A HELL of a ride with Miss Virginia …

This is a little dated, but it gives one heck of a peek into the mindset of at least one of the folks we send to Washington every two years.  Apparently, getting on an elevator with Virginia Foxx can be one terrifying experience: More House staffers are coming forward with cautionary tales of their members-only elevator rides with Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.). ITK last week brought you one tipster’s claims of Foxx laying the verbal smackdown on a female staffer for taking a ride on a members-only elevator. The congresswoman’s office said the story — which involved Foxx questioning the staffer’s literacy…

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‘Tricky Dick’ Burr: “I’m Sam Ervin! I’m SAM, I am!” ( Jim Morrill SAID so.)

The president is trying to rally his troops to deal with arguably the worst crisis facing the country, and Richard Burr is preoccupied with FANTASY: President Trump told GOP senators at the White House on Wednesday that they should cancel their August recess and not leave town until acting to repeal ObamaCare. “We shouldn’t leave town until this is complete,” he said during a lunch at the White House. “We should hammer this out and get it done.” […] Only three GOP senators missed the lunch: Richard Burr (N.C.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.) and John McCain (Ariz.). Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence…

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The ObamaCare Hustle

It’s easy to talk big and tough about cutting stuff when you KNOW your grand-standing is going to get vetoed by the president.  But it’s a whole new ballgame — as Washington Republicans are learning — when one of your own takes over at 1600 Penn. In 2010, we gave the majority in Congress to Republicans with explicit instructions to kill ObamaCare with extreme prejudice.  SEVEN YEARS AGO. Somehow, that got warped into “repeal AND replace.”  (Where, oh where, did anyone say anything about replacing ONE intrusive monstrosity with ANOTHER?) Every election year, we got subjected to all kinds of…

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#ncpol: Solar goons teaming with Hudson to sink claws into tax $$$ for hydropower?

That’s what it looks like.  Here’s an excerpt from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s schedule for the House floor this coming week:   Check out HR 2786, sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-08).  “Qualifying”?  Qualifying for what?  Government cash and tax incentives, perhaps?  This release from the House Energy Committee explains that the bill “promotes the development” of small hydroelectric plants and “eases regulatory burdens” on developing them.   North Carolina state government offers generous incentives for hydroelectric plants. The feds have also got some sweet incentives — cash and tax breaks — for hydropower.  The trick IS getting qualified for…

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Pittenger: Change The Rules. Here’s Some Cash. (Remember to vote.)

Conservatives have long had heartburn over the very existence of government departments of agriculture.  Far too often, those institutions have been little more than farm community vote-buying apparatuses. In recent years, the USDA has moved away from strictly funding farm-based projects to backing commercial development in rural areas.  Charlotte’s Robert Pittenger had a scary close reelection fight in 2016.  He’s clearly pulling out all the stops to try and avoid another one in 2018: U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is optimistic that Robeson County will be able to pay for renovations to the former BB&T building on Chestnut Street with a…

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GOPe keeping ObamaCare taxes, too.

We heard earlier from Rand Paul about his disgust over his colleagues’s ObamaCare hijinks.  Now comes word, via The Wall Street Journal, that Senate Republicans are A-OKAY with the taxes in ObamaCare: With Senate Republicans planning to retain a 3.8% surtax on investment income in their health-care bill, it is a good time for American taxpayers to know exactly how this tax works. The 3.8% surtax was enacted in 2010 to help fund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It took effect in 2013, and this year it is expected to bring in nearly $30 billion, according to the Tax Policy…

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#nc-03: “Outsider” Dacey hits up DC lobbyist pals for cash (Oh, yeah. We’ve got mail!)

Congressman Walter Jones’s challenger in the 3rd district, Scott Dacey, is making a big deal out of Jones’s lengthy tenure in DC and playing up his own service to the local area. So, if you’re planning on taking that route, WHY on earth would one of your first post-announcement moves be to hit up a bunch of DC lobbyists for cash? Here’s an email: From: Scott Dacey <scdacey@gmail.com> Date: July 10, 2017 at 9:44:12 PM EDT To: “Mahoney, Dan” <dmahoney@USChamber.com> Cc: Aurene Martin <amartin@spiritrockllc.com>, Jodi Gillette <JGillette@SONOSKY.COM>, “philip.baker-shenk@hklaw.com” <Philip.Baker-Shenk@hklaw.com>, “Paul.Moorehead@PowersLaw.com” <Paul.Moorehead@PowersLaw.com>, “jpata@ncai.org” <jpata@ncai.org>, “Mark.Cruz@mail.house.gov” <Mark.Cruz@mail.house.gov>, Larry Rosenthal <lrosenthal@ietan.com>, Scott Dacey…

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Rand Paul: GOPe KEEPING ObamaCare!

That’s what the gentleman from Kentucky says today: I miss the old days, when Republicans stood for repealing Obamacare. Republicans across the country and every member of my caucus campaigned on repeal – often declaring they would tear out Obamacare “root and branch!” What happened? Now too many Republicans are falling all over themselves to stuff hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars into a bill that doesn’t repeal Obamacare and feeds Big Insurance a huge bailout. Obamacare regulations? Still here. Taxes? Many still in place, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars. […] But, but, but — Thom SAID …. […]…

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Thilli$$$$$: We need MORE foreign workers!

Yep.  Our junior senator is carrying water for his patrons in The Chamber AND causing trouble for President Trump all in one fell swoop: The White House complained Monday about Democratic obstruction of President Trump’s nominees, but a Republican senator is the chief roadblock for Mr. Trump’s pick to head the legal immigration service, hoping to use the position as leverage to force the administration to approve more foreign guest-workers this year. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina has put a “hold” on Lee Francis Cissna, the nominee for director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to try to pressure…

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#ncpol: Thom WHO ???

That’s right. According to a major national survey, a whopping 30 percent of North Carolina voters say they either Don’t Know who Thom Tillis is, or have No Opinion of him.  (Only Michigan Democrat Gary Peters fared worse.  Thirty-four percent of his constituents either don’t know his name or have no opinion.) Crazy Bernie Sanders has a 75 percent approval rating with the folks in Vermont.   The survey concludes that Kentuckians think much more of Rand Paul (53 percent approve, 37 percent disapprove) than they do of Mitch McConnell (44 percent approve, 47 percent disapprove.)  McConnell has the largest disapproval…

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