Posted in campaign 2018 Media NC legislature Politics

Can’t even sell BOOZE right.

Sometimes, it’s NOT as easy as A-B-C.  That’s what state auditor Beth Wood’s latest audit has found: The office in charge of North Carolina’s state-run liquor stores has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars through years of mismanagement, according to an audit released Thursday morning. The audit found that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission lost the state nearly a million dollars a year — specifically, $11.3 million over the course of…

Posted in Education Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

Ethics Roulette: (Am I my brother’s auditor?) It’s ALL IN THE FAMILY at AppState.

It’s pretty clear they have a, um, “different” way of doing things at Appalachian State University.  We told you earlier about the university administrator who oversaw a business transaction between the university AND a private company where he serves as vice-president.   How could that happen?  Where were the internal auditors?  Well, it turns out that the brother of a senior university official serves as a senior official within the…

Posted in campaign 2016 Hasan Harnett Media NC legislature NCGOP

#ncgop [Fear of a five-letter word]

We wrote earlier about discussions by insiders of possibly transferring a bunch of money out of NCGOP coffers right under the nose of new NCGOP chairman Hasan Harnett. The big question: WHY?   (Well, pull up a chair and I’ll tell you.) There’s been a hubbub in the House Republican Caucus about money management.  Apparently, money raised by the House and Senate caucuses over on Jones Street all gets dumped into…

Posted in Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Under the Radar (and under the rug?): The senator and the mystery of the disappearing audit

    Back in January, we got a whole lot of ethics-related news regarding state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus).  Apparently, he spent $100,000 in campaign funds — in an election year where he was unopposed — to pay off TEN CREDIT CARDS. Lots of political types publicly expressed their shock and dismay, and the state board of elections promised to get to the bottom of this: It is a story…

Posted in Economy Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics

McCrory / Wood presser: kudos for calling out Medicaid waste, but new questions raised

      Gov. Pat McCrory is getting kudos among the general populace for his tough comments on the state Medicare program at a Thursday press conference.  Auditor Beth Wood is also getting a tip of the hat for a tough audit that found tons and tons of waste fraud and abuse.  But there were a few things that came up during their joint presser on Thursday that got my…

Posted in Media Moore County Politics

Once again, Tim Lea is pummeled by some pesky FACTS

    Tim Lea stepped down from his seat on the Moore County board of commissioners this year after serving two terms.  Lea spent much of his first term in office as an easy YES-vote for a majority bloc that apparently could not say NO to spending opportunities.  Lea squeaked by — thanks to some absentee votes — in his 2008 reelection bid against a poorly-funded barely-known opponent.  Tim spent…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress DENR Economy Media Obama Politics

Exposing the expensive ‘green jobs’ myth

  Environmentalist rhetoric about the wonder of ‘green’ environmentally-friendly jobs is not matching up to reality.  The Washington Post, not exactly a conservative propaganda rag, has pointed out that, just two years into its existence, BarryO’s green jobs agenda has become an expensive failure: A $38.6 billion loan guarantee program that the Obama administration promised would create or save 65,000 jobs has created just a few thousand jobs two years after it…