Category Archives: Elections

Dispatches from the campaign trail, April 17, 2014

• We’re taking a break Good Friday and will be back in this space Monday. Happy Easter, everyone. • National Democrats are pulling out all the stops to have someone other than House Speaker Thom Tillis face incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan this fall, according to National Journal. The Washington-based publication looks at a major adContinue Reading

Barack Obama and voter suppression

Those who have followed North Carolina’s voter ID debate closely might find some interest in a Daily Caller column from Hughey Newsome, member of the advisory council for Project 21. Claims that voter ID and other polling place protections are intentional attempts to suppress minority voters continue to garner headlines. That this has happened inContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the heated race for the Republican nomination in the 7th District congressional election. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal explains how a faulty theory known as Keynesianism has hurt the minimum wage debate.

Dispatches from the campaign trail, April 16, 2014

• The latest ad supporting the Senate candidacy of House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, from the Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads emphasizes Tillis’ opposition to Obamacare and incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s repeated use of the “lie of the year.” • Fundraising numbers are trickling in from the first quarter of 2014, and in the 2ndContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, April 15, 2014

• Hope you’ve filed your taxes … • House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, has rejected WRAL’s invitation to join an April 23 debate with fellow Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary, nurse Heather Grant of Wilkesboro, and the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte. The Tillis team made it official Monday, citing aContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, April 14, 2014

• The Rev. Mark Harris is on the air with his first ad in his quest for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. • Harris and six of the seven other candidates for the Senate nomination met Friday for a debate sponsored by the East Wake Republican Club. House Speaker Thom Tillis did not attend. Look forContinue Reading

TIME humorist notes little-discussed aspect of the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance ruling

Joel Stein‘s latest installment of “The Awesome Column” in TIME reminds us that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling throwing out aggregate campaign contribution limits doesn’t necessarily mean good news for all rich people. I don’t know if the Supreme Court’s decision to allow people to donate to as many candidates as they want willContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online about recent changes designed to streamline North Carolina’s absentee ballot process. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges government officials to avoid claptrap and flimflam disguised as economic development tools.