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NC-03: All 3 legislators in GOP race basically neck-and-neck in Civitas rankings

  Usually, the epithet “liberal” gets reserved for general election contests. But it is already getting tossed around  quite, um, “liberally” in the Third Congressional District GOP primary. SO, we decided to do some research to see if we actually have some liberals slithering in the field — starting with our three legislators.  (After all, there’s much more documentation available.) For years, Civitas has been the gold standard for rating…

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NC-03: Odds & Ends

  Fundraising.  The campaign of Jeff Moore (R) is touting their guy’s fundraising haul of $75,000 in the first week since he filed.  The DC-based Politico website is reporting that Greg Murphy (R) has surpassed the $200,000 mark in the campaign’s first TWO weeks.   Perrys Meet The Daceys.    Dr. Joan Perry (R) of Kinston  has won the support of Craven County’s Scott Dacey, who lobbies the federal government on…

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NC-03: The doctor fights back

  Politics IS a full-contact sport.  (As if you didn’t already know this.)  Far too often, I see really good people play way too nice and get their reputations destroyed. Judging from a video taken at a recent Third District GOP confab, congressional candidate and state Rep. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt) is deciding to assertively stand up for himself. Considered by many to be a front-runner in the race, Murphy has…

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NC-03: A consultant-palooza! (Up to 18 candidates, with one day to go.)

    This special election to replace the late, great Walter Jones is turning into quite a full-employment act for political consultants.  We’ve got quite a crowd in the race already.  And I detect at least FOUR who were recruited by political consultants seeking an extra paycheck or two in this off-year election.   Dr. Joan Perry (R) of Kinston, a pediatrician and former UNC board of governors member, added…

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NC-03: Is that sulphur I smell?

  I knew that the wide-open opportunity in this congressional race would be too much for NCGOPe uber-consultants Dee Stewart and Paul Shumaker to pass up. All sorts of indicators are telling me that this duo  are beating the bushes to get former state senator Thom Goolsby of Wilmington to move a little further north and join the GOP fray in The Third Congressional District.   Goolsby had a pretty…

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NC-03: And then there were SEVEN …

  One more candidate joined the fold today in the special election for the Third Congressional District seat in DC.    Shannon Wilson Bray of Apex filed for the seat as a Libertarian.  What is it about Wake County residents filing for this seat?  Phil Law is IN.  Francis DeLuca says he’s coming.  So has Wake resident Jeff Moore.    (Law and DeLuca each bought dumpy houses in the district…

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NC-03: Put up or shut up time

  It’s easy to talk a lot of junk.  It’s another thing altogether to pay a filing fee and sign your name on the dotted line.  The filing for the special election to replace the late Walter Jones in the US House of Representatives kicked off today. So far, we have TWO Democrats and FOUR Republicans who have stepped forward. New Bern mayor Dana Outlaw was a surprise Democrat filer….

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NC-03: Ready, Set, Vote! (Cooper’s schedule announcement answers, raises questions.)

    Well, we now know when folks will be voting to replace Walter Jones in Congress.  We just don’t know exactly HOW MANY people will be running or HOW MUCH it’s going to cost those small, poorer northeastern counties who were counting on ONE 2019 election and may now have to finance up to FOUR.  Filing for the race will occur between March 4 and March 8.  (So, some…

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NC-03: The doctor is IN! (And there’s a crowd building in the waiting room.)

It’s probably good to remind the Raleigh drivebys that there is something else to do out there besides stomp on Mark Harris and stalk McCrae Dowless.  There is ANOTHER open race for Congress out on the coast, necessitated by the unfortunate and untimely passing of Walter B. Jones, Jr. It looks like the race for The Third Congressional District will have more takers than the Ninth will.  There could be…

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NC-03: Yet ANOTHER ONE?

  It appears the Jacksonville area and Onslow  County will be well-represented in the campaign to replace retiring US Rep. Walter Jones in 2020. Vanessa Sapp of Sneads Ferry has released a video and website announcing the formation  of an exploratory committee for a congressional run in The Third Congressional District. in the video, Sapp stakes out her main issues as the opioid crisis and health insurance reform.  (Sapp mentions…