Thursday, March 30, 2006 5:41 PM
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Only Democrats involved? That is untrue. There are two people involved in the scandal Black (D) and Decker (R). That is about as bipartisan as it can get. Not to mention the fact that many Democrats (although too few of the elected officials) have called for Jim Black to resign at least his speaker post.
Comment by TarGator — February 27, 2006 @ 5:10 pm
You do realize that Decker switched parties don’t you? He ended up re-switching back to the GOP but lost his primary race following his flip. To suggest that this is bipartisan corruption is dishonesty at it’s most blatant. Combined with the fact not one single elected Democrat has called for Black to resign at this point I have to ask if your post has any truthful commentary in it.
Comment by johnb — February 27, 2006 @ 11:26 pm
You do realize that in 1998 - one Speaker Harold Brubaker (R) was embroiled in SBI, FBI and State Board of Elections investigations into his fundraising tactics - and the hog farmers.
Interesting how quick we forget about the Republican House Leadership.
Comment by Abe — February 28, 2006 @ 6:02 pm
video poker hearings next week will likely lead to potential Republican Speaker Leo Daughtry’s door as well as Speaker Black.
Comment by WhalerCane — February 28, 2006 @ 7:55 pm
Abe, refresh my memory. How did those investigations turn out?
Comment by Jim Stegall — February 28, 2006 @ 9:35 pm
No convictions. But that does not mean Brubaker didn’t make questionable decisions in how he ran his office, passed legislation, and/or raised campaign contributions.
Republicans are screaming for reforms - yet when they were in leadership under Brubaker - Republicans did nothing to reform lobbying, campaign finance, ethics. In fact, the Republican leadership buried a reform bill sponsored by Rep. Julia Howard (R).
And now Brubaker thinks he should be Speaker again.
As Mr Wrenn has stated before - the problem goes far beyond one person. It’s throughout politics, Dems and Repubs….in NC and all over the US.
Comment by Abe — March 1, 2006 @ 6:36 am
Thanks. I wasn’t very attuned to NC politics in those years, having recently returned from military service and being preoccupied with starting a new career. I appreciate the info.
Comment by Jim Stegall — March 1, 2006 @ 12:39 pm
So no conviction doesn’t exonerate a Republican, it’s gotta be pleasant to go through life when one is a clone of Forrest Gump.
The fact that Black is a crook does not incriminate anyone but Black and his co-conspirators.
Comment by johnb — March 6, 2006 @ 12:57 pm