Posted in campaign 2014 Economy Media NC legislature NCGOP Paul Stam Politics

When things get HOT, Tholl Road Thom takes his marbles and goes home

This was supposed to be a great weekend for Thom Tillis.  He’s presiding over the state House at a historic time for the NCGOP.  The state GOP convention was in his neck of the woods.  He got a prime speaking slot to debut himself as…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NCGOP Politics

NCGOP Convention Scuttlebutt …

Well, it looks like the NCGOP will be led for the next two years by by Chairman Claude Pope of Brunswick County (formerly of Wake) and Vice-chairman Joyce Krawiec of Winston-Salem.  Pope handily defeated Charlotte area Tea Partier Jack Brosch.  Krawiec topped a four-person field…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Kay Hagan NCGOP Politics

Brannon: Keep government in check, stand by The Constitution

That’s the gist of the thesis Cary physician Greg Brannon, one of two announced GOP candidates for the 2014 US Senate primary, had for his audience at the NCGOP state convention in Charlotte.   If you didn’t have the chance to be in The Queen…

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WSJ: NC GOPers need to stiffen spines, get tax reform DONE

  Stephen Moore, a renowned libertarian-leaning economist and member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, has some advice for the GOP leadership now running the show in Raleigh:  Man Up and Move Forward on reforming the state’s tax code.  Moore expresses concern that the…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media NCGOP Politics

NCGOP needs to do more selling of the platform, less selling of the (R)

NCGOP activists have poured into Charlotte this weekend for their state convention.  They’ll hear from some of the US Senate hopefuls looking to replace Kay Hagan. They’ll also choose their state party leadership for the next two years. There hasn’t been a lot of news…

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GUILTY! Speaker Thom Tillis’s ‘right hand man’ could be headed for THE BIG HOUSE

Stephen Laroque has really taken us on a roller coaster ride during his time in Raleigh. The former GOP lawmaker was a supporter of Richard Morgan’s 2002-2006 alliance with former inmate — and House Speaker — Jim Black.  Laroque survived an Art Pope-financed primary challenge,…

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Invasion of The Purple People: SEIU moves in for the kill in North Carolina

Since 2008, The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has established a reputation as Barack Obama’s shock troops — his brownshirts, his muscle.  They’ve often taken to the streets to, ahem, hammer home the message of  their Dear Leader @ 1600 Penn — especially during the…

Posted in campaign 2014 Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Supporters of strong voter ID laws seek grassroots help in “fixing” measure that passed NC House

          There’s a new video out floating around that raises some serious questions about the strength of the voter ID bill that recently passed the GOP-controlled state House.   There’s also a companion web site, called Fix589 that makes the case for…

Posted in Media NC legislature NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics

Forest upstaging McCrory on Common Core

        Usually, the media and the public look to the governor on state government policy questions.  Lt. Governor Dan Forest is turning that equation on its head when it comes to the debate over the Common Core curriculum in public education.  “Lt….

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NC sits on sidelines while OTHER FOLKS in OTHER STATES take ObamaCare to court

The Competitive Enterprise Institute — an excellent organization based in DC that fights the good fight for the free market — is suing on behalf of some small businesses and individuals to challenge the federal government’s authority to collect taxes from the states to finance…