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#ncpol: Throwing stones in glass houses

In 2010 and 2012, Republicans took over in Washington and Raleigh promising to be better than the other bunch that had been running the place.  How have they done?  Let’s see: A state senator sits under state and federal indictment for using his lobbyist-supplied campaign…

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#ncga: Hey, what happened to that ethics complaint against David Lewis?

Yeah. It was filed way back in December, wasn’t it?   It was unusual, to say the least, to see a legislator file a complaint against another legislator from the same party.    The complaint contained very serious pay-to-play allegations against the House Rules Committee chairman,…

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American politics: A stinking cesspool where rules and laws are meant for the little, less-connected people

My thoughts about the FBI director’s press conference on Hillary’s email server?  He looked like a guy who was told to go out there and do what he’s told if he knows what’s good for him. If you listened to him carefully, and read between…

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#ncga: David Lewis. (Working HARD for the money?)

State Rep. David Lewis has had a bumpy holiday season. He’s had an ethic complaint filed against him by a fellow Republican legislator. He’s been the focus of two stories alleging pay-to-play style activities.  Despite the similarities in the two ethics allegations, Lewis and his…

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#ncga: Fact-Checking Mr. Lewis

The House Rules chairman sure is keeping things stirred up this Christmas season.  The target of at least two ethics complaints from fellow Republicans, and impeachment proceedings seeking to remove him from his RNC post, state Rep. David Lewis is spinning a conspiracy tale, to…

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#ncga: The Big E

(No, not him.)   We’re talking about ethics.  A topic the majority in the lower chamber on Jones Street appears to need a refresher on.  Wait.  They GOT one in caucus the other day.  In that story, we dropped a hint about TWO members of the…

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#ncga: Living rent-free. (And loopholes, man. LOOPHOLES.)

Yesterday’s meeting of the House Republican Caucus only confirmed what I realized months ago: This site is living rent-free in the heads of a lot of the powers-that-be on Jones Street. A good chunk of the meeting had leadership types fuming about what they see…

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#ncga: Technically Incorrect.

The General Assembly has a procedure called “technical corrections.”  It’s sort of like a proofreading session. Grammatical errors in legislation are corrected.  Factual errors in legislation are corrected.  The i’s are dotted, and the t’s are crossed.  It appears that House Rules chairman – and…

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#ncga: The blind leading the blind right into traffic

The drive-bys have raised some valid points about Gov. Pat and his dealings with a donor seeking an extension of a contract with the state prison system.  Now, the legislature is getting in on the righteous indignation:  State lawmakers from Gaston and Cleveland counties are expected…

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#ncga: Ethics, meet Tim Moore. Mr. Moore, meet Ethics.

For the second time in a little over three years, Tim Moore’s ethical choices have made him an easy target for Blinkin’ Chris’s comedy website. Moore ran for speaker promising a new era of transparency and inclusiveness within the GOP caucus.  Yet, we’ve had a…