Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC State Government Politics

Freeloadin’ Roy getting a free pass

Not long after winning a new term in 2012 — unopposed — attorney general Roy Cooper announced he was running for governor.  No, he wasn’t going to step down and run full-time.  He was going to keep drawing his government check AND campaign (at the…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

#ncpol: Team McCrory playing hardball in Meck toll dispute

We’ve written extensively about the I-77 toll road dispute in northern Mecklenburg County.  it’s been quite heated.  It cost — and came close to costing — some area politicians their jobs.  The McCrory administration has stood firm on the deal with the Spanish contractor —…

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#ncpol: Patrick Milhous McCrory

A tendency to use the government bureaucracy to snoop on and intimidate perceived opponents.  An enemy’s list.  Screaming fits at press aides regarding his coverage. Campaigning as a conservative, but governing as a statist.  No real ideological moorings, That’s how a lot of people would…

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#ncpol: A primary for Pat

He was never a go-along get-along kind of guy. He frequently called out colleagues — Republican and Democrat — when he saw them doing what he perceived was unethical, wrong, or illegal.  He refused to play the game, and got run out office by establishment…

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#ncpol: Soooooo. How’s YOUR governor doing?

Morning Consult, a national political website, conducted a months-long survey of 75,000 voters in all 50 states.  Here’s what they found: Voters take a dim view of just about everything that happens in Washington, D.C., and few believe the country is headed in the right…

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Shuler-ly, you jest.

Team McCrory’s official propaganda organ (state-run media) dropped a headline on us SO PREPOSTEROUS it might as well have said “The fat guy in the red suit really is going to come down your chimney and bring you presents (never mind that we have gas…

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#ncpol: An opportunity for Dan Forest?

If you’re like me, you’re probably a bit disheartened by our Lt. Governor.  Dan Forest talked a good game on the 2012 campaign trail.  He talked directly to frustrated Tea Partiers.  He spoke like  passionate conservative who was going to give voice to average folks frustrated…

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Governor ‘Thin-Skin’

This little gem popped up on Twitter today.   It’s interesting that it is just now going public today — FRIDAY.  I first heard about it at the beginning of the week from one of my Raleigh moles.  One thing I remember from my days…

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Jim Cain for Governor?

That is the hottest scoop circulating through top-tier GOP circles in the state.  I heard it first-hand from a source whose title includes the word “honorable” today: “Jim’s name comes up a lot in stuff like this.  But I have heard this latest story, in detail,…

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NCGOV 2016 Polls: McCrory, Cooper in dead heat

We’ve been hearing quite a bit of behind-the-scenes grumbling from GOP insiders and activists on both sides of the Raleigh beltline. A new poll from The Civitas Institute may be illustrating some of that.  The numbers?  Cooper 44, McCrory 43.   The poll has a rather…