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Beaufort county commissioner has choice words for NCGOP and Chairman Pope

      County commissioners Stan Deatherage and Hood Richardson have fought a lot of good fights for the GOP in Beaufort County.  They’ve locked horns with the Basnight machine and can be credited with a significant amount of the GOP’s success on the ground there. In recent years, they’ve watched NCGOP operatives from Raleigh come into town to try and pick winners and losers in local races.  More recently,…

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Ellmers, Foxx, Hudson vote with Boehner (and a bunch of Dems) to preserve NSA surveillance overreach

      I’m a big fan of empowering law enforcement and the military to hunt down and destroy foreign bad guys trying to do harm to innocent  Americans.  I’m NOT a big fan of allowing  DC to have wide open, warrantless access to everyone’s cell phone and email communications.  In my book, that’s not any different from the British redcoats kicking down random doors looking for weapons.  Edward Snowden…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Education Kay Hagan Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Leaked email, UNC BOG nominations cause problems for NCGOP, bumps in the road for Senator-in-Waiting

      For years, the UNC Board of Governors has been known as a popular destination for political cronies seeking patronage payoffs.   Though, recent scandals within the university system had prompted state Republicans to talk up the idea of shaking the place up. A media report today indicates that House Speaker Thom Tillis is working overtime to keep “business-as-usual” firmly in place: When his fellow Republicans questioned why…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Economy Kay Hagan Media NCGOP Politics

Greg Brannon: BOTH of NC’s senators need to join the fight to defund ObamaCare

Polling shows two-thirds to three-quarters of North Carolinians expressing serious dissatisfaction with ObamaCare.  The North Carolina General Assembly has voted to refuse federal money earmarked for funding health insurance exchanges — a key component of ObamaCare.  There is clear evidence that fear and uncertainty about the law  is slowing the economic recovery and causing businesses to put off hiring decisions.  Yet. both of North Carolina’s senators — Kay Hagan (D)…

Posted in Economy Law & Order NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Good riddance to straight-ticket voting

The NC General Assembly is moving to accomplish something long overdue — killing off straight-ticket voting.    North Carolina has been ONE of only 15 states to allow straight-ticket voting. Straight-ticket voting allows you to check one box — Democrat OR Republican — and you automatically cast ONE vote for EVERY candidate of that party on the ballot.  Mark “Republican” — and your vote gets awarded to people like Richard…

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Burr: Resistance to ObamaCare implementation is “the dumbest idea”

From 1972 to 2002, North Carolina was represented in the US Senate by one of the nation’s most preeminent conservatives. Since 2004, we’ve been stuck with Richard Burr — a guy highly impressed with John McCain and Lindsey Graham,  who snubs leaders like Rand Paul to be wined and dined by Barry Obama, and frequently says things like THIS:  Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Thursday didn’t just reject efforts by…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media NCGOP Politics Renee Ellmers

Renee Ellmers: hugging up tighter to the GOP’s left wing

She slipped into office in 2010 with enthusiastic Tea Party support — vanquishing Bob ” The Sidewalk Assassin” Etheridge.  Lefties beat her up as a stalking horse for “tea-baggers.”  But not long after being sworn in, Renee Ellmers made a beeline for John Boehner and the House leadership. She got praised by The New York Times as a field commander pushing the party leadership’s agenda. We wrote earlier about Renee’s…

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The tale of the voice mail: The plot thickens in NCGOP-Davidson Co. GOP tiff

  We reported earlier on an uproar in Davidson County about filling a vacant state House seat.  State Rep. Jerry Dockham (R), the area’s legislator since the 90s, resigned to take an appointment to the NC Utilities Commission. Under state law and GOP bylaws, local Republican leaders in the state House district had to nominate someone to finish out Dockham’s unexpired term. THAT is where the “fun” began: Local Republicans…

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So. We’re cutting taxes — AND SPENDING MORE ??????

  The conservative revolution rolls on in The City of Oaks. The mainstream media has been regaling us all day with stories about the $20.6 BILLION budget deal reached by the GOP majority in the North Carolina General Assembly.  Yay! We’ve got a budget! But, wait.   This deal calls for 2.5 percent more spending than the last budget.  SCREEEEEEEEEEEEECCCCHHHHH !!! SPENDING.   On the face of it — 2.5 percent…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

The WSJ LOVES Raleigh’s tax cut deal

We heard a lot about major tax reform during the 2012 elections.  Steve Moore — a nationally renowned economist, free market fan, and editorial board member at The Wall Street Journal — was fretting at one point that the promise of 2012 would never be fulfilled. Now that a tax deal has been reached, Moore is one of its biggest cheerleaders: After months of deliberations and legislative slips and slides,…