#ncga: We’ve got legislator rankings!

Granted, they’re from Civitas and the American Conservative Union.  Granted conservatism is in the eye of the beholder.  One man’s conservative is another  man’s liberal.  But, here we go. For 2017, now-former Rep. Chris Millis was the only House member to get a perfect conservative rating from Civitas.   Three of the House’s top five conservatives for that year — Millis, John Blust, and Jeff Collins — will not be around after November 2018.  Talk about a sobering reality. For 2018, however, Civitas has handed out a bunch of perfect ratings.  I dug deeper and found that they based those…

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“Far” right, far left — AND FAR WRONG !

That reanimated fossil Rob Christensen is at it again in The N&O newsroom.  I still don’t understand WHY people think he is such a political Svengali.  He doesn’t have a clue.  Here he is on last Tuesday’s vote: North Carolina’s primary on Tuesday reflected two powerful national trends that are coursing through the body politic — the continued political polarization in the age of Trump and the rise of the #MeToo movement. If you were a Republican candidate running in the primary, you couldn’t be too conservative or too pro-Trump. If you were a Democrat, you couldn’t be too liberal…

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No longer your Dad’s (or WFB’s) National Review

National Review turned me on to conservatism in the mid-80s.  It was refreshingly anti-establishment and full of all kinds of thought-provoking stuff. A lot of the rebels of those days have left the magazine.  William F. Buckley passed on through the pearly gates.  And the magazine has been turned over to a bunch of 20- and 30-something hipsters who think Manhattan is the end-all be-all. NR was hardcore anti-Trump during the 2016 election.  Now, in the era of Trump, they are continuing those practices — apparently even stooping to bringing in Obama cronies to the pages of their magazine.  A lawyer…

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EVERYBODY gets a 100 ! (Wait. What’s Renee still doing here?)

Over at Civitas, they’re handing out perfect conservatism scores to Jones Street legislators like Halloween candy.  (The place has been anything BUT conservative this session.  *Corrupt, maybe.*) Uncle Art and Lil’ John must really be worried about hurting some feelings over on Jones Street — especially some that NEED hurting.  By my count, Civitas has so far blessed 22 of the 120 House members this session as “perfectly conservative.”  John Blust and Mark Brody are at the top of the list.  (Not much of an argument with that.) But they’ve also granted Jason Saine and Kelly Hastings and Julia Howard…

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Liberal use of the word “conservative”

The N&O is excited.  They are trumpeting a new arrival on the political scene:  A North Carolina chapter of a national network of conservatives that wants to put the brakes on — if not outright abolish — the death penalty has become active this year. A number of prominent Republicans have joined N.C. Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty: Les Merritt, the former state auditor; Ernie Pearson, a former assistant commerce secretary; David Robinson, once the Wake County GOP chairman; Marshall Hurley, former state Republican Party general counsel; Steve Monks, former Durham County GOP chairman; Mark Edwards, the Nash County…

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The declining value of the “Republican” and “conservative” political labels

        In this nightmarish economy, we’re seeing a lot of things lose their value.  In recent years, we’ve also begun to see the decline in value of the “conservative” and “Republican” labels. We used to have a clear idea of WHO was conservative:  Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, Jesse Helms, William F. Buckley, Margaret Thatcher.  Those folks saw great electoral success, brought a lot of new people into the conservative movement, and made it “cool” to be called conservative. Consultants now tell Republicans you need to “moderate” in order to attract Democrat votes.   Helms & Reagan stood…

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National Journal: Ellmers is NC’s most conservative Member of Congress

  National Journal, the non-partisan national publication dedicated to daily coverage of the U.S. Congress, has released its annual ideological rankings of Members of Congress.  It appears that the Tar Heel State’s newest Member of Congress, Renee Ellmers (R-2nd) has shot to the top of the “Most Conservative” list for the state’s House delegation.  Thanks to the redistricting plan approved in 2011,  Moore County is now being represented in DC by Mrs. Ellmers. National Journal scored each Member ‘s 2011 votes on economic, social, and foreign policy on a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being “most liberal” and…

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