Michael Bitzer http://wfae.org en Let The Libertarian Media Hype Begin http://wfae.org/post/let-libertarian-media-hype-begin <p>There are certain stories that just come out every election cycle like clockwork, akin to a consistent dog whistle for some reporters who really don’t want to take the time to investigate the past to discover what might be in the present.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:11:59 +0000 Michael Bitzer 54464 at http://wfae.org Let The Libertarian Media Hype Begin Influence Of Black, Hispanic Voters Smaller In Mid-Term Elections http://wfae.org/post/influence-black-hispanic-voters-smaller-mid-term-elections <p>Much has been made about who will show up in elections and how both parties put together their different coalitions to win in state-wide general elections.&nbsp; And with the significant growth in one bloc of the general population, both sides are attempting to see how they can best capitalize on a changing electorate.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:06:13 +0000 Michael Bitzer 54190 at http://wfae.org Influence Of Black, Hispanic Voters Smaller In Mid-Term Elections Pundits Show Their Non-Wisdom In Discussing Tea Party http://wfae.org/post/pundits-show-their-non-wisdom-discussing-tea-party <p>When I wrote my last <a href="http://wfae.org/post/tea-party-starts-flex-some-muscle-2014">post</a> for The Party Line, we were expecting that all the attention on Tuesday’s primary election would be in South Carolina. Instead, the political earthquake centered in Richmond, Va., with the unseating of the second-most powerful Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.</p><p>And while most commentators are readying national implications into the race, it would seem like the old adage of former House Speaker Tip O’Neill still rings true: All politics is local.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:35:16 +0000 Michael Bitzer 52800 at http://wfae.org Pundits Show Their Non-Wisdom In Discussing Tea Party Tea Party Starts To Flex Some Muscle In 2014 http://wfae.org/post/tea-party-starts-flex-some-muscle-2014 <p>Much has been written about the ‘Civil War’ within the Grand Old Party between the Establishment/Old Guard and the Tea Party insurgents to secure a spot on the November ballot.&nbsp;</p><p>Yet with the vast majority of Tea Party candidates failing to unseat incumbent Republicans during this primary season, it was surprising to see a long-time serving Republican in the U.S. House loose his bid for renomination , and a Republican incumbent in the U.S. Senate appear to be on the ropes.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:42:18 +0000 Michael Bitzer 52654 at http://wfae.org Tea Party Starts To Flex Some Muscle In 2014 GOP Lawmakers Best Be Careful Heading Into General Election http://wfae.org/post/gop-lawmakers-best-be-careful-heading-general-election <p>Now that that the ‘short’ session of the North Carolina General Assembly is underway, we’ll see if ‘short’ truly lives up to its definition. With the Republicans still in super-majority control, the likelihood is that the legislative time will live up to its name.</p><p>And it’s not just for the sake of having to bear summers in the capital city, but rather the stakes that are associated with a major mid-term election battle.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 19:11:16 +0000 Michael Bitzer 51476 at http://wfae.org GOP Lawmakers Best Be Careful Heading Into General Election Some Thoughts On The Primary Election http://wfae.org/post/some-thoughts-primary-election <p>Some thoughts from the primary election results:</p><p>North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis showed that having the experience of running for prior public office, combined with a significant war chest, can pay off. Tillis secured the Republican nomination with what was a comfortable margin of five points over the threshold needed against his seven opponents.</p><p>In the end, five of the GOP candidates couldn’t receive even 10 percent of the vote.</p><p>Tillis dominated the early voting and Election Day voting, winning 45% of election votes and 47% of the early, in-person voting.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:24:12 +0000 Michael Bitzer 50622 at http://wfae.org Some Thoughts On The Primary Election Senate Candidates Get Aggressive As They Near Finish Line http://wfae.org/post/senate-candidates-get-aggressive-they-near-finish-line <p>Entering the home stretch and completing the debate hurdles of the past week, we have finally converted a tortoise race into a hare sprint for the May 6 finish line among the GOP Senate candidates.</p><p>In the three debates, Heather Grant, whom most would consider in fourth place, argued for what she called a “citizen legislator.” And while there were flashes of passion and conviction through the first two debates, she stated in the final one that “for me this race is not about being the next senator.”</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:13:48 +0000 Michael Bitzer 50033 at http://wfae.org Senate Candidates Get Aggressive As They Near Finish Line Psst ...There's An Election Coming Up http://wfae.org/post/psst-theres-election-coming <p></p><p>With the start of early voting for the May primary election, many counties are expanding their voting locations and times to adjust to the new requirements under the 2013 VIVA Law, or the Voter Information Verification Act.</p><p>As recently <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/20/4853880/mecklenburg-boosts-early-voting.html#.U1UpCeZdX9c">reported</a>, Mecklenburg County will offer more than six times as many early voting hours as it did in the 2010 primary election. But as a result of the VIVA Law, those hours will come during fewer days.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:24 +0000 Michael Bitzer 49554 at http://wfae.org Psst ...There's An Election Coming Up U.S. Senate GOP Runoff Looks Likely http://wfae.org/post/us-senate-gop-runoff-looks-likely <p>Now that we are entering the home stretch of the May primary election, we still seem to lack a true frontrunner in the GOP nomination contest for the U.S. Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>While most polls show Thom Tillis, speaker of the NC House of Representatives, leading the field, the <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2014/senate/nc/north_carolina_senate_republican_primary-3490.html#polls">numbers</a> across several different polls indicate a larger percentage of the potential electorate still has not made up their minds regarding the eight candidates.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:24:29 +0000 Michael Bitzer 49263 at http://wfae.org U.S. Senate GOP Runoff Looks Likely Here's Who Votes In Primaries http://wfae.org/post/heres-who-votes-primaries <p>“And so begins a critical period in American politics…that almost no one notices,” is the conclusion of a Brookings Institute <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2014/03/19-congressional-primaries-texas-illinois-kamarck">report</a> about primary elections in the United States.&nbsp; A key finding is that in the past three midterms elections, turnout in congressional primaries has averaged 5.4%, 4.6% and 7.5% of the voting age population.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:51:34 +0000 Michael Bitzer 48612 at http://wfae.org Here's Who Votes In Primaries