A week before the North Carolina 2018 primary election day about one in six candidates had not filed state ethics disclosures required of them since a March 12th deadline. While election day is May 8th, voting has been underway since absentee ballots were first made available March 29th. Voters have been deprived of legally required ethics information in one out of three state primary contests and almost half of the NC House primaries. Continue reading
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Berger Moore judicial interference blurs ethical boundaries, separation of powers
Today I file a complaint with the State Ethics Commission asking for an investigation into whether NC House Speaker Tim Moore and NC Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger have violated state ethics laws by using their leadership positions to intimidate and interfere with judges considering constitutional challenges to laws enacted by the NC General Assembly. The assault on the judiciary includes changes to judicial elections, judicial redistricting and a blunt statement of “profound consequences”.
Shades of Gray: McCrory appointed judge, candidate contributions
According to North Carolina state campaign finance reports 17 candidate contributions have been attributed to Judge Beecher “Gus” Gray since 2008, totaling $12,046 received by 5 candidates. If the reports are correct some would seem to represent violations of the NC Judicial Code of Conduct. Canon 7 of the Code prohibits judges from personally making financial contributions or loans to almost all individuals seeking election to office.
Beecher Reynolds Gray was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory as a Special Superior Court Judge in January 2014, prior to which he had served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings since 1986. He was sworn in 01/09/2014 for a term ending 01/09/2019. Six of the 17 contributions have been recorded since taking office. The six campaign contributions provided $1,000 to Pat McCrory, $2,650 to Brent Jackson, and $1,000 to Phil Berger Sr. (These six contributions are specifically covered by the Judicial Code of Conduct)*.
Bryan Holloway, Oops
Someone’s been a busy bee or, should I say, busy WASP. Traces of Bryan “WASP 101” Holloway, preppy fashion blogger and NC State Representative, have been disappearing from the internet since the big reveal by Ivy Style on May 30th. (For those new to the legislative fashion game, WASP is an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. WASP style is also known as “preppy” or suggestive of clothing styles associated with upper-class northeastern private university-preparatory schools and Ivy League colleges).
Not only has the original “WASP 101” blog been shut down but related sites have been removed or abridged and archived copies have been systematically removed. Continue reading
Neal Hunt’s illegal email
Here’s copy of the Neal Hunt News edition using state resources paid for by North Carolina taxpayers, including these nuggets:
Obama is claiming Romney is just some rich guy who favors the rich.
So please support your fiscally responsible, conservative NC House or NC Senate members in the upcoming elections. In addition to your vote, we all need any other help you can provide such as holding a sign at the polls on election day or an early voting site, and putting a yard sign in your yard and/or a bumper sticker on your car.
In addition to the Governor’s race, there is one other statewide race that is of critical importance. That race is for the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Justice Paul Newby … Please vote for him and to tell others how important his reelection is to North Carolina.
Reference: Neal Hunt News PDF
You may have come here after reading “Hunt endorses Judge Newby — in taxpayer-funded email” at Under the Dome in the Raleigh News & Observer. For those of you interested in such things the header from the message source is reproduced below, showing the state servers used. The receiving email address has been redacted.