Posted in campaign 2020 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Do what you were elected to do, and the sharks come for you

    It’s a sad state of affairs that the three most likely folks to draw well-funded opponents in 2020 are treasurer Dale Folwell, insurance commissioner Mike Causey, and auditor Beth Wood.  All three have done an outstanding job of looking out for the little…

Posted in campaign 2018 Media NCGOP Politics

Takeaways from Tuesday

Now that I’ve had some time to decompress and analyze it all, here are a few thoughts: Conservatism is DEAD. Stick a fork in it.  On the eve of the primary, the alleged conservative revolution on Jones Street announced a ONE BILLION DOLLAR increase in…

Posted in campaign 2016 Congress Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

#ncga: More on the redistricting ruckus

Another important revision to the election process pushed through by the honorables:  Runoffs are not just canceled for the congressional races.  They are done away with for EVERYBODY.  So, you could very well have party nominees emerge from March or June with 25 to 30 percent…

Posted in campaign 2016 Congress Media NCGOP Politics

#ncpol: See you in Septem — um, May?

I’ve been talking a lot lately with folks in the middle of the redistricting kerfluffle.  Here’s some insight passed on to me from one player in this drama: “At one point, it was really easy to say ‘Look, ballots have already gone out. We’re going…

Posted in campaign 2016 Congress Media NCGOP Politics Tea Party

#ncpol: Primaries, primaries, and primaries

On this site, and elsewhere, we spend a lot of time griping about Washington. You can’t fix the Democrats.  We’ve wiped out all of them we possibly can in our state’s congressional delegation.  Our only option left is to clean, um, “House” on the right…

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

#ncga: Changing their tune on primary date. (Hearing footsteps? Smelling the smoke of the mob’s torches?)

At first, legislative leaders — led by Rep. David Lewis — were cheerleading hard for moving North Carolina’s presidential primary from May to March.  The move, he and his allies explained, would be an economic boost to North Carolina — bringing in all kinds of…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NCGOP Politics

NCGOP: Meddling in primaries? Who? Us?

Under the previous regime at NCGOP, we got complaints galore about meddling in Republican primaries by party staff.  The accusations even touched the then-party vice chairman.  We were promised things were going to be different with this new group.  Yet, we get articles like THIS where…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

What happened to the ‘MYOB’ rule in party primaries?

      I learned a lot about what I know about politics from my late grandfather — who was a political boss in southeastern North Carolina for decades. I’ll never forget a conversation I had with an elected official my grandfather frequently aided and…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

The man behind THOSE fliers @ NCGOP convention steps forward, firing from both barrels

          Todd Bennett of Farmville says NCGOP leaders interrogating and intimidating people about fliers passed out at the state GOP convention need to come see him:   “I did not write the flier.  It was emailed to me by a dear…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Media NCGOP Politics

On eve of NCGOP convention, long knives come out

      State GOP leaders are spinning the need for “unity” heading into the November general election, but a flier making the rounds of  party activists suggests THAT might not be in the cards: Is GOP intruding into local or state and national primaries?…