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10:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Obama's Address Shows No Worries About Next Election

Michael Bitzer

Just two months ago, President Obama and the Democrats suffered a sixth-year shellacking, with Republicans picking up large numbers in both congressional chambers.

Imagine the surprise, then, on both sides of the political aisle when a freed president came into his penultimate State of the Union address and pronounced what may have been the most liberal statement of values of his presidency.

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The Party Line
12:55 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

2015 The Year Of The Invisible Primary

Michael Bitzer

With the mid-term election year fought out between Democrats and Republicans, we can now turn our attention to a brand new year, along with a fresh round of new political fights. But this year, as prelude to the 2016 presidential election year, will probably focus more on intra-party battles as opposed to what we saw in 2014.

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The Party Line
3:00 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

2016 Election In NC Will Be Year Of Big 3

Now that the NC State Board of Elections has gathered the final data from the 100 counties for the 2014 general election, some patterns exist to give us a better sense of the details of this year’s electoral contest.

First, 2014’s mid-term seems to fit a growing pattern of competitiveness in North Carolina’s elections, and will most likely continue in 2016. In looking at the presidential, U.S. Senate, and gubernatorial races since 2008, the average margin of victory is 5.6 percent. 

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The Party Line
2:53 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Pols Should Realize That Sharing Is Caring

When the framers devised a governing system, the one thing they feared the most—and sought to avoid at all costs—was allowing any one entity to gain or control too much power.

The reason being, in the words of James Madison, was found within human nature — that the acquisition of power typically leads to wanting more power. So why not use the same principle in trying to ensure that one group doesn’t get more power: in Madison’s words in Federalist 51, “ambition must be made to counteract ambition.”

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The Party Line
5:52 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Breaking Down The Data: A Review Of Election Results

Now that the mid-term 2014 election is behind us, some thoughts and reflections before we move on to 2016.

First, the results are what most would have expected. We’re still awaiting the final data from the state Board of Elections as to the partisan and racial composition of those who cast ballots, but the exit poll results give some hint of a mid-term electorate that wasn’t like a presidential year.

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The Party Line
1:58 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Democrats Comprise Nearly Half Of 2014 Early Voters

Now that we have phase one of the voting process completed in North Carolina, namely the in-person early voting, all that we have to do is await the final results on Tuesday’s Election Day.

In 2008’s and 2012, 61 percent of the ballots cast came before Election Day, with thirty-eight percent coming in on Election Day.

But in 2010, only 35 percent of the ballots came before Election Day, while in 2006, only 21 percent came early.

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The Party Line
6:05 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

So Far, Early Voting Enthusiasm Wanes For GOP

Michael Bitzer

With the first four days of in-person early voting under way, the number of voters showing up to cast ballots in North Carolina indicates that there appears to be an energy level that may be running against the grain of conventional wisdom.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

With 3 Weeks To Go, Let's Analyze Electorate

With three weeks to go, a lot of prognostication is going on in the political analysis universe.

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The Party Line
9:30 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

U.S. Senate Debate? More Like A Battle of Talking Points

Michael Bitzer

The idyllic vision of political debates is that they serve as an opportunity for the candidates to share their thoughts and ideas on issues of public policy, to engage with their opponents and clearly delineate where they stand from the other side and how they would impact public policy.

While we had a ‘debate’ of sorts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between incumbent U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and challenger Thom Tillis, what we really got was a gloves-off slugfest of aggressive talking points. In other words, a no-holds brawl rather than a debate.

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The Party Line
10:05 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Surprise, Suprise. Hagan Has Momentum

Michael Bitzer

As we enter the last weeks of the general campaign, North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race has some analysts believing that the Hagan-Tillis battle is defying the normal expectations.

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