Ch-Ch-Ch-Chaaaaaaaaanges (at the top of NCGOP?)

It’s not unusual for heads to roll in an organization after an abysmal performance.  Sports teams.  political campaigns.  corporations.  It happens a lot. Conservatives have been griping, with good reason, for some time about the management of the North Carolina Republican Party.  Until this year. their complaints were ignored by the country-clubbers who have a stranglehold on the party machinery. And then November happened.  Mecklenburg and Wake counties — where most of those country clubbers reside — pretty much lost ALL of their elected Republican representation.  Wheels apparently started turning.  Light bulbs went off over certain heads.  (*Maybe those wingnuts…

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Politician convicted of embezzlement sues to keep her state pension

Talk about GREAT BIG ONES: Laura Riddick, the former Wake County Register of Deeds who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $926,000 while in office, is suing North Carolina to keep her pension. The state, her attorney argues, “exceeded its authority” and acted in error when it ordered $126,290.28 in pension payments since her retirement March 31, 2017, be repaid to the state, according to a court petition. Despite pleading guilty to six counts of embezzlement on Aug. 24, Riddick was still able to receive $89,000 a year from the state’s pension system. Shortly afterward, State Treasurer Dale Folwell said…

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Exit Mrs. Nix?

It’s been one of the worst kept secrets in NC politics that NCGOP vice-chairman Michele Nix has her eyes on bigger prizes (like, say, the Third Congressional District seat in Washington). Word is already circulating among NCGOP activists that Nix is laying the groundwork for stepping down from the state GOP’s #2 spot.  Tied to that talk is word that Nix is endorsing a candidate to replace her in state GOP leadership:  Guilford County GOP’s vice-chairman Tina Forsberg.    Forsberg has a LinkedIn profile touting her work as 13th congressional district treasurer. The profile also discusses her involvement with The Greater Greensboro…

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The return of Pinehurst’s hollering NIMBYs

I really thought we had turned the corner. It wasn’t long ago that Pinehurst village government  consisted of a somnambulant group of 80-somethings who allowed bureaucrats to run willy-nilly on the rest of us.  One grumpy old lady could show up and complain about something — children outside after dark, let’s say — and by golly the octagenarians on the board would pass a ban on kids outside after dark.  (This actually happened, people.) We had village government committees that demanded you appear before them and get approval before erecting either a fence or a swing-set in your yard.  And…

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The leftist mob starts Tom Farr’s ‘Black Friday’ a little early

While many of us are settling down for the cameraderie and fellowship normally associated with Thanksgiving, Bert & Ernie and the gang at NCPolicyWatch are on the warpath: Thomas Farr is not just another one of President Donald Trump’s conservative judicial nominations. A group of civil rights leaders spoke on a teleconference about their collective opposition to Farr’s nomination to the U.S. District Court bench in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The judicial vacancy is the longest running one across the nation at over 11 years. Farr, who is a well known GOP attorney who has spent his career…

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Steinburg can’t GIVE tickets away to his tax-funded basketball fiasco

According to Asheville officials, tickets to the visitcurrituckobx.com Battle for The Blue Ridge are — in fact — slower than molasses: The “Battle in the Blue Ridge” basketball tournament that Currituck County paid a state lawmaker’s company $50,000 to help promote starts Friday, and so far a little more than 100 tickets have been sold for the event. The three-day college basketball tournament, to be held in the US Cellular Center in Asheville, had sold 107 tickets and generated $2,134 in gross ticket sales as of Thursday, according to the venue’s general manager, Chris Corl.[…]  For those of you keeping…

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NCGOP staffer: We need to be more ‘open’ to progressives

Yep. Another one of those twenty-somethings who knows EVERYTHING.  Here it is on Twitter: Catherine Whiteford represents North Carolina on the Young Republicans National Committee. (I didn’t know there was such a thing.)  We learned earlier that she ran for North Carolina House while also being on the NCGOP payroll and being reimbursed by the NCGOP for “expenses.” (Whiteford scored a whopping 32% of the vote against the insufferable Grier Martin.) Whiteford thinks the GOP needs to look at people for who they ARE, and not their gender or sexuality.  Yet she brags about campaigning at an event that is…

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GOPe hasn’t learned ONE THING from 11/6. (Where do we go from here?)

DC Republicans lost their House majority.  So, how did they respond?  They elected Kevin McCarthy (R-California) as their leader for the next session of Congress.  Yep, the same ol’ Kevin Mac who lead them through the disastrous Boehner regime and right up through the 11/6/18 debacle.  It’s like hiring the captain of the Exxon Valdez to pilot your new cruise ship. McCarthy is literally one of the last few surviving Republicans in California — elected or otherwise.   According to Conservative Review, McCarthy’s conservative rating was a big fat F (36%) — down there in Thom Tillis territory.  Time for McCarthy…

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N&O punks try to smear Republicans, rural voters ONE MORE TIME

This is how they got the name “drive-bys.”  They show up at a story, cause a lot of chaos, and then speed away.  Someone else is left to clean up a mess.  Just like a real-live driveby shooting. The current M.O. of The N&O political reporters is to throw something inflammatory (and about 20 percent accurate) out there on social media.  It goes viral and causes all kinds of chaos.  And the newsroom  weasels can sit there whistling innocently like Bart Simpson: “Nobody saw me do it. Can’t prove anything.” Here’s the latest nonsense: TRANSLATION: *”Oh, giggle, giggle.  Look what…

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A missed opportunity for Barbara Jackson

A bi-partisan group of 58 sitting sheriffs (out of a total of 100) emphatically endorsed the reelection of NC Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson the week before the election.  But NO ONE in the NCGOP hierarchy, the Jackson campaign, or the driveby media appeared to give a damn.  Some of the sheriffs held a press conference in Burlington on October 30 to release the group’s statement in favor of Jackson’s reelection. Not one drive-by media outlet showed any interest.  The Jackson campaign didn’t publicize the event. (Confirmed by a Google search.) Anita Earls, the eventual winner, kept hyping her endorsement by “law…

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