Release: Foxx Wins Debate

October 13, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Foxx Wins Congressional Debate

Ashe County, NC — Today Congresswoman Virginia Foxx debated her opponent at a public forum in Ashe County. In the debate, Foxx highlighted her fiscal conservatism and her vision to get North Carolina back to work. She also exposed her opponent’s extremely liberal views on taxes, government spending, and health care.

Voters know that there is just one proven conservative in this race—and that’s Virginia Foxx. Today’s debate illustrated that Virginia embraces common sense conservative ideas like reducing government spending, keeping taxes low and slashing job-killing federal red tape.

But the debate also exposed how out of step her opponent, Billy Kennedy, is with North Carolina voters. He supports big government programs like the trillion dollar health care bill, a job-killing energy tax and the failed stimulus program.

The choice this election is between strong conservative values or Washington’s failed liberal policies. Unfortunately Virginia’s liberal opponent would be a rubber stamp for big-government policies that mean more government, more debt and less freedom. In fact, Kennedy can’t stop talking about all the new spending he supports. North Carolina simply cannot afford to send big spenders like Kennedy to Washington.

Virginia is working to keep America the land of the free and a country of opportunity for everyone. And she isn’t afraid to take on the liberals who run Washington. As today’s debate made clear, Virginia Foxx is a conservative voice that North Carolina families and small businesses can depend on.


Foxx, Kennedy to square off in forum

October 11, 2010

JEFFERSON POST
by Linda Burchette, Assistant Editor Jefferson Post

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Turnout is expected to be heavy for tonight’s forum with U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and her Democratic challenger Billy Kennedy, both from Watauga County. The forum takes place at Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the 90-minute forum is open to the public and will be moderated by three panelists: Lonnie Adamson, editor and general manager of the Jefferson Post, Ron Fitzwater, editor of the Ashe Mountain Times, and Scott Nicholson, senior political writer for the Watauga Democrat. Questions were invited to be sent in by the public.

The forum is expected to be broadcast live on radio station WMMY ‘My Country’ ‘Highway’ 106.1 FM broadcasting from Boone and serving the counties of Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Wilkes, Catawba and Caldwell.

Foxx was reelected to her third term to represent North Carolina’s Fifth District in the United States House of Representatives in November 2008. Prior to serving in Congress, Foxx spent 10 years in the North Carolina Senate. Virginia is married to Tom Foxx. Prior to her entering Congress, the couple owned a nursery business in Watauga County.

Kennedy is the host of WATA-AM’s call-in show, “Watauga Talks.” He’s also the son of a minister, and later mayor of Black Mountain, NC; a farmer; a father; a carpenter; and is active in community service. Billy is married to Becka Saunders. They have three children and one son-in-law.


Burr polishes a conservative image

October 5, 2010

RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER
Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of stories on the candidates for U.S. Senate from North Carolina. On Wednesday, read about Democratic candidate Elaine Marshall’s record as secretary of state. Next week, read profiles of Burr, Marshall and Libertarian candidate Michael Beitler.

WASHINGTON — In U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolinians have a lawmaker who looks the part of a moderate businessman, works like a policy wonk and votes sharply conservative.

“No one can get to the right of me,” Burr told reporters when he announced his re-election campaign.
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King City Council votes to remove Christian flag–The vote was not unanimous

September 20, 2010

(Editor’s note: This story, originally posted on Sunday night, was updated on Monday evening and again on Tuesday morning after further interviews with City of King officials.)

The flags that fly at the Veterans Memorial in King’s Central Park flutter in the late summer breeze. But one flag that has stood there since the Memorial was presented to the public in 2004 is conspicuously missing—the Christian flag.
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Poll: Burr solidifying lead in Senate race

September 14, 2010

Raleigh, N.C. — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr continues to widen his lead over Democrat Elaine Marshall in his bid for re-election, according to a WRAL News Poll released Tuesday.

SurveyUSA polled 582 likely voters statewide Friday through Monday and found that, if the election were held now, Burr would garner 58 percent of the vote to Marshall’s 34 percent. Only 2 percent of respondents were undecided.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

Two months ago, Burr held a 46 to 36 percent lead in a similar poll.
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Tar Heel Blue Dogs Fare Poorly on Taxpayer Rankings

August 20, 2010

Group names four N.C. Republicans ‘taxpayer heroes’
By David N. Bass
August 16, 2010

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s three centrist Democrats scored in single digits on new congressional rankings that judge how well lawmakers protected taxpayers’ interests in 2009.

U.S. Reps. Heath Shuler, D-11th, and Mike McIntyre, D-7th, scored 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively, in the rankings by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a conservative group based in Washington, D.C. Shuler and McIntyre are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, an alliance of House Democrats who claim to be “independent voices for fiscal responsibility and accountability.”

Rep. Larry Kissell, a Democrat representing the 8th Congressional District, isn’t a member of the coalition but has parted company with party leaders several times during his year-and-a-half in the House. He garnered 5 percent on the scorecard. Read the rest of this entry »


Spouses of vets may get more aid

August 9, 2010

Foxx-sponsored bill would extend home-loan benefits

By Sarah Morayati-JOURNAL REPORTER
Published: August 9, 2010

More surviving spouses of veterans will be available for Veteran’s Affairs home loans under a bill now making its way through Congress.

The Disabled Veterans’ Surviving Spouses Home Loans Act, was introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., to fix what she describes as a loophole in veterans’ benefits.

VA loans are intended to help veterans or active-duty personnel buy and maintain homes. They can currently be granted to surviving spouses only if the service member’s death is determined to be directly connected to service disability.

But Foxx said service-related disabilities can often be factors contributing to deaths, even if doctors don’t directly attribute them as the cause.

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