STILL waiting on those federal spending cuts

You gotta love Congressman Allen West (R-FL).  Love him because the mainstream media and the DC establishment HATE him.  He says what needs to be said, and he backs up his talk with votes.  A real rarity in DC, these days .. Anyway, West shared some really interesting information on Facebook, comparing the federal spending approved in 2002 by a GOP-controlled House with that approved by a GOP-controlled House in 2012:   Wow.  * Conservatism AT ITS BEST.  *   Everything’s up BUT family income.  What happened to the spending cuts we got promised by those Republicans who voted for…

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Keep an eye on Ellmers

        Veteran politicos all over North Carolina’s Second  Congressional District are telling me that the political establishment and the news media could be in for a heck of a surprise on May 8.    One loyal reader, active in the GOP at the district level, tells me: “The level of indifference toward Renee Ellmers is astounding.  There are so many people in this solidly Republican district who have no experience with her.  They don’t know her, and they don’t feel like they owe her anything.   She is running like she is some kind of beloved incumbent….

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Gender moves to forefront of NC’s 2nd congressional district GOP race

            DC Republicans are making a huge deal out of female Members of Congress taking the lead on the recently passed “Small Business Tax Cut.”   Second District incumbent Rep. Renee Ellmers, up for reelection in a newly-configured district, is picking up that ball and running with it: […] Yet with the role of women now a key topic in the presidential campaign, female lawmakers like Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) were deployed not simply to echo the leadership’s talking points but to highlight the benefits of the tax cut for women…

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Lots of interest by GOP activists in NC’s 2nd congressional district

    The 2nd District GOP convention met Saturday in Sanford. Organizers were clearly caught off guard by the large turnout for the first meeting in the newly reconfigured 2nd. Attendees spilled out of the building.  Seating was limited. One of my moles in attendance reported: “It was a real pleasant surprise to see all of those people in attendance.  The convention was a real success from that standpoint.  I guess folks were interested in getting to know all of the names and faces of the leaders in the new counties. ” The event was well-attended by the major GOP…

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Once you open the tax dollar spigot, it’s doggone tough to turn it off

            A story in today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal illustrates this point beautifully: When the University of Wyoming needed an extra $10 million for renovations to its basketball arena last month, state legislators turned to an unlikely source: a federal fund for cleaning up abandoned coal mines. The fund was set up to pay for things like sealing up old mine shafts and dealing with collapsed tunnels and abandoned surface mines. But, as allowed under law, the university plans to use the money to fix up its Arena-Auditorium, where its Cowboys play, providing…

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U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan: Big Money from Abortion Industry

  This little gem popped up on Twitter tonight.  A site called defundabortion.org  gives a state-by-state breakdown of the top recipients of campaign contributions from abortion providers.  According to this group,  US Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) has taken in $262,894 from sources that provide abortion services.   

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Tax Day in Southern Pines: Tea Party ranks swelling, Jamie Boles spelling, Richard Speer excelling, Renee Ellmers #FAILing

It was a busy afternoon in Moore County for conservative and Republican activists.  Moore Tea Citizens had a nice turnout for its fourth annual Tax Day Rally in front of the town’s post office.  The Moore County GOP also opened the doors for its campaign headquarters.   A plethora of GOP celebrities / candidates were on hand — including state House Speaker Thom Tillis. A mole reported back to me that State Rep. Jamie Boles (R-Moore) provided one of the more — ahem —  interesting presentations of the afternoon, which reportedly  featured the legislator spelling out various letters of the…

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Speer making some noise in 2nd district U.S. House race

A lot of people just sit around and fume to their friends about how upset they are with Washington.  Fayetteville resident Richard Speer is doing something about it.   He’s filed as a Republican challenger to incumbent Renee Ellmers in the newly configured Second Congressional District, which includes Moore County.  The candidate says he’s frustrated with politicians who say one thing at campaign time and do something different when they get to DC: “The biggest issues facing our country are the federal debt and ObamaCare.  Renee campaigned against that in 2010. Yet, she voted for the continuing resolution that kept the funding for…

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Tea Party groups flexing muscle in NC’s 2nd, 3rd and 10th congressional races

It’s been reported here previously that many prominent Tea Party leaders in the 2nd congressional district are abandoning Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and are gravitating toward GOP challenger Richard Speer of Fayetteville. Now, we’re hearing that national and state Tea Party leaders are making moves in the 10th congressional district, currently represented by Republican Patrick McHenry.   The national Independence Caucus (iCaucus) and The Asheville TEA PAC have announced their endorsements of McHenry’s GOP challenger Ken Fortenberry. Add all that to The Washington Post’s reports about a national SuperPAC running ads against Congressman Walter Jones (R ) in NC-3, and you…

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Tea Party dumping Ellmers?

The fallout from a rather heated meeting in Pinehurst between local Tea Party leaders and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers has local activists ready to organize a district-wide revolt against Ellmers in the upcoming GOP primary. I talked to one Tea Party source familiar with today’s private powwow: “She was combative.  She was getting in people’s faces  and telling them they don’t have a clue, and that they needed to get one.  She was telling them they needed to stop complaining and read some bills.  Our people in that room likely have spent more time reading legislation than Renee has!   We got fooled in 2010.  She’s…

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