#NCGA: Jones Street mafia targeting Civitas, Locke & US ????

hellApparently, General Maximus has unleashed hell upon the powers-that-be within the North Carolina General Assembly.  From what I hear, the common folks beyond the beltline DID NOT vote in a Republican majority in order to get hit with higher gas taxes and to give even more money away to big corporations. 

My cadre of spies on Jones Street tells me that the honorables are really hearing it from the folks back home — thanks to the reporting from this site, and the folks at The John Locke Foundation and Civitas.  And you’re seeing some reaction.

The House tried to water down the impact of the gas tax legislation.  Senate leaders are also hinting that they will slow down, and possibly change, the governor’s economic incentives package.

We’re hearing that the powers-that-be in the “Puzzle Palace” are seething over negative publicity they and their initiatives have recently received from us, and the folks at John Locke and at Civitas.  According to one of my Jones Street sources:

“Leadership is absolutely seething over the leaks.  They really want to know who is talking to you guys.There is a pretty intense leak hunt going on.”

My source tells me that members of the leadership, some of their allies, and some state party sources, have been placing calls to contacts at Locke and Civitas:

“They’ve pretty much been told to stand down and back off. That’s been followed up with not-so-subtle threats that pressure will be applied on donors to Locke and Civitas to strongly consider putting their money elsewhere.”

Since we don’t have near the donor base that Locke and Civitas have, one would think we’d be pretty immune to threats like that.  But, according to my source:

“You guys have really ruffled some feathers around here.  They’re looking for ways to put the squeeze on you.  Keep your eyes open.”mad as hell

If you’re honestly afraid of a mealy-mouthed con artist that you actually voted into office,  our country is in huge trouble.

Here’s a thought.  if you really want to effect positive change in Raleigh, don’t cut a check to some politician.  Donate to the organizations that are putting the heat on politicians to do the right thing — Locke, Civitas, us, and many, many others in the state’s conservative blogosphere.  From the pamphleteers of The American Revolution, to Vaclav Havel in Cold War-era Czechoslovakia, the power of “the pen” has proved to be one hell of a weapon in the fight against government tyranny. An informed populace is a huge threat to the political class.

18 comments for “#NCGA: Jones Street mafia targeting Civitas, Locke & US ????

  1. AgentPierce
    March 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    “Half a League, Half a League, Half a League Onward…. into the Valley of Death rode the 600…..”

    DLTBGYD….. 🙂

  2. Billy Joe Clinton
    March 10, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Interesting the article in the Locker Room shows Becky already given pitty on the lawmakers. The message on cutting funds has the John Locke Foundation running scared.

    • Adam
      March 11, 2015 at 3:09 am

      To be fair, she was always pretty cozy with lawmakers, particularly Stam.

      • Raphael
        March 11, 2015 at 11:59 am

        Interesting! Stam ranked as one of the most liberal Republicans in the House in the Civitas rating.

  3. No Left Turn
    March 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    “. . . if you really want to effect positive change in Raleigh . . . Donate to the organizations that are putting the heat on politicians to do the right thing . . . ”
    _______________________

    You got it, Babe. Check your “Tip Jar” this evening.

    Love me some Daily Haymaker! Your claws and fangs are long and sharp, and I’m delighted that you’re using them to defend conservatives.

    The toothless Republicans sure as heck don’t.

  4. LPK
    March 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    JLF has already sold its soul. It participated in the shadowy, leftist Goodnight-led education Best NC 20/20 initiative. And, just recently, JLF mouthpiece John Hood waxed poetic about Common Core.

    http://www.ladyliberty1885.com has been reporting on all of this — and now it all makes sense.

    It seems that you cannot trust anyone any longer…

    • No Left Turn
      March 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks for the info, LPK. I haven’t heard anything about the JLF stuff, or the article that you linked. I’ll read it, tonight.

  5. Raphael
    March 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    What are we coming to when we have GOP legislative leaders threatening conserrvative organizations?

    I wonder how they would like it if conservatives started writing their campaign contributors telling them that their politician has made a hard left turn?

    What is needed is a conservative PAC to target and go after liberal Big Government Republicans in the primaries, like the state chapter of the Club for Growth in South Carolina.

    http://www.scclubforgrowth.org/pac

    • Enoch Hale
      March 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Would you be interested in starting one Raphael? If not, do you have any suggestions on who might be. I think you have a fabulous idea.

  6. traye
    March 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Something something about targets and flak. Keep it up.

  7. Atnor
    March 10, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    heh…that list is a good chunk of my daily local politics RSS feed 🙂

    I really have to wonder what kind of agenda they “think” they’re advancing with this stuff. (ie, they delusional or is it an intentional betrayal?)

    It’s like they dont get that it’s 2015, the Internet is a “thing that exists”, and for the most part, operating in a closed off, smoke-filled room of secrecy is less and less possible nowadays.

    Did they really expect to implement these types of wrong-headed policies in a bubble, without criticism, and expect people to fall in lockstep and cheerlead this mess? /boggle

    Keep it up *tips cap 🙂

  8. Raphael
    March 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Is the Senate leadership involved in this, or only the House leadership?

    • Toxhandler
      March 11, 2015 at 1:20 am

      Good question. My esteem of the Senate has taken a few hits lately, especially with the poor-mouthing over highway revenues. I never had any esteem for the House, of course.

  9. Astounded!
    March 10, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    What leaks? These disgraceful proposals were plain to see in spite of the tortuous sell by the N&O et al.

  10. Joseph
    March 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve spoken with executive level members of Civitas and JLF, who deny any such pressure has been exerted.

    So what gives?

    • caniacsteve
      March 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      seems that some political operative is trying to cover their political booty and it is not anyone on the Haymaker

  11. caniacsteve
    March 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    a very very good reason to defund the local,county,state & national GOP isn’t it ? and then see who helps fill their coffers and what they stand for & want …then we,the little people wonder why those we elected in the last 2 election cycles to the state house are just as spineless & deaf as those of us,we elected & who went to DC are. As now the lobbyists on Jones street smell,act and talk like the ones on K street in DC do odd coincidence isn’t it ?

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