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 »

Hayes not ruling out rematch with NC Rep. Kissell

January 7, 2009

By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer

Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 3:22 p.m. 
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 3:22 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Former North Carolina Rep. Robin Hayes said Tuesday he’s not going to rule out another run for Congress, keeping open the possibility of a rematch on the same day his rival took office.

Democrat Larry Kissell ousted Hayes in November, two years after falling 329 votes short of winning the 8th District seat. As Kissell took the oath of office in the U.S. House on Tuesday, Hayes said in an interview with The Associated Press he hasn’t ruled out another bout.