#ncga: Nathan West BOWING OUT in HD-115 GOP primary?

According to his primary opponent, THAT is the case.  From a release by the Amy Evans campaign: (Black Mountain, NC) Former Buncombe GOP Chairman Nathan West announced that he will no longer seek the Republican nomination in the upcoming primary election for NC House District 115 and will fully support Republican Businesswoman Amy Evans. “After several meetings with Amy and considerable reflection with my friends and family, I’ve come to the conclusion that she represents our best chance to defeat the incumbent in November’s general election,” commented West. “And given our local political climate, a divisive Republican primary just won’t contribute…

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Thilli$$$: Relax. Special prosecutors are GOOD FOR YOU.

“Our man” in Washington writes down in — appropriately — The Washington Post his thoughts about WHY special prosecutors are good for you, me AND especially Donald Trump: I believe in the rule of law, regardless of who occupies the White House or which party leads the Justice Department. That is why in August I introduced a bill to create a judicial-review process to prevent the removal of a special counsel without good cause.[…] Never mind that the whole concept of a special prosecutor flies in the face of that silly lil’ ol’ Constitution. MORE: […] Last May, when the…

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(*THUD!*) UNC law school falls down. Can it get up?

It’s kind of like those folks who CAN’T understand why fans are fleeing the NFL in droves.  (Could it have anything to do with a certain prof who lives in  a van down by the river?) Here’s the latest from Business North Carolina: Imagine the outcry if UNC Chapel Hill’s men’s basketball team was ranked 45th in the national polls. Goodbye Roy Williams! That’s the situation facing the university’s law school, according to the most recent survey by U.S. News & World Report. It’s down from 31st in 2015. This year, law schools at Duke and Wake Forest rank 11th…

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#ncga: ANOTHER Raleigh swamp-dweller jumps on McInnis bandwagon

Raleigh is not being all that subtle about trying to pick our next senator down here in the Sandhills.  The Senate GOP caucus paid for mailers promoting state senator Tom McInnis. (Never mind he is locked in a tight primary with another Republican, Whispering Pines mayor Michelle Lexo.)  The NC Chamber has also shelled out cash to try and save McInnis.  Now comes the “Home Builders Education Fund, Inc.” paying for another round of pro-McInnis mailers.  (And I see they used Relyus — the in-house favorite direct mailer of Senate GOP leaders – to carry out the mailing.  Interesting.) The…

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Wheels coming OFF on Scott Dacey’s Soros fantasy?

Lying and obfuscation are such an integral part of American politics that we often accept it and / or become immune to it.  But sometimes, the bovine fecal matter gets piled on so thick, and its odor becomes so unbearable, you have to SAY SOMETHING. Sites like ours on the right, and The Intercept on the left, are committed to putting the powerful under a microscope and calling out their malfeasance when it is spotted. We reported earlier on Indian casino lobbyist Scott Dacey’s highly-dubious, far-fetched efforts to link congressman Walter Jones with leftist super-villain George Soros.  Apparently, even the folks at…

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#ncga: Kelly Hastings, losing it?

We may be talking figuratively AND literally here.  (More than just a primary election…) Long-time readers of this site may be familiar with state Rep. Kelly Hastings  — who works harder than ANYONE on Jones Street to squeeze an extra dollar (or A HUNDRED) out of his position for his and his family’s benefit. His campaign reports are full of things like, oh, extra mileage and per diem payments above and beyond what he already gets from the state, and payment to his wife to take a day off from work to come see him in Raleigh.   Well, the GOOD…

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#ncga: White NC Dem thinks he’s black. In post-HB2 NC, why not?

What is it about white Democrat politicians running away from what they are? We heard about one white Democrat legislator ashamed of being white. It sounds like we’ve got another one on our hands: Asked about promoting diversity in North Carolina, a candidate for the state House said it’s not something he needs to talk about — because he’s lived it as “a member of the African-American community.” Gary Shipman, one of three Democrats hoping to challenge Republican Rep. Holly Grange in a House district in New Hanover County, told the crowd at a park in Wilmington on Sunday that…

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Soros, Lies & Press Releases.

Cease and desist.  Those are the golden, melodic, magical words being directed toward the congressional campaign of Indian casino lobbyist Scott Dacey by the reelection campaign of congressman Walter Jones.  What’s this all about, you ask? On Sunday, Scott Dacey (who I hear lobbies on behalf of Native American-owned gambling interests) issued a press release smearing Rep. Jones with the foul-smelling bodily fluids of one George Soros. Specifically, Dacey — who I’m told shills for casinos — says Walter Jones has been bankrolled to the tune of $80,000 by Soros himself.  (I wonder why he settled on Soros?  I guess…

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Dallas, his “warm body” get reprieve from state elections board (on a technicality)

It’s amazing.  It’s one of those head-scratching moments like when charges get dismissed against a murderer because a box got left unchecked on the search warrant application: The Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement approved appeals by two Republican primary candidates, reversing decisions by Clay and Mecklenburg county elections boards that had disqualified the candidates from running. Some members at the April 4 meeting said their hands were tied by a state Supreme Court decision arising from Gov. Roy Cooper’s lawsuit to block Republican-backed legislation that reformulated the state board. Members debated statutory provisions and competing legal theories….

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Kelly Hastings’s 2015 campaign reports: So, um, *nice*, they got filed THRICE!

I for one am not comforted by guys and gals, charged with making important dollars-and-cents decisions for our state, struggling with properly filling out their campaign finance reports.  (Looking at YOU, Mr. Saine.) For Speaker Moore’s carpool buddy Kelly Hastings, it took THREE ATTEMPTS (and two years) to get his 2015 campaign finance reports filed properly with the state board of elections. The “trouble” appeared to center around payments from the campaign fund to Hastings, his wife, other members of the Hastings family, and — apparently — his in-laws. Version One of his 2015 report was a mid-year filing that…

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