Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Forget the whales and the dolphins. Save the Speaker! (Save Thom !!!)

The state’s economy is in the tank.  Our debt is growing by the minute.  Unemployment ranks are growing.  And what is the Raleigh political class doing?  Plotting to save poor Thom Tillis’s political reputation and get him two more years as the top money-changer in…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Toss Thom: Tillis is toxic to the fortunes of the NCGOP

I have long been suspicious of  state House speaker Thom Tillis.   He was recruited into politics by Richard Morgan —  Robin to Jim Black’s Batman — to run against state Rep. — and Morgan critic — John Rhodes in the 2006 GOP primary.  Rhodes…

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

The N&O busts Tillis’s aide, but what about Dalton’s daughter?

    It’s a shame that — in the middle of the state’s full blown economic disaster — our political class is caught up in tabloid-quality stories and allegations.   It came out today in The N&O that State House Speaker Thom Tillis’s married MALE…

Posted in Bev Perdue Campaign 2012 Economy Education Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

Don’t Debate Her. RUN OVER HER.

    Our highly unpopular governor is passing on running for reelection.  Our state’s economy is in the tank.  Our unemployment rate is higher than the national average.  The Tea Party pushed a GOP majority into power in the General Assembly with a clear mandate…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

The (REAL?) story on the NCGA gas tax relief #FAIL: ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes’

        We’ve vented our frustrations repeatedly on this site about North Carolina’s obscenely high gas tax.  With gas prices skyrocketing, the economy tanking, and the unemployment rate skyrocketing, we thought cutting the state gas tax would be a no-brainer for the conservative…

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

THAT dripping noise over on Jones Street

    It’s remarkable how The N&O and its comrades on The Left have such a high regard for legislative ethics  — when the Republicans are in the majority.  The drip-drip-drip of ethics questions appears to center mostly on Republican legislators with close ties to former…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Tillis & Laroque: A political “family” affair

With federal investigators turning up the heat on state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston), it will be interesting to see what — if any — action House Speaker Thom Tillis takes in regard to the beleaguered legislator.  Tillis has actively helped push out other scandal-tarred Republican…

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

NC Legislators end union shakedown of teachers; Democrats & media throw major fit

  On the N&O’s front page, there was a full color photo of some large, angry Hillary Clinton lookalikes from the NC Association of Educators (NCAE) holding signs  that said “We will not be silenced.” (I pity their poor husbands.) The N&O posted a video…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Put up or shut up time for NCGOP

          There are a number of developments brewing in Raleigh that will tell volumes about whether North Carolina made a wise investment in the Republican Party last November: 1) Ethics:  There has been a steady drip-drip-drip of information hitting the media…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Moore County NC legislature NC State Government Politics Thom Tillis

Tillis: Laroque mess headed to ethics committee

      North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Cornelius)  says allegations swirling around taxpayer-subsidized loans by state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston) to himself (Laroque), family members and legislative colleagues are being referred to the House Ethics Committee for review: House Speaker Thom Tillis…