#FAIL: Renee’s day in Pinehurst

      Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-Dunn) had her debut before The Moore Republican Men’s Club at lunch today.  Moore County was just added to her district, and Ellmers is pretty much of an unknown to the overwhelmingly Republican electorate in the county.  The Men’s Club is one of the oldest and largest such clubs in North Carolina.  This opportunity presented itself to Ellmers as a great way to introduce herself in Moore. How did it go?  One source, in attendance at the luncheon told me later: “It was worse than that  Bob Etheridge ‘who are you?’ video.  It was awful.  It was…

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Moore County: STILL not in 2nd Congressional District ???

The primary for U.S. House is one month away.  The local and state boards of elections tell us that Moore County is NOW in the Second Congressional District. But U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers’s official web site says that is NOT SO.  If you go to THIS page on her web site, and plug in your Moore County zip code, it tells you that your zip code is unknown, or you DO NOT live in the Second District. Again, the primary for Congress is a month away.  We, in Moore County, don’t have much time to figure out WHO our representative…

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Tea Party, Ellmers headed for a divorce?

I attended a Tea Party gathering of about 500 people tonight in Moore County.  It was a meet the candidates dinner that included leaders and activists from Moore, Lee and Harnett counties. The group heard from candidates for Congress, Council of State (lt. governor, secretary of state, DPI secretary), Supreme Court, District Court and county commissioner. Moore County has been added to the Second Congressional District.  The county features one of the largest blocs of Republicans in the region, making its electorate quite attractive in GOP primaries. Three of the four GOP candidates for the Second Congressional District seat in…

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Even MORE on Renee’s campaign money

  My friend Al Lytton inspired me to keep rooting around on this subject.  We’ve got a report on a BB&T account with NO ACTIVITY for 2011 being reported to the state Board of Elections. I browsed on over to the Federal Elections Commission web site to see what they had on our congress-lady.   THIS document indicates that a Maryland-based group called “FRESHMAN AGRICULTURAL REPUBLICAN MEMBERS TRUST AKA FARM TRUST” has the authority to raise and spend money on Ellmers’s behalf. Now, let’s flip on over to another FEC document.  THIS campaign report holds the $286,000 figure Al cited…

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More on Ellmers campaign finances

            I got a nice note from Al Lytton,  congresswoman Renee Ellmers’s  chief of staff, this morning (while I was in church celebrating Easter): Brant, I don’t know how you get the information to only the cover page of the report. I believe that the FEC reports show that Congresswoman Ellmers ended the year with $328,116 cash on hand! http://fec.gov/disclosurehs/HSCmteDetail.do So, your latest post is completely inaccurate. (The link Al cites  — when you click on it — produces an indecipherable error message. )   Let’s work with the data we DO HAVE, to see…

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Renee Ellmers: BROKE?

If  Congresswoman Renee Ellmers’s campaign reporting is accurate, she raised NO MONEY in the last two quarter of 2011, and had no money on hand in her campaign committee treasury at the start of 2012. The GOP primary for her congressional seat is about one month away.  If the information on this report, filed with the state board of elections, is correct, that’s NOT a good sign for her reelection prospects. It typically takes about $250,000 to run a respectable race for Congress.   We’ve already reported about an upcoming cigar and whiskey party in DC to help her raise…

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Arguing with idiots: Gas Prices Edition

(Apologies to Glenn Beck for lifting the title of his GREAT book.) The next time some Obama-voting granola rants about how the high prices at the pump are GEORGE W. BUSH’S fault,  hit that “person” right between the eyes with the info in  THIS great chart. It details – year by year — many of BarryO’s policies which have directly contributed to the high prices we are all seeing, and paying, at the pump.  (Facts are SUCH a bother.) Another great piece of ammo is THIS primer on gas prices, which details all of the factors that go into affecting…

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Walter Jones called one of “Ten Most Likely” to lose their House primaries

          “The Fix” — The Washington Post’s online politics blog — has tapped North Carolina congressman Walter Jones as one of the top ten incumbents MOST LIKELY to lose their primary races this year: […] Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.): If there’s one guy who’s ripe for a conservative primary challenge, it’s Jones. Jones frequently votes against his party on the major issues of the day, the most recent being Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget. In fact, it’s a wonder he’s escaped serious opposition in recent years. That could change this year, with former New Bern Police Chief Frank Palombo running…

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Some FACTS to consider against leftist rantings about the 1%

              Former Senator — and Economic PhD — Phil Gramm has an excellent piece in today’s Wall Street Journal addressing some interesting facts behind what the the professional left, the media and the DC establishment refer to as “income inequality’: In the stagnant days of the Carter administration, when inflation was approaching 13.5% and interest rates were peaking at 21.5%, income was more evenly distributed than in any period in 20th-century America. Since the days of that equality in misery, the measured income of the top 1% of income tax filers has risen over…

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Politico: “Rough Future” for Ellmers & other GOP freshmen

          The reliably left-of-center Politico web site has pegged Congresswoman Renee Ellmers as one of a handful of GOP House freshmen who may have a bumpy campaign season: […] Rep. Renee Ellmers came to Congress after beating out seven-term Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge in an extremely close race in North Carolina. The House leadership quickly adopted her as one of their favorite freshmen, making her chairwoman of the Small Business Committee’s Healthcare and Technology Subcommittee, while placing her on the high-profile House and Senate payroll tax conference committee. “I’m one to speak my mind, and over…

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