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 »

McHenry clarifies his view on Obama’s citizenship

August 13, 2009

By Peter St. Onge
Posted: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009
UPDATED 8/13/09. 10:11AM

LINCONTON U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry this morning clarified remarks he made at a town hall forum in Lincolnton Wednesday night indicating he was unconvinced that President Obama is a U.S. citizen.

During a three-hour question-and-answer session, primarily on health-care reform, Lincolnton resident Alan Hoyle asked if McHenry thinks Obama is a citizen. McHenry declined to affirm Obama’s citizenship, instead saying: “I haven’t seen evidence one way or the other.”

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Rahm Emanuel’s chickens ‘coming home to roost’

July 29, 2009

Rahm’s chickens come ‘home to roost’
By: Glenn Thrush
July 29, 2009 04:34 AM EST

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is angry that the conservative Blue Dogs are dominating health care negotiations, and she’s blaming their breeder — Rahm Emanuel.

Waters, former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told MSNBC that the Dogs have proved so powerful because Emanuel, the former DCCC head, and others promised to allow them to vote however they want on any issue.
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Hagan backs Obama budget, but not section on international aid

May 12, 2009

Published: May 13, 2009

RALEIGH – U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., said yesterday that she would like to cut the amount of international aid provided in President Obama’s budget plan, but she largely praised the proposal as fiscally responsible even though it shatters records with a deficit of more than $1.8 trillion.

Hagan, a former state budget writer, said she opposed Obama’s plan to cut $400 million out of a program that helps law-enforcement agencies offset the cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants who have committed crimes. Her only proposed cut was to international aid, and she largely praised increased spending on teachers and rural health care.

“President Obama is making a serious effort to rein in the fiscal irresponsibility which has plagued us for too long by cutting the deficit in half by the end of his first term,” Hagan said in a written statement.



**NOTE** – Umm, I’ll have the anti-freeze without the arsenic please.

Obama urges passage as Kennedy introduces hate crimes bill in Senate

April 29, 2009

As U.S. House lawmakers made preparations Tuesday for a floor vote on hate crimes legislation, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

The new Senate bill, called the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, is named after a gay college student who was murdered near Laramie, Wyo., in 1998 because of his sexual orientation. Like the House bill, it would enable the Justice Department to prosecute hate crimes committed against LGBT people.

In a statement Tuesday, Kennedy said the legislation is “long overdue” and “hate crimes are especially poisonous.”

“They are acts of domestic terrorism that target whole communities, not just individuals,” he said. “This bill will bring greater protection to our citizens and much-needed resources for state and local law enforcement to fight these vicious crimes.”


Abortion bill veto costs Obama nominee a vote

April 28, 2009

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will oppose Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination.

The Winston-Salem Republican said Monday that he cannot support the Kansas governor’s nomination as secretary of Health and Human Services because of her recent veto of an abortion bill.

On Thursday, Sebelius vetoed a bill that would have amended Kansas law on late-term abortions, questioning whether it was constitutional and suggesting that it would lead to intimidation of doctors.


Duke: Obama plan would bring higher rates

March 3, 2009

Climate change-related auction of credits will be ‘carbon tax’ passed on to consumers, Rogers says.

By Bruce Henderson