Longleaf Politics | Hurricane Matthew struck eastern North Carolina on October 9, 2016. A full 18 months later, some of the first federally funded repairs are slated to begin this June. Hurricane Matthew has re-emerged as a political issue in Raleigh as thousands of people in eastern North Carolina await public money to rebuild. The storm was one of the most devastating in North Carolina’s history, killing 31 people and caused more than $4.8 billion in damage. Matthew set rainfall records in 17 counties, and 2,300 people were rescued from floodwaters. Why is recovery taking so long? It mostly has to do with the processes setRead More →

Note: Corrects N.C. State Senate District 2 results   Scott Dacey seriously underestimated Walter Jones and seriously misread the mood of the congressional district. More Ginger Garner will go against Norman Sanderson for N.C. State Senate District 2. Barbara Lee will go against Mike Speciale in N.C. House of Representatives District 3. Speciale held off a spirited challenge in the Republican primary from Eric Queen, winning 57.24 percent of the vote, an underwhelming showing for an incumbent going against a newcomer. He’s going to have to have a better showing in November if he’s going to beat Lee, a well-known former New Bern alderman. InRead More →

Editor’s note: This article in its original form contained erroneous information about N.C. Rep. Michael Speciale. That information has been removed. In notifying the Post about the error, Speciale said, “I raised $28,339.33 for the 2018 elections. I have no idea where you got that number, but I do not find it on your link. The information is incorrect, your comments call my integrity into question, and I ask that you remove this article and your comments … .” Craven County Republican Scott Dacey’s gamble didn’t pay off. Dacey gave up his seat on the Craven County Board of Commissioners in a quest to unseatRead More →

N.C. Rep. Mike Speciale of New Bern, who is running for reelection in the Republican primary, posted a long response on Sunday night to opposition from a fellow conservative who is not even on the ballot. Speciale tore into Tyker Gonzales, a Cove City resident who advocates on behalf of independent farmers and humane treatment of animals. As Speciale tells it on his Facebook wall, “A lady by the name of Tyker Gonzales is having a hard time grasping the facts about a puppy mill bill from six years ago. “She has chosen to make my debate on the House floor against this bill an issueRead More →