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#ncga: A lawyer problem

I  must confess.  I have little to no use for most lawyers.  It’s an occupation where one is paid big bucks to lie, obfuscate, tap dance around and stomp all over ethics and morality and those sorts of things. They have no real skills —…

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#ncga: David Lewis, ETHICS LAW chairman ???

I stumbled across this gem today: Ethics Law Chairman?  I knew Lewis was the big elections kahuna for the House.  But putting him in charge of ANYTHING akin to ETHICS??? (Yikes.) Let’s review, shall we? December 2015:  Lewis was the subject of an ethics complaint…

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Monkey Business Report: NCGA per diem edition

Hang around state politics enough and you’re bound to hear whining about how little our legislators are compensated. According to state law, rank-and-file legislators (not in leadership) get paid $13,951 per year plus $559 per month for expenses.  What you hear a lot less about…

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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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#ncga: facilitatin’ and clarifyin’

We came across this precious gem on Twitter: “Facilitating equal opportunities for people to use their God given talents”?  (Really?) Is that kind of like hooking campaign contributors up with state government printing contracts?   Or late-night abuses of the technical corrections process in order to…

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#ncga: THIS is what my Hebrew friends call ‘chutzpah’.

NC House Republicans have decided that Rules Committee chairman David Lewis will be their point-man on ethics allegations against Roy Cooper and the Democrats.  Lewis has come out strong on social media, tweeting stuff like, oh,  THIS: “Better to admit you are caught with your…

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#ncga: Hey, here’s a thought. GIVE IT BACK.

It must have been quite a spectacle on Jones Street yesterday listening to all those honorables lecturing the Democrat administration about ethics. ( *Because we ALL KNOW that pay-to-play, sleazy backroom deals, and shakedowns for cash in exchange for favors never, never, never, never, ever,…

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#ncga: “Let Jimmy try it.”

Remember the old,Life cereal commercials  where the kids get ol’ Mikey to be the first to try the strange new cereal?  I’ve come to believe that Jimmy Dixon is the Mikey for the House leadership. The N&O busted Dixon for obtaining an earmark of $830,000…

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#ncgop: Fur flies (and so do emails) in Woodhouse-Womack spat

Slander [alleged]. Libel [alleged].  Freebies and Freeloaders at the top of the party food chain [alleged].  Sketchy accounting on party FEC reports [alleged].  Grab some popcorn and a comfortable chair, folks.  Saturday’s NCGOP executive committee meeting could be downright FUN. Here’s the latest in the…

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#ncga: Aquarium brouhaha brings ethics complaint against coastal House, Senate members

THESE kinds of shenanigans are what people when they speak of THE SWAMP that needs to be drained:  Several state representatives and a Wilmington developer have been named in an ethics complaint that alleges bid-rigging, undocumented lobbying and antitrust violations in the planning of a…