Category Archives: Politics

Barone assesses the president’s response to American foreign policy traditions

Michael Barone‘s latest column for the Washington Examiner asserts that President Obama remains aloof from American foreign-policy traditions. Whether Obama’s decision to launch air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Khorasan terrorists is a turning point, it was at least a move in the direction of a tradition in American foreignContinue Reading

Longtime Heritage chief examines the 50-year track record of the ‘War on Poverty’

Ed Feulner, who led the Heritage Foundation for 36 years, devotes a Daily Signal column to the impact of the federal government’s five-decade war on American poverty. It’s been 50 years now since the federal government launched its “War on Poverty.” But the numbers just released by the Census Bureau suggest we’re in a losingContinue Reading

Fixing Holder’s mess

Now that Eric Holder is out at the U.S. Department of Justice, Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation writes for the Daily Signal about the effort required to make up for Holder’s mistakes and misdeeds. … [E]very time President Obama has broken, bent, ignored or changed the law, the person at his side advisingContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, September 29, 2014

• Candidates for judicial seats are teaming up to boost their buying power. Republican Chief Justice Mark Martin has joined with former Appeals Court Judge Eric Levinson in an ad series. Their opponents, Republican Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis and incumbent Democratic Justice Robin Hudson, respectively, haven’t spent any advertising money. Meantime, Democratic Appeals CourtContinue Reading

TIME’s Klein has some nice things to say about Tillis, Walker

Joe Klein of TIME magazine recently parachuted into North Carolina for a Republican political rally. In his latest column, he shares his relatively positive impressions. In North Carolina, a few days earlier, I attended an actual political rally. It was staged by Republicans in Greensboro and featured their U.S. Senate candidate, Thom Tillis, who wasn’tContinue Reading

JLF’s John Hood profiles Hagan-Tillis race in the latest National Review

The latest print edition of National Review features John Hood’s profile of North Carolina’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Under the headline “Hagan Hiding,” Hood details incumbent Democratic Den. Kay Hagan’s efforts to transform her re-election bid into a referendum on Republican challenger Thom Tillis’ record as speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives. Hood’sContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, September 26, 2014

• A new ad from state Rep. Tom Murry, R-41st District, says he’s not afraid to stand up to other Republicans, particularly on spending cuts. • The State Board of Elections announced there will be more early voting sites available and more evening early voting hours than in previous off-year election cycles. Early voting starts Oct.Continue Reading

Restricting protests outside … wait for it … the U.S. Supreme Court

Those who have followed the debate over N.C. Legislative Building rules governing access and protests might find some interest in this article from Kenric Ward for Human Events. They didn’t kill him, but Capitol police arrested Harold Hodge for silently standing outside the Supreme Court with a 2-foot-by-3-foot sign reading, “The U.S. Gov. Allows PoliceContinue Reading