Recent actions by Speaker Thom Tillis have riled eastern North Carolinians.  Many wonder why the Speaker of the House would be meddling in their local State House and Senate races.  Is he doing it for money? For his ego? Nay, I say.  Rather, we must ask the age old question:  Cui bono?

To understand why he’s meddling, we have to look at the Speaker’s goals and then figure out how his meddling could help him achieve those goals.  It’s like a puzzle.  You have to see the big picture on the box before the pieces start to make sense.  The picture on the Tillis’ box looks like this: (more…)


Liberal Democrat Art Williams of Beaufort County is reportedly going to change his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican in an attempt to win the State Senate seat currently held by Democrat Stan White of Dare County.

The Washington Daily News is reporting that Art Williams will hold a press conference on October 18th to make a ‘political announcement’.  Williams refused to state the nature of the announcement, saying only

“I know the word’s, I guess, getting out about what I’m going to do.  They’re doing a formal press conference. I’ve got people in Raleigh that’s handling it. I’ll let them handle it.”

Based on Williams’ comments, it is clear that top Republican Party officials in Raleigh somehow see this as a good move and are supporting Williams in this effort.  Knowing that true conservatives in eastern North Carolina would never accept a liberal jack-ass wearing an elephant suit into their ranks, party officials (more…)


Liberal Democrat Art Williams of Beaufort County is reportedly going to change his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican in an attempt to win the State Senate seat currently held by Democrat Stan White of Dare County.

The Washington Daily News is reporting that Art Williams will hold a press conference on October 18th to make a ‘political announcement’.  Williams refused to state the nature of the announcement, saying only

“I know the word’s, I guess, getting out about what I’m going to do.  They’re doing a formal press conference. I’ve got people in Raleigh that’s handling it. I’ll let them handle it.”

Based on Williams’ comments, it is clear that top Republican Party officials in Raleigh somehow see this as a good move and are supporting Williams in this effort.  Knowing that true conservatives in eastern North Carolina would never accept a liberal jack-ass wearing an elephant suit into their ranks, party officials (more…)


Liberal Democrat Art Williams of Beaufort County is reportedly going to change his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican in an attempt to win the State Senate seat currently held by Democrat Stan White of Dare County.

The Washington Daily News is reporting that Art Williams will hold a press conference on October 18th to make a ‘political announcement’.  Williams refused to state the nature of the announcement, saying only

“I know the word’s, I guess, getting out about what I’m going to do.  They’re doing a formal press conference. I’ve got people in Raleigh that’s handling it. I’ll let them handle it.”

Based on Williams’ comments, it is clear that top Republican Party officials in Raleigh somehow see this as a good move and are supporting Williams in this effort.  Knowing that true conservatives in eastern North Carolina would never accept a liberal jack-ass wearing an elephant suit into their ranks, party officials (more…)


Former NC State Senator Fred Hobbs this week pleaded guilty to charges stemming from illegal campaign donations he made to prominent North Carolina Democrats including former Senator Marc Basnight and Governor Beverly Perdue.   Mr. Hobbs joins the illustrious Rusty ‘I thought my cat could contribute’ Carter in the club of North Carolina elites who committed campaign finance fraud in the name of helping their friends in Raleigh.  But were they just helping their friends?  Or was there a quid pro quo?  We’ll never know.  Both Mr. Carter and his wife were appointed by the Governor to the Board of Trustees at UNC.  Mr. Hobbs’ engineering firm has been the recipient of millions in grants from various North Carolina boards and commissions.  The  system we have in North Carolina for doling out appointments and money to political favorites is a fertile breeding ground for corruption.

Both Hobbs and Carter used their employees as straw men to make political campaign donations to Marc Basnight and Beverly Perdue and others over the course of a decade. The employees were reimbursed for their donations.  Hobbs was fined a record (more…)


Next Friday is the big day. At 6:30pm in Columbia, the Democrats of Senate District 1 will choose Marc Basnight’s successor.

Since Senate District 1 is composed of eight counties and the voting will be based on population, Dare County Democrats will not have much of a voice in the selection.  They control only 19% of the votes.  Beaufort has a whopping 29% of the votes while Pasquotank has 23%.  The rest of the counties votes are:  Currituck 12%, Washington 9%, Camden 4% and Hyde 4%.  Tyrrell is not voting.

Dare may have only a small voice in this process, that has not deterred our local political and business leaders from throwing their hat into the ring.  Hoping for the job are (more…)


Outer Banks Voice is reporting that the race for Marc Basnight’s Senate seat is heating up. According to OBV, Commissioners Judge and Tillett are interested as is former Chamber of Commerce President Paul Tine. Rep. Tim Spear’s name was mentioned but I’ve been told by a few insiders that (more…)


Marc Basnight announced today that he is retiring from the NC State Senate effective January 25th.  He cited health reasons.

Please, pretty please, can I say it?  Thank you.  I told you so!  Rembember this post? All you Democrats who poo-pooed my prediction, what say you now?

With the cat finally out of the bag, the Democratic Party of the eight counties in State Senatorial District 1 will now work on nominating a replacement for him.  The voters of District 1 will have no say.  We had our say on November 2nd and we blew it.   Here’s how it will work.  (more…)


Senator Basnight is asking state leaders to continue funding the illegal project known as the renovation of Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge. The dilapidated facility, now owned by the State of North Carolina, was designed as a pumping station and was later converted to  a rustic hunting lodge.  It is slated to become state owned and operated Bed and Breakfast that will compete directly with private businesses in Hyde County. State law prohibits such competition from any governmental unit in North Carolina. (more…)


Former State Senator Fred Hobbs admitted today that he illegally funneled money through his employees to the campaigns of Marc Basnight, Governor Perdue and others.  Hobbs, one of the principles of the engineering firm Hobbs Upchurch & Associates, was fined $150,00 by the State Board of Elections this morning.  This afternoon, criminal charges were filed by the local District Attorney.   The charges are only misdemeanors which means he’s facing the frightening punishment of a slap on the wrist.  Chewing bubble gum during catechism class will get you a harsher punishment than Hobbs will get.

We now have two prominent businessmen who illegally funneled money to Basnight and Perdue through their employees.  Will Marc Basnight continue to deny he knew nothing of this scheme?  Is it just a coincidence that (more…)


Marc Basnight will make this his last term in the North Carolina Senate.  According to WRAL, (more…)


Dare County has elected its first Republican Sheriff.  Doug Doughtie easily defeated incumbent Rodney Midgett 56/44.  Midgett carried Manteo, Wanchese, Nags Head and East Lake while Doughtie carried Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills,  Colington, Manns Harbor, Stumpy Point and all precincts south of the Bonner Bridge.

Dare County voters returned  Republican Jack Shea to the Board of County Commissioners.  Mr. Shea defeated his opponent (more…)


The State Bureau of Investigation’s Greenville office has confirmed to Truth or Dare that the May 1, 2007 fire that burned down Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe in Nags Head is still an open case.  That’s right.  The arson investigation into the three and half year old fire lumbers on as the dogged SBI agents scour the county for clues.

The fire happened in the early morning hours of May 1, 2007.  The intense fire was not contained for two hours.  It burned the structure to the ground. The Nags Head Police Department called in the Wilmington office of the ATF and the State Bureau of Investigation.  When asked about the investigation six months after the fire, ATF spokesman Jim Modzelewski told The Virginian Pilot, (more…)


Marc Basnight and Hood Richardson squared off in Elizabeth City last week in a forum sponsored by the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce.  This was the first, and possibly the only, public debate between the two candidates.  Their divergent views on the economy, corruption, illegal immigrants, healthcare and the environment were on full display.

It was a Basnight friendly audience and the Senator tried to use that to his advantage.  The cool reception that Richardson received, though, did not deter him from speaking frankly.  The result is that voters will have a hard time coming away undecided after reading and hearing these exchanges. While no video is available, the exchange was captured on audio and is linked below the fold.

The number one issue facing our economy, Basnight told the audience, was jobs.  “You cannot create more jobs unless (more…)


The conventional wisdom in Raleigh is that the Republicans will win the General Assembly in November.  While there are still a few House races that could tilt the balance one way or the other, the consensus is that the Senate will fall to the GOP.   The Senate has 50 seats.  The balance of power right now in that chamber is 30 Democrats to 20 Republicans.  Republicans need 6 seats to take control.  Based on recent polling, the GOP will win between six and ten seats.

What does this mean for Dare County?  As voters from Southern Shores to Hatteras go to the polls starting today, they have to ask  themselves a very important question:  (more…)