Elections (page 417)

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    Reminder: Gerrymandering documentary screening is one week from today

    If you’ve been hit with the redistricting bug — and, frankly, who hasn’t? — remember that you’ll have a chance to join North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform one week from today for a special documentary film screening. For a reminder of the importance of redistricting reform, click play…
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011
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    Barone examines Gingrich, Romney missteps

    Michael Barone's latest Washington Examiner report explores questionable campaigning from two potential Republican presidential nominees: [A]lready two of the best-known candidates seem bent on ruling themselves out of contention. One is Newt Gingrich. He's being denounced for his comments on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's Medicare plan by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill Bennett, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. Ryan's Medicare plan was part of the budget resolution that all Republicans but four voted for in the House. It is for all practical purposes the platform of the Republican Party. And Gingrich seemed to trash it. ...
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2011
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    York explores the impact of Huckabee’s election decision

    Byron York‘s latest Washington Examiner article analyzes the impact of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s decision to stay out of the 2012 presidential race. Huckabee’s departure hasn’t diminished GOP voters’ desire for a Huckabee-like candidate. To political professionals, that means a candidate who can…
    Mitch Kokai, May 17, 2011
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    Special Election Dates – Let’s be fair

    House Bill 366, Special Election Dates will be heard on the House floor tonight.  The first of two votes are expected.  This bill would require that special elections, like one for a local sales tax hike could only be held on the same day of a General Election…
    Becki Gray, May 16, 2011
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    York asks, ‘Where’s Mitt?’

    Byron York‘s latest Washington Examiner article delves into former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s strategy for winning the 2012 Republican presidential nomination: [I]n some key caucus and primary states, there is another, more basic question being asked these days: Where is the Romney campaign?…
    Mitch Kokai, May 13, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Becki Gray about the legislative redistricting process. Rick Henderson’s guest Daily Journal questions the value of North Carolina’s business progressivism.
    Mitch Kokai, May 13, 2011
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    Barone nips talk of a GOP front-runner in the bud

    Is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney the front-runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination? Michael Barone devotes his latest Washington Examiner article to disputing that notion. In the realclearpolitics.com average of recent polls Romney gets 16.6% and Mike Huckabee 16.4%. They’re followed by Donald…
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report details the contentious N.C. House committee debate over an informed-consent abortion bill. John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on the need to find a proper balance between disclosure and privacy in campaign finance laws.
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2011