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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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After Tony Tata’s appointment, a Republican friend said ruefully: “I hope he does better with DOT than he did with the school buses.”   Speaking of jokes, Governor-elect McCrory’s apparently fell flat at the Economic Forecast Forum this week.  

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Up in Congress the Democrats wanted to raise taxes on 2% of the people — while the Republicans wanted to cut government spending instead.   So they reached a compromise.   The result? They voted to raise taxes on 77%

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Democrats should hold their fire here. Especially since a McCrory vs. media fight is brewing. Don’t get in the way.   The North Carolina Press Association objects to the one-camera, one-reporter pool for the new governor’s swearing-in Saturday.   The

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We avoided the dreaded fiscal cliff, only to fall over the cliff of confusion.   I was stumped when two Democrats asked: Do we like the deal – or not?   Well, we’re told it will prevent a stock-market panic

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