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When Mark met Robin: Preacher / candidate in his own words

One of the biggest questions surrounding the US Senate candidacy of Charlotte pastor Mark Harris is how he got tied up with Robin Hayes — former congressman, former NCGOP chairman, Tea Party nemesis and proud member of the liberal Ripon Society. At a recent Tea…

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2014: The year of the GOP establishment stalking horses?

        Well, it appears Walter Jones is picking up another primary opponent: Taylor Griffin, a former aide to President George W. Bush who went on to co-found Hamilton Place Strategies, has moved back home to eastern North Carolina and on Thursday will…

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#NCSEN: Harris keeping pace with Tillis in recruiting GOP establishment types

      Charlotte pastor Mark Harris is expected to announce his entry into the GOP primary for US Senate on October 2.  Robin Hayes is chairing his campaign, while Tom Perdue is serving as campaign consultant.  Now comes word that a player at NCGOP…

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Mark Harris: Is He A Todd Akin-in-the-makin’ ?

By now,  politics-watchers are well familiar with the story of Todd Akin, the GOP challenger to Missouri senator Claire McCaskill (D) in 2012.  Akin was a solidly conservative member of the US House with a lot of support from the religious right.  Claire McCaskill was…

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US Senate 2014: Robin Hayes comes to Jesus

Well.  It looks like all of our “speculation” and “drive-by reporting” is starting to pan out.  After our reporting came out, the AP confirmed that — as we said — (1) Harris is being advised by longtime Robin Hayes advisor Tom Perdue and that (2)…

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US Senate 2014: The Preacher is Coming

Word is out on the street that Charlotte area pastor — and Southern Baptist Convention player — Mark Harris will formally announce his campaign for US Senate on October 2.   The political newcomer hit a bump in the road in July when his newly-hired political…

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US Senate 2014: Is the honeymoon OVER for Mark Harris and the Tea Party?

  Well, that was  quick. In late June, the Draft Mark Harris committee was touting the hiring of Tracy Bengtson — a Mecklenburg County grassroots activist who was a key player in the election of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest — as political director.   On…

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Senator-wannabe Mark Harris needs some questions, scrutiny

A LOT of my Tea Party friends from the Charlotte area are just cooing over the potential US Senate candidacy of Baptist pastor Mark Harris.  (I dont know much about Harris.  I DO know that he was quite active in promoting the marriage amendment to…

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#NCSEN 2014: GOP field about to become a threesome?

It is looking more and more like Charlotte pastor Mark Harris is about to join Cary physician Greg Brannon and state House Speaker Thom Tillis in the May 2014 GOP primary to pick an opponent for incumbent US Senator Kay Hagan (D).  The exploratory committee…