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NC’s hyper-regulated health care

Only New Jersey, Hawaii, DC, and Vermont slap more red-tape on their health care providers than North Carolina does.  THAT information comes from a recent study by The Mercatus Center at Virginia’s George Mason University:  In the summer of 2016, New Hampshire became the 15th state to repeal its “certificate-of-need”…

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Monkey Business Update: Fear and Loathing in Haywood County

Haywood County is a quiet, sleepy locale in the western North Carolina mountains.  It’s a rarity for that region — a Democrat stronghold.  Lately, its politics have become quite a raucous affair. Local Tea Party activists took over the county Republican Party organization.  A Republican activist managed to pull off…

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A new Sheriff Stone hits the streets

One of the best stories from this past election day was Republican — and former state trooper — Keith Stone being elected Sheriff of Nash County. Stone and I both have roots in southeastern North Carolina’s Robeson County. My grandfather — longtime political capo di tutti / boss of bosses for…

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Sizing up the Post-Thom era on Jones Street

Now that it’s clear that Mr. Big Boy Pants is headed to DC, it’s time to start sizing up the battle to fill the leadership void at the top of the state House food chain. State Rep. Justin Burr has just thrown his hat into the ring for the speaker’s…

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Not just an election, but a restraining order.

It is absolutely amazing how many people have reacted to the recently completed elections in the same fashion as they would to athletic events.  Yay, Blue Devils! Yay, Panthers! Yay, Thom! The recently completed campaigns were so devoid of substantive content that they honestly became comparable to ACC football or…

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#ncpol: Wednesday morning quarterback

$100 million for THIS?  Somebody needs to talk to the manager or ask for a refund or something.  The smoke has cleared. The campaign paraphernalia is still littering the road shoulders.  And we’ve got two to six years (in some cases FOREVER) to contemplate or endure the choices that were…

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#ncga: Rep. Moffitt says I-77 toll contracts “can be cancelled out”

Gov. Pat McCrory and Senate nominee Thom Tillis and state House president pro tem Skip Stam have all told us to BEND OVER and wait for those toll roads.  They’re coming.  But Asheville’s Tim Moffitt (R) — locked in a tight reelection fight for the state House — says NOT SO…

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ONCE AGAIN: “Expanding Medicaid” = ObamaCare

I seriously can’t understand the logic behind having TWO prominent Republican leaders go public — right in front of a HUGE election — with their desire to expand Medicaid. Gov. Pat McCrory and his DHHS queen Aldona Wos first hinted about it.  Senate nominee — and state House speaker —…

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#ncsen: Sean Haugh, “principled conservative” ???

Yep.  That’s what THIS MAILER that showed up in a lot of North Carolina snail-mail boxes on Thursday says.  It tells you that Thom Tillis “has been very busy … Raising our taxes.” There is no disclaimer IDing who paid for it.  It seems to insinuate that Libertarian candidate Sean…

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#ncsen: What the Tillis camp is thinking riiiiiiiiight NOW

National Review’s Jim Geraghty has talked with a source of his who he says is a consultant “plugged in” to the GOP’s efforts in the Colorado and North Carolina US Senate races.  Here’s what his source has to say about our race: In North Carolina, the outlook for Thom Tillis…