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Sanford-Hunt Dinner

Does anyone know the appropriate dress code for the Sanford-Hunt shindig?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Yeah...floor length ball gowns

and tuxedos. :)

Let me see if I can find piccies from last year. I vaguely remember seeing some posted somewhere.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

You'd better be kidding.

The day I get hubby into a tuxedo is the day hell freezes over and Satan himself comes skating out.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

oh..I'm kidding, trust me

lemme find the piccies that I vaguely remember. (Code for they probably are a figment of my imagination.)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

The first was a barbecue

Linda, I seriously doubt folks dress up too terribly much. Maybe anywhere from business casual to Sunday-go-to-meetin' clothes. (Even if you don't go to Sunday meeings, ya know what I mean, right?) :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


That's what DQ said, too. I promised hubby that, and promptly bought tickets. Then I saw your post (and so did he). YIKES! He hasn't worn a tie since 1989. :)

And yeah, I know what you mean.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

My friends were in suits and ties.

I was in khakis and a polo shirt. It's somewhere in the middle I would say.
One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

lcloud, you're gonna love this

NC Conservative has their McHenry/Lay coverage up and it's got some gems (as well as a great overview of the entire situation).

My favorite is the archived Stewart Group links. Wooo hoooo.

My favorite (so far) is this endorsement page with Senator Chuck Grassly, NC Rep Carolyn Russell, NRA's Wayne LaPierre, and Robin Hayes, all saying how great is this Dee Stewart who just happened to remove his website when Lay was indicted and hasn't put it back up since. Hmmmmmmmm.

Here's his bio.

Oh, and I think Sanford/Hunt is less formal than JJ or Vance/Aycock. Even though some come dressed pretty fancy to those latter two, there are always people there in regular clothes so probably anything you want to wear is fine.
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Also in that article, something strange at SBOE

The campaign finance reports for Patrick McHenry’s 2004 congressional campaign seem to have gone missing from the NC State Board of Elections website. The SBOE lists McHenry’s finance reports when he was in the NC House, and the reports from his second congressional term, but 2004 and 2005 have disappeared. This is very odd.

Anyone know anything about this? Would that be campaign reports? And, if so, why would the state keep reports for federal elections?
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That doesn't seem right.

I would think that the Feds would keep the reports for the federal elections.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

The SBOE site

A search on "McHenry" at the SBOE site
shows 2 campaigns:

NC Campaign Report Search
Click on one of the 2 link(s) below to view the available reports for that committee. It may take a few seconds to return all of the reports.

Committee Name SBoE ID Status Candidate Name/Parent Entity Name

The NC House campaign was closed in February, 2004; the McHenry for Congress campaign filed its statement of organization on 10/11/2006. There is no sign of a 2004 campaign, and no filings that would cover the primary election period in 2006.

Not sure what all that means, but that's what I found at the Board of Elections site.

Would those only be found filed with the FEC?

I didn't realize he had to file anything with the state if running for federal office. Goes to show what I know. Nice to see you dropping by.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Right, and it is on file

Right, and it is on file with the FEC. The NCC mentioned the SBOE, that's why I checked there, and I'm still not sure why they filed a 2006 campaign report there but not a 2004 campaign report. As I said, I don't know what it all means, but I doubt the SBOE removed his previous reports, I think it's more likely they were never filed with the state, only the FEC.


I think it's because they were reporting contributions to State and local campaigns only when they made them. These kinds of contributions from Federal committees are hard to track because they are sometimes not reported to the SBOE. One corporate PAC in Charlotte, US LEC, reports to the FEC but has not reported contributions it made to State candidates to the SBOE.

It's a gray area of enforcement because there are not enough resources to follow-up on every report and as long as the contributions are reported somewhere they drop down the priority list. It's also more difficult for us to track money in State and local races if we also have to check FEC records.

Thank one confuses me

Your link. I can't tell if it's for 04 because there are donations from 05 and 06. I guess you can donate to an 04 campaign after the fact (to erase the debt) but it seems odd that it's not clearly marked as the 04 account. Well, not clearly marked to my eyes, anyway.
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Thanks, DQ

You never fail to give me info AND entertainment.

Since Sanford/Hunt is not fancy dress type thing, I'm off to buy my tickets. I hope there's room left.

On the subject of the Stewart Group - I'm hoping that someone finds the criminal activity in the pattern of corruption that's forming right before our very eyes. Does that violate some sort of racketeering laws or something? RICO? hahaha! I watch too many mafia movies.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Well, a pattern is definitely emerging . .

I got an anonymous call that said that Dee Stewart and Patrick McHenry were afraid of me (among others). Not sure I believe it but, if so, it's pretty funny.

So keep digging on Stewart. Maybe McHenry is more vulnerable from that direction.
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"Drama Queen" gets kudos from NC Conservative

Check it out - Drama Queen, you get special mention in North Carolina Conservative's report about Lay's sentencing!

August 10, 2007


Yesterday, Michael Aaron Lay appeared in a Gaston County courthouse to answer charges that he registered and voted illegally in 2004. Lay way a house-mate of then candidate Patrick McHenry. Although he was a legal resident of Tennessee, and an in-state student at the University of Tennessee, he registered to vote at McHenry’s Cherryville residence along with three other young men. Registering to vote in a district, in which one resides temporarily, is a felony under North Carolina law. Lay was indicted by a grand jury on two felony counts of voter fraud.

Although the courtroom was packed with reporters, blogger “Drama Queen”, who posts on was first to report the outcome:

“This morning at approximately 10:15 AM in Courtroom 4D, Gaston County Courthouse, Michael Aaron Lay, aide to Rep. Patrick McHenry, accepted a deferred prosecution deal. The terms were as follows: 6 months unsupervised probation, during which time Mr. Lay must complete 100 hours of community service. He must pay $240.50 in court costs and $250.00 community service fee, for a total of $440.50. If Mr. Lay completes these obligations satisfactorily, District Attorney Locke Bell will voluntarily dismiss the charges. Mr. Lay was represented by attorney Thom Goolsby of Wilmington.”

Following Drama Queen’s reporting, dozens of news sources, including the Associated Press, have reported the same details. However, there is some discrepancy among reports over the nature of the charges and the plea entered....

Hey, DQ - I feel sure that if you submitted your next writing on Patrick McHenry to the NC Conservative, they would print it. Seriously.

: )

Yeah,we have mutual interests

It's lonely out here watching the lies printed in every county paper and no rebuttal in sight. And, again, this NCC dude has a lot of great information which he puts it together well . . . Politics making strange blog-fellows, I guess.

The coverage of this whole case has been carefully constructed from day one. I truly wonder if there isn't some kind of collusion between news outlets or reporters and the perpetrator and his former boss.

Not one MSM outlet covered the story Monday when the guy turned down the very same deal and insisted on a trial. Notice no mention of it yesterday or today either.

How did reporters know not to hang out at the courthouse that day? I know someone who was there all day and saw nothing. So, reporters got a phone call from insiders that it was going to be continued? And, then what? Decided not to even cover that the guy was asking for a trial? Who decided to squelch the story that he wanted a trial. I know from three sources that NBC had the same story I did. And then, bingo, the guy takes the deal but in a way that makes it so no one hears the actual guilty plea. Why aren't the newspapers suspicious of all that manipulation of the case and of their coverage?

Then the Charlotte Observer and Hickory record posted the actual story after midnight. By mid-morning, the Observer's story was the last in a long list. I have the screenshot (but it's too big to post here because the McHenry story link is in such small print and so far down the page!)

So, we bloggers get kind of grateful for each other when we're the only ones sticking our necks out.
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Oh, lcloud, did you know about the 3rd voter fraud?

Don't know if it's tied to Stewart but it's definitely tied to McHenry's. Her name is Laura Harvey and she used to call herself McHenry's girlfriend. She was a national Young Republican Committeewoman from Iredell who resigned following "allegations that she improperly registered to vote in Mecklenburg County."

Apparently Iredell YRs folded and rather than pull together a group on paper (so that she could keep her national seat), she just registered at a Charlotte business address (someone told me was a warehouse!) Too funny.

But the Meck YRs hate McHenry because he threatened their careers if they didn't vote for his national YR dude in 05 (who turned out to have solicited donations from the elderly thinking they were donating to Bush). So, they went after her, forcing her resignation, then censuring her and the state YRs for the whole shebang.

Here's "exerpts from the censure:

WHEREAS Laura Harvey illegally registered to vote in Mecklenburg County while residing in Iredell County in order to influence a NCFYR election . . .

WHEREAS Members of the Executive Board of the North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans did nothing despite knowledge of said voting irregularities . . .

WHEREAS The North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans did not notify the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans of said voter fraud . . .

MECKLENBURG COUNTY YOUNG REPUBLICANS condemns the act of voter fraud in general and hereby censures the North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans for failure to act concerning the illegal voter registration of Laura Harvey and censure Laura Harvey for falsely registering to vote in Mecklenburg County.

Here's part of her resignation letter:

"It is with a heavy heart that I send my resignation as the North Carolina Federation of Young Republican National Committeewoman. My life circumstances have made it impossible for me to continue to fulfill the roll to the standards that I feel are befitting the title. . .
Laura J. Harvey”

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You know,

Once you start digging on this folks, it sucks you in. Now I think I need to go take a shower. Ick.

And yes, I had read about Laura Harvey.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Yeah, I got tired of this with Taylor last year

I basically quit for a while in the summer. Got a headache reading about it all and trying to write it for the internets tubes.

I sure hope other bloggers keep up on this stuff, too. There's so much there . . . I've got about 5 or 6 stories that could use some follow-up.
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Her name is Laura Harvey and

Her name is Laura Harvey and she used to call herself McHenry's girlfriend.


Not too sure about the beard thing, S

I'm hearing abortion stories AND some Republicans are having trouble getting it past their tongues but the b-word is one of the big four LGBT. Of course, we'd all love McHenry to be a T. Wouldn't that be fun.
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If that were true, DQ

He's got a lot on his psychological plate, and really ought to get some counseling - perhaps resign so that he can deal with his personal issues. I know several transgendered folks. It takes a lot of work on yourself to come through transition with your "self" intact.

He's already dealing with being the shortest member of Congress. Dealing with being transgendered and closeted would explain a lot of his aggressive ugliness and and assertive cockiness. Deflective denial.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I think it highly possible he's just bi

and uses the College Republicans for his personal harem. (and perhaps YRs but they are possibly be too old for his tastes. Time will tell.)
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Thanks Linda, unforkanately the blogs at the Pilot seem to be

down this fine Saturday morning. Just called Zonker the IT guy and left a message about it and left one for Mat Moriarty for good measure. Maybe I'll be able to get more up soon. So far this month, my blog has been the number one read.....[swaggering as I walk :) ]

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

that's because it's awesome.

You're doing some great work over there. The comments seemed to go down last night. I was able to leave a comment on Moriarty's, but not on yours.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi