Elections (page 408)

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    Principal in Randy Parton Theatre scandal on Perdue’s re-elect team

    Dome reports that former state Transportation Board member Thomas Betts Jr., who resigned from the board in the wake of the Randy Parton Theatre fiasco, is part of Gov. Bev Perdue’s fundraising team. Betts’ name was listed last week on the agenda for a meeting of “Team Perdue,”…
    Rick Henderson, April 13, 2011
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    Wonder if her 2012 election theme will be ‘Still the One’?

    Dome notes that Gov. Bev Perdue has named Angel Combs to be finance director for her yet-to-be-announced 2012 re-election campaign. Among Combs’ 2010 clients was former N.Y. Rep. John Hall, who lost his bid for a [correction] third term. Hall may be best known as the guitarist, songwriter, and…
    Rick Henderson, April 13, 2011
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    Hood, Fitzsimon agree on redistricting reform — next, cats and dogs will live in peace

    A bipartisan group is sponsoring legislation to create a nonpartisan legislative redistricting process for North Carolina, an idea the John Locke Foundation has endorsed. Supporters discussed House Bill 824 during a morning news conference at the Legislative Building. It’s based largely on the redistricting process now in use…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
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    If the election were held today …

    Whenever you see something like that in a polling story, remind youself: It never is. Case in point — a just-released poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling titled “Bad news for congressional Republicans,” noting that after a little more than 3 months in charge House Republicans have…
    Rick Henderson, April 12, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    The latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on the General Assembly’s special meeting today at the old Capitol to mark the 235th anniversary of the Halifax Resolves, a forerunner of the Declaration of Independence. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why it’s better to hire guards —…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
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    Big money indeed

    Mark Halperin notes in the latest TIME a key reason for President Obama’s decision to announce his re-election plans more than a year-and-a-half before the 2012 vote: He has no Democratic challenger (so far), and none of the major Republicans jockeying to run against…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2011
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    Redistricting reform effort moves forward with bipartisan bill

    Sixteen N.C. representatives have signed on to a new bill — House Bill 824 — designed to put a “nonpartisan redistricting process” in place. They plan to promote the idea next week. John Hood has discussed in the recent past the need for redistricting reform.
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    Showdown in Wisconsin

    Voters in the Badger State are holding a referendum of a sort on Gov. Scott Walker’s courageous stand against the public employee unions. Conservative Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is being challenged by a left-wing activist who’s become the darling of the unions and progressives and everyone else in…
    Rick Henderson, April 5, 2011