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#ncga: More Steinburg tourney questions

Okay, let’s review.  State Rep. Bob Steinburg — in his rookie season as an event promoter — talked Currituck County into paying him $50,000 to promote a basketball tournament in Asheville.  It appears that a majority of Currituck County commissioners were not informed of this…

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#ncga: Steinburg basketball tourney ONE HOT MESS

Once again, we have mail. We’ve covered state Rep. Bob Steinburg’s venture into sports promotion — funded by Currituck County tax dollars — pretty extensively.  This time we have a series of emails between officials at the Asheville Civic Center and Bob Steinburg, Jr. —…

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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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Currituck leaders defend payments to Steinburg, Steinburg Invitational

The VisitCurrituckOBX.com Battle in The Blue Ridge college basketball tournament happened in Asheville over Thanksgiving.  Nobody broadcast the games on television.  (ESPN didn’t bother streaming it on its  ESPN+ service.) We covered the debacle from its conception to its finale.  Then-state Rep. Bob Steinburg (now…

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Steinburg can’t GIVE tickets away to his tax-funded basketball fiasco

According to Asheville officials, tickets to the visitcurrituckobx.com Battle for The Blue Ridge are — in fact — slower than molasses: The “Battle in the Blue Ridge” basketball tournament that Currituck County paid a state lawmaker’s company $50,000 to help promote starts Friday, and so…

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A TV blackout for Steinburg Invitational?

State senator-elect Bob Steinburg promised Currituck County a PR bonanza in return for underwriting his private company’s inaugural sports promotional venture. Yes, college basketball season is upon us.  The Tar Heels men’s team is headed to Vegas for Thanksgiving to take on the likes of…

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#ncga: Indicted Steinburg aide ALSO working on Steinburg Invitational?

Judging from this email, it would appear to be so. Most politicians who have aides under indictment send them off to go spend more time with their families.  Not Bob Steinburg. Steinburg has Diana London, currently under indictment for one felony count of embezzlement, (1)…

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#ncga: Drivebys Tee-Up the Steinburg Invitational

The Elizabeth City Daily Advance has decided to wake up from its Rip Van Winklish slumber and call Bob Steinburg’s taxpayer-funded basketball deal what it is: State Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, says he didn’t break any laws or ethics rules when his new sports marketing…

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#ncga: Steinburg Invitational STILL the talk of Currituck

It appears Currituck county officials have shoved their tourism director out in front to try and put a positive spin on their decision to pay state Rep. Bob Steinburg $50,000 to promote a basketball tournament in Asheville: Currituck’s tourism director is defending the county’s sponsorship…

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#ncga: Indicted aide STILL steering Steinburg senate campaign

Bob Steinburg and his crew LOVE to tell you what’s wrong with everybody else. (They’ll even make it up if they have to.) Bob himself doesn’t miss a chance to thump a Bible and utter some variation of “Praise God” in a public forum.  But…