#ncpol: LtGov GOP field for 2020 already getting crowded

It’s the worst kept secret in Raleigh that Dan Forest is leaving the lieutenant governor post to run for governor in 2020.  A gaggle of Republicans is out there already positioning themselves to replace him. We’ve already told you about NC Rep. Mark Brody (R-Union) and former Mecklenburg County commissioner Jim Puckett.  We also learned former congresswoman Renee Ellmers is eyeing the seat.  (Sources tell me her candidacy is looking more and more certain.)   Another name to throw on the list:  Neal Robbins, an attorney, the current publisher of The North State Journal, and a former aide to Richard…

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NC-09: ANOTHER Robeson DEM paid out nearly $8K for “GOTV”

The Ninth Congressional District race is trapped in limbo because of alleged concerns over the roughly $7000 worth of work by GOTV (get out the vote) consultant McRae Dowless.  Much of Dowless’s work was on behalf of Republicans. Meanwhile, over in neighboring Robeson County, we’ve identified two Democrat candidates who paid out more than $60,000 for “GOTV” services and consulting.  Another one has surfaced who shelled out nearly $8000 for GOTV consulting and services. It is our understanding that these GOTV “experts” work on behalf of a slate of candidates who pay up to join said slate.  Typically, the slate…

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#ncga: Complaint against Speaker Timmy dismissed on NCSBE&EE’s last day of life

A liberal activist group had filed a complaint against State House speaker Tim Moore over some private business dealings in  Chatham County.  Apparently, the belief was that a Moore aide had meddled in a state environmental review of a property Moore and his business partners were trying to sell for BIG $$$.  Well,  Moore’s office has distributed an order of dismissal on the matter, signed by the NC state board of elections and ethics enforcement’s executive director Kim Strach, to several members of the driveby media. What makes this extra interesting?  The dismissal came on the board’s LAST DAY in…

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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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NC-09: NCSBE chairman’s kin PAID $$$$ to campaign for Dan McCready?

NC state elections board chairman Joshua Malcolm already has an ethical dilemma on his hands —  chairing an investigation into campaign dealings in his home county involving a political machine he has long defended and supported.  The current hubbub over the Ninth Congressional District got started via a concern registered by Malcolm.  Well, campaign finance reports filed by the North Carolina Democratic Party indicate that quite possibly at least TWO of Malcolm’s close family members were on the party’s campaign “payroll.”  They were paid via the party’s “federal” account — which is meant to be used on federal races.  …

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NC-09: Robeson judge candidate played absentee ballot game

Angelica Chavis McIntyre (D) had a great election day in November.  The assistant Robeson county prosecutor defeated incumbent district court judge Dale Deese, a former Democrat who switched to unaffiliated and won an appointment to a vacant seat from then-Gov. Pat McCrory (R).  Given all the attention to campaign activities in Bladen County, it’s important to look at what happened in neighboring Robeson County.  It appears a number of Democrat candidates in Robeson County were (1) receiving money from Democrat Party sources and (2) turning it around to pay a pool of individuals in Robeson County who specialize in the…

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NC-09: “MEDIA reports”? (Seriously?)

In their lust to just make the whole NC-09 kerfuffle GO AWAY, Raleigh Republicans are passing legislation of questionable constitutionality and embracing the reporting of the driveby media. Never before has the lack of leadership in the NCGOP been so apparent.  You’ve got hundreds of egos running around, running their mouths.  Meanwhile, in the Ninth District, reputations are being destroyed, the will of the people is being ignored, and the state’s congressional delegation is left in limbo. […] Under current state law, if the board calls for a new election it would be a re-do of the general election contest…

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Does newly-elected sheriff ACTUALLY LIVE IN the county he was elected to serve?

That is the question being asked by Columbus  County voters and some drivebys in southeastern North Carolina: There’s no power hookup, there’s no trash service and the owner of a property in Cerro Gordo is not paying any taxes for structures associated with this property, according to Columbus County tax records. Yet newly elected Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene claimed that property along Page Mill Road as his primary residence when he signed up to run to be the chief law enforcement official in that community. […] *Nice.*  Vote fraud controversies are already roiling neighboring Robeson and  Bladen counties.  Now,…

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#nc-09: Calls for Josh Malcolm to recuse himself from Bladen-Robeson probes GROW

We got the ball rolling.  NC State Board of Elections chairman Joshua Malcolm is too closely tied to the political machine suspected of being behind sketchy, possibly-illegal election activities in Robeson County.  It’s pretty clear Roy Cooper elevated him to chairman to protect the Democrat interests in Robeson County while focusing on alleged Republican activity in Bladen County.  As a member of the Robeson County board of elections, Malcolm led efforts to stymie probes into alleged voting irregularities — typically aimed at the county’s Democrat machine.  He is the last person you would pick to oversee a fair, above-board state…

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DC group messing with Robeson absentee ballots has deep ties to nat’l. DEMs, Labor, and radical Left

The Voter Participation Project, which we learned was aggressively pushing absentee ballots on Robeson County voters a month before the congressional election, is looking less like an educational, public interest group and more like a political organ for the radical Left and national Democrats. According to GuideStar: The Voter Participation Center’s (VPC) mission is to bring more people into our democracy and ensure that those who are traditionally underrepresented are fully represented in national, state, and local elections as well as civic engagement and public policy debates. Increasing the number and diversity of Americans who believe and participate in the…

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