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  • frosty Nov 8, 3:57 p.m.

    Can NC secede from the US again? After Obama's military cuts we could make it this time.

    And to make the liberals happy we could even put tolls on I-95 and I-85, I-77 and I-40 since they would be crossing into another country.

    Just kidding, but still...

  • mikeyj Nov 7, 5:56 p.m.

    ....AND to the "REPUBLIC" for which I "STAND"!

  • Chuckson Nov 7, 4:48 p.m.

    McCrory will definitely be headstrong as he moves to allow offshore drilling that will never benefit the citizens of NC and to promote fracking long enough to poison the water supply for the central part of NC so that he can show he is pro-business for the gas companies.

  • Das G Nov 7, 4:15 p.m.

    Hopefully McCrory will be a headstrong governor advocating state rights. We desperately need someone to step up against the ballooning federal government, especially now that Obama has been re-elected.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 7, 4:02 p.m.

    ""You were obviously not concerned as this state was run into the ground by the democrats. Damien "

    Actually you are incorrect. The repubs in the past 2 years have run this state into the ground. Was doing fine until they all got into power. They have done nothing but divide, discriminate and pushed their moral issues on everyone else."----banker27520

    My post wasn't even directed to you, however since you seem so disgruntled at the Republican sweep I have to beg the question, are you one of the Democrat KKK members that got called out and not elected?

  • Damien Thorne Nov 7, 4:01 p.m.

    "Actually you are incorrect. The repubs in the past 2 years have run this state into the ground. Was doing fine until they all got into power. They have done nothing but divide, discriminate and pushed their moral issues on everyone else."----banker27520

    Yes, we had the best roads, the best education system, no cronyism, no democrats in jail, the best economy, the best unemployment rate, up until 2 years ago.

    I am curious, do you honestly believe that?

  • working for deadbeats Nov 7, 3:58 p.m.

    "No one Party should given free range. I hope it's not true but I think the citizens of NC will regret the Republican wave." bluford2

    Ya...now it's not fair.

  • junkmail5 Nov 7, 3:50 p.m.

    "When all variables are the same, more money attracts better teachers and educated graduates who might want to enter the teaching field. Right now, there aren't even enough textbooks to go around. 1 in 8 teachers left the profession in NC even though we were in the midst of a recession. Teacher pay in NC is amongst the worst. Education spending is very near the bottom. Amazingly some try to claim that we shouldn't spend more but lack any evidence. The states that do the best, spend quite a bit more. (NJ, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania etc.)"-----Plenty Coups

    You might wanna check your sources. NC is middle of pack on salaries and-

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-williams/public-spending-education-_b_1883387.html

    "It also shows absence of correlation between spending and success when comparing results from individual states.

    States that spend the most certainly do not get the best results, at least as far as these two national standardized measures of performance show"

  • Tarheel born Nov 7, 3:24 p.m.

    Wait and see attitude at this point. We, the People, will only stand so much radical change from any party.

  • banker27520 Nov 7, 3:10 p.m.

    "You were obviously not concerned as this state was run into the ground by the democrats.
    Damien "

    Actually you are incorrect. The repubs in the past 2 years have run this state into the ground. Was doing fine until they all got into power. They have done nothing but divide, discriminate and pushed their moral issues on everyone else.

  • I Carry even in Cary Nov 7, 3:00 p.m.

    No one Party should given free range. I hope it's not true but I think the citizens of NC will regret the Republican wave.
    bluford2

    Like the Dems have for over a 100 years

  • whatelseisnew Nov 7, 2:14 p.m.

    "It is truly a disappointing day in NC. This raises many red flags and causes grave concern for a lot of people here. NC seems to be that traditional southern state stuck in the past unfortunately. Who would believe Debra Goldman would have gotten any votes?"
    It is very likely most of Goldman's votes came from people that vote straight party. Perhaps you are not aware that Dems controlled this State for 100 years. So if NC is stuck in the past, who is responsible for that? The Republicans that gained control only two years ago? I think not. Keep in mind who controlled this State when people were sterilized.
    The reality is, when times were fat, the Dems in this State spent every penny and borrowed more. They raided the highway trust fund over and over again, something that was finally deemed to be illegal. At the same time DOT was screaming about the backlog of unfunded projects. Our fuel taxes are harmful to us, we now have a toll road. Maybe the reps will do better. I hope so.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 7, 2:11 p.m.

    "hey had to deceptively redistrict to get what that wanted. Let's hope more scandal and lies are not revealed as the year unfold for the GOP. I just hope that they will do some of what they promised during their campaigns- low unemployment, better education, and a booming economy."---free2bme

    It is a great day in NC, ignorance has lost out and has been put out to pasture. It is too bad that there are still some that would rather wallow in their ignorance then be relieved that the old ways of the democrats and the kkk kompadres are out of here for good. I simply cannot believe that they even ran 2 more KKK people this year.

  • baldchip Nov 7, 2:11 p.m.

    I beg to differ with the headlife. WE might have done well in NC, but national results are aweful. Obama is the sorst possible choice for President. You can't trust what he does or says.

  • working for deadbeats Nov 7, 1:49 p.m.

    "I am deeply concerned about NC with the GOP fully in control. I did not vote for any of them." unc

    I'm also concerned with Obama in control. I did not vote for him. Here's a tissue.

  • WASP Nov 7, 1:45 p.m.

    Plenty Coups: AMEN. I was one of those teachers who left the profession after 27 years. Pay and Politics finally did me in.
    I don't like to brag but I was an outstanding science teacher.

  • free2bme Nov 7, 1:30 p.m.

    It is truly a disappointing day in NC. This raises many red flags and causes grave concern for a lot of people here. NC seems to be that traditional southern state stuck in the past unfortunately. Who would believe Debra Goldman would have gotten any votes? That speaks volumes about the GOP voters and what they stand for. They appear to be quite self serving. They had to deceptively redistrict to get what that wanted. Let's hope more scandal and lies are not revealed as the year unfold for the GOP. I just hope that they will do some of what they promised during their campaigns- low unemployment, better education, and a booming economy.

  • working for deadbeats Nov 7, 1:29 p.m.

    "I am deeply concerned about NC with the GOP fully in control. I did not vote for any of them"

    I didn't vote for BO, but I have to live with it. Stop your whining.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 7, 1:15 p.m.

    "When all variables are the same, more money attracts better teachers and educated graduates who might want to enter the teaching field. Right now, there aren't even enough textbooks to go around. 1 in 8 teachers left the profession in NC even though we were in the midst of a recession. Teacher pay in NC is amongst the worst. Education spending is very near the bottom. Amazingly some try to claim that we shouldn't spend more but lack any evidence. The states that do the best, spend quite a bit more. (NJ, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania etc.)"-----Plenty Coups

    Funny, that is not the view that I get from the teachers I know.... Nice made up argument though.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 7, 1:12 p.m.

    "I am deeply concerned about NC with the GOP fully in control. I did not vote for any of them. My only hope is that the relatively effective and responsible McCrory who was Mayor of Charlotte becomes Governor, not the pandering phony who has been running for office since then."----unc70

    Liar. You were obviously not concerned as this state was run into the ground by the democrats.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 7, 1:06 p.m.

    A good night for Republicans...Please I don't see that Republican sitting in the white house seat. Oh, just in case you have not heard. PRESIDENT OBAMS CONTINUE TO SIT IN THAT SEAT. HE IS AN OUTSTANDING DEMOCRATE. A FINE LEADER AND FAIR TO ALL WHO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES.

  • unc70 Nov 7, 12:47 p.m.

    I am deeply concerned about NC with the GOP fully in control. I did not vote for any of them. My only hope is that the relatively effective and responsible McCrory who was Mayor of Charlotte becomes Governor, not the pandering phony who has been running for office since then.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 7, 12:46 p.m.

    "You have already been dis-proven in this argument. More money does not equal a better education."

    When all variables are the same, more money attracts better teachers and educated graduates who might want to enter the teaching field. Right now, there aren't even enough textbooks to go around. 1 in 8 teachers left the profession in NC even though we were in the midst of a recession. Teacher pay in NC is amongst the worst. Education spending is very near the bottom. Amazingly some try to claim that we shouldn't spend more but lack any evidence. The states that do the best, spend quite a bit more. (NJ, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania etc.)

  • westernwake1 Nov 7, 12:16 p.m.

    "Why are we continuing to perpetuate 40+ years in failure in public K-12 education in our state."

    'because we are one of the lowest funded school system and the GOP cut the funding further......and in spite of that my kids both excelled in WCPSS and will soon be paying your Soc. Sec. :)' - Grand Union

    North Carolina's public education problem is that the dollars are not being sent directly to the classroom. The huge amount of money is being wasted at the state and county level on unneeded administration. The first thing North Carolina needs to do is trim the educational administration and focus the dollars on the classroom. This includes pay raises based on performance and technology training for teachers. In order to do this our overall education budget will need to go up over time... I do agree that it can not be cut further.

  • oldaltar Nov 7, 12:14 p.m.

    I imagine a few of the laws centered around this legislature social agenda will be challenged and will have to go to the SCOTUS. Hopefully by that time President Obama would have appointed at least one Justice. America is evolving. Gerrymandering is the big resson why the Republican party in this state and in the U.S. Congress is still in power. However I hope that Mr. McCrory succeeds and those in power in NC do what is right.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 7, 12:08 p.m.

    "because we are one of the lowest funded school system and the GOP cut the funding further......and in spite of that my kids both excelled in WCPSS and will soon be paying your Soc. Sec. :)"-----Grand Union

    You have already been dis-proven in this argument. More money does not equal a better education. Do you only have these few arguments and then you go back to repeating your same posts?

  • Damien Thorne Nov 7, 12:04 p.m.

    "they already moved to the GOP or died of old age. The Dems will have a house clearing and will be back in 2014 and 2016.....it might take a few years for the effects of the gerrymandering to be over run by demographics but it'll happen."----Grand Union

    Amazing, I guess this is how talking out of both sides work. First you say they already moved or died, which is not true as the KKK are still running on Dem platforms and have never once run or voted republican, then you go on to say that the Dems will have a house clearing. That is just plain ignorance. Perhaps you should go back to your LoTR and leave politics alone. You know nothing about this state.

  • oldaltar Nov 7, 12:02 p.m.

    There are be no excuses now! I expect the umemployment percentage to significantly decrease within two years. However if the focus is going to be only on social, cultural issues and continued tax cuts for business partners, I may be disappointed

  • westernwake1 Nov 7, 12:01 p.m.

    "And the beginning of the downfall of the democrat party and their KKK members."

    'they already moved to the GOP or died of old age. The Dems will have a house clearing and will be back in 2014 and 2016.....it might take a few years for the effects of the gerrymandering to be over run by demographics but it'll happen.' - Grand Union

    Traditionally the KKK in the South has been made up of rural Democrats. This is an issue that extends into the modern day. We still have KKK members running as Democrats for public office in 2012. For the first time this year the state Democratic party in Raleigh disowned these racist candidates - North Carolina:

    Former KKK Member, White Supremacist Running As Democrats - http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/03/14/3097521/nc-democrats-criticize-own-candidates.html

    Over the past 30 years, 13 members of our state legislature have had associations with the KKK, all of these were Democrats and none Republicans.

  • Grand Union Nov 7, 11:57 a.m.

    "Thank God for Pat McCrory!!! At least we get something good outta the election. "

    He likes trains so we might get our light rail yet :) Its an ill wind......

  • Grand Union Nov 7, 11:55 a.m.

    "Why are we continuing to perpetuate 40+ years in failure in public K-12 education in our state."

    because we are one of the lowest funded school system and the GOP cut the funding further......and in spite of that my kids both excelled in WCPSS and will soon be paying your Soc. Sec. :)

  • Grand Union Nov 7, 11:53 a.m.

    "And the beginning of the downfall of the democrat party and their KKK members."

    they already moved to the GOP or died of old age. The Dems will have a house clearing and will be back in 2014 and 2016.....it might take a few years for the effects of the gerrymandering to be over run by demographics but it'll happen.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 7, 11:28 a.m.

    "This is the high tide of the GOP in North Carolina...."----Grand Union

    And the beginning of the downfall of the democrat party and their KKK members.

  • souljp1 Nov 7, 11:25 a.m.

    Get ready for more corruption..

  • westernwake1 Nov 7, 11:17 a.m.

    "Are you saying that Raleigh Charter (ranked within the top 40 in the U.S.) is a bad school? Why do you want to deny our children the best educational opportunities by banning charters? In other words, why do you hate our children?"

    'Charter schools are fine but they are not representative of the population as a whole so their results are not an indication of what they would be if they were more widespread.' - Grand Union

    If Charter Schools were more widespread (accounting for at least 25% of the schools in our state) then North Carolina would be in the top 25 states in education instead of in the bottom 5 states in K-12 education.

    Why are we continuing to perpetuate 40+ years in failure in public K-12 education in our state.

  • westernwake1 Nov 7, 10:55 a.m.

    "westernwake1, I think QC was protesting voucher systems (possibly the one proposed last year in the legislature which was just a money-making scheme for "insiders"), not charter schools in general." - reilteam

    North Carolina is ranked near last in public K-12 education in our country. Are you simply saying that we should continue with the failed approaches of the past 40 years. The Democratic party opposes every type of innovation proven (with results) to work in other states. The Democrats and the "educational establishment" oppose charter schools, schools associated with religious institutions (also ranked higher than public schools), vouchers, STEM, Academies, innovation proposed by the Gates foundation, and every other modern initiative.

    Enough is enough... just saying "No" to improving education and continuing the failed policies of the past 40 years is not the answer. Time to step in some new directions to stop North Carolina from being the backwater of K-12 education.

  • belovedsparrow Nov 7, 10:37 a.m.

    Thank God for Pat McCrory!!! At least we get something good outta the election.

    Too bad we didn't get Romney too. At least our state did it's part. :)

  • Grand Union Nov 7, 10:26 a.m.

    "Are you saying that Raleigh Charter (ranked within the top 40 in the U.S.) is a bad school? Why do you want to deny our children the best educational opportunities by banning charters? In other words, why do you hate our children?"

    Charter schools are fine but they are not representative of the population as a whole so their results are not an indication of what they would be if they were more widespread.

  • reilteam Nov 7, 10:23 a.m.

    "Don't let the Repblicans destroy Education in N.C.! A voucher system will create a state filled with Corporate-for-Profit charter schools and non-scientific religious schools. The children and our future will suffer." - QC

    "This might be a good time to point out that 98 of the state's 100 charter schools exceed test scores in each racial demographic when compared to public schools (either local or statewide). The charter system should be expanded (which it is - the 100 school cap was removed).

    Are you saying that Raleigh Charter (ranked within the top 40 in the U.S.) is a bad school? Why do you want to deny our children the best educational opportunities by banning charters? In other words, why do you hate our children?
    Click to view my profile" - westernwake1

    westernwake1, I think QC was protesting voucher systems (possibly the one proposed last year in the legislature which was just a money-making scheme for "insiders"), not charter schools in general.

  • Grand Union Nov 7, 10:20 a.m.

    This is the high tide of the GOP in North Carolina....

  • reilteam Nov 7, 10:11 a.m.

    We're going to have to keep a tight leash on this Republican gaggle so they don't turn us into a backwater state. The Tea GOParty robots in the legislature will be taking their marching orders from ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) funded by the Koch brothers. So we can count on voter id initiatives to suppress the vote, proposals advertised as helping minorities but which in reality are backdoor school voucher schemes to defund public schools, relaxed environmental regulations and tax breaks for their top 1% buddies (under the pretense of creating jobs), and other contrivances whose affect will be to hollow out the middle class in North Carolina.

    We've already seen this behavior following the 2010 election; with an accomplice in the statehouse it will only get worse.

  • godshelper Nov 7, 10:05 a.m.

    Good Bye Bev! Good Bye Walter, you ain't gotta go home but you can't stay here!

  • driverkid3 Nov 7, 9:58 a.m.

    bluford2::::I hope it's not true but I think the citizens of NC will regret the Republican wave.

    I don't think so. The dems have made such a mess of this state, and I think Gov. McCrory will clean it up in the first 4 years without laying the blame on perdue (like obama is doing and most likely will continue to do) Gov. McCrory will do a great job!

    In any case, I am SO glad this is over with and all those nasty, obnoxious, rude ads are gone.

  • westernwake1 Nov 7, 9:49 a.m.

    Hopefully this election is a wake-up call for the state's Democratic party. The message is that the people in North Carolina are tired of the endless corruption & fraud (Easley, Black, etc. the list is endless). We have also had it with the outright incompetence of particular democratic leaders (e.g. Purdue).

    At this point, anyone tainted by association with the corrupt & failed leaders are not electable. The Democratic party at the state level needs to step forward with a new slate of leaders (not Dalton, etc.) and fresh ideas for improving North Carolina. The old ideas of "we will spend more money (i.e. hand it out corruptly to insiders" and "raise taxes" while providing no statistical evidence that their policies are working --- will not longer work in North Carolina. Time for some bold, new leadership and vision.

  • horseonthefly Nov 7, 9:47 a.m.

    All I have to say:

    You promised results, lets see them. No excuses left.

  • Loca Vore Nov 7, 9:44 a.m.

    "If they can work together, Republicans can remake state government unfettered by Democratic opposition."

    Who wanted that pesky democracy anyway?

  • westernwake1 Nov 7, 9:43 a.m.

    "Don't let the Repblicans destroy Education in N.C.! A voucher system will create a state filled with Corporate-for-Profit charter schools and non-scientific religious schools. The children and our future will suffer." - QC

    This might be a good time to point out that 98 of the state's 100 charter schools exceed test scores in each racial demographic when compared to public schools (either local or statewide). The charter system should be expanded (which it is - the 100 school cap was removed).

    Are you saying that Raleigh Charter (ranked within the top 40 in the U.S.) is a bad school? Why do you want to deny our children the best educational opportunities by banning charters? In other words, why do you hate our children?

  • glarg Nov 7, 9:39 a.m.

    "Changes in CA tax policy will not alter this."

    46% of Californians have "seriously considered moving".

    And that was before the latest tax increase.
    http://reason.com/blog/2012/10/29/46-percent-of-californian-have-seriously

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 7, 9:35 a.m.

    Wonder when the run off will be?

  • QC Nov 7, 9:35 a.m.

    Don't let the Repblicans destroy Education in N.C.! A voucher system will create a state filled with Corporate-for-Profit charter schools and non-scientific religious schools. The children and our future will suffer.

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