Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media Politics Thom Tillis

#NCSEN: Yawner, Game-changer, or ‘televised snake oil sales pitch’?

The drive-bys are working hard to gin up some interest in tonight’s US Senate debate.  They are trying to sell us on the possibility that this televised event tonight could change the course of the race.  Given the nature of these things — with formats…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

#NCGA: All roads lead back to Thom (and his campaign fund)

During debate this week on economic development incentives, legislators were reminded that $7 million in state incentives had been allocated for the filming of CBS’s “Under The Dome” series in Wilmington.  According to my sources on Jones Street,  House leadership reminded the rank-and-file in their…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

#FAIL: HB 1224 dies. Thom The Therrible learns karma is a female dog.

The Speaker of The House tried to ram through a bill containing a smorgasbord of odds-and-ends spending desired by the governor and various special interests.  It got shot down once in the GOP caucus.  It got shot down on the House floor Friday in a…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Monkey Business Update: party disloyalty, HB 1224, and film incentives back from the dead

Well, the effort to bring party disloyalty into the debate on HB 1224 blew up rather unceremoniously.   Apparently, some ”pain-in-the-ass-teabagger web site”   spilled the beans before the plan could get underway.  Sources inside the GOP House caucus meeting on Monday told us that Speaker…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Civitas boss: We WILL be watching on HB 1224

General Assembly Republicans had a rather heated caucus meeting about the controversial HB 1224 legislation on Monday.  Sources in the caucus meeting told us that sources close to speaker Thom Tillis claimed that members would get a “pass” from Civitas Action if they went ahead…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

#NCGA: Thom The Therrible going all gangsta on his own troops?

Not giving the speaker what he wants is now akin to party disloyalty.  If the powers-that-be in the North Carolina House have their way, that will be absolutely true.  We posted earlier about HB 1224 — legislation that compounds a mismatched hodge-podge of issues from…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media Politics Thom Tillis

#NCSEN: American Insights says 42-42 tie, NY Times says 53-47 Hagan

American Insights is back with some analysis on the North Carolina US Senate race.  The NC-based group first came to our attention in the GOP primary for this seat.  They were probably the only pollster that found Mark Harris in second place.  (Harris ended up in third…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

#NCSEN: Relax, green people. Thom is ONE OF YOU!

The environmentalist crowd and their drive by media pals are up in arms about the fact there has been no deal in the legislature regarding storage and disposal of coal ash. (Never mind that the EPA does not consider coal ash hazardous.)  McClatchy thinks they…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media Politics Thom Tillis

#NCSEN: late July Civitas poll has Hagan (D) 41, Tillis (R) 39, Haugh (L) 7

Folks are still taking the political temperature, and things are still looking tight in the US Senate race.  Civitas polled 600 registered voters from July 28-29.    With a four percent margin of error, the Raleigh-based conservative group finds the race between the three major…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media Politics Thom Tillis

#NCSEN: ANOTHER poll (this time from conservatives) showing slim Hagan lead

Human Events, a longtime flagship publication of the American conservative movement, has partnered with Gravis Marketing to take the political temperature in The Tar Heel State.  They conducted a poll of 1,380 registered voters between July 22 and July 27. (There’s a 3 percent margin of…