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Aaaaand the surrender train keeps rolling on

In the 1970s. a perfect storm of libertarians, Christian conservatives, and conservative Democrats came together to shift the GOP from an afterthought to  a force to be reckoned with in North Carolina. Folks with some things in common — and some NOT — came together…

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NC Dems take Tilli$$$’s old NC House seat

For the first time in at least sixteen years, the residents of North Carolina House district 98 in Mecklenburg County will be represented by a DEMOCRAT. Conservative champion — and prominent Jim Black critic — John Rhodes was elected to the seat in 2002.  In…

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And let the spin BEGIN …

The six-figure salaried frat boys at NCGOP HQ are already taking to social media to try and make lemonade out of Tuesday’s lemons: Let’s see.  When Dallas The Boy Wonder and his Grandpa got installed via coup at NCGOP HQ in 2015, we had a…

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A post-mortem on Tuesday. (Look, Ma. We’re goin’ backwards.)

For Republicans and conservatives across North Carolina, there was not a whole lot to cheer about Tuesday night.  Our side got out-hustled, out-strategized, out-raised, out-marketed.  *Out-EVERYTHINGED.* To satisfy the folks who have been nagging me all morning via text and tweets to offer up my…

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#ncga: The (NC House) $$$ chase thus far …

Whoever has the most money is not always the best indicator of who will come out on top when the smoke clears at the end of election day. Factors like name ID, various local issues, and the proportion of local vs. outside contributions also make…

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Advice for Tuesday …

We’ve been bombarded with questions from folks seeking recommendations about who to vote for on Tuesday.  Here’s the sample  ballot from my neck of the woods. It features local races that are important to Moore County residents, but no one else.  There are other items…

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Democrats filling NC Senate GOP campaign coffers

He was one of the key money men behind a PAC that helped knock off a conservative legislator and facilitate a leftist takeover of Lee County a few years ago.  Now, Kirk Bradley — a Democrat registered to vote in Orange County — is opening…

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Key figure in Easley scandals cuts big check to NC Senate GOPers

A name that popped up a lot amid reporting on scandals surrounding then-governor Mike Easley is now popping up on a state Republican campaign report. There was the issue of NC State University hiring then-First Lady Mary Easley.  And there were the on-the-down-low airplane flights…

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NC PolicyWatch tries to burn Folwell over Cowell’s sleight-of-hand

Chris Fitzsimon’s comedy team never passes up an opportunity to spit the word ‘BIGOT’ at a conservative.  This time, the lucky recipient  of Team Chris’s golden spittle is state treasurer Dale Folwell: […] In 2017, as the family planned Connor’s transition, the State Employee Health…

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#ncga: $peaker Timmy, very expen$ive. (And under review?)

Yes, it’s becoming more and more clear that the leader of the “conservative revolution” is making a KILLING off of the taxpayers.  Here’s the latest: Seven months ago, we began investigating a series of questions surrounding Tim Moore, the powerful Speaker of the North Carolina…