#ncga #TBT: The dawn of the Speaker Timmy era

With politicians, it’s always fun to match what they’re saying and doing NOW, with what they said or did FIVE MINUTES ago, FIVE WEEKS ago, FIVE MONTHS ago, or even FIVE YEARS ago. Here’s a post from 2014 where a bright, young bushy-tailed legislator from Kings Mountain was making his case to replace Thom Tillis in the speaker’s chair: […] Even with those accomplishments, it is time we move toward a different phase in our leadership of North Carolina. To govern in the future, I believe we must use and grow our collective wisdom and participation. That means we must use…

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TWO MORE YEARS of Speaker Timmy

He’s at the center of concurrent state and federal probes.  But that didn’t stop his colleagues from reelecting state Rep. Tim Moore to another term as Speaker of the North Carolina House.  We had heard from a number of sitting House members that a senior GOP House member was putting out feelers about a potential challenge to Moore for the speaker position.  Apparently, that didn’t pan out.  Apparently, the House GOP caucus is fine and dandy with two more years of self-serving, intimidation, and score-settling.  Moore has the ties to the big money. And we’ve seen time and again that…

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Vandal blocked from speaking at Asheville school. (Bert & Ernie are pissed.)

When I was in school, we often heard from speakers who were pillars of the community — who did constructive things that benefited the community or society as a whole.  People you could look up to and admire. Here’s one of Bert and Ernie’s goons peeved about the cancellation of a speaker at an Asheville school: Bree Newsome, the Charlotte activist who rose to national prominence in 2015 after scaling a 30-foot pole to remove a Confederate flag on the South Carolina statehouse grounds, was scheduled to speak to students at Asheville Middle School this week. But the event has…

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#ncga: A time for choosing

On Monday, House Republicans will decide on their nominee for speaker for the next session.  Let’s rewind to Tim Moore’s announcement of his candidacy for speaker:  […I]t is time we move toward a different phase in our leadership of North Carolina. To govern in the future, I believe we must use and grow our collective wisdom and participation. That means we must use the vast resources of the membership of our caucus to solve problems. We must encourage fruitful debate and respect opposing viewpoints and each other. Regardless of the outcome, we stand as one caucus.[…]  THAT was 2014.  Here…

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#ncga: www.draintheswampnc.com ??? (Ruh-roh.)

Donald Trump used that slogan pretty effectively to coast to The White House.  It seems like someone in-state is trying to do something similar in Raleigh.  A site called www.draintheswampnc.com popped up on the Internet thingie today. The webmaster(s) is / are apparently NOT fans of the ruling troika in the NC House and their underlings.  The site hits Tim Moore, Nelson Dollar, David Lewis, Jason Saine, and Kelly Hastings pretty hard.  It lays out some pretty serious ethical allegations against the legislators.   (For the record, we admire the handiwork, but take no credit for it. You know we would if…

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Meet the new boss. Pretty much the same as the old boss. (Not as orange.)

All of the DC-NY conservative intelligentsia are swooning and cooing over the rise of Paul Ryan to the speakership of the US House.  I have never understood the conservative fascination with Ryan.  He’s all for amnesty for illegal aliens.  He was all for the Wall Street bailouts. He’s been all for the debt ceiling increases.  He’s been OK-FINE with the spending increases we’ve seen during DC’s Republican era. Ryan has been a good soldier for Boehner.  Boehner appointed him chairman of one of the most powerful committees in the House.  Ryan teamed up with Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy on this…

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Are we being played on Boehner-McCarthy-Ryan speaker “drama”?

El Rushbo apparently thinks so:  […] Limbaugh suggested that the House Freedom Caucus members engaged in large-scale Kabuki dance in conjunction with the Republican establishment to ensure Ryan’s Speakership. After Ryan issued his list of demands for conservative lawmakers, “you would not think that the Freedom Caucus, the conservatives in the House, the Tea Party caucus, whatever you want to call them, no way would they go along with this, no way under the sun would they go along with this,” Limbaugh said. “But it looks like enough of them will.” “This is how we get… I don’t want to…

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Paul Ryan. WHY ???????????

Conservatives just helped oust a speaker who was okay with the Wall Street bailout, debt ceiling increases, and amnesty for illegals.  Now, they and the rest of the House are ready to replace said speaker with another guy who pretty much has the same positions on those issues! Mark Meadows appears to be getting on board with Paul Ryan.  (We know he reads this blog faithfully. He’s commented here before. It would be nice if he would comment on this post — explaining why it is he can “live” with Speaker Ryan.)  Ryan — coming off that *fantastic* performance in…

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The Speaker Spat: Change the position, then hold a free-for-all

It’s pretty disturbing to hear that Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, and the rest of The Freedom Caucus are saying they would ‘look favorably’‘ upon the idea of speaker Paul Ryan.  Let’s see — Ryan gave us the TARP giveaways, openly campaigned against Tea Partiers in 2014 House primaries, got completely waxed in his 2012 debate with VP (and mental patient) Joe Biden, is so pro-amnesty that Luis Guttierez (D-IL) has endorsed him, and was part of the whole Eric Cantor-Kevin-McCarthy ‘Young Guns’ nonsense that “blessed” us with congressmen like Richard Hudson and David Rouzer.  Jordan, et. al., have been talking about reforming…

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#ncpol: McCarthy, um, PULLS OUT. Ellmers lawyers up.

The all-but-anointed speaker of the House is now outta  there:  House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)has dropped out of the race for the Speakership of the House moments before members were set to go behind closed doors to nominate a GOP candidate on the floor. “Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has withdrawn from the race for House speaker and the election for the top post has been postponed,” Politico reports. House GOP members were set to go behind closed doors to nominate McCarthy for the Speakership—he just needed 125 members to support him to get the conference nomination—at noon. The…

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