Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Shumaker has a dog in NCGOP’s AG primary fight

He was the top political adviser to renegade Republican legislator Richard Morgan.  He ran Thom Tillis’s US Senate campaign.  He’s reportedly the force behind the push for solar energy subsidies in the General Assembly.  Now, it appears that GOP uber-consultant Paul Shumaker is behind the…

Posted in campaign 2016 Congress Media NCGOP Politics Richard Burr

DC Dems: Burr can be gotten in 2016

They’re having a hard time finding someone to step up to the plate and challenge North Carolina’s senior US senator, but that hasn’t affected national Democrats’ attitude about North Carolina in 2016:  Democrats are bullish about their chances to knock off Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)…

Posted in campaign 2016 Congress Mark Meadows Media NCGOP Politics Richard Burr

#NCSEN: Draft Mark Meadows for, um, SENATE ????

That’s what the website says.  The 11th district congressman has become a hero in Tea Party circles for his resistance to House leadership efforts to abandon conservatism.  He had his subcommittee chairmanship snatched away.  His diminutive prepubescent colleague, Patrick McHenry, chided him for “siding with…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media Politics South Carolina

SC 2016: Again, with THIS ????

Well, the run-up to South Carolina’s presidential primary is already underway.  It’s an every-four-years ritual.  And with that ritual comes another ritual — moaning and hand-wringing about the Confederate flag on the grounds of the state Capitol in Columbia. *Speaking as a native-born Southerner, I…

Posted in Media NCGOP Politics Uncategorized

#ncgop: A pile-on for leadership races

What started out as a runaway by SOMEBODY named Craig Collins and a re-anointing of Carolyn Justice as vice-chairman has evolved into a crowded circus atmosphere featuring vile rumors, physical threats, draft campaigns, and celebrity cameos. (Sheriff Brody, in the accompanying photo, is correct.)  Let’s start from…

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NC-02: A shot across Raleigh’s bow from district GOPers

They’re getting rowdy in North Carolina’s Second District.  At last weekend’s district GOP convention, the delegates gave a rousing welcome to Jim Duncan, Renee Ellmers’s Tea Party challenger. They passed a resolution condemning the use of corporate welfare or targeted incentives for economic development. Another…

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Want Change in 2016? Start NOW.

Are you frustrated with the current state of the NCGOP?  Start organizing your like-minded friends to take over — or at least build a sizeable contingent within — your precinct and your county party organization.  The county party organization makes the decisions about who goes…

Posted in Congress Media NCGOP Politics Richard Burr

#NCSEN: Senate Conservatives Fund targeting Burr for 2016?

Former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint caught a lot of grief while in office for actually believing that Republicans should vote in line with the party platform.  He put together a group called The Senate Conservatives Fund to identify and fund solid conservative candidates to…

Posted in Congress Media Richard Burr Thom Tillis

PPP Poll: 31% approval? (Burr, that’s cold.)

That’s right. He will have been in office for 12 years when the 2016 campaign heats up.  But, according to the leftist Public Policy Polling organization, 31 percent of voters approve of Burr, 36 percent disapprove, and 33 percent have no idea what to think…

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NCGOV 2016 Polls: McCrory, Cooper in dead heat

We’ve been hearing quite a bit of behind-the-scenes grumbling from GOP insiders and activists on both sides of the Raleigh beltline. A new poll from The Civitas Institute may be illustrating some of that.  The numbers?  Cooper 44, McCrory 43.   The poll has a rather…