Walter Jones the only NC hero in the House re: Cromnibus

Well, the vote went down on a procedural rule to let John Boehner’s ObamaCare-funding, amnesty funding billion-dollar cromnibus spending binge move forward.  Sixteen House Republicans refused to support the rule to allow the spending binge to go forward.  Out of nine North Carolina Republicans, Walter Jones was the only one with the guts and the integrity to stand by promises to fight ObamaCare and amnesty.  The complete list of these heroic GOP rebels can be found here. The cromnibus bill got only 214 votes (212 against).  So, House leaders are postponing the actual vote on the spending bill.   Of…

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Walter Jones: Boehner & co. “screwing over the American people” with spending bill

He’s added his name to a letter seeking a short-term government funding bill that defunds any agency that would facilitate amnesty. Now, congressman Walter Jones is criticizing his caucus’s leadership for their tactics in pushing the continuing resolution / omnibus spending bill meant to head off an alleged government shutdown on December 11: […] Boehner critics say there’s no reason the Speaker couldn’t have brought the spending package to the floor this past week, giving the House more time to consider it. But doing so would also give more time for the right to build a case against it. “They don’t…

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FIVE ROOKIES? More changes in the air for NC congressional delegation?

We’ve got three open seats this year — districts 6,7, and 12.  So, we’ll definitely be adding three newcomers to our state’s delegation to DC.  But serious election observers suggest close primary races in the 2nd — held by Renee Ellmers — and the 3rd — held by Walter Jones — could give our state an additional TWO newcomers in the nation’s capital.  In the second district, establishment types are poo-pooing and dismissing the upstart primary campaign of Frank Roche.  He’s low on cash, and has some PR problems lingering from past political ventures.  But Ellmers has created a lot of…

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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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NC-03: GOP challenger Griffin wants to offer “conservative choice” to voters

Year after year, challengers from both parties have come after incumbent Walter Jones with both barrels blazing.  And year after year, Jones keeps going back for a new term in Congress.  The tales of his political demise seemed to be incredibly premature.  Jones’ 2014 GOP primary challenger, Taylor Griffin, says he believes this is the year that Jones’ luck runs out: ”This is nothing personal against Walter Jones.  When he first ran, I supported him. He put together a pretty good voting record during his early years in the House.  But things changed. According to National Journal, he became one…

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Boehner, The RNC & co. coming after Walter Jones

In 2002, the DC establishment parachuted Elizabeth Dole into North Carolina to fill the seat of retiring senator Jesse Helms.  In 2014, Karl Rove, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are trying hard to pick our next US senator for us.  Also, this year, it appears House speaker John Boehner is working behind the scenes to pick a new representative for our state’s Third congressional district. Walter Jones has always been a different animal.  He was quite the outlier as a Democrat serving in the state House.  In the US House, as a Republican,  he’s confounded GOP leader after leader for refusing…

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No Chance to Win? Change parties, bash your old one.

Jason Thigpen is ripping a page from former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s political playbook in his race against Walter Jones in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District. In 2010, Crist was anointed by the GOP establishment as the next US senator from Florida.  Unfortunately — for Crist — the Tea Party had something to say about it.  As his polls started to plummet,  Crist took his marbles and went home.  He became an independent, and ran as a third party candidate for the Senate.  Crist spent much of the campaign bashing the GOP and its positions — a party and platform…

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2014: The year of the GOP establishment stalking horses?

        Well, it appears Walter Jones is picking up another primary opponent: Taylor Griffin, a former aide to President George W. Bush who went on to co-found Hamilton Place Strategies, has moved back home to eastern North Carolina and on Thursday will announce a challenge to a fellow Republican, Rep. Walter Jones. Jones, a former Democrat who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, made headlines by voting for the Iraq war and then becoming one of its most vocal GOP opponents. Jones once told a conference of Ron Paul supporters: “Lyndon Johnson’s probably rotting in hell…

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Walter Jones is getting rather tiresome

  Walter Jones, Jr.  has got quite a cult following.  The folks who read “Mother Jones”  AND The Ron Paul fan club are both swooning over him.  Considering the diametric disagreement on a number of issues between those two camps, that is QUITE a FEAT. Jones is the son of a long-time Democrat congressman who represented Down East for years and years.  Junior served as a Democrat in the NC House — playing footsie with BOTH the Democrats AND the Republicans.  In 1994, the NCGOP and RNC recruited him to switch parties and run against Martin Lancaster in the 3rd…

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For SOME NC GOPers, being a Boehner lapdog has its rewards

    We’ve all seen and heard the stories about Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy’s list of conservatives to purge from committee positions.  Apparently, Tea Party-aligned Members of Congress who actively protest moves by GOP leadership to allow for more spending and taxes are losing their committee assigments.  “Team Players” — those who will eagerly say ‘How High?’ when John, Eric and Kevin say JUMP — are being moved in to replace the independent thinkers. Rep. Walter Jones (R-3rd) has been questioning the stance of leadership on the debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff.  For his troubles, he got bounced from…

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