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Historians and politicos yearn for stable, predictable political eras.   Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote about the “cycles” of American politics – the Progressive Era, the Republican Roaring 20s, the Age of Roosevelt, etc.   After 2008, James Carville predicted 40

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By now most everyone has figured out the two things Democratic politicians love to talk about more than anything else on earth are Education and Health Care.  Beverly Perdue talked about both so much two years ago she got herself

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I don’t care for Paul Coble’s politics, but I like him personally. So I’m giving him some advice about his TV ads: lose the rich furnishings.   I regret I don’t have a link to the ads. Couldn’t find it

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I love polls. When I did campaigns, I spent hours digging through them. Numbers don’t lie, and they tell you what’s obscured in the political blather. The latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll lays out clearly what’s happening in this election. 

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There’s a scene in the movie Erin Brockovich where Julia Roberts runs head on into the epitome of an oily corporate lawyer who represents Pacific Gas and Electric.     In real life the lawyer who represented PG&E was Rene

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So here’s what has happened:  Secretary Lanier Cansler promised legislators he could cut the Medicaid Home Care $50 million (because, he said, the 45% of the patients were cheats) – if they’d let him give out a no bid contract

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D.G. Martin was interviewing Carter and me for “Who’s Talking” on WCHL radio when we began discussing the topic that soon will dominate political debate: WOWW – Where Obama Went Wrong.   Was it the policy or the politics (see

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There’s only one way Democrats can interpret the early results from early voting in North Carolina: It’s bad.   According to Democracy North Carolina, “one-stop early voting is off to a record-shattering pace for midterm elections and the largest group

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Here’s a caricature of how government works North Carolina style:   The Chairman of the Wildlife Commission, who naturally got his job by giving money to Governor Perdue, orders the Commission’s CEO to write a nice article about the Governor and

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I feel Robert Gibbs’ pain.   In a New York Times magazine article Sunday, President Obama said, “We probably spent too much time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right.”   Gibbs, the White

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