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Thom Tillis? DONE. Skip Stam? DONE. (Any questions?)

          I button-holed a Republican legislator recently to try and get some of the inside skinny on the happenings on Jones Street.  This House member told me that his caucus’s polling shows a strong likelihood of a continued GOP majority in…

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October trial for Thom Tillis ally Stephen LaRoque? (Wait. There’s an election in NOVEMBER …)

The folks at NCPolicyWatch — who have led the way in reporting on corruption allegations against Richard Morgan and Thom Tillis ally Stephen LaRoque — say that it looks good for LaRoque to hit the courtroom the month before the big general election vote.  LaRoque, a…

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Tea Party group to Skip Stam: Thanks, but NO THANKS

  It’s become pretty clear that conservatives in Dare, Beaufort, Carteret and surrounding counties are unhappy with state House Speaker Thom Tillis.  Now,  a conservative group centered in Wayne County is voicing its displeasure with House Majority Leader Skip Stam. Citizens for Constitutional Liberties, a…

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Tillis & Laroque: A political “family” affair

With federal investigators turning up the heat on state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston), it will be interesting to see what — if any — action House Speaker Thom Tillis takes in regard to the beleaguered legislator.  Tillis has actively helped push out other scandal-tarred Republican…

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US, NC taxpayers to shell out extra millions to fix medicaid billing mess

      Poor decisions made by North Carolina state government appointees in the Hunt, Easley and Perdue administrations will likely result in a huge bailout from already-stretched-to-the-max state and federal budgets. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-Banner Elk) took to the House floor on Dec. 14…

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L’affaire Laroque claims a victim?

            It’s official:  Rep. Mark Hilton (R-Conover) will not be seeking reelection to the state House.  The Hickory Daily Record has the story: State Rep. Mark Hilton, R-96 District, will not seek another term in the legislature. Hilton’s office announced…

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Tillis: Laroque mess headed to ethics committee

      North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Cornelius)  says allegations swirling around taxpayer-subsidized loans by state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston) to himself (Laroque), family members and legislative colleagues are being referred to the House Ethics Committee for review: House Speaker Thom Tillis…

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LaRoque fires back on loan controversy …

NC State Rep. Stephen LaRoque (R-Kinston)  called a press conference this week to counter ethics questions raised against him by a left-leaning public interest group: Rep. Stephen LaRoque on Tuesday defended his pair of federally funded nonprofits that provided loans to two members of the…

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Passing the smell test …

I had such high hopes for state Rep. Stephen LaRoque (R-Kinston).  When he first came to the legislature, he was joined at the hip with former state Rep. Richard Morgan and his sweetheart deal with House Democrats.  LaRoque lost a bruising reelection fight, as did…