Posted in campaign 2019 Congress Media Politics

NC-03: If Allen Thomas had cooperated with audit, it could have been released prior to Walter Jones’s passing

  Instead of blasting congressional candidate Allen Thomas (D) for his sloppiness, Democrats are blasting their fellow Democrat, state auditor Beth Wood, for releasing an audit critical of Thomas’s management of the state-funded Global TransPark so close to Election Day.       But Wood…

Posted in campaign 2019 Congress Media NCGOP Politics

NC-03: The buck DOESN’T stop here. (Over THERE, maybe. But NOT HERE.)

  I found this little gem posted on Instagram by congressional candidate Allen Thomas (D):       Now let that sink in before you move on to read about his reaction to the unflattering audit of The Global TransPark, the job he quit just…

Posted in campaign 2019 Congress Media Politics

NC-03: Allen gets audited. (And it wasn’t pretty.)

  Audits are never fun.  It’s not fun when the IRS shows up to do it.  When you’re involved with the state government, it’s no fun when Beth Wood and her team come calling.  Allen Thomas (D) quit his job as mayor of Greenville to…

Posted in Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

We MUST spend MORE because we, um, CAN’T spend what we already have.

  Makes no sense, right?  But that’s state government — actually, GOVERNMENT — for you.   Democrats and their queen, Roy Cooper, are demanding that we foot the bill for MORE Medicaid spending for even MORE potential recipients.  But, hold the phone.  State auditor Beth…

Posted in campaign 2018 Media NC legislature Politics

Can’t even sell BOOZE right.

Sometimes, it’s NOT as easy as A-B-C.  That’s what state auditor Beth Wood’s latest audit has found: The office in charge of North Carolina’s state-run liquor stores has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars through years of mismanagement, according to an audit released Thursday morning. The…

Posted in Education Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

Ethics Roulette: (Am I my brother’s auditor?) It’s ALL IN THE FAMILY at AppState.

It’s pretty clear they have a, um, “different” way of doing things at Appalachian State University.  We told you earlier about the university administrator who oversaw a business transaction between the university AND a private company where he serves as vice-president.   How could that…

Posted in campaign 2016 Hasan Harnett Media NC legislature NCGOP

#ncgop [Fear of a five-letter word]

We wrote earlier about discussions by insiders of possibly transferring a bunch of money out of NCGOP coffers right under the nose of new NCGOP chairman Hasan Harnett. The big question: WHY?   (Well, pull up a chair and I’ll tell you.) There’s been a hubbub…

Posted in Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

Under the Radar (and under the rug?): The senator and the mystery of the disappearing audit

    Back in January, we got a whole lot of ethics-related news regarding state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus).  Apparently, he spent $100,000 in campaign funds — in an election year where he was unopposed — to pay off TEN CREDIT CARDS. Lots of political…

Posted in Economy Law & Order Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics

McCrory / Wood presser: kudos for calling out Medicaid waste, but new questions raised

      Gov. Pat McCrory is getting kudos among the general populace for his tough comments on the state Medicare program at a Thursday press conference.  Auditor Beth Wood is also getting a tip of the hat for a tough audit that found tons…

Posted in Media Moore County Politics

Once again, Tim Lea is pummeled by some pesky FACTS

    Tim Lea stepped down from his seat on the Moore County board of commissioners this year after serving two terms.  Lea spent much of his first term in office as an easy YES-vote for a majority bloc that apparently could not say NO…