Democratic Leader Wants House To Examine LaRoque

The top North Carolina House Democrat wants a commission to examine allegations involving a Republican colleague who runs two economic development nonprofit groups that receive millions of dollars in federal funds.

House Minority Leader Joe Hackney wrote Speaker Thom Tillis on Wednesday asking him to create a panel to look into the business practices of Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Lenoir County. Hackney said the commission should be bipartisan in membership and leadership.

LaRoque would not comment to The Associated Press. He's defended his work previously with the nonprofits that have received federal money to make small business loans in rural areas.

A liberal-leaning watchdog group North Carolina Policy Watch alleged earlier this year LaRoque was paid high salaries from the nonprofits and made loans to close associates, including two lawmakers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by joe Location: morehead city on Nov 16, 2011 at 07:18 PM
    You left wing libs just can,t stand it. I have known Stephen all my life. He is smart and hard working. Maybe you should try it and you would not be so envious.
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      by Rocky on Nov 16, 2011 at 09:41 PM in reply to joe
      Could you please define the term hard working.
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      by bruce on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:30 AM in reply to joe
      He filed a defamination lawsuit and then dropped it because he couldn't provide the proper documentation that any business should have. He ended up paying $17,000 to drop the lawsuit that he filed. I would not say that was smart.
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      by so-what on Nov 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM in reply to joe
      I don't think "Stephen" would know what hard work really is.And if he was smart,he would have kept his big mouth shut.He has never seen a camera or a microphone he didn't love.Until now anyway. Check and see how much public money (if any) has been paid back that he loaned to HIS friends and to people that he knew could not pay it back.Also while you are doing that,check and see what he did to earn $195,000 a year.He dropped the lawsuit to keep anyone from checking on this themselves.Didn't work!! And he is on the ethics committee.WOW!!!
  • by Bud Location: Goldsboro on Nov 16, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    Before we get to excited, let's remember this is a Democrat and a(liberal watch-dog group) requesting an investigation of a Republican. If there is a case, and if there is an investigation, and if there are indictments and convictions, then you can say this guy is dishonest. Until then you have political allegations, nothing more, nothing less. Over 1/2 of the people in this country are making a living off the taxpayers, becaue the other half don't pay taxes. Let's see where this goes before we "convict" in the court of public opinion.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 at 02:17 PM in reply to Bud
      Guess what? You are talking about what LaRoque himself. Our taxes pay his salary as a legislator. He has tied up your tax money as well as mine in the state court system with his numerous lawsuits. Makes you wonder who the REAL liberals are.
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      by To Bud on Nov 16, 2011 at 04:44 PM in reply to Bud
      Nobody in this country goes without paying some taxes! You seem to dismiss sales tax, property tax, tax on phones, payroll withholding, tax on food, etc! Before you casually make a accusation against 1/2 of this country- you need to know what you are talking about!
  • by ?????? Location: pitt co on Nov 16, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    Rep. LaRogue please run for president,so i can vote for you good jub.
  • by Bruce Location: Greenville on Nov 16, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    They didn't mention that his baord members were family members and those few who were not family have left the board to get big loans themselves. He gave his attorney a loan. Making a living off the back of the taxpayers all the while decrying the government. he also dropped the defamination lawsuit that he filed and paid his foe's legal bills and fines.
  • by Dave on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    I'm no Democrat, but boy, I sure do agree with them here. I think we can ALL agree that LaRoque is a radical and a crook. Think twice before you try "saving" taxpayers' money at their own expense, LaRoque! And think twice before you go demonizing our community colleges again.
  • by So What on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    Even if this were true, I have no way of knowing either way, I bet the loan amount was less than the 523 MILLION that Obama lost to Solyndra. Go ahead and try to dig up dirt Mr. Hackney, your party is still going to lose big time in 2012!!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 at 01:13 PM in reply to So What
      At least Obama was trying to kick start a new and emerging sector in our economy that has the potential to create millions of jobs, get us off foreign oil, and make the air cleaner all in one swoop... Now that we will let the market decide... it means that the rich investors here will just send the money to china to create this same new sector of technology on the cheap... Yay for capitalism. It is alive and well!
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      by OK on Nov 16, 2011 at 01:21 PM in reply to So What
      I'm a conservative, but have you ever heard the expression "two wrongs do not make a right"? Also, this occurred on a local level where we the citizens (especially we R's) have FAR more say. This guy seems as crooked as they come. Come on Lenoir county GOP voters, do your job!
  • by Me Location: Bayboro on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    From the lowest in each county to the highest in the federal government they are all crooked. A lot of thieves and we voted them in office. They run for the office just to steel from the tax payer.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    This is not surprising. It's the typical right winger that bashes the Government while the whole time taking money from the Government. HYPOCRITE!
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      by Josephine on Nov 16, 2011 at 06:24 PM in reply to Lavon
      If you look at the documents available you can pretty much decide what Mr. LaRoque has been doing. The reporting is coming from a left leaning group, but it was begun by conservatives some time ago. Also, these reports only reflect what the documents, cameras and court transcripts exhibit and I believe they have been very objective.
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