Posted in Media NC legislature Politics

Perp Walk: Corruption allegations, indictment ROCK the state House

The SOUTH CAROLINA state House, that is:  Today Rep Jim Merrill (R-Berkley), who is the Majority Whip in the South Carolina State Legislature was indicted on 30 counts of Ethics Violations with two of those counts being Misconduct in Office. The heart of the indictment…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics

#NCGA: Harrell v. Hartsell. Events south of the border sound eerily familiar to case up here

The word is out that South Carolina’s state House speaker has been indicted: First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe announces that the Richland County Grand Jury indicted Robert W. Harrell, Jr., Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, today on nine charges.  The nine indictments…

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

Teacher pay, job satisfaction and the politics of public education

The Round Rev and his rabble regularly showed up at The Legislative Building in Raleigh over the last year demanding that education spending and teacher pay be elevated to at least match “the national average.” Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and other Republican leaders have hinted…

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

An Identity Crisis: NC House GOP & Speaker Thom

Rob “Mr. Politics” Christensen tells us that “tax reform” is dead and buried.  Never mind that a proposal to abolish the corporate income tax is very much alive and well in the state Senate.   Don’t be too hard on ol’ Rob.  He’s not all that…

Posted in Economy Law & Order NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Obama Phil Berger Thom Tillis

NC Senate stands up to ObamaCare. (Mr. Tillis? Mr. McCrory? Who’s NEXT ???)

        The Republican majority in the North Carolina Senate has put its money where its mouth is and introduced legislation allowing the state of North Carolina to “opt out” of the implementation of ObamaCare: North Carolina Senate leaders introduced legislation Wednesday to…

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 Economy Politics South Carolina

South Carolina state government politics: a peek into NC’s future?

    A lot of GOP activists in North Carolina are talking about how great it will be to have a Republican governor AND legislature in Raleigh after 2012.  Well, South Carolina Republicans already have that. Check out South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s Twitter feed…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

WRAL poll: Voters — even Republicans — give thumbs-down to NCGA

Voters gave Republicans a majority in the NC General Assembly and a clear mandate to cut government and taxes in 2010. Two years later, we’ve got minimal cuts in government and NOTHING in the way of tax relief.  We’ve got legislators close to the Speaker…

Posted in Campaign 2012 NC legislature Politics redistricting

NC redistricting: Here come the sore losers …

          If at first you don’t get your way — sue, sue sue. The North Carolina Democrat Party has stepped up to the plate with its lawyers to sue over the redistricting plan recently approved by the Feds. The plaintiffs include…