NC Campaign 2012: The Battle of Wilmington

    Well, the two empty suits topping the tickets for each of the state’s two main parties — Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory — faced off in Wilmington on Saturday. The mainstream media was shocked — SHOCKED — that Dalton came out swinging at McCrory.  ANYONE who has any kind of campaign experience KNOWS that’s what you do when you know you’re down and you need to make up ground in the polls. Dalton seems to have found McCrory’s Achilles Heel, and is starting to hammer away at it: In the first question in the campaign’s first debate, the…

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The man behind THOSE fliers @ NCGOP convention steps forward, firing from both barrels

          Todd Bennett of Farmville says NCGOP leaders interrogating and intimidating people about fliers passed out at the state GOP convention need to come see him:   “I did not write the flier.  It was emailed to me by a dear friend.  I had them copied and I got them to some friends to pass out at the Republican convention. The flier asked important questions that people in Eastern North Carolina have been asking for some time.   Instead of providing honest answers to these questions, Tillis and those guys came on like gangsters threatening some…

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Speaker Tillis behind Walter Jones endorsement of ex-Democrat Arthur Williams?

        Congressman Walter Jones (R-3) has endorsed former Democrat legislator Arthur Williams in the July 17th GOP runoff for North  Carolina State House District 6 in the Outer Banks. Williams, who formerly served the area as a Democrat in the General Assembly, was a disciple of former senator Marc Basnight and an active supporter of the 2008 campaigns of Barack Obama and Beverly Perdue.   Williams switched to the GOP in late 2011 and filed for the House District 6 seat.  He is pitted against Dare County Republican, and Tea Party favorite, Mattie Lawson in the July…

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Tea Party group to Skip Stam: Thanks, but NO THANKS

  It’s become pretty clear that conservatives in Dare, Beaufort, Carteret and surrounding counties are unhappy with state House Speaker Thom Tillis.  Now,  a conservative group centered in Wayne County is voicing its displeasure with House Majority Leader Skip Stam. Citizens for Constitutional Liberties, a Tea Party Group based in Wayne County, has retracted its invitation to the legislative leader to speak at the group’s July 21 constitutional seminar.  According to its web site, CCL’s more prominent supporters and participants include Senator Louis Pate (R) and Rep. Efton Sager (R).   Linda Harper, a spokesperson for CCL, delivered the news…

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Tillis, Black Caucus, John Locke Foundation team up to bash Senate GOP for NOT SPENDING MORE MONEY

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone. “ — Rod Serling       Talk about strange bedfellows —  the Republican Speaker of  the NC House of Representatives, The (alleged) voice of conservative intellectualism in North Carolina, and the Legislative…

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NCGOP flier hubbub won’t die: Beaufort GOP leader criticizes state party leaders, demands apology

    In comments posted to the Beaufort County Now web site, Beaufort County GOP chairman Charles Hickman is criticizing state GOP leaders and demanding they apologize to activists from his county who were reportedly confronted in an aggressive manner at the recent state party convention: During this primary season several switcheroo and otherwise suspect candidates have bragged about their support from powerful Republican power brokers. Some of this has been reported in Beaufort County Now, Beaufort Observer, Carolina Journal and other publications. Some of these alleged shenanigans directly affect our own districts. Other distressing situations occurred in neighboring districts,…

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The Pilot: $pend more money! Who care$ if you actually HAVE it?

          News flash!  The management at the Southern Pines Pilot is outraged — OUTRAGED — by the  GOP led General Assembly in Raleigh: It is unconscionable that a bill to help right our state’s eugenics wrong – as if it could ever be truly righted – should still be languishing in the legislature. Remember, North Carolina’s eugenics program, under which thousands of people were forcefully sterilized between 1929 and 1974 for supposedly being mentally or physically unfit, is said to have been the most horrendous such program in the nation. Yet still our representatives in Raleigh…

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Tillis, bloggers Pow-wow on voter ID bill

    Apparently, the Speaker of the NC House had a private meeting with some conservative bloggers to talk about the issue of voter ID in North Carolina elections.   (Hmmm.  My invitation must have been lost in the mail.)  The latest reports off of Jones Street suggest that Republicans were going to water down the voter ID bill so they could get Democrat votes to override Lame Duck Bev’s veto.   (Utility bills could be accepted in lieu of actual government-issued photo IDs.)  Randy Dye published an account of the meeting over on NCRenegade:  Voter ID legislation does not…

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The declining value of the “Republican” and “conservative” political labels

        In this nightmarish economy, we’re seeing a lot of things lose their value.  In recent years, we’ve also begun to see the decline in value of the “conservative” and “Republican” labels. We used to have a clear idea of WHO was conservative:  Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, Jesse Helms, William F. Buckley, Margaret Thatcher.  Those folks saw great electoral success, brought a lot of new people into the conservative movement, and made it “cool” to be called conservative. Consultants now tell Republicans you need to “moderate” in order to attract Democrat votes.   Helms & Reagan stood…

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The Pilot: pushing far-left talking points, telling half of the story, and mocking the few readers it has left

You have to just LOVE Yankees who move down here and chastise us for not being more like the morally and fiscally-bankrupt blue states they fled. Steve Bouser, The Pilot’s minister of propaganda overseeing the paper’s op-ed pages, is a textbook example of just such antics.  His page ran for months with leftist talking points about the proposed  marriage amendment to the state constitution — warning of a return to Jim Crow and the approach of the apocalypse if it passed.  It took months of THIS site — and a few others — beating on Steve and The Pilot before they…

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