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 »

Tar Heel Democrats Vote To Keep Spending Stimulus Bucks on Signs

July 21, 2010

GOP amendment to defund pricey highway signs defeated

By Rick Henderson

RALEIGH — The U.S. House of Representatives last week defeated a measure that would have prevented additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to pay for highway signs touting projects the so-called stimulus act has underwritten.

The five Republicans in North Carolina’s congressional delegation voted to defund spending on the signs. All eight Tar Heel State Democrats — including self-described moderate Reps. Bob Etheridge (2nd), Mike McIntyre (7th), Larry Kissell (8th), and Heath Shuler (11th) — voted to continue using tax dollars on the signs.


Shuler will not take on Burr

June 9, 2009

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler has shot down a U.S. Senate bid. Speaking at a groundbreaking in Asheville, the Waynesville Democrat said he would not run against U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in 2010, according to the Hendersonville Times-News:

“I am not running for Senate,” the second-term Democrat said after a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest Station in Asheville. “I am not running for Senate. I am not running for Senate. I have said that a thousand times, and I don’t know why they keep coming up [with the idea]. Of course they keep coming up and running polls.”


Fallout over Shuler’s foreign trip continues

June 7, 2009

ASHEVILLE — A few dozen protesters, many of them ethnic Tamils from around the state, marched from City-County Plaza to Pritchard Park on Saturday in opposition to Rep. Heath Shuler’s recent trip to Sri Lanka and comments he made praising the treatment of Tamil refugees there.

Protesters at the demonstration, organized by Tamils Against Genocide, held signs and spoke through loudspeakers, criticizing Shuler’s trip where he visited displacement camps for refugees in the northern part of the country.


Shuler won’t run for Senate when Burr is up for re-election

March 10, 2009

Time better spent dealing with crisis in economy, he says
Published: March 10, 2009

RALEIGH – North Carolina U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler said yesterday that he will not run for Senate in 2010, declining a chance at a seat in the upper chamber as Democrats plot to expand their majority on Capitol Hill.
Shuler said he was flattered to have so many people ask him to challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr.


Sidenote: Translation, Democrats have nasty primaries…

Pelosi unhappy with Shuler, Politico says

March 9, 2009

Ryan Teague Beckwith, Mark Johnson and Rob Christensen – Staff Writers
Published: Mon, Mar. 09, 2009 12:30AM

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler has made an interesting enemy.

Washington-based newspaper Politico writes that the Waynesville Democrat is No. 1 on the bad list of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Shuler got on her bad side by voting against both bank bailout bills and the stimulus package and telling a Raleigh audience that House leaders “failed.”


Shuler gets earmark projects, funding for WNC

March 8, 2009

Blue Dog Dem says funding fills needs

WASHINGTON – Rep. Heath Shuler helped snare more than $11 million in projects for Western North Carolina in a budget bill expected to pass Congress this week.

The projects include $237,500 to buy new buses for the Asheville Transit System, $666,050 for a green-energy training program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, $870,000 for the red wolf breeding program at the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville and $475,000 for repairs on the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Shuler defends stimulus ‘no’ vote

February 20, 2009

But congressman to push for WNC share


ASHEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, one of only seven Democrats to vote against the $787 billion federal recovery act, defended his decision Thursday, saying there wasn’t enough stimulus in the package to give his support.


Shuler hits Democratic leaders on bipartisanship

February 10, 2009

By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer

Published: Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:56 p.m. 
Last Modified: Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:56 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler said Monday that his party’s leadership on Capitol Hill has failed to pursue a bipartisan compromise to a costly economic stimulus package, arguing that a lack of Republican support is eroding the program’s credibility.