Thoughts on the NC House GOP leadership skirmish

State House Republicans are meeting today to decide who will lead them through the next legislative session in Raleigh.  A lot of the current leadership is running again, while a few challengers have jumped in. The GOP added nine seats to their majority in the House, and, apparently, TWO seats in the Senate.  Senators seem pretty copacetic with their leadership team.  In the House, some members on the right side of the GOP caucus have been griping about Speaker Thom Tillis’s heavy-handed management style, and showing some frustration over: (1) Tillis & Majority Leader Skip Stam’s aggressive support of reparations,…

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Recount?: Dan Forest preps for another fight as SEIU, Linda Coleman lay groundwork

If you thought Governor Bev Perdue had competence issues, wait until you get a load of Lt. Governor Linda Coleman. Coleman, the former  Democrat legislator and state personnel chief, was backed to the hilt this year by the state’s powerful public employees union.  Despite generous multi-million dollar contributions from union sources, Coleman fell a little short on election night. Republican Dan Forest declared victory.  Coleman and her union allies are making noises about seeking a recount. All indications are that this race will not be settled for at least another couple of weeks.  Democrats and the unions are doing what…

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Raleigh’s “conservative revolution” off to an inauspicious start

The economy is in shambles.  We are still coping with record unemployment.  And the political class in Raleigh is FASCINATED with who will be on Pat McCrory’s transition team as well as WHO will be the next speaker pro tem and majority leader in the state House. The governor-elect is already talking about a “bipartisan” relationship with Democrats in Raleigh.  Remember all that  bipartisanship and love that Jim Black, Marc Basnight, Jim Hunt, and Mike Easley showed the Republican minority?  (Well,  Jim Black’s deal with Richard Morgan can technically be called bipartisan.) Gov.-elect Pat also announced his transition team.  The…

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TWO majority leaders? (NC’s “conservative revolution” marches on)

          The “honorables” on Jones Street are giving us quite an eye-opening preview of where things might be headed: House Republican leaders are considering creating two majority leader positions for the next legislative session in which they will command a supermajority. The move — floated in an email to the caucus members today, including those newly elected Tuesday — would divide the House GOP leader’s responsibilities into a day-to-day floor leader and a bigger picture “development position” that will handle communications, professional development and campaign fundraising. The House GOP will meet Nov. 17 at the Brownstone…

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Attention, Wal-Mart Shoppers: Atlas HAS SHRUGGED!

Ayn Rand and George Orwell are starting to look like real prophets. We’ve got record unemployment, bankruptcies, foreclosures, and business closings.  We’ve been humiliated overseas.  Our embassies have been overrun and our ambassador has been killed.  The recipe was perfect for a change of command in DC.  Yet, the guy who brought it all to us — and his  henchmen — are back for another four years in the driver’s seat. Idiots were dancing for joy in the streets in Times Square and outside The White House.  Barry’s back!   The day after this “glorious event” occurred, the stock  market dropped…

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McCrory coattails ????

I don’t think there is anybody — outside of Walter Dalton’s immediate family — who hasn’t conceded that we will be spending the next four years talking about GOVERNOR McCrory.   The crew on NC Spin was speculating this weekend about whether the former Charlotte mayor will have coattails — enough influence — to drag the rest of the GOP ticket into victory lane with him. According to media reports, McCrory has a 6-1 fundraising advantage over Walter Dalton  and is creeping toward a nearly 2-1 vote margin over Dalton.  Yet, McCrory has done next to nothing to help anyone down…

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Endorsements 2012: Mitt & Pat

      The GOP nominees for the top two posts we’ll be voting for on November 6 can really vouch for the old theorem about “right place, right time.”  Some members of the establishment may see the impending victories by Mitt Romney and Pat McCrory as approval of those two men and an endorsement of the GOP brand.  They would be mistaken. 2012 brings an electorate angry with Washington and — especially — the occupant of 1600 Penn.   There’s an equal amount of vitriol being aimed at Madame Bev in Raleigh.  There’s a lot of dissatisfaction with the state…

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Corruption, dishonesty are bi-partisan ailments

  I heard through the grapevine that John Hood thinks I don’t like him very much.  (For the record, all I know of him is what I read in his columns and what I hear him saying on NC Spin.) It’s not personal with Mr. Hood.  He’s allegedly the conservative intellectual leader in North Carolina.  So, it troubles me to hear him bemoaning the legislature’s failure to pay reparations to people allegedly sterilized by the state decades ago, and championing ideas like having the government attach GPS units to our cars so they can track us and tax us more…

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Memo to Governor McCrory: Heed Gary’s advice, remember Jim Martin

The political establishment — and the state political media — are coming around to the realization that, barring the discovery of a dead girl or a live boy in the McCrory residence, Mayor Pat will be getting a promotion at the end of the year.   That doesn’t mean the media will play nice and welcome him to Raleigh with open arms. Being mayor of Charlotte is one thing.  You can shuck and jive, back-slap and cajole your way to reelection.  You’re not getting a lot of hard questions from the media.  At the dawn of 2013, Governor McCrory will be…

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NCGOP vice chair King: “Goldman? Malone? I see nothing! I know nothing!”

What’s been bouncing around the political gossip network for a few years has FINALLY made it to the pages of The N&O.   The NCGOP establishment bent over backwards to force the highly-dubious Debra Goldman on the electorate.  Never mind all the stories about an alleged extramarital affair with a Wake school board colleague and bizarre calls to the police department.  The stories about Goldman’s alleged crazy financial dealings should have been a huge red flag for anyone thinking of pushing her for the state auditor job. Now, Greg Dority — the second place finisher in the May primary for auditor…

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