Category Archives: Elections

State Supreme Court upholds 2011 redistricting maps

Nearly a year after hearing arguments on appeal, the N.C. Supreme Court today ruled that the legislative and congressional district maps drawn by the 2011 General Assembly satisfied the state and federal constitutions, ending a bitter fight led by a host of civil-rights organizations and left-leaning advocacy groups. In a press release, Sen. Bob Rucho,Continue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, December 17, 2014

• The feelgood story of the holiday season: Well-known North Carolina political brothers Dallas Woodhouse (conservative Republican consultant, formerly of Americans for Prosperity) and Brad Woodhouse (Democratic activist and former national party communications director) appeared Tuesday on C-SPAN to discuss a new documentary about their polarized politics … and mom calls in. Joy Woodhouse’s callContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that new metrics — not any perceived problem — caused a recent drop in the rank of North Carolina’s creditworthiness. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how this year’s voting data contradict claims of voter “suppression.”

Voter suppression? You can’t prove it by this year’s turnout

People trying to prove that election laws passed by the General Assembly last year amount to minority voter suppression are going to have a hard time with this one: African American voter turnout increased in this year’s general election compared to the latest midterm election in 2010. According to data just released by the StateContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, December 16, 2014

• TIME reports that three tax-exempt nonprofits that ran campaign ads in North Carolina tacitly supporting Democrats may well have crossed the line into political advocacy, risking their tax-exempt IRS status. The groups are the Natural Resources Defense Council, which ran the ad below mentioning GOP state Sen. Bill Cook; NRDC and the Southern EnvironmentalContinue Reading

Federalist writer calls Hillary the Democrats’ Mitt Romney

David Harsanyi of The Federalist peruses the Democrats’ electoral landscape. When Elizabeth Warren rallied beleaguered House liberals to push back against a bank-coddling omnibus bill and the spineless White House that enabled it, she showed us some of her dynamic appeal. Her only leverage? An implicit threat to shut down the government. Hypocrisy? Sure. ConsiderContinue Reading

Fortune makes a dark-horse presidential projection

The latest issue of Fortune magazine features the following blurb: The field of Republican presidential maybes is wide enough to include multiples. There are the base-stoking fire breathers (Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee); the business-friendly establishment stalwarts (Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush); the blue-state governorsContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, December 12, 2014

• The first poll of the 2016 election season (consider that) from Public Policy Polling finds Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in solid shape, leading likely Attorney General Roy Cooper, a likely Democratic rival, 46 percent to 39 percent. In a possible match between incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and outgoing Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan,Continue Reading