Posted in campaign 2019

NC-09: Stony, meet Fern.

  Tne first day of filing ended with confirmation of a Republican primary.   (Libertarian Jeff Scott, who was in the 2018 edition of this race, also returned to the fold.) Former state Rep. (1994-2002) and state senator (2002-2004) Fern Shubert of Union  County has thrown her hat into the ring for the sequel to the Ninth Congressional district race.  Shubert was a strong conservative voice while in Raleigh, and…

Posted in Congress Media Politics Republicans South Carolina

Attacks from outsiders COULD AID Mark Sanford’s return to DC

A political chain reaction was set off earlier this year, south of our southern border, when Jim DeMint resigned from the US Senate and was replaced by congressman Tim Scott.   Scott’s Charleston-based seat came up for grabs in a special election.  Two candidates — Curtis Bostic and Mark Sanford (yes, the former governor, Appalachian Trail hiker and occupant of said congressional seat) — are facing off in a runoff…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature Obama Politics Republicans

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…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NCGOP Politics

Meet Mike Causey (R), candidate for NC Insurance Commissioner

  When you first meet Mike Causey, the Greensboro Republican strikes you as way too nice of a guy to be a player in hard-nosed big-time statewide politics. He presents quite a contrast to Richard Morgan —  his opponent in the July 17th GOP runoff for insurance commissioner — a veteran practitioner of hardball, slash-and-burn politics who many observers say wouldn’t know “nice” if it walked up and slapped him…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Meet Ed Goodwin, candidate for NC Secretary of State

Most people, when they hear the words ‘secretary of state’, they think of foreign policy and Hillary Clinton. The position of North Carolina Secretary of State plays a significant role within North Carolina’s economy.  The office administers state business licensing, certifies election results, and investigates securities  and other kinds of business-related fraud, among other things. Incumbent Democrat Elaine Marshall is up for reelection this year.  Two Republicans — Wake County…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC State Government NCGOP Politics Republicans

Meet Dan Forest

  Throughout our state’s history, lieutenant governors have put their own personal touch on a job with a limited scope of powers.  Dan Forest, one of the two GOP candidates for lieutenant governor still standing,  would like his tenure in office to be marked by principled leadership in the areas of education and economic development.   Forest, an architect from Raleigh making his first run for political office, is facing off…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Moore County Politics Renee Ellmers

Keep an eye on Ellmers

        Veteran politicos all over North Carolina’s Second  Congressional District are telling me that the political establishment and the news media could be in for a heck of a surprise on May 8.    One loyal reader, active in the GOP at the district level, tells me: “The level of indifference toward Renee Ellmers is astounding.  There are so many people in this solidly Republican district who…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

Primary foe a boon for Mike Causey?

Running for down-ballot council of state races is often a popularity contest based on name ID — a lot like student council races from our school days. Mike Causey,  Republican candidate for NC state Insurance Commissioner, is part of the crowd of candidates fighting for publicity against political big dogs like Walter Dalton, Bob Etheridge, and Pat McCrory.  (Causey previously ran unsuccessfully for this position against state political icon Jim…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics South Carolina

Tea Party displeasure with SC’s Haley an omen for NC voters considering McCrory?

      Tea Party activists in South Carolina had such high hopes for state legislator Nikki Haley while she was running for governor of The Palmetto State. She had a strong conservative record in the legislature, and talked a good game on the campaign trail.  The Tea Party — locally and nationally – is widely credited with helping Haley win a primary packed with better-known establishment candidates, and cruise…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Mitt Romney Politics Republicans

Mitt Romney: The consummate etch-a-sketch

            Just as many of us allied with The Tea Party were starting to accept we need to suck it up and TAKE our Romney,  the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign stepped in it BIG and confirmed our worst fears: It should have been a good day for Mitt Romney. He just won acommanding victory in the Illinois primary, and a huge endorsement from Republican kingmaker Jeb Bush. But…