Heritage Action: Jones, Meadows NC’s top conservatives; Ellmers, Burr most liberal GOPers

According to the folks over at Jim DeMint’s shop, the two guys in our delegation in the most trouble with leadership are doing the best job of abiding by the principles of conservatism.  Reps. Walter Jones and Mark Meadows are tied at the top of Heritage Action’s scorecard for North Carolina with scores of 87 (out of a possible 100). George Holding is in a close second with a score of 85.  David Rouzer gets an 82, and Richard Hudson and Mark Walker tie at 81.  Virginia Foxx and Robert Pittenger tie at 72 each.  Patrick McHenry earns a 68,…

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#NC11: Mark Meadows, Street Fighting Man

Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy ‘Cause summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy Well what can a poor boy do Except to sing for a rock ‘n’ roll band ‘Cause in sleepy London town There’s just no place for a street fighting man No Hey! Think the time is right for a palace revolution ‘Cause where I live the game to play is compromise solution Well, then what can a poor boy do Except to sing for a rock ‘n’ roll band ‘Cause in sleepy London town There’s just…

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Who’s REALLY ceding power to the Democrats

Oh, just roll THIS around in your head for a minute: […] Losing a subcommittee chairmanship midway through a congressional session is among the most serious punishments thus far in Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) majority. Boehner and his leadership team have grown frustrated with Republicans who vote against the procedural “rule” motion. Those votes — which allow the Republican leadership to bring a bill up for debate and a vote — typically fall along party lines. But a group of conservatives has voted against the measures, mostly in protest of Boehner’s leadership. Republican leadership sees the move as unacceptable —akin…

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#NC11: Meadows joins Jones in Boehner’s ”dog house”

It’s no secret there’s no love between the speaker and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC).  Jones voted against Boehner for renomination as speaker.  He’s also bucked leadership on a number of key votes.  He’s been stripped of any key committee assignments. The boys in DC even hooked Jones up with a serious primary challenger in 2014. Well, it looks like Mark Meadows (R-NC), over in the 11th district out west, is getting a taste of the Jones treatment: The House Republican crackdown has reached a new level of severity. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz has stripped North Carolina…

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The FREEDOM Caucus?

Yep.  One has been founded on Capitol Hill.  The founding group includes NINE Republican House members — with Mark Meadows (NC) and Mick Mulvaney (SC) being the only members from The Carolinas.  What is this group all about?: Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee. “Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small…

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The Orange One Lives: Only TWO Carolinas reps bother to listen to the people

It was the biggest rebellion against a House speaker in 150 years.  Recent polling found 60 percent of Republicans wanting a new speaker of the House.  Only eighteen percent believe speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell are doing a good job. Yet, when the smoke cleared Tuesday, only TWO Carolinas Republicans  bothered to even LISTEN to the public outcry for change at the top. Walter Jones (R-3) and Mark Meadows (R-11) voted for Florida congressman Dan Webster (R) in the election for speaker. Jones has been a long-term resident of Boehner’s doghouse.  Boehner tried to primary Jones out of…

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Note to GOP: Again, the drive-by media CANNOT be pleased. Stop trying.

First it was Richard Hudson begging for forgiveness for his role in trying to defund ObamaCare.  Now, we have Mark Meadows appearing to be seeking penance:  U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said he should have considered a strategy other than shutting down the government last year to stop Obamacare. Meadows, R-Glenville, wrote the letter in the U.S. House calling for the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, which later led to the shutdown. CNN tagged Meadows as the “architect of the brink” during the run-up to the shutdown, even though he was a freshman congressman. The plan had support from 80…

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Two Worth Keeping: Jones and Meadows

NC-03’s Walter Jones has been around a long time — marching to the beat of a different drummer.  He was a right-leaning Democrat in the state legislature.  As a Republican member of Congress, he’s irritated the party’s establishment by sticking to his guns on limited government and thumbing his nose at their efforts to pretend-conservatism. (Like slightly  cutting the rate of growth in food stamp spending, and trumpeting it as a major conservative assault on the welfare state.)  As the son of a now-retired career military officer,  I’ve gotten a little irritated at some of Jones’ stands on defense and…

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Most of Common Core is OK. Just tweak it. O-Care? Forget repealing it. Let’s FIX IT.

It’s too bad that we have to turn to history books detailing events of generations long ago to appreciate principled American leaders.  These days — party platforms are flexible and “living” — *kinda like that Constitution thingie*.  Platform planks — like campaign promises — are merely gimmicks meant to excite the rubes out in the hinterlands so that they will keep coughing up the campaign contributions and turning out to vote so that our, um, “leaders” can keep their dirty hands IN the cookie jar.  After the votes are counted, all that stuff gets thrown out the window, and our…

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Caldwell Co. GOP offers a tip of the hat to Mark Meadows

    In an era where so many GOP “leaders” are disappointing the faithful outside The Beltway  and The Beltline, one group of North Carolina Republicans is standing up and saluting one particular congressional leader from The Tar Heel State. The Fourth Congressional District’s GOP has censured Senator Richard Burr.  The Craven County GOP has formally rebuked state House speaker — and current US Senate candidate — Thom Tillis AND Burr.  But the Caldwell County GOP — in the heart of the state’s 11th congressional district — has released a letter praising their congressman Mark Meadows for his efforts in…

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