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The other day at lunch a Democratic friend of old Will Patton’s was giving Mr. Patton down the river about Thom Tillis and Phil Berger cutting all the Democratic ‘Sacred Cows’ like ‘More at 4’ and ‘Smart Start’ and laying

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In the 1980s, Democrats were in disarray and Ronald Reagan stood astride the political world like a colossus.   Then, as today, Democrats comforted themselves by saying: “Polls show the American people agree with us, not him, on the issues.”

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Last fall Congressman Bob Etheridge lost his re-election bid and suddenly – after thirty-two years in public office – found himself out of a job. But only for a month. The nimble Congressman quickly landed himself a new job (earning

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Constitutional amendments banning gay marriage passed overwhelmingly in other Southern states, I’m told, so one is likely to pass here, too.   But think of the unintended consequences that may result.   Republicans apparently realized that a November 2012 referendum

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For a decade Raleigh’s Mayor’s elections have been tales of Democrats trouncing Republicans which isn’t surprising as Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one but this year there’s an unheard of twist in the Mayor’s race: No Democratic candidate. Instead there

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As far as some Democrats are concerned, the only thing wrong with James Carville’s “Panic, Fire, Indict, Fight” advice for President Obama is that, for once, old James didn’t go far enough.   It’s time, they say, for President Obama

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A little over a year ago an old friend (and Jesse Helms supporter) asked me to drive down to Albemarle to meet with a group of Republicans to help them in their fight with Alcoa Corporation.   To make a

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James Carville has a way of cutting to the chase. A TAPster sent along what he said on CNN this week:   “People often ask me what advice I would give the White House about various things. Today I was

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You’ve got to admire Judge Howard Manning’s nerve – he’s only a state district court judge but for years he’s been issuing orders to Governors. Judge Manning’s modus operandi is simple: He looks at the State Budget, looks at the

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A TAPster notes a striking example of where the state spends and where it cuts:   “Did the Jones Street Honorables notice a political paradox during their recent visit to Raleigh?   “Just a city block away from the Legislative

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