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Politically Purple Comes Home

Politically Purple NC has been on hiatus while its instigator/editor packed up her various collectables from across the years and moved them from the mountains to the middle of the state — from 23 years in Asheville back to her territory of birth, Wake County. A bevy of native Holder and Bagwell spirits in the area, dating back to the early 1800s for the former and the Revolutionary Era for the latter ancestors, plus all the remaining relatives-in-the-flesh (including a 94-year-old aunt who is going…   Continue Reading »

What Just Happened Here?

Here’s a morning-after analysis of the Election Day returns involving state government in North Carolina, first published in the Urban News.  by Nelda Holder     North Carolina rode out the hyperbolic midterm election season to wash up on a political shoreline that is at once familiar yet changed. Republican majorities still hold both the Senate and the House in Raleigh, but Democratic victories took away their veto-proof status in both chambers, creating a very different landscape in dealing with controversial legislation that Democratic Gov. Roy…   Continue Reading »

Maniac’s Mountain: Puppy Stream of Consciousness

Today we welcome a new character to Maniac’s Mountain: Fred the puppy. For maximum enjoyment, it is recommended that the following piece be read out loud to a friend with a sense of humor, or a dog. Puppy stream of consciousness: OK, yippee we’re going out. Maniac says pee. Have to remember to pee. Oh wait there’s a leaf. Better pick it up and carry it over here. Hey, a stick. I found a stick. Wait, aren’t I suppose to be doing something? What was…   Continue Reading »

Women Justices Honored for NC Supreme Court Service

RALEIGH — In a ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, the Supreme Court of North Carolina honored the women justices who have served on the state’s highest court. This commemorative ceremony is the second official event to be held as a part of the Supreme Court’s 200th anniversary celebration. The event featured a portrait sitting of the justices (pictured below) and a short program honoring (pictured below from left to right, top row): former Chief Justice Susie Sharp, former Chief Justice Rhoda Billings, former Chief Justice Sarah Parker, former Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson; (bottom row)…   Continue Reading »

For-Profit Educational Experiment Set for Robeson County School

The NC State Board of Education has voted to hire a private, for-profit management company, Achievement For All Children, to take over at Southside Ashpole Elementary School in Robeson County, as reported by T. Keung Hui in Raleigh’s News & Observer. The 7-4 vote established the first such contract based on a new program called Innovative School District, established by state legislators. Former Rep. Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg County), who introduced the enabling bill, is a member of the board of directors of the management company.

On Cows and Things

                Editor’s Note: The following came to me as a letter from an old friend in Vermont — a former dairy farmer (and also former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture) who gave up cows for turkeys almost three decades ago, and who lately has added popcorn to his repertoire. I had written to ask him about the veracity of the many articles on dairy cows I was seeing, alluding to forced births in herds to enhance the milking schedule….   Continue Reading »

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    PoliticallyPurpleNC examines -- from a nonpartisan angle -- the legislative decisions of the North Carolina General Assembly and their potential effects on the citizens of the state. It does so in a setting that includes context -- historical background and social implications. PPNC encourages rational, nonpartisan evaluation and advocacy for the good of the whole.
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