Tag: Thom Tillis

Five North Carolina political questions for 2021

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By John Hood Raleigh, NC – After getting many political predictions wrong in 2016, including but not limited to the results of the presidential election, I threw my long-cherished crystal ball out and started building a new one. Figuratively speaking,…

Let candidates control their message

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – When U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis narrowly won reelection against Cal Cunningham, the two candidates had collectively spent $78 million. That’s a large number. But it was dwarfed by the $221 million spent on the…

Parity extends down the NC ballot

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – In 2020, North Carolina Republicans and Democrats took their respective cases to the public. Each party asked voters to put them fully in charge of North Carolina government. The voters said no. Well, to…

Eight factors shaped N.C. elections

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – Over the course of 34 years penning a column on North Carolina politics and public policy, I’ve seen it all. Or so I thought. Until 2020 came along. It’s not that I proffered a…

Ticket-splitting still shapes NC elections

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – North Carolina, like most of the country, has become increasingly polarized in our political thinking and behavior. But what does that really mean? Well, we know it doesn’t mean that all North Carolinians are…

One on One: Who wins the debate about debates?

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – What is more interesting than the upcoming debates between candidates for major political offices? Of course, it is the debate about the debates. Some friends, well-informed and experienced in political activities, say the…

North Carolina’s county races turn on governance

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – As the fall homestretch of the 2020 election approaches, you’re probably not spending much time considering the implications of county commission races in North Carolina. But I am. I’m just that weird. Our state…