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#ncpol: Steinburg’s B-ball tourney ALREADY violating Currituck rules?

Curiouser and Curiouser.  My friends, we learned that state (and state senate candidate) Rep. Bob Steinburg got paid $50,000 by Currituck County to promote an NCAA basketball tournament in Asheville over the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s what we learned about the payments to Steinburg from the county:…

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#ncga: The Pickle Man, gettin’ PAID. (We got mail!)

Asking NC senate candidate Bob Steinburg (R) what he actually does for a living doesn’t always result in a cut-and-dried straight answer.  He’s claimed to be a diamond wholesaler, a “retired executive”, a non-profit director, and to have been on disability.  During the primary race…

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#ncga: A new conservative star in Raleigh?

John Blust, Chris Millis and a number of other conservatives in the state House have ridden off into the sunset.  But there is an open seat race on the state’s coast that may soften the blow of those losses. Keith Kidwell, Chairman of the Beaufort…

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#ncga: “I’ll take ONE senate seat for $500K, please.”

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  Sam Searcy (D), candidate for the SD-17 seat in Wake County, has loaned his campaign  $500,000.  He is seeking to knock off incumbent Tamara Barringer (R) in November. THAT loan by Searcy puts his total fundraising haul for…

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Monkey Business Report: Ooooh, that smell ….

Whiskey bottles, and brand new cars Oak tree you’re in my way There’s too much coke and too much smoke Look what’s going on inside you Ooooh that smell Can’t you smell that smell Ooooh that smell The smell of death surrounds you ….  —…

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#ncga: In HD-98, Clark (D) leading incumbent Bradford (R) BIG in $$$ chase

This seat in the Charlotte area has had a long Republican tradition.  John Rhodes. Thom Tilli$$$.  And now John Bradford. However, the most recent campaign finance reports show challenger Christy Clark (D) is quite competitive on the fundraising front.  For the first quarter of 2018,…

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#ncga: In HD-40, Avila (R) leading incumbent John (D) in $$$ chase

This rematch of 2016 appears to be looking a little more favorable toward Marilyn Avila.  She lost her Raleigh-based seat to Democrat Joe John that year in a race heavily targeted by state Democrats and liberal groups. Campaign reports for 2018 show John raising $29,645…

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#ncga: In HD-20, Cohen (D) neck-and-neck in with Grange (R) in $$$ chase

Things are looking a little interesting in this very-Republican district. Incumbent Holly Grange (R) is running for her second full term in Raleigh.  (She was appointed to the seat in mid-2016 thanks to the incumbent’s resignation.) According to campaign reports, Grange raised $30,557 in the…

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#ncga: In HD-6, Judge (D) outrai$ed Hanig (R) BIG

A personal feud between Reps. Beverly Boswell (R) and Bob Steinburg (R) let to Currituck County commissioner (and Steinburg lieutenant) Bobby Hanig (R) primary-ing Boswell in May. Things went well for Hanig in May.  But it appears the road has been bumpy since.  According to…

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#ncga, In SD-41, Marcus(D) swamping Tarte (R) in fundrai$ing

Democrat Natasha Marcus is apparently looking a lot scarier to Jeff Tarte than Nicole Revels.  The Democrat’s 1st quarter fundraising totals exceed Tarte’s total haul for the year.  Disclosure reports show Marcus raised $113,802.53 from 375 donors during that period.  Tarte reported raising $35,456.34 from…