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#ncga: Mucho GOP love for departing Glazier. For his replacement? NOT SO MUCH.

A friend in the General Assembly passed along this email that was mass-mailed to the GOP House caucus by Wake Rep. Gary Pendleton: From: Rep. Gary Pendleton  Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 11:17 AM Subject: Billy Richardson   Thought you might be interested in this. Gary Date: Sun,…

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#ncga: Making deals — with the devil

Well, the GOP has officially surrendered their advantage in the area of taxes.  After so many decades as the low – / anti-tax party, the GOP majority on Jones Street pushed through increases in the state gasoline tax.  Reputed Republican governor Pat McCrory signed the…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

GOP opportunity in Cumberland: Glazier, Parfitt out. Melvin in?

The state of politics in Cumberland County is tumultuous, to say the least.   State Rep. Rick Glazier — the 800 lb. gorilla in the county’s post-Rand era — is primarying state schools superintendent June Atkinson.  That decision temporarily alleviated a problem for  local Dems:…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Education Media NC State Government Politics

A DEM rumble for Secretary of DPI

  NC Department of Public Instruction secretary June Atkinson (D) has ended months of speculation by publicly declaring her intention to seek reelection to her post in 2012. That sets her up for a heated primary fight with state Rep. Rick Glazier (D) of Fayetteville,…

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Movin’ on up: Glazier ups ante in DPI campaign

State Rep. Rick Glazier’s (D-Fayetteville) ambitions have him setting his sights on the Secretary of the Department of Education seat in Raleigh currently held by his fellow Democrat June Atkinson.  Atkinson has not officially announced her plans for 2012 — whether or not she will…

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A vacancy at DPI?

  It is looking like there may be an open seat on North Carolina’s Council of State in 2012.  Rumors are swirling about a possible retirement by incumbent N.C. Department of Public Instruction Secretary June Atkinson.  (Atkinson is not exactly breaking her neck to deny…

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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…