Jim Black: cast of characters

Jim Black: cast of characters

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many of them active in North Carolina politics — were mentioned during Jim Black’s sentencing hearing. A glance at some of those named:

HAROLD BRUBAKER

A longtime Republican state representative from Asheboro, Brubaker was elected speaker in 1994 when Republicans took control of the House. He served two two-year terms before Democrats regained control of the House in 1998.

MICHAEL DECKER

A former Republican representative from Forsyth County, Decker reached a deal with Black in 2003 to switch parties and cast a key vote to keep Black in power as speaker. Decker was sentenced to four years in prison for selling his vote to Black.

ROBERT BRAWLEY

A former Republican state representative from Iredell County whose vote Black once sought in the race for speaker. Brawley unsuccessfully ran for state insurance commissioner in 2004.

VIRGINIA KELLY

A longtime assistant in Black’s optometry practice who also served as treasurer for his campaigns. She testified that she did not see a reason to include in a campaign filing the $500,000 loan that initially went into Black’s campaign account.

DON BEASON

President and founder of The Capitol Group, a firm that represents several government and private clients. He has been ranked the state’s most influential lobbyist since 2003 in a survey by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

ALEX WARNER

Warner is a former Democratic state representative from Cumberland County to whom Black said he gave $8,000. Warner said he recalls getting $6,000 from Black for an herbal medicine business Warner wanted to start.

ROBERT HUNTER

A Court of Appeals Judge and former state lawmaker who was vying along with Black to steal the speakership from Brubaker in 1997 by trying to cut deals with Republicans. (more…)

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Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.
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