NC-09: Robeson Democrat goes dark, still hasn’t filed final campaign report

A Robeson County school board member running for NC Senate in November — who appears to have been a significant vehicle for disbursing payments to GOTV “consultants” — has not communicated officially with the state board of elections since October 30 and has not submitted his final campaign finance report. The deadline for filing Q4 campaign finance reports was January 10. John Avery Campbell (D)  lost to NC senator Danny Earl Britt by  a margin of 63% to 37% in November.  Campbell and his campaign were scolded by the state board on a number of occasions.  In August, the Campbell…

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A gay old time at ECU

We’ve heard all about funding woes and financial issues and enrollment struggles at East Carolina University.  But,hey, Greenville’s crown jewel is now home to the largest LGBTQ center in the UNC system: It’s now the largest LGBTQ Center in the UNC-system, located on the East Carolina University, and the state-of-the-art center will now hold the name of one of Atlanta’s most-influential gay activists, Dr. Jesse Peel.“It’s a bit overwhelming. Especially where it’s located and where I came from,” said Peel in an interview with Georgia Voice. Peel, a North Carolina native, grew up 20 miles from ECU, attended UNC-Chapel Hill…

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#ncpol: ONE MORE GOPer looking at LtGov?

We’ve got four potentials out there on the GOP side, and it appears that a  New Bern restauranteur and minor-league baseball team owner may make it a quintet.  Buddy Bengel,  owner of Bengel Hospitality and The Morehead City Marlins, is reported to be feeling out various key political players in his neck of the woods about a 2020 run for lieutenant governor. Bengel was quite active in post-hurricane relief efforts in  his home region.  He also appears to be a must-see person for GOP politicians — like Dan Forest, Richard Burr, and Thom Tillis —  campaigning in his neck of…

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NC-03: More vultures?

While incumbent congressman Walter Jones recovers from an injury and the resulting surgery, a number of Republicans are already jockeying to replace him. We’ve heard from perennial candidate Phil Law.  Now, state Rep. Phil Shepard (R-Onslow) is stepping out there publicly: Law and Sheppard would appear to be fighting over the same base of supporters in the Jacksonville area. For what it’s worth, the name of Jonathan Brooks — a longtime GOP campaign consultant and “government relations” expert — is also floating around political circles inside and outside the Raleigh beltline  as a possible candidate for NC-03.  Brooks has worked…

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#ncpol: LtGov GOP field for 2020 already getting crowded

It’s the worst kept secret in Raleigh that Dan Forest is leaving the lieutenant governor post to run for governor in 2020.  A gaggle of Republicans is out there already positioning themselves to replace him. We’ve already told you about NC Rep. Mark Brody (R-Union) and former Mecklenburg County commissioner Jim Puckett.  We also learned former congresswoman Renee Ellmers is eyeing the seat.  (Sources tell me her candidacy is looking more and more certain.)   Another name to throw on the list:  Neal Robbins, an attorney, the current publisher of The North State Journal, and a former aide to Richard…

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NC-09: ANOTHER Robeson DEM paid out nearly $8K for “GOTV”

The Ninth Congressional District race is trapped in limbo because of alleged concerns over the roughly $7000 worth of work by GOTV (get out the vote) consultant McRae Dowless.  Much of Dowless’s work was on behalf of Republicans. Meanwhile, over in neighboring Robeson County, we’ve identified two Democrat candidates who paid out more than $60,000 for “GOTV” services and consulting.  Another one has surfaced who shelled out nearly $8000 for GOTV consulting and services. It is our understanding that these GOTV “experts” work on behalf of a slate of candidates who pay up to join said slate.  Typically, the slate…

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Green card holder registered to vote (and VOTED) in Columbus County

Those folks fighting tooth and nail to block voter ID — claiming there is no fraud at the polls — will be left sputtering by this story: A federal judge has chastised election officials in North Carolina who let a Korean woman with a green card vote in three elections. The News & Observer reports Hyo Suk George had lived legally in the country for nearly two decades before a town council member at church encouraged her to vote. She registered in Columbus County with a driver’s license, Social Security number — and a green card. George voted in 2008,…

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#ncga: And then there were TWO! (Perhaps a THIRD?)

We already told you about John Blust getting a visit from the FeeBs.  Now it appears another Republican legislator also had an unexpected encounter: FBI agents reached out to at least two members of the N.C. House of Representatives in recent months, asking questions about an anonymous letter that accused Speaker of the House Tim Moore  of chicanery. Recently retired state Rep. John Blust said a pair of agents visited his office. State Rep.Jason Saine said he got a phone call. Neither man could say exactly what the agents wanted, but they didn’t have any proof of wrongdoing to share. “I hadn’t read the…

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#ncga: FBI? (O-M-G.)

It’s been whispered around the halls of the legislative building for years now:  The feds are hot on the trail of Speaker Timmy and his pals.   Now, according to one former legislator, that piece of workplace gossip may be coming true: A former state House member said Tuesday that two FBI agents visited him in early October and talked with him about an anonymous letter that claimed House Speaker Tim Moore engineered legislation favorable to one of Moore’s legal clients. John Blust, a Greensboro Republican who did not seek re-election and finished his term in December, said in an…

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#ncga: Campaign funds to pay “COLLEGE HUNKS” ?????

No,  we’re not talking about a sex scandal here.  (At least, I DON’T THINK SO.) Jason Saine is still living the good life with his campaign treasury.  Apparently, his folks back home don’t care.  They keep sending him back to Raleigh.  Apparently, the state board of elections doesn’t care.  (Why did they care with Fletcher Hartsell or Ralph Hise, though?)  But we’re STILL going to call him out. Jason reported spending $41,465.83 for the fourth quarter of 2018.  That total includes $2043.20 for airline flights on November 29 and 30.  That was weeks after the election.  His district isn’t big…

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