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#ncga: In HD-52, Simon (D) outrai$ed Boles (R) in low-budget Q2 tussle

They appear to really be pinching pennies in this Moore County-based district.      Republican incumbent Jamie Boles has been representing this district since 2008.  He’s had no significant challenges from Democrats, but has had two serious Republican primary challengers. His last primary challenger, Aberdeen town commissioner Ken Byrd, raised…

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Monkey Business Report: Truth in campaign advertising edition

The Lexo-McInnis NC Senate primary race has been a wild and woolly one thus far.  The primary race down here between state Rep. Jamie Boles and challenger Ken Byrd is starting to heat up. We all got treated to a mailer this week from Boles accusing Byrd of “flocking to…

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#ncga: In 2018, Byrd just MIGHT be THE WORD

Moore County’s Jamie Boles has had it relatively easy in his decade in Raleigh.  The Republican, representing state House district 52, easily knocked off a troubled incumbent in a crowded 2008 primary.  Between 2008 and 2016, the legislator and well-liked, well-respected funeral home owner got a free pass on election…

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#ncga: A GOPer & Dem to take on Moore’s Boles

For a Republican elected official in rock-ribbed Republican Moore County, a Democrat opponent is (1) a rarity, and (2) usually little more than an annoyance, like a fly buzzing around one’s face.  But a Republican primary challenger CAN be a different story. State Rep. Joe Boylan found that out in…

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Popping the “Blue Monday” bubble

  Well, the state Democrat Party has rolled out more challengers for incumbent Jones Street Republicans.  One that threw me for a loop was Lowell Simon of Moore County challenging Jamie Boles. If you read up on Simon, he sounds like quite an impressive fellow.  Buuuuuuuut —- he’s a Democrat. …

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#ncga: STILL taking care of (THEIR) businesses

The North Carolina House dealt with a bill Thursday that directly affects the funeral home business.  Representatives Jamie Boles (R), Howard Hunter (D), and Kelly Alexander (D) are the primary sponsors of HB629 — which exempts funeral home owners, their businesses, and their “agents” from any liability related to damages,…

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#ncga: Did Moore County’s Jamie Boles help kill Craft Beer freedom bill?

It sure looks like it.  And if so, that would be very interesting to Moore County’s burgeoning craft beer industry.  Here’s The John Locke Foundation:  The clock ran out before House members had a chance to decide whether to loosen some rules on craft breweries that want to distribute their own…

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#ncga: Time for Moore county legislators to produce, or GO HOME

Moore County and Randolph County are two of the most reliably Republican counties in the state.  Political pros rank them somewhere in the R+20 or +30 range, which is a fancy way of saying a Democrat has no chance in hell there.  With that kind of partisan support, you’d think…

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#ncga: Getting by (WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS)

State Rep. Jamie Boles has caught a little grief from us over the years. Much of his work in recent years has involved introducing legislation that directly benefits the funeral industry — in which he also happens to make his livelihood.  He just escaped a bloody primary challenge where his…

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#ncga: Sour grapes? (Yum.)

Close elections can be quite the learning experience.  Incumbents who narrowly escape the wrath of the voters can do one of two things: (1) grovel and beg to get back in their good graces, or (2) smugly press on with nose held high and a “Hey, I still won” attitude,…