Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics

Memo to Governor McCrory: Heed Gary’s advice, remember Jim Martin

The political establishment — and the state political media — are coming around to the realization that, barring the discovery of a dead girl or a live boy in the McCrory residence, Mayor Pat will be getting a promotion at the end of the year.  …

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NCGOP vice chair King: “Goldman? Malone? I see nothing! I know nothing!”

What’s been bouncing around the political gossip network for a few years has FINALLY made it to the pages of The N&O.   The NCGOP establishment bent over backwards to force the highly-dubious Debra Goldman on the electorate.  Never mind all the stories about an alleged…

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NC elections chief “Big Boy” Bartlett keeps baffling us with BS

          The folks at Civitas did a great job of pointing out how many 112 year old North Carolina voters have cast ballots so far during early voting.  State elections chief — and longtime Democrat hack —  Gary Bartlett took a…

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NC Dems and their muddled definition of ‘extremism’

      Things are so bad for The North Carolina Democratic Party that Linda Coleman, nominee for lieutenant governor, is their last best hope for something to celebrate on the eve of November 6.  Coleman, long a part of the highly-successful Bev Perdue administration,…

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Meanwhile, over at the early voting polls …

    A friend who was working the early voting polls for the GOP checked in with me to share a recent experience at an area polling place. He said he noticed a van with the same driver making regular trips to the early voting…

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The importance of those Council of State races

During big election years, people get excited about the candidates for president, governor, and Congress.  But when the conversation turns to races like Secretary of State, Secretary of Labor, and Superintendent of Public Instruction,  eyes glaze over, yawns break out, and looks of confusion take…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Politics

Are Richard Hudson and the GOP Establishment selling us a bill of goods?

      Richard Hudson, the GOP nominee for the 8th congressional district, has been spending a lot of time raising questions about incumbent Larry Kissell’s character.  We’ve done some digging into Hudson’s own record, and it’s left us asking: Is Richard Hudson fabricating his…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Moore County Politics Renee Ellmers

NCFEF: Ellmers posting weak fundraising numbers

        The NC Free Enterprise Foundation,  a non-partisan pro-business group, has completed an analysis of third quarter fundraising for the state’s congressional candidates.  Here’s what they found for the Second Congressional District: […] After winning an upset victory in 2010, Rep. Renee…

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Early voting UP across North Carolina from 2008

GOP operatives have all admitted they learned a painful lesson in 2008.  The Democrats beat their pants off in terms of getting-out-the-vote. According to some relatively real-time data from Civitas, early voting is up significantly this year from this same time period in 2008.  Mecklenburg…

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Pants on Fire: The N&O keeps the hits (against GOP candidates) coming

South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson wants to have a word with N&O staff writer Austin Baird.  It’s pretty typical for the media to wait until the weeks before a big election before doing profiles on the candidates.  The Raleigh News & Observer newsroom takes it…