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Will Big Government Republicans scam conservative voters ONE MORE TIME?

      In 1994’s Contract With America, U.S. House Republicans pledged to eliminate 95 federal programs.  By 2010, according to The Cato Institute, spending on those particular 95 programs had GROWN by 13 percent.  Andrew McCarthy, writing in National Review, tells us that the…

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Barry & Bev’s economy, by the numbers

          We here at The Haymaker want to make sure you have ALL the vital information you need to make thoughtful, responsible decisions this election year.  As a public service, we’re providing you with some morsels of economic data to counter…

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A “Must-Read” for this election year

I’ve just finished reading “Throw Them All Out” By Peter Schweitzer.  It’s a well-documented look into how Members of Congress use their regulatory oversight roles to gain inside information and make lucrative investments.  Sixty Minutes actually did a segment on the book. If you or I…

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Coble going for term #15

The Greensboro News & Record reported today that Congressman Howard Coble (R) will seek reelection to the U.S. House seat he has held since 1985.   Coble, 80, is the oldest and longest-serving member in North Carolina’s congressional delegation.  He had a lengthy hospital stay…

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Game On! Judges refuse to delay NC primary elections

  A three judge panel in Raleigh refused this week to grant a request from Democrats and liberal activists to delay the state’s May primary.  This decision puts into play — at least, for 2012 — the legislative and congressional redistricting plans passed last year…

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HANDS OFF of the Internet !!!

You’ve heard a lot of talk lately about the federal STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT (SOPA).  I’m sure you’ve seen that sites like Wikipedia and Google are going “black” in protest of the legislation pushed by congressman Lamar Smith(R-TX). It is a surprise to see a…

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McHenry, Jones facing spirited 2012 primary challenges from the right

    Republican congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) is being hit hard by his GOP primary opponent Ken Fortenberry, a retired newspaper journalist and publisher in Lincoln County.  Fortenberry suggests McHenry is talking the Tea Party talk, but is in reality too comfortable with the Washington…

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North Carolina’s unemployment insurance mess

    The Tar Heel State’s unemployment rate exceeds the national average.  Ol’ Bev keeps extending unemployment benefits for the state’s long-term unemployed.  All of this is going on in the wake of payroll tax rate cuts and fewer people drawing paychecks and paying those…

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NC’s 7th CD race: lobbyist parties, the death of a controversy, and an incumbent who lives in NC-8 (Oh, my)

    In May,  Illario Pantano of New Hanover County — the 2010 GOP nominee for this congressional race — and state Senator David Rouzer (R-Johnston) will face off for the privilege of taking on incumbent Democrat congressman Mike McIntyre in November. McIntyre, who has…

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Waiting on Howard

  Howard Coble, the Republican congressman representing North Carolina’s Sixth District,  appears to be playing the part of Hamlet here at the end of 2011.  Fresh off of hospital stays in DC and Greensboro, the congressional delegation’s senior member says he can’t make up his…