#ncpol NC-02: Radio hosts weighing in GOP field for US House

Religious right leader and national radio host James Dobson has already thrown his support behind Kay Daly. Now, Erick Erickson — founder of the RedState blog, a Georgia-based national radio host, and occasional fill-in for El Rushbo — has thrown his support behind retired businessman and former Chatham County GOP chairman Jim Duncan.  Erickson, who recently sold his interest in RedState, has launched a new site called “The Resurgent.”  One of his first posts was a pitch for Duncan: It would not be a site run by me without a willingness to support good candidates within Republican Primaries. I am delighted…

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US House Republicans and those ObamaCare votes

All of us have heard the spin plenty of times from our “favorite” GOP member of the US House. Republicans have voted 30 — no, 40 — make that, 50 times — to repeal ObamaCare. Usually it’s from a Republican member trying to defend himself or herself from not going along with efforts led by Mark Meadows and Ted Cruz to defund ObamaCare. Democrats have thrown around the 30, 40,50 times spin to paint the GOP as obstructionist.  Byron York of The Washington Examiner offers some clarification on that spin:  It has become a truism that House Republicans have voted…

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NC-03: GOP challenger Griffin wants to offer “conservative choice” to voters

Year after year, challengers from both parties have come after incumbent Walter Jones with both barrels blazing.  And year after year, Jones keeps going back for a new term in Congress.  The tales of his political demise seemed to be incredibly premature.  Jones’ 2014 GOP primary challenger, Taylor Griffin, says he believes this is the year that Jones’ luck runs out: ”This is nothing personal against Walter Jones.  When he first ran, I supported him. He put together a pretty good voting record during his early years in the House.  But things changed. According to National Journal, he became one…

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NC-02: Getting franked by Renee Ellmers

The GOP primary challengers in congressional districts 2 and 3 were in The N&O today bashing the GOP incumbents for allegedly using their congressional franking (AKA free mailing) privileges for political purposes. You hear that every election year in districts all over the country.  The charge usually draws eye rolls.  I’ve worked on Capitol Hill.  Of course, my time there was prior to the time email and the web were so widely in use.  A lot of correspondence had to go out.  Constituents voicing their concerns on issues had to be responded to.  Folks seeking help with government agencies needed…

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Two to watch in 2014: Crisco in NC-02, White in NC-07

Former state senator David Rouzer (R-Johnston) probably had the biggest smile of all on his face upon hearing of Mike McIntyre’s retirement.  Rouzer lost a very close election to McIntyre in 2012 in a specially-configured majority-Republican district. We were all expecting a sequel to 2012 in the 7th — until McIntyre dropped his bombshell on Wednesday.  McIntyre was clearly the Democrats’ best hope for holding this seat, which had been Democrat since — oh — Reconstruction.   Yesterday’s news would seem to clear the path for Rouzer — a former lobbyist and congressional staffer — to return to DC. But New…

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Brannon, Walker win key straw poll in Guilford

Conservatives for Guilford County, one of the most vocal, active conservative grassroots organizations in the state, has spoken loud and clear on the 6th congressional district and US senate races for 2014.  Greensboro pastor Mark Walker was the overwhelming favorite for the House race, while Cary physician Greg Brannon scored a significant victory over the rest of the GOP field for US Senate. The candidates for both races appeared before the group in Greensboro a few days ago.  Noticeably absent were House candidate Phil Berger, Jr. and Senate candidate Thom Tillis.   Tillis’ absence evoked a pithy comment on Twitter…

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NC-07: Roughly 75% of McIntyre campaign $$$ from PACs

Democrat congressman Mike McIntyre narrowly won reelection in 2012.  He was running in a GOP-majority district with his hometown gerrymandered out.  Barry Obama was on the top of the Democrat ticket.  With a Barry-less ballot, Republicans are counting on a lot less Democrat excitement this time around. McIntyre has some pretty healthy fundraising numbers through the first three quarters of 2013.  He started off the year with $85,817 on-hand and finished through the end of September with $523,890 on-hand. During the first three quarters of 2013, McIntyre raised $543,115  – a respectable tally for a congressional campaign.  Of that total, though,…

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Renee Ellmers: Reina de Amnistía

I’ve been hearing some rather disconcerting stuff being whispered about plans for our congressional representative from the Second District.  DC sources tell me plans are in place for Renee Ellmers to be a point-person for the House leadership on immigration reform.  A few weeks back, a NC-based GOP campaign consultant went public with the story on an episode of NC Spin – making me take these whispers a whole lot more seriously.  Tea Party-aligned anti-amnesty forces have already been expressing concerns about Ellmers’ views on immigration reform.  Ellmers spoke to an Asheboro rally of pro-amnesty activists where she reiterated her…

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NC-13 GOP US House race: Holding campaign NOT coordinating with Holding family

    A SuperPac supporting the election of George Holding to North Carolina’s 13th congressional district seat in the U.S. House has been criticized by his opponent Paul Coble — a fellow Republican — and the newsroom at the N&O.  SuperPACS, under federal campaign finance laws, can spend with basically no limits in support of a candidate, as long as the PAC does not coordinate with the campaigns it is supporting. The N&O has identified some of the main donors to the pro-Holding SuperPAC: The donors to the super PAC are Frank Holding, retired chairman of First Citizens ($100,000), Frank…

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