GOPe hasn’t learned ONE THING from 11/6. (Where do we go from here?)

DC Republicans lost their House majority.  So, how did they respond?  They elected Kevin McCarthy (R-California) as their leader for the next session of Congress.  Yep, the same ol’ Kevin Mac who lead them through the disastrous Boehner regime and right up through the 11/6/18 debacle.  It’s like hiring the captain of the Exxon Valdez to pilot your new cruise ship. McCarthy is literally one of the last few surviving Republicans in California — elected or otherwise.   According to Conservative Review, McCarthy’s conservative rating was a big fat F (36%) — down there in Thom Tillis territory.  Time for McCarthy…

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DC libs prepare to ‘Kavanaugh’ Tom Farr. Burr & Tillis need to step up to the plate.

THIS came out over Twitter Friday: They made now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh a skeevy perv.  While the Republican majority has left North Carolina’s Tom Farr, an approved nominee for the federal bench, hanging out there to dry — Democrats have been trying to paint him as the second coming of Lester Maddox. Farr’s “offenses”?  Working as counsel to the 1990 Jesse Helms reelection campaign and defending election reforms — like voter ID — proposed by the GOP majority in the state legislature.  I can’t vouch for Farr’s level of conservatism.  I know he has been a good foot-soldier for the state…

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A TV blackout for Steinburg Invitational?

State senator-elect Bob Steinburg promised Currituck County a PR bonanza in return for underwriting his private company’s inaugural sports promotional venture. Yes, college basketball season is upon us.  The Tar Heels men’s team is headed to Vegas for Thanksgiving to take on the likes of UCLA, Michigan State, and Texas.  That’s four premier teams sure to get all kinds of big-time sports media interest. What’s going on with Bob Steinburg’s visitcurrituckobx.com Battle for the Blue Ridge set to tip off at the end of this coming week in Asheville? Well — thanks to some emails between  Asheville officials and Steinburg’s…

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The never-ending election

Some wise old political hands have often told me that Democrats win early voting, but Republicans take it all on Election Day.  In recent years, it looks like Democrats are finding more and more ways to “win” elections days and weeks after Election Day. The despicable Al Franken was declared winner of a November 2008 US Senate race in Minnesota in JUNE 2009. On November 12 of this year, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was declared winner of the Arizona Senate race that was held on November 6.  Leftists are still working away at reversing GOP wins in the Florida gubernatorial and…

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Aaaand NOW: The FEC report (NCGOP edition)

The other day, our pal Dallas was advising that we all take a look at the state party’s filings with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).  So, some of us did. Grandpa and his plane. The use of party funds to pay for Robin Hayes’s travels on his private airplane became an issue during the last chairman’s race.  Well. it appears to not only be continuing but accelerating. That’s pretty much MONTHLY fill-ups there. On top of those payments, Hayes has also been taking reimbursements for “mileage” and other expenses: It doesn’t appear that Hayes is doing much driving for the party…

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N&O punks try to smear Republicans, rural voters ONE MORE TIME

This is how they got the name “drive-bys.”  They show up at a story, cause a lot of chaos, and then speed away.  Someone else is left to clean up a mess.  Just like a real-live driveby shooting. The current M.O. of The N&O political reporters is to throw something inflammatory (and about 20 percent accurate) out there on social media.  It goes viral and causes all kinds of chaos.  And the newsroom  weasels can sit there whistling innocently like Bart Simpson: “Nobody saw me do it. Can’t prove anything.” Here’s the latest nonsense: TRANSLATION: *”Oh, giggle, giggle.  Look what…

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Aaaaand NOW: A word from Dallas’s Grandpa …

The last time we saw him publicly, he was openly encouraging people to violate campaign finance law.  He’s been locked away since then, but someone felt obligated to let him out in the wake of Tuesday’s debacle to record a message to the NCGOP troops. (Of course, we got a copy.)  Hayes starts off by thanking party volunteers and leaders for their work in a “challenging election season”: […] “There are no words to convey just how appreciative I am.  We won 95 of 170 legislative seats, held on to our 10-3 US House delegation, and passed four of six…

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The tale of the campaign report (NCGOP edition)

After scrutinizing Tuesday’s results, a lot of folks from Murphy to Manteo are left scratching their heads wondering “What in the hell did they spend their money on?” Well, let’s see: $330,000 to the Florida GOP.   Nearly $100K in payroll expense for someone named Marissa Ranieri.  That’s through October 20.  We can’t find any sort of internet footprint tying anyone by that name to the NCGOP.  She doesn’t show up on the staff listing on the NCGOP’s LinkedIn page.  There does not appear to be a publicly available listing of current party staff.  (Call the office, even after hours,…

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$330K to Florida GOP?

Yep.  According to the NCGOP’s third quarter finance report, that transaction occurred on October 10. Why, you ask, is the North Carolina Republican Party sending $330,000 to the Florida GOP when we clearly had some races that NEEDED the cash HERE? This is not the first time we’ve seen something like this.  In June, the NCGOP sent $35,000 to the Georgia GOP and $200,000 to the Virginia Republican Party. We asked questions about those transactions, and got an eerie silence in response.  I’m sure we’re in for more of the same here. 

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#ncpol: Grandpa’s election night was rough. How did Jim Womack do?

In the last battle for NCGOP chairman, we were bombarded with commentary about how Jim Womack can’t beat the Democrats and can’t raise money.   This year, we found that Robin Hayes — the victor in the chairman’s race — has extreme difficulty beating Democrats and has to lean on high-priced “fundraising consultants” to raise money. We all know the statewide results from Tuesday.  Oh-fer-four on some very winnable statewide judicial races.  The loss of super-majorities in BOTH chambers of The General Assembly.  Jim Womack, Hayes’s reelection opponent, went back to work as chairman of the Lee County GOP.  How’d…

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