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Pat McCrory’s just captured the biggest tarbaby in North Carolina.   State government has never been a paragon of efficiency but after twelve years of Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue and pay-to-play politics it’s become an unusually broad and deep

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Will Republicans’ Election Day encounter with reality put them more in touch with reality on global warming, evolution and whether women who are raped get pregnant?   Don’t count on it. Denial is a powerful habit.   In the election’s

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The waitress nodded to a slender fortyish brunette at the next table and said, ‘This is Gwyn, she’s a Republican’ – then Gwyn leaned across the gap between our two tables and said, ‘Just look at those Democrats, they didn’t

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This election showed how closely – and bitterly – divided Americans are. Suppose we go through another 2000 cliff-hanger one day?   Increasingly, we don’t just hold different views and opinions from our opponents. We hold them in contempt. We

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The decision about Obamacare highlights the tension that will mark North Carolina’s politics the next four years.   The tension stems from an election that saw the nation go in one direction (largely Democratic) and North Carolina in another (almost

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Back before the election I wrote a lot about the importance of money in campaigns and how the Democrats were in trouble because of a lack of it.   The NC Free Enterprise Foundation has just published a report on

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 A TAPster takes issue with the blog criticizing Bob Etheridge for running against Walter Dalton:   “I disagree with the argument that Bobby Etheridge caused Dalton’s defeat. If anything, the primary gave Dalton an opportunity to take his case to

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Pardon me for plugging an old friend, but you should check out what’s happening at the Research Triangle Park under new President & CEO Bob Geolas.   Last week, the Park rolled out its new master plan. It envisions more

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The day after the election House Republican Leader John Boehner faced a tough question: Would he compromise with Obama or not? It was a Hobson’s Choice. Either way he was walking into a political minefield.   In the end Speaker

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A TAPster asks a good question:   “Why does nobody, or certainly almost nobody, mention Bob Etheridge by name when describing the factors that lead to Walter Dalton’s defeat? While Etheridge certainly wasn’t the sole source of Dalton’s problems, Etheridge

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