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Pittenger: Change The Rules. Here’s Some Cash. (Remember to vote.)

Conservatives have long had heartburn over the very existence of government departments of agriculture.  Far too often, those institutions have been little more than farm community vote-buying apparatuses. In recent years, the USDA has moved away from strictly funding farm-based projects to backing commercial development…

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L’affaire LaRoque gets some federal attention

            Sarah Ovaska, at NCPolicyWatch, has been on top of the scandal swirling around state Rep. Stephen Laroque (R-Kinston) since the beginning.  Now, she’s confirmed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened an investigation into the matter: The federal…

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Key player in L’affaire LaRoque wavering on re-election bid?

          A Republican legislator who got a taxpayer-financed loan from embattled state Rep. Stephen LaRoque is being rather coy about whether he will seek re-election to his seat in the state House. The Hickory Daily Record has the story: Rep. Mark…