#ncpol: Like grandpa, like grandson.

If you’ve ever wondered HOW Dallas Woodhouse comes up with some of the things he says and does, look no further than his grandfather, NCGOP chairman Robin Hayes: The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party faces criticism for comments he made at a recent campaign fundraiser, where some say he misrepresented campaign finance laws and possibly forecast his intentions to break them. Robin Hayes, chairman of the NC GOP, spoke at the fundraiser for U.S. Rep. David Rouzer at the Figure 8 Yacht Club in Wilmington on Aug. 10 when he asked attendees to donate to the party organization…

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Obama wants your wood-burning stove

[Editor’s Note:  The writer is president of The Americans For Limited Government Foundation.] In a blow to innovation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied a petition to reconsider a restrictive regulation dealing with wood stoves and the types of wood burned in them. The regulation, finalized by the EPA last year, made changes to the emission standards applicable to residential wood stoves, in bureaucratic speak, “residential wood combustion devices.” The petition was filed by Richard S. Burns & Company, Inc., a Philadelphia waste management firm that challenged the EPA’s prohibition on making wood pellets and chipped wood from…

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NC-02: Heritage Action says Renee Ellmers most liberal GOP House member from NC

Heritage Action, the political arm of The Heritage Foundation, produces ratings that have become the gold standard for evaluating how conservative Members of Congress truly are.  They track votes throughout the year and rate each member of the House and Senate on a scale of ZERO (Bernie Sanders liberal) to 100 (Ted Cruz conservative.) The average House Republican is scoring 63 percent out of a possible 100 percent. The current ratings from Heritage Action show Walter Jones and George Holding tied, with 89 percent ratings, as the most conservative House members from North Carolina.  Mark Meadows and Mark Walker are next…

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#ncpol: ‘Did I say ”EMINENT domain”? Gosh, I meant INTIMATE.’

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Tom Campbell introduced us to the term ‘intimate domain’ on this weekend’s edition of NC Spin.  We, of course, knew what he meant to say. But there are a lot of politicians this very minute running like hell from the very mention of the words ’eminent domain.’ This all got started with the drivebys at WTVD reporting on Johnston County residents being forced out of their homes by railroad giant CSX.  CSX and the McCrory administration apparently had worked out a deal to build some kind of hub in Johnston County that was just going to have…

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#ncpol: Polling, press releases & pabulum. N&O laziness extends from NC-02 over to NC-07.

Young Mr. Campbell has apparently learned well from Jedi master Rob. *Why bother making calls and digging when someone has already pretty much written the story for you?* “Rep. Rouzer: Poll shows GOP opponent doesn’t have much support” is the headline that screams at us from the N&O web site.  (*I am willing to bet that part after the colon is the word-for-word title on the release sent over from the Rouzer campaign.*)  Here’s young Colin’s, um. “analysis*:  Congressman David Rouzer released results Wednesday from an opinion poll his campaign ordered for his Smithfield-to-Wilmington district. Rouzer’s poll, conducted by Public Opinion…

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#ncpol NC-07: Rouzer applauds, then runs from CSX’s JoCo land grab

It should not come as a shock to anyone that a politician (1) takes a position, and then (2) runs like hell from it.  But doing it so blatantly – and so close to an important election — will earn special recognition from us. We reported earlier about how CSX and some state government types in Raleigh decided that a new CSX facility was going to go on a certain plot in Johnston County — whether or not the current landowners agreed.    Why bother negotiating directly with landowners when you and your lobbyists can shower cash on and trade…

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#ncpol: Who voted to keep funding ObamaCare? THESE GUYS !!!!

We’ve got all kinds of incumbent congressional critters running around claiming they struck a fatal blow to ObamaCare.  We’ve got information that says OTHERWISE.  On October 23, the GOP-CONTROLLED HOUSE  took an interesting vote:  The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762) would not restore Americans’ health care freedom because it leaves the main pillars of Obamacare in place, nor would it actually defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. This bill violates an explicit promise made in the budget, which “affirm[ed] the use of reconciliation for the sole purpose of repealing the President’s job-killing health care law.” This bill passed…

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#ncpol NC-07: Mr. Rouzer, I do believe your pants are on fire.

It’s a shame that outright bald-faced lies are so plentiful in politics.  Occasionally, though, some lies surface that are so outrageous that we just have to highlight them for our dear readers. A few months back, some Members of Congress sent the following letter to House leadership:  Dear Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Whip Scalise: It is with great urgency that we write concerning Planned Parenthood Federation of America. We are deeply disturbed at recent reports that Planned Parenthood has been selling the tissue of unborn babies for profit. As firm believers in the sanctity of life, beginning at…

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#nc-07: Former NCGOP official primarying Rouzer

For Mark Otto, his decision to challenge rookie congressman David Rouzer is both business AND personal:  […] “Conservative voters are finding our stockings stuffed with coal this Christmas, courtesy of Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan and the establishment Republicans in congress. […] I feel completely betrayed. Despite my successful efforts to help Renee Ellmers defeat Bob Etheridge in 2010 and then to help elect David Rouzer in 2014, both Rouzer and Ellmers caved to pressure from the political establishment and voted to pass the atrocious omnibus spending package that funds Planned Parenthood, quadruples the number of foreign workers taking American jobs, fails…

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Dems– STILL the minority — celebrate their Omnibus victory

Hear it in their own words:  […] The Democrats’ victory, and Republican Ryan’s defeat, was garishly displayed when his omnibus got more Democratic votes in the House and in the Senate than it got Republican votes. “I said I would not accept a lot of [conservative] ideological riders that were attached to a big budget deal,” President Barack Obama said Friday, at his end-of-year press conference. “And because of some terrific negotiations by the Democrats up on Capitol Hill and I think some pretty good work by our legislative staff here… it was a good win,” he said. “We met…

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