebuilder attempts to derail the local transfer tax option as they make a final attempt to secure the low ground. Attacking Chris Fitzsimon in radio ads yesterday, a new round of melodramatic TV ads and a full page ad in today's paper attacking everybody who is not feeding at the bottom with them.

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Open Thread and Links you might like, part IV

WTF? More secret OLF meetings?

I missed this disgusting bit of news earlier in the week, but better late than never.

Recent speculation on where the Navy may put a Super Hornet practice landing field has prompted representatives of the area around Cherry Point to ask Gov. Mike Easley for a personal meeting on the issue. A letter sent Thursday and signed by state Sen. Jean Preston, Representatives William Wainwright, Alice Underhill and Pat McElraft, asks for a meeting with Easley and Bill Ross, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Economic Resources, “to share with you our perspectives on the OLF efforts.”


We respect the extremely sensitive nature of the state’s discussions with the Navy,” the letter said, so the legislators want to talk privately to offer their views and to hear “any confidential updates you could offer us about your ongoing discussions and negotiations. The OLF’s future and its impact on MCAS Cherry Point are among the most important and pressing issues in our districts,” the letter said.

DCCC does right by Larry

Kudos to the DCCC . . . from campaign emails and also posted at The Hill.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) is asking supporters to come to the aid of Larry Kissell, the high school teacher and former mill worker who ran up $35,000 in credit card debt campaigning for North Carolina’s 8th district Congressional seat in the November midterm.

Van Hollen and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will host a reception at the DCCC headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 1, aimed at paying off the personal debt Kissell accrued. The DCCC will match donated funds 2-1.


Open thread: Way to go, George!

George Entenman, our frequent visitor and friend, has a most excellent and funny letter in today's News and Observer. Congratulations, George, and thanks for the mention.

Very clever.

So Rob Christensen, The N&O's political columnist, breaks his leg while on vacation in France but says absolutely nothing in his July 15 column about his medical care? He leaves his readers to wonder whether Michael Moore's "Sicko" is right about the French medical system.

Christensen doesn't say which leg he broke, but I'm beginning to think that the bloggers at are on to something when they say Christensen leans to the right.

Hairdresser Joe: Victim of dirty tricks, or lying liar? You decide.

Late Tuesday night, The Southern Pines Pilot ran a story in which Joe Boylan called the rumors of his wild exploits baseless. The hard copy of the paper hit the stands on Wednesday. By Thursday, Joe had to issue retractions to two of his statements. Misrepresentations? Or Lies? Hmmm.....

I'm posting this to the front page. I don't think the headline makes it clear - this is a big deal. I think we can kiss the hairdresser goodbye. - RP


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