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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…

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NC-09: TWO Robeson DEMs paid $60K+ in 2018 for same thing being probed in Bladen

Roughly $7000 in payments for GOTV (get out the vote) consulting to McRae Dowless of Bladen County has the certification of the Ninth Congressional District race in limbo.   Final campaign finance reports for 2018 show that two powerful Robeson County Democrats, who were on the November ballot,  paid out more than $60,000 to individuals engaged in virtually the same activities being tied to Mr. Dowless. You have to remember…

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NCGOP picks up senator’s legal bill

This post kinda dovetails off the previous one …. State senator Ralph Hise got caught up in an ethics /elections brouhaha over allegations of using campaign funds for personal use.  (Paying attention, Kelly and Jason?) Steve Long, of the politically-powerful Ward & Smith firm, is IDed (and quoted) as a Hise campaign attorney.  Long is reportedly a tax attorney who also happens to be a prominent NCGOP activist AND a…

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Fools and our money ….

In 2018, the state GOP managed to blow the reelection of a state Supreme Court justice,  FOUR appellate court races, and two super-majorities in the legislature. The state Republican majority only managed to scrape together $825 for then-Supreme Court justice Barbara Jackson in her losing effort.   Yet they managed to find nearly $11,000 for county commissioner candidates in Tim Moore’s neck of the woods.   Exhibit A: That’s right.  A…

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It’s ALIVE! (Chicken plant is back to take another peck at Speaker Timmy)

We told you earlier about Speaker Tim  Moore conveniently getting an ethics complaint about a private business deal dismissed on the very last day of existence for the state board of elections and ethics enforcement.   Well, the liberal group that filed that one is back with a NEW complaint about the same deal: A Washington, D.C.,-based government watchdog group asked the state ethics board Monday to look into the…

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#ncga: Whining about office space, ignoring scandal and other real news. Welcome to Driveby-LaLa-Land.

Apparently, the small band of driveby media types  that loiters in the legislative building is having to move to new office space.  And THAT has them upset.  Never mind all the corruption and malfeasance infesting our legislative branch. Office space is WHAT is important.  Take it from WRAL’s Laura Leslie, who amazingly still has a job covering politics after her social media malfeasance went viral. Her hairy gorilla butt must…

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BOING !!!! One of biggest players in NC solar biz bounces a tiny check

Sun Energy1 is arguably one of the world’s biggest players in the renewable energy field.  THAT is why it was surprising to see this: Charlotte area-based Sun Energy1 is arguably one of the world’s biggest players in the renewable energy field.  (They sponsor NASCAR.)  In North Carolina,  most of their projects are clustered in the northeastern corner of the state.   Some are in the western  mountain counties.  D&B Hoovers estimates…

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#ncga: Gettin’ PAID with Speaker Timmy

We’ve reported earlier on how the little guy from Cleveland County is making out like a Rockefeller thanks to his political connections.  Now, it appears he’s spreading the love — with other people’s money — to his staff on Jones Street: A day after his reelection as Speaker of the House, the office of Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released details of his full staff and their salaries to ABC11. Moore,…

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#ncga: Steinburg paid fired, convicted aide with campaign funds

Diana London wore a lot of hats for rookie senator Bob Steinburg — legislative assistant, campaign manager, and employee of his sports marketing firm. London pleaded guilty in early December to larceny — a charge which involved the misuse and misappropriation of funds belonging to a client of her non-Steinburg-related side business.   Steinburg publicly defended London after the plea — accusing  the prosecutor and the judicial system in Dare…

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NC-09: Josh Malcolm was warned of Robeson County ballot shenanigans in JUNE

We’ve learned that former state board of elections chairman Joshua Malcolm was having  conversations about ballot shenanigans in Bladen County as early as April 2018.    A pair of senators in Raleigh is seeking answers from Malcolm about the substance of those conversations.  They’re also wanting to know WHY he waited so long to say or do anything about what he learned.  (Malcolm did not make any public statements about…