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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: You KNOW you’re in trouble when …

… the legal fees and other costs expended to get you on the ballot are a bigger number than your campaign’s fundraising totals over two quarters.  That appears to be the story for Senate district 37 challenger Nora Trotman.  Remember her saga?  Democrats pointed out…

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#ncga: In SD-9, Peterson (D) outrai$ed incumbent Lee (R) in Q2

And the beat goes on … Former Wilmington mayor Harper Peterson is one of the Democrats’ marquee challengers in this cycle.  This seat has bounced back and forth between the parties since Patrick Ballantine gave it up to run for governor.  Democrat Julia Boseman held…

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#ncga: In HD-51, Mathis (D) outrai$ing incumbent Sauls (R) for ALL of 2018

This Lee County-based district has bounced back and forth between  Rs and Ds for the past few years.  Will it happen again in 2018? According to the latest fundraising reports,  state Rep. John Sauls (R) raised $5,050 for the second quarter of 2018.  His Democrat…

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#ncga: In HD-36, Democrat von Haefen has MORE Dollars than Nelson

For the second quarter of 2018, that is.  One of Speaker Tim Moore’s top henchmen (who happens to chair the House Appropriations Committee) finds himself in a little bit of a fiscal hole. According to the latest campaign disclosure reports, state Rep. Nelson Dollar reports…

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#ncga: In HD-52, Simon (D) outrai$ed Boles (R) in low-budget Q2 tussle

They appear to really be pinching pennies in this Moore County-based district.      Republican incumbent Jamie Boles has been representing this district since 2008.  He’s had no significant challenges from Democrats, but has had two serious Republican primary challengers. His last primary challenger, Aberdeen…

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#ncga: In SD-1, Phelps (D) outrai$ed Steinburg (R) in Q2

I’m starting to see a pattern here. Bill Cook (R) is stepping down from his admirable tenure representing district 1.  The district on the ballot for November is more Democrat-friendly than the one Cook has been serving. State Rep. Bob Steinburg (R) is seeking to…

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#ncga: In SD-25, Mills(D) outrai$ed incumbent McInnis (R) in Q2

It took a vicious slander campaign courtesy of Phil Berger and the boys to get him through the May primary. Tom McInnis might need even more of the same  if he’s going to pull out a win in November. According to the latest disclosure reports, Pinehurst…

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Why did NCGOP hire a private eye?

According to the party’s latest financial report, a payment of nearly $5000 was made to Scott & Associates Investigations of Greensboro on April 10. I understand that opposition research is an integral part of a political organization’s business plan.  Malleus Political Strategies of Raleigh got…

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Steamed about high gas prices? Tell THIS GUY.

I am sure there is quite a bit of sticker shock going around as people gas up for their holiday travels.  Our local paper here in Moore County — which, as you may know, was brought down  from the mountain by Moses himself — published…