#ncga: RICHARD MORGAN (Yes, HIM) endorses Speaker Moore.

I worked hard to put this man in retirement.  I am one of many of his long-time, long-suffering now former constituents.  I had hoped he would just go away and be quiet.  But, no.  With the kerfluffle between speaker Moore and Rep. Burr, The Mouth of Moore County —  and former Jim Black confidant — felt like it had to open ONE MORE TIME: Who’s next?  Will the gang from ISIS step up and offer words of encouragement to the gentleman from King’s Mountain? 

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Tillis in 2006: Rhodes call for Morgan resignation a BAD IDEA

The 2002 power-sharing deal in the North Carolina House between Democrat Jim Black and Republican Richard Morgan was one of the most divisive, acrimonious periods in the state’s political history.  Then-Mecklenburg County legislator John Rhodes (R) was making waves (and news) as the leading critic of the Black-Morgan regime.   Many observers believe that Rhodes’ efforts earned him a 2006 primary challenge from then-former Cornelius town commissioner Thom Tillis.  In fact, Tillis took Rhodes to task for his criticism of Morgan in a news release posted on the 2006 Tillis for House campaign web site: Thom Tillis called on a…

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#NCSEN: Scheduling an ad buy vs. PAYING for it

I had a rather enlightening phone call with a friend who pulls down a hefty paycheck for his behind-the-scenes work in federal-level election campaigns.  (To my knowledge, he is not involved in any of North Carolina’s campaigns this year.)  He — like so much of the rest of the political world — is keeping a close eye on North Carolina’s US Senate race.  My friend read my comments about Thom Tillis’ new ad buy and wanted to throw in his two cents. He points out that news reports indicate the Tillis campaign is “scheduling” $1 million worth of advertising time…

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#NCSEN: The fat man is singing! (Richard Morgan thells on Thom.)

Moore County’s Richard Morgan has evolved into one of the most polarizing figures ever in North Carolina politics.  Amazingly, during his time in the NC General Assembly, he was able to earn an equal amount of emnity from conservatives AND liberals. Morgan’s last few terms in office were marked by infighting with — and backstabbing of — fellow Republicans, collaboration with Jim Black and the Democrats, and an official rebuke from the NCGOP hierarchy. Morgan was knocked out of power in the 2006 GOP primary — thanks to the people of Moore County coming to their senses, and some help…

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#NCSEN: Roadkill & Richard, WHO ??????

    State House Speaker — and US Senate candidate — Thom Tillis has been quite talkative lately via email. He’s tackled taxes and immigration, and has now moved on to the topic of Richard Morgan & Jim Black: First, “Ivan” is Ivan Mothershead, who we met in a previous post on this site.  The “road kill blog” he’s referring to is THIS SITE.  Tillis wrote previously that he coined the term in response to someone asking him if he read The Haymaker.  Tillis said he occasionally looks at the site, in passing, kind of like he looks at road…

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The NC House: Seems like Old Times

    Neil Simon had a pretty successful movie in the 70s by that name.   It’s too bad we’re not talking about a comedy classic here.  Deals being cut behind the scenes.  Promising legislators one thing, then pulling the rug out from under them.  Using legislative power to protect powerful outside interests.  Legislators being threatened and punished for daring to speak against “leadership.”  Those were aspects of the SOP during the Richard Morgan-Jim Black reign of terror in the North Carolina House of Representatives. When the GOP took over on Jones Street in 2011, we got promise after promise about…

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The Morgan-Black clique rides again in Raleigh?

          The dictation pool in the McClatchy newsroom has regurgitated a press release talking about a new “House Republican group”: A group formed by the N.C. House Republican caucus has begun airing TV ads encouraging Tar Heel citizens to take an on-line survey reflecting their priorities for the state. The ad features House Speaker Thom Tillis talking about the importance of small business and the need to set policies that help small businesses prosper. “Today, more than any time before in our history, it is important for all governing bodies to have the ability to communicate…

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Morgan vs. Causey: A Tale of Two campaign finance reports

        The North Carolina Insurance Law blog does a great job of giving us the story behind the numbers in the GOP runoff for NC commissioner of insurance: The May 8 primary pitting Republican candidates Richard Morgan, Mike Causey, and James McCall against one another for the nomination for North Carolina Insurance Commissioner resulted in a surprisingly tight finish. Mr. Morgan finished in first place – barely – garnering 37% of the vote. Right behind him, Mr. Causey took home 35%, while political newcomer Mr. McCall finished stronger than expected with 28%. Because no candidate won 40%…

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Facebook: the new battleground for GOP nod in Insurance Commissioner race

  I know it’s tough to evaluate candidates for down-ballot races.  Sure, it’s pretty easy to separate the wheat from the chaff in the governor and presidential fields.  But when you get down to the judicial races and the council of state races, what is a voter to do? Well — as usual — I’m here to help.   As an example, let’s take a look at the July 17th GOP runoff for North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance between Richard Morgan and Mike Causey. Mike Causey ran several times for the office against the late political icon Jim Long. Richard…

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Eastern NC Tea Partiers hunting RINOs, slapping Morgan & NCGOP

        Over on The Outer Banks, we’ve got YET another case of NCGOP trying to force one of their handpicked cronies down the throats of voters.  Truth or Dare, a conservative blog based in The Outer Banks, has the details on a state House race that has Tea Partiers in that area teed-off: Truth or Dare has learned that Ashley Woolard and Bill Tarpenning have signed on to manage the campaign of long-time Democrat loyalist Arthur Williams.  Woolard is the former Chair of the Beaufort County Republican Party, a former Republican candidate for Congress and the newly-elected…

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