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Reporter Craig Jarvis of Raleigh’s News & Observer tweeted this afternoon that House Speaker Thom Tillis referred the indictment of Rep. Stephen LaRoque to the House Ethics Committee this morning.

This certainly sounds like an appropriate action and at least a first step in dealing with the scandal.

As this morning’s edition of the Weekly Briefing detailed, however, a) it’s been a long, darn time in coming, and b) there would appear to be a lot more to be done. Let’s hope more action is in the offing.

 

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The controversial nonprofit management practices of State Representative Stephen LaRoque (as well as his responses to a Policy Watch investigation) have caught the eye of the national publication, Nonprofit Quarterly.

This is from a column posted online this morning by the group’s national correspondent, Rick Cohen:

“Somehow, LaRoque’s answers do not generate the impression that he is exactly on top of the latest thinking on good nonprofit management when it comes to conflicts of interest, self-dealing, transparency or financial accountability. One would also expect the USDA to get on the stick and start overseeing the $7.5 million it gave LaRoque through the Intermediary Relending Program and the $582,000 from the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. And one would also expect the person responsible for charity oversight in the North Carolina Attorney General’s office to find out whether LaRoque’s serial self-dealing transactions and his conflicts of interest cross the line.”

You can read Cohen’s entire piece by clicking here.

 

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Reporter Sarah Ovaska’s investigative reporting on the questionable practices of State Rep. Stephen LaRoque, a powerful member of Speaker Thom Tillis’ leadership team, is drawing attention from the “mainstream” news media.

Yesterday, the conservative Beaufort Observer termed the revelations “troubling” and called on LaRoque to address the questions raised.

WPTF radio in Raleigh also featured Sarah during a half-hour appearance with afternoon host Bill LuMaye.

This morning, the Kinston Free Press reported on the story as did State Government Radio.

Seems a sure thing there will be more to come.

For lists of updated links to additional coverage, click here.