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Ferrel Guillory – political expert extraordinaire and director of the Program on Public Life at UNC-Chapel Hill – offers a good perspective to my question (see below) about coordinated campaigns.   He cites an article by two of his students

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Are reporters and reformers skirting the truth by suggesting – and even stating flatly – that the Easley campaign and the Democratic Party skirted the law?   As I understand it, coordinated campaigns are not a loophole – or a

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There was one odd sidelight in former Governor Easley’s testimony.   He was busy as governor and candidate, too busy to go to headquarters or keep up with flight invoices.   But he was home vacuuming his chimney?

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The old amateur boxer sure won yesterday’s round.   Of course, the match isn’t over. And Governor Easley has more fights ahead. But he showed yesterday he can slip a punch – and land a few of his own.  

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Watching the hearings, you see why Mike Easley was the candidate and the other guys weren’t.   It looked like their lawyers had cowed the other witnesses into being so careful and precise they came off slippery and evasive, even

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I’ve been quick to note lately that I supported Dennis Wicker in 2000.  I remember the arrogance of some – not all – of Mike Easley’s people after they won.   But I’ll say a word in their defense.  

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Well, what went on in Raleigh yesterday in the State Board of Elections hearing was high political drama – the fireworks started right off when Easley buddy McQueen Campbell fessed up he’d paid for $11,000 in repairs on Easley’s house

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Mike Easley was always described as quirky, but charming. Part of the charm was his reputation as a cheapskate.   That was a good quality for a governor in a budget crisis. Now, not so good.   Now he’s charged

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I worked with Jesse Helms so over the years I grew accustomed to looking at polls where politicians had high ‘Unfavorable’ ratings. But I’ve never seen a politician in North Carolina with an ‘Unfavorable’ rating of 49.8% except once (in

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Jane said it’s good the Board of Elections is digging into “pay for play” politics.   Joe said it’s much ado about minor campaign reporting violations.   Jane said we’re lucky to have The News & Observer.   Joe said

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