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9:49 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Round 2: Obama Strikes Different Tone

Michael Bitzer

Just four years ago, with the depths of the economic recession dominating his ascension to the nation’s highest office, President Obama’s address was fairly solemn and somber, reflecting the uncertainties of the time.

Not realizing what the country was facing, he spoke a kind of plain truth that urged his fellow citizens that “the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met.”

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The Party Line
2:02 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

GOP Legislative Leaders Make Clear Who's In Charge

When the North Carolina General Assembly gaveled the two chambers into session, the leaders of the House and Senate took to their respective podiums to deliver their outlook on the upcoming biennium session of the legislature.

And it was clear that both leaders had distinct visions for their chamber’s work.

House Speaker Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg delivered an address aimed at both sides of the political aisle.

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The Party Line
1:19 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Boehner Leads A Disorganized House

For the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, ending the 112th Congress should have been a blessing. But the recent fiscal fiasco within his own party seems to indicate his problems will only continue into the new 113th Congress. 

First, Republican leader John Boehner tried his own path to avoid the fiscal cliff fiasco and declare who was in charge of the House majority.

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The Party Line
3:22 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Scott Needs To Be Effective At Marketing Conservative Message

Michael Bitzer

With the announcement of Congressman Tim Scott filling the soon-to-be vacant seat of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republicans gain a continued stalwart of Tea Party conservatism with a history-making selection.

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The Party Line
4:45 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Haley Can Look To U.S. House Members For DeMint Brand Of Conservatism

Since Jim DeMint’s surprise announcement that he was leaving office to head the Heritage Foundation, many observers have noted that one of the most conservative voices is leaving the U.S. Senate.

In fact, Gov. Nikki Haley indicated that she would be appointing “a person who has the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share.”

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The Party Line
4:53 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Electoral College Goes To Work

Michael Bitzer

We had a brutal presidential election that most Americans believe ended late on the evening of November 6th.  But did it really?

A little known gathering of individuals across the country will take place this month, on the Monday following the second Wednesday in December. This group, known as the electors, will cast their votes for the president and vice president of the United States.

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The Party Line
12:47 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Kabuki Dance Underway Amid Fiscal Cliff Debate

Michael Bitzer

The Fiscal Cliff. Fiscal Armageddon. The Thelma and Louise Fiscal Calamity.

It may go by many names, but since the election is over and the status quo has been returned to Washington, the nation’s great debate turns to the fiscal and budgetary matters that are ticking down faster than the Mayan predictions of the end of the world.

In short, we hear of this great economic catastrophe the country faces, more probably accurately named the Fiscal Perfect Storm.

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The Party Line
1:02 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Republicans Hold Edge In State Government Power

While the national electorate returned a divided govern­ment to Washington, D.C., state capitals reflect a new norm in unified political party control, with North Carolina being a prime example. 

Blue = Democratic Unified Party Control; Red = Republican Unified Party Control; Purple = Divided Party Control (Nebraska’s unicameral legislature is non-partisan)

In 15 states, Democrats control both the legislature and the chief executive, while in 23 states, the GOP controls both branches of state government.

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The Party Line
3:53 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Southern Vote Provokes Poli Sci Debate

­­­An interesting discussion has ensued over the role of the South in presidential elections.  Karen Cox, a professor of history at UNC-Charlotte, wrote in the New York Times that “it’s tough being a Southern liberal,” especially to the chagrin of non-Southern liberals in a region that appeared (with the exception of Virginia and Florida) solidly red in this year’s election.

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The Party Line
3:41 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

A Look At North Carolina's Changing Numbers, 2000-2012

Michael Bitzer

In a previous post, I noted that the United States is seeing a pattern of “regionalism” when it comes to presidential elections.  Since 2000, both parties have dominated in two sets of regions, while one region consistently plays the “battleground” status to determining who wins the White House.

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