#ncga: Gettin’ PAID with Speaker Timmy

We’ve reported earlier on how the little guy from Cleveland County is making out like a Rockefeller thanks to his political connections.  Now, it appears he’s spreading the love — with other people’s money — to his staff on Jones Street: A day after his reelection as Speaker of the House, the office of Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released details of his full staff and their salaries to ABC11. Moore, himself, will make $38,151 in a part-time role. Most of his 15-member staff, with the exception of two interns, are full-time positions. The Speaker’s Chief of Staff, Scott “Bart” Goodson,…

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#ncga: House Republican ObamaCare Caucus DOUBLES in size.

Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) now has some company: […] State Rep. Nelson Dollar, a powerful Republican budget writer and redistricting chairman who has been an architect of some of the party’s policy priorities, touts his role in boosting teacher pay. In an interview with The Washington Post, Dollar also said he would vote to let North Carolina expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act — something he has opposed since Republicans took over in 2010.[…] Lewis was the ONLY House Republican to support Medicaid expansion when it first came up.    North Carolina already has some of the most generous…

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#ncga: In HD-36, Democrat von Haefen has MORE Dollars than Nelson

For the second quarter of 2018, that is.  One of Speaker Tim Moore’s top henchmen (who happens to chair the House Appropriations Committee) finds himself in a little bit of a fiscal hole. According to the latest campaign disclosure reports, state Rep. Nelson Dollar reports raising $38,800 for the second quarter of 2018.  His Democrat challenger Julie von Haefen reports raising $70,281.64 for the same period.  

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#ncga: NC Dems blast Crone for playing nice with Dollar

I  have a lot of respect for Democrat uber-consultant / NC Spin regular Brad Crone.  I disagree with him on just about everything issues-wise. But he does have an interesting, often-on-the-mark take on the state’s political inner workings. It looks like things have gotten a wee bit pissy between ol’ Brad and his comrades at state Democrat HQ: Today, the North Carolina Democratic Party publicly condemned campaign consultant and Raleigh-based media personality Brad Crone for creating a dark money effort on behalf of Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) in North Carolina House District 36 and possibly other Republicans after a document…

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Nelson Dollar on Thilli$$$ tiff with Ingraham: “A great audition”

Fighting with Laura Ingraham didn’t help Renee Ellmers, but the GOPe crowd in Raleigh thinks it’s a great move by our junior US senator.  Here’s Wake County state Rep. Nelson Dollar — according to Civitas, the most liberal Republican in the House —  on the boob tube this weekend: “I think it’s a great audition for Tillis.  I mean, he’s on the Sunday morning shows. He’s showing his social media prowess. I look at it from that standpoint.[…]” Never mind that Thilli$$$ is siding with the Democrats on legislation aimed at screwing over Donald Trump that is unconstitutional as H-E-double-hockey-sticks….

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#ncga: Finance is HARD.

He’s chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and vice-chairman of the House Finance Committee.  He’s got a lot of say in the financial affairs of state government (as well as all of us.)  Well, an audit of NC Rep. Nelson Dollar’s campaign finances shows that even Jones Street finance gurus struggle with the whole dollars and cents thing sometimes: […] A number of PAC contributions appear to have exceeded the maximum contribution limit per election cycle. For some of the contributions,the overage had already been refunded and reported on a subsequent report, however the following were showing as over the…

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#ncga: Outlawing stuff that is already illegal

  Not long ago, a team of legislators led by Nelson Dollar introduced a bill making it illegal to crack down on law enforcement officers seeking to enforce immigration laws.  If you do something that interferes with a lawman’s efforts to enforce the law, you are likely guilty of something called obstruction of justice.  THAT is already on the books.  (Not quite sure why we need a new law addressing something that is already illegal.) Well, ol’ Nelson is back.  Here he is on Twitter: Okay.  All that looks like vandalism and theft.  Stuff that is already illegal. Once again,…

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#ncga: A budget surplus ??? (GIVE IT BACK)

Guess what?  They shook more money out of us than they needed:  North Carolina government revenues are projected to exceed expectations by more than a half-billion dollars this fiscal year, state economists announced Thursday. The anticipated surplus could help both the GOP-controlled legislature and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper get more of what they want in the next budget. The budget office run by Cooper and the General Assembly’s fiscal research agency now agree that state revenues will be $552.5 million above what’s needed to cover the $22.3 billion budget that ends June 30.[…]  State government is NOT a for-profit business….

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#ncga: Dollar, Saine scoring political points at county govt expense

A reader raised this possibility earlier.  After looking into it, I think the reader may have a point. There was existing legislation granting property tax exemptions for the first $45,000 in appraised value to “disabled veterans.” ( That sounds so nice.  But the legislation makes no distinction between the guy who ripped his Achilles tendon while playing for the battalion basketball team stateside, and the guy who got IEDed in Mosul.)  For those of you who don’t know, property taxes are one of the biggest ways county governments fund their operations.  Legislation like this really lays a wallop on counties…

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MSNBC, the Woodhouses, and Colon Campbell gets let down by Nelson Dollar

Here’s one disappointed young man: For a guy who has made his living chlllin’ ’round the urinals, that had to be hard to take! But fear not, young Mr. Campbell had the Woodhouse boys on MSNBC to soothe his woes:  N.C. Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse said Thursday that voter fraud concerns in North Carolina illustrate the need for President Donald Trump’s investigation into the issue. Woodhouse appeared on MSNBC Thursday morning in another dueling brothers segment with Brad Woodhouse, his liberal sibling who leads the advocacy group Americans United for Change. The Woodhouses were asked about Trump’s plan…

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