Guess what? Sen. Burr STILL meddling in GOP primaries.

He took some heat for his financial support of a slander campaign against Senator Thad Cochran’s 2014 conservative primary challenger in Mississippi.  He publicly sided with Thom Thilli$$$ in North Carolina’s 2014 US Senate primary — while nearly TWO handfuls of Republican candidates were in the race. In the June 2016 special congressional primaries, congressman Robert Pittenger was locked in a heated three-way primary challenge in a seriously redrawn district.  (Pittenger was also reportedly under scrutiny from the IRS and FBI for his private business dealings.)   Never mind the presence of two other viable GOP challengers. Senator Richard Burr was ready…

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Q-poll: Burr UP; McCrory, Trump DOWN

Quinnipiac University is the latest to throw its two cents into this year’s elections.  Their poll of 751 likely voters (MOE +-3.6%) was taken from August 31 to September 7. PRESIDENT.   The QU survey has Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump 47% to 43% in North Carolina.  Trump gets 91% of Republicans and 44% of Independents.  Clinton gets 90% of Democrats and 41% of Independents.  Men are splitting 46% to 44% in favor of Trump, while women split 49% to 42% in favor of Clinton. Republicans gets 60% of the white vote, while Democrats get 81% of the non-white vote. SENATE.  The QU…

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Suffolk Poll: In NC, Trump and Burr lead

Boston’s Suffolk University polled North Carolina voters about the November election and produced some very interesting findings:  When:  Poll of 500 likely NC voters taken between 9/5 and 9/7, 4.4% margin of error WHO?: The pollsters actually found THREE people who had never heard of Barack Obama. (Of course, they all say they plan to vote in November.)  Even worse?  SIxty-seven respondents said they had never heard of Richard Burr.  Right Track?  Roughly 26 percent of respondents said they thought the country was on the right track.  Sixty-one percent said WRONG TRACK. Approval-Disapproval:  Obama is at 43-51; Clinton at 37-55;…

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Shumaker: ‘Trump Factor’ harmful down the ballot for NCGOPers

We learned this weekend, thanks to a leak to the drivebys, that GOPe uber-consultant Paul Shumaker is doubling down on his “concerns” about Donald Trump:  Even as Republicans pour more ground forces into North Carolina, a top GOP strategist has warned that the “Trump Factor” could be costly for GOP candidates this fall. Paul Shumaker, whose clients include U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, told Pittenger in a private memo that 20 percent of N.C. Republicans view Donald Trump unfavorably – and many of them could stay home. “If (that) happens, this will have a potential negative…

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#ncsen: Solar goons bet BIG on Burr

Not quite sure how this one slipped past us, but here it is from early last month: The Charlotte-based ClearPath Action Fund is putting at least $400,000 into Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s re-election campaign. ClearPath, a super-PAC headed by Charlottean Jay Faison, supports clean-energy Republicans. In addition to Burr, it backs GOP Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. Faison has also been dumping money on North Carolina legislators who vote to keep subsidies for solar energy alive and well in the state.  Clearly, his organization has its eye on keeping the federal dollars rolling…

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#ncsen: Ross smacks Burr for opposing insider trading ban for members of Congress

Banning Members of Congress from using sensitive information they obtain during the course of the business day to make investment decisions that pay off BIG? Sounds like a gimme. An easy YES vote.  But, think again:  Deborah Ross’s campaign is attacking Senator Richard Burr for a 2012 vote that Burr made against a bill banning insider trading for top federal employees and requiring that financial disclosures of members of Congress and their employees be made readily available online—all while he owned hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock in natural gas companies and authored legislation helpful to the natural gas industry.  Burr…

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#ncpol: NC RINOs blame Trump for THEIR mess

It’s not surprising to hear statists blame everything and everyone BUT themselves and their big government delusions for problems in the world.  *People are poor because the rich and greedy and white people are racist. Yeah!  We could do more to keep babies from starving and old people from eating dog food if those white people would just cough up more of their money.*  But listening to RINOs in Raleigh moan and whine about how DONALD TRUMP is causing their electoral woes is just plain nauseating. There was a lunchtime panel discussion on state politics in Raleigh Wednesday.  The room was…

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ObamaCare and the GOPe: Failing North Carolina AND America

In 2010, the GOP got a bunch of new elected soldiers with the mission of staging a full-frontal assault on ObamaCare.  After the election, we got a whole lot of inaction and whining about how nothing can be done with a Democrat Senate and president.  In 2014, the GOP gained the Senate, but the whining continued about the continued existence of a Democrat president.  Now, in 2016, ObamaCare is not even on the political radar.  But its fingerprints are all over the economic strife pounding this country. As late as April, those subjected to ObamaCare had two choices: Aetna and Blue…

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NBC August poll: Clinton, Cooper AND Ross up in North Carolina

Oh, the hits just keep coming. NBC and Marist conducted a poll of North Carolina adults from August 4 to August 10.   According to those folks, November is going to look very good for the Democrats. Before I hit you with the numbers, let’s look at their methodology: This survey of 1,030 adults was conducted August 4th through August 10th, 2016 by The Marist Poll sponsored and funded in partnership with NBC News and The Wall Street Journal . Adults 18 years of age and older residing in the state of North Carolina were contacted on landline or mobile…

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Washington Post: #NCSEN among Top 10 seats most likely to change party in 2016

Granted, it is Pravda-on-The-Potomac talking here.  But here’s what they say:  […] 10: North Carolina (Republican held): Colorado comes off our list and on comes North Carolina, where Democratic candidate Deborah Ross narrowly outraised two-term Sen. Richard Burr (R), though he still has doubled Ross in overall fundraising. But Ross’s strong showing means she is setting herself up to be in a position to benefit from Hillary Clinton’s coattails and a competitive governor’s race IF there’s a wave election for Democrats. (Previous ranking: None.) […]  We’ve already heard from Real Clear Politics, which is calling the race a “toss-up.”  (It…

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