A few observations about our local politics:
- The Rhino Times is reporting that Skip Alston might be replacing Raymond Trapp on the Guilford Board of County Commissioners. If that happens, Republican commissioners will need to be prepared for a prolonged fight because Alston is tenacious and nasty. Overall, it is not really their nature to fight; but if it turns out to be Alston, they will need to rise to the occasion. They had a good run cutting the county budget during the first few years after they assumed control of the county board; but have seemed to be in a holding pattern for a long time. Now might be an appropriate time to seek budget reductions proactively because otherwise Alston will overpower them (or co-opt them!) if they remain passive.
- Bob Harris is reporting about a bill sponsored by Rep. Jon Hardister that would increase the pay of large numbers of state employees and teachers by the amount of $2,400. The pay raise would even extend to temporary and part-time employees. Harris referred to it as "vote-buying". We had recently learned through the Daily Haymaker that Hardister's ACU rating for 2016 was 50 percent.
- This is election year for the Greensboro City Council which recently won its suit over redistricting with the assistance of the activist federal judge Catherine Eagles. She found that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enacted to provide equal protection of the law for freed blacks in the wake of the Civil War, is to be applied to provide protection to cities within the state of North Carolina. This is part of a longstanding tradition of abusive 14th Amendment jurisprudence; and the outcome of the litigation was not in question. But we must now ask if there will be a viable opposition to the awful, amoral mob serving on our city council. John Brown is apparently stepping up; but let's hope others do so also. Brown, even if he were to win, would need other conservatives to help him enact his program. The current council spends like they are marionettes with Paul Krugman pulling the strings. They undermine police and fan the flames of crime in the best tradition of Barack Obama. We deserve much better.