Category Archives: Elections

Dispatches from the trail, July 1, 2015

• Rep. Mark Meadows, R-11th District (at right), is out of the doghouse. For now. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who heads the committee on government reform, restored Meadows to the top slot on one of that panel’s subcommittees. Chaffetz removed Meadows from the post after the Jackson County Republican voted against the House leadership onContinue Reading

Interesting poll results point to potential GOP strategies

John McLaughlin summarizes his most recent polling data for National Review Online. In this presidential year, enough Democrats could be motivated to come out to outnumber Republicans. And in spite of the fact that some disapprove of the job that the president is doing, they are still willing to vote decisively for Democrats for CongressContinue Reading

Presidents as celebrities

Tevi Troy examines for Weekly Standard readers the importance of celebrity to modern-day presidents. Troy’s comments focus on a new book from Kenneth T. Walsh. In the current landscape, Walsh is effectively pitting Republicans against Democrats in a contest that the GOP has little chance of winning. America’s cultural elite is notoriously liberal, and conservativesContinue Reading

Redistricting….could that process change?

Right now, the North Carolina the redistricting process is the responsibility of the legislature, but a recent US Supreme Court ruling might change that. According the the US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, Arizona voters are now permitted to establish an Independent Redistricting Commission.  This means the authority to redraw district lines has beenContinue Reading

Stocks and the U.S. presidency

Ken Fisher of Forbes investigates the history of the stock market and presidential election outcomes. I’ve turned up a 155-year indicator that suggests Hillary Clinton will not be elected next year–and offers some interesting perspective as to the market direction in 2016 and 2017. An old, little-known truth: Overwhelmingly, when Republicans are elected President, stocksContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online that Gov. Pat McCrory continues to support a controversial project to add toll lanes to Interstate 77 between Charlotte and Mooresville. John Hood’s Daily Journal notes mixed poll results for McCrory more than a year before voters decide whether he’ll get a second term.

Dispatches from the trail, June 24, 2015

• She’s out? Roll Call reports that former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will not challenge GOP incumbent Richard Burr next year. The D.C.-based publication cites sources saying that Hagan has told donors she will not run. A new name in the speculation hopper: Former U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler of Asheville, who chose not to seekContinue Reading

Fund ponders Trump’s true intentions

John Fund wonders what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is really up to. Fund shares his observations with National Review Online readers. Many consider him a joke. Not true. Trump knows when he is being outrageous — and acts that way consciously to build his brand. Some consider him a menace, pointing out polls thatContinue Reading