#ncpol: ONE MORE GOPer looking at LtGov?

We’ve got four potentials out there on the GOP side, and it appears that a  New Bern restauranteur and minor-league baseball team owner may make it a quintet.  Buddy Bengel,  owner of Bengel Hospitality and The Morehead City Marlins, is reported to be feeling out various key political players in his neck of the woods about a 2020 run for lieutenant governor. Bengel was quite active in post-hurricane relief efforts in  his home region.  He also appears to be a must-see person for GOP politicians — like Dan Forest, Richard Burr, and Thom Tillis —  campaigning in his neck of…

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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 Rep.Jason Saine said he got a phone call. Neither man could say exactly what the agents wanted, but they didn’t have any proof of wrongdoing to share. “I hadn’t read the…

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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 two FBI agents visited him in early October and talked with him about an anonymous letter that claimed House Speaker Tim Moore engineered legislation favorable to one of Moore’s legal clients. John Blust, a Greensboro Republican who did not seek re-election and finished his term in December, said in an…

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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 spending $41,465.83 for the fourth quarter of 2018.  That total includes $2043.20 for airline flights on November 29 and 30.  That was weeks after the election.  His district isn’t big…

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It’s ALIVE! (Chicken plant is back to take another peck at Speaker Timmy)

We told you earlier about Speaker Tim  Moore conveniently getting an ethics complaint about a private business deal dismissed on the very last day of existence for the state board of elections and ethics enforcement.   Well, the liberal group that filed that one is back with a NEW complaint about the same deal: A Washington, D.C.,-based government watchdog group asked the state ethics board Monday to look into the role a senior aide to House Speaker Tim Moore played in state environmental approvals for a closed chicken plant Moore co-owned. The Campaign for Accountability obtained emails in late November…

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#ncga: Whining about office space, ignoring scandal and other real news. Welcome to Driveby-LaLa-Land.

Apparently, the small band of driveby media types  that loiters in the legislative building is having to move to new office space.  And THAT has them upset.  Never mind all the corruption and malfeasance infesting our legislative branch. Office space is WHAT is important.  Take it from WRAL’s Laura Leslie, who amazingly still has a job covering politics after her social media malfeasance went viral. Her hairy gorilla butt must REALLY be hurting: For 56 years, ever since the Legislative Building opened, media organizations have had workspace across the hall from where news conferences are held and downstairs from the…

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#ncga: Gettin’ PAID with Speaker Timmy

We’ve reported earlier on how the little guy from Cleveland County is making out like a Rockefeller thanks to his political connections.  Now, it appears he’s spreading the love — with other people’s money — to his staff on Jones Street: A day after his reelection as Speaker of the House, the office of Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released details of his full staff and their salaries to ABC11. Moore, himself, will make $38,151 in a part-time role. Most of his 15-member staff, with the exception of two interns, are full-time positions. The Speaker’s Chief of Staff, Scott “Bart” Goodson,…

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#ncga: Steinburg paid fired, convicted aide with campaign funds

Diana London wore a lot of hats for rookie senator Bob Steinburg — legislative assistant, campaign manager, and employee of his sports marketing firm. London pleaded guilty in early December to larceny — a charge which involved the misuse and misappropriation of funds belonging to a client of her non-Steinburg-related side business.   Steinburg publicly defended London after the plea — accusing  the prosecutor and the judicial system in Dare County of political malfeasance.    The legislator said he had confidence in her, and would keep her on as an employee.  The prosecutor responded by releasing an audio tape featuring…

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#ncga: Complaint against Speaker Timmy dismissed on NCSBE&EE’s last day of life

A liberal activist group had filed a complaint against State House speaker Tim Moore over some private business dealings in  Chatham County.  Apparently, the belief was that a Moore aide had meddled in a state environmental review of a property Moore and his business partners were trying to sell for BIG $$$.  Well,  Moore’s office has distributed an order of dismissal on the matter, signed by the NC state board of elections and ethics enforcement’s executive director Kim Strach, to several members of the driveby media. What makes this extra interesting?  The dismissal came on the board’s LAST DAY in…

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#ncga: (*CHOKE!*) Folding like one of Jason Saine’s suits.

I guess it was too much to expect the NCGOPe to stand strong for an embattled conservative member of their party.  (Or even to fight for clean elections.  Or defend one of their former House colleagues who lost reelection under shady circumstances.)  We told you about a call from a conservative activist group to delay the seating of state Rep.-elect Rachel Hunt (D-Mecklenburg) due to the discovery of some credible evidence of vote fraud in Mecklenburg County.  Some say more credible than that which caused the Ninth Congressional District seat to be denied certification.  Comments from House Majority Leader John…

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