Stories written by Frank Hill
A former chief of staff for Senator Elizabeth Dole and Congressman Alex McMillan, and a longtime political consultant, Frank Hill has a professional resume that spans decades of accomplishment. Hill has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a BA in Religion from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

My Advice To You Incumbent Democratic Senators….Is To Start Drinking Heavily

Just took a look at some of the historic losses by incumbent Presidents in their off-presidential year elections. 1918 Wilson -7 D seats; 1922 Harding -7 R seats; 1926 Coolidge -7 R; 1930 Hoover -8 R; 1938 FDR -7 D; 1942 FDR -8 D; 1946 Truman -12 D; 1950 Truman -5 D; 1958 Ike -13 [...]

October 16, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Isn’t The ‘Best’ Jobs Policy A Job?

When is a ‘job’ a ‘good job’? Usually when you have one. As opposed to when you don’t have one. The word ‘job’ is sort of odd, isn’t it? It comes from an uncertain origin, probably around the 1550s in Olde England where a ‘jobbe of worke’ meant a ‘piece of work’ as contrasted with [...]

September 12, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Legislative Supremacy and Suing the Executive in the White House

I am not a constitutional scholar. But I have been around enough of them to know what they are and what they might say from time to time. I am not a big fan of President Obama. I thought there was a slight glimmer of hope the more I watched re-runs of his truly great [...]

August 8, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

The ‘Debbie Downer’ ‘Slow Growth Economy’ of President Obama vs. Jimmy Carter’s ‘Malaise’

Ardent supporters of the President will point to the new stock market highs, the falling unemployment rate and a few other economic reports and say: ‘See? His policies worked! All we needed to do was more of the same and think about how great things would be today!’ If that is true, how come so many [...]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

What Does ‘As Far As Practicable’ Mean Anyway?

prac·ti·ca·ble  [prak-ti-kuh-buhl] adjective 1. capable of being done, effected, or put into practice, with the available means; feasible: a practicable solution. This one word in the North Carolina Constitution is always brought up when the issue of higher education is discussed and the method and means of how to pay for it are considered. Article IX, Section 9 of [...]

June 17, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

‘Supply-Side Economics’ Version 1.0, 1924 Style

Former President George H.W. Bush 41 once called Ronald Reagan’s ‘supply-side economics’ ‘voo-doo economics’ when he was running against Mr. Reagan for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination. And then after 8 years as Vice President to President Reagan, President Bush actually took the necessary steps to implement the first critical spending cut part of those [...]

May 23, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Bring Back Silent Cal!

Amity Schlaes has written a very good, comprehensive book on one of the most obscure Presidents of the United States that many people have never heard of:Calvin Coolidge. Quick: A) Name the years he served; B) how he got there and C) what his record was as President. (no cheating or Googling) See? It is [...]

May 1, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Well La-dee Frickin’ Da!

One thing that is pretty much confirmed over years and years of experience, empirical evidence and personal observation is this: ’If it appears to be too good to be true, it probably isn’t true’.Right? Politics and public policy isn’t rocket science, you know. The promises of universal coverage; no tax hikes; lowering health care costs and [...]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

BREAKING: John Dingell (D-MI) Fulfills Promise To Limit Himself To 29 Terms In Congress

This ‘headline’ was posted by a very funny and sharp-witted guy who goes by the handle @iowahawkblog, David Burge on Twitter Monday when long-term Congressman John Dingell of Michigan announced his retirement. He was the longest-serving Congressman today. 29 terms equates to 58 years. Know what was happening 58 years ago when he was first elected [...]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Fun With Numbers…and Perhaps Too Much Spinning?

We have long been fascinated by the ability of political partisans to ‘spin’ facts and figures to their particular benefit. Some are very good at it and get paid huge sums of money to do so for their particular client or party. Some are just great at ‘shading the truth’; ‘gilding the lily’ or ‘looking [...]

February 4, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

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