RS Interview: David Rouzer (R CAND, NC-07).
Well. North Carolina just sort of… fell apart for the Democrats over the last few years, huh? The Democratic Governor is fleeing her job, the legislature flipped, the districts have gotten redrawn to eliminate some truly egregious gerrymandering, and the upcoming Democratic convention in Charlotte threatens to be a public relations disaster. It’s not very surprising, then, that NC-07 Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre is sweating | Read More »
Beau Biden Opens His Mouth, helps seal DOOM for North Carolina.
Dear God, it’s genetic: [Son of VP Biden and former DE AG Beau] Biden mentioned that Romney didn’t seek a second term as Massachusetts governor, suggesting his failed economic policies hurt him. “I’ve never met a successful politician who didn’t run again,” said Biden, the Delaware attorney general. The crowd collectively groaned. And it wasn’t a happy groan, either. Here are three reasons why this | Read More »
NC Democratic Party chair
resigns doesn’t resign… :pause:
Real short version: this all started when Jay Parmley, the former executive director of the NC Democratic party, was allegedly accused of sexually harassing a male staffer. Reportedly, Parmley had sent said staffer pictures of genitals*… Hold on: let me stop for a moment and make a PSA for politicians. DON’T DO THAT. …anyway, Parmley effectively got tossed out on his ear, but there’s still | Read More »
Politico’s Arresting, COMPLETELY UNSUPPORTED, claim about African-American voters.
(Via Hot Air) Specifically, North Carolinian voters on Tuesday’s Amendment One vote banning same-sex marriage: African-Americans voted 2-1 in favor of the North Carolina amendment banning gay marriage Tuesday, but the White House is betting that black voters there and beyond will stick with the president, despite broad resistance to legalization. …and that’s it. There’s no backup for that at all in the article. The | Read More »
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D, NC-07) refuses to endorse Barack Obama in public.
How bad is it for Democrats in North Carolina right now? This bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9pTykLEl4F4 The gist of the video is as follows: When asked if he supported Obama, [Rep. Mike] Mcintyre told the reporter he wasn’t doing “political interviews” at a prayer breakfast because “it wouldn’t be appropriate.” But – as the video later notes – Rep. McIntyre will talk about how he’s for North | Read More »
NC Democratic party Executive Director Jay Parmley resigns, blames right-wing bloggers…
To refresh people’s memories: allegations came out last week that NC Democratic party Executive Director Jay Parmley had sexually harassed a male staffer (the Daily Caller noted yesterday that local reports are saying that said staffer was also allegedly fired after making a complaint; if that’s true, then there’s a bigggggggggg problem going on in North Carolina right now for the Democratic party*). Anyway, Parmley | Read More »
RS Interview: Dr. Scott Keadle (R-CAND, NC-08 PRI).
North Carolina’s Eighth District is currently held by Larry Kissell, with an emphasis on ‘currently;’ some long-overdue redistricting reform in that state ended up making the two-term Democrat’s seat… precarious. I talked to one of the conservatives running for the Republican nomination: Dr. Scott Keadle, a dentist and former county commissioner from the region. We talked about the race, as well as a little about | Read More »
Breaking: Heath Shuler (D, NC) cuts and runs.
And it sounds like it’s not to run for Governor of North Carolina, either. The relevant text: This was not an easy decision. However, I am confident that it is the right decision. It is a decision I have weighed heavily over the past few months. I have always said family comes first, and I never intended to be a career politician. I am ready | Read More »
2nd NC redistricting map more pointed than 1st one.
When the first North Carolina redistricting map came out at the beginning of July, Democrats of course bawled like stuck calves. Speaking objectively, this wasn’t a surprise: the way that it was set up, it put four Democratic Congressmen – Larry Kissell, Mike McIntyre, Brad Miller, & Heath Shuler – at a serious disadvantage in the 2012 elections. Put simply, the map threatened to flip | Read More »
First North Carolina redistricting map!
And it firmly embraces the old folk saying: What goes around, comes around. This is the first of three new maps (all of which will be coming out of the newly Republican-controlled state legislature): To give you an idea of the shift (which is already forecasting DOOM for at least three North Carolina Democrats), here’s the old map:
Did Sen. McCaskill (MO) backstab Gov. Perdue (NC)?
(H/T: Say Anything) having St. Louis for the 2012 Democratic convention, on the rationale that having the convention in Missouri would be the equivalent of painting a big electoral target on her back for all those awful, awful Tea Partiers. Which is… interesting. First off, I’m pretty sure that Missouri Republicans – which had a decent-to-good run last year (cemented control of the state legislature, | Read More »
Day Two of the Etheridge Incident.
I’m not particularly surprised that the Etheridge Incident is perturbing the Beltway. It has all the elements that one needs: A genuine, newsworthy scenario (Congressman attacks cameraman); An easily-accessible narrative (Congressman attacks cameraman); A clear video record (note: two cameras, with footage spliced together); A hint of scandal (Was the Congressman drinking?); And a hint of conspiracy (Was the Congressman set up?). Plus, of course, | Read More »
Meet Renee Ellmers (R CAND, NC-02).
Bob Etheridge‘s opponent, but you knew that already. We were able to speak with her briefly: as you can imagine, she’s been busy today. Renee’s site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Meet Ilario Pantano (R CAND, NC-07).
Ilario Pantano has had his primary, so he’s the official GOP candidate against Mike McIntyre. You probably remember him for (while serving in combat in Iraq) being falsely accused of murder – a statement that will hopefully infuriate quite a few antiwar types out there. Ilario’s site is here. Crossposted to Moe Lane.
PPP: Dems reshuffling deck chairs on HCR Titanic.
Let me preface this by saying that I have nothing against Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling: he’s a Democratic pollster, sure, but he doesn’t bury polls that are unhelpful to his side. Which is smart of him – it makes him more credible when he tells me things that I don’t particularly want to hear – but there’s nothing wrong with having a credible | Read More »
Meet Lou Huddleston (R Cand, NC-08).
NC-08: R+2 district, flipped to D after a lot of effort by the national Democratic party, including redistricting. The former holder Robin Hayes barely won in ’06 and lost by quite a bit in ’08; since then Larry Kissell’s voted for the ‘stimulus‘, played duck-and-cover on the health care rationing bill and has cosponsored EFCA – even though North Carolina’s unemployment rate has nearly doubled | Read More »
Getting in their faces – David Price’s (D, NC-04) town hall.
The assault (from last Thursday) disturbs me. The casual mockery by pro-health care rationing supporters towards a man (who I haven’t even fully confirmed was a health care rationing protester) who’s just gotten punched in the face disturbs me a whole lot more. I don’t care what your stance is on this issue: your instinctive response to this sort of thing should not be to | Read More »
Amazon shuts down its North Carolina affiliates program.
Via Glenn Reynolds, it’s time for another round of Elections have Consequences! Action: The North Carolinan legislature (run by Democrats) is about to provide legislation to the governor of North Carolina (Democrat) that allows North Carolina to collect sales tax from Internet transactions. Reaction: Amazon has closed its Amazon Associates program to North Carolina residents. To all North Carolinan bloggers and website owners out there | Read More »
Senator Hagan suddenly not looking to replace George Holding after all.
You may remember from Sunday about how the Democrats were quietly planning to remove a somewhat… inconvenient… US Attorney from his position before he was through investigating a former North Carolina Democratic governor. Now, via Geraghty, via Kaus, we find out that nothing of the sort is going to happen. Now. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said today that the U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, George Holding, | Read More »
Democrats set to remove meddlesome anti-corruption prosecutor.
(Via Instapundit) No, not Fitzgerald: Illinois is a little too prominent right now for that kind of shenanigans. North Carolina, on the other hand… Democrats fix sights on GOP prosecutor John Edwards admits federal investigators are asking him questions. Federal subpoenas were issued Friday related to Mike Easley. As the separate federal probes into a former senator and the former governor are emerging, Democrats are | Read More »