The 2018 Election cycle is fast approaching and time is growing short. In North Carolina, candidates must file for office early in the year. If you miss the date, you’ll have to wait either 2, 4, or 6 years for another chance. Keep that in mind if you want to run for office, or if you know a qualified potential candidate to take on an incumbent.
I want to talk specifically about Lincoln County, NC. I’m not sure who is considering filing or has made it known that they will. However, I am sure that there are some races that will have an incumbent Republican who will run unopposed.
If I remember correctly, in the last election, Jason Saine ran unopposed. This shouldn’t happen again. He has some serious flaws that could be exploited. I’ll list a few.
1.) Before being appointed to the office by the Lincoln County Republicans, he drew unemployment for 52 weeks. I didn’t mention that at the time the Lincoln County Republicans appointed him to fill the unexpired term of the former Representative, Jason was the Chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Party. Convenient. Then, in one of his first votes, he voted to not allow future unemployed to draw more that 20 weeks of unemployment compensation. But that’s not all. He also voted to cut the maximum payment to those receiving those payments. It was good enough for him, but not for anyone else. I think that perhaps he should have to draw unemployment again.
2.) Jason Saine spent $19,000 for clothing. His campaign paid for it. The Charlotte Observer ran the story below.
I don’t know how much you spend on clothing, but I don’t spend that much. I might not have ever spent that much in my entire life all together. Jason thinks it quite all right. “At the end of the day it’s a campaign expense.” — Jason Saine
3.) Jason is now the National Chairman of the corporate backed ALEC. “The group’s model bills frequently make it to the N.C. legislature virtually unchanged. Saine, a Lincolnton Republican, begins his one year tenure as head of the national conservative group on January 1.” The Daily Haymaker, a conservative website said, “Saine’s leadership guarantees ‘ALEC’s continued slide into that sinkhole called irelevancy.’” Both of these quotes came from http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2017/12/12/saine-takes-helm-national-conservative-group-alec/#sthash.SO9HG4PH.dpbs
4.) The conservative Daily Haymaker asked this about Double Dipping Jason:
Sooooo — did Mr. Saine forego reimbursement from ALEC of his expenses for the conference to, instead, have his campaign fund — filled with cash from lobbyists and others with business before the House — pick up the tab? Or is this a case of double-dipping — reimbursement from the campaign AND ALEC?
Those of us interested in good government would like to know. http://dailyhaymaker.com/?p=13826
5.) Want to read about how then Representaives Thom Tillis, Fred Steen, Harry Warren, and Jason Saine attended an ALEC meeting in which the company, Cintra, made a presentation. You may remember Cintra, if not, I’ll refresh your memory. Less than a year after that presentation at an ALEC meeting, the NC State Legislature awarded a non compete contract to Cintra to build a toll road along I-77 North of Charlotte. Maybe a little lobbying money changed hands? Read more here: https://pundithouse.com/2015/07/alec-the-best-connected-toll-road-lobbyist-in-north-carolina/
6.) Jason Saine is one of the founders, along with State Senator David Curtis, of a new for profit Charter School in Lincoln County. At the same time both have been cutting funding for Public Schools. They will tell you that they increased funding, but just ask any teacher in North Carolina. Ask any Teacher’s Assistant who lost his/her job when they eliminated thousands of positions. Of course, Jason and Curtis stand to make a pretty good income redirecting Public School funds to their own pockets through their Charter School.
I think that is just about enough for now. I’d love to hear your comments
Other links that we have written about. http://thecallblog.com/wp/in-north-carolina-alec-legislators-like-jason-saine-deny-influence/