The WaPo takes on WaJo

The maestros of fake news at The Washington Post are turning their,um, creative juices toward our very own Walter Jones: There are 291 Republicans in Congress, and only one voted against the GOP tax bill because he thinks it will increase the U.S. deficit.A 12-term congressman from the eastern banks of North Carolina, Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) says his fellow House Republicans have used cherry-picked data and fanciful projections to delude themselves that the plan will not balloon the federal deficit.“I guarantee you, if Mr. Obama was the president and he put this tax bill in, those deficit hawks…

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#ncpol: Jones and taxes.

  When news broke that Walter Jones was one of thirteen Republicans to vote NO on the hallowed tax package pushed through the House by Paul Ryan and the boys, I just knew it would be misused to further the myth that Jones is some kind of “liberal.” I just knew that the NCGOPe boo-birds — seeking to replace Jones with one of their own by perpetuating that myth — would have a field day. Speaking of said boo-birds, here’s one NOW: (*Gee.  Somebody’s still touchy about not getting any consulting $$$$ from ” a certain elected official’s campaign.”*) You can’t…

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#nc-03: Dacey lobbied Clintons to kill pro-Republican Indian tribe’s casino deal

THAT is according to a 1997 article in a Racine, Wisconsin newspaper:  A trio of Wisconsin Indian tribes waged a furious lobbying effort to derail a controversial off-reservation casino project in the Minnesota-Wisconsin border city of Hudson, newly disclosed court documents showed last week. Following the successful 1995 lobbying effort, which involved top White House aides and Democratic National Committee co-chairman Don Fowler, Wisconsin tribes joined opposing Minnesota tribes in giving at least $273,000 to key national Democratic committees for the 1996 campaigns, according to federal campaign records. The tribes all operated casinos that could be threatened by the Hudson super-casino….

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#NC-03: Dacey v. Jones

Craven County commissioner Scott Dacey made it official today.    Sources in Raleigh and DC confirm for me that uber-consultants Carter Wrenn and Paul Shumaker have been instrumental in pushing Dacey into the ring with Jones.  Dacey, a career lobbyist with a DC lobbying firm, has the potential and connections to raise big bucks — music to the ears of any political consultant worth his salt. I am also told that Dacey is trying to recruit former Jones opponents Taylor Griffin and Philip Law to publicly support his effort against Jones — promising them jobs on his congressional staff if he…

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Dacey, D.C. coming after Walter Jones?

They tried with Taylor Griffin.  Now the GOPe appears to be saddling up a new horse to try and take out congressman Walter Jones:   Scott Dacey is a career lobbyist who — like Griffin — has close political ties to GOPe figures like John Boehner.  Though, his post on the Craven County Board of Commissioners gives him more of a local tie than Griffin ever had. I confess that Jones’s maverick streak sometimes frustrates me.  But, upon examination of our congressional delegation’s conservative ratings, there are a hell of a lot of others more worthy of a primary opponent…

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(*Sigh*) Walter. Walter. Walter.

I’m sure we’ve all had those experiences at social gatherings when we witness someone we really care about making a scene AND a fool out of themselves. In most cases, I am a fan of congressman Walter Jones.  He and I are both cut from the same rebellious cloth. But he has stepped over the line.  I didn’t appreciate some of his talk about our troops — and the threats to their funding — in The War on Terror.  It’s one thing to debate and question a policy before our troops hit the battle zone.  (But when they start taking…

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What in the world, Walter Jones?

I’m afraid that our 3rd district congressman is tiptoeing into ‘useful idiot’ territory:  U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, from eastern North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, became the first Republican member of the House of Representatives this week to support a proposed independent citizen commission to look into alleged Russian government interference in the 2016 election and any ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign. Democrats leading the call for the special commission announced Friday that Jones is a co-sponsor to the bill titled “Protecting Our Democracy Act.” If approved, the legislation would create a bipartisan-appointed commission similar to the one Congress authorized…

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NCGOP congressional Cojones Check: Jones? Yep. Walker? Yep. Anyone else? (*Crickets*)

My that tough talk against “government waste” fades away fast once the polls close, doesn’t it?   Once again, the, um, “honorables” in DC shirked their constitutional duty to PASS A BUDGET.  Instead, they’ve hit us with yet another bloated, shameful “stopgap spending measure” to avoid the *dreaded” “government shutdown.” Here’s McClatchy trying to smack Walter Jones for voting against the bill and denying his constituents hurricane relief: U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, an independent-minded Republican who often rails against adding to the nation’s debt, was this week was one of just 33 GOP lawmakers in the U.S. House to vote…

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#nc-03: Following Taylor Griffin’s money

The McClatchy drivebys have finally caught on to something we knew waaaaaaaay back in November 2015.  Big Money from out of state is betting big on Walter Jones nemesis Taylor Griffin: […] Paul Singer, a New York-based hedge fund manager, has put his money behind challenger Taylor Griffin – one of U.S. Rep. Walter Jones’ primary challengers who came close to forcing the seasoned House member into a runoff two years ago. Singer is the second-largest Republican donor so far in the 2016 election cycle with his contributions to GOP and conservative candidates, groups and committees totaling more than $11.3…

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NC-03: National Tea Party leader smacks Griffin over Jones-Iran ad

The political world is buzzing about this ad produced by Republican congressional candidate Taylor Griffin alleging that Walter Jones — of all people — took sides with Barack Obama. It’s succeeded in firing some people up — to the detriment of Griffin.  Here’s Jenny Beth Martin with Tea Party Patriots:  […] “Taylor Griffin’s new campaign advertisement, ‘The Difference’ – in which he falsely claims Rep. Walter Jones ‘is taking the President’s way. Congressman Jones empowered Obama to cut a deal with Iran. Jones caved to Obama’ – is an outrageous distortion, and Griffin should be ashamed of himself for stooping…

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