Jeff Hall Benefit

March 31, 2009

What a great day we had at the Benefit.

It was a steady flow of people starting at before 3:00 and continued until around 7:30. We started with 400 hamburgers, and 400 hot dogs and “RAN OUT”. We had to go get more.

A big THANK YOU for all the help from the Men’s Club, the Party and others and for the contributions of food and money.

It could have not gone any better. Now to the BEST PART, $10,284.00 was raised Saturday.

Talking with Jeff this morning the total is now over $12,000.00 with checks and money given from people that could not attend Saturday. There have been several that have pledged and we are adding to this total by the hour.

We will be sending a “THANK YOU” letter from the Men’s Club for the contributors of the onated supplies and use of the Fellowship Hall. Once again a big “THANK YOU”

Surry County Republican Men’s Club

Journal cuts 13 employees, eliminates 10 other jobs

March 31, 2009

Published: March 31, 2009

The Winston-Salem Journal announced 13 job cuts yesterday as part of a continuing effort to reduce costs in a weak and unstable economy.

Including vacancies, 23 positions were eliminated out of a full-time staff of 260. The Journal also has about 85 part-time employees.

The job cuts affect the newsroom, production, advertising, circulation and finance departments. Two newsroom staffers were let go, and three vacant positions won’t be filled.

The affected employees will receive severance packages.

Senator Burr Launches New Website for Re-election

March 31, 2009

From Senator Richard Burr…

Brooke and I wanted to let you know that my campaign has a new website which I hope you will visit soon. Through this website you will be able to read recent news articles about what I am doing in the U.S. Senate, stay up-to-date with my campaign activities and learn about ways you can volunteer for my 2010 re-election effort.

The new site,, will be a great place for you to stay connected to me and my campaign. From my site you can link to my Facebook page and other social networking sites. Tell your friends about the new site so they can sign up to receive campaign e-mail updates such as this one. There is even a link where you can let me know if you are wiling to volunteer on my re-election campaign.

Check out my new site today. Just go to Let me know what you think.

Thanks for your support.

Richard Burr

Perdue says staff just looks big

March 30, 2009

As of February, it was larger and more expensive than that of ex-Gov. Mike Easley.
By Rob Christensen – Staff Writer

Published: Mon, Mar. 30, 2009 02:00am

RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue is asking most of state government to pull in its belt, but her own office has not gone on any such austerity diet.

Perdue’s staff has remained roughly the same size as that of her predecessor, Gov. Mike Easley, according to state personnel records.

If Easley jumped off a bridge, would you?  We hope.

Gas prices continue to inch up

March 30, 2009

Rise more in line with previous seasonal increases
John Boyle • • updated March 30, 2009 4:47 am

Average gas prices crossed $2 a gallon Wednesday in Western North Carolina, two days before most of the country hit the milestone Friday.

But, experts say, a major spike like the one motorists saw last year is unlikely.

“What we’re seeing is the traditional spring-summer uptick in pricing,” said Tom Crosby, a spokesman for AAA Carolinas, which tracks fuel costs. “It’s nothing dramatic. It’s more of an incremental creep of 1 to 2 cents a week and this is something we see every year.”

Who will challenge Burr?

March 29, 2009

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan could be called the $47 million woman — the amount spent by both sides in the Senate race in North Carolina last year.

As stunning as that figure may seem, some insiders expect the Senate race next year to be more expensive.

And that is why state Attorney General Roy Cooper is the subject of a high-intensity recruitment campaign by the national Democratic Party.

Local representatives to General Assembly on listening tour

March 29, 2009

As the state legislature goes to work on the budget for the next fiscal year, forecasts are dire and cuts may be deep, explained Sen. Steve Goss and Rep. Cullie Tarleton last Friday during a visit to Ashe County. Nobody will be immune to cutbacks as the state prepares to severely tighten its fiscal belt.

Goss and Tarleton are conducting a dual listening tour throughout their constiuency to hear what the people have to say and answer questions about the state’s economic predicament. Facing a $3.5 billion shortfall in the next budget, Gov. Bev Perdue is looking at widespread appropriation of funds from available resources, including the education lottery, freezing of projects, and cutbacks wherever possible.

McHenry struggles to pay off debt

March 29, 2009

Published: March 29, 2009

Political wonks use phrases like “constant campaign” and “perpetual candidate” to describe the apparent need of office-holders to motivate the masses into pumping money into their war chests.

With members of the 111th Congress seated less than three months ago, some incumbents already are looking ahead to the next election.

Soucek for Senate

March 27, 2009


It was all applause last night at the Watauga County Republican Party meeting at Sagebrush in Boone. Of course, Alexander County got the first news, and gave the first round of applause on Monday at Wittenberg Elementary School in Taylorsville. Dan Soucek former candidate for NC House announced again last night that he would be a candidate against Senator Steve Goss for the 45th NC Senate District. Soucek the 39 year old West Point graduate was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot before being recruited to lead High County Young Life, a ministry organization geared towards youth. Soucek works for Samaritan’s Purse and is well known for his 2008 bid against Cullie Tarleton. “In a year were republicans stumbled, we mobilized youthful volunteers, and conservatives all over. Although we didn’t win we made Cullie work for it.”, said Soucek last year. Last night Soucek stated wasteful spending, environmental extremism, and an out of touch legislature as his reasons for running. You can read more about Dan by visiting his website at

Vehicle Project Seeks $18 Million Jump Start From Taxpayers

March 26, 2009

Public sources have sunk $17 million into struggling northeastern center

By Don Carrington
March 04, 2009
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RALEIGH — Supporters of a struggling state-funded vehicle research center in Northampton County are seeking an additional $18.2 million from state taxpayers. Since the center’s inception in 2005, the General Assembly and other public sources have committed $17 million to the project. 

Rep. Michael Wray, D-Northampton, introduced a bill Feb. 12 that would send another $18.2 mi llion to the project over the next two fiscal years. The bill designates $1.9 million for operating costs and the remainder for continued construction costs. State Sen. Ed Jones, D–Halifax, introduced an identical bill in the Senate.

The project, N.C. Center for Automotive Research (NCCAR), was known until April 2007 as the N.C. Advanced Vehicle Research Center. NCCAR is organized as a nonprofit, and Northampton County Economic Development Director Gary Brown serves as president.

“NCCAR plans to be an independent, non-profit center devised to meet the ever-evolving product research, testing and development demands of the automotive industry,” according to its Web site. The 625-acre site, just off Interstate 95 outside Roanoke Rapids, is to include a 4.6-mile test track, advanced laboratory, and client garages.
*SIDENOTE – I  know this is a bit late, but its a good read from the John Locke Foundation. *