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A TV blackout for Steinburg Invitational?

State senator-elect Bob Steinburg promised Currituck County a PR bonanza in return for underwriting his private company’s inaugural sports promotional venture. Yes, college basketball season is upon us.  The Tar Heels men’s team is headed to Vegas for Thanksgiving to take on the likes of UCLA, Michigan State, and Texas.  That’s four premier teams sure to get all kinds of big-time sports media interest. What’s going on with Bob Steinburg’s…

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Aaaand NOW: The FEC report (NCGOP edition)

The other day, our pal Dallas was advising that we all take a look at the state party’s filings with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).  So, some of us did. Grandpa and his plane. The use of party funds to pay for Robin Hayes’s travels on his private airplane became an issue during the last chairman’s race.  Well. it appears to not only be continuing but accelerating. That’s pretty much MONTHLY…

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N&O punks try to smear Republicans, rural voters ONE MORE TIME

This is how they got the name “drive-bys.”  They show up at a story, cause a lot of chaos, and then speed away.  Someone else is left to clean up a mess.  Just like a real-live driveby shooting. The current M.O. of The N&O political reporters is to throw something inflammatory (and about 20 percent accurate) out there on social media.  It goes viral and causes all kinds of chaos….

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Aaaaand NOW: A word from Dallas’s Grandpa …

The last time we saw him publicly, he was openly encouraging people to violate campaign finance law.  He’s been locked away since then, but someone felt obligated to let him out in the wake of Tuesday’s debacle to record a message to the NCGOP troops. (Of course, we got a copy.)  Hayes starts off by thanking party volunteers and leaders for their work in a “challenging election season”: […] “There…

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The tale of the campaign report (NCGOP edition)

After scrutinizing Tuesday’s results, a lot of folks from Murphy to Manteo are left scratching their heads wondering “What in the hell did they spend their money on?” Well, let’s see: $330,000 to the Florida GOP.   Nearly $100K in payroll expense for someone named Marissa Ranieri.  That’s through October 20.  We can’t find any sort of internet footprint tying anyone by that name to the NCGOP.  She doesn’t show…

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#ncpol: Grandpa’s election night was rough. How did Jim Womack do?

In the last battle for NCGOP chairman, we were bombarded with commentary about how Jim Womack can’t beat the Democrats and can’t raise money.   This year, we found that Robin Hayes — the victor in the chairman’s race — has extreme difficulty beating Democrats and has to lean on high-priced “fundraising consultants” to raise money. We all know the statewide results from Tuesday.  Oh-fer-four on some very winnable statewide…

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#ncga: TWO MORE justices?

I am hearing from sources inside and outside the legislative building in Raleigh that the GOP super-majority will attempt to use its last days in power to ram through an expansion of the state Supreme Court’s membership.  Word is they will try to add TWO additional justices — basically cancelling out the gains by Democrats in the last two years. It’s a bad idea for many reasons.  First, you’re simply…

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Aaaaand the surrender train keeps rolling on

In the 1970s. a perfect storm of libertarians, Christian conservatives, and conservative Democrats came together to shift the GOP from an afterthought to  a force to be reckoned with in North Carolina. Folks with some things in common — and some NOT — came together in a way that benefited all of them (and the state as a whole).  Here we are in 2018. We have two Republican US senators…

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NC Dems take Tilli$$$’s old NC House seat

For the first time in at least sixteen years, the residents of North Carolina House district 98 in Mecklenburg County will be represented by a DEMOCRAT. Conservative champion — and prominent Jim Black critic — John Rhodes was elected to the seat in 2002.  In 2006, he was primaried and defeated by one Thoma$ Roland Tilli$$$, then a sitting Cornelius town commissioner. Tilli$$$ held the seat through the 2014 elections…

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And let the spin BEGIN …

The six-figure salaried frat boys at NCGOP HQ are already taking to social media to try and make lemonade out of Tuesday’s lemons: Let’s see.  When Dallas The Boy Wonder and his Grandpa got installed via coup at NCGOP HQ in 2015, we had a GOP governor, a majority on the NC Supreme Court, a majority on the Court of Appeals, and super-majorities in both chambers on Jones Street.  Here…