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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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#ncga: A new conservative star in Raleigh?

John Blust, Chris Millis and a number of other conservatives in the state House have ridden off into the sunset.  But there is an open seat race on the state’s coast that may soften the blow of those losses. Keith Kidwell, Chairman of the Beaufort County GOP, is taking on…

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#ncga: “I’ll take ONE senate seat for $500K, please.”

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  Sam Searcy (D), candidate for the SD-17 seat in Wake County, has loaned his campaign  $500,000.  He is seeking to knock off incumbent Tamara Barringer (R) in November. THAT loan by Searcy puts his total fundraising haul for the cycle at $648,156.39.  …

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#ncga: In HD-40, Avila (R) leading incumbent John (D) in $$$ chase

This rematch of 2016 appears to be looking a little more favorable toward Marilyn Avila.  She lost her Raleigh-based seat to Democrat Joe John that year in a race heavily targeted by state Democrats and liberal groups. Campaign reports for 2018 show John raising $29,645 in the first quarter and…

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#ncga: In HD-20, Cohen (D) neck-and-neck in with Grange (R) in $$$ chase

Things are looking a little interesting in this very-Republican district. Incumbent Holly Grange (R) is running for her second full term in Raleigh.  (She was appointed to the seat in mid-2016 thanks to the incumbent’s resignation.) According to campaign reports, Grange raised $30,557 in the first quarter of 2018 and…

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#ncga: In HD-6, Judge (D) outrai$ed Hanig (R) BIG

A personal feud between Reps. Beverly Boswell (R) and Bob Steinburg (R) let to Currituck County commissioner (and Steinburg lieutenant) Bobby Hanig (R) primary-ing Boswell in May. Things went well for Hanig in May.  But it appears the road has been bumpy since.  According to campaign finance reports,  Hanig raised…