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#ncga: Take your wife to work?

Senator Jerry Tillman is an interesting bird to watch.  He’s got a “campaign office” 80 miles or so outside the boundaries of his district — on a Raleigh golf course. He’s quite passionate about dumping our tax dollars on the money-bleeding, highly-wasteful and suspect solar energy…

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#ncga: WHAT? I’m screwing over HALF my district?

It appears our local paper found senator Jerry Tillman — likely in his “campaign office” on a Raleigh golf course — to explain just what’s going on with his school funding legislation:  The General Assembly is considering legislation that would direct more lottery funds for…

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#ncga: Time for Moore county legislators to produce, or GO HOME

Moore County and Randolph County are two of the most reliably Republican counties in the state.  Political pros rank them somewhere in the R+20 or +30 range, which is a fancy way of saying a Democrat has no chance in hell there.  With that kind…

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#ncga: Is church tithing a campaign expense?

That question definitely does arise when examining state senator Jerry Tillman’s campaign expense report.  According to reports filed with the state board of elections, the senator’s campaign has paid $10,500 during this election cycle to Archdale Friends Meeting in Randolph County. From January through October, the campaign…

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#ncga: Despite a lack of actual opponents, Sen. Tillman’s campaign still “renting” a “campaign office”

It’s unusual to pay for a campaign office when you don’t actually have anyone running against you.  It’s doubly unusual to pay for a campaign office 70 miles outside of the district you represent.  But that’s what Jerry Tillman, the senate’s Republican whip, IS and…

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#ncga: Binky spies a bigot

WRAL’s Binky — that mouth-breathing buffoon who serves as first mate on the S.S. Short Bus — is giving Colin Campbell and Rob Christensen a run for their money in the ‘laziest driveby PoS competition.’  Apparently, Mr. Goodmon let Binky play on Twitter today: Now,…

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#ncga: Legit campaign expense, or home-away-from-home bachelor pad / man-cave? (You make the call.)

Our legislators get roughly $100 per day to cover food and lodging expenses while the legislature is in session. A number of legislators I spoke with said there are several hotels near Jones Street that offer special rates for legislators during session.   Yet, we’re…

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#ncga: Tillman defends support for solar subsidies, citing economic development and jobs

I had a brief, yet interesting conversation with state Senator Jerry Tillman yesterday afternoon.  The legislator left me a message praising my work, but wanting to talk about “a few things” I ”got wrong.”  O-Kay.  He got me curious.  So, I called him back.  Tillman was actually…

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#ncga: Senators slam drive-by, Dem spin on alleged harm to schools by budget delay

Blinkin’ Chris and his unruly mob have been on a tear telling us how the children will all get dumb and fail in life because legislators have not coughed up more money.  Senator Tom Apodaca — senator Berger’s ‘muscle’ and the senate’s majority whip Jerry…

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#ncga: Oh, how those things you sign your name to come back to bite you …

Politicians are eager to win votes and please everybody — ALL AT ONCE.  It’s not all that uncommon to see some of those folks coming down on both sides of an issue at the same time.  Some are slippery enough not to leave fingerprints on any…