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 »

2 N.C. political ads in running for awards

January 20, 2009

2 N.C. political ads in running for awards

Published: Wed, Jan. 21, 2009 12:30AM

Modified Wed, Jan. 21, 2009 01:23AM


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Two North Carolina political ads from the past year are finalists for national awards.

One commercial is for U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, and it features the endorsement by former Marine Ilario Pantano, who was initially accused of killing two suspected Iraqi insurgents. The charges were later dropped when a military tribunal found there was no credible evidence.

The ad was created by Rotterman & Associates, the Raleigh-based political consulting firm. It is one of three finalists for Republican congressional candidates.

Another finalist is the rocking chair ad run by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee against Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

That ad featured two elderly men at Bynum General Store in Chatham County speculating on whether Dole was 92 or 93.

The men were actually referring to effectiveness ratings and the percentage of time she voted with President Bush — not her age.

The rocking chair ad was produced by Squier Knapp Dunn Communications of Washington. It is a finalist in the category of state candidate races.

The winner of the Reed Awards will be announced in Washington on Thursday.