Heritage Action vs. Richard Burr: (Showdown at the Twitter Corral?)

  That feisty bunch at Heritage Action has been shooting with both barrels at The Tar Heel State’s US Senators.  Heritage Action often gets dismissed as a GOP group, but their people are giving Republican Richard Burr as much — if not more — HELL as Democrat Kay Hagan. North Carolina-based Heritage Action leaders took Hagan to task in a Twitter town hall she hosted.   Those same activists are frustrated with Burr, the Republican, for  his pro-gun control votes and what they see as an overall lack of conservative leadership on his part.  Heritage Action issued a challenge to…

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NAMING NAMES: national gambling scandal $$$$ lined a lot of pockets in both parties on Jones Street

The North Carolina state board of elections is calling for a probe into campaign contributions made by an indicted Oklahoma businessman and his wife to Gov. Pat McCrory and scores of North Carolina state legislators. Chase Burns, the owner of International Internet Technologies (IIT), is accused of providing illegal gaming software to outlets in Florida, violating the state’s gaming laws.  Multiple  four-figure contributions from Burns, and his wife Kristin — totaling $235,000 — have shown up in campaign reports for numerous North Carolina elected officials and candidates. The North Carolina contributions from the Chases went to both Democrats AND Republicans….

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It’s not about Rs vs. Ds. It’s statism vs. freedom.

  [H]ow on earth could an Obama-liberal be one of the four Republican Leaders in the State House? That’s a question longtime campaign consultant Carter Wrenn asked in a recent blog post.   Carter sounds like a lot of people I hear these days.  They equate being a Republican with being a conservative and opposing all things Democrat, Obama and big government.  These days, being conservative and being Republican are far too often mutually exclusive.   Consider this.  The Ripon Society is a group of Republicans who want to rid the GOP of its conservative influence.  They are what are…

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Heritage Action activists zinged Kay Hagan on Twitter, now turning up the heat on Burr?

Some Wilmington-area activists with Heritage Action were ringleaders in the effort to hijack US Senator Kay Hagan’s Twitter town hall.  They peppered her with uncomfortable topics ranging from ObamaCare to gun control.  Now, it appears these conservatives are turning their attention to Hagan’s colleague, Republican Richard Burr. The Winston-Salem Republican has been quite cozy with his Democrat colleague from Greensboro.  They’ve travelled around the state holding joint events.  Burr even joined Hagan recently in voting FOR cloture to allow a vote on background checks for handgun purchases.    That fact — plus Burr’s prior pledge to stand strong against ANY…

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Blueprinting Mr. Stone: ”McClatchy Rob” has no shame

Democrats have been working hard to take out state Rep. Mike Stone (R-Sanford).  Stone’s 2012 race was a little too close for comfort.  In 2013,  the Blueprint crowd has ordered the creative writing crowd at McClatchy-Raleigh to sharpen their crayons and finish Mr. Stone off. Rob Christensen is widely celebrated as Mr. Politics in North Carolina.  I used to cover politics within the mainstream media in North Carolina.  Rob and I frequently crossed paths while doing business.  From all I saw, it was pretty clear that Christensen is little more than a sycophant suck-up butt-kisser to the Raleigh political establishment…

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NCGOP leadership races 2013: AND THEN there were four ….

          The race for NCGOP vice-chairman got a little more crowded this week.  Joyce Krawiec of Forsythe County announced on Facebook her intention to seek the #2 post in the state Republican Party: Friends, I wanted to let you know, that I have decided to seek the position of NC GOP Vice Chair. After much thoughtful and prayerful consideration, as well as encouragement from many of you, I made this decision. My decision has nothing to do with the other three candidates running for vice chair. They are all good candidates and I have no doubt,…

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Here are my United Federation of Planets credentials. Can I vote NOW?

          Thom Tillis and his team in the state House have pushed through a voter ID bill, but Jay DeLancey is NOT IMPRESSED: First, security. The law abandons the secure production process used by the DMV and instead adopts uncontrollable production standards from 17 public universities and 60 community colleges. In addition to forcing every poll worker in our state’s 2,000-plus precincts to become document experts on non-standardized photo ID cards from 77 schools, the workers will also have to spot a fake ID card from any of those schools and deny the voter access to…

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What’s 4’11,” has two thumbs, and will cost us $520,000 per year?

  Answer:  THIS WOMAN.  Carol Folt, acting president of Darthmouth College, was named this week as the first female chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   We’ve written previously about all of the capitalism-hating lefties making a KILLING while on the public payroll at UNC-CH.   The powers-that-be are adhering to that tradition by agreeing to shell out $520,000 per year for Ms. Folt. Again, for the sake of comparison, North Carolina’s median income is $43,319.  Barack Hussein Obama makes $400,000 per year.   North Carolina’s lieutenant governor makes $123,198 per year.  So the new boss…

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In home stretch of NCGOP leadership races, Pope & Bradley exude confidence

If you believe the spin of a lot of NCGOP insiders, the state Republican Party will be governed for the next two years by a former legislator and the cousin of Art “The Great Satan” Pope. The campaign of former Wake County GOP chairman, and current Brunswick County businessman, Claude Pope has announced all kinds of endorsements from various GOP bigwigs.    Pope is facing Mecklenburg County businessman Jack Brosch in the June vote for NCGOP chairman. I caught up with former legislator Glen Bradley — one of three candidates for vice-chairman — at an event this weekend.  Bradley says…

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Jim Duncan: A NC grassroots leader to keep an eye on

  My diligent efforts to bring you the best intelligence and insight into Carolina politics put me into contact with a diverse array of people from across our two states.  Quite a few folks recently have been telling me to keep a close eye on a fellow who is making a  lot of noise — and, apparently, a lot of difference — at the grassroots level:  Chatham County, North Carolina GOP chairman Jim Duncan. All of this talk piqued my curiosity, so I decided to track Duncan down myself. Jim Duncan, a New York City native,  retired from his successful…

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