#ncga: David Lewis, ETHICS LAW chairman ???

I stumbled across this gem today: Ethics Law Chairman?  I knew Lewis was the big elections kahuna for the House.  But putting him in charge of ANYTHING akin to ETHICS??? (Yikes.) Let’s review, shall we? December 2015:  Lewis was the subject of an ethics complaint — alleging pay to play — filed by fellow Rep. George Cleveland (R).  Here we are in 2018, and we’ve heard  nothing else about said complaint.  There is no publicly-available evidence that it was ever adjudicated by the Ethics Committee.  That SAME MONTH, Lewis was hit with another set of ethics allegations (pay to play)…

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#ncga: Harnett’s David Lewis moves his campaign ops to Raleigh

According to campaign finance documents, it apparently happened during the second quarter of 2018.  (June 29, to be exact.) As late as the first quarter of 2018, state Rep. David Lewis’s campaign finances were handled by TRP CPAs of Dunn, North Carolina — which is IN Lewis’s legislative district. But, on June 29th, an interesting change was made.  Amy Ellis, a Raleigh-based campaign finance guru who handles the finances of a lot of GOP bigwigs on Jones Street, took over Lewis’s campaign finances.  Also listed as a treasurer and custodian of books is someone named Jake Anthony, who has a…

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#ncga: Election bill appears to benefit Lewis donor

The House committee dealing with election reform reported out a committee substitute to S486 yesterday.  Those of you who follow state politics closely know that Rules Committee Chairman David Lewis (R-Harnett) is the elections guru for the House majority. One provision in the bill that is especially intriguing is,um, THIS ONE: The stuff that is underlined is what has been added by the committee.   I am told by folks in the know about election equipment that the $10 million bond provision basically prices out all potential competitors for the state’s business and protects the existing monopoly held by Printelect…

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#ncga: facilitatin’ and clarifyin’

We came across this precious gem on Twitter: “Facilitating equal opportunities for people to use their God given talents”?  (Really?) Is that kind of like hooking campaign contributors up with state government printing contracts?   Or late-night abuses of the technical corrections process in order to aid a campaign contributor (who later finds himself in the midst of a mighty unflattering state auditor report)? *Just checking.*  

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#ncga: THIS is what my Hebrew friends call ‘chutzpah’.

NC House Republicans have decided that Rules Committee chairman David Lewis will be their point-man on ethics allegations against Roy Cooper and the Democrats.  Lewis has come out strong on social media, tweeting stuff like, oh,  THIS: “Better to admit you are caught with your hand in the cookie jar and MOVE ON” ???? THIS is coming from the guy who got hit with an ethics complaint over THIS.    The complaint disappeared down that GOP-controlled rabbit-hole called The Ethics Committee — and hasn’t been seen again.  That whole shady episode led to this, um, problematic scenario documented in an audit…

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#ncga: The ghost of Ethics Complaints Past

David Lewis is a powerful man on Jones Street.  He chairs the House Rules Committee and is a bona-fide FOT (Friend of Timmy).  He has a big say as to whether your legislation sees the light of day on the House floor.  (Timmy used to have that job before he moved up to the big chair.)  We’re thinking a lot of bodily orifices on and around Jones Street tightened up when THIS story hit the driveby media last week: A pair of contractors tasked with towing, storing and auctioning off cars seized from impaired drivers and people who run from…

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#ncga Moles: Moore, Lewis teaming with Dems on BIG HB2 sellout

In December, Tim Moore had to promise his caucus that NO HB2 repeal legislation would make it to the House floor without majority approval within the House Republican Caucus.  In February, Moore had to convince his caucus that he was not working on a back-door sellout on HB2 with the Democrats.   Well, some closed-door shenanigans at the legislature today have quite a few people calling B.S. on Speaker Timmy. Word began circulating early today that a House Republican caucus meeting had been called.  My sources tell me that, when members began showing up at the meeting room, they found…

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#ncga: Colon Campbell does the Rules Chairman a solid

Listen to this bit-of-butt-hurt-holier-than-thou-snowflake-lite sermonizing from state Rep. David Lewis, a top ally to Speaker Tim Moore: […] “There are forces at work following this election that I do not understand – forces of hate and intolerance. I condemn those forces. I condemn the KKK and Black Panthers and any other group hell bent on dividing us. We must be smart enough to know our words and actions matter.”[…]  Holy cow.  Is this a Republican leader, or the dean of the women’s studies department in Chapel Hill?  What’s Dollar Bill Dave all butt-hurt about?  Here’s more from the N&O’s Colon…

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#ncga: Hey, what happened to that ethics complaint against David Lewis?

Yeah. It was filed way back in December, wasn’t it?   It was unusual, to say the least, to see a legislator file a complaint against another legislator from the same party.    The complaint contained very serious pay-to-play allegations against the House Rules Committee chairman, Harnett County legislator, and close buddy to Speaker Tim Moore.  Apparently, there is a lot of time to get all G.Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt about finding my sources, but there just isn’t time to investigate whether a powerful member of House leadership has the chamber’s business up for sale to the highest bidder.   There’s…

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David Lewis aide seeking to replace his boss as NC’s RNC rep

If you can’t have the job, having someone in place who you can control is just as good.  The ever-so-controversial state Rep. David Lewis announced earlier he was stepping down as one of North Carolina’s two representatives on the Republican National Committee..  He survived a no-confidence vote with the help of some NCGOP cronies, but he was not likely to survive the wrath of ”the great unwashed” who would show up at the NCGOP’s state convention in May. State Rep. Mark Brody had already announced his intention to run — prior to Lewis stepping down.  But Lewis aide Greg Gebhardt…

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