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#ncga: FBI? (O-M-G.)

It’s been whispered around the halls of the legislative building for years now:  The feds are hot on the trail of Speaker Timmy and his pals.   Now, according to one former legislator, that piece of workplace gossip may be coming true: A former state House member said Tuesday that…

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#ncga: The Jones Street oligarchy

We get all kinds of blather about how The US Capitol and the General Assembly are “the people’s house” populated by “the people’s representatives.”  Those terms are missing a few key words.  It’s actually “the people with the big bank accounts who write big checks’s house” and “the people with…

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Another one bites the Blust — um, dust

Bert Jones. Carl Ford. Chris Millis. And now John Blust. Leaders in the state House’s tiny conservative minority are calling it quits in this cycle  It must be tough to hold firm principles and sit in that chamber day after day watching other folks throw theirs out the window. I…

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#nc-13: Filtering through the GOP crowd

Talk about sensory overload.  I feel bad for voters in the GOP primary for this newly created congressional district.  They have a crowd of SEVENTEEN to evaluate.  There is no runoff, so the top finisher on Tuesday gets the golden ticket to the November general election. So, you could win…

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#ncga: Aaaaand Mr. Blust has the floor …

It looks like we have quite a food fight brewing among Republicans representing the Greensboro area. Check out this email sent by Rep. John Blust (R) to his colleagues in the lower chamber on Jones Street: From: Rep. John M. Blust  Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 11:24 AM To: @House/Republican/Members Subject: S36/H263 I am…

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#ncga [Blust calls out House leaders on illegals licensing deal]

State Rep. John Blust gave a pretty eye-opening interview to our friends at The Rhino Times about an issue that has people fired up from Murphy to Manteo: Rep. John Blust (R-Greensboro) said he thinks hearing the bill to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in committee was part…

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#ncga Rep. Blust vents re: H405, media bias, and McCrory veto

The drivebys — when not cooing over “Caitlyn” Jenner — have been aflutter about Gov. Pat’s veto of the bill that would have allowed magistrates who object to gay marriage the chance to opt out of performing such ceremonies.   There was another veto that slipped quietly out of the governor’s…

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#ncga: A rumble at the Republican caucus meeting?

Everybody seems to be buzzing about the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.  I am thinking the Blust-Hastings matchup might get just as interesting.  We documented an earlier exchange between Reps. Kelly Hastings (R-Cleveland) and John Blust (R-Guilford).  It sounds like things aren’t getting much better between these two.  This latest bout appeared…

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#NCGA: Rep. Hastings, getting an education on Facebook

I cut my cable TV cord six years ago.  And I haven’t missed it a bit.  Thanks to my Internet thingie (and my army of moles) I stay on top of the issues of the day.  You would hope that our elected officials — who make ALL KINDS of decisions…

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#ncga: Tempers appear to flare as GOPers take renewable energy debate to social media

The folks at Civitas have done a bang-up job HERE and HERE of exposing and detailing a rather unseemly relationship between Republican legislators, political consultants, and left-wing environmentalists regarding government subsidies and mandates for renewable energy. Earlier this week, a GOP-dominated House committee shot down HB 681, a measure sponsored…