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Democrats are speculating that Congressman Brad Miller won’t run again in 2012.   He’s raised only about $30,000 this cycle – less than most any Democratic incumbent. And he has told friends he expects that – just as he drew

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Sometimes you have to rise above principle.   That’s what Rep. Leo Daughtry and several Republican House members did this week when they voted to weaken the tort reform bill.   Normally, tort reform is an article of faith for

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It’s baseball season, and all across our land fans are enjoying hits, runs – and errors.   So it is in politics in North Carolina. Herewith, our Top 3 of the week.   Number 1, of course, has to be

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On the off-chance Republicans don’t nominate Donald Trump and hand him reelection, President Obama needs a better story.   Not a better story about where he was born or how he grew up. A story line that explains the times

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For years auto insurers have locked horns with Insurance Commissioners over raising car insurance premiums, but, now, Republican legislators are about to solve their problem – by getting the Insurance Commission out of the auto-insurers hair – a move the

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Governor Perdue & Staff are wrapped up in an unnecessary kerfluffle over where she was Saturday when deadly tornados struck North Carolina. It turns out she was in Kentucky, maybe – or maybe not – at a horse race.  

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A TAPster calls attention to a bill before the General Assembly titled “Upgrade Security Services-Government Complex” and observes:   “It calls for x-ray machines and metal detectors for state buildings downtown. It calls for EMTs on staff.  This is all

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I was out of town this weekend and had difficulty following news about the tornados and their aftermath. But that was nothing compared to the difficulty untangling the PR disaster surrounding Governor Perdue’s whereabouts Saturday.   An obliging TAPster summed

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Republicans have opened the doors of opportunity for Governor Perdue. And missed a golden opportunity for themselves.   Perdue can now say – according to State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison – that the Republican budget cuts would make

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For the last ten years – girding their loins for this year’s redistricting battle – over in the State Legislature Republicans have been telling anyone who’ll listen that the Democrats should set up an ‘Independent Commission’ to draw new House

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