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

NCICL: Banning incompetents from voting is unconstitutional

    That’s right.  An analyst with The North Carolina Institute for Constitional Law — an outfit founded by former state Supreme Court Justice and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Orr — says legislation currently before the state legislature to bar people legally determined to be…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Craven-Tillis tiff dominates 3rd CD GOP meeting

    You knew things were going to get interesting in New Bern this weekend when all non-members of the 3rd congressional district GOP executive committee were kicked out of the meeting hall.  Of course, we had several pairs of eyes and ears in the…

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

Slash & Burn: NCGA sources say speaker’s team seeking censure of Brawley, encouraging negative rumors

    Some of you outside the Charlotte area may have missed THIS INTERVIEW with state Rep. Bob Brawley on WBT radio.  [Fast forward to the last three minutes, and you’ll hear Brawley’s take on the episode with Speaker Tillis that led to Brawley’s  resignation…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Economy Media NCGOP Obama Politics

The congressional farm bill: growing the welfare state, passing around Pork, spreading more fertilizer

          North Carolina’s senators, Kay Hagan (D) and Richard Burr (R), are teaming up to fend off purported cuts to federal subsidies for tobacco insurance.    Wait.  I thought we had a federal tobacco buyout.   Are people STILL growing tobacco domestically?…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

E-Mail: Craven GOP chair thought Tillis censure, letter, and meeting were A-OK from the start

We’ve been getting disturbing reports from on-the-ground in Craven County about how county GOP chairman Paul Hill has changed course on — and is now opposing — the Tillis censure letter. The chairman and NCGOP officials have reportedly been claiming that the censure letter is…

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

Thom Tillis? FOR SENATE ? (Ya Don’t Say.)

Well, the worst kept secret in North Carolina politics got “let out of the bag” today — state House speaker Thom Tillis is jumping into the 2014 US Senate GOP primary.  Oh, and good news folks — he plans to continue serving as House speaker…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media Moore County NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Sources: NCGOP HQ siding with Tillis re: spat with Craven GOP

      We broke the story yesterday about the vote in Craven County to censure state House Speaker Thom Tillis.  Now come word, from sources close to the censure effort in Craven County, that county party chairman Paul Hill and officials with the state…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

CENSURED: Craven Co. GOPers have some choice words for The Speaker

      The executive committee of the Craven County Republican Party has voted to issue a letter of censure against state House Speaker Thom Tillis. (Read it in its entirety HERE.)  I asked a veteran NCGOP activist and current member of the state GOP…

Posted in campaign 2014 Education Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Common Core, our kids, our state’s future, and surrender by the NCGOP establishment

  Recently, I’ve been subjected to some insinuations that my Christianity and my conservatism are in question because I dare to raise questions about the leadership of the North Carolina House of Representatives.  In fact, this little gem has been circulating lately around Facebook. If…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Back from vay-cay: Tanned, rested and ready to rumble!

I know we call ourselves “daily,” but we’re only human. Sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses.  The staff and I did just that for the Memorial Day weekend.  Got away from the phone and the Internet.  Got a lot of peace &…