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NC Dems and their muddled definition of ‘extremism’

      Things are so bad for The North Carolina Democratic Party that Linda Coleman, nominee for lieutenant governor, is their last best hope for something to celebrate on the eve of November 6.  Coleman, long a part of the highly-successful Bev Perdue administration,…

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Meanwhile, over at the early voting polls …

    A friend who was working the early voting polls for the GOP checked in with me to share a recent experience at an area polling place. He said he noticed a van with the same driver making regular trips to the early voting…

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The importance of those Council of State races

During big election years, people get excited about the candidates for president, governor, and Congress.  But when the conversation turns to races like Secretary of State, Secretary of Labor, and Superintendent of Public Instruction,  eyes glaze over, yawns break out, and looks of confusion take…

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Are Richard Hudson and the GOP Establishment selling us a bill of goods?

      Richard Hudson, the GOP nominee for the 8th congressional district, has been spending a lot of time raising questions about incumbent Larry Kissell’s character.  We’ve done some digging into Hudson’s own record, and it’s left us asking: Is Richard Hudson fabricating his…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Media Moore County Politics Renee Ellmers

NCFEF: Ellmers posting weak fundraising numbers

        The NC Free Enterprise Foundation,  a non-partisan pro-business group, has completed an analysis of third quarter fundraising for the state’s congressional candidates.  Here’s what they found for the Second Congressional District: […] After winning an upset victory in 2010, Rep. Renee…

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Early voting UP across North Carolina from 2008

GOP operatives have all admitted they learned a painful lesson in 2008.  The Democrats beat their pants off in terms of getting-out-the-vote. According to some relatively real-time data from Civitas, early voting is up significantly this year from this same time period in 2008.  Mecklenburg…

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Pants on Fire: The N&O keeps the hits (against GOP candidates) coming

South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson wants to have a word with N&O staff writer Austin Baird.  It’s pretty typical for the media to wait until the weeks before a big election before doing profiles on the candidates.  The Raleigh News & Observer newsroom takes it…

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Source: McSwain dodged a bullet Tuesday night

    Moore County commissioners showed up at their Tuesday night meeting expecting to discuss and vote on a resolution calling for a formal investigation into county manager Cary McSwain’s dealings with an Internet service provider.  Instead, they got a mea culpa from McSwain and…

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Lumbee Tribe political machine splitting its ticket this year?

Robeson County is about as yellow-dog Democrat as you can get.  In 1972, while George McGovern was getting destroyed nationwide  by Richard Nixon  –  he was winning comfortably in  Robeson County.  The county, one of the state’s poorest,  features a unique tri-racial population of black,…

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Debate Night Follies

          Once again, we got treated to a double-header of televised political brilliance.  The opener featured major party gubernatorial nominees  Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory. (Of course, wonderboy scribe Rob Christensen was there to lovingly capture every bit of Walt D’s,…