NC Dems take Tilli$$$’s old NC House seat

For the first time in at least sixteen years, the residents of North Carolina House district 98 in Mecklenburg County will be represented by a DEMOCRAT. Conservative champion — and prominent Jim Black critic — John Rhodes was elected to the seat in 2002.  In 2006, he was primaried and defeated by one Thoma$ Roland Tilli$$$, then a sitting Cornelius town commissioner. Tilli$$$ held the seat through the 2014 elections when he moved on to the Senate in DC.  Fellow Republican John Bradford was elected to the seat in 2014. The (grand ol’) party was over in the district this…

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#ncga: A familiar face from 2012?

Republican Ed Goodwin gave Elaine Marshall a spirited challenge in the 2012 Secretary of State race. Now, it appears Goodwin is eyeing a different route to Raleigh: Eddy Goodwin, a former state ferry director and former Chowan commissioner, says he plans to run for state representative in the newly configured 1st House District [….]  Goodwin, 65, is planning to run in the new House district that includes Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Bertie, Washington and Camden counties. He’s seeking the seat because current House 1 state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, isn’t seeking re-election to the House but plans to run for the…

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#ncga: Weeeeeeell, THAT didn’t take long.

We reported to you earlier about the announcement of New Hanover County school board member Tammy Covil’s intention to run for the NC House seat currently held by retiring Rep. Rick Catlin.  Covil, a Tea Partier, has drawn heat from the gaystapo and other members of the radical left, as well as from the country club Republican set. It appears the party powers-that-be were not content to rally around Covil and avoid a primary for the seat: Political newcomer Holly Grange–currently a member of the N.C. Ports Authority Board of Directors–announced Tuesday her intention to seek her party’s nomination for…

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#ncga: Snail’s pace. David Lewis. (Let the grumbling begin !!!)

It sounds like the advent of the Tim Moore era in the state House is not all kumbaya and sweet-smelling roses. A number of my sources who have been around Jones Street for years are noticing an apparently much slower pace in organizing things this year than in the early stages of past sessions.  Said one source: “THIS is as bad as it used to be under the Democrats.  It’s taken FOREVER to get committees organized and get people into their offices. Our folks griped about this kind of thing when the Democrats were in charge.  Now, we’re doing it….

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Paul Tine: The new Arthur Williams?

A Democrat named Arthur Williams represented the Outer Banks-centered Sixth District in the North Carolina House from 2003-2011.  During that time, he was a good Democrat — a good soldier for then Senate boss Marc Basnight and then-House speaker Jim Black. In  the 2010 GOP wave, Williams was defeated by Republican Bill Cook.  In 2012, Cook was encouraged to jump from the House to the Senate — opening up the District 6 seat, In 2012, the Tea Party was in full-swing in the district.  Tea Party leader Mattie Lawson was making a serious run at the District Six seat.  Establishment…

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#NCGA: GOP caucus sources say list of serious contenders for next House speaker down to THREE

I had the chance this week to check in with three of my better moles within the House GOP caucus on Jones Street.  (Thanks to the culture of intimidation that dominates the legislative building, I am honoring their requests for anonymity.)  All three told me that the three names to keep an eye on in the race to succeed Thom Tillis in the speaker’s chair is really between three people:  Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain), Mike Hager (R-Burke, Rutherford counties), and Leo Daughtry (R-Smithfield). Conspicuously missing: majority leader Edgar Starnes and speaker pro tem Paul “Skip” Stam.  Said House Republican Source A:…

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Thom Tillis, Walter Dalton on SAME PAGE re: HOT lanes and toll roads

        Speaker Senator Speaker Senator (Spenakor ??) Thom Tillis has gone to the mat defending the idea of using HOT Lanes and toll roads to finance road improvements in North Carolina. Well, we — being the resourceful folks we are — have dug up some footage from the 2012 gubernatorial where Democrat nominee and then-Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton was speaking favorably of the HOT lane concept and more specifically P3s (public-private partnerships) for financing new roads and improvement of existing roads. State Rep. Robert Brawley (R-Iredell) is buttressing his reputation as a fierce toll road / HOT…

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Toll Roads: We said ‘No, thanks.’ Speaker Thom & co. gave them to us anyway.

  Talk about cojones.  chutzpah.  BIG ONES.  Last weekend, delegates to the NCGOP state convention spoke out loud and clear against HOT lanes, toll roads, and anything else of that kind.     (Here’s some audio from the convention where Speaker Thom Tillis argued passionately in favor of pay-to-drive HOT lanes.)  This week, the NC House approved a $20.6 budget billion — with one Republican voting NO, and two Democrats voting YES.  State Rep. Robert Brawley was the lone dissenter on the budget (which spends roughly $400 million more than Bev Perdue’s LAST budget). Why did Brawley break with his GOP…

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Tillis inspired by Obama to practice The Limbaugh Theorem?

        McClatchy-Raleigh published a cutesy little item today about how Thom Tillis is not going to shave until the doggone legislative session ends.  (Seriously.) : WHAT’S NEXT? BEARDED LADIES? Speaker Thom Tillis announced Sunday that he had stopped shaving and didn’t intend to start again until the session was over. The “Beard Caucus” apparently met on Sunday (surely just a break from the hard task of finalizing the state budget) and came up with the ground rules: “Neck trims, face trims, etc. are allowed but a beard is required to be compliant. Goatees, mustaches and big sideburns will…

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Common Core, our kids, our state’s future, and surrender by the NCGOP establishment

  Recently, I’ve been subjected to some insinuations that my Christianity and my conservatism are in question because I dare to raise questions about the leadership of the North Carolina House of Representatives.  In fact, this little gem has been circulating lately around Facebook. If you read the linked article, you will see that the author — apparently a devout Christian, a homeschooler, and grassroots activist — is very, very impressed with House  Speaker Thom Tillis.  Why, you ask? Tillis was nice to her kids.  That’s nice.  In fact, that’s the very least we should expect from Speaker Thom.  He…

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