The Party Line

The Party Line: Raising the Curtain on Carolina Politics, is dedicated to examining regional issues and policies through the figures who give shape to them. These are critical, complex, and even downright confusing times we live in. There’s a lot to navigate nationally and in the Carolinas; whether it’s debates on gay marriage, public school closings, or tax incentives for economic development.  The Party Line’s goal is to offer a provocative, intelligent look at the issues and players behind the action; a view that ultimately offers the necessary insight for Carolina voters to hold public servants more accountable.

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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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The Party Line
12:14 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Democrats Have Upper Hand In Electoral College Strategy

Our political history has seen rare instances where the nation, as a whole, has been consistent in terms of “red” versus “blue” states in our presidential elections.  Yet, since 2000, the fact that regionalism serves as a guiding force in our electoral maps has made the past four presidential elections notable.

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The Party Line
11:15 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Expect North Carolina To Remain A Battleground State

Michael Bitzer

The 2012 Election: It’s a New North Carolina

Now that the dust has settled in the and we have all (hopefully) survived the general election, some thoughts on the aftermath of the 2012 election.

First, North Carolina is more like Virginia than South Carolina.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Day After The Election Wrap-Up

Join us for “the morning after”… we’ll talk about Tuesday’s Election results, from local, regional and gubernatorial to the presidential election. Who are our new leaders? What does their election mean for our region, our state and the nation? We’ll do our best to give you the answers with WFAE reporters and political scientists, when Charlotte Talks.

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