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#ncga: Wilmington’s Davis (R), Morgan (D) locked in tight $$$ chase

House District 19 is one of the districts state Democrats are targeting in their effort to whittle down the GOP majority on Jones Street. At the end of the second quarter, it appears incumbent Ted Davis (R) and challenger Marcia Morgan (D) are locked in a tight, very competitive battle for campaign dollars. According to campaign finance reports filed with the state,  Davis has raised $102,036.35 between January 1 and…

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#ncga: Alexander (R) being routed in Raleigh’s SD-18 $$$ chase by challenger Paul (D)

The Raleigh-based state senate seat held by John Alexander (R) is one of the top targets of state Democrats seeking to whittle down the GOP majority on Jones Street. According to the latest campaign finance reports, challenger  Mack Paul (D) is literally giving Alexander a run for the money. Alexander reported raising $6,750 in the first quarter of 2018.  Paul, on the other hand, reported raising $241,552.12 for the same…

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#ncga: More Steinburg tourney questions

Okay, let’s review.  State Rep. Bob Steinburg — in his rookie season as an event promoter — talked Currituck County into paying him $50,000 to promote a basketball tournament in Asheville.  It appears that a majority of Currituck County commissioners were not informed of this deal prior to its execution.  The deal was spearheaded  by Currituck’s Tourism Development Authority, which is chaired by Steinburg BFF, top political lieutenant, and North…

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#ncga: Could Steinburg’s NC House seat flip to D?

The fundraising numbers in HD-1 are so competitive that it might just be possible. Former Chowan County commissioner (and 2012 GOP nominee for secretary of state) Ed Goodwin is seeking to replace Bob Steinburg (R), who is giving up his seat to run for the open senate district 1 seat. Bertie County commissioner Ron Wesson is the Democrat nominee for the HD-1 seat. According to the latest campaign finance reports,…

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#ncga: Prospects of GOP re-taking Pendleton’s House seat look bleak

Gary Pendleton (R) lost his hold on Wake County’s House District 49 in November 2016.  One would think rookie legislator Cynthia Ball (D) would be ripe for the taking in a district that has seen recent GOP representation. Sadly, the latest campaign reports indicate that Ms. Ball is likely to win a second term in November. Republican nominee David Robertson reported raising NO money in the first quarter of 2018….

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#ncga: Hard feelings still lingering among SD-25 GOPers?

Speaking of Tom McInnis and the Senate GOP caucus …. It appears there hasn’t  been much of an effort to kiss and makeup in the wake of the vicious GOP primary between McInnis and Whispering Pines mayor Michelle Lexo earlier this year. Moore County is a key bloc of GOP votes in the district.  Word among the moles here in Moore is that there is still a significant amount of…

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#ncpol: Did Red Dome Group play both sides in SD-25 GOP primary?

It appears that way. Incumbent state senator Tom McInnis (R) waged a vicious primary fight against Whispering Pines mayor Michelle Lexo (R) earlier this year.  The Lexo campaign’s main consultant was The Red Dome Group out of Cornelius. The Senate Republican Caucus spent nearly $70,000 on direct mail beating the living daylights out of Lexo.  The Caucus’s campaign disclosure reports indicate that Red Dome got paid $1,185 by the caucus…

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#ncpol: Steinburg’s B-ball tourney ALREADY violating Currituck rules?

Curiouser and Curiouser.  My friends, we learned that state (and state senate candidate) Rep. Bob Steinburg got paid $50,000 by Currituck County to promote an NCAA basketball tournament in Asheville over the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s what we learned about the payments to Steinburg from the county: […] Scanlon said Steinburg’s request went through Currituck’s tourism board, and Currituck vetted his proposal as it would any other. That included review by County…

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#ncga: The Pickle Man, gettin’ PAID. (We got mail!)

Asking NC senate candidate Bob Steinburg (R) what he actually does for a living doesn’t always result in a cut-and-dried straight answer.  He’s claimed to be a diamond wholesaler, a “retired executive”, a non-profit director, and to have been on disability.  During the primary race for senate earlier this year, we first heard about his recent foray into “sports marketing.” The NC secretary of state confirms that Steinburg is the…

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#ncga: A new conservative star in Raleigh?

John Blust, Chris Millis and a number of other conservatives in the state House have ridden off into the sunset.  But there is an open seat race on the state’s coast that may soften the blow of those losses. Keith Kidwell, Chairman of the Beaufort County GOP, is taking on Beaufort county commissioner Jerry Langley (D) in November for House District 79. My sources on the ground in Beaufort County…