The tale of the campaign report …

One could pick up some interesting insights by examining outgoing Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson’s third quarter campaign report: The Jackson campaign reported raising $180,362.80. The campaign’s expenditures totaled $283,353.36. Of that expenditure total, they reported spending $219,451 with an Alexandria, VA-based firm called American Media & Advocacy Group for “TV media buy.”   (Over the last four to five months, I think I saw ONE Jackson ad on TV.  I saw countless Earls ads.) The campaign also reported a total expenditure of $43, 798.70 with the Huntersville-based ABNO Group for “fundraising services.”  That’s Neal Orr –– who we reported some…

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A missed opportunity for Barbara Jackson

A bi-partisan group of 58 sitting sheriffs (out of a total of 100) emphatically endorsed the reelection of NC Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson the week before the election.  But NO ONE in the NCGOP hierarchy, the Jackson campaign, or the driveby media appeared to give a damn.  Some of the sheriffs held a press conference in Burlington on October 30 to release the group’s statement in favor of Jackson’s reelection. Not one drive-by media outlet showed any interest.  The Jackson campaign didn’t publicize the event. (Confirmed by a Google search.) Anita Earls, the eventual winner, kept hyping her endorsement by “law…

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#ncpol: Here we go AGAIN ?

In 2016, state Republicans blew what should have been an easy reelection for Supreme Court justice Robert Edmunds.  That loss threw the balance of power on the court to Democrats.  In 2018, we’ve got another big Supreme Court race involving a Republican incumbent.   Sources familiar with the inner workings of that race tell me they are really worried about Justice Barbara Jackson (R) going the same route as Edmunds.  Asked for clarification, one source familiar with the Supreme Court race’s inner workings told me: “Jackson’s numbers are not good.  They are really not where we’d like them to be…

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