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As Carter notes in his blog below, the boom in outside political groups is eclipsing the traditional parties. You can see three recent examples in Raleigh.   The big event Inaugural weekend wasn’t the traditional Junior League Ball or a

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The Democrats in Raleigh are grumpy because Speaker Thom Tillis has set up a new nonprofit to be the ‘Voice of House Republicans.’   Now, like ‘em or not, Super PACs, IE’s, and 527’s are the new political reality –

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Raleigh was electric Saturday. The crowd was huge and enthusiastic. The stars outdid all their fans’ hopes.   Not the inaugural. The State-Duke game. (Go Pack!)   Governor McCrory’s early-season performance is like a basketball team that makes a brilliant

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Baseball statistician Nate Silver suddenly became famous by writing articles for the New York Times – putting statistical models (like the models he used in baseball) to work predicting who’d win the Presidential Election.   Then, the other day in an

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When I read that Richard Ben Cramer died this week, I pulled down my dog-eared copy of “What It Takes” and started to read it. Again.   If you’ve never heard of Cramer or his book, get it.  Read it. 

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A TAPster inside state government sends an intriguing follow-up to my blog about Governor McCrory calling Art Pope “deputy” budget director. That struck me as a bit defensive.  (See “McCrory’s Picks.”)   The TAPster saw a January 7 memo to

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Republicans here are like kids at Christmas: giddy, gaga and eyes all aglow as they rip open their new presents.   A Republican Governor! A week-long victory lap! Two inaugural ceremonies! The big bash at Carolina Country Club Saturday! (No,

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The late Insurance Commissioner was a populist, an eccentric, a scourge of insurance companies and – regrettably – a big reason Jesse Helms was U.S. Senator for so long.   Elected commissioner in 1972, Ingram waged a 12-year crusade against

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A TAPster reports that he “burst out laughing when new Lt. Governor Dan Forest quietly announced his staff over the weekend.”   The TAPster goes on to ask:   “Why does he need a chief of staff? And why on

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Some critics forget a big point about Governor McCrory’s appointments: He won. He gets to pick who he wants. No matter what you think.   That said, three questions arise. First, Tony Tata? Really? The knock on Tata as Wake

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