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Top 10 Most Expensive Obamacare Taxes and Fees

To pay for generous subsidies to purchase health insurance, an expansion of Medicaid, and other new spending, Obamacare raises taxes and adds 17 new taxes or penalties that will affect all Americans.  Read more at  Advertisements

Two Republicans Seek Senate Seat Held For a Generation by Basnight

N.C. Rep. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, and real estate broker Jerry Evans say regulations are stifling economic growth in eastern North Carolina’s Senate District 1, a vast region of eight coastal counties. Both describe themselves as fiscal conservatives and say government is too intrusive.  And both say they entered the district’s Republican primary because residents want … Continue reading

Zoning the Ocean

President Obama has an ambitious plan for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans—and with it control over much of the nation’s energy, fisheries, even recreation in a move described by lawmakers as the ultimate power grab to zone the seas.  The massive undertaking also includes control over key inland waterways and rivers that … Continue reading

NC Sea Grant Strategic Planning — 2012

North Carolina Sea Grant is seeking public input to update its strategic plan.  For more than four decades, North Carolina Sea Grant research and outreach have focused on the coastal region, with topics ranging from fisheries and seafood, to water quality and erosion.  According to a news release, Sea Grant leadership is now looking to … Continue reading

Civitas NC Vote Tracker is Back

April 8 was the first day of NC Vote Tracker during this 2012 Election Year.  The first votes on Vote Tracker will be from absentee by mail ballots.  The Vote Tracker will also track absentee in-person voting when it begins on April 19, 2012. Civitas downloads the voting data from the State Board of Elections website and … Continue reading

Dare County Comprehensive Transportation Plan Study

NCDOT will be holding information sessions about their plans for transportation improvements. Monday, 4/16/12, from 4pm to 7pm at the KDH municipal meeting room. There are similar sessions Tues. in Rodanthe and Wed. in Manteo. This is a drop in and learn type event. Staff will have displays of their plans and the issues they … Continue reading

More States Killing Their Death Tax; Is NC Next?

A recent Daily Caller article examines some trends of the death tax, both at the federal and state level – and includes a focus on North Carolina.  If the federal-level death tax is repealed, then that will set North Carolina even further behind other states in terms of being an attractive destination for retirees. Only 22 states currently levy … Continue reading

Your 2011 Federal Taxpayer Receipt

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. The receipt launched that year and, now, they’ve updated the tool to reflect current spending. Just enter a few pieces of information about your taxes, … Continue reading

Cell Phone Location Surveillance: Now at a Police Dept Near You!

Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.  In cities in Nevada, North Carolina and other states, police departments … Continue reading

Regulations Govern Our Lives – Then Send Us The Bill

The cost of regulation, in 2010, according to this source, was $1.75 trillion, or about $15,000 per household — almost as much as the average family spends on housing.  Read more at

Held Back by Red Tape Pt 3 : Policy Options for North Carolina

How can we modify licensing in North Carolina? While it is doubtful that North Carolina will do away with occupational licensing in its entirety, common-sense reforms can alleviate many of the burdens that licensing places on our economy:  Read more at

North Carolina 2012 primary countdown

North Carolina’s primary election season got started this week.  Here are a few important dates: April 13: Final day to change party affiliation and register to vote for primary. (Voters can also register at one-stop early voting.) April 19: Early voting begins. May 1: Final day to request absentee ballots in writing (except for illness … Continue reading

Held Back by Red Tape in NC Pt 2: Fines and Missed Dreams

North Carolinians find that they run afoul of one of the most widespread yet least-discussed barriers to creating jobs and pursing one’s dreams: occupational licensing. Doing unlicensed business, or even in some cases doing work for free, in a licensed profession is typically illegal and can lead to fines or even criminal prosecution.  Read more … Continue reading

The High Cost of Dumbing Us Down

It now costs over $10,000 a year to “educate,” or brainwash, a child in a public school, whereas it costs about $550 to $1,000 a year to homeschool a child. The taxpayer pays nothing for the education of a child at home. Yet, the homeschooling parent must continue to pay the taxes for the public … Continue reading

N.C. County Stands up to ACLU’s Attack on Public Prayer

A North Carolina county has thumbed its nose at the state’s ACLU franchise, which has been warning county officials all over the state to stop opening government meetings with prayer. As reported by the Associated Press, a “Rowan County commissioner opened the board’s [March 5] meeting with a Christian prayer, despite a warning from the state … Continue reading

Held Back by Red Tape: Occupational Licensing in North Carolina

Imagine a practice that restricts freedom, stifles competition, crushes dreams of success, and takes money out of consumers’ pockets — often for little or no good reason. Would you call it bureaucratic red tape? Restraint of trade? Highway robbery?  In North Carolina and other states it’s called occupational licensing — the practice of requiring a … Continue reading

9 Republican AGs Allege Obama Administration Violates Law 21 Times

The Obama administration has used a variety of regulatory agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and other means, to violate the law at least 21 times, Republican attorneys general in nine states allege in a report.  Read the details at

Demand Action on National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act

The “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011” is very good legislation for gun owners.  The time is past due to dispel the alarmist rhetoric about the bill, and to set the record straight.  H.R. 822 is a GOOD bill and is GOOD for gun owners.  The bill would ENHANCE Americans’ right to self-defense by enabling … Continue reading

Who’s Running Where

For a list of candidates running in NC grouped by contest click HERE  

Hands Off My Healthcare Rally

Americans For Prosperity has arranged transportation for the March 27, 2012 rally in Washington DC. Can’t beat the price for $10.00 from VA/NY/NJ/PA/MD and $15.00 from NC.  For details click HERE

The Real Story on Redistricting

When Republicans took control of the North Carolina General Assembly in 2010, their victory won them more than just the ability to write the state budget or act on their legislative agenda. For the first time in the modern era, they won the power to draw electoral districts for federal, state, and even some local … Continue reading

Pre-K, Daycare and Excessive Regulation

Thousands of pounds of good food is tossed in the garbage every day across the state and the nation. Schools have to follow the USDA meal guidelines in order to be reimbursed for the cost of the food. Kevin Campbell runs a pre-K program in Mecklenburg County. He is also a member of the North … Continue reading

Kill Devil Hills to begin televising board meetings

In an effort to make decision-making more accessible to the public, the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners agreed Monday night to begin televising its meetings.  Read more at

NC Student’s Homemade Lunch Not Healthy Enough

A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.  The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the … Continue reading

Filing begins for May primary elections

Two incumbents and two potential challengers officially entered the race for seats on the Dare County Board of Commissioners as filing for the May 8 primary got under way at noon Monday.  Four seats on the Board of Education are available in the May 8 non-partisan election.  Read the details at  

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