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GUILTY! Speaker Thom Tillis’s ‘right hand man’ could be headed for THE BIG HOUSE

Stephen Laroque has really taken us on a roller coaster ride during his time in Raleigh. The former GOP lawmaker was a supporter of Richard Morgan’s 2002-2006 alliance with former inmate — and House Speaker — Jim Black.  Laroque survived an Art Pope-financed primary challenge,…

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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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L’affaire LaRoque exposing chinks in Thom T’s armor?

    Talk about closing the barn door after the horses have escaped.   It’s being reported now that state House speaker Thom Tillis is recommending that his federally-indicted House colleague (and close political ally) Stephen LaRoque resign from his state House seat.  That’s *nice*…

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L’affaire LaRoque: C’est fini?

Well, it appears embattled Republican legislator and state House Rules Committee chairman Stephen LaRoque  is DONE.  The recount in his apparent May 8th loss to challenger John Bell confirmed that LaRoque lost by 39 votes. Confirmation of the LaRoque defeat would appear to eliminate one…

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L’affaire LaRoque Parte Deux: Le Recount

    Not so fast, Thom. The mission to get rid of at least one of the two monkeys on Thom Tillis’s back has hit a bump in the road. Initially, embattled Republican legislator Stephen LaRoque of Kinston  had conceded his  primary race Tuesday and…

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L’affaire Laroque has a surprise ending (Raleigh ruling class breathes collective sigh of relief)

Embattled state legislator — and Richard Morgan disciple — Stephen LaRoque (R-Kinston) went down to defeat in last night’s GOP state House primary.   The margin of 54 votes was close enough for a recount.  But LaRoque went ahead and conceded — an unusual move…

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L’affaire Laroque offers unique glimpse into secretive world of legislative ethics

        State Rep. Stephen Laroque — a close friend and political ally of House Speaker Thom Tillis — is taking a lot of heat over his management of two government-funded non-profits.  The N&O posted an item  raising questions about Laroque’s support of…

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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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L’affaire LaRoque gets some federal attention

            Sarah Ovaska, at NCPolicyWatch, has been on top of the scandal swirling around state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston) since the beginning.  Now, she’s confirmed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened an investigation into the matter: The federal…

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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…