Mattie filesMattie Lawson devastated her opponent, former Democrat Arthur Williams, in the Republican runoff yesterday, defeating him by a 2 to 1 margin.  Lawson will now face well-funded Democrat Paul Tine of Dare County in November.

Lawson won all four counties by wide margins despite being vastly outspent.  She took her home county of Dare with 81% of the vote, Williams’ home county of Beaufort with 59%, Washington with 62% and Hyde with 58%.  Final results:  Lawson 67%, Williams 33%.  Lawson was outspent by her opponent 8 to 1. Williams saturated the district with mailers, radio and tv but could not overcome the grassroots enthusiasm of Lawson.  Williams was one of several ‘political machine’ candidates to do down in eastern North Carolina primaries this year.  Activists and voters have sent a clear message to the political establishment.  They will not be force-fed a candidate.  They can and will work hard for candidates that reflect their values.  They can and will turn out the vote.


The Tea Party favored candidates in the statewide races were swept to victory in yesterday’s runoff.  The grassroots activists turned out the vote for their candidates in stunning numbers.

Dan Forest buried his opponent for Lieutenant Governor, beating him with 68% of the vote.  Dan campaigned tirelessly across the state and had the enthusiasm and endorsement of Tea Party groups from the coast to the mountains.  He will face full-on progressive Democrat Linda Coleman in November.  Ms. Coleman believes we must “hold industry, government and the business community accountable when it comes to natural resource consumption”.  She will advocate for “Clean Green policies” and will ensure “a smooth implementation” of Obamacare.

Mike Causey smacked down Richard Morgan for Insurance Commissioner with 57% of the vote.  Causey also traveled the state from end to end, garnering support from Tea Party groups.   Morgan was a former House Rep. with a bad reputation, even among voters in his own County of Moore.  Causey defeated him there by 2 to 1.   (more…)


It’s Runoff Day!

Vote between 6:30am and 7:30pm today at your regular polling place

Your vote is crucially important

My picks for the Republican ballot are:

Dan Forest – Lt. Gov

Mike Causey – Insurance Commissioner

Ed Goodwin – Secretary of State

John Tedesco – School Superintendent

Mattie Lawson – NC House 6

 

Come back to Truth or Dare after the polls close for the election results or click and bookmark this link


The Dare County Republican Party has elected several new officers of the past few months.  Due to resignations for various reasons, vacancies in all four Executive Committee Officer positions were filled recently.  Just last week, we elected a new Vice Chair after long-time party leader Perry White stepped down.  The election for Vice Chair included three nominees:  Francis D’Ambra of Manteo, Maureen Liverman of Colington and Dave Conley of Frisco.  Two ballots were taken as the first resulted in a tie between Liverman and Conley.  The second ballot produced a winner:  Dave Conley of Frisco.  Dave rounds out the new slate of Republican leaders in Dare County.  Congratulations, Dave!

Executive Committee:  Chair, Browny Douglas; Vice Chair, Dave Conley; Secretary, Jim Early; Treasurer, Bryan Oroson

At-Large members:  Carole Warnecki, Hickman Finch, Sandra Clark, Zene Fearing and Rob Hawk

The Dare GOP meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, in different locations.  Visit their website www.daregop.com

Dare GOP Ex Comm: Bryan Oroson, Treasurer; Browny Douglas, Chair; Dave Conley, Vice Chair; Jim Early (not pictured), Secretary

Dare GOP Ex Comm: Bryan Oroson, Treasurer; Browny Douglas, Chair; Dave Conley, Vice Chair; Jim Early (not pictured), Secretary


In a candid exchange on Facebook with Truth or Dare, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis defended Arthur Williams publicly once again and inserted himself unnecessarily, once again, into our local House race. Tillis engaged in a debate with Truth or Dare and then deleted this blogger’s comments as well as some of his own, saying that Truth or Dare’s posting of these comments represented behavior that diverted attention from more important issues.  Tillis then banished this blogger to the land of un-friends.

Tillis tried to prop up Williams’ liberal voting record and then defended his own intrusion into the NC6 race. Probably realizing that he’d stepped into it once again, Tillis removed certain comments from the thread including my comments and some of his own, and un-friended me. Fortunately, technology being what it is, Truth or Dare captured the full exchange before it disappeared from Facebook. It is posted below for your reading pleasure.  You can still find parts of these comments on Tillis’ personal FB page, at least for now.

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by Diane Rufino

I understand that Rep. Walter Jones has come out to support Arthur Williams in the run-off election for NC House for District 6. I’m sure there is a political reason.

I have great respect for Rep. Jones and appreciate his position on the NDAA, immigration, and use of military force. I know he has a big heart when it comes to our military. But nevertheless, he is a politician.

I’d like to offer support for Mattie Lawson, who won the primary but was challenged by Williams in a run-off.  I’m not a politician. I have no money invested. I have no promises to fulfill.  I owe no favors.  I have no agenda other than making sure that the NC General (more…)


Campaign finance reports released by Arthur Williams’ campaign show that Williams’ campaign paid Jeremy Adams $900 on the day that Jeremy Adams publicly endorsed Mr. Williams .  A second payment of $900 followed one month later.  Both payments were labeled ‘Consulting’.

If these payments were made to former NC House 6 candidate Jeremy Adams, this is indeed troubling. Truth or Dare, however, is unable to confirm if these payments went to the aforementioned Jeremy Adams or someone else named Jeremy Adams.   The campaign finance entries made by the Williams’ campaign are incomplete and do not provide enough detail to confirm the identity of the recipient.

The data posted to the NC SBE website for Williams’ Q2 filing does not show the address or city of the consultant Jeremy Adams.  It  lists Mr. Adams occupation as Insurance Salesman.   Losing NC6 candidate Jeremy Adams lists his occupation on his campaign (more…)