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#ncga: All by himself

Hosannas and Hallelujahs, brothers and sisters. Paul Tine is now unaffiliated. UN-A-FFIL-I-ATED.   Rest easy. Sleep well. Go on about your business. He’s courageously gone off all by himself (favoring ObamaCare, opposing school choice, but caucusing with the GOP). Tine, from Dare County, won reelection…

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Paul Tine: STILL registered Democrat

There was a big hulaballoo about a Democrat legislator from Dare County leaving his party to register unaffiliated.   On January 9, Paul Tine was admitted to the House GOP caucus.  Tine promised Mark Binker of WRAL on January 7 that he would make the…

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The (“unaffiliated”) donkey in the room

The Paul Tine defection couldn’t have come at a better time for the drive-by media and the political chattering classes.  The General Assembly is not yet in session.  Things were a little slow around Jones Street. Tine, a Democrat legislator from Dare County — who…

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#NCGA Insider: Record of aid and comfort to Paul Tine from Team Tillis, NCGOP

I got a call yesterday from someone — very familiar with the inner workings of the state House Republican Caucus — who had just read my item on Democrat Paul Tine’s departure from the Democrat Caucus.   This source was very much in agreement with my…

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Paul Tine: The new Arthur Williams?

A Democrat named Arthur Williams represented the Outer Banks-centered Sixth District in the North Carolina House from 2003-2011.  During that time, he was a good Democrat — a good soldier for then Senate boss Marc Basnight and then-House speaker Jim Black. In  the 2010 GOP…