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#ncga: Cracking the (House) Whip

I’ve got a newfound sense of respect for John Bell.  We took it to him TWICE yesterday.  Instead of ducking and running, or just badmouthing us in private, the Goldsboro Republican (and third-ranking House member) decided to go head-to-head with The Daily Haymaker. One of…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics

We get an answer (KINDA) on our pal Fletcher

We’re approaching September 2014.  Way back in January 2013, the North Carolina state board of elections announced an investigation into the campaign finances of state senator Fletcher Hartsell (RINO-Cabarrus).  THIS news report from January 2013 cited info from the state board of elections suggesting that the…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics

The McCrory Duke stock non-story

Chests are being thumped defiantly at Low-T headquarters on Raleigh’s Jones Street.  The McClatchy drive-bys are convinced that they have found Gov. Pat McCrory’s Watergate: Gov. Pat McCrory failed to disclose his ownership of Duke Energy stock this year in two state ethics filings and…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

#NCSEN Rhodes files requests for multiple probes of Tillis activities

Former North Carolina state legislator John Rhodes is putting his money where his mouth is.  On Friday, he held a press conference expressing concerns about alleged activities of state House speaker Thom Tillis.  Rhodes has followed that up  by submitting written formal requests for formal…

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Ethics, Shmethics: SOMEBODY on Jones Street got some ‘splainin’ to do!

The folks over at Exile on Jones Street singled out an interesting piece of legislation that made me — just like Arsenio Hall used to do — say ‘Hmmmmm.’ Mecklenburg County Senator Malcolm Graham (D) has apparently introduced legislation exempting the members of the Mecklenburg-Union…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media Politics

Ethics & the race for NC GOV: What about Walter Dalton’s lobbyist daughter?

          The stenography pool in The N&O newsroom trumpeted recently an announcement of an ethics reform package by Democrat gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton.  Apparently, Dalton wants to clean up the legislature — where he has been serving since 1996.  Check out…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NC State Government Politics

Shubert: Inquiry about signed false DOT letters needs to focus on Perdue aide Pryor Gibson

Former Republican legislator — and conservative stalwart — Fern Shubert says she was disgusted to see two weeping female secretaries dragged in front of a legislative panel. The legislature was looking into who signed letters from a DOT official —  asking for funding for two…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Forget the whales and the dolphins. Save the Speaker! (Save Thom !!!)

The state’s economy is in the tank.  Our debt is growing by the minute.  Unemployment ranks are growing.  And what is the Raleigh political class doing?  Plotting to save poor Thom Tillis’s political reputation and get him two more years as the top money-changer in…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

The N&O busts Tillis’s aide, but what about Dalton’s daughter?

    It’s a shame that — in the middle of the state’s full blown economic disaster — our political class is caught up in tabloid-quality stories and allegations.   It came out today in The N&O that State House Speaker Thom Tillis’s married MALE…

Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics

NCGOP: Merely a new set of money-changers in the temple?

  GOP leaders took power on Jones Street in 2010 with promises of “no more business as usual.” They were propelled into power by an angry Tea Party and frustrated citizenry eager for dramatic change in Raleigh.   Here we are — two years later…