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Nobody ever runs for office on snow removal, but it’s a sure way to get run out of office.   This week the mayor of Atlanta and governor of Georgia are skating on thin ice after a winter storm left

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Some Republicans probably would like to get Sen. Bill (Mad Dog) Rabon a rabies shot – or get him fixed, if you know what I mean.   Rabon’s now-famous rant just shows that, in politics, the worst wounds are self-inflicted.

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As a boy easily bored in school, I loved snow days. We lived in one of the world’s great sledding locales, just off Canterbury Road in west Raleigh. Every crossing street – Churchill, Lewis Farm, Grant – is a steep

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Don’t you suspect there’s an email to the effect of “Time for some voting problems for Democrats”?   Why else would 13 Republican legislators try to quash subpoenas for any documents they have related to the “rationale, purpose and implementation” of the

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50 years ago we declared war on poverty, spent $20.7 trillion, and lost. So now the President is trying again. Only this time he’s calling it a war on income inequality because a war on poverty only appeals to folks

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Whenever you think political discourse can’t get coarser, somebody comes along and proves you wrong. Especially super-PACs, which are basically piggy banks for political consultants who make big bucks by making over-the-top ads that make the people writing the checks

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From a message point of view, the rollout of McCrory 2.0 was a mess – and a missed opportunity for the Governor.   McCrory might have heeded his “mentor” Jim Hunt and called for a sustained three-year effort to raise

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Back when General Washington whipped King George the old saying ‘A penny saved is a penny earned’ was a bit of folk wisdom hardly a soul disagreed with – but these days modern economists have determined that kind of old-fashioned

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A TAPster who spent years working in economic development shares this:   “The most astonishing news last week (other than the daily calamities at DHHS) was the invitation we received via email to attend a fundraiser in Raleigh for the

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My blog below on the 1984 Senate race prompted a TAPster to note that the Martin Luther King holiday was a big issue that year.   Jim Hunt led Jesse Helms in early polls, but Helms turned the race around

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