Category Archives: Politics

Iredell pro-bond group messes with Halloween

It’s bad enough that those who are promoting a facilities bond in Iredell County are using kids as props and public schools as distribution centers. Now they are messing with Halloween. But I am not worried.  I suspect that most pro-bond handouts will go the way of Necco Wafers and Mounds bars – in theContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 21, 2014

• U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan comes out with an ad defending herself from reporting suggesting her family businesses benefited from federal taxpayer handouts. • Yours truly’s take on all this is here. CJ’s reporting and analysis is here. And Politico discusses the state of Hagan’s Senate race with Thom Tillis here. • Unless the situationContinue Reading

Fund outlines problems linked to early voting

As early voting approaches in North Carolina, John Fund of National Review Online devotes a column to some of the problems tied to the early voting process. There’s no doubt that many people in our increasingly mobile and hectic society want voting to be as easy and convenient as buying fast food. But too muchContinue Reading

Ebola response problems involve more than messaging

Scott Gottlieb and Tevi Troy explain for Wall Street Journal readers why the problems associated with the government response to the Ebola threat involve much more than poor messaging. Much public skepticism about the government’s response to Ebola stems from the dogmatic pronouncements of Obama administration officials. In a video message early last month onContinue Reading

If the Koch brothers are so bad … revisited

Fortune magazine is the latest media outlet to puncture the myth that Charles and David Koch are buying American elections. The tide, however, appears to be changing. True, in the age of dark money (think Super PACs and the like), not all political giving is transparent, but so far this election season, Democratic bankrollers haveContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that North Carolina’s 2014 U.S. Senate race is not likely to be the state’s costliest on a cost-per-voter basis. Rick Henderson’s Daily Journal explains why information uncovered by WRAL-TV news makes the Hagan stimulus story even worse than it previously appeared.

A very good analysis of women and voting by Mona Charon

This is a very good and insightful discussion of Democratic campaigns and the women vote by columnist Mona Charon writing for the Washington Examiner. It is very long with lots of important insights. She breaks down demographic voting patterns of women; looks at how the Democratic party has, in recent years, appealed to women votersContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, October 20, 2014

• National Review Online looks at the controversy surrounding energy grants received by businesses owned by family members of Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Over the weekend, the News & Observer and WRAL News entered the fray. Carolina Journal’s reporting is here. • The Charlotte Observer’s Jim Morrill suggests the Hagan-Tillis race will surpass theContinue Reading