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It was a very serious man who stepped up to the podium in front of the Capitol to give his Inaugural Speech but what he said wasn’t nearly as earthshaking in the reeling world of Republican Congressmen as what he’d

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Gary is taking a break from blogging.  Today’s pinch-hitter is Thomas Mills.     Pat McCrory and some of his Republican allies are now saying they are ready to compromise on voter ID. Compromise with whom? With super-majorities in the

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Last month up in the hallowed halls of Congress, Speaker John Boehner slipped on a banana peel – deciding it was time to flex his muscles he stripped four Republican Congressmen of their blue-chip committee assignments – which, in Washington, is the

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Gary’s taking a break from blogging. Pinch-hitting today is a TAPster with a long memory:   Re your blog posting about Art Pope (“The Budget Pope”): A lot of people either aren’t old enough to remember, or simply don’t know,

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President Obama stepped to the podium in the White House at a press conference – with Afgnanistani President Karzai beside him – and said he’s bringing 66,000 American soldiers home from Afghanistan sooner rather than later (which sounded fine). Then

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This headline is off-message: “NC Republicans want tax hikes on food, services” (WRAL).   At a time when Washington Republicans are cementing reputations as anti-tax hardliners, how did Raleigh Republicans get plunged into this morass?   The answer: a member

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To cure gun violence the Vice President met with the NRA, which told him the cure was fixing our broken culture – like violent video games; next the Vice President met with the video game industry which told him ‘Independent

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I avoid political events. Been there, done that. But last night I dragged myself out in the rain and cold to hear Eric Mansfield, who’s running for Democratic Party chair.   I don’t pretend to understand internal party politics. But

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North Carolina Republicans are stepping out on a political high-wire.   Surely, most people love the idea of not paying personal or corporate income taxes.   But then you start looking at the details. Every business would pay a receipts

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Sometimes the hardest and smartest thing to do – in politics as in life – is just to watch and wait.   Some patience now will pay off in the long run for North Carolina Democrats.   Governor McCrory already

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