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Skip Stam: Statist Troublemaker?

  Some disturbing reports are coming over the transom about the former NC state House majority leader recently banished to purgatory (a/k/a the post of speaker pro tem).  Apparently, state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam is not too fond of grassroots efforts to fight nasty overreaches…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Paul Stam Politics Thom Tillis

Thoughts on the NC House GOP leadership skirmish

State House Republicans are meeting today to decide who will lead them through the next legislative session in Raleigh.  A lot of the current leadership is running again, while a few challengers have jumped in. The GOP added nine seats to their majority in the…

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…

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Tea Party group to Skip Stam: Thanks, but NO THANKS

  It’s become pretty clear that conservatives in Dare, Beaufort, Carteret and surrounding counties are unhappy with state House Speaker Thom Tillis.  Now,  a conservative group centered in Wayne County is voicing its displeasure with House Majority Leader Skip Stam. Citizens for Constitutional Liberties, a…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Moore County Politics

When leftist editorialists attack ..

Our local paper here in Moore County still won’t print the full text of the constitutional amendment we’re voting on in May.  And why would they?  It makes it so much easier to mischaracterize and JUST PLAIN LIE about the amendment when you keep people…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Paul Stam Politics

The marriage amendment and political whiplash

      It’s unfortunately not all that unusual to see political leaders stop on a dime and change directions on political issues — just to score points with the media and interest groups.  North Carolina State House majority leader Paul Stam (R-Wake) has taken…

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The Problem with Paul Stam

  Paul “Skip” Stam is the affable leader of the Republican majority in the NC House.  He was a compromise candidate for caucus leader elected in the wake of the Republican civil war initiated by Richard Morgan and his allies.  Stam was someone all parties…

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Stam goes into the belly of the beast, gets gnawed on

Seriously, Mr. Leader.  What good did you think could come from going to Chapel Hill to defend the gay marriage ban constitutional amendment? Going over there was akin to a cat accepting a party invitation from a pack of pit bulls.  It’s like trying to…