Tar Heel Blue Dogs Fare Poorly on Taxpayer Rankings

August 20, 2010

Group names four N.C. Republicans ‘taxpayer heroes’
By David N. Bass
August 16, 2010

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s three centrist Democrats scored in single digits on new congressional rankings that judge how well lawmakers protected taxpayers’ interests in 2009.

U.S. Reps. Heath Shuler, D-11th, and Mike McIntyre, D-7th, scored 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively, in the rankings by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a conservative group based in Washington, D.C. Shuler and McIntyre are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, an alliance of House Democrats who claim to be “independent voices for fiscal responsibility and accountability.”

Rep. Larry Kissell, a Democrat representing the 8th Congressional District, isn’t a member of the coalition but has parted company with party leaders several times during his year-and-a-half in the House. He garnered 5 percent on the scorecard. Read the rest of this entry »

Goss Says No State Gas Tax Increases, Fields Question About Possible 2010 Congressional Campaign

May 11, 2009

monday, may 11 2009
North Carolina Senator Steve Goss said the state will not raise the gas tax while he appeared on AM 1450 WATA’s Roten in the Morning show.

Goss said, “We are not going to increase the gas tax… I’m chair of the appropriations committee in the Senate and on the transportation for the state and that’s one thing that needs to be ruled out up front.”

Roten in the Morning’s host, Jonathon Roten, asked the senator about raising the gas tax because the idea had been kicked around as a way to help the state meet the budget.

Goss also said state lawmakers capped the state gas tax in their last session.

Roten also said he had heard rumors about Goss running for Congress next election. Roten asked Goss about the possibility of him running for the U.S. House of Representatives against Virginia Foxx in 2010’s election.

Goss said, “Well, right now, Jonathon, of course I’m a membmer of the NC Senate, thankfully, representing Ashe, Alexander, Wilkes, and Watauga. Who knows what the future holds, but right now I am focused on our state budget and on the needs of our people in North Carolina.”

Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Foxx spent 10 years as a state senator in North Carolina. Goss is currently serving his second term in the North Carolina Senate.


**NOTE** – Oh Yeah, with Joines gone Goss is full steam ahead!

Lifting ban on illegal immigrants may profit colleges

April 23, 2009

By Francis X. Gilpin
Staff writer

North Carolina community colleges would make money by enrolling illegal immigrants.

That finding from consultants hired by the State Board of Community Colleges appears to blow a hole in the main argument of those who see undocumented students as a drain on the public purse.

But community college officials remained cautious Friday as they awaited official reaction to the report from their state governing board.

“From our standpoint, we will comply with whatever the system office determines is the best approach for us to follow,” said Bill Mauney, one of the few local officials willing to address the politically touchy topic.


Proposal Would Increase Taxes On All Investors

April 22, 2009

Carolina Journal Exclusives

Excise tax would cover entire transaction, regardless of profit or loss

By Karen McMahan

April 23, 2009

RALEIGH — A bill being considered in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee would impose an excise tax of 0.25 percent on the purchase and sale of all stocks, options, and futures. The tax would apply to the entire transaction amount, regardless of whether the trade results in a profit or a loss.

Democrats pushing the bill want to make Wall Street pay for the $750 billion bailout of the financial industry. By imposing the tax at the exchange level, the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and 13 Democratic co-sponsors believe it will have “a negligible impact on the average investor.”\http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=5367

Easley: Campaign used car

April 22, 2009

Revised filing says it became personal vehicle in 2005

Published: Tue, Apr. 21, 2009 04:22AMModified Tue, Apr. 21, 2009 04:46AM

Former Gov. Mike Easley has offered a new explanation of why his son drove a sport utility vehicle, apparently for several years, that the Easleys did not own.

Easley says the 2000 GMC Yukon owned by a Robeson County dealership was “made available” for use as a campaign vehicle beginning in early 2003, according to documents filed with the State Board of Elections on Friday and Monday by a lawyer for Easley’s campaign committee.

The campaign used the SUV in 2003 and 2004 and part of 2005, wrote the lawyer, John Wallace of Wallace & Nordan in Raleigh. From mid-2005 on, the vehicle was used for “personal purposes,” he wrote.


Ron Paul argues against bailout policies at Wake

April 21, 2009

Published: April 21, 2009

The financial crisis was caused by excessive credit, too much printed money and government debt and can’t be solved by the federal bailout of banking, insurance and car companies, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul said last night at Wake Forest University.

“If we don’t clean up this mess, big government will take away our liberty,” Paul said. “The bailout is as bad as the financial bubble.”

Paul, R-Texas, spoke for about 40 minutes at Wait Chapel to more than 800 people, including WFU students, Winston-Salem residents and people who supported his campaign for the president’s office. The Wake Forest Young Americans for Liberty and the Wake Forest College Republicans organized the event.


‘Tea party’ gets pretty hot

April 16, 2009

Thousands of conservatives rally in Raleigh against taxes, debt

RALEIGH — At age 65, Jim Lewis had never been to a protest, but the nationwide wave of anti-tax “tea parties” — and the dismay among conservatives with the Obama administration’s spending plans and bailouts that sparked them — finally gave him cause enough.

He and his wife, Donna, drove an hour and a half from their home near Greensboro to join a few thousand people at two such rallies in Raleigh on Wednesday.