N&O + lefty comrades say Speaker Timmy played ‘chicken’ with ethics

You will get no argument from us when alleging that Tim Moore is, um, ethically-challenged.  We’ve reported at length about his shenanigans against fellow Republicans, his abandonment of the conservative principles that allowed him to become part of the House majority and speaker, and basically putting the House agenda up for sale to the highest bidder at a propensity not seen since Jim Black was shackled and frog-marched off to prison. Moore’s private business affairs (and income) have expanded exponentially since he became top-dog in the House.  He’s opened up a second law office in Raleigh.  He’s creeping right up…

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TWO NCGOPers “exploring” a run for LtGov

With Dan Forest clearly looking to move up in the political world in 2020, there is going to be at least one sure-fire job opening in Raleigh.  A slew of Democrats have already started putting out feelers.  But at least TWO Republicans — both with impressive conservative credentials — are eyeing the opportunity to fill Forest’s shoes in the lieutenant governor’s office.  Former Mecklenburg County commissioner Jim Puckett – a victim of the blue wave that rocked his home county in November — is reportedly looking at the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.  Puckett gained notoriety in recent years as…

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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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NC-09: Josh Malcolm got some ‘splainin’ to do

Some Republican legislators want former state elections board chairman to offer up more details on his discussions with a top Bladen County Democrat prior to the November vote: Two Republican members of the North Carolina Senate are seeking answers to questions regarding communication between the then-vice chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections and a Bladen County Democrat in the days leading up to and on election day in 2018. The communication was first unveiled last week by a WBTV investigation. Public records show Josh Malcolm—who was vice chairman of the NCSBE and, later, became the board’s chairman…

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MeckGOP learned nothing / nade / nichts from 2018 wipeout

When the smoke finally cleared from the November 2018 vote, state senator Dan Bishop — a solid conservative, FWIW — was the last significant elected Republican in Mecklenburg County left standing.  The MeckGOP lost all three county commissioners it had prior to election day.  It lost its entire delegation to Raleigh (except Bishop).   It won a local Superior Court race and a couple of local district court matchups (but lost a lot more).   MeckGOP is on the losing end of a 9-2 partisan split on the Charlotte City Council.  (One of those two Republicans made a huge deal…

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Monkey Business Report: A tangled ‘technical corrections’ web dating back to JULY

We’ve raised some questions about the pretty willy-nilly disbursement of $700,000 via the recent “technical corrections ” bill approved by the General Assembly.  Several cases of five- and six-figures being doled out to various communities with little specific detail about how the  money is to be used.  Apparently, this all traces back to some bad publicity Jones Street Republicans got from the driveby media back in July: The tiny coastal community of Cedar Point, 2.2 square miles at the southern tip of Carteret County, home to about 1,315 people, is hankering for more commercial development. The legislature gave the town…

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Monkey Business Report: Pat McElraft and ‘technical corrections’

We told you earlier about the honorables on Jones Street tossing around $700K  of our money in  a quite care-free fashion with little to no strings attached.  At first, it looked like senator Harry Brown (R-Onslow) was the ringleader here.  After all, he was the primary sponsor of the ‘technical corrections bill.’ Well, after that post ran, we heard from several folks on and around Jones Street (including some folks who have voting and floor privileges) .  The real culprit behind the snatching of $700K from the Town of Cedar Point and redistributing it to a bunch of other locales…

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#ncpol: Sheriff v. Sheriff in Columbus County

Republican Jody Greene knocked off incumbent Lewis Hatcher by 37 votes on Election Day.  Meanwhile, approximately 180 absentee ballots went missing. Greene was also besieged by questions about his residency and the fact he and his wife had been voting in two different counties. Greene was hurriedly sworn in as sheriff.  The state  board of elections ruled that Greene was sworn in too early, and that the prevalence of outstanding issues in the county means Hatcher is STILL the sheriff.  Greene said he wasn’t leaving.  The state board of elections was disbanded.   Columbus County said they were not interested…

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NC-09: Malcolm in the middle?

We told you earlier about former state board of elections chairman Josh Malcolm’s college-aged, live-at-home daughter getting paid to campaign for Dan McCready in the Ninth Congressional District race.   Now, my  main man Nick Ochsner appears to have uncovered another sticky situation for Malcolm: Records show the immediate past Chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections had frequent contact in the days leading up to the 2018 general election with a Bladen County Democrat who is among those interviewed by NCSBE investigators. Joshua Malcolm, a Democrat lawyer from Robeson County, chaired the NCSBE until it was dissolved…

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#ncpol: What is this “fight” you speak of, Grandpa?

After weeks of hiding — and sending Dallas out to advocate for a new election  and even telling legislators to change the law to allow for a new primary — NCGOP chairman Robin Hayes has come out,um, swinging: We won this round. Democrat Governor Roy Cooper tried to intimidate the NCGOP into submitting names for a sham kangaroo elections board. With the law on our side, we said no to his bullying. Because the NCGOP stood for the constitution and the rule of law, as noted by the news media, Cooper was embarrassed into backing down. Cooper served in the…

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