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#NCGA: Skip Stam endorses toll roads

State House speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam has posted an endorsement of toll roads on his official site — which still IDs him as the “North Carolina House Republican Leader”.  The endorsement language on his site matches the talking points we got in a group…

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 Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Paul Stam Politics

Skip Stam: Statist Troublemaker?

  Some disturbing reports are coming over the transom about the former NC state House majority leader recently banished to purgatory (a/k/a the post of speaker pro tem).  Apparently, state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam is not too fond of grassroots efforts to fight nasty overreaches…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Paul Stam Politics Thom Tillis

Thoughts on the NC House GOP leadership skirmish

State House Republicans are meeting today to decide who will lead them through the next legislative session in Raleigh.  A lot of the current leadership is running again, while a few challengers have jumped in. The GOP added nine seats to their majority in the…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Paul Stam Politics Thom Tillis

Thom Tillis? DONE. Skip Stam? DONE. (Any questions?)

          I button-holed a Republican legislator recently to try and get some of the inside skinny on the happenings on Jones Street.  This House member told me that his caucus’s polling shows a strong likelihood of a continued GOP majority in…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Paul Stam Politics Thom Tillis

‘Pay To Play’ alive and well on Jones Street

When the GOP majority took over the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, we were promised an end to pay-to-play.  Pay-to-play has typically meant the shakedown of lobbyists and other interested parties for campaign donations in exchange for legislative attention to their concerns. The GOP…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Paul Stam Politics

Tea Party group to Skip Stam: Thanks, but NO THANKS

  It’s become pretty clear that conservatives in Dare, Beaufort, Carteret and surrounding counties are unhappy with state House Speaker Thom Tillis.  Now,  a conservative group centered in Wayne County is voicing its displeasure with House Majority Leader Skip Stam. Citizens for Constitutional Liberties, a…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Paul Stam Politics

The marriage amendment and political whiplash

      It’s unfortunately not all that unusual to see political leaders stop on a dime and change directions on political issues — just to score points with the media and interest groups.  North Carolina State House majority leader Paul Stam (R-Wake) has taken…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Paul Stam Politics

The Problem with Paul Stam

  Paul “Skip” Stam is the affable leader of the Republican majority in the NC House.  He was a compromise candidate for caucus leader elected in the wake of the Republican civil war initiated by Richard Morgan and his allies.  Stam was someone all parties…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Education Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Paul Stam Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

NC Legislators end union shakedown of teachers; Democrats & media throw major fit

  On the N&O’s front page, there was a full color photo of some large, angry Hillary Clinton lookalikes from the NC Association of Educators (NCAE) holding signs  that said “We will not be silenced.” (I pity their poor husbands.) The N&O posted a video…