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  • Rep. Heath Shuler, a Blue Dog Dem., will not run for re-election

    Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) will not run for re-election this year, a source close to the Congressman told Roll Call. The Blue Dog Democrat had decided against a bid in a redrawn 11th district, which was made substantially more Republican than his current district during GOP-led redistricting.
  • So, the Super Committee has failed

    12/03/2011 11:06:07 AM PST · by DrDan4Congress · 5 replies
    So the “Super Committee” has failed, but who thought it would succeed? Defective from its very conception, the Super Committee concept allowed Congress to ignore basic constitutional obligations and the principles of governance created by our founders. And so it failed both us and our Constitution. When Congress compromises on principle, as it usually does, the result is a bad idea that only serves the political expediency of the “Incumbent Party” inside the Beltway. In this case, the “bad idea” was the Super Committee itself, whose inevitable failure was designed to supply campaign fodder for both parties to use against...
  • Hunt for Challenger to Beat Shuler May Finally End in 2012

    07/07/2011 7:35:06 AM PDT · by Crichton · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7-7-2011 | Joshua Miller
    Republicans were unable to recruit a well-known challenger to Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) last cycle. But that is not likely to be the case in 2012, after a proposed Congressional map released last week indicated the western 11th district will become substantially more favorable to the GOP. ... Jeff Hunt, the district attorney for Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties, is considered the strongest candidate at this early point by key Republican operatives.
  • Hunter introduces bipartisan border enforcement bill

    03/15/2011 9:41:23 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 1+ views
    San Diego Source ^ | 3/15/11 | staff
    U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation, the Unlawful Border Entry Prevention Act, to allow for additional infrastructure to be built along the Southwest border. The bill provides the Secretary of Homeland Security with full discretionary authority to build as much as 350 miles of additional infrastructure on the border. The legislation is co-sponsored by congressmen Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Vista’s Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ted Poe (R-Texas). It follows a report by the Government Accountability Office, stating that only 44 percent of the Southwest border is under operation...
  • Rep. Hunter proposes more border fencing

    03/15/2011 9:37:34 PM PDT · by pissant · 2 replies · 1+ views
    San DIego Union Trib ^ | 3/15/11 | Beth Aguilera
    A bill introduced in Congress today could lead to an additional 350 miles of fencing along the southwest border and would require the Department of Homeland Security to report to Congress when apprehension activity climbs 40 percent year over year, if it is approved. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, authored the bill, titled “Unlawful Border Entry Prevention Act,” in response to a Government Accountability Report that found 44 percent of the southwest border is under “operational control” and 15 percent is totally secure. The legislation is co-sponsored by Republicans Brian Bilbray, Solana Beach, Ed Royce, Fullerton, and Ted Poe, Texas, and...
  • Consequences of a Corrupt Representative in Congress

    Heath Shuler won the 11th District House of Representatives seat in Western North Carolina. This election was bought as much as the next election in this district will be bought. Looking below at the 2010 election contributions, Mr. Shuler already has $1,220,901 in place for the 2012 election cycle. Fifty-eight percent of his contributions come from PACs. Since he already has more money on hand than he spent in the 2010 election cycle, he can literally do no additional fundraising for 2012. What is the first action in Congress that Mr. Shuler is attempting to do (after a senseless run...
  • Democrats showing they still don't get it - In the House, they endorse a discredited regime.

    11/24/2010 1:01:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Nov. 23, 2010 | Matt Mackowiak
    Last week, by a vote of 143-50, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California was overwhelmingly elected leader of the Democratic minority for the next Congress over token opposition from Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina. Democrats also reelected the rest of their House leadership team, even though they had just suffered their worst electoral defeat since 1938. The vote showed that most Democrats still believe they did nothing to deserve their stunning electoral defeat this month. They blame the economy instead of their policies, and they have apparently convinced themselves that there's no relationship between the two. While President Obama did...
  • Clinton to Headline Shuler Rally

    10/18/2010 10:22:58 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 4 replies · 1+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | October 16, 2010 | Kathleen Hunter
    President Bill Clinton will campaign in western North Carolina next week for embattled Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler. Clinton will headline a Thursday rally for Shuler in downtown Asheville. The former president has been traveling the country campaigning and fundraising on behalf of vulnerable Democrats. Shuler, a sophomore lawmaker and former professional football player, faces a challenge from Republican Jeff Miller in the GOP-leaning 11th district. -- Kathleen Hunter
  • “Pro-business” group buys $712,000 in anti-(Heath) Shuler ads (NC 11th district)

    09/20/2010 10:08:18 AM PDT · by saganite · 19 replies
    mountain Xpress ^ | 20 Sep '10 | David Forbes
    Rep. Heath Shuler is facing a new challenge, as news emerged in the Washington Examiner that Americans for Job Security, a conservative, “pro-business” non-profit, is putting $712,000 into advertising opposing the two-term Democratic congressman. The Examiner report, on three Democratic representatives the group is targeting with ad buys, notes that they’re spending “$712,000 against Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., a two-term Democrat in Asheville (NC-11) whom most people do not believe is terribly vulnerable this year. But with that kind of money-tide flowing against him, who knows? Just a few cycles ago, that was enough to fund a winning House campaign....
  • Miller responds Thursday to Shuler's attack ad

    09/17/2010 12:56:18 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 14 replies
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | September 16, 2010 | Leigh Kelley
    Republican congressional candidate Jeff Miller called on Congressman Heath Shuler to stop running a television ad that says Miller would privatize Social Security, saying the ad is false and scares senior citizens. [...] He told the group and members of several local media outlets who were present that when he saw the television ad for the first time on Wednesday, he couldn't believe it. "I'll never forget reading a story in the Citizen-Times written about Shuler not telling the truth when (reporter) John Boyle called him out and said he (Shuler) flat-out lied about a business deal with the TVA...
  • Heath Shuler Gets Defensive

    09/02/2010 7:53:33 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 2, 2010 | James F. Davis
    I had the opportunity to meet my congressman, Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N. C., at the Industrial Opportunities, Inc. (IOI) luncheon for military veterans on 8-26-10. I asked him several questions, including about his voting record. I asked why, in his four years in office, he has never had a face to face Town Hall meeting with his constituents. I previously tried to get an appointment to see him and called in to his two telephone Townhall meetings last summer, but I guess his call screeners did not like my questions. My question appeared to upset him and he replied that...
  • Civitas Poll: Shuler and Miller in Dead Heat for District 11 Congressional Seat

    08/02/2010 10:35:48 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 7 replies · 4+ views
    NC Civitas Institute ^ | August 2, 2010 | Katie Trout
    Raleigh, N.C. - The race for North Carolina’s 11th district Congressional seat is a dead heat (45 percent-44 percent) between Democratic incumbent Heath Shuler and Republican candidate Jeff Miller as the unaffiliated vote looks to become the deciding factor according to a new SurveyUSA poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to the poll of 400 registered voters in that district, when asked who they would vote for if the election for United States House of Representatives were today, 45 percent of voters said they would vote for Shuler. Forty-four percent said they would vote for Miller, and 11...
  • 2010 Race of the Day: Cap-and-Traitor Heath Shuler

    07/22/2010 4:25:20 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall ^ | 07/22/2010 | Brian Walsh
    The 11th Congressional District of North Carolina is one of the most closely contested districts in the state, and one could wind up in the Republican column come November. After voting in favor of the job-killing cap and trade bill, incumbent Democrat Heath Shuler will have a tough time proving to his constituents that he has stuck to his “conservative Democrat” title and not conformed to the job-crushing, tax increasing liberal agenda. His Republican competition, Jeff Miller, has not only won numerous awards for his service to the community, but his ideals are more in line with what constituents expect...
  • Internal Poll: Shuler 46, Miller 34

    06/16/2010 10:51:06 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 19 replies · 627+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | June 16, 2010 | John McArdle
    Here's new evidence that North Carolina's 11th district may develop into a "sleeper" race this fall. Rep. Heath Shuler, a Blue Dog Democrat, is polling under 50 percent in his conservative western North Carolina district and leading his relatively unknown GOP challenger by just 12 points, according polling conducted for the campaign of businessman Jeff Miller. The survey showed Shuler at 46 percent with Miller at 34 percent and 18 percent undecided. The poll of 300 likely general election voters was conducted for Miller's campaign June 1-3 by Public Opinion Strategies and had a 5.6-point margin of error. Miller, who...
  • AP Admits Rep. Heath Shuler Did Not Hear Tea Party Racial Slurs...After WSJ Writer Investigates

    04/15/2010 3:51:31 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 28 replies · 1,854+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 15, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Oops! On the heels of a story a couple of days ago which used Congressman Heath Shuler as a source about how racial slurs were probably hurled at the Washington, D.C. Tea Party on March 20, the Associated Press has been forced to backtrack. Here is how AP writer Jesse Washington used what Heath Shuler supposedly heard to promote the idea of a Tea Party chock full of racists: A fourth Democrat, Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, who is white, backed up his colleagues, telling the Henderson (N.C.) Times-News that he heard the slurs.
  • The Great Tea-Bait: Heath Shuler did not hear the "N-word" on March 20.

    04/14/2010 1:29:20 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies · 1,702+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/14/10 | By JAMES TARANTO
    It may be the most celebrated missing recording since Watergate: the nonexistent or unaccounted-for video of the tea-party protesters at the Capitol who three black congressmen claim yelled racial slurs at them on March 20, the eve of ObamaCare's enactment.... First, there turns out to have been at least one report of a corroborating witness to the alleged slurs. Washington notes that in its March 23 edition, the Hendersonville (N.C.) Times-News published this interview with Heath Shuler, the local congressman, a Democrat who voted against ObamaCare: Shuler was walking with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, an African-American, toward the Capitol building when...
  • Congressional Candidate Dan Eichenbaum, MD Urges Rep. Shuler to Repeal Health Care Legislation

    03/30/2010 11:33:39 AM PDT · by DrDan4Congress · 147+ views
    Dr. Dan For Congress ^ | March 30, 2010 | Dr. Dan Eichenbaum
    Has Israel spoiled the prospects for peace by building homes in the Holy Land? To get the facts, and the whole story, listen to David Brog, Executive Director of Christians United For Israel. As is often the case, things are not as they seem.
  • Miller back in race for Congress (NRCC get their recruit in NC-11)

    01/15/2010 12:43:59 PM PST · by MitchellC · 8 replies · 592+ views
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | January 15, 2010 | James Shea
    Reconsiders bid for GOP nomination at family's urging Jeff Miller is back in the race for Congress. Although he said in October that he would not seek the Republican nomination, the Honor Air founder and Hendersonville businessman confirmed Thursday that he plans to run, but said it was too early in the process to make a bigger announcement. Republicans are looking for viable candidates to run against Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, and Miller was heavily recruited last fall. He met with local political officials and representatives from the National Republican Congressional Committee. In the end, he declined to run, citing...
  • Shuler (Dem-NC) defensive over real estate deal

    09/29/2009 8:08:38 AM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 1,031+ views
    Politico ^ | 09/23/2009 | By JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    House Republicans are focusing more attention on North Carolina Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler’s district in the wake of scrutiny over a hometown real estate deal. In 2005, Shuler became a partner in a real estate development group that was hoping to develop a property with water rights. When it turned out the Tennessee Valley Authority controlled the water rights, Shuler’s partnership looked to strike a deal with the government. The only problem? Shuler sits on a congressional committee that oversees the TVA, raising a conflict of interest. Shuler has said he had no contact with the TVA until after a...
  • Heath Shuler on Healthcare (Radio Town Hall Summary)

    08/27/2009 9:17:33 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 19 replies · 1,110+ views
    JLF - Wild West ^ | August 27, 2009 | Leslie Kulba
    In Asheville, Matt Mittan hosted a radio town hall meeting on healthcare reform with Congressman Heath Shuler. It was broadcast on three local Clear Channel Communications stations and podcast elsewhere. Following are short summaries of questions asked, Shuler’s answers, and an occasional Wild West assessment. Everything is paraphrased. Shuler: (Opening remarks) The country needs a program like the Asheville Project. Insurance needs to be made available to those who can’t afford it, like those with preexisting diagnoses. 50% of bankruptcies are attributable in part to medical expenses. Everybody needs healthcare. The US taxpayers are subsidizing healthcare in Iraq, thanks to...
  • Live Radio Town Hall on Healthcare with Rep. Heath Shuler, Thursday, August 27

    08/26/2009 7:08:43 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 12 replies · 587+ views
    Take a Stand with Matt Mittan will be hosting a Radio Town Hall this Thursday, August 27 from 3-6pm. Congressman Heath Shuler will be live in the News Radio 570 WWNC studios from 3:30-5pm to take live calls from members of the 11th Congressional District on proposed Health Care Reform legislation. This special broadcast will be simulcast live on AM 1400 The Peak and 880 The Revolution. Listeners can also listen/watch the Town Hall online at www.takeastandshow.com. Each caller will be permitted one (1) minute to ask a question or make a statement. Submissions can also be sent in by...
  • GOP recruiting Shuler challenger

    08/24/2009 9:15:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies · 1,308+ views
    The Blue Ridge Times News ^ | August 19, 2009 | James Shea
    The 11th District is a tantalizing target for Republicans because of its history of voting for conservatives. The district went strongly for McCain-Palin over Obama-Biden in 2008 while also re-electing Shuler by a wide margin. The Republican recruiters are meeting with Hendersonville Mayor Greg Newman, former state Sen. Charles Thomas and Henderson County District Attorney Jeff Hunt. All three have expressed an interest in running against Shuler, although Hunt says he is leaning toward running for re-election as the top prosecutor.
  • Shuler gives his views on House bill

    08/14/2009 9:21:03 AM PDT · by scooby321 · 9 replies · 512+ views
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | 08/13/2009 | Staff
    Rep. Heath Shuler took 25 questions from constituents in Western North Carolina in a teleconference on health care reform Thursday. The topics ranged from abortion and so-called "death panels" to wellness and disease prevention. Throughout the conference call, Shuler expressed his opposition to the current House version of health care reform, HR 3200. He wants Congress to take its time and draft a quality bill.
  • Frustrated Citizens Visit NC Heath Shuler's Office Opposing Government Run Health Care.

    08/03/2009 5:50:23 PM PDT · by SamInTheSouth · 12 replies · 931+ views
    YouTube ^ | July 28, 2009 | 54Native
    What really was said at Heath Shuler's office, that WLOS didn't cover. T.E.A. Party Protest At N.C. Heath Shuler's Office, Against Government Run Health Care. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxoa6IJzPn8
  • Nancy Pelosi Neuters Blue Dog Democrats

    06/25/2009 10:23:03 AM PDT · by Daryl L.Hunter · 16 replies · 1,053+ views
    Citizens For A Freer America ^ | 06-25-2009 | Daryl L. Hunter
    Blue Dog Democrats Heath Shuler of North Carolina and Walt Minnick of my state of Idaho have been metaphorically neutered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and now like all blue dog Democrats are obediently lining up behind Nancy Pelosi with their tails tucked between their legs to turn America into a socialist, welfare, nanny state.It is unfortunate and surprising that a quarterback like Heath Shuler would become a liberal pawn as most quarterbacks that go into politics become conservative republicans like J.C. Watts, Lynn Swan, and the late, great Jack Kemp. It is surprising to me because it has been...
  • Democrats again recruiting Shuler for Senate

    05/29/2009 11:23:37 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 15 replies · 1,218+ views
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | May 29, 2009 | James Shea
    Rep. Heath Shuler is being recruited again to run for the Senate, and the Western North Carolina congressman might take them up on that idea. Shuler, D-Waynesville, told the Times-News in November that he was considering challenging Sen. Richard Burr in 2010. After some thought, he announced that he was not going to run against Burr, citing the time he would be away from his family during a statewide campaign. In recent weeks, however, the buzz has started again that Shuler was exploring a run against Burr. The flames were only fanned when Attorney General Roy Cooper said he was...
  • How possible challengers to Burr stack up

    05/28/2009 9:55:07 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 9 replies · 269+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | May 26, 2009 | Tom Jensen
    PPP looked at seven potential challengers to Richard Burr last week and found the incumbent leading them all by varying degrees: -He has an 11 point advantage over Elizabeth Edwards (46-35) and Dan Blue (44-33) -He has a 13 point lead over Richard Moore (47-34) -He has a 16 point edge on Bob Etheridge (47-31) and Heath Shuler (44-28) -He has a 19 point margin over Walter Dalton (48-29) We also tested Cal Cunningham, providing a two sentence biography of him as part of the question to compensate for his low name recognition, and found him trailing by just eight...
  • Shuler not running for U.S. Senate

    03/10/2009 2:25:06 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 10 replies · 446+ views
    News & Observer Under the Dome ^ | March 9, 2009 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler will not run for Senate. In a brief statement issued tonight, the Waynesville Democrat said that he has decided he will not run against Republican Sen. Richard Burr in 2010. "I was flattered to have been asked by so many people across North Carolina to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010," he said. "However with our nation facing the most difficult economic times in generations, I feel my efforts are better utilized focusing on solutions to these challenges rather than campaigning across the state." Shuler, a conservative Democrat from the mountains, had been increasingly mentioned...
  • Congressman Warns Global Warming 'Could' Harm Christmas Trees

    12/18/2008 5:04:59 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 47 replies · 1,151+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 18, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    With an impeccable sense of poor timing due to a snowstorm in Las Vegas and unusually cold weather throughout the nation, North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler (D-Of Course) is warning that global warming could harm the Christmas tree industry in his state. Key word is "could" since there is no evidence that any Christmas trees in that state have suffered from a global warming that hasn't even been proven to exist. Here is the Associated Press story of Shuler sounding the alarm for something that could happen (emphasis mine): North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler and forestry observers are warning that...
  • Will gridiron stars face off for Senate? [NC, Burr v Shuler?]

    12/03/2008 5:56:17 PM PST · by MitchellC · 11 replies · 518+ views
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | Dec 2, 2008 | Blue Ridge Now
    The ballots had not yet been put away for the Nov. 4 election before the chattering class started speculating on 2010. Ordinarily, we watch the sport from afar. But now that the 11th District draws a national spotlight and North Carolina is in play as a swing state, the pastime has come home. Who will run, and for what? Democrat Heath Shuler made national headlines when he ousted eight-term incumbent Charles Taylor in 2006. That election would prove to be the first cycle of a wave that swept Democrats into office. Barack Obama boosted other Democrats in North Carolina by...
  • An N.C. evangelical to tour for Obama?

    09/21/2008 2:14:20 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 5 replies · 160+ views
    News & Observer Under the Dome Blog ^ | September 21, 2008 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    Consider this post pure speculation. But Dome noticed this recent report on CBN, a Christian news outlet, about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's upcoming "Faith, Family and Values" tour. The Brody File is told that top faith surrogates will hit the trail for Obama. Some of those high profile figures include Former Indiana Congressman and pro-life Democrat Tim Roemer, Catholic legal scholar Doug Kmiec, and author Donald Miller. You can also expect a soon to be named Evangelical North Carolina (red state) Congressman to travel the country as well. Now, we can't confirm this report, so take it with a...
  • N.C. congressman Shuler, TVA swap land

    08/14/2008 7:42:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 195+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/14/8 | Josh Flory
    U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., on panel that oversees federal agency - TVA has approved a water-access deal for a development group whose investors include U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., who sits on a committee that exercises oversight of the federal utility. On June 3, TVA CEO Tom Kilgore approved a transaction that provides 145 feet of water-access rights along the shoreline of Watts Bar Reservoir in Roane County to an entity called The Cove at Blackberry Ridge LLC. In exchange, The Cove agreed to relinquish 150 feet of water-access rights in Rhea County and also provide approximately $15,000 for...
  • Shuler opponent on hiatus

    08/04/2008 11:52:08 AM PDT · by OneVike · 19 replies · 94+ views
    The Hill.com ^ | 07/14/08 | Michael O’Brien
    A once-promising House target is looking more and more jeopardized for Republicans thanks to a maverick candidate. The GOP nominee to challenge first-term Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) said he has suspended his campaign until half of the counties in the 11th district sign on to his list of “core principles” of the Republican Party. Read whole article here.... http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/shuler-opponent-on-hiatus-2008-07-14.html
  • The myth of the "conservative" democrat in Congress

    07/18/2008 11:08:42 PM PDT · by Gypsy Man · 7 replies · 1,149+ views
    Not Wright for America ^ | 7/18/08 | Tim Brugger
    Reid Wilson of Real Clear Politics had a column yesterday, "Dems finding success in the center" about how democrats have been having success winning House seats by recruiting "conservative" democrat candidates, and they were following the model again in 2008. While it is true that the democrat party has had success in executing this tactic, this success is due more to their ability to fool the public about these candidates than anything else. Wilson mentioned a few members such as John Barrow of Georgia and Heath Shuler of North Carolina (perhaps better known in the South for his college football...
  • Bill Clinton going to church with superdelegate Shuler

    05/04/2008 8:12:21 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 16 replies · 73+ views
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | May 3, 2008 | Politicalticker
    WASHINGTON (CNN) –- Former President Bill Clinton will attend Sunday church services with North Carolina Congressman and uncommitted Democratic superdelegate Heath Shuler in his district, CNN has learned.
  • Blue dogs in hiding

    05/01/2008 11:33:24 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 9 replies · 98+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 01, 2008 | Washington Times Editors
    For more than two months, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has denied members of that chamber the opportunity to vote on one of the most important pieces of national security legislation before Congress this year. That legislation is a bipartisan bill passed by the Senate in February that would grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies which helped the government monitor terrorist communications after September 11. So, House Republicans, led by Reps. Vito Fossella and Peter King of New York, are seeking to get around this obstructionism by employing a "discharge petition." If 218 House members sign the petition, the House would...
  • Housebroken 'Blue Dogs' (Nancy Pelosi keeps them on a short leash)

    04/27/2008 4:00:49 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 15 replies · 124+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 05/05/2008, Volume 013, Issue 32 | Whitney Blake
    [Printable source] When Democrats swept the 2006 midterm elections, several freshman House Democrats won on conservative platforms. A number of these so-called "Blue Dog" Democrats hail from districts that President Bush carried at least once. But the House belongs to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, not to Bush, and the Blue Dogs have caught on quickly. On almost every issue, the freshman Blue Dogs have failed to advance their campaign agendas, which were carefully tailored to their moderate constituencies. From the war on terror, to taxes and the budget, to immigration and free trade, the Blue Dogs may talk tough, but they're...
  • GOP Turns Up Heat on Democrats Over Obama "Bitter" Remark

    04/13/2008 12:44:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 106+ views
    CQ Politics/Yahoo! News ^ | April 12, 2008 | Jonathan Allen
    Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's remarks about "bitter" small-town Pennsylvanians could make it more difficult for vulnerable House Democrats, many of whom remain uncommitted as superdelegates to the Democratic convention, to back Obama's campaign. A good portion of House members who have not declared their support are moderates and conservatives who represent swing districts dominated by small towns. Republicans, in particular, sought to use the remarks to put two politically-vulnerable Democratic House members on the hot seat. The targets of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee were a pair of freshman Pennsylvania Democrats - Jason Altmire, who represents small towns outside...
  • Bloggers Press McCain Adviser on Immigration

    03/30/2008 7:22:28 AM PDT · by kellynla · 99 replies · 1,126+ views
    townhall.com ^ | , March 28, 2008 | Amanda Carpenter
    A senior adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign was pressed on immigration issues in a conference call with bloggers Friday. John Hawkins, of Rightwingnews.com and Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey inquired about McCain’s support of an immigration enforcement act sponsored by Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler (D.-N.C.) and the influence McCain’s Hispanic Outreach Director Juan Hernandez had on McCain. The blogger call was intended to promote McCain’s upcoming “Service to America Tour” but the campaign took questions on a broad range of issues. Hawkins asked McCain adviser Steve Schmidt about allegations McCain was blocking Schuler’s legislation, titled the Secure America Through Verification...
  • Shuler's remarks drawing criticism [including FR's Congressman Billybob]

    03/30/2008 5:42:17 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 16 replies · 703+ views
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | March 29, 2008 | James Shea
    Candidates for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District slammed Rep. Heath Shuler for comments he made at a speech this week in Hendersonville. Shuler, D-Waynesville, spoke to the Rotary Club on Tuesday and claimed Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain was blocking his immigration bill from getting a vote on the House floor. Former Henderson County Republican Party Chairman Spence Campbell, who is seeking the right to face Shuler in the November general election, did not believe Shuler's version of the story. "Who is he kidding? His motivation in saying this is purely political and designed to try...
  • Heath Shuler Shows Why He Doesn't Belong in Congress

    03/28/2008 8:58:17 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 30 replies · 1,819+ views
    John Armor for Congress Press Release | March 28, 2008 | Armor for Congress
    NEWS RELEASE Heath Shuler Shows Why He Doesn't Belong in Congress BlueRidgeNow, the website of the Hendersonville Times-News, reported on March 26 on an appearance by Rep. Heath Shuler at a Rotary Club meeting in that city, but missed the deeper story that was present. According to the story, Heath Shuler blamed Senator John McCain, a Republican who is not serving in the House, as "blocking" Shuler's SAVE Act which would impose tighter controls on illegal immigration from getting a vote in the House. The Times-News had noted in an editorial on 20 March that "48 Democrats had co-sponsored the...
  • Shuler: McCain blocked immigration bill

    03/27/2008 10:08:24 AM PDT · by indcons · 52 replies · 1,236+ views
    Blue Ridge Times-News ^ | March 26, 2008 | James Shea
    U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler says he believes Republican presidential candidate John McCain blocked his immigration bill from getting a vote on the U.S. House floor. McCain's staff denies it. The Waynesville Democrat spoke to the Rotary Club of Hendersonville on Tuesday. He said the Republican leadership tried to bring the Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act to the House floor. They used a provision of House rules called a discharge petition, in which a simple majority can bring to the floor a bill that is stuck in committee. The petition had 181 of the 217 signatures needed to force...
  • Clinton Woos Superdelegates at Private Dinner

    03/14/2008 4:36:10 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 43 replies · 951+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 14, 2008 | JAKE TAPPER
    Campaigning in Pittsburgh Friday, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., began her day at a gas station talking about energy. But what fuels her conversations these days are superdelegates, those 800 or so party insiders and elected officials who get a vote at the Democratic Party's convention in Denver this August. If the Democratic nomination battle goes all the way to the convention, those superdelegates could determine which candidate wins the nomination. Clinton's Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has gained 50 superdelegates since Feb. 5. Clinton has lost eight superdelegates. Private Dinner at Clinton's Home Trying to win over those who...
  • Armor: I knew Nancy Pelosi when Nancy Pelosi Wasn't Cool

    02/28/2008 6:32:45 PM PST · by MitchellC · 9 replies · 77+ views
    Katy's Conservative Corner ^ | February 28, 2008
    John Armor, who is challenging Dr. Carl Mumpower and Spence Campbell in the 11th Congressional District GOP primary, has a little story: "I knew Nancy Pelosi when her name was D'Alesandro, and she was the daughter of one Baltimore Mayor and the sister of another. "The D'Alesandro Machine in that City, then, was as crooked as a dog's hind leg. Under no circumstances would I ever vote to make someone as politically defective as Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House of Representatives. And that is just the first great difference between me and Heath Shuler." Armor also told Katy's...
  • Running for Congress, Expecting to Win

    02/16/2008 2:26:11 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 33 replies · 444+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 February 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Many of you who read these columns know I ran for Congress in 2006. It was in the primary against a 16-year incumbent named Charles Taylor. Given just that information, you’re not surprised that I lost, getting just 20% of the vote. I was not surprised, either. But 2008 is a different kettle of fish. I was right, by the way, about the end of Taylor’s career. I said he was at the end of the line. He was. He got beaten soundly by a Democrat whose claim to fame was that he once played football. Heath Shuler’s the name....
  • Bar Fight in the Blue Ridge: The Coming Battle for NC 11

    06/15/2007 11:44:48 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 22 replies · 1,168+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 June 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    You’d think that what happens in western Carolina, in the 11th Congressional District, isn’t very important to the powers-that-be in Washington. That’s usually so. But not now. And two extraordinary events that have occurred a year and a half before the 2008 election for that seat, prove the point. Some of you are aware of the TV ads now being run by AFSCME that paint freshman Congressman Heath Shuler, NC 11th, as a good guy. The ad sponsor’s full name is American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. This union is committed to steady expansion of government at all...
  • Shuler's vote for Pelosi closely followed (Conservative Dems should be called to account)

    01/05/2007 2:09:16 PM PST · by Princip. Conservative · 58 replies · 1,595+ views
    WASHINGTON – The significance of Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi's election as the first female Speaker of the House was not lost on the newest member of North Carolina's congressional delegation, Rep. Heath Shuler. "It was a milestone, and to be able to tell my daughter that she was there is quite significant," said Shuler, D-11th, as he walked back to his office, navigating the underground tunnels of the Capitol. Shuler's vote on Pelosi's bid to become speaker was watched by many yesterday because he repeatedly deflected questions about whether he would support Pelosi when he was campaigning against Rep. Charles...
  • Powelson: Shuler tries scoring for common sense

    11/18/2006 9:39:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11/19/6 | RICHARD POWELSON
    Former University of Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler has joined a new team that could be called the Conscience of the Congress. Instead, they named themselves the Blue Dog Coalition: 44 male and female moderate and conservative House Democrats. The group was formed in 1995 when a minority of the House Democrats felt they were choked blue by the extreme members in both parties. Among their top priorities now that Democrats are regaining House control is to push for reduced spending levels, budget offsets if there is any increased spending or more tax cuts, and significant cuts in annual budget deficits...
  • Shuler's political game plan - New congressman lists environment, health care and jobs as top...

    11/13/2006 10:25:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 53 replies · 1,358+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11/13/6 | Richard Powelson
    Former University of Tennessee and NFL quarterback Heath Shuler, again in the national limelight as a new member of Congress, has big plans for trying to help his western North Carolina district and his country. "There's so many things that we have to straighten out and fix," the 34-year-old Democrat said in an interview. The last time he took a high-profile job in Washington was 1994, when he left UT's football program after three years to accept a top draft pick of the Redskins. He stayed three years before joining the New Orleans Saints. Now the voters in North Carolina's...
  • Where Do Reasonably Moderate Conservatives Go From Here?

    11/12/2006 5:49:41 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 20 replies · 354+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 11/12/06 | Purple Mountains
    First, wait and watch a while. An analysis of the results indicates that the recent election was not a turn to the left, but more likely a turn to the right. Many liberal Republicans lost, and many of the new Democrat House members ran on conservative platforms. We have been asking for years where all the Jacksonian Democrats have gone; perhaps a new generation is back. Liberals have been known to hide their true agendas, so we will have to see what happens.