Rep. David Lewis

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Latest NC GOP gerrymandering is emblematic of a broader decline in American politics

BY: - October 24, 2023

One of the most troubling developments in American policy and politics in recent decades involves the normalization of actions and ideas once widely viewed as outrageous and/or counter to the nation’s core democratic values. Donald Trump is, of course, the poster child for this phenomenon. When a candidate ascends to the presidency after having uttered […]

Federal court documents detail allegations of Rep. David Lewis’s elaborate scheme

BY: - August 20, 2020

2018 was a bad year for Rep. David Lewis. 2020 looks to be worse. The federal government today alleged that State Rep. David Lewis with failure to file a tax return, making false statements to a bank and illegally funneling campaign money for personal use. He was charged with criminal felonies, according to court records. […]

David Lewis, farming business sued again over more unpaid debt

BY: - November 22, 2019

For the second time in a little over a week, Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and his business have been hit with a lawsuit over unpaid debt. John Deere Financial and Deere & Company filed the suit Thursday in Harnett County. It states Lewis took out several loans dating back to 2014 for farm equipment but […]

Report: Rep. David Lewis subject of more litigation, this time related to business debt

BY: - November 19, 2019

WRAL reported yesterday that an agricultural company is suing House Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), his farming company and its partners for more than $1.5 million. The lawsuit, filed in Harnett County, states the company has unsuccessfully tried to collect a debt. It names Lewis, his brother-in-law Jeffery Strickland and their companies, according to the TV station. […]


Rep. Lewis’ loan deal emblematic of a larger problem in NC politics

BY: - October 10, 2019

There are a lot of troubling aspects to the recently disclosed loan deal between North Carolina House Rules Committee chair, Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and John Gray — one of four individuals indicted earlier this year in an alleged bribery scheme involving businessman Greg Lindberg and former Republican congressman and state party chairman Robin Hayes. […]

Jackson challenges GOP leadership to lie detector test over veto override vote

BY: - September 23, 2019

House Minority Leader Darren Jackson (D-Wake) has taken a polygraph test involving a hotly debated veto override vote, he announced at a Monday press conference. Now he’s challenging Republican leaders to do the same. “House Republican leadership lied about the session on the morning of September 11,” Jackson said Monday. “They have continued to lie […]

Governor, lawmakers slam “bald faced lie” that led to override vote (Video)

BY: - September 11, 2019

Responding to a surprise N.C. House vote to override his budget veto, Gov. Roy Cooper excoriated legislative Republicans for using what he called a “bald faced lie” to break a legislative stalemate that has dragged on since June. “For over two months Democrats missed family events, work and even medical appointments to show up at […]

In the House, a major amendment to controversial Duke Energy rate-making bill hands the hot potato back to the Senate

BY: - August 21, 2019

A key provision in Senate Bill 559 was upended in the House Tuesday afternoon, which made the measure more palatable to opponents but added uncertainty to it future. Colloquially known as the Duke Energy rate-making bill, it contained a controversial section that allowed the utilities commission to approve multi-year rate plans. Utilities could then avoid requesting rate […]

Common Cause NC will consider dropping lawsuit after lawmakers pass ‘gold-standard’ redistricting reform

BY: - July 8, 2019

If Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and other GOP legislative leaders want Common Cause NC to drop its partisan gerrymandering lawsuit, they’re going to have to enact redistricting reform first. “If Republican legislative leaders had enacted real redistricting reform — like they repeatedly called for and sponsored when Democrats were in power — litigation would never […]

House Finance green-lights Duke Energy ratemaking bill; would allow utility to increase annual profits

BY: - June 19, 2019

A controversial bill that would allow Duke Energy to increase its annual profits through alternative methods of ratemaking cleared another hurdle today, despite opponents’ objections. The House Finance Committee introduced an amended version of Senate Bill 559 to ostensibly appease the state’s industrial and retail customers, such as Walmart. But the bill still sounded several […]


Veteran journalist: What NC’s gerrymandering case means

BY: - March 26, 2019

NC gerrymandering under siege (Cross-posted from The moment of truth has come for North Carolina, which epitomizes the nation’s mounting struggle over the partisan rigging of elections by Republican or Democratic majorities in state legislatures gerrymandering election districts to maintain their party’s lock on power. Fifteen states have adopted some kind of reform to […]

U.S. Supreme Court to take up North Carolina gerrymandering case

BY: - January 4, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a long-running partisan gerrymandering case, the court announced Friday afternoon. As anticipated, the high court will hear Rucho v. Common Cause. The case will be set for argument in the court’s March session. Federal courts have twice found the state’s 2016 congressional redistricting plan unconstitutional. In the case, Common […]