Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Howard Coble Media NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics Republicans Walter Jones

McHenry, Jones facing spirited 2012 primary challenges from the right

    Republican congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) is being hit hard by his GOP primary opponent Ken Fortenberry, a retired newspaper journalist and publisher in Lincoln County.  Fortenberry suggests McHenry is talking the Tea Party talk, but is in reality too comfortable with the Washington…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

North Carolina’s unemployment insurance mess

    The Tar Heel State’s unemployment rate exceeds the national average.  Ol’ Bev keeps extending unemployment benefits for the state’s long-term unemployed.  All of this is going on in the wake of payroll tax rate cuts and fewer people drawing paychecks and paying those…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Mike McIntyre Politics

NC’s 7th CD race: lobbyist parties, the death of a controversy, and an incumbent who lives in NC-8 (Oh, my)

    In May,  Illario Pantano of New Hanover County — the 2010 GOP nominee for this congressional race — and state Senator David Rouzer (R-Johnston) will face off for the privilege of taking on incumbent Democrat congressman Mike McIntyre in November. McIntyre, who has…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Howard Coble Media NCGOP Politics Republicans

Waiting on Howard

  Howard Coble, the Republican congressman representing North Carolina’s Sixth District,  appears to be playing the part of Hamlet here at the end of 2011.  Fresh off of hospital stays in DC and Greensboro, the congressional delegation’s senior member says he can’t make up his…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Media Occupy Politics

Miss Nancy is BUSTED! (Livin’ la vida 1%)

  (I bet Pinehurst mayor — and faithful Haymaker reader Nancy Fiorillo — had a conniption and spit out her coffee when she saw that headline. )  Our friends at Andrew Breitbart’s  BigGovernment.com have outdone themselves again.  They’ve  caught the plastic-faced U.S. House Democrat Leader (and…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Politics South Carolina

Tea Party needs to refocus its eyes on THE TRUE PRIZE

          In a slow news cycle, just in front of the South Carolina primary, a couple of loudmouth local yokels calling themselves “Tea Party leaders” are airing their dirty laundry in front of  a national news media ever-ready to mock Southerners…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Media Politics

Time for Sally Struthers to leave Africa and go film a commercial on Capitol Hill?

  I’ve heard of Feed The Children, but FEED THE CONGRESSMEN?  It’s clearly a slow news time here at the end of the year.  The Washington Post did a story — and played right along with BarryO’s class warfare theme — on The Center for…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Media Obama Politics Republicans

Merry Christmas! BarryO wants another $1.2 TRILLION.

        That debt ceiling deal Republicans sold us on a few months back is going from bad to worse.  We were told the country would go into default and the nation’s credit rating would suffer if the federal debt ceiling was not…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Jim DeMint Media Politics

DeMint: Big-spending business-as-usual in Congress

      U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), writing in The Hill over the weekend, says The Tea Party needs to finish what it started in 2010 if  real change is ever to come to DC: The hard choice Democrats have given Republicans has paid…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Moore County NCGOP Obama Politics Renee Ellmers

Ellmers-Etheridge: The Sequel ???

  I’ve believed for some time that Bob Etheridge was planning a comeback bid in North Carolina’s Second Congressional District, now held by freshman Republican Renee Ellmers.   The man most associated — next to Roger Daltrey — with the question “Who Are You?” has…