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One thing Democrats did right this year was push education onto the public agenda. But will it last? And the key question: Where do they take it now?   The Hagan campaign came close largely because they almost turned a

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Governor McCrory’s political instinct is right, but his choice of battlefield is puzzling.   The Governor seems to understand that the best way to get reelected is to pick a fight with the legislature. Governors are always more popular than

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Some two-score years ago, I started going to the National Governors Association winter meetings in Washington. These were at the time great bipartisan policy wonk-fests, three days of earnest discussions about issues, ideas and innovations, with plenty of after-hours barroom

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After last Tuesday, Democrats need a psychiatrist as much as a political strategist.   Here’s helpful advice from my old friend and pollster extraordinaire Harrison Hickman, titled “Top 10 Least Helpful Democratic Excuses.” Harrison, an NC native and CEO of

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“Anybody who says they knew this was coming – Democrat or Republican, pundit or pollster – is lying,” a veteran campaign operative said Wednesday   The polls all missed it. Close races turned into routs. Narrow Democratic wins turned into

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North Carolina Democrats should push the pause, not panic, button.   It was, as George Bush famously said after the 2006 midterm, “a thumpin’.” It hurts like hell, especially when the other team spikes the ball and strikes a pose

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Chad Barefoot must have asked his team: “What can we do that will so anger and offend women that they’ll vote AGAINST me?”   They came up with an ad that has backfire potential approaching the “child molester” ad against

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The term is new to me, but dog whistles are the oldest thing in Southern politics. This election, like all of them, comes down to race.   In 1950, it was “White People Wake Up…Do you want Negroes working beside

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If you’re tired of ads, tired of contradictory punditry and tired of conflicting, confusing and cooked-up polls, here’s a prescription for sanity: Take a dose of the Elon University poll.   A warning about side effects: It will calm Democrats

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Thom Tillis said Kay Hagan voted for Obama’s Stimulus Bill then her husband’s company got $390,000 in Stimulus Funds as a pay-off. And Hagan fired back Tillis (as Speaker) put a toll road near Charlotte in exchange for $25,000 in

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