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 a shocking upset and win November’s election for county tax collector. (Yes, Haywood County is the last in the state to elect a tax collector.) Right before the Republican was to be sworn in on December 1, the Democrat-dominated county board of commissioners decided to raise his bond to $410,000…

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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 the local political machine —  and longtime Robeson County sheriff Hubert Stone — Keith’s father — ran things together in the county for decades.  Hubert — who was sheriff from 1978 to 1994 — was a no-nonsense kind of guy who brought comparisons to Buford Pusser from “Walking Tall.”   As expected,…

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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 basketball skirmishes.  It was all about who gets bragging rights, rather than who has the plan to get us out of the mess we’re in.  I find myself in agreement with Erick Erickson and Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday’s vote.  It was NOT about how much we love Thom Tillis 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 made yesterday.  Let’s get started: US Senate: Either way this went, history was going to be made.  If Hagan had won, it would have been the first time in 46 years that a Democrat has been re-elected to a US Senate seat in North Carolina.  Thom Tillis’s 48-47 victory gives…

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#ncpol: Are you forgetting something?

If you are a legal resident of the US, over 18, with a clean criminal record, and properly registered, you have an important task on your to-do list today. (If you’ve already handled it, NEVER MIND.)  You need to vote – -especially if you are a Haymaker fan.  (If you are not, there are better things out there to do with your time.) We have published candidate recommendations on the left side column of this page.  Check them out.  If you see any of these names on your ballot, please vote for them.  If you are a fan of this…

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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 FAST. At last week’s Asheville Tea Party meeting, Moffitt took some questions from constituents about toll lanes and toll roads (AUDIO IS HERE). “First of all, it’s just been conversations that have happened.  No commitments have been made,” the Asheville Republican can be heard saying. Well, what about the signed contracts…

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But, but, but BARRY won’t let us throw out ObamaCare!

This is *rich.*  We’re bombarded with ads from Republican candidates telling us incumbent Democrat senators did a bad thing by voting FOR ObamaCare.  (And we agree.) So, does that mean a GOP majority on Capitol Hill will repeal ObamaCare?   (*crickets*) Hmmm.  One more time — Does that mean a GOP majority on Capitol Hill will repeal ObamaCare?   From what I am seeing and hearing — the answer is a big, fat NO. The excuse thus far is that the Democrat majority in the Senate is keeping repeal efforts at bay.  So, will a GOP majority in the Senate…

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#ncsen: Harper Polling says Tillis 46, Hagan 44

This automated survey was conducted among 511 likely voters between October 28-30.  Margin of error is +-4.34 percent.  (So, we’re within the margin of error and basically at a draw.)   Hagan has a 52 percent unfavorable rating among respondents, while Tillis was at 51 percent unfavorable. Tillis has 80 percent of Republicans, while Hagan can count on 76 percent of Democrats.   Sean Haugh polls at 6% in this survey. Four percent said they were not sure. In case you were wondering, Harper Polling is a Pennsylvania-based national Republican firm run by the former polling director and deputy political…

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We know. A lot of bad choices on the ballot. But STILL — you NEED to vote!

If the choices we’re looking at on the ballot don’t give enough incentive to start working WEDNESDAY on finding candidates for 2016, I don’t know what will. You may not be crazy about either of the two major party nominees in the US Senate race.  But there are FIVE OTHER OPTIONS beyond Tillis and Hagan.  You have Libertarian Sean Haugh.  You have write-in candidates David Waddell, Barry Gurney and John Rhodes.  Or you can simply leave that section of the ballot BLANK.  (Don’t worry, your other votes for other offices WILL COUNT.) You may not be crazy about your nominees…

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#ncsen: The mystery of the disappearing “alleged” DENR memo

A last-minute firestorm over the apparent spiking of an anti-Hagan story is sweeping across social media.  Thom Tillis partisans are pointing to it as further evidence of the media conspiracy with leftist interests. I am a former member of the drive-by media. I now find myself in the unusual position of conceding that MAYBE the newsrooms in Charlotte and Raleigh had a point. Take a look at the linked file.     (It is stored on Amazon cloud storage.)  The purported “smoking gun” is a two-page unsigned “staff review” memo typed out on a blank piece of paper and digitally-scanned.  On an official document,…

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