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Lobbyist led cheerleading for Boles during primary

    If Jamie Boles tries to tell you he’s “one of us” and is fighting “for the folks back home,”  — don’t buy it.  Lobbyists and operatives from Raleigh saved Tom McInnis’s skin two years ago,   and they did it for Boles this…

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Wednesday Morning Quarterback

  Well, the smoke has cleared.  The damage has been done.  Some people have celebrated.  Some are sobbing pitifully.  We’d like to take a few moments to recap Tuesday’s action and talk about what it may or may not mean for the future:   PRESIDENT:…

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Thoughts about Tuesday (UPDATED!)

    A lot of you have already run to your polling places to cast your votes.  Good for you.  Now,  what do you do if the pol you voted for: (a) says or does something really stupid between the time you voted and Tuesday;…

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Twelve years in Raleigh, and THIS is what we get?

      It’s pretty clear, if you venture out into the hinterlands of Moore County,  that state Rep.  Jamie Boles (R) is in a tough fight for renomination to another term in the General Assembly.  Retiring Southern Pines police chief Bob Temme has thrown…

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CHANCELLOR Timmy ???

  Maybe the rats ARE abandoning the ship.         First we hear David Lewis is taking up farming AND insurance.  Now, we’re hearing talk that a certain Boy Wonder from Kings Mountain may be eyeing a certain top job in a certain…

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Mr. “International Travel for Legislative Duties” REALLY wants his picture in the elevator

    Republicans have three choices with which to replace “Elevator Queen” Cherie Berry, the reigning Labor Commissioner made famous by her photo included on EVERY elevator inspection certificate in the state, in the March primary.   Chuck Stanley, former legislator Pearl Burris Floyd and…

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Republican legislator, DEMOCRAT DONOR ???

  Here in Moore County, we have  a Republican candidate who gave multiple times to Barack Obama. Agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler headed “Farmers for John Edwards”  in 1998 when the Democrat was challenging incumbent US Senator Lauch Faircloth.    So,  NOTHING surprises me anymore.  …

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Democrat state House candidate’s family at center of embezzlement / exploitation scandal

    Pay attention.  This one stretches halfway across our great state:   A Concord pastor has been convicted in Pamlico County of embezzlement of more than $100,000 and four counts of exploitation of an elder adult in Grantsboro.   Thomas Wayne Steele, 63, was…

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MISTER Folwell: Leading the way

    State treasurer Dale Folwell got raked over the coals — even by members of his own party — when he pushed for transparency in  the pricing offered by health care providers.  Along comes President Trump who issues an executive order calling for pretty…

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Jones Street. The partisan index. And 2020.

  The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, a GOP-leaning establishment pro-business group,  regularly analyzes our General Assembly districts and computes things called partisan indexes.  These are sort of like the spreads that bookies put on sporting events. The history of each party’s performance in each…