Posted in campaign 2018 Media NC legislature Politics

#ncga: In SD-25, Mills(D) outrai$ed incumbent McInnis (R) in Q2

It took a vicious slander campaign courtesy of Phil Berger and the boys to get him through the May primary. Tom McInnis might need even more of the same  if he’s going to pull out a win in November. According to the latest disclosure reports, Pinehurst…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NCGOP Politics

#ncgop: *Ooof.* What we have here is a Charlie Foxtrot. (Dallas, is this YOU?)

It’s good to see NCGOP getting aggressive against the Democrats here at election time. But, guys, if you’re going to do that, get your facts straight:  A North Carolina Republican Party mailer accusing Democratic state Senate candidate Andrew Barnhill of lying about his role as…

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

#ncga: Following the “affiliated” Money

We all remember the sneakiness associated with passing those “affiliated committees” through the General Assembly last session. Now, we are finally starting to see a paper trail. Let’s look at the North Carolina Senate majority.  THEY have founded the NC Republican Senatorial Committee to facilitate…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

#NCGA: From BAD to WORSE on film incentives

There has been a steady drumbeat over the years to end the strategy of subsidies and tax incentives in economic development.  Critics suggest — rightly so — that states will benefit much more from across-the-board tax cuts and deregulation than they will from taxpayer-funded goodies…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media NCGOP Politics

#NCGA: Sen. Bingham doubles down, says NCGOP definitely gave him dirt to use on primary opponent

We’ve got quite a kerfluffle going down in one Davidson County legislative race.  State Senator Stan Bingham is locked in a primary fight for renomination.  The senator recently earned statewide publicity for distributing a flier detailing his opponent’s brushes with the law.  Bingham let it…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP

The state budget impasse: It’s ALL Pat’s fault !!!

It’s amazing.  Bill Barber, Chris Fitzsimon, and their echo chambers at McClatchy and WRAL have been trying to sell us that a hard-right revolution is sweeping through Raleigh — making school kids dumber, taking food out of senior citizens’ mouths.     THAT kind of…

Posted in Economy Media NC legislature Politics

Some kudos for Senate tax reform efforts

      A former  member of the state Senate’s  leadership team is praising  tax reform efforts — specifically the abolition of the corporate income tax — put forth by the NCGA’s upper chamber.  Former Senator Fern Shubert (R-Marshville) writes in her blog: Yesterday, Thursday,…

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

Supporters of strong voter ID laws seek grassroots help in “fixing” measure that passed NC House

          There’s a new video out floating around that raises some serious questions about the strength of the voter ID bill that recently passed the GOP-controlled state House.   There’s also a companion web site, called Fix589 that makes the case for…

Posted in Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

Phil Berger, Senate filet the state tax code, while Thom Tillis triangulates

    Bill Clinton staged an incredible comeback in 1996, following the HillaryCare fiasco, by practicing triangulation — positioning himself somewhere between the liberalism of his fellow Democrats and the conservatism of the Republicans.    NC House Speaker Thom Tillis & his team — eyeing…

Posted in Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

The VOTER ID saga: House goes wobbly while Senate doubles down

      I don’t understand.  North Carolinians OVERWHELMINGLY approve of requiring photo ID in order to cast a vote in the state’s elections.  Yet, the “conservative revolution” — at least that part in the state House AND governor’s office — is running scared from…