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When President Gerald Ford nixed financial aid for New York City back in the 1970s, the front page of a brassy Big Apple tabloid blared: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”
Which brings us to the Republican bill undoing the Dix deal. Which brings us to two GOP Senators from Wake County who cut and ran from their party.
Chad Barefoot and Neal Hunt got what Senator Josh Stein was getting at when he said Republicans are killing the park plan because Raleigh is “a city you don’t like.”
Barefoot and Hunt might look safe politically. They have good districts. They have a big money advantage.
But, to keep winning, they have to win moderate Independents. The kind of voters who don’t like partisanship. The kind of voters who might see the legislature as a bunch of rural Tea Party extremists who hate cities in general and Raleigh in particular. The kind of voters who see Republicans nationally as a gang of vengeful, angry old white men.
Barefoot and Hunt have to worry that a future opponent might figure out that there are a lot of well-heeled people in Raleigh who are mad enough to give big money to a Democrat – or to a super-PAC helping Democrats.
They also have to worry that, in 2014, President Obama’s OFA might pump a lot of money into North Carolina. Or that, in 2016, Hillary Clinton might set off a Democratic tidal wave among moderate Independent women in their districts.
Hunt and Barefoot have no control over a lot of that. They could control how they voted. So they voted with Raleigh and against their fellow Republicans.


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3 comments on “GOP to Raleigh: Drop Dead

  1. clarence swinney says:

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    Paul Ryan Budget has $1.4T in hidden cuts
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    Economists disagree with Paul Ryan claim “Debt is crushing our economy”
    Beware the new Corporate Tax Cut Scam:LIFT is a Big Lie
    House Democrats unanimously oppose extreme Republican budget
    As the provisions of the Affordable Care Act becomes into effect over the next year we must continue to make sure it works for everyone
    The Democratic Budget alternative has the right priorities for America
    The Obama Make It In America Program will enable more of our businesses
    to afford investments in America
    Democrats have led the fight to restore fiscal responsibility after President Bush and the Republicans left behind deep deficits. The Republican record of Fiscal Irresponsibility
    turned surpluses into massive deficits by borrowing trillions to finance two wars, Huge tax cuts for the wealthy, and major increases in spending.
    The President has proposed to let the high-income tax cuts expire and uses the $1Trillion over ten years to reduce deficits and debt and put the nation on a sustainable fiscal course that includes $2.50 of spending cuts for every $1 of revenue
    How the Billionaires Class is Destroying Democracy
    Lords Of Disorder: How the Big Banks are designed t6 prey off Economic Misery
    Obama’s Shakedown Of Medicare
    The Economic Challenge Ahead: More Jobs and Growth,, not deficit reduction

  2. dap916 says:

    As usual, swinney posted something here that has absolutey nothing to do with what the front page post is presenting. He seems to think that regurgitating what he gets from his liberal/democratic emails and on “progressive” sites is what people that come to TAP want to read. If that is so, at least he could put it into something people could follow, y’know?

    Now to the issue that Gary has put here. I’m a Raleigh-lovin’ guy. I love going there to visit my son and eating there and going to see all of the “sights” this city has to offer. It’s a great city. I know, I know….this is about “Raleigh” as being some kind of political entity and as such, has become a hate-filled, minority-hating, women-hating, uncaring kind of entity.

    Dems are gonna have to do “this and that” to get Raleigh back to being democratic and Obama’s “machine” will be working hard to change around the republican/conservative leadership here. Yeah, yeah…well, I’m sure there will be nothing but trashing and bashing of everything and anything republicans do to change around our failed North Carolina economy and school system and fiscal situation from the dems. I mean, that’s a given…who doesn’t know that. Kids will be losing free lunches and teachers will have to teach in big class sizes and teacher’s assistants will be losing their jobs and poor kids won’t be getting all of the assistance they’re getting now and…well, you get the point. It’s gonna break our heartstrings. That’s the way dems work. So, get ready for it and get used to it.

    The rich North Carolinians need to pay a bunch more into our system to keep everyone being the same as everyone else and hey, we just HAVE to deal with our illegal immigrant situation so that’s gonna take extra and more tax dollars, y’know

    C’mon, folks. Let’s deal with this as we should be dealing with this. Sheeesh.

  3. clarence swinney says:

    Who Dug the Deep Hole? Who Fumbled the ball?
    Numbers rounded

    Clinton left Bush an 1800B Budget
    Bush Left Obama a 3500 Budget

    Clinton left Bush a 240B Surplus as far as the eye can see
    Bush left Obama a 1400B Deficit as far as the eye can see

    Clinton left Bush 5,700B of Debt
    Bush left Obama 11,800B of Debt

    Clinton left Bush a 237,000 net new jobs created per month
    Bush left Obama a 31,000 lowest number since Hoover.

    Clinton left Bush 17 Million Manufacturing Jobs
    Bush left Obama 11 Million Manufacturing Jobs

    Clinton left Bush a 10,800 Dow
    Bush left Obama an 8028 Dow

    Clinton left Bush Peace on Earth Good Will From Most Men
    Bush left Obama Hell on Earth Two disastrous wars. Enmity of 1500 Million Muslims

    Clinton left Bush a President most highly rated of any peacetime President in Asia, Africa, Europe.
    Bush left Obama the most hated President in history
    Bush left Obama an Housing Tsunami and Financial Volcano
    Bush left Obama, in 2008, an 8500B Bail out commitment Yes! 8500 not just 700
    Bush left Obama his Takeover of Fannie/Freddie, AIG, and first bailout of Chrysler
    Bush increased maximum loan by Fannie/Freddie from $153,000 in 2000 to $300,000 then to $729,000
    That is how F&F got stuck with so many toxic mortgages. Bush gift to Big Bank pals.
    Bush increased FDIC maximum deposit coverage from $100,000 to $250,000. Help the rich.

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