(Hmmm.) DCCC played absentee ballot game in Robeson County.

It appears the US House Democrats’ political arm was in the Ninth District prior to Election Day tinkering with absentee ballots: […]According to Robeson election records, an operative from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dropped off one box of requests on Oct. 8 and another on Oct. 10, totaling 603 voter registration or absentee ballot request forms, less than a month before the election. A DCCC representative whose business card was left at the county election board office did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Another DCCC representative also declined several times to speak on the record about the…

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#ncpol: Vidant Medical picking a fight with state treasurer

How smart is that when you are trying to get the man to approve your merger with ECU Physicians? (Seriously.) Vidant Medical Group — the biggest dog in Eastern North Carolina for healthcare delivery — is throwing down the gauntlet in the direction of state treasurer Dale Folwell.  Check this out from the Facebook page for one of their properties: Let’s see —  a whole lot of exaggeration with a sprinkling of falsehood.  Where to begin?  Okay.  Vidant is prepared  to shell out nearly $500 million to buy ECU Physicians.  So, they’re apparently not all that concerned about a looming…

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#ncga: What did Bob Steinburg KNOW about aide’s thievery?

As Bob Steinburg and his inner circle rage on about an alleged political conspiracy against his top legislative aide and campaign manager, we’re going to stick with documentation and cold-hard FACTS. Team Steinburg’s decision to go after the Dare County district attorney who prosecuted Diana London has resulted in the prosecutor himself releasing all of his notes related to the plea deal he struck with London. One of the more interesting tidbits from the D.A.’s document dump?   In a timeline of the case created by the prosecutor, it is revealed that Steinburg himself attended a business meeting between London…

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#ncga: Team Steinburg preps for war against Dare Co. DA

With most politicians, if an aide runs afoul with the law, the pol and the aide quietly go their separate ways and the subject gets changed.  Bob Steinburg isn’t like most people.  *EVERYBODY — and I mean EVERYBODY — is out to get him.* (And he’s going to GET them right back.)  Diana London — Steinburg’s legislative assistant and campaign manager — pleaded guilty this week to misdemeanor larceny.  She has to pay $10,000 of the total $25,000 in restitution by THIS Monday or risk some jail time. Steinburg responded to the plea with a not-so-subtle threat against the Dare…

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Robeson pol behind fake PAC in 2018 got $54K from Dems for 2012 GOTV

We reported earlier about a fake PAC in Lumberton — The Robeson County Get Out The Vote Committee — getting all kinds of Democrat GOTV cash prior to the November election.  We identified the person behind the PAC — unregistered with state or federal authorities —  as Robeson County commissioner Jerry Stephens. 2018 wasn’t Stephens’s first go-’round with GOTV.  In 2012, he ran something called The Robeson Committee on the Affairs of Black People.  The month before the November election that year — which included a presidential and gubernatorial vote — the Robeson County Democrat Party loaded Stephens’s organization up…

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The tale of the tape: Steinburg’s aide admits “… I stole”

The Dare County woman who works for senator-elect Bob Steinburg’s as his legislative assistant and campaign manager ( as well as for his basketball promotion company) pleaded guilty earlier this week to misdemeanor larceny.  Among other things — that include supervised and unsupervised probation as well as a suspended jail sentence – Diana London is required to pay $25,000 restitution to her victims. Senator-elect Steinburg said post -plea that he still has “full confidence” in his aide and will continue to employ her.  He also launched into a tirade against the Dare County prosecutor — questioning both his integrity and…

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Monkey Business Report: Fake PAC gets Dem GOTV $$$ in Robeson County

The national media and their patrons in the Democrat Party are fixated on Bladen County and alleged Republican electoral malfeasance there.  Meanwhile, next door in Robeson County, there was a significantly larger sum of money — and a larger cast of characters — involved than there was in the McRae Dowless affair in Bladen.  Campaign finance reports for Bladen’s Republican sheriff James McVicker (2018) and Democrat  district  attorney candidate Butch Pope (2010) both show payments to McRae Dowless for “Get out the vote.” My sources on the ground in Robeson County tell me that the state and national Democrat “get out…

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$$$-strapped ECU med school drops $10 mil. on FOOTBALL

It seems like just yesterday that the Brody Medical School at East Carolina was bemoaning its tight finances and seeking MORE government funding. Actually, it was a mere TWO years ago. Now, we’re hearing that the med school is going to do its part to bail out the struggling ECU football program: East Carolina University has designated $20 million in university money to settle a deficit in its athletics budget and to make significant capital improvements to athletics facilities, officials said Wednesday. The funds are available immediately, with one $10 million transfer intended to nullify a deficit created in part…

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George & Barbara Bush’s North Carolina connection

I had heard about this many years ago.  But D.G. Martin does a nice job of recounting it in the wake of the former president’s passing: […] When Bush turned 18 in 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Chapel Hill for pre-flight training, which was according to Meacham, “a very shaping experience, a memorable experience.” Perhaps even more important for Bush was the daylong visit to Chapel Hill of 17-year-old Barbara Pierce. Bush wrote his mother, “She looked too cute for words—really beautiful.” , “They had a sandwich together and walked the campus, winding up at…

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#ncga: Steinburg’s Girl Friday pleads GUILTY

That’s what my moles in the Dare County Courthouse tell me went down yesterday. Diana London — who works as senator-elect Bob Steinburg’s legislative aide, his top campaign aide, and for his Wolfestein basketball tournament promotion business — was indicted by a Dare County grand jury earlier this year on one felony count of embezzlement. The case was meant to go to court during Steinburg’s general election campaign against Democrat Cole Phelps, but was continued until THIS WEEK — well after the voters had their say. According  to courthouse sources, London pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor larceny. Here were the…

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