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Re: “A Desperate Pat McCrory Makes His Last Stand

My grandmother would have me to cut a switch and give it to her when I misbehaved. I believe it is time for me to introduce Pat McCrory and the NCGOP to my granny.

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Posted by cityfox on 12/01/2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

I will never, ever live in another neighborhood that has an HOA. It's not even up for debate.
I already have to live under the thumb of the federal government, the state government, the county government and the municipal government. The idea of also having to live under a little collective of neighbors that see fit to tell me what flowers I can plant, and whether or not I can work on my car in my driveway is insulting.
I was the president of our HOA for two years, and out of the dozen issues that came to the board, only one even came close to rising to the need of some sort of intervention ... and even then, all it took was a meeting with the two neighbors to work things out. After that my policy became straightforward: "don't talk to us until you've talked to your neighbors." Or, when I was feeling less charitable: "act like adults."
HOA's give the neighborhood busybodies far too much latitude to cause the rest of the residents grief. If there's something that needs to be codified in law, then take it up with the city council ... otherwise, stop with this foolishness.
Oh, and our property is fastidiously maintained, so I'm not complaining from the vantage point of being on the receiving end of "violation" letters.

Posted by mike_in_nc on 12/01/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

I would not buy or invest in a development that did not have an HOA. That after having made the mistake of buying in one that did chose to eliminate theirs, there is NO protection, NO control of people neglecting the homes and property. We suffered a 30% property value decline, in an era of rising home prices within 3 years of the HOA being disbanded.
When you buy a home you receive and sign for the covenants, it's no suprise what the rules are.

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Posted by 669283 on 11/30/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Will Donald Trump’s Collapse Drag Down These Five N.C. Republicans?

I know it's a little late, but to note the Indy's crystal-ball gazers and analyzers of Tar Heel state politics weren't only fooled (as were 99% of pollsters) re: 2016 national election results after prematurely handing the U.S. presidency to the Wicked Witch of the North, but they similarly were of touch with ordinary, middle-class America in this state. Thus Mssr. Blest's can take comfort in knowing his analysis of NC races was not singular inaccurate (the lesson, I suppose, is to not give credence to cocktail party jokes among fellow travelers as gospel). Unfortunately for a lot of people, the devil's still in the details.

To wit:

(1) Blest correctly predicted 1 of 5 races above, the Cynthia Ball (D) N.C. Senate victory over incumbent Gary Pendleton in District 49. Even in the world of baseball, a Mendoza line (.200) hitter stands to be released soon, unless he has power, speed and an outstanding arm.

Otherwise,

(2) Repubs Tamara Barringer and Chad Barefoot won in Districts 17 and 18, respectively, as did Chris Malone (R) in the D35 House race;

(3) Incumbent Richard Burr (R) rolled over Deborah Ross (D) in the U.S. Senate competition, regardless of her ads detailing Burr's $$ deals. When Ross couldn't deny Burr's ads charging she had been an ACLU lawyer who fought mandatory sentences for rapists, promoted gun control and defended flag-burners, she was swept off the cliff. (A parochial observation: flag-burning may be protected by the Supreme Court as political expression, but it's like spitting in the face of families who have grieved for sons and daughters who gave their lives to protect freedom and stand against dictatorships around the world. No candidate can bring that kind of rubber knife to a gun fight and expect to survive).

Some more interesting post-election facts:

(1) If Pat McCrory wins a recount, NC will be one of 23 tri-fecta states in the US (governor, senate, house controlled by Republican Party).
(2) If McCrory wins, the Dems will have 6 trifecta states.
(3) If McCrory loses, the Repubs will have 22 trifecta states.
(4) In the NC House, the count is 74 Repubs and 45 Dems. The Dems picked up 1 seat in the House while the Repubs remained at 74.
(5) Dems had 31 election races in the NC House in 2016 with 0 (zero) opponents. Repubs had 29 such races.
(6) Republican newcomers in the NC House -- Mike Clampett (D119) and Cody Hensen (113) defeated incumbents Joe Queen (D119) and Maureen Copelo (113). Democrat Mary Belk (D88) and Cynthia Ball (D 49) defeated Repub incumbents Rob Bryan (D88) and Gary Pendleton (D49).
(7) House newcomer Larry Strickland (R, D28) def. newcomer Pat Oliver (D).
(8) In the NC Senate, Danny Earl Britt (R) def. incumbent Jane Smith (D). Smith was the only NC Senate incumbent to lose in November.
(9) In the NC Senate, the count is 34 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

In the face of another overwhelming state election defeat -- with the exception of the unsettled NC governor's outcome -- Dems had to do SOMETHING. So they have turned, once again, to their only friendly bulwark -- the federal courts, specially the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit where three liberal judges -- Judge Diana Motz, a Bill Clinton appointee; Judge James A. Wynn Jr., a Barack Obama appointee; and Judge Henry F. Floyd, an Obama appointee -- ruled in 2016 the redrawn (mandated by NC law as a General Assembly duty) electoral districts were declared unconstitutional and the voter I.D. requirement of the legislature violated civil rights of minority groups. This was announced three weeks after the Nov. election results in which Dems declare no voter fraud occurred -- which should be a puzzlement to them and other liberals.

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Posted by Rataplan on 11/30/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

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Posted by Sahana Sofi on 11/30/2016 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Where Do We Go from Here?

What ever Trump has plans for is not looking good for those of us who work for a living...Trump already said he thinks we are paid to much and work to little...This coming from a man who has never known hard work...He surrounds himself with idiots and industry zealots ...And they all have some real screwed up conservative agendas..

Now if your rich these agendas wont concern you in fact it will be your utopia... you will sing the GOP praise whistling zippidy do da and dancing a jig.....BUT...If you are just your average light middle to lower income worker paying rent and all that entails plus kids woooweee...And that's millions and millions of people..Then his policies are going to be your drudge and misery...

Things the GOP and Trump hate...minimum wage..UN-employment insurance..workmen comp...OHSA...SSN..Medicare..Medicaid...Social Services..employer health care.....Or to be able to sue your boss for any thing...Republicans want you to totally be on your own with no help, no hope, no prospects, their only resolve is to tell you to get a job. They don't care if jobs are scarce that's no excuse..In fact they don't even want you to vote because they know you wouldn't vote for them because your misery will taint your vote ...Only an idiot who works for a living would vote republican.

...The republicans expect you to pull yourself up by them bootstraps and get on with it republicans expect you to sacrifice and suck it up...They want you to do something that they themselves have never had to do and if they did they would have to call daddy to bail them out...They lay awake at night thinking about some poor kid eating a good slice of beef and a coke and candy bar on their dime...But think nothing of corporate criminals stealing billions of dollars and not seeing a day in jail and then get big tax breaks and subsidies on tax payer dime or to spend millions of dollars in tax payer money trying to find something which to burn a democrat candidate who is running for president, when the very one they support is one of the biggest con men to ever sell a car...and a crook of all crooks....In fact all republican lawmakers are just your basic garden variety crooks and cons who don't represent you.

Now y'all can praise him all you want, so be it....But in doing so, I can call you out as being stupid beyond belief.....In four years, if life has been good to you, I am sure you will give him another four years Hahaha...lol..BUT I doubt it......

.When you get disabled at no fault to you and no ssn what will you do?....or no unemployment insurance or medicare for when your old and cant work and don't have ssn....Bleak picture for millions in the next few years and maybe beyond....SPOILER ALERT....Thats why these programs exist, they are for you, not corporations or opinionated stupid, dumber, n dogshit republican, politicians....These are working mans perks, just like the rich mans perks, only ours are much smaller...Why do they get perks and then they call ours as being moochers or entitlements....Well I know who the real moochers are..Thats every republican politician who gets a government check..He and or her is one big old mooching assbag..

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Posted by Tony Dockery on 11/25/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

Based on some of the comments here, I'm to understand that Mr. Mozingo is a worthless piece of trash because he's white. because he supported Trump, and because he has a criminal record. Check. There are even inferences made about his level of education and whether or not he's ever been in a library.

Out of curiosity ... would people be saying this if he had darker skin? Or are we simply at a point where it's OK to trash Caucasians, but to do the same to an African American man in similar circumstances would evoke cries of "BIGOT!" and "RACIST!"?

By the way, I don't condone either. Yes, it appears that Mr. Mozingo has made some bad choices in life, as many people do. Yes, he has political opinions that many of us don't share. But if we're truly going to act like the enlightened people we fancy ourselves to be, then wouldn't it make sense to offer a little more compassion and respect than the vitriol being spewed here?

Oh, and if there was only a way to ensure that convicted felons and the like aren't participating in elections. If there was only a way to make sure that at the person showing up at the polls is who he/she claims to be. If only there was a way ...

(Caveat: I was born and raised in a Commonwealth country that has long been known as a torch-bearer of fair democracy. For as long as I've been alive people have been required there to show ID when voting. In fact, I never knew that there were first world countries that didn't require voter ID until I lawfully immigrated to the United States where, as a citizen and active voter, I still instinctively produce my ID when I go to vote.)

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 11/25/2016 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Organize or Die: The Left Needs Its Own Tea Party

Back in the 20th century we used to have wonderful strong democrats who would never allow any bullies, either extreme religious right wing gun nuts who wish to destroy women's rights or slash public education, affordable housing, decent working conditions and necessary government regulations for the good of all people to kick them around! FDR, LBJ, Harry Truman, Hubert Humphrey and Adlai Stevenson, just to name a few! Those real democrats really represented ALL working class and middle income people in this country! They all tried to create real democratic LIBERTY and Fair And equal justice for all!

But ever since REAGAN, unions that protected the working class Americans and regulations that prevented American manufacturing jobs from being shipped to third world countries, especially in ASIA were destroyed and the Anerican workers who used to have the manufacturing jobs were kicked to the curb, into slums and HOMELESSNESS!

The democrats under REAGAN caved in to most of his demands. He was the first republican to change the party from a reasonable centrist right wing party to a CRUEL FASCIST PARTY

Bush 41 made things worse and the democrats once again FAILED to fight back until the economy crashed and big companies (especially insurance companies) who used to value all of their older experienced employees and treat them well and encourage them to stay with the company up to retirement age were now TRASHING their older workers and kicking them to the curb at ages 40-60, an age when they are TOO YOUNG to get Social Security or job pensions and at the same time too OLD to easily find new jobs! A VICIOUS HORRIBLE THING TO Do to Older Working Class Americans!

Finally in 1992 Clinton got elected because if the way REAGAN and BUSH destroyed the economy and the economy got better

But the republicans still PREVENTED the democrats from bringing manufacturing jobs back because the big companies did not have to pay American taxes if the plants and jobs were in China or India and they could pay the third world people cheaper wages than they paid the American workers, and they were DETERMINED to keep their gravy train that REAGAN and BUSH 41 gave them!

The democrats once again failed to FIGHT BACK and rally the people against corporate greed that destroyed American jobs.

Clinton was ruined also be the Lewinsky scandal because ever since REAGAN
The playing field between Democrats and Republicans is not fair and equal.
Republicans can get away with all kinds of scandals and horrible crimes. But all it takes to cause a democrat to be ruined is an extra-marital affair!

Again the democrats failed to fight back which they should have done, exposing republican corruption and holding REAGAN accountable for giving arms to IRAN in exchange for the hostages and DESTROYING the lives of millions of Anerican workers by allowing CEO's to ship Anerican jobs overseas and lay off older workers at an age where they are TOO OLD to find new jobs and TOO YOUNG for retirement benefits!

Then BUSH 43 stole the election by refusing to allow a re-count of Florida's bored!

GOTEvabd the whole democrat party turned COWARDLY instead of fighting for the right to get a fair recount!

Then the 9-11 attacks occurred and the Whole GOP EXPLOITED the tragedy leading us into an unjust and costly war with IRAQ! The congressional democrats CAVED IN!

In 2004 the democrat candidate JOHN KERRYbwas ruined by the fear mongering propaganda SWIFTBOAT attacks!

The whole democrat party TURNED COWARDLY instead of fighting back! The bastard BUSH 43 got a Second term

Those who don't fight back NEVER win. You cannot pick up a rattle snake and expect to tame it and make it a pet!

When Obama got elected he thought he could get the republican (now fill blown FASCIST) party to settle down and work with him! He was unfortunately WRONG!

In August of 2009 the damn GOP unleashed a vicious army of hateful RASCIST TEA PARTY foot soldiers to run wild all over America, MALICIOUSLY SMASHING UP AND MALICIOUSLY DESTROYING every single town hall meeting that President Obama set up all over the land to explain his healthcare reform program to the public.

When that happened I sent emails to Organizing for America and The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. BEGGING them to FIGHT BACK against the vicious attacking Tea Partiers! I told them that failure to fight back against GOP attacks would DESTROY all of our efforts to TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK from the corporate Greedy Republicans who did so much damage with REAGAN and BOTH BUSHES!

All I ever got from them was a stupid INSULTING Email telling me that the TEA PARTY was nothing more than a nasty little bunch of crackpots who would surely go away if we good democrats just IGNIRED THEM! WRONG!

Bullies only get more vicious when their victims do not fight back

And just as I feared President Obama LOST his democrat majorities in BOTH houses of congress and most state governor seats because progressive voters HATE COWARDS who let republican bullies kick them around! The refusal of the progressive Cortes to turn out in good numbers on Election Day is all the damn Reiubkucan FASCISTS need to win!

And thanks to the COWARDLY "Democrats" who lost the congress, MITCH MC CONNELL who is just as horrible as Donald Trump has DESTROYED President Obama's constitutional right to have his nominated Man, a DECENT FAIR Minded judge named MERRICK Garland given a fair hearing and nomination to the Supreme Court! TRUMP will add to the court a horrible religious fanatic just like SCALIA who WILL send women back to the days of COAT HANGER BACK ALLEY ABORTIONS!

Because the democrats have turned COWARDLY, instead if fighting back, just like the Weimar Republic democrats of 1833 Gernany!

Evil flourishes when good people do NOTHING instead of fighting back!

That is why TRUMP and all the other republicans WILL turn America into the same nightmare that Germany was in 1933-1945

Posted by Mr.Peabody on 11/25/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “A Desperate Pat McCrory Makes His Last Stand

Promoting and supporting poor policy, like voter suppression, HB2, and extremely poor coal ash regulation, is despicable but human. Attempting to change the results of an election you have obviously lost is possibly criminal and most definitely puerile. Cooper's lead grows with every inane, baseless, and desperate challenge. Grow a pair McCrory. Show a little class on your way out the door.

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Posted by DR B on 11/23/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “How Did Mike Morgan Win?

Really though, this bolding thing is annoying.

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Posted by kevan on 11/23/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “A Desperate Pat McCrory Makes His Last Stand

Have you always done this bolding thing? Can you stop?

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Posted by Alex Dunham on 11/23/2016 at 9:19 AM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

Uneducated and low informed, probably never been to a library in their life. Also all on some sort of government assistance. Yea I can't wait for their medicare to be screwed with!

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Posted by Donna DiCorcia Davis on 11/21/2016 at 6:05 PM

Re: “From Nixon to Trump: The Parallels between 1968 and 2016

I am so naive to have believed since the late sixties racism was lessening in America. I am a child of that era, alive for the assassinations of John Kennedy,Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy . Since the 2016 primaries watching the hateful language, acceptance of sexism,racism, religious freedoms being taken away, rate of violence increasing within our youth, and civil liberties taken away. What I feel is that the anti semitism, racism, loss of freedom for some Americans never really changed . The monsters are loose.

Posted by ccrovetti on 11/20/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “No Silver Lining: The Dems’ Apparent Defeat of Pat McCrory Is Cold Comfort

HB2 was idiotic legislation that was never going to survive court challenges but cost the state thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars. A perfect example of a Pyrrhic Victory.

THAT is the reason.

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Posted by MichyMitch on 11/20/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “To the Women Who Raised Us: You Abandoned Hillary Clinton When She Needed You Most

It is sad to think that in the next four years young women will probably have fewer reproductive rights than their mothers and grandmothers had in their day, they will face more employment discrimination, and be more at risk to sexual assault and abuse and that their mothers and grandmothers are directly responsible for that.

Posted by MichyMitch on 11/20/2016 at 9:25 AM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

This is a real guy. A drunk and a criminal.
http://www.courtrecords.org/people/JOSEPH+MOZINGO+NC/

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Posted by Dr. Harvey on 11/19/2016 at 11:09 PM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

Zzzzzzzzzz.....
More of the same from the left.
Creating a totally bogus narrative to fit their increasingly radical hate agenda.

I've seen this story 100 times on CNN or read it in the Washington Post.

Here is how it goes down. Little Johnny goes off to local University. Gets indoctrinated by the left. Gets his journalism degree. Thinks he is smarter than everyone else. Arrogantly writes hate filled hit pieces. Has wine and cheese with his leftist friends. Feels holier than thou. Loses an election. More apoplectic hit pieces. Vicious cycle.

The left is going to continue to hate those not like them. We are all ignorant hicks in their eyes. Can't change them.

Drain the swamp.

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Posted by UNCconservative on 11/19/2016 at 8:29 AM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

Perhaps Mr. Mozingo would feel differently if he did not blame others for his own short comings. He had a job,stole from his company was subsequently fired. Whose fault was that,really. Or when he was indicted and sent to prison. Violated his probation, caught for multiple DUIs last one back in jail for DWI while liscense were revoked and fleeing the scene. Guess he has to blame someone. He can't get a job because he is a repeat offender. He shouldn't have even been allowed to vote, if he infaCT vote.

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Posted by call it straight on 11/18/2016 at 4:55 PM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

Voting for Trump thinking you will get change...lol...Hahahahaheheheh...Joke is on you....Trump is just like all the other republicans....They represent rich America not working Americans....All you rich fks will do ok he will cut your taxes blah blah blah.....But all the things that ordinary people need will be gone....So feel high and mighty because you voted for change...lol..well sit back and enjoy the ride because change your going to get.....I dont think you will like it in the end......Remember the last 8 years of republican rule arggg....Change in NC has not been good under McCory the country will suffer the same under Trump ...lol...Republicans and their followers are some really dumb shits.

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Posted by Tony D on 11/18/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

If you work a regular hourly job and you have family members who are retired and getting SSN and medicare or you are going to need UN-employment insurance or workman's comp at some point in your life ...WELL I can safely say you are fools and idiots voting for Trump so unless you are rich and wont ever need these programs...Then you are stupid beyond belief letting the republicans control everything....Paul Ryan and all the other assbag republicans want to permanently destroy these programs or privatize...Privatize means corporations can extract fees from these funds in the name of saving tax dollars(its not possible)...Seems all the racists in NC would sell their selves into poverty voting for these republicans on account of racial barriers or religious ones....well you played into the hands of the dumbest bunch of assholes ever assembled to run this state AND COUNTRY. The republican party is not a christian organization not a one of them can ever be called a christian ..are they racist yes if it gets votes....The bottom line is they dont love you....they will sell you out for corporate money thats all they represent.....So now with these assholes running things and time will get hard and you will find yourself needing these agencies and they will be gone.....Bo Ho for you..

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Posted by Tony D on 11/18/2016 at 12:56 PM

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