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On one level, you gotta’ hand it to the Pope-Civitas people; they’ve gotten a huge amount of mileage out of their political “horse race” polls through the years (name recognition, the air of legitimacy, the chance to drive readers to their almost always absurd propaganda).

But seriously, if ever there was an example of why this stuff is regularly unreliable garbage that the mainstream news media need to, once and for all, STOP reporting on, this is it: Today, the Pope Civitas people reported that their latest “poll” shows that 30% of African American North Carolinians support Mitt Romney for president.     

Obviously, this is absurd. A third grader would understand this. As one commenter on the Civitas blog noted: Read More

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The folks over on Right Wing Avenue are sponsoring a “watchdog training” here in Raleigh later this month at which the headliner is the very troubled troublemaker James O’Keefe.

As  you will recall, one of the many “accomplishments” on young Mr. O’Keefe’s brief “watchdog” career (other than manufacturing inaccurate and dishonest “gotcha’” videos and getting arrested for attempting to play dirty tricks on a Louisiana Senator) was producing a video that wrongfully — some would say fraudulently — claimed to have unearthed voter fraud in North Carolina a couple months back.

As the folks at Think Progress have documented, the whole thing was as phony as a three dollar bill.  

All in all, quite a coup for the local Pope group!

 

 

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For several days now, Americans for Prosperity NC and the Pope-Civitas Institute have been promoting “a major new effort” entitled the “Real Solutions Road Tour” in which their advocates would “criss-cross North Carolina” to promote their defense of the conservative General Assembly and its extreme policy decisions.

To read the various tweets and website posts, you’d have thought there was going to be a long series of well-attended campaign-style rallies with tea partying conservatives coming out of the woodwork at stops throughout the state.

Here’s essentially what actually happened on Day One of the tour today: Nothing. Zilch. Bupkis. Read More

From a fact sheet distributed to the news media today in anticipation of the AFP/Pope-Civitas/tea party’s so-called “Real Solutions” tour (let us know if you’d like printable copies): 

“Real Solutions” tour equals Real Distortions

Five facts you need to know about the tea party’s latest propaganda tour

Worried that public opinion has turned against the out-of-control policy priorities of the extreme, tea partying North Carolina General Assembly, right-wing political groups in Raleigh are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on high-priced TV ads and a bizarre “billboard tour” in which they’re trying to claim that conservative state legislative leaders did not cut education funding this year.

Here are the facts about this claim: Read More

More amazing hypocrisy from the local right-wing tea partiers this morning. According to Raleigh’s News & Observer, Americans for the Prosperous and the Pope-Civitasers still refuse to disclose who is paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars they’re spending on their so-called “Real Solutions” TV ad/traveling billboard campaign. Mind you, these are the same people who maintain a website they call “Carolina Transparency”!!

In this case, the only thing transparent, of course, is the blatant hypocrisy displayed by groups who are too chicken to tell the world which rich guys/corporations are bankrolling their efforts to hoodwink the people of North Carolina.