Steve Harvey Opens Up To ‘People’ About Being Homeless For Three Years — WCHB-AM: NewsTalk 1200

The talk show host and “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” author shares his rags to riches story for the magazine’s recent issue.

via Steve Harvey Opens Up To ‘People’ About Being Homeless For Three Years — WCHB-AM: NewsTalk 1200

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AP Fact Checks Hillary Clinton on Prior Email Claims – Conclusion: “She Lied”… — The Last Refuge

With the release of the official State Department OIG report, the Associated Press fact-checks Hillary Clinton’s historical statements. AP comes to the conclusion “Clinton misstates key facts in email episode” – which is parseltongue for SHE LIED: CLINTON (Lie #1): “The system we used was set up for President Clinton’s office. And it had numerous […]

via AP Fact Checks Hillary Clinton on Prior Email Claims – Conclusion: “She Lied”… — The Last Refuge

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Housing Bubble 2016? — Logan Mohtashami

The most frequent question I have gotten in 2016, (aside from the ubiquitous query if America is going into a recession) is if U.S. home prices are in a bubble which will eventually lead to a major collapse. The short answer is no. One must be careful with the use of that frightening […]

via Housing Bubble 2016? — Logan Mohtashami

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kevinRecently, Adam Coker, a Democrat running for the 13th Congressional District was exposed by Triad City Beat for having plagiarized content on his website from both Republican and Democratic candidates.

Coker took responsibility by saying he had not properly supervised his staffer.  I thought Coker’s response was a little weak: but, at least this time he used his own words.  Sigh.  The content was taken down.

But, that’s not quite the end of the story.  I tagged Kevin Griffin in the piece I wrote and it showed up on his timeline.  There was only responder who took issue—although I’m not sure if he took issue with my tagging Griffin or writing the article in the first place. 

In any event, Griffin responded on his Facebook page by saying,:

“Last week, we were all presented with the disappointing news that Adam Coker and his Campaign Manager plagiarized his policy statements from both Republican and Democratic candidates. While I do not believe that this was done with any malicious intent on his part, through this error, Mr. Coker has learned a painful lesson about the difficulties of hiring and managing employees. It’s regrettable that he had to learn this lesson with his first employee. Putting together a team of professionals and keeping them on task is a demanding job, and it is my hope that Mr. Coker is able to move past this issue to make his second hiring decision, finding another person to help him in the future. It’s unfortunate that this error in judgement has occurred, as it effectively eliminates any chance he might have had in a general election. However, Mr. Coker has been an active campaigner, and if he decides to continue in the primary election, I will look forward to now hearing his own thoughts and ideas regarding the issues facing the 13th District, the State and the Nation.

It’s my hope that Mr. Coker will address this issue publicly, and in detail, as a means of rebuilding the trust of the people. Regardless of any other factor, my campaign will continue to present an original platform and a comprehensive set of ideas that will return integrity and trust to our government, to provide the best possible representation for all the people of District 13. To achieve that goal, we must have open dialogue about all issues, no matter how uncomfortable they may be. I have made open conversation a centerpiece of our campaign from day one. I want to hear what the people of District 13 think and feel about all the issues, so that I am fully equipped to effectively represent us all. This is why I have not, and will not, remove this posting – the conversation must continue.”

I could just stop here and let Griffin’s words speak for themselves, but that would be uncharacteristic for anyone who knows me. (stop laughing)

I first became aware of Griffin when he ran for the U.S Senate.  By all accounts, Griffin was the underdog in that statewide race as the NCDP had their eyes on Deborah Ross.   They worked behind the scenes to help get her elected.

But, I was impressed with Griffin’s tenacity and his spirit.  The elites made it almost impossible for him to raise money—but he kept plugging along and speaking to as many organizations as would have him.

Griffin is an unlikely politician—meaning he’s doing it for the right reasons: he wants to help North Carolina. 

He’s a job creator by trade and has a staffing business—he doesn’t need the headache of political life. 

I’ve found few—if any—candidates who have sacrificed more to run for office than Griffin.  And, I’ve been around politics for thirty years. 

Griffin is worth a read—so I would certainly encourage anyone in the 13th to visit has website.

And, considering he is a nonpolitician (something the News & Observer criticized) he is more than worthy of your vote.

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donaldHillary Clinton could very well lose this election if she’s not careful.  Bernie supporters would say I’m jumping the gun and she’s not the Party’s nominee, yet.

Some of that is true—California and New Jersey have yet to cast their primary ballots and as they say in politics: anything can happen.

But, like it or not—Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee unless someone like Mitt Romney comes in at the last minute to stage a coup.

So, why is Trump so popular and how did he beat out the clown car?

If you watch some of Trump’s old YouTube videos, he tells you the answer if you pay attention.  He says things over and over again until it sinks in—he makes outrageous statements that over time starts sounding feasible.  Maybe we can build that wall?  Maybe he can get Mexico to pay for it.

More importantly, Trump is talking to a specific set of voters both the Republican and Democratic Parties have shoved to the wayside and virtually forgotten about: middle class white men, struggling to make ends meet.  Let’s face it: both parties have kowtowed to the rich and transactional donors for way too long.

In some ways, Trump has tapped into the old Jesse Helms (R-NC) ad when he ran against U.S. senatorial candidate Harvey Gantt .   The political ad was reminiscent of Lee Atwater’s “southern strategy” that used buzzwords to denote racism in the rural South.  See Jesse Helm’s “hands ad.”   

If Trump has tapped into this segment of the voting population, I think he’s done it by accident.  Despite his David Duke blunder—I really don’t think he is racist.  (Let’s wait a few seconds for my Democratic friends to recover from this.)

Trump seems to have tapped into a specific segment of what could actually be considered by some standards a minority population of white-middle class (blue and white collar workers) who are struggling like hell to make ends meet and keep a roof over their heads.

They don’t understand the concept of “white privilege” as it applies in 2016.  They freely admit that the male white class dominated in the 50s, 60s and 70s—and maybe in the 80s—but they think the pendulum has swung way too far in a direction against them. 

The case:

The other day, I was talking to a while male in his 40s.  He makes about $45,000 a year and he’s been scared to death of losing his job for the past three years.  He’s a machinist.  But, he told me he can’t take out a second mortgage to finance the business and there are no grants or SBA loans out there for him to apply.

He says he’s researched.  In his opinion there are tons of grants for women, minority women, minorities in general—but when he checked off the “white male” boxes—there was precious little left for him.

He feels stuck.  And, he blames the government.

He’s scared.  But, Donald Trump didn’t create that fear—he’s just bringing it out in the open and talking about it. 

It doesn’t help that Hillary Clinton went to West Virginia and essentially told a group of mostly white blue collar coal miners she was going to do away with their jobs. 

It doesn’t help that Hillary Clinton talks about women making 78 cents on the dollar to what a man makes doing the same type of job, when she could be talking about a livable wage for all Americans.   And, to be honest—I’ve even read some liberals disputing how 78 cents on the dollar is calculated and what factors are used.

Don’t get me wrong—those issues are important.  But, every speech I’ve heard Hillary give mentions it over and over again. 

White men—and I would suspect most men—don’t care that Hillary is a woman.  The sound bites and talking points of “it’s her turn” and we should “elect the first woman” president isn’t playing well.  They’re looking to vote for someone who will make the game fair—or at least fairer than what they think it is now.

The North Carolina mix:

Most of the men I speak with are in North Carolina.  They’re not “redneck” rebel flag wavers.  They remember NAFTA and the effects it had on North Carolina and the textile industry.  Couple that with Obama’s TPP and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how the Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot over trade and jobs.

And, believe it or not—many men think George W. Bush got us into a war we couldn’t win and blame him for spending trillions of dollars.

Although the white male segment of the voting population isn’t the “end all and be all” of this election cycle; it is clear that Donald Trump has tapped into issues most politicians feel uncomfortable talking about.

That doesn’t make him dangerous (unless you happen to be Hillary) but it does make him a viable contender for the job of POTUS.

As one guy told me yesterday, “I don’t give a shit who it is …as long as it’s not a career politician shoving the same shit.”

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triciaThere have only been a few times that I’ve actually written what amounts to an endorsement of a candidate.  But, Tricia Cotham is someone you need to seriously consider, assuming you don’t already know of her.

Few members of the NC House knew the potential fallout of House Bill 2 (HB2) –but Tricia Cotham did.  She argued in the House against the bill only to be marginalized and peppered with questions from Dan Bishop and Paul Stam (both Republicans supporting HB2).

It was tough watching it on TV.  I can only imagine the thoughts going through her husband’s mind: Jerry Meek.  Meek is arguably one of the brightest political operatives ever to come out of the North Carolina Democratic Party. 

But, Cotham stood her ground, as she has many times, against the Machiavellian NC GOP supermajority.  And, although she didn’t win the argument—she surely won the hearts and minds of sensible voters who understand the need of creating jobs in North Carolina without losing what we’ve fought so hard to obtain.

And, thanks to the Republican control House and Senate, and Governor McCrory’s signage of HB2 in the middle of the night—the bill was shoved down the throats of North Carolina voters in less than ten hours in a special session that cost in excess of $45,000—we have lost ground.

Cotham saw this coming—and she was right.  But, nobody was listening.

Only a few times in my life have I said a person “deserves to be in Congress.”  But, Tricia Cotham does and here’s why:

Cotham believes that how we (as a State) treat the least and most vulnerable among us, defines who we are as human beings and who we are as a collective community.

She believes our citizens should have clean drinking water and she believes that if it’s contaminated by corporate greed—the corporation should be made to clean it up and make it right.  She also doesn’t believe the State or ratepayers should have to foot the bill—the corporation that broke the law should be made accountable and responsible.  You would think this concept would be common sense—but sadly, our NCGA is blinded by backdoor deals along with a Governor who kowtows to our State’s corporate elite.

Just as important (if not more important) Cotham is a champion for education and the children who will lead us for generations to come.  I don’t use the word “champion” lightly: she really is that. 

Tricia understands that the only decent meal some children in our state eat on a daily basis comes from the school’s lunchroom.  And, to her credit—the statistics aren’t just numbers wrapped in a research paper provided by a think-tank.

Cotham believes in our teachers.  She understand the sacrifices they make and it pains her to see North Carolina race to the bottom in education.  As the NCGOP walks back the modalities of getting a good education—many states like Texas and Virginia have come in with job fairs snapping our teachers up with better paying jobs and relocation allowances.   Tricia Cotham has made a considerable effort to stop the Republican supermajority from dismantling what it has taken almost forty years to build.  So, yes, she is a champion.

I understand this congressional primary is confusing: you can thank the Republicans for that too.  The NC GOP has gerrymandered North Carolina beyond belief.

I know that there are many candidates running for Congress in the NC-12.  Arguably, some of those candidates may have more name recognition than Tricia Cotham.

But, no candidate has the ability to bring more passion to the job than Tricia Cotham.  No candidate will work harder for North Carolina than her.  And, in the end—that’s what it’s all about: working for North Carolina and the 12th Congressional District. 

I support Tricia Cotham because, for her, this isn’t a stepping stone to feather her nest.  She isn’t addicted to the fame, the cameras or the soundbites.  She’s a real person, with real ideas. 

YOU CAN VOTE NOW BY ABSENTEE: and, one stop early voting for the June 7 primary begins on May 26 and ends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.  Some counties may not be open on the first weekend, or Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) so check with your local Board of Elections. 

But, above all, GET OUT THERE AND VOTE FOR TRICIA COTHAM.  It’s that important.


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Adam Coker Candidate for NC-13 U.S House Admits to Plagiarized Content

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Adam Coker (File pic)

It’s bad enough that the congressional primary in North Carolina has been moved to June 7th—it’s even worse now that a candidate running for the United States House of Representatives has admitted using plagiarized content on policy issues from the Hillary Clinton campaign.


The issue:

In the recent issue of Triad City Beat, Coker admits that he used a staffer to draft policy issues for his website and that Coker never bothered to check behind the staffer to make sure they were genuinely original content. Or, even Coker’s own words and ideas.  (I’m assuming Coker might actually have original ideas—maybe that’s a leap of faith.)

The article goes on to report that some of the content Coker passed off as being his own were actually Hillary Clinton’s policy statements copied line by line.

Why it matters:

North Carolina needs representation.  We desperately need good and qualified individuals to speak for us in Congress. 

But, what we DON’T need is another wannabe pretending to be something he’s not.  We don’t need another politician regurgitation words, ideas or policy from someone else just because they sound good or elevate him in the court of public opinion. 

We can do better than this.

Thankfully, the primary hasn’t happened, yet.  Can you imagine what could have happened if this had been discovered June 8th?  The Republicans would have had a field day—and rightfully so.

Coker should drop out.  Enough is enough—we can do better.  And, hopefully the NC-13 will do better come Election Day. 

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