Category Archives: Elections

Dispatches from the trail, February 25, 2015

• More polling data is out, this time by Elon University. The survey of 867 residents (including 773 registered voters) finds President Obama and Gov. Pat McCrory each with approval ratings of around 40 percent among voters. McCrory’s net approval rating is slightly positive, however, while Obama’s disapproval rating is pushing 50 percent. Obamacare remainsContinue Reading

Federalist columnist thanks the political left for elevating Walker

Think Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would be a top-notch presidential candidate? Brandon Finnigan explains in a column for The Federalist website why you should thank the political left. Behold the beast the Democrats never intended to create: a thrice-elected Republican governor in a swing state with a cult following, appreciated by both the establishment ofContinue Reading

Barone notes two issues that could influence the 2016 race

Michael Barone‘s latest column for the Washington Examiner points to two factors that could play a major role in next year’s presidential contest. One is the increasing salience of foreign policy and the increasing discontent with the foreign policies of the Obama administration. This was not the case in the first Obama term, when theContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, February 18, 2015

• In a preview of the 2016 race for control of the U.S. Senate, the Washington Post again suggests ousted Tar Heel Kay Hagan is “ready-made” for a run against two-term GOP incumbent Richard Burr. The story also notes that, here and in other states where Democrats look to pick up seats, the gap betweenContinue Reading

Barone probes the GOP’s chances in 2016

Michael Barone applies his electoral number-crunching expertise to the Republicans’ prospects for winning the 2016 presidential election. The results appear in Barone’s latest column posted at National Review Online. Democrats do have an advantage in the electoral vote, because heavily Democratic clusters clinch about 170 electoral votes for them, while Republicans have a lock onContinue Reading

Weekly Standard’s Hayes handicaps GOP presidential field

Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard offers his assessment of the candidates likely to compete for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Hayes assesses each candidate, in reverse order of the likelihood of success. His top three choices (from best odds to worst) are Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush hasContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online an expert’s assessment that North Carolina needs a better way to keep track of its Medicaid rolls. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines recent poll results for Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly.

Dispatches from the trail, February 11, 2015

• In case you missed it, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, winner of the John Locke Foundation’s James K. Polk Award for Leadership in Public Office, last week paid tribute to JLF on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. • State Democrats have a new leader. The N.C. Democratic Party on Saturday elevatedContinue Reading