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One reason Tim Russert was good at political journalism was that he started in politics. So he had an understanding and a love of the game that animated his interviews, reporting and analysis. Most political reporters I know are excellent.

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Albert the pollster’s just gotten back a national poll and he’s in a funk. Albert, as he says, has three levels of warnings when he’s advising a campaign. The first example is when the campaign wants to make a silly

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I had dinner last night with my old friend Will, the lawyer, and, right off, after the first beer he said, President Bush is as dumb as a post. Now, Will is an old Reagan man. He remembers seeing Reagan’s

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If one of my Reliable Sources is right, Bev Perdue’s partisans have much to worry about now that she has agreed to five debates with Pat McCrory. The Source reports that McCrory outshone Perdue at the N.C. Chamber’s Manufacturing Summit

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The nomination is settled, the race is over, and the loser has conceded. Now the political world waits to see whether the loser will get fully behind the winner. Not Hillary Clinton. Richard Moore. For more than a month since

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A tip of the hat to Joyce Fitzpatrick, who sent along this news item: “The News & Observer is preparing to lay off about 10 percent of its newsroom staff and will announce other cuts affecting its news operation, sources

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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Word around Raleigh is that Kay Hagan wants to run – a la Bev Perdue – a “positive” campaign. If she does, Democrats can forget beating Liddy Dole. You don’t beat an incumbent by being positive. You have to offer

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Barack Obama is supposed to be quite the pickup basketball player, and he’s putting quite the head fake on John McCain in North Carolina. It’s good strategy. Obama has the money and the grassroots organization to make the Republicans worry

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Pat McCrory was always the Republicans’ best bet to win the Governor’s race in November. But how can he win in what may be a Democratic year? There is only one way: Use Obama’s strategy. Be the candidate of Change.

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When it comes to brute cunning it’s hard to match the Wake County School Board – it’s budget time and they’ve met the County Commissioners in fiscal battle head-on. The Board says it can cut dropout rates and graduate ninety

Posted in: General, Issues, Raleigh
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