#ncga: More Steinburg tourney questions

Okay, let’s review.  State Rep. Bob Steinburg — in his rookie season as an event promoter — talked Currituck County into paying him $50,000 to promote a basketball tournament in Asheville.  It appears that a majority of Currituck County commissioners were not informed of this deal prior to its execution.  The deal was spearheaded  by Currituck’s Tourism Development Authority, which is chaired by Steinburg BFF, top political lieutenant, and North Carolina House candidate Bobby Hanig.  No word yet on how the deal won an exemption from  the county approved rule that all funded events had to occur IN CURRITUCK COUNTY. …

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#ncga: Could Steinburg’s NC House seat flip to D?

The fundraising numbers in HD-1 are so competitive that it might just be possible. Former Chowan County commissioner (and 2012 GOP nominee for secretary of state) Ed Goodwin is seeking to replace Bob Steinburg (R), who is giving up his seat to run for the open senate district 1 seat. Bertie County commissioner Ron Wesson is the Democrat nominee for the HD-1 seat. According to the latest campaign finance reports, Wesson has raised $22,102.78 from January 1 through June 30.  For that same period, Goodwin’s campaign reports raising $15,355.34.  Wesson reports having  $17,765.43 cash-on-hand as of June 30.  Goodwin reports…

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#ncga: Prospects of GOP re-taking Pendleton’s House seat look bleak

Gary Pendleton (R) lost his hold on Wake County’s House District 49 in November 2016.  One would think rookie legislator Cynthia Ball (D) would be ripe for the taking in a district that has seen recent GOP representation. Sadly, the latest campaign reports indicate that Ms. Ball is likely to win a second term in November. Republican nominee David Robertson reported raising NO money in the first quarter of 2018. His second quarter report showed three donations to his campaign for a total of $1,030. Ball, on the other hand, looks much more comfortable.  Her first quarter report indicates $42,682.93…

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#ncga: Hard feelings still lingering among SD-25 GOPers?

Speaking of Tom McInnis and the Senate GOP caucus …. It appears there hasn’t  been much of an effort to kiss and makeup in the wake of the vicious GOP primary between McInnis and Whispering Pines mayor Michelle Lexo earlier this year. Moore County is a key bloc of GOP votes in the district.  Word among the moles here in Moore is that there is still a significant amount of discomfort and anger regarding McInnis among local GOP leaders and activists. A couple of well-placed sources tell me there is better than a 50-50 possibility that McInnis’s name may be…

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#ncpol: Did Red Dome Group play both sides in SD-25 GOP primary?

It appears that way. Incumbent state senator Tom McInnis (R) waged a vicious primary fight against Whispering Pines mayor Michelle Lexo (R) earlier this year.  The Lexo campaign’s main consultant was The Red Dome Group out of Cornelius. The Senate Republican Caucus spent nearly $70,000 on direct mail beating the living daylights out of Lexo.  The Caucus’s campaign disclosure reports indicate that Red Dome got paid $1,185 by the caucus on April 17 and $9,480 on June 4 for direct mail. Former legislator and NCGOP vice-chairman Carolyn Justice is the lead consultant with Red Dome.  How does that work out…

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#ncpol: Steinburg’s B-ball tourney ALREADY violating Currituck rules?

Curiouser and Curiouser.  My friends, we learned that state (and state senate candidate) Rep. Bob Steinburg got paid $50,000 by Currituck County to promote an NCAA basketball tournament in Asheville over the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s what we learned about the payments to Steinburg from the county: […] Scanlon said Steinburg’s request went through Currituck’s tourism board, and Currituck vetted his proposal as it would any other. That included review by County Attorney Ike McRee, based on an “action history” Currituck provided with the contract.[…] There’s a potential problem with that approach.  The rules the tourism board has in place for applicants…

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Monkey Business Report: Creative campaign finance disclosure

Judge Phil Berger, Jr. must have attended the same campaign finance reporting classes state Rep. David Lewis did.  Both men appear to struggle with the accuracy of donor information.  For instance  — the donor’s business / line of work. A new complaint against Judge Berger sheds some light: A campaign finance complaint filed against N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Phil Berger Jr. says he failed to disclose who paid for food, drinks and other expenses at his 2016 campaign fundraisers. The complaint also says Berger — whose father is Senate leader Phil Berger — listed two donors as alpaca farmers…

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#ncpol: A tantrum from the bench …

Judges ARE the kings (and queens) of their respective courtrooms.  What they say GOES for the events within those four particular walls. Sometimes, they take things a wee bit too far.  Case in point, District Court Judge Dale Deese (Unaffiliated) of Robeson County.  Deese was appointed to fill a vacancy by then-Gov. Pat McCrory.  McCrory ignored the recommendations of (1) the local bar association and (2) the local GOP in appointing Deese, a Democrat-turned-Unaffiliated with close ties to some long-time Democrat financiers (who had thrown McCrory a little cash recently). Judges typically don’t become the focal point of news coverage….

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#ncga: The Pickle Man, gettin’ PAID. (We got mail!)

Asking NC senate candidate Bob Steinburg (R) what he actually does for a living doesn’t always result in a cut-and-dried straight answer.  He’s claimed to be a diamond wholesaler, a “retired executive”, a non-profit director, and to have been on disability.  During the primary race for senate earlier this year, we first heard about his recent foray into “sports marketing.” The NC secretary of state confirms that Steinburg is the registered agent for “The Wolfestein Group, LLC” founded in January 2017.  The main address for the company, described  as a sports marketing firm, is Steinburg’s personal residence.   Well, it…

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#ncpol: Can you name THIS NC politician?

North Carolina politics has been full of discussion lately about transsexuals and cross-dressers.  This post would fit right in.  Take a look at this photo and see if you can identify the political figure.  Hint #1:  He’s on the ballot in November.  Hint #2: He’s a REPUBLICAN.   (That’s right.  That’s the correct pronoun.  HE.) Also, he doesn’t look like this in his campaign ads and literature. Good luck. 

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