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Greg Lacour on Politics

The 'Republican Civil War'

A Monday afternoon sampler.

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Tillis's 'Big Boy Pants' and the Creeping Tyranny of Toll Roads

A leaked recording of Thom Tillis unveils a silly phrase and the warped mindset of his GOP opponents.

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The Burden of Incumbency

The GOP primary for U.S. Senate looks like it'll result in a runoff—a fitting result in an age when incumbency ain't what it was.

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5 Reasons Why Dan Clodfelter Was the Right Choice For Charlotte Mayor

Risk is good sometimes. This was not one of those times.

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Quiet, Please

After last week, Charlotte needed a reminder that the public and media can publicly step in it, too.

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Reader Comments:
Feb 23, 2014 11:12 am
 Posted by  The Hammer

I just read a column you wrote recently in which you talk about "regulatory nullifiers" defined as "... appointed to lead government bodies on the grounds that there’s no way in hell they’ll do their jobs...." Apparently you believe this is a tenet of post-Reagan conservative governing philosophy.
Ok fair enough, you're entitled to your opinion...as far as it goes. But how can you with a straight face ignore the Obama's administration's distain for the rule of law? He ignores this law and rewrites that law. His Justice Department refuses to prosecute thugs with clubs outside polling stations but attacks voter ID laws. He makes broad changes to codified law with the swipe of his pen and people like you say nary a word. For you it's all about how Republicans are in bed with big business, and ain't it terrible.
Well listen up young man. If there's a fascist conspiracy (a melding of big business, big labor and big government) and I believe there is, then the perpetrators aren't Reagan Republicans but the very politicians and "business people" you defend. Warren Buffett and George Soros aren't liberal Democrats because they want THEIR money redistributed or THEIR freedoms restricted. They won't be waiting in line for healthcare.
You sir are a lying propagandist trying to make a name for himself at a local rag, hoping against hope that one day Mother Jones will call. Well here's my opinion, don't count on it, you just don't write that well.

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Charlotte had a Democratic mayor that got rebuffed by a Democratic majority council before the president appointed him to his cabinet; a former mayor in the Governor's Mansion after an oh-for-infinity streak; membership in a state that sees Charlotte as, well, another state; a neighboring state where public officials do very, very silly things (and sometimes go "hiking"); and a county commissioner who specializes in insulting constituents yet can't seem to get himself unelected. Sounds interesting to me, so I write about it and other matters public. Hashtag #nestpoke. You want to yell at me, email nestpoke@gmail.com.

About Greg Lacour

Greg Lacour spent nearly 10 years as a reporter for the Observer, where he covered Charlotte and Mecklenburg County government, including the infamous Nick Mackey for Sheriff farce of 2007-08, which made him simultaneously homesick for his hometown of New Orleans and hopeful that Charlotte might yet attain "world-class" status. He has written several features for this magazine and took part in the Hurricane Katrina coverage that won The Sun Herald of Biloxi/Gulfport, Miss., another former employer, a Pulitzer Prize. Lacour is single and lives in NoDa.

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