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Solar goons a wee-bit cash-poor through Q2 2018

Things appear to be a little tight for the folks who specialize in lining politician pockets so that said politicians will give them lots of taxpayer money to buy and play with solar panels and windmills.  These folks don’t appear to be raising much money…

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Gas taxes: We’re #10! (nationally)

As campaign season gears up, we’re hearing all about this tax being cut and that tax being cut.  But one place we can’t seem to get any relief is at the gas pump. According to the Tax Foundation, North Carolina had the TENTH highest gas…

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Lobbying firm behind dark money PAC promoting GOP House candidates?

Ward and Smith, as a firm, is one of the big-dog legal players in North Carolina.  The New Bern-based firm is well-known in the legislative building on Raleigh’s Jones Street for its “government relations” work. Mailers from something called “The Carolina Leadership Coalition” have been…

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#ncga SD-25: Lexo strikes back. McInnis, confused. Dallas practicing law without a license. (Film at 11.)

Just four months in front of an election, it sounds like things are not so hunky-dory and lovey-dovey here in the Sandhills: Demonstrating just how rankled local Republicans still are over the ugly state Senate primary this past spring, defeated challenger Michelle Lexo’s campaign has…

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#ncga: Shouting “socialism” in a rubber room

You can tell election time is getting close.  State Rep. Bob Steinburg  and his team are revving up the whisper & slander machine that so effectively eviscerated primary opponent Clark Twiddy. It’s almost funny to see how Ol’ Bob transitions on his Facebook page from…

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#ncga: Changing the rules at the last minute. Heading to court.

So, we’ve got two different cases of the majority on Jones Street changing the rules governing this year’s elections at the last minute.  Both cases appear to be headed toward becoming COURT CASES. First, we have the state Supreme Court race.  Being too cute by…

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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…

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#nc-03: Walter Jones not done yet with Scott Dacey

The votes may be counted and the results finalized for the May primary.  But the first place finisher in the 3rd district GOP congressional primary, Walter Jones, is not quite finished with third-place finisher Scott Dacey. According to a statement issued from the Jones campaign,…

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#ncga: Wilmington’s Davis (R), Morgan (D) locked in tight $$$ chase

House District 19 is one of the districts state Democrats are targeting in their effort to whittle down the GOP majority on Jones Street. At the end of the second quarter, it appears incumbent Ted Davis (R) and challenger Marcia Morgan (D) are locked in…