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Dark Money PAC coming after Dale Folwell

  This is the sad part about politics.  You get into government, make an honest attempt at doing some good to benefit the taxpayers, and a bunch of anonymous leeches on the government teat compile a bunch of  special interest money to finance turning you into a grease spot on the floor.     State treasurer Dale Folwell just wants the providers who do business with the state health plan…

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#ncpol: Chief Justice Martin (R) to resign, solidifying leftist control of state courts for years to come

It’s news like this that makes those electoral losses by Pat McCrory, Robert Edmunds and Barbara Jackson especially painful: North Carolina Chief Justice Mark Martin said Friday he’s leaving the state’s Supreme Court after 20 years to become a Virginia law school dean. The resignation means Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper gets to decide who fills the Republican’s seat on the court and who the next chief justice will be. Five…

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FoT (Friend-of-Timmy) @ center of chicken plant complaint got PAID for months after he QUIIT.

It’s good to be a Friend of Timmy.  You can lose your election and still end up having the taxpayers pay you a salary bigger than the governor or lieutenant governor (who had to WIN elections to get their payday). Former legislator and Speaker Timmy acolyte Mitch Gillespie is at the center of a complaint alleging the speaker’s staff intervened with state regulators on behalf of a deal that eventually…

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NC-09: At SBoE, Malcolm OUT and, um. Woodhouse IN?

It looks like the guy who started this whole fracas that threw the Ninth Congressional District race into limbo won’t be around to make any  more trouble.  Josh Malcolm of Robeson County does not appear to have been  reappointed by Governor Cooper. Malcolm was besieged by all kinds of controversy, which included: (1) early knowledge of election shenanigan  allegations and failure to act on them, (2) covert discussions with key…

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NC-09: Judge punts on Harris certification request

The drivebys are painting Judge Ridgeway’s refusal to force certification of the Ninth Congressional District race as a defeat for Mark Harris.  Actually, if you read into the judge’s actions and comments, he took every opportunity to get himself out of and away from this very politically-uncomfortable situation: […] “This is an extremely unusual situation, with no board in place, and asking this court to step in and exert extraordinary…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…