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 »

Coble worries over Guantanamo closure

May 18, 2009

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
Staff Writer

The possibility that detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison could be housed in a mainland U.S. prison or released into the United States has raised concerns among members of Congress, particularly Republicans.

Rep. Howard Coble was among those questioning Attorney General Eric Holder when he appeared before the House Judiciary Committee last week.

“Given the choices, I would opt for them to remain in custody at Gitmo,” Coble said of the Guantanamo detainees. He called it a “mistake” to close the prison there. “We have a sizable financial investment there. It’s obviously secure.”