Posted in Media NC legislature NCGOP Pat McCrory Phil Berger Thom Tillis

#NCGA: Mr. Berger & co. don’t like Pat & Thom’s budget deal. (Um, SURPRISE ?!)

Looks like “The Family Feud” is moving into a new phase of unpleasantness.  It’s *great timing* — given the effort to achieve party unity for the election five months from now.   We foresaw trouble when Gov. Pat and Speaker Thom decided to go their…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

Tillis, McCrory: House, Senate not so far apart on budget agreement. (Really? OK, then. Where’s Mr. Berger?)

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Gov. Pat McCrory had a big media event yesterday.  They were touting the idea of separating education from the rest of the budget and passing the education part FIRST.  They invited Democrat state superintendent of public instruction June Atkinson to…

Posted in Education McClatchy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger

JuneA @ NC DPI: Poorly-performing students repeating a grade ‘a 20th-century artifact’

I am starting to believe that the plastic surgeons have stretched June Atkinson’s face so tight that it is putting pressure on her brain and degrading her motor skills. The godmother of the K-12 public education bureaucracy here in North Carolina has teamed up with…

Posted in campaign 2014 Claude Pope Congress Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

The view from UNDER the bus

THIS didn’t take long:  A leading Republican state senator issued an apology Tuesday for his remarks skewering Gov. Pat McCrory, first lady Ann McCrory and lawmakers in a private meeting about legislation to regulate puppy mills. […] Rabon called the McCrorys, House Speaker Thom Tillis and…

Posted in campaign 2014 Economy Media NCGOP ObamaCare Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

The ObamaCare “study”: stoves are hot, ice is cold, socialism is BAD

Setting up a commission or a committee to “study” an issue is a great way for politicians to show they “care” –without actually doing anything substantive. “Fast and Furious,” anyone? Benghazi?  This week, state House speaker Thom Tillis and senate president pro tem Phil Berger…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

The WSJ LOVES Raleigh’s tax cut deal

We heard a lot about major tax reform during the 2012 elections.  Steve Moore — a nationally renowned economist, free market fan, and editorial board member at The Wall Street Journal — was fretting at one point that the promise of 2012 would never be…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

Continuing Resolution: Leadership #FAIL for GOP in Raleigh

The NCGOP has supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly.  The Democrats can’t stop a thing.  (They’re all out in the lobby getting ziptied with Bill Barber.)  The NCGOP has the governor AND the lieutenant governor.  Yet, the legislature won’t have a budget agreement…

Posted in campaign 2014 Kay Hagan Media Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

#NCSEN Poll: Brannon, Berger are Hagan’s strongest GOP foes

A poll by the left-wing Public Policy Polling firm of Durham suggests that a grassroots, Tea Party-backed amateur candidate and the president pro tem of the State Senate would perform the strongest against incumbent US Senator Kay Hagan (D). The PPP poll of 500 registered…

Posted in Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

Phil Berger, Senate filet the state tax code, while Thom Tillis triangulates

    Bill Clinton staged an incredible comeback in 1996, following the HillaryCare fiasco, by practicing triangulation — positioning himself somewhere between the liberalism of his fellow Democrats and the conservatism of the Republicans.    NC House Speaker Thom Tillis & his team — eyeing…

Posted in Democrats Economy Law & Order Media Moore County NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Phil Berger Politics Thom Tillis

NAMING NAMES: national gambling scandal $$$$ lined a lot of pockets in both parties on Jones Street

The North Carolina state board of elections is calling for a probe into campaign contributions made by an indicted Oklahoma businessman and his wife to Gov. Pat McCrory and scores of North Carolina state legislators. Chase Burns, the owner of International Internet Technologies (IIT), is…