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Today is the six-month anniversary of the big announcement that Wake School Board member, right-wing activist and semi-announced candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, John “Tea Party” Tedesco was taking over the newly formed North Carolina Center for Education Reform as “President and CEO.”

And here are the words that most accurately convey the evident substantive output of the group that employs Tedesco at $6,000 per month (at least from a pretty thorough review of the group’s website): Read More

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The good folks at Public Policy Polling have a fascinating memo out this morning on the recent election results in Wake County.

The message: Taking it to the right-wing does more to energize Democrats and to win over independents.  

“This was not a race where Democrats played nice- they took the fight to the Republican candidates and exploited their close ties to an increasingly unpopular Tea Party movement.  And it worked, in a district Read More

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The folks on Right Wing Avenue will be having a little gathering this Saturday in Sanford. The event is billed as “A Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop.” It’s co-sponsored by the Locke Foundation, a Locke initiative known as the North Carolina History Project, the Lee County branch of Americans for Prosperity and a group called Moore Tea Citizens. 

By all appearance, this is but the latest in a series of such events of this ilk — ultra-conservative Pope employees with degrees waxing poetic and nostalgic about the genius of propertied old white guys in wigs and knee breeches.

Still, it’s always fun to check out some of the co-sponsors of these shindigs to see just how long it takes to get to the seamy underbelly of the modern American right. Read More