Monkey Business Report: A tangled ‘technical corrections’ web dating back to JULY

We’ve raised some questions about the pretty willy-nilly disbursement of $700,000 via the recent “technical corrections ” bill approved by the General Assembly.  Several cases of five- and six-figures being doled out to various communities with little specific detail about how the  money is to be used.  Apparently, this all traces back to some bad publicity Jones Street Republicans got from the driveby media back in July: The tiny coastal community of Cedar Point, 2.2 square miles at the southern tip of Carteret County, home to about 1,315 people, is hankering for more commercial development. The legislature gave the town…

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Monkey Business Report: Pat McElraft and ‘technical corrections’

We told you earlier about the honorables on Jones Street tossing around $700K  of our money in  a quite care-free fashion with little to no strings attached.  At first, it looked like senator Harry Brown (R-Onslow) was the ringleader here.  After all, he was the primary sponsor of the ‘technical corrections bill.’ Well, after that post ran, we heard from several folks on and around Jones Street (including some folks who have voting and floor privileges) .  The real culprit behind the snatching of $700K from the Town of Cedar Point and redistributing it to a bunch of other locales…

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Monkey Business Report: Technical Corrections

In the legislature, “technical corrections” are sort of like the “consent agenda” you hear about in city council and county commissioner meetings.  Meant to be for correcting things like spelling, grammar and other typos, “technical corrections” are a fantastic opportunity for the honorables to sneak stuff in under the radar to take care of their friends. Take SB 469 for instance.  The bill, sponsored by senator Harry Brown (R), was vetoed by the governor but easily overridden by the legislature.  Here’s one of the more interesting sections of the bill: […] “SECTION 15.9.(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of law or…

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Aaaand NOW: The FEC report (NCGOP edition)

The other day, our pal Dallas was advising that we all take a look at the state party’s filings with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).  So, some of us did. Grandpa and his plane. The use of party funds to pay for Robin Hayes’s travels on his private airplane became an issue during the last chairman’s race.  Well. it appears to not only be continuing but accelerating. That’s pretty much MONTHLY fill-ups there. On top of those payments, Hayes has also been taking reimbursements for “mileage” and other expenses: It doesn’t appear that Hayes is doing much driving for the party…

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#ncga: Berger cheers increased spending

I guess the days of bashing Democrats as “big spenders” are over.  The GOPe appears sold on the concept of spending big. We learned recently that NC House Republicans were bashing a Democrat challenger for favoring offsetting increased spending with spending cuts.  Now, we have THIS from the NCGOP’s ‘Mr.Big’ in Raleigh: Wait. What?  He starts off bashing Democrats for “spending like drunken sailors,”  but finishes with bragging about the GOP majority on Jones Street spending MORE than anyone since 2003? (WTH?) If North Carolina politics has been reduced to a race between the two major parties to see who can…

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Monetary messes for many NC local governments

We’re coming up on the November elections.  Many counties will have commissioners on the ballot.  You’ll hear a lot about how great things are in your neck of the woods.  For many localities across the state, data collected and monitored by the state treasurer’s office and the Local Government Commission tells a disturbingly different story. We obtained a document referred to in state government circles as a “unit assistance list.”  This list tracks municipal and county governments across the state who are struggling with keeping their respective financial houses in order.  The information in these documents was compiled as of…

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‘Tricky Dick’ Burr: Big-spending tree-hugger

We told you a little earlier about our senior senator conspiring with one other RINO and ALL DEMOCRATS to kill substantial federal spending cuts in the Senate.  The Wall Street Journal has more on WHY ol’ Mauze did it: Republicans have had a rough week, mostly of their own making, and on Wednesday they added to their self-punishment with a spending fiasco in the Senate. Two GOP Senators blocked the Trump Administration’s rescissions package that would claw back $15 billion, much of which wasn’t even likely to be spent under current policy. A Senate procedural vote to move the rescissions…

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#ncsen: Burr, Dems kill fed spending cuts

For all of you who argue we need to stick with every R through thick and thin, we submit one Richard Mauze Burr as Exhibit A in our rebuttal argument: Senators voted Wednesday to block President Trump’s $15.4 billion spending cuts package, with lawmakers saying it trimmed the budget too much. Brushing aside administration promises that the cuts were chiefly to money that was never going to be spent, the Senate voted 50-48 to keep the bill bottled up. Two Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine and Richard Burr of North Carolina — joined Democrats to defeat the package.[…] M’kay….

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#ncga: Charity calls out Tarte on his PORK

I thought it was unusual to see $200,000 tucked away in the recent budget agreement for “classroom supplies.”   Those are normally appropriations handled by local governing entities — city councils, county commissioners, and school boards. The budget agreement even cited a charity called DonorsChoose to handle the allocation of the funds. It was even more curious to see that the money was only earmarked for certain schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg system.  It turns out those schools happen to be all the public schools in Senator Jeff Tarte’s district.  Well, it turns out that DonorsChoose wasn’t willing to play along…

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#ncpol: Takin’ care of business.

The Raleigh establishment raved about Democrats Richard Moore and Janet Cowell during their respective tenures in the state treasurer’s office.  Current treasurer Dale Folwell has been quietly slaving away, during his short time in  office, to clean up the mess those two left him. Folwell discovered a loophole that allows public officials, convicted of a crime while in office, to still draw their pension funds upon leaving office.  The treasurer is asking the honorables on Jones Street to shut that down post-haste.  We told you earlier about plans to put us deeper in debt.  Folwell is demanding public votes on…

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