#ncga SD-25: Lexo strikes back. McInnis, confused. Dallas practicing law without a license. (Film at 11.)

Just four months in front of an election, it sounds like things are not so hunky-dory and lovey-dovey here in the Sandhills: Demonstrating just how rankled local Republicans still are over the ugly state Senate primary this past spring, defeated challenger Michelle Lexo’s campaign has filed a complaint alleging violations of campaign finance laws by incumbent Sen. Tom McInnis and groups that supported him. Lydia Boesch, who served as Lexo’s campaign treasurer, detailed the allegations in a July 27 letter to Sheryll Harris, in the campaign finance division with the State Board of Elections. Patrick Gannon, a spokesman for the…

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Speaking of Socialism …

The s-word appears to be the popular buzzword this campaign season for GOPe types. We’re eight years into state government’s alleged conservative revolution.  State government keeps spending more and more.  We’re subsidizing solar panels and windmills.  Even MORE money is being tossed into the failing public school bureaucracy. And one of the ugliest examples of intrusive big-government is alive and kicking in Raleigh. The Institute for Justice, a libertarian-leaning non-profit founded by radio host Mark Levin, is stepping in where our alleged elected representatives have not: Imagine living in a neighborhood dominated by expensive restaurants with poor service and lackluster…

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#ncga: Shouting “socialism” in a rubber room

You can tell election time is getting close.  State Rep. Bob Steinburg  and his team are revving up the whisper & slander machine that so effectively eviscerated primary opponent Clark Twiddy. It’s almost funny to see how Ol’ Bob transitions on his Facebook page from posting about his latest visit to a church right into carpet-bombing his opponent with personal attacks.  (Is THAT WJWD?) Ol’ Bob is already making the rounds proclaiming his opponent in November, Cole Phelps, is a “gun-grabber.”  (Never mind that Phelps has gone on the record calling himself a Second Amendment supporter with concerns about limiting…

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#ncga: Changing the rules at the last minute. Heading to court.

So, we’ve got two different cases of the majority on Jones Street changing the rules governing this year’s elections at the last minute.  Both cases appear to be headed toward becoming COURT CASES. First, we have the state Supreme Court race.  Being too cute by half, the NCGOPe, um, “brains” in Raleigh decided to rig the candidate selection system to ensure top-down control.  Candidates would have partisan labels.  Supreme Court primaries were done away with.  NCGOPe insiders announced WHO their troops outside the beltline were supposed to support.  All so neat and tidy, eh? Well, a monkey wrench named Anglin…

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#ncga: Steinburg Invitational STILL the talk of Currituck

It appears Currituck county officials have shoved their tourism director out in front to try and put a positive spin on their decision to pay state Rep. Bob Steinburg $50,000 to promote a basketball tournament in Asheville: Currituck’s tourism director is defending the county’s sponsorship agreement with state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, despite some county commissioners questioning the value of the deal and the perceptions that come with hiring a state lawmaker. The Currituck-sponsored “Battle in the Blue Ridge” NCAA tournament offers the county valuable “nationwide exposure,” Tourism Director Tameron Kugler said in an email on Friday. In the email,…

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#ncga: Indicted aide STILL steering Steinburg senate campaign

Bob Steinburg and his crew LOVE to tell you what’s wrong with everybody else. (They’ll even make it up if they have to.) Bob himself doesn’t miss a chance to thump a Bible and utter some variation of “Praise God” in a public forum.  But a lot of problematic facts are piling up to help illustrate how PHONY so much of that truly is. In May, a young woman who works as Steinburg’s legislative assistant in Raleigh AND as his top campaign aide was indicted by a Dare County grand jury on one count of FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT. Steinburg dismissed it…

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#ncpol: Our (“Corrupt”?) useful idiot in DC

I’m more of the opinion that Dick Burr is just not that smart. But this blogger has him pegged with the (bad) c-word: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) is the same committee that Michael Caputo told: “God damn you to hell“, and for a very good reason.  The entire committee is corrupt from top to bottom; especially Chairman Richard Burr and member Marco Rubio. The latest evidence therein comes from Chairman Burr defending the insufferably corrupt FISA application that was used against U.S. person Carter Page: (Via CNN) […] “I don’t think I ever expressed that I thought…

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#nc-03: Walter Jones not done yet with Scott Dacey

The votes may be counted and the results finalized for the May primary.  But the first place finisher in the 3rd district GOP congressional primary, Walter Jones, is not quite finished with third-place finisher Scott Dacey. According to a statement issued from the Jones campaign, the congressman is appealing to the state board of elections about alleged misconduct during the primary by the Dacey campaign: […] The May 2018 Republican Primary for North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District was one of the most talked about in the nation.   Congressman Walter Jones garnered the support of the voters, but now he…

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#ncga: Wilmington’s Davis (R), Morgan (D) locked in tight $$$ chase

House District 19 is one of the districts state Democrats are targeting in their effort to whittle down the GOP majority on Jones Street. At the end of the second quarter, it appears incumbent Ted Davis (R) and challenger Marcia Morgan (D) are locked in a tight, very competitive battle for campaign dollars. According to campaign finance reports filed with the state,  Davis has raised $102,036.35 between January 1 and June 30 of this year.  For the same period, Morgan reported raising $132,661.51 (including a $50,000 personal loan to her campaign).  Just isolating second quarter totals:  Davis took in $15,767.76…

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#ncga: Alexander (R) being routed in Raleigh’s SD-18 $$$ chase by challenger Paul (D)

The Raleigh-based state senate seat held by John Alexander (R) is one of the top targets of state Democrats seeking to whittle down the GOP majority on Jones Street. According to the latest campaign finance reports, challenger  Mack Paul (D) is literally giving Alexander a run for the money. Alexander reported raising $6,750 in the first quarter of 2018.  Paul, on the other hand, reported raising $241,552.12 for the same period.  In the second quarter, Alexander reported raising $26,688.  Compare that to the Paul campaign — which reported raising $121,204.84 during the same period.  

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