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A true-blue progressive Democrat vents – and sums up my own reaction to the jihad against Art (“I Am Not an Heir”) Pope:   “I’m over all the finger pointing at Art Pope. I don’t know him or agree with

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A TAPster who was at the South Carolina Republican debate sent these updates last night:   (7:52 PM): Republicans are having a great time tonight in Myrtle Beach. Cocktail hour is in overtime as they await the 9 pm kickoff

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It’s somehow fitting that the state that started the Civil War generally decides the Republican presidential war.   The question this year is whether Mitt Romney’s opponents picked the wrong battle. Was it a mistake to attack him on Bain

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Judging from Sunday’s letters in the N&O, House Republicans certainly have stirred up the state’s teachers. And the NEA has this story about a 10-year teachers’ assistant from Moore County – a Republican herself – who is mad about how

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Here I was thinking that Tom Fetzer, Thom Tillis and Phil Berger were the brains behind the Republican victory in the 2010 legislative races.   I find that – instead – it was a group of political consultants based in

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The “Smith Center Boos Bev” story is why my new-media guru Nation Hahn says: “If you’re not on Twitter, you’re not part of the conversation.” I was following the New Hampshire results on Twitter Tuesday night (the best way to

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Four lessons emerge from Mitt Romney’s less-than-convincing New Hampshire win.   First, he’ll be the Republican nominee – thanks to a cast of inept, uninspiring and half-insane conservative rivals.   Second, more than 60 percent of Republicans don’t want him to

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I call it Hickman’s Law, because I first heard it from pollster Harrison Hickman: “The worst wounds in politics are self-inflicted.”   Mitt Romney has inflected a doozy on himself: “I like being able to fire people.”   He did

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A TAPster with years of experience around the legislature offers this take on the NCAE veto override:   “The Republicans in the N.C. House have made a needless mess of their agenda with 1 am sessions to take potshots at

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Speaker Thom Tillis has enjoyed pretty good press over the past year. Then he has one bad day – or, more accurately, late night/early morning – and he gets touchy:   “Tomorrow will be the last day I receive the

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