Pat McCrory campaign STILL alive and kicking

Pat McCrory has been away from that big house on Raleigh’s Blount Street for about 18 months now.  But his campaign operation — The Pat McCrory Committee — is still rolling right along. The website is down, but there are still a lot of financial transactions going on.  SOMEBODY is getting paid. (Not clear WHO.)  Definitely not the actions of someone seeking to ride off into the sunset. The receipts appear to be mostly investment dividends from money market accounts and CDs.  The committee reported $220.81  in receipts ($28,408.52 in expenses) the first half of  2018. There were receipts of…

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#ncga: Drivebys Tee-Up the Steinburg Invitational

The Elizabeth City Daily Advance has decided to wake up from its Rip Van Winklish slumber and call Bob Steinburg’s taxpayer-funded basketball deal what it is: State Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, says he didn’t break any laws or ethics rules when his new sports marketing company signed a $50,000 contract with Currituck County last year to facilitate the county’s sponsorship of a college basketball tournament in Asheville this fall. While that may be so, it doesn’t mean the lawmaker should have sought a taxpayer-funded contract from a county he represents in the Legislature, or that Currituck officials should have given…

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#ncga: Court date set for indicted Steinburg aide

Diana London is arguably state Rep. Bob Steinburg’s closest adviser.  She is his top legislative assistant in Raleigh.  She also calls a lot of the shots on his current campaign for state Senate. In late May, London was indicted by a Dare County grand jury on one count of felony embezzlement. Steinburg dismissed the matter to reporters as little more than “a contract dispute.”  Steinburg supporters took to the Internet to suggest the indictment was all part of a conspiracy by a number of local and state politicians they see as Steinburg “enemies.” London is also the subject of an…

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#ncpol: FlipNC leftists struggling to get off the ground?

They’ve got a nice website.  They look pretty organized.  But, if money is the milk of politics, Soros-linked Indivisible FlipNC looks to be pretty thirsty. This leftist group is dedicated to returning the General Assembly to Democrat control.  It’s interesting to look at some of the in-state characters leading this group.  According to state records,  Duke University economics professor Patrick Bayer is the treasurer for FlipNC.  According to his on-campus personal website, Bayer’s academic specialty is “[…]projects related to racial earnings inequality, residential segregation and intergenerational mobility, speculation in housing markets, and tests for bias in jury decision making and policing.”  (Uncle Barack…

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Solar goons a wee-bit cash-poor through Q2 2018

Things appear to be a little tight for the folks who specialize in lining politician pockets so that said politicians will give them lots of taxpayer money to buy and play with solar panels and windmills.  These folks don’t appear to be raising much money and most of what they appear to be paying out is bank fees. According to the state elections board, in May 2018, The NC Energy Workers PAC ( treasurer is Strata Solar CFO David Scoglio) got threatened with termination of its active status (and a referral to the district attorney’s office) for failure to submit…

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Gas taxes: We’re #10! (nationally)

As campaign season gears up, we’re hearing all about this tax being cut and that tax being cut.  But one place we can’t seem to get any relief is at the gas pump. According to the Tax Foundation, North Carolina had the TENTH highest gas tax burden in the United States (as of January 2017).  Our 34.55 cents per gallon tax rate puts us just a whisker beneath California’s rate of 38.13 cents per gallon. Our tax burden at the pump is TWICE that of South Carolina (16.75 cents per gallon), roughly ONE THIRD higher than that of Virginia (22.39…

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Lobbying firm behind dark money PAC promoting GOP House candidates?

Ward and Smith, as a firm, is one of the big-dog legal players in North Carolina.  The New Bern-based firm is well-known in the legislative building on Raleigh’s Jones Street for its “government relations” work. Mailers from something called “The Carolina Leadership Coalition” have been hitting mailboxes across the state in recent months and years touting the work of state House Republicans and individual candidates. Now, who — you ask — is the CLC? According to the NC secretary of state, the registered agent for the CLC is WASLAW, LLC located at 1001 College Court in New Bern.  WASLAW is…

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N&O P.O.S. kicks a dead man’s corpse

WRAL political reporter Mark Binker passed away in 2017.  During his career. We begged to differ with a lot of his output.  In our opinion,  Mark regularly abused the freedoms granted him under the First Amendment.  We gave him pure hell for it too. When he passed away, we were respectful.  However, out of respect for his grieving family, we let him rest in peace. Leftists have no similar sense of decency.  Take ANY of the troglodytes infesting the N&O newsroom.  They gave Senator Jesse Helms pure hell during his 30 years in Washington.  (It didn’t matter he was a…

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#ncga SD-25: Lexo strikes back. McInnis, confused. Dallas practicing law without a license. (Film at 11.)

Just four months in front of an election, it sounds like things are not so hunky-dory and lovey-dovey here in the Sandhills: Demonstrating just how rankled local Republicans still are over the ugly state Senate primary this past spring, defeated challenger Michelle Lexo’s campaign has filed a complaint alleging violations of campaign finance laws by incumbent Sen. Tom McInnis and groups that supported him. Lydia Boesch, who served as Lexo’s campaign treasurer, detailed the allegations in a July 27 letter to Sheryll Harris, in the campaign finance division with the State Board of Elections. Patrick Gannon, a spokesman for the…

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Speaking of Socialism …

The s-word appears to be the popular buzzword this campaign season for GOPe types. We’re eight years into state government’s alleged conservative revolution.  State government keeps spending more and more.  We’re subsidizing solar panels and windmills.  Even MORE money is being tossed into the failing public school bureaucracy. And one of the ugliest examples of intrusive big-government is alive and kicking in Raleigh. The Institute for Justice, a libertarian-leaning non-profit founded by radio host Mark Levin, is stepping in where our alleged elected representatives have not: Imagine living in a neighborhood dominated by expensive restaurants with poor service and lackluster…

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