#ncga: Et tu, Josh? (Ralph ???)

As we predicted, a bill has surfaced seeking to put the kibosh on state treasurer Dale Folwell’s efforts to get the costs of the state health plan under control.  The travails and woes of the plan — it’s set to run out of  money in 2023 — will end up hitting the wallets of ALL taxpayers, not just state employees.  All Folwell is seeking to do is find out WHAT specifically the state owned hospital (UNC) is billing the state and its employees for health care delivery. We’ve currently got one arm of state government (UNC Hospitals)  keeping secrets from…

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Hospital lobby trolling Jones St. seeking to rein in Folwell’s transparency crusade?

BusinessNC had an item about that.  I’ve been hearing rumblings about it across our fair state capital. As state treasurer, Dale Folwell (R) is responsible for the overall management of the state employees health plan.  Folwell has been aggressively trying to get the health plan in order — pulling it back from that cliff known as insolvency,  and trying to cut costs to the benefit of state employees AND taxpayers.   His crusade has led him to a head-on collision with the hospital lobby — one of the more influential roaming the halls of power in Raleigh.  Political pressure is…

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#ncga: Moore money, Moore problems.

At least THAT is the name of a new website that has popped up. No, it’s not talking about my beloved county of residence, but about the pride and joy of Kings Mountain, Speaker Timmy.  Clearly the evil masterminds behind this new site are bent on influencing the upcoming vote on NC House speaker for the new legislative session.  We are still hearing  about a certain member of House leadership talking himself up as a credible candidate for speaker (should Speaker Timmy experience some sort  of legal, personal or political misfortune in the near future). The new website focuses on…

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Steinburg can’t GIVE tickets away to his tax-funded basketball fiasco

According to Asheville officials, tickets to the visitcurrituckobx.com Battle for The Blue Ridge are — in fact — slower than molasses: The “Battle in the Blue Ridge” basketball tournament that Currituck County paid a state lawmaker’s company $50,000 to help promote starts Friday, and so far a little more than 100 tickets have been sold for the event. The three-day college basketball tournament, to be held in the US Cellular Center in Asheville, had sold 107 tickets and generated $2,134 in gross ticket sales as of Thursday, according to the venue’s general manager, Chris Corl.[…]  For those of you keeping…

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Cultural Appropriation: *”Isn’t that special?”*

We’ve filled you in previously on the very “special” counsel to GOP legislative leaders.  From picking a fight with me, to bashing Donald Trump, to apparently blessing the works of our local social justice warriors, Brent Woodcox continues to amaze and dumbfound.   Some background first on this latest episode: And here’s our favorite Amazon warrior princess — and right-thinking blogger — Raleigh’s Lady Liberty giving us the 411 on ol’ Lauryn: […] In April of this year, I warned parents with students in Wake County Public Schools about the hiring of  Lauryn Mascareñaz.  She had previously worked for the…

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GOPe hasn’t learned ONE THING from 11/6. (Where do we go from here?)

DC Republicans lost their House majority.  So, how did they respond?  They elected Kevin McCarthy (R-California) as their leader for the next session of Congress.  Yep, the same ol’ Kevin Mac who lead them through the disastrous Boehner regime and right up through the 11/6/18 debacle.  It’s like hiring the captain of the Exxon Valdez to pilot your new cruise ship. McCarthy is literally one of the last few surviving Republicans in California — elected or otherwise.   According to Conservative Review, McCarthy’s conservative rating was a big fat F (36%) — down there in Thom Tillis territory.  Time for McCarthy…

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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 visitcurrituckobx.com Battle for the Blue Ridge set to tip off at the end of this coming week in Asheville? Well — thanks to some emails between  Asheville officials and 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 fill-ups there. On top of those payments, Hayes has also been taking reimbursements for “mileage” and other expenses: It doesn’t appear that Hayes is doing much driving for the party…

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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.  And the newsroom  weasels can sit there whistling innocently like Bart Simpson: “Nobody saw me do it. Can’t prove anything.” Here’s the latest nonsense: TRANSLATION: *”Oh, giggle, giggle.  Look what…

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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 are no words to convey just how appreciative I am.  We won 95 of 170 legislative seats, held on to our 10-3 US House delegation, and passed four of six…

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