#ncga: Aaaaaaand let’s go to the tape …

Mealy-mouthedness by politicians is, unfortunately, the rule instead of the exception.  But it is sooooooooo delicious when you manage to catch said conduct on videotape. Take for instance, this video of state Rep. Bob Steinburg (R-Edenton) compiled by activists with the group NC Voters for Voter ID. If you watch the linked video, you will see Steinburg speaking to a Pasquotank County gathering on March 31.  He is asked, by a voter,if he supports the idea of providing driver licenses to illegal aliens.  Steinburg tap-dances around with his answer a little, but seems to insinuate that he would not vote…

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#ncga: Raleigh special interests betting BIG on McInnis

They’ve backed driver licenses for illegals, tax increases, corporate welfare giveaways, the repeal of HB2, and Common Core.  Now, The NC Chamber is giving its blessing and endorsement to the renomination and reelection of state senator Tom McInnis (R-Richmond).   McInnis is locked in a heated primary fight with Michelle Lexo, the mayor of the Moore County village of Whispering Pines, in the newly-reconfigured state senate district 25. The Chamber mailers hit Moore County mailboxes today.  (There was also a another mailer from The North Carolina Republican Senatorial Committee — the “affiliated committee” financed primarily by cash shaken down from…

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#ncpol: Another of Dallas’s warm bodies?

We all remember Dallas Woodhouse running around trying to get anybody with a pulse to file as a Republican candidate for the General Assembly.  One of those warm bodies has been disqualified for, apparently, registering to vote as an afterthought. Here’s another one of those warm bodies, also from the Charlotte area: Ty Turner is not your typical Republican candidate. In 2014 he ran for the state Senate as a Democrat. He was a member of the North Carolina Democratic Party’s executive committee as recently as 2015. He was a Charlotte LGBTQ activist who once helped manage a Planned Parenthood…

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Have solar goons shanghaied Lt. Dan?

I’m seeing some things on Twitter that are making me a wee bit uncomfortable.  Here’s one: And HERE is another: Kairos Governmental Affairs and Betsy McCorkle are leading mouthpieces for renewable energy government mandates and government subsidies of solar and wind energy.  The fact that Betsy is so happy should make all of you, as utility bill payers, very nervous.  Forest was speaking at an event hosted by  “Conservatives for Clean Energy” — the front group set up and promoted by Kairos, Paul Shumaker and Dee Stewart for the purpose of giving Republicans cover for supporting government subsidies for solar…

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WRAL’s Cambridge Analytica / NCGOP “nothing-burger”

We made our peace with the UK about — oh — 200 years ago, but Raleigh’s WRAL still wants to see something nefarious emanating from our former motherland.  It’s interesting to see WRAL tut-tutting over someone else’s alleged integrity indiscretions while it (a) continues to keep Laura Leslie on the payroll and (b) continues to fund BluePrint NC and all kinds of other leftist causes via the AJ Fletcher Foundation. Here’s the spin.  We are supposed to be outraged because either the NCGOP or the Thilli$$$ campaign hired a British-based company to do some data analytics work on Thilli$$$’s 2014…

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GOPe good ol’ boys batter conservative women (Mrs. Nix has NO COMMENT.)

Liberals like to poke at the GOP (and conservatives) as being “anti-woman.” I’m observing some pretty disturbing trends here in 2018 that don’t exactly help refute that charge, I know of at least three outstanding conservative women on the GOP ballot for the General Assembly this year  —  Michelle Lexo in Senate District 25, Beverly Boswell in House District 6, and Charlene High in House District 110.  All three are locked in spirited primaries.  All three are being viciously, personally attacked by the GOPe in a manner more severe than I’ve ever seen directed at liberals or Democrats. Lexo, the…

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#ncga: Great moments in staged photography

Here is a shot of the mailer the GOP state senate caucus’s “affiliated committee” sent out to voters in Moore County:   Notice anything unusual in the main photo?  Senator McInnis is wearing a hard hat.  The guys (and gals) who actually work at the place he is supposed to be touring ARE NOT. Either we are witnessing a massive OSHA violation (with McInnis being the only one in compliance) or we have another John Kerry “Can I get me a hunting license here?” moment. In other words, a politician trying really hard to look like Mr. Everyman but really…

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#ncga: Chad and Bob hug it out

The Chad Adams show become “The Bob Steinburg Show” today.  The alleged “voice of North Carolina conservatives” turned the mike, and control of his show, over to the embattled legislator for a 45-minute unchallenged (1) rant about me and this site and (2) parade of falsehoods and exaggerations that should make the pointy-heads at McClatchy’s Politifact explode. Today’s show evoked memories of the lazy interview stylings of one Larry King and one Barbara Walters (“If you wuh a twee, what kind of twee would you be?”). Everybody does it?   Steinburg tried to make Adams’s six listeners believe that EVERYBODY takes…

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Monkey Business Report: NCGA per diem edition

Hang around state politics enough and you’re bound to hear whining about how little our legislators are compensated. According to state law, rank-and-file legislators (not in leadership) get paid $13,951 per year plus $559 per month for expenses.  What you hear a lot less about are the per diem payments ($104 per day) plus mileage (0.29 cents per) on top of that. That part has us intrigued.  So, thanks to a public records request — and the yeoman’s work by Haymaker super-fan Tim Martin — we have our hands on a whole lot of official internal General Assembly files detailing…

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#ncga: Mrs. Lexo goes to Raleigh?

President Harry Truman had the nickname “Give ’em hell” Harry.  The voters in state Senate district 25 very well could be sending “Give ’em Hell” Michelle to our fair state capital this year. Michelle Lexo, a Republican serving her third year as mayor of the Moore County village of Whispering Pines, has earned a reputation for digging deep into the issues and asking a lot of tough questions. She got senate president pro tem Phil Berger’s attention at a recent party gathering in Pinehurst.   “He got up in front of the group, with me sitting right there, and told…

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