Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

LGBT-ing the G-O-P.

A national group that says having the GOP incorporate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) agenda into its platform is “the conservative thing to do” has apparently established a beachhead on Jones Street. The American Unity Fund  has hired two lobbyists, who are in…

Posted in Congress Media NCGOP Politics Walter Jones

#nc-03: Emerson Electric, Boehner tag-teaming Walter Jones?

That’s what it looks like.  Take a gander at this invitation for a September 29 fundraiser in DC for Jones’s primary opponent, *local boy* Taylor Griffin: Subject: Fwd: Taylor Griffin Please Join Jim Carter John Green Will Kinzel Hunter Moorhead Jeff Strunk Emerson Responsible Government Fund For…

Posted in Law & Order NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP

#ncga: Sex And The (capital) City

We all remember the hubbub over the chief of staff (and roommate) to then-speaker Thom Tillis getting caught in a tryst with a Jones Street lobbyist.  Then, late last year, the state ethics commission said sex does not count as trading something of value. Now,…

Posted in Congress Media Politics

Want to get BIG money out of politics? Shrink Big Government.

$100 million for ONE US Senate race. Most of it flooded in from out of state.  What is this all about?  Why are all of these people willing to fork out so much for a US Senate seat from North Carolina?  If it can be…

Posted in campaign 2014 Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

#NCGA: A short session surprise?

A piece of legislation that has raised the ire of Civitas and other Tea Party-aligned groups,  and has been voted down twice in the state House, has been resurrected and sent to the House Rules Committee.  According to a rather surprising source — who has…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

#NCSEN: Speaker Thom & Lobbyist LOVE

      Some time back, we wrote about the high levels of affection Thom Tillis’ legislative staff was showing some Jones Street lobbyists.  Now, it appears some lobbyists are showing Speaker Thom a little bit different kind of love. Word broke yesterday that a…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Emails from Speaker Tillis, other lawmakers raise suspicions of lobbyist shakedowns

        Some lobbyists recently received an email from the reelection campaign of House Speaker Thom Tillis asking for money.  State law prohibits lawmakers from soliciting lobbyists for campaign contributions.   Bob Hall, with Democracy North Carolina,  has chimed in on the episode…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

“Tom-with-an-H” is all alone on this one

Drip-drip-drip.  The sordid details surrounding Speaker Thom’s staff  are treating Raleigh Republicans to the worst kind of Chinese water torture.  They took power in 2010  promising a different environment than what their predecessors offered.  Considering some of the stories coming out of the speaker’s office,…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Ex-members of Team Thom hit jackpot on way out the door

        Hmmmm.  Severance pay for resigning from your job.   That’s a new one.  But they’re always breaking new ground, or looking to do so, on Jones Street: State House Speaker Thom Tillis authorized payments equal to a month’s salary for two…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Congress Economy Media Moore County Politics

Around the world with Renee (and the lobbyists)

Government records show that lobbyists paid for congresswoman Renee Ellmers, her husband, and her chief of staff to visit Turkey and Israel in August and October of 2011. From 8/13/11 to 8/21/11,  Ellmers and her husband toured Israel on the dime of The American Israel…