WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans have chosen former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes to keep leading the state party.State executive director Dallas Woodhouse said GOP convention delegates voted to retain Hayes, who took over the chairman’s job in May 2016. Lee County Republican Party Chairman Jim Womack also ran for the two-year post.This weekend’s North Carolina Republican Party convention at the Wilmington Convention Center also featured planned speeches by presidential adviser KellyAnne Conway and Lara Trump, who is married to Donald Trump’s son Eric. Conway is the first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign. Lara Trump grew up in Wrightsville Beach and graduated from N.C. State University.Source: Robin Hayes chosen to continue leading NCGOP
Dan Forest said House Bill 2 has harmed North Carolina’s economy by a tenth of a percent. At an estimated $500 million in losses, he’s correct.Source: HB2 | Fact check: NC’s Dan Forest downplays House Bill 2 losses | News & Observer
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by Barry Smith
RALEIGH – The state Senate’s recent vote to move North Carolina’s presidential preference primary to March 15, 2016, means the state won’t be one of the early-tier decision-makers. But with the winner-take-all format established in House Bill 373, North Carolina should grab the attention of presidential contenders.
“Now with a winner-take-all, North Carolina is going to be a big prize,” said Andy Taylor, professor of political science at N.C. State University. “A lot will depend on the status of the race at the time, who’s still in, and the winnowing effect of states before us.”
“If there is a real contest going on, winning North Carolina could be a big boost,” said Chalmers Brumbaugh, political science professor at Elon University.
Traditionally, North Carolina’s presidential preference primary has been held in early May, along with primaries for statewide and local offices. The May date, in most instances, meant that the major party nominees had pretty sown up their nominations by the time the state’s voters cast their ballots.
Two years ago, lawmakers decided to decouple the presidential preference primary from the remaining primaries and place it soon after South Carolina’s presidential preference primary, making it one of the earliest in the nation.
However, that front-loaded date ran afoul of Republican and Democratic party rules. The likely result of keeping a February date would have been penalties from the parties greatly reducing the number of delegates North Carolina could send to the presidential nominating conventions.
The March 15 date allows North Carolina to have a winner-take-all primary and still comply with national GOP convention rules. In the past, the state’s delegates have been awarded proportionately. If the candidate receiving the most support from North Carolina voters withdraws from the race before the nominating convention, then all the delegates will be released from their commitment and they can vote for any candidate.
While final primary and caucus dates aren’t yet set in many states, including North Carolina’s (which depends on the House approving the latest version of H.B. 373), it appears that about 20 states will have presidential primaries or caucuses before March 15, 2016. Four other states — Ohio, Florida, Illinois, and Missouri — are slated to have their primaries on that date.
“I’d be very surprised if the Republican [nomination] isn’t still up for grabs” in mid-March, Taylor said.
North Carolina will have one of the larger delegations to the 2016 Republican National Convention, primarily because of its population and GOP success in the state.
“That would make it a bigger deal and a bigger prize to win,” Brumbaugh said. Winning all of the state’s delegates would be a momentum builder for the Republican nominee, he said.
Taylor said that while the state could be a major target for 2016 hopefuls, moving the primary date to the middle of the pack likely would negate efforts to get North Carolina’s issues raised to the intensity that states holding earlier primaries receive.
Taylor also said he expects decoupling the presidential preference primary could reduce voter turnout for the May 2016 primary for statewide and local offices.
“It still will be at a different time than the down-ballot primaries, which are still going to be in May,” Taylor said.
The March 15, 2016, primary date is not yet law. While the Senate passed H.B. 373 by a 45-0 margin, the House version of the bill had an earlier primary date. The bill moving the primary to mid-March could face a vote in the House sometime this week.Barry Smith (@Barry_Smith) is an associate editor of Carolina Journal.
t’s the economy, stupid! The real lesson of Florida race
by Byron York | MARCH 17, 2014 AT 6:35 PM
Photo – Newly elected Republican Congressman David Jolly of Florida, right, poses for a ceremonial swearing-in with Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, at the Capitol on Thursday. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite) Newly elected Republican Congressman David Jolly of Florida, right, poses for a ceremonial…
In the past few days, Democrats have experienced something close to a mass freakout regarding their chances in this November’s midterm elections. An anonymous Democratic lawmaker told the New York Times that President Obama, weakened by low approval ratings, is “poisonous” to Democratic candidates. ABC reported that some Democrats are “increasingly worried the health care law is political poison.” Columnist Maureen Dowd concluded that “Democratic panic has set in.” When “poison” and “panic” are the words used to describe a campaign, there’s likely to be trouble ahead.
The immediate reason for the consternation is Democrat Alex Sink’s narrow loss to Republican David Jolly in the special election to fill the House seat from Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Commentators and politicos always say it’s a mistake to read too much into the results of a special election, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from declaring the results an ominous sign for Democrats.
The problem is, it appears both sides could be learning the wrong lessons from Florida.
First, the fact that so many Democrats thought Sink would win indicates they were simply too confident to begin with. The Florida 13th is a pretty closely matched district, so in a non-presidential year, when a Republican wins by a 1.8-percentage-point margin in a race in which neither cracked 50 percent — that really shouldn’t be a huge surprise to anyone.
But Democrats overestimated their strength. “They thought that at a tactical level, they had the ability to win seats like that because they had a better turnout operation,” says a Republican strategist who has studied the race. Wrong.
Still, some Democrats will conclude that tweaking turnout in future races will fix the problem. But they don’t seem to be considering the possibility that their turnout was depressed by their positions on some key issues, most notably Obamacare.
Jolly favored repealing the Affordable Care Act, while Sink stuck with the Democratic “keep and fix” position. After Sink’s loss, some Democrats quickly concluded that the party just needs to fight harder on behalf of Obamacare.
But that, too, could be the wrong lesson. “Democrats are saying what they really have to do is go out and defend Obamacare,” says the GOP consultant. If, however, voters in the Florida 13th are like voters everywhere else, they are most concerned about the economy. So if Republicans persuasively cast Obamacare as part of a bigger set of economic problems, then Democrats will have to find an equally persuasive rebuttal, which they did not have in the Sink-Jolly race. “The thing [Democrats] didn’t understand in Florida was the right set of economic messages to make it work,” says the GOP strategist.
If Democrats fail to make a broader economic case, then simply fighting harder on behalf of Obamacare won’t help.