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Medicaid: That GIANT sucking sound

Roy Cooper sees the expansion of Medicaid as a “job creation” tool.  In 1992, Ross Perot talked about that giant sucking sound produced from NAFTA taking all our jobs to Mexico.  In 2016, Medicaid is the giant sucking sound stifling economic growth in our state…

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North Carolina state taxing and spending by the numbers

As the election season gears up, the phony statistics and the excrement are really going to be flying.  We decided to head some of that off by injecting some interesting, hard data into the discussion.   Revenues.   North Carolina has been more prolific than…

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#2016POLLS: Tighter than Bill Barber’s SPANX!

That’s right. It looks like we have nail-biters all around the top of the tickets this November.  (Of course, things NEVER seem to really heat up until right after Labor Day.) But — looking at the polls right now, November looks like ANYONE’S GAME in…

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Is the Tea Party spirit dead?

We’ll find out about 8 PM or so tomorrow night.  With this special election, we have a fantastic opportunity to send some unresponsive professional politicians packing. You can grumble and talk the good game all you want.  But WHAT is the point, if you’re just…

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Polling North Carolina

Every so often, we get a poll dropped on us about an upcoming election. I am talking to more and more political pros who suggest polling is getting more and more meaningless. (Citing the prevalence of unlisted cell phones and caller ID, of course.)  How…

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HB2: Pat travels. Roy fiddles. Binky piddles

Here’s a great primer on how drive-by “news” coverage in our fair capital city works.  First, you get a press release / tweet from a liberal pol / organization, like — oh — this one: Stuff like that makes a beeline for our little buddy…

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Feds STILL dumping unaccompanied illegal kids in Carolinas

Remember all of that hubbub about Central and South American kids pouring across our southern borders?  Well, it died down after a while. The drivebys had the Kardashians and Bruce Jenner to wax philosophically about.  In the meantime, the federal government has been dumping all…

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Elon poll predicts November drama in NC

The good folks at Elon have Roy Cooper opening up a lead in the governor’s race, and Deborah Ross hanging tight with Richard Burr in the US Senate race: Support is growing for Democrat Roy Cooper in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Pat McCrory…

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Freeloadin’ Roy getting a free pass

Not long after winning a new term in 2012 — unopposed — attorney general Roy Cooper announced he was running for governor.  No, he wasn’t going to step down and run full-time.  He was going to keep drawing his government check AND campaign (at the…

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ONE US House seat. 17 GOP candidates. (Welcome to campaign 2016.)

Well, filing for the special June primary ended yesterday.  And we here at Haymaker HQ are not envying the Republican voters of the new 13th congressional district.  Apparently, every Tom, Dick,Harry & Kay in the GOP carnival tent has decided he (or she) wants to…