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Public Policy Polling has found that people are confused about the marriage amendment: “Oh, it covers civil unions, too?” Plus, it’s so badly worded it could end up hurting widowed seniors and even victims of domestic abuse.   Let’s simplify

Posted in: Issues
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Sometimes politicians are just plain silly.   This morning it appears Paul Coble woke up in a pique and right off ripped off an email lighting into George Holding.   “George Holding” Coble wrote, “doesn’t smile much. But $214,000 in

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Pat McCrory’s much-ballyhooed education platform reads like a compilation of every cliché and buzzword of the last three decades.   This tweet from the McCrory campaign especially struck me: “3rd grade is a critical year for reading. We are not

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Win or lose in the Supreme Court, President Obama has already lost in the court of public opinion. Polls show that two-thirds of Americans want at least some of Obamacare repealed.   If he loses the election in November, he’ll

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There’s a whiff of Mitt Romney about Thom Tillis. Witness his prediction that the gay-marriage amendment, which he supports, will be repealed in 20 years.   Was he playing to a college crowd? Once again signaling he’s not really comfortable

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The TAPster who wrote the blog below reflects what several Democrats have said privately about Bob Etheridge. If Bob’s campaign or a supporter will respond, I’ll post it.   “For the sake of Democrats everywhere in North Carolina, Bobby Etheridge

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Check out this new website for political junkies: ncpol.com. It’s run by Raleigh lawyer Hart Miles.   Its greatest virtue is that it’s fun. Its greatest drawback is an interview with me. But you can also see a terrific video

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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A gun store in eastern North Carolina uses its electronic billboard to run a mix of hard-right political messages and gun-sale pitches. One message reads: “Work harder. Millions on welfare depend on you.”   When it comes to health care, the

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Carter and I were doing our dog-and-pony show for a real-estate group – telling them what happens inside campaigns, taking potshots at each other and generally trying to lighten up a crowd that had just endured speeches from the gubernatorial

Posted in: General
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Back in 1976 when Ronald Reagan was running in the North Carolina Primary, Arthur Finkelstein (Reagan’s pollster) hammered into my head the importance of time in campaigns, saying a hundred times, Campaigns have three resources: People, money and time. You

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