Posted in Law & Order NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger

#ncga: Look who’s back in town!

They’re already making a mess in DC.  And just as we’re coming down from the trauma of THEIR return, the Raleigh crowd is deciding to put in an appearance at our expense.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the honorables — and, in some cases, we are…

Posted in Media NC legislature Phil Berger Politics

#ncga#ncpol: Courts chief, Berger knock heads over gay marriage

We reported earlier about a pretty harsh memo from the Administrative Office of The Courts explaining that court officials have two choices regarding gay marriages: perform them, or quit.  On October 10, an Obama-appointed federal judge in the People’s Republic of Buncombe got creative in…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

#ncpol: A Berger-Tillis split on gay marriage?

The past legislative session was marked by the GOP-dominated House and the GOP-dominated Senate often taking different paths.  It appears that trend is continuing here out-of-session as the leaders of the two chambers appear to have different approaches to the newly-discovered “right” to gay “marriage”…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Phil Berger Politics

Coal Ash combat

In DC, Barry Obama is preparing to go to war against the Islamic State.  In Raleigh, Pat McCrory is barricaded inside his Blount Street residence preparing for battle against his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly. The subject of this Oak City discord?  Coal Ash:…

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

Gov. Pat takes a page from Thad Cochran’s political playbook

In Mississippi, when incumbent US senator Thad Cochran appeared to be going down in flames to Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel, GOP establishment types sold their souls and threw in with Democrats to fend off the conservative hordes.  It looks like Pat McCrory — apparently…

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

Gov. Pat takes to state-owned media to bash his own party

The ”I-told-you-so’s” from my conservative Charlotte amigos are reaching a crescendo.  They warned me — and anyone else who would listen prior to the election — that Pat McCrory would not hesitate to throw his fellow Republicans under the bus. Over the last week, we’ve…

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

#NCGA: If Gov. Pat wants a fight, Mr. Berger is glad to give him one.

The media, Democrats, and Bill Barber’s rabble have tried to pitch us a narrative about some unified Republican front in Raleigh.  Unfortunately, all we’ve been able to see lately  is the Charlotte mafia — led by Speaker Thom and Gov. Pat — taking swing after…

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

#NCGA: McCrory, Tillis, media gang up on Senate Republicans in budget fight

In budget reconciliation talks, the Senate has backed away from their insistence on dropping teacher tenure in exchange for pay raises. Smelling blood, Gov. Pat, Speaker Thom, and the drive-by media are pushing for even more: […] School superintendents from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district as…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Pat McCrory Phil Berger Politics

#NCPOL: Gov Pat forced to lay in the bed he made

It’s pretty clear — from the background conversations I am having —  that things are a bit frosty between the governor’s office and many of the Republican honorables on Jones Street. A lot of the problem seems to be rooted in a lack of communication.   Legislators…

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

#NCGA: McCrory blasts Senate for respecting state constitution & concept of balanced budgets

The North Carolina constitution requires a balanced budget.  Gov. Pat and Speaker Thom got together and submitted a revised budget plan that does not balance. Speaker Thom whipped his troops into shape and passed his deal with the governor through the House. The Senate sent…