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#ncga: And then there were TWO! (Perhaps a THIRD?)

We already told you about John Blust getting a visit from the FeeBs.  Now it appears another Republican legislator also had an unexpected encounter: FBI agents reached out to at least two members of the N.C. House of Representatives in recent months, asking questions about an anonymous letter that accused Speaker of the House Tim Moore  of chicanery. Recently retired state Rep. John Blust said a pair of agents visited his office. State…

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#ncga: Campaign funds to pay “COLLEGE HUNKS” ?????

No,  we’re not talking about a sex scandal here.  (At least, I DON’T THINK SO.) Jason Saine is still living the good life with his campaign treasury.  Apparently, his folks back home don’t care.  They keep sending him back to Raleigh.  Apparently, the state board of elections doesn’t care.  (Why did they care with Fletcher Hartsell or Ralph Hise, though?)  But we’re STILL going to call him out. Jason reported…

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#ncga: Viva Las Vegas! (Hey, let’s eat.)

Yes, boys and girls, that appears to be the theme for state Rep. Jason Saine’s  Q1 2018 campaign finance report.  He DID have  a primary opponent, but it is amazing how little of his campaign expenditures appear to actually have something to do with campaigning. According to his campaign report, the guy who once charged $19,000 worth of suits to his campaign fund spent more than  $20,000 in the first…

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#ncga: Traveling & Eating (on special interests’ dime) with Jason

Only in America — specifically North Carolina and the NCGOP — can a guy go from broke and unemployed to making major financial decisions for the future of the state and getting showered with cash.  It’s good to be Jason Saine. We’ve had quite a bit of fun scrutinizing Jason’s campaign reports — you know, since NO ONE ELSE appears to be interested in doing it.  This tubby little parasite…

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NCGOPe’s Love /Hate relationship with Josh Stein

The GOP leadership on Jones Street lashed out hard at Attorney General Josh Stein for hamstringing efforts to carry out death sentences in North Carolina. Meanwhile, another top legislative Republican is teaming with Stein on some legislation in what some observers might describe as a, um, sketchy PR stunt. Here is what the kids call “the deets” or “the 411”: North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced on Monday that…

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Why so skeered-a ALEC?

I mean — look at their incoming chairman.  Jason Saine was on unemployment when he got appointed to the state House in 2011.  He’s got a clear record of not being able to manage his personal finances — much less his campaign finances.  Yet, he’s head of the House’s Finance Committee. It’s hard to find anyone who can tell you what he does for a living outside of the legislative…

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Raleigh Rubber Street: Explained

Jason Saine is a mover and shaker in the House.  The guy went from unemployment to vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Finance Committee.  You’d THINK the guy would be pretty good with math and record keeping and stuff like that. Nevertheless, this site AND the board of elections have had to expend quite a bit of effort to stay on him about his campaign finances.  …

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#ncga: Auditing Mr. Saine

He’s vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee and Senior Chairman of the Finance Committee.  He has a lot of say on issues relating to the state’s finances and the your bank account.  But it appears the gentleman from Lincoln County is having quite the challenge following the rules and managing his own campaign finances. The state board of elections released its findings from an audit of NC Rep. Jason Saine’s…

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#ncga: Dollar, Saine scoring political points at county govt expense

A reader raised this possibility earlier.  After looking into it, I think the reader may have a point. There was existing legislation granting property tax exemptions for the first $45,000 in appraised value to “disabled veterans.” ( That sounds so nice.  But the legislation makes no distinction between the guy who ripped his Achilles tendon while playing for the battalion basketball team stateside, and the guy who got IEDed in…

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#ncga: It’s GOOD to be the Finance chairman. (CHA-ching!)

They are safe from the wrath of the voters for two more years.  So, of course, the final information for 2016 is now out. Jason Saine is quite the political Horatio Alger story.   He’s gone from unemployment benefits recipient to top of the heap — making decisions for all of us — on Jones Street. And all kinds of folks are making their tithes to the chairman of the House Finance Committee.  (Surely, you haven’t forgotten his…