NCGOP carrying ROMNEY across the finish line??????

      Yep.  That’s the bill of goods wonderboy super-scribe Rob Christensen is trying to sell us in the pages of The N&O: The North Carolina Republican delegation arrived at the GOP national convention this weekend with a tailwind of its own that had nothing to do with Tropical Storm Isaac. Normally, when the Tar Heel GOP goes to national conventions, it is hoping for a powerful lift from the national ticket – the kind of coattails provided in the past by a Ronald Reagan or a Richard Nixon. But not this year. With significant advantages over the Democrats…

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Greensboro paper “tests” Pat McCrory

        Memo to Team McCrory’s media relations crew:  From now on, no one is allowed to leave “the Boss”‘ unsupervised when mouth-breathing MSM types are in sight.   The other night, the governor-in-waiting was leaving an event in Winston-Salem when he was confronted by the Greensboro News & Record’s Travis Fain (any relation to Jim Hunt & Mike Easley crony / appointee Jim Fain?) : Republican gubernatorial hopeful Pat McCrory wants to cut both income and corporate tax rates. He’s mum on details, but it seems likely he’d need to fiddle with sales taxes, too, to keep…

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October trial for Thom Tillis ally Stephen LaRoque? (Wait. There’s an election in NOVEMBER …)

The folks at NCPolicyWatch — who have led the way in reporting on corruption allegations against Richard Morgan and Thom Tillis ally Stephen LaRoque — say that it looks good for LaRoque to hit the courtroom the month before the big general election vote.  LaRoque, a former GOP legislator,  was appointed to head the powerful House Rules Committee by Speaker Tillis.  The charges against LaRoque stem from allegations of mismanaging federal funds by his private business. If this holds true, the next sounds you will hear from the direction of Jones Street will be a lot of prayers AND puckering of various…

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Veteran outside-the-beltline GOP leader expresses concern over NCGOP’s election tactics

I had an interesting talk today with an individual who is (1) a well-known name in North Carolina Republican circles and (2) a battle-tested veteran of decades of political combat: “Pat McCrory is looking very good right now.  It looks like he is going to be our next governor.  It looks like we are going to keep our majorities in the legislature.  The battlefield is really on the council of state races.  That is where a lot of the big decisions on policy and expenditures happen.  If Pat wants to be successful as governor, he is going to need all…

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GOP campaigns frustrated with ‘lone wolf’ mentality at McCrory & NCGOP HQs

        I’ve had some eye-opening discussions recently with two political pros with close ties to GOP candidates on the November ballot in North Carolina. ( They’ll be referenced henceforth as StrategistA and StrategistB.) StrategistA told me:  “We’ve got one of the strongest tickets we’ve ever had here in North Carolina.  Things are going so poorly for the Democrats at the national level that there is a tremendous opportunity for great Republican gains here in North Carolina.  Yet, the state party is only talking up Romney and McCrory.  McCrory is running around the state talking himself up and…

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Is a Republican governor REALLY all that necessary?

It would be nice to have someone with a (R) next to their name residing in that big pretty house on Blount Street.  But what if that person with the (R) next to their name is not really all that big of a fan of limited government?  The current resident of THAT house is no fan of limited government, but has a (D) next to her name.  Our last — and only two  — GOP governors were not exactly conservative firebrands.  Jim Holshouser (1972) and Jim Martin (1984, 1988) were moderate middle of the road Republicans saddled with overwhelming Democrat…

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You want ’em. We got ’em. POLLS !!!!!!!!!!

Public Policy Polling has put out their latest numbers on the statewide races in North Carolina.  In the governor’s race, their numbers are tracking pretty close to what Rasmussen Reports recently put out. Rasmussen showed Pat McCrory (R) leading Walter Dalton (D) 46-41 with 10% undecided.  PPP’s latest poll shows McCrory with 45% to Dalton’s 38% with 7% for Libertarian Barbara Howe.  PPP ALSO shows 10 percent undecided.  (Isn’t it amazing that the nominee of a party, which represents about 0.26% of the state’s registered voters, can be polling at 7 percent?)  In the race for Lt. Governor, the PPP…

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Poll numbers for NC GOV: McCrory continues slide, Dalton climbs

Things are really tightening up in the race for North Carolina governor.   Pat McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte and a renowned moderate, is the GOP standard bearer against incumbent Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. McCrory was the GOP nominee in 2008 — losing a close race to Bev Perdue in a VERY Democrat year.  He’s been running for governor ever since his concession speech that year. Yet, the polling numbers that have gone public MUST be of some concern to his campaign team.  In February, he was polling at 49 percent.   Now, he’s at 46 percent.   So,…

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Campaign 2012: The great tax backfire in NC GOV race

    I swear I saw this coming.   The  Pat McCrory campaign, NCGOP and national GOP all jumped on a WECT TV interview where Democrat nominee Walter Dalton would not rule out tax increases.   A veritable field day was had.  Now, it appears that the McCrory campaign will not — for The Charlotte Observer — rule out tax increases if McCrory is elected governor. It’s a more important issue than you may think.  McCrory, as mayor, backed tax increases to pay for light rail projects.  He even fought against conservatives seeking a repeal of those tax increases. Limited…

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Analyzing the Civitas polling for NC GOV

      The right-leaning Civitas Insitute dropped a poll this week showing  Pat McCrory (R) leading Walter Dalton (D) by 47% to 37%, with Libertarian Barbara Howe polling at 5 percent.    (According to the NC state board of elections, Libertarians make up just 0.23% of the total registered voters in North Carolina. Their candidate for governor is polling anywhere from 5 to 9 percent — depending on what poll you believe.)  The Republicans are cheering the 10 point margin.  But, before we get too excited, let’s do a little math:  47% + 37% + 5% = 89%.  …

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