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Tillis, Berger, McCrory & co. can learn A LOT from Wisconsin’s Scott Walker

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker went toe-to-toe and nose-to-nose with the left wing’s nastiest, most ruthless elements and came away a winner.   Walker got pounded in the media about his push for cuts in entitlements and other state spending.  Instead of waffling, and backing off…

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

Waiting for Team Tillis to stand up and fight

It is hard to understand the squeamishness on the part of Speaker Thom & the House leadership in today’s N&O re: voter id.  Speaker Tillis and Rep. David Lewis say they can’t get the votes for a bill that demands some form of government issue…

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Fiddling while the state’s economy burns

The honorables on Jones Street are in full campaign mode, engaging in some serious political theater.  We’ve got a record number of people out of work, and an obscenely high gasoline tax.  North Carolina has one of the worst business climates in the country, and…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

“Tom-with-an-H” is all alone on this one

Drip-drip-drip.  The sordid details surrounding Speaker Thom’s staff  are treating Raleigh Republicans to the worst kind of Chinese water torture.  They took power in 2010  promising a different environment than what their predecessors offered.  Considering some of the stories coming out of the speaker’s office,…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Ex-members of Team Thom hit jackpot on way out the door

        Hmmmm.  Severance pay for resigning from your job.   That’s a new one.  But they’re always breaking new ground, or looking to do so, on Jones Street: State House Speaker Thom Tillis authorized payments equal to a month’s salary for two…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Politics Thom Tillis

L’affaire LaRoque Parte Deux: Le Recount

    Not so fast, Thom. The mission to get rid of at least one of the two monkeys on Thom Tillis’s back has hit a bump in the road. Initially, embattled Republican legislator Stephen LaRoque of Kinston  had conceded his  primary race Tuesday and…

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Look, Mom. I made The N&O!

  (And it’s NOT the police blotter!) *Sigh.*  I guess you’re right.  THAT is not much of a big deal. Anyway, The N&O newsroom is pouncing on the gift Tom-with-an-H has given them.  The lefty scribes there smell blood, and are going in for the…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Thom’s Team LUVs lobbyists

The other –um, high-heeled — shoe has dropped. It’s been learned that state House Speaker Thom Tillis has discovered ANOTHER of his employees having a romantic relationship with a registered lobbyist: House Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday a second staff member will resign this week…

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…