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Monkey Business Report: NC House GOP caucus edition

Uh, oh.  We got mail.  (And you know how much fun that can be ’round these parts.) It’s no secret that the various caucuses on Jones Street enjoy dipping into the personal campaign war chests of their members.  Sometimes its for legitimate reasons. Many times…

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#ncga: Keep an eye on the Senate 25 GOP race

Moore County is headed toward its THIRD different state senator over a six year period.  Initially, Moore was contained in its own district and was represented by one of its own — the late Harris Blake (R).  Redistricting put Moore in with Randolph County and…

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#ncga: EVERYBODY already has a job!

So says Currituck County commission chairman, and state House district 6 candidate Bobby Hanig: […] Hanig acknowledged that some of the opposition to offshore drilling is based on emotion. However, he said his own decision to oppose it is based on the future of Currituck’s…

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#ncpol: Donald,um, who? Trump?(Oh, yeah. He’s good.)

Two of the more interesting races in May will be GOP congressional primaries involving candidates managed by uber-consultant Paul Shumaker.  Shumaker is known for his cookie-cutter approach to campaign management.  And it shows in his guidance of the campaigns of his clients, Robert Pittenger in…

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#ncpol: WRAL drive by defends,um … NC PolicyWatch ???

Travis Fain came on board not long ago to replace the late-great Mark “Binky” Binker as Miz Leslie’s “better half” on WRAL’s Jones Street on-air team.  Here he is making Miz Leslie proud: That’s right.  PolicyWatch’s “substantial reputation for journalism.”  I wonder WHAT journalism he…

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#ncga: Solar goons name Bob Steinburg their “champion”

The crowd that is responsible for jacking up your utility bills, littering the landscape with solar panels — and lining the pockets of legislators to get special incentives and favors for their friends, paid for by us — has named state Rep. Bob Steinburg (R-Chowan) a…

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Hall: NC PolicyWatch conspired with my opponents

Could Blinky and Scowly be the second-coming of Nixon’s plumbers — his dirty tricks crew?  You make the call: A Democratic North Carolina legislator accused of sexual misconduct is accusing the group that first reported the allegations of violating rules for nonprofit organizations. Gov. Roy…

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#ncga: Trouble for Timmy?

Uh-oh.  Just as Republicans were ramping up their ethics attacks on Roy Cooper, along comes a shady, mysterious non-profit with allegations against a top Raleigh Republican: A government watchdog group is accusing one of North Carolina’s most powerful legislators of using his political position for…

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L’affaire Hall: Democrat family feud bubbles to the surface

In a written statement (and ensuing interview with a WUNC driveby) state Rep. Duane Hall is firing back and defending himself with both barrels: In earlier reporting, we mentioned that the “hit” on Hall originated from his side of the political aisle.  We had our…

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#ncga: l’affaire Hall

It’s amazing how quiet a lot of folks in the big city of Raleigh are in the wake of the Duane Hall allegations. On the D-side,  you’ve got folks falling all over themselves calling for his resignation.  *Due process, shmue process.* But the oooooooonly officlal…