NC-03: More vultures?

While incumbent congressman Walter Jones recovers from an injury and the resulting surgery, a number of Republicans are already jockeying to replace him. We’ve heard from perennial candidate Phil Law.  Now, state Rep. Phil Shepard (R-Onslow) is stepping out there publicly: Law and Sheppard would appear to be fighting over the same base of supporters in the Jacksonville area. For what it’s worth, the name of Jonathan Brooks — a longtime GOP campaign consultant and “government relations” expert — is also floating around political circles inside and outside the Raleigh beltline  as a possible candidate for NC-03.  Brooks has worked…

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NC-09: ANOTHER Robeson DEM paid out nearly $8K for “GOTV”

The Ninth Congressional District race is trapped in limbo because of alleged concerns over the roughly $7000 worth of work by GOTV (get out the vote) consultant McRae Dowless.  Much of Dowless’s work was on behalf of Republicans. Meanwhile, over in neighboring Robeson County, we’ve identified two Democrat candidates who paid out more than $60,000 for “GOTV” services and consulting.  Another one has surfaced who shelled out nearly $8000 for GOTV consulting and services. It is our understanding that these GOTV “experts” work on behalf of a slate of candidates who pay up to join said slate.  Typically, the slate…

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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 — these people are paid to get voters out to support a slate or a ticket of candidates.  In the case of the Democrats, everyone from Dan McCready at the…

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NC-03: Walter Jones A-OK following surgery. Vultures disappointed. (Film at 11.)

Tongues were wagging all up and down the Third Congressional District as word spread about  congressman Walter  Jones being rushed to the hospital the other night. (We’re hearing reports about folks already announcing candidacies and lining up support to replace Jones — who just got reelected in November. ) Well, Tom Lamprecht — a popular radio host over on the coast — has put the kibosh on rumors of Jones’s demise.  Lamprecht reported on his show tonight that Jones fell in his home and broke his hip.  He was rushed to the hospital via ambulance, and went through surgery to repair…

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NC-03: A few questions for Phil Law

Walter Jones is just a few month into his final term in office.  A lot of names are being bandied about as candidates to replace him in 2020 — 2018 opponent Scott Dacey.  NCGOP vice-chairman Michele Nix, NC Rep. Phil Shepard, NC Rep. Mike Speciale, NC Rep. Greg Murphy and perennial candidate Phil Law. Law, who finished second in the 2018 primary for the GOP nod in the Third,  sent out a release today indicating he’s getting a jump on that whole crowd.  He plans to announce his 2020 candidacy tonight at the Onslow County GOP meeting in Jacksonville. Law,…

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#ncpol: Thom’s Top 20 collusion countdown

Remember back in 2014 when  Thom Tilli$$$ ran for US Senate pledging to collaborate with liberal Democrats and stab the next Republican president in the back every chance he got?  (Yeah, us neither.) I’m curious.  Can Robert Mueller expand his collusion investigation to include Thom Tilli$$$ and his relationship with Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren (D-MA)? At the year’s end, Tilli$$$’s office released their boss’s “Top 20” examples of working “across the aisle” to, um, “get things done.”  (Make sure you read the linked document on an empty stomach.) The “Top 20” includes a whole lot of working with Elizabeth Warren —…

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Despite underwater approval ratings, Tilli$$ keeps servicing donors, dissing voters

If we WANTED a US senator who would: protect ObamaCare, support letting criminals out of prison earlier, block the Republican president’s plan to build a wall on the southern border, side with Democrats in their budget fight with the Republican president, and support further protections for the unconstitutional special prosecutor —  Wouldn’t we have reelected Kay Hagan in 2014? Pretty brash moves for a guy who didn’t even crack the 50% mark in November 2014.   Nevertheless, Thom Tillis  doubled down on those issues and more in a recent op-ed in The Hill.  Among other things, be derides critics of his…

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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 concerns regarding voter irregularities until well after the November voting had been completed.)  Well, we’ve confirmed that Malcolm himself was briefed by the Robeson County board of elections chairman on…

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#ncpol: A contact sport, indeed.

It appears that we’re starting to see some signs of fight in the NCGOPe.  They’ve gone from rolling over and showing their bellies in the whole NC-09 affair, to showing their teeth and defending Mark Harris. Now, it appears the folks closer to the right side of the political spectrum  are demonstrating that THEY TOO can play political hardball: Today the NC Values Coalition filed with the Clerk of the North Carolina House of Representatives a memorandum and supporting evidence of absentee ballot irregularities that occurred in the 2018 general election in House District 103 (HD103).  Along with this memorandum…

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Republicans ramp up their flirtation with identity politics

Republicans talk  a good game about judging people on their qualifications / content of character.  But more and more Republicans — including our very own (former) congresswoman Renee Ellmers — have been  beating the drums about electing more Republicans with TWO X-chromosomes.   It’s demeaning and insulting to lump all black people into one political pigeonhole.  It’s disgusting to hear alleged “black leaders” blast Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas for not being “black enough.”   Blacks are allowed to love free markets, or even the welfare state.  America is great like that.  Feminists like to rave about “women’s issues.”  It’s…

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