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Republican legislator, DEMOCRAT DONOR ???

  Here in Moore County, we have  a Republican candidate who gave multiple times to Barack Obama. Agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler headed “Farmers for John Edwards”  in 1998 when the Democrat was challenging incumbent US Senator Lauch Faircloth.    So,  NOTHING surprises me anymore.  …

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Democrat state House candidate’s family at center of embezzlement / exploitation scandal

    Pay attention.  This one stretches halfway across our great state:   A Concord pastor has been convicted in Pamlico County of embezzlement of more than $100,000 and four counts of exploitation of an elder adult in Grantsboro.   Thomas Wayne Steele, 63, was…

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MISTER Folwell: Leading the way

    State treasurer Dale Folwell got raked over the coals — even by members of his own party — when he pushed for transparency in  the pricing offered by health care providers.  Along comes President Trump who issues an executive order calling for pretty…

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Jones Street. The partisan index. And 2020.

  The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, a GOP-leaning establishment pro-business group,  regularly analyzes our General Assembly districts and computes things called partisan indexes.  These are sort of like the spreads that bookies put on sporting events. The history of each party’s performance in each…

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#ncga: 2019 legislator ratings. (Yay!)

  Art Pope, Inc. has released its 2019 conservatism ratings of our state legislators. Seventeen votes were hand-picked for the House study. (There were 15 in the Senate.)  Of course, voting “correctly” on all 17 (or 15) gets you a score of 100 — perfect…

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Crocodile tears over judges

  It’s interesting to see and hear all of these Republican  bigwigs bemoan “legislating from the bench”:     Thom Tillis and Richard Burr have voted for MANY of these judges who have overturned votes of North Carolinians and their state legislators.   The state…

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#ncga: Yoga Pants, adult beverages, and DAVID LEWIS.

    Oh, the things politicians will attach their names to:     Depending on who is wearing them,  Yoga pants can be the most wonderful things.   Yet,  David Lewis is (1) very married, (2) representing a county that is a Southern Baptist powerhouse,…

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#ncga: Is primary challenge to Boles being powered by the Po-Po?

    It’s not clear whether we’re talking about a small minority of Moore County law enforcement officers  or a significant chunk.  But it is pretty clear that some active and retired lawmen in the county are awfully excited about Southern Pines police chief Bob…

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State incentives meant to aid poorer, rural counties go mostly to Wake, Meck

    Um,  SURPRISE ????       Plant closures and job losses have hit rural parts of our state the hardest.  Raleigh politicians talk a great game about helping those folks bounce back, but a new study shows their actions are not matching their…

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More on 2020 filing

      Here’s the final list.   The Libertarian Party actually has a candidate named “Vermin Supreme” who has qualified for North Carolina’s March presidential primary ballot.   While they appear to be abandoning the 2nd and 6th congressional districts,  state Republicans seem to…