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NAMING NAMES: national gambling scandal $$$$ lined a lot of pockets in both parties on Jones Street

The North Carolina state board of elections is calling for a probe into campaign contributions made by an indicted Oklahoma businessman and his wife to Gov. Pat McCrory and scores of North Carolina state legislators. Chase Burns, the owner of International Internet Technologies (IIT), is…

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Here are my United Federation of Planets credentials. Can I vote NOW?

          Thom Tillis and his team in the state House have pushed through a voter ID bill, but Jay DeLancey is NOT IMPRESSED: First, security. The law abandons the secure production process used by the DMV and instead adopts uncontrollable production…

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Things are getting HOT over toll roads in Thom Tillis Country

The battle over pay-to-drive toll lanes in Mecklenburg County has taken to cyberspace.   A few weeks back, anti-toll activists with widen i77 went to Raleigh seeking help from house Speaker (and local legislator) Thom Tillis in stopping the installation of special toll lanes on Interstate…

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Time for Thom Tillis To Choose: Speaker OR Senate candidate

            It’s one of the worst kept secrets in North Carolina that state House speaker Thom Tillis aspires to replace Kay Hagan in the United States Senate.   But should we, the taxpayers, really be financing the preparatory phase /…

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The VOTER ID saga: House goes wobbly while Senate doubles down

      I don’t understand.  North Carolinians OVERWHELMINGLY approve of requiring photo ID in order to cast a vote in the state’s elections.  Yet, the “conservative revolution” — at least that part in the state House AND governor’s office — is running scared from…

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Tillis 2012: Tolls are bad. Tillis 2013: Tolls are OK.

    A Mecklenberg County-based grassroots group has released some rather provocative video featuring state House speaker Thom Tillis.  In the video, Tillis can be seen and heard addressing a group of truckers in 2012.  The speaker can be heard telling the truckers that he…

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Did Thom Tillis torpedo bid by Justice Newby’s relative to join UNC BOG?

  I had a rather interesting conversation today with a fellow who has a LONG track record of influence in North Carolina Republican politics. He  says Wake County conservative leaders AND religious right figures around the state are up in arms over House Speaker Thom…

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US vs.THEM: “Toll-Road Thom” sticks it to his constituents

    Last year, an outcry from voters forced the legislature to back off the idea of putting tolls on Interstate 95.  This year, Jones Street is trying again.  This time it’s on I-77 in Mecklenburg County. Anti-toll activists from the county showed up in…

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The Morgan-Black clique rides again in Raleigh?

          The dictation pool in the McClatchy newsroom has regurgitated a press release talking about a new “House Republican group”: A group formed by the N.C. House Republican caucus has begun airing TV ads encouraging Tar Heel citizens to take an…

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When Thom Talks, WE listen …

  The Charlotte area is riding high in our fair state capital these days.  The governor is a former mayor of The Queen City.  The lieutenant governor is the son of the city’s longtime mayor and congresswoman.  The speaker of the state House is from…