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I received this email from Keith Weatherly re my blog on “The Tillis Retirement Home”: “You need better informed TAPsters.  I work for Majority Leader Stam – not the Speaker.  Past 2 years I worked for Minority Leader Stam.  I

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Cynics laugh and say no good deed ever goes unpunished and I’m beginning to think they have a point: Last year for the first time since Reconstruction voters elected a Republican legislature, which looked like a near fatal political blow

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Whatever her talents as NCSU’s AD, Debbie Yow’s PR skills are lacking. As an alum, I hope she’s better at hiring than communicating.   I’m a fan, not a fanatic. I like what I see about the new coach. But,

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Here’s an interesting tip from a TAPster:   “Has anybody noticed that the cozy corner office of the NC Speaker of the House has become a retirement home for wayward ex-legislators? At last count, the Speaker has three of the

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Decades ago I attended a meeting on redistricting over at State Republican headquarters and a bright, sharp young man whipped out a stack of maps of Congressional Districts and happily announced he had figured out a way to create three

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State GOP Chair Robin Hayes says President Obama carried North Carolina in 2008 because of simple political mechanics. He told McClatchey reporters:   “The president and his group did a much better job of organizing through the Internet, through social

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04

Duke Energy plans to build a new nuclear plant and to pay for it it’s sponsored a bill in the legislature to raise electric rates, which it says is reasonable because nuclear power plants are good things and a public

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Those six words may be the most brilliant I have ever read about political and media strategy.   I found them in Jeff Greenfield’s new book, Then Everything Changed. The book is an interesting foray into “alternative history,” based on

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I’m told that flustered Democrats in the legislature don’t seem to understand they’re not still in charge – and don’t know how to act as the minority.   They could take a cue from no less a message maven than

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