It’s ALIVE! (Chicken plant is back to take another peck at Speaker Timmy)

We told you earlier about Speaker Tim  Moore conveniently getting an ethics complaint about a private business deal dismissed on the very last day of existence for the state board of elections and ethics enforcement.   Well, the liberal group that filed that one is back with a NEW complaint about the same deal: A Washington, D.C.,-based government watchdog group asked the state ethics board Monday to look into the role a senior aide to House Speaker Tim Moore played in state environmental approvals for a closed chicken plant Moore co-owned. The Campaign for Accountability obtained emails in late November…

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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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Wayne Goodwin needs to shut up. (Seriously.)

There’s nothing like listening to a lecture on ethics and good behavior from a confirmed sleaze.  But that’s what the driveby media is subjecting us to.  And state Democrat Party chairman Wayne Goodwin is more than happy to oblige them.   Goodwin is all over social media and the driveby media questioning Mark Harris’s integrity and strongly suggesting he was okay with criminal conduct in his recently completed congressional race. Granted, he is the state Democrat chairman.  His job is  to attack Republicans.  (The job of the state GOP chairman is to apparently take LOTS OF NAPS.) But while we…

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#ncga: Moore money, Moore problems.

At least THAT is the name of a new website that has popped up. No, it’s not talking about my beloved county of residence, but about the pride and joy of Kings Mountain, Speaker Timmy.  Clearly the evil masterminds behind this new site are bent on influencing the upcoming vote on NC House speaker for the new legislative session.  We are still hearing  about a certain member of House leadership talking himself up as a credible candidate for speaker (should Speaker Timmy experience some sort  of legal, personal or political misfortune in the near future). The new website focuses on…

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#ncga: Aaaaaaaaand HERE come the skeletons!

Here we are, less than a week before early voting,  and all kinds of folks’ dirty laundry is coming over the transom.  (I think I am going to have to bring on a few interns to help weed through all this.) Let’s get started with our first set of victims.  We told you some time back about Democrat attorney Mark Bibbs being accused of lobbying without a license (among other things).  Text messages revealed he was tight with then-Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, and was apparently helping Tim Moore, David Lewis, and Nelson Dollar pick committee chairmen. It appears that story is…

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#ncga: A lawyer problem

I  must confess.  I have little to no use for most lawyers.  It’s an occupation where one is paid big bucks to lie, obfuscate, tap dance around and stomp all over ethics and morality and those sorts of things. They have no real skills — short of running their mouths.  Yet they are over-represented in the ranks of government — telling the rest of us what is good for us, what is bad for us, and how we are going to live our lives.   A friend who used to serve in the NC House tells me members, who also happen…

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#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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Monkey Business Report: NCGA per diem edition

Hang around state politics enough and you’re bound to hear whining about how little our legislators are compensated. According to state law, rank-and-file legislators (not in leadership) get paid $13,951 per year plus $559 per month for expenses.  What you hear a lot less about are the per diem payments ($104 per day) plus mileage (0.29 cents per) on top of that. That part has us intrigued.  So, thanks to a public records request — and the yeoman’s work by Haymaker super-fan Tim Martin — we have our hands on a whole lot of official internal General Assembly files detailing…

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#ncga: Trouble for Timmy?

Uh-oh.  Just as Republicans were ramping up their ethics attacks on Roy Cooper, along comes a shady, mysterious non-profit with allegations against a top Raleigh Republican: A government watchdog group is accusing one of North Carolina’s most powerful legislators of using his political position for financial benefit – by stopping state regulators from cracking down on pollution at a property he owned and was trying to sell. Tim Moore, a Republican, is the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives and a lawyer from Cleveland County in western North Carolina. But he also co-owns a company called Southeast Land…

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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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