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Will Big Government Republicans scam conservative voters ONE MORE TIME?

      In 1994’s Contract With America, U.S. House Republicans pledged to eliminate 95 federal programs.  By 2010, according to The Cato Institute, spending on those particular 95 programs had GROWN by 13 percent.  Andrew McCarthy, writing in National Review, tells us that the…

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Tolls? Really? Seriously?

North Carolina drivers are paying the highest gasoline tax south of The Mason-Dixon Line.  Now, our state government wants to shake us down for what’s left in our pockets by implementing road tolls.  The tolls are reportedly for financing the planned expansion of the portion…

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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:…

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Barry & Bev’s economy, by the numbers

          We here at The Haymaker want to make sure you have ALL the vital information you need to make thoughtful, responsible decisions this election year.  As a public service, we’re providing you with some morsels of economic data to counter…

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McCrory by the numbers

            Tara Servatius at ‘The Meck Deck” has an interesting numbers-based take on The Tar Heel State’s governor-in-waiting Pat McCrory: … McCrory’s chances would depend heavily on who wins the Democrat primary, if either of the presidential candidates have coat…

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…

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Coble going for term #15

The Greensboro News & Record reported today that Congressman Howard Coble (R) will seek reelection to the U.S. House seat he has held since 1985.   Coble, 80, is the oldest and longest-serving member in North Carolina’s congressional delegation.  He had a lengthy hospital stay…

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NCGOP’s lack of action on tax relief disturbing

The next time you’re filling up your gas tank at your local convenience store and cursing FILL IN THE BLANK (the store owner, the oil companies, George Bush …), think about THIS: At $0.389, North Carolina has THE HIGHEST per gallon tax on gasoline south of…

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Governor BOWLES?

The last time a member of the Bowles family ran for governor was 1972, which produced a highly divisive Democrat primary that led to the election of a Republican governor.  Will history repeat itself in 2012? Democrat big-dogs in Raleigh and DC are calling party…

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Handicapping the contenders for NC Governor

        That sound you hear — in the wake of Bev’s announcement yesterday — is the explosion of politician egos.  From Murphy to Manteo, ambitious “public servants” are salivating over this sooner-than-expected “opportunity to serve the people.” Let’s take a look at…