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Tolls? Really? Seriously?

North Carolina drivers are paying the highest gasoline tax south of The Mason-Dixon Line.  Now, our state government wants to shake us down for what’s left in our pockets by implementing road tolls.  The tolls are reportedly for financing the planned expansion of the portion…

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GOP opportunity in Cumberland: Glazier, Parfitt out. Melvin in?

The state of politics in Cumberland County is tumultuous, to say the least.   State Rep. Rick Glazier — the 800 lb. gorilla in the county’s post-Rand era — is primarying state schools superintendent June Atkinson.  That decision temporarily alleviated a problem for  local Dems:…

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Barry & Bev’s economy, by the numbers

          We here at The Haymaker want to make sure you have ALL the vital information you need to make thoughtful, responsible decisions this election year.  As a public service, we’re providing you with some morsels of economic data to counter…

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NC Dems out-foxxed

  Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, fresh off an overwhelmingly successful reelection campaign, is putting out word through surrogates that he is taking a pass on the governor’s race.  So, that leaves us with two confirmed Democrats in the race — Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and…

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McCrory by the numbers

            Tara Servatius at ‘The Meck Deck” has an interesting numbers-based take on The Tar Heel State’s governor-in-waiting Pat McCrory: … McCrory’s chances would depend heavily on who wins the Democrat primary, if either of the presidential candidates have coat…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Tillis & Laroque: A political “family” affair

With federal investigators turning up the heat on state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston), it will be interesting to see what — if any — action House Speaker Thom Tillis takes in regard to the beleaguered legislator.  Tillis has actively helped push out other scandal-tarred Republican…

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A “Must-Read” for this election year

I’ve just finished reading “Throw Them All Out” By Peter Schweitzer.  It’s a well-documented look into how Members of Congress use their regulatory oversight roles to gain inside information and make lucrative investments.  Sixty Minutes actually did a segment on the book. If you or I…

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Morgan foe back in the political saddle

Former state Rep. Richard Morgan’s power-sharing deal with Jim Black and the House Democrats is forever ingrained in North Carolina political history. A small group of conservatives — nicknamed ‘The Safari Club” because Morgan and Black banished them to the back of the House chamber…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Howard Coble Media Moore County NCGOP Politics Republicans

Coble going for term #15

The Greensboro News & Record reported today that Congressman Howard Coble (R) will seek reelection to the U.S. House seat he has held since 1985.   Coble, 80, is the oldest and longest-serving member in North Carolina’s congressional delegation.  He had a lengthy hospital stay…

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Room for one more ????

A Hendersonville radio station and a western NC TV station are  reporting that 11th District congressman Heath Shuler (D) is “seriously” considering a race for governor, and should be making an announcement “in a few days.” The 2011 redistricting plan made Shuler’s district more Republican…