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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…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media Politics

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…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC State Government Politics

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…

Posted in campaign 2016 Congress Media NCGOP Politics

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…

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It’s ON! Nee-Nee v. Sleepy George for NC-02

Ok.  It has been talked about.  But, according to the state board of elections, we now have our first member v. member US House race in AGES.  George Holding, the scion of the family-owned First Citizens Bank and most-famous for falling asleep in the speaker’s…

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THEY’RE BACK !!! (Filing for June starts …)

Just when you thought you were going to get a break from the signs, ads, robo-calls, polls and other zaniness, it’s BACK.  Yes, the filing period for the June special primary has opened up.  And the candidates are coming out of the woodwork. So far,…

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Sources: New congressional maps to stand

I am hearing that we will get word today or early next week that the new congressional districts in North Carolina HAVE BEEN blessed by the federal judges who struck down the current configuration of the districts. The new set of maps creates 13 nicer, neater…

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The Morning After

Oh, we had a wee bit of news yesterday, didn’t we?  The state board of elections site gives us the obvious winners and losers, but let’s look at it from some other angles:  It’s good to be an incumbent.  It’s pretty clear that lobbyists and…