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  • Dianne Feinstein leaving intelligence job amid clash on tactics report

    12/07/2014 8:53:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/7/14 | Brian Bennett
    As head of the Senate Intelligence Committee since 2009, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has spent hundreds of hours in secret briefings and seen thousands of pictures from battlefields in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. She keeps two images with her. One shows a little girl wearing a gingham dress, white tights and black Mary Janes — but the girl's head is gone. Another is of a teenage boy, duct tape over his mouth, eyes bulging out, being forced to hold two severed heads. "To me, it's what we are up against," Feinstein said in an interview. "It is a testament to pure...
  • Senators to Obama: Do Something About Hong Kong

    10/10/2014 1:53:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 9, 2014 | Steven Dennis
    A bipartisan group of senators from across the political spectrum—from Elizabeth Warren and Patrick J. Leahy to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio—wants President Barack Obama to speak out and act to support Hong Kong’s democracy movement.They don’t specify exactly what they want Obama to do—they say “demonstrable, meaningful steps”—but note that a 1992 law “authorizes you to suspend trade and economic provisions should Beijing not provide sufficient autonomy for Hong Kong.”Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who is president pro tempore and Judiciary chairman, leads the letter with Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Rubio.“The people of Hong Kong have sent a strong...
  • Sixteen Republican Senators Vote For Cloture On Gun Control Bill (Lamar Alexander, AYE!)

    06/17/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies ^ | 4/11/13
    Remember these sixteen names when they run for office again. The sixteen Republicans who voted to proceed were Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Susan Collins (Maine). Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.). List courtesy The As reported by RedState yesterday, this bill would allow doctors to add a person’s name to the national database currently used for background checks, and list them as...
  • VFW Torches Burr in Spat Over VA Scandal, Shinseki (Burr: VSOs more upset at letter than VA)

    05/25/2014 11:49:21 AM PDT · by kristinn · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Updated Sunday, May 25, 2014 | Steve Dennis
    Updated 2:41 p.m. May 25 | The Veterans of Foreign Wars leadership blistered Sen. Richard Burr after the North Carolina Republican penned an open letter late Friday impugning the staff of veterans groups for not calling for new leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In his letter, Burr, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee praised the American Legion, which has called for Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, and suggested that the leadership staff of other veterans’ groups — without naming them — care more about access to Shinseki than they do about veterans. “Last week’s hearing...
  • So much for the GOP Establishment’s “Electability” Argument in Oregon

    04/08/2014 1:11:23 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the Beltway GOP Establishment has been pushing a liberal, pro-abortion candidate in the U.S. Senate Primary here in Oregon. I talked about how the tired narrative that somehow we have to be more liberal to win elections remains alive and well in DC circles and how the “experts” – including Karl Rove, Saxby Chambliss, Susan Collins, and Richard Burr — do not believe that a conservative pro-life candidate can win in Oregon. They think they know better than those of us fighting here in the trenches. Well, a new Harper poll just...
  • Mitch McConnell and NRSC to Host D.C. Fundraiser for ObamaCare Sympathizer Thom Tillis

    03/26/2014 6:01:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 3/26/14
    WASHINGTON, March 24 -- FreedomWorks issued the following news release: Tonight, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters is hosting a fundraiser for North Carolina moderate and Senatorial candidate Thom Tillis. Headlining the fundraiser invite was a "who's who" of beltway establishmentarians, including Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Lamar Alexander, and Senator Richard Burr. Attendees must pay a minimum of $1,000 per PAC or $500 per person to rub elbows with the D.C. elite. According to the Washington Post, ( NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) explained today that playing in races like this one are a priority because the "map and...
  • Much Better than Obamacare: The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Plan

    01/30/2014 1:37:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/30/2014 | James Capretta
    The introduction of an Obamacare replacement plan by Republican senators Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) has given Obamacare’s apologists — who admittedly have had very tough duty over the past four years — a rare opportunity to get out of their defensive crouches and go on the attack. Not surprisingly, fast out of the gate has been Ezekiel Emanuel, who has a piece up at the New York Times website claiming that the fatal flaw of the Republican senators’ plan is that it would raise taxes on millions of American households. There are a couple...
  • The Proposed Republican Replacement For ObamaCare Is A Big Tax Hike (RINOcare?)

    01/28/2014 8:06:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/28/2014 @ 4:14PM | Matthew Herper
    Yesterday, three Republican Senators—Tom Coburn (Okla.), Richard Burr (N.C.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah)—put forward a plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. They call it the Patient CARE Act, and my colleague Avik Roy says it is “the most credible plan yet” offered by the GOP. Except the Coburn-Burr-Hatch plan (read it here) amounts, among other things, to a big tax increase. The main way that it remains budget neutral is by making employer-provided health insurance plans, which are currently not taxed, partially taxable as income. In fact, this income replaces income that, under...
  • Carr calls on Senator Alexander to Co-Sponsor the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

    11/08/2013 11:35:53 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    Joe Carr for Senate ^ | November 8, 2013 | Joe Carr
    Nashville, TN – Today, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation currently has 33 cosponsors – but Senator Alexander is not one of them. Conservative Senate candidate Joe Carr called on Senator Alexander to change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. “I’m strongly pro-life and believe it’s imperative the Senate pass this important piece of legislation. When Senator Graham announced his co-sponsors and Senator Alexander’s name was missing, I was disappointed. I am hoping Senator Alexander will change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. This legislation is too...
  • PAC launches ad targeting Sen. Alexander; aide rebuts critics

    08/22/2013 5:33:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 8/22/13 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — A conservative political action committee today begins running radio ads that say U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander “refuses to join the fight” to “defund Obamacare” — a proposal pushed by some Republicans while ridiculed by others, including U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. “Obamacare is a job killer, yet Lamar Alexander refuses to do what it takes to stop funding of this liberal train wreck,” says a line in the ad sponsored by Senate Conservatives Fund. The group said in a news release that it is paying $45,900 to air the ad on radio stations statewide. An Alexander aide noted Wednesday...
  • SCF hits Alexander on ObamaCare funding

    08/22/2013 5:42:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 8/21/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    The Senate Conservatives Fund is hitting Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) for failing to sign on to an effort led by conservatives to defund ObamaCare with a new radio ad. It's the group's third radio ad hitting incumbent senators over the issue. SCF on Tuesday launched ads targeting Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) for their opposition to a threatened government shutdown over defunding ObamaCare. The ad targeting Alexander is notable because he's been an outspoken opponent of the law. The top Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Health Committee, Alexander has previously called the law "a...
  • Senate Conservatives Fund hits Graham, Burr on ObamaCare funding

    08/20/2013 12:14:17 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 8/20/13 | Cameron Joseph
    The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) is targeting Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) with radio ads blasting their opposition to a threatened government shutdown over defunding ObamaCare. The Tea Party-affiliated group's move is a warning to the two senators not to position themselves against the conservative base, and is especially notable since Burr won't face election again until 2016. Graham has a trio of 2014 primary challengers, though he appears to be in a strong position for reelection. "Republicans in Congress can stop ObamaCare by refusing to fund it, but Senator Richard Burr says that's 'the dumbest idea...
  • Tea party groups to target skeptical GOP senators on defunding Obamacare

    08/19/2013 10:15:25 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | By Aaron Blake
    A pair of tea party groups is teaming up to pressure key Republicans to support an effort to defund Obamacare. Tea Party Patriots and the grassroots group For America are launching online ads against a dozen GOP senators who either oppose the effort or haven’t announced a position. Along with the ads, leaders of the groups will embark on a six-state, five-day “Exempt America” tour (the idea being that the American people should be exempt from Obamacare) that will bring them to the home states of several of these senators. Update 12:01 p.m.: The conservative group Heritage Action is also...
  • 21 NRA ‘A’-Rated Senators Part Of 68-31 Vote To Defeat Filibuster Of Background Check Bill

    04/11/2013 6:34:57 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 112 replies ^ | 4/11/2013 | Tommy Christopher
    The Republican plan to block debate on Senate Bill 649, which requires background checks on almost all gun purchases and transfers, failed spectacularly Thursday morning when sixteen Republican Senators joined almost all of the Democrats to vote in favor opening debate on the bill. Among those voting to defeat the filibuster were 9 Democrats with “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association, and 12 A-rated Republicans (out of 16 Republican “ayes”). Two Democrats, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), joined the majority of Republican Senators who tried to prevent debate, much less a vote, on the bill....
  • Sen. Burr: CIA Has ‘Flatly Refused’ to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents

    02/13/2013 5:32:27 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | By Terence P. Jeffrey | 2/13/13
    ( - Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee, which is conducting an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the State Department and CIA personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Burr made the assertion last week at the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to be director of the CIA. Brennan currently serves as the president's counterterrorism adviser. “Mr. Brennan, as you know, the committee's conducting a thorough inquiry into the...
  • Australian General Gets Key US Army Post

    02/12/2013 7:38:22 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 54 replies
    ABC news ^ | FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii February 1, 2013
    Maj. Gen. Richard Burr salutes with his palm facing out, like he's shielding his eyes from the sun. He wears a wide-brimmed felt "slouch hat" with a brown and green camouflage uniform. The two-star general in the Australian Defence Force stands out amid the American soldiers donning berets and green and beige fatigues at the U.S. Army's headquarters for the Pacific. But he's responsible for directing their training and exercises as U.S. Army Pacific's deputy commander for operations. The Army is also making Burr their liaison to New Zealand, his homeland Australia and countries in Southeast Asia. Burr's appointment —...
  • Burr bill would merge EPA, Energy

    05/10/2011 7:06:04 AM PDT · by wbill · 23 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Winston-Salem Journal
    WASHINGTON (MCT) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy would merge under a bill introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. The merged agency would be called the Department of Energy and Environment. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said the merger would result in $3 billion in savings next year. Critics counter that such a move would weaken the government's role in protecting the environment. Burr introduced the bill Thursday. It has 16 co-sponsors, all Republicans. Burr acknowledged Monday that the bill doesn't have a good chance being heard in committee, a required for...
  • Enhanced Interrogations Led to Bin Laden Kill: Senator

    05/03/2011 12:46:59 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CNBC ^ | May 03, 2011 | CNBC
    A member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee has told CNBC that the death of Osama Bin Laden was a direct result of enhanced interrogations."The information that eventually led us to this compound was the direct result of enhanced interrogations; one can conclude if we had not used enhanced interrogations, we would not have come to yesterday's action," US Senator Richard Burr in a telephone interview with CNBC. As a member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr was briefed on the attack on the compound that led to Bin Laden's death and believes the failure of Pakistani security forces...
  • Congress Overturns Ban of Gays Serving Openly, Sends Bill to Obama's Desk

    12/18/2010 12:48:49 PM PST · by Jess Kitting · 454 replies · 5+ views
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 18, 2010
  • Poll: Burr leads by wide margin as election nears (NC Senate Race!)

    10/27/2010 4:16:58 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 18 replies
    WRAL ^ | October 26, 2010 | Matthew Burns
    Raleigh, N.C. — Democrat Elaine Marshall has narrowed the gap with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, but she still trails by a wide margin a week before the election, according to a WRAL News Poll released Tuesday. SurveyUSA polled 1,000 North Carolina residents Friday through Monday; 857 were registered voters and 590 said they were likely to vote. If the election were held now, Burr would garner 53 percent of the ballots cast by likely voters to Marshall's 38 percent. Libertarian Mike Beitler would finish with 5 percent of the vote, according to the poll. The poll has a margin of...
  • Burr 58, Marshall 34

    09/15/2010 10:38:44 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 10 replies
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | September 15, 2010 | Jane Stancill
    Republican Sen. Richard Burr holds a 58 to 34 percent lead over his Democratic challenger, Elaine Marshall, according to a new poll conducted for WRAL. The poll by SurveyUSA is second in the last week to show Burr opening up a huge lead over Marshall, as the Republican continues to own the TV airwaves and Marshall runs a low visibility campaign, reports Rob Christensen. The statewide survey of 582 likely voters, which was conducted Sept 10-13, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. The same poll two months ago found Burr leading by a 46...
  • Civitas Poll: Unaffiliated Voters and Low Name I.D. Present Uphill Battle for Marshall

    07/27/2010 9:15:40 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 13 replies · 1+ views
    NC Civitas ^ | July 27, 2010 | Katie Trout
    Raleigh, N.C. – Democratic candidate Elaine Marshall faces an uphill battle in the race for US Senate due to low name identification and unaffiliated voters abandoning her by a 44 percent-31 percent margin in favor of incumbent Republican Richard Burr according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute. According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, Burr continues to lead Marshall as 44 percent of voters said they would vote for him if the election for U.S. Senate were held today. Thirty-seven percent said they would vote for Marshall, and 15 percent said they were...
  • NC Sen Poll: Burr +16 (Rasmussen)

    01/29/2010 11:43:03 AM PST · by MitchellC · 6 replies · 731+ views
    Real Clear Politics / Time ^ | January 29, 2010 | Kyle Trygstad
    North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators, leads national Democrats' favored candidate Cal Cunningham by 16 points, according to a new Rasmussen poll (Jan. 27, 500 LV, MoE +/- 4.5%). Against Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, however, Burr's support drops below 50% and margin to 10 points.
  • Obama in North Carolina

    01/22/2010 7:43:52 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies · 619+ views
    PPP ^ | January 22, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    With Democratic fortunes declining nationally it should perhaps come as no surprise that Barack Obama has now hit his lowest level of approval yet in North Carolina. 44% of voters like the job he's doing to 50% who are unhappy with him. Obama's lower numbers are due largely to movement among independents. They've been pretty evenly divided about him through most of his first year in office but are now splitting against him by a 61/33 margin. As has always been the case most Democrats (73%) approve the job he's doing while most Republicans (88%) don't. Obama's health care plan...
  • Etheridge passes [another Dem decides against challenging Sen. Burr]

    11/13/2009 2:03:28 PM PST · by MitchellC · 10 replies · 495+ views
    News & Observer - Under the Dome ^ | November 13, 2009 | Mark Johnson
    Congressman Bob Etheridge said Friday that he would not challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr next year, despite a concerted effort by the national Democratic Party to coax him into the race. The decision is another setback for the Democrats, who earlier this year failed to entice Attorney General Roy Cooper into the race, Rob Christensen reports. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has turned its attention to former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, an Iraq War veteran from Lexington, who had spent several months exploring a Senate bid, before announcing Monday that he would not be a candidate. Etheridge, a veteran Congressman,...
  • Election 2010: North Carolina Senate (Burr Tops Foes by 10 Or More)

    09/17/2009 12:02:59 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 9 replies · 656+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 17, 2009
    Survey of 500 Likely Voters in NC September 15, 2009 Burr (R) 48% Marshall (D) 38% Other 3% Not sure 11% Burr (R) 48% Lewis (D) 32% Other 7% Not sure 14% Burr (R) 48% Etheridge (D) 34% Other 3% Not sure 15% Richard Burr’s U.S. Senate seat has a recent history of high turnover, but the incumbent Republican holds double-digit leads over three Democratic challengers in an early look at North Carolina’s 2010 Senate contest. [snip] Despite Burr’s early lead, however, incumbents who poll under 50% are generally considered vulnerable. Burr, first elected in 2004, is expected to seek...
  • Burr ratings: down but still ahead

    09/11/2009 10:26:41 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 14 replies · 730+ views
    News & Observer - Under the Dome ^ | September 11, 2009 | Mark Johnson
    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr's approval rating remains below 40 percent, which might ordinarily be bad news for a politician, but he's still ahead of any of his potential Democratic challengers in next year's election, according to a poll released Friday. The approval rating for Burr, a Republican, was 38 percent, according to the survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm. In matchups against possible Democratic opponents, Burr beat: U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, of Lillington, by 41 to 34 percent. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who officially launched her candidacy this week, and former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker, by the...
  • Elaine Marshall running for U.S. Senate

    09/09/2009 10:54:02 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 8 replies · 476+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | September 9, 2009 | Mark Johnson
    Secretary of State Elaine Marshall filed paperwork Tuesday to create a campaign committee to run for the U.S. Senate next year. "We’ll have a more formal announcement in the future," said Thomas Mills, a consultant for Marshall. "We were feeling we just needed to get started in moving forward." Marshall joins Kenneth Lewis, a Durham lawyer and the only other announced Democratic candidate, in the field to take on U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican. Other Democrats eyeing the race include former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham and U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge. Marshall, a former state...
  • North Carolina Hopeful Field-Tests a Few Jabs Against Burr

    09/02/2009 5:36:26 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 3 replies · 387+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | September 2, 2009 | Emily Cadei
    If the zingers Democrat Cal Cunnigham was directing at freshman Sen. Richard M. Burr last week are any indication, the former state senator is getting ready to take on the Republican incumbent in 2010. In a videotaped speech to a Democratic gathering in Charlotte now making the Internet rounds, Cunningham hit Burr early and often. "In 15 years on Capitol Hill you can't name one thing that Richard Burr has done to make your life better, and I can't either," he declared, referencing Burr's time as a senator and a congressman. Cunningham, an Iraq War vet, noted, "During the same...
  • Health care call-in show turns lively (Burr vs. NC's Liberal Rogues Gallery)

    08/26/2009 5:32:34 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 9 replies · 984+ views
    News & Observer Under the Dome ^ | August 26, 2009 | Ben Niolet
    It was Republican Sen. Richard Burr versus the Democratic congressman Tuesday night as they fielded questions on North Carolina television in a lively discussion about national health care. Burr, though agreeing that the current health-care system is "unsustainable," said the proposals by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats would cost too much, raise too many taxes and impose too many regulations. "I don't want the government handling any more," Burr said in agreeing with one caller who said the federal government had mismanaged too many programs in the past. But Burr of Winston-Salem was a lonely voice on the one-hour...
  • Live Call-In Show on UNC-TV: Sen. Burr and Reps. Watt, Etheridge, Price & Miller (Tuesday, Aug 25th)

    08/24/2009 5:27:10 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 6 replies · 433+ views
    Burr Blog ^ | August 24, 2009 | Burr For Senate
    Upcoming Healthcare EventsI wanted to let you know about 2 very important events coming up this week related to healthcare. The first event is a live call in show on UNC-TV concerning the issue of healthcare. This event will be on Tuesday, August 25th at 9:00pm. I will be joined by Congressmen Watt, Etheridge, Price and Miller. I encourage you to call into the show to not only ask me about where I stand on the issue of healthcare, but where these other elected officials stand as well. You may submit questions in advance at,, or by calling the...
  • Wooed anew, Etheridge might take on Burr

    08/21/2009 12:02:28 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 18 replies · 799+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | August 20, 2009 | Rob Christensen and Jim Morrill
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge said Wednesday he is giving some thought to running against Republican Sen. Richard Burr next year. Etheridge, a Lillington Democrat, said he has been courted by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as a potential candidate. "I'm evaluating it," Etheridge said during a meeting Wednesday with reporters and editors at The News & Observer. Etheridge said he met recently with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and had discussions with family members and a few key supporters. Etheridge said he hoped to make a decision by September. The backing of the DSCC is important because Senate races...
  • Democrats may tap Wicker to run against Burr

    08/17/2009 10:54:42 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 22 replies · 828+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | August 16, 2009 | Rob Christensen and Bill Krueger
    Former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker is being courted as a possible Democratic opponent to Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr next year. And while he is not committing to anything, he is listening. Wicker, a Sanford resident who practices law in Raleigh, said he has had conversations with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, former Gov. Jim Hunt and others. "I'm still passionate about creating jobs and a higher standard for education and affordable health care," Wicker said. "And I still have those pangs of emotion about being involved in public service. "But I have been focused on my practice and I've...
  • 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...
  • Civitas Poll: Burr 35, Cooper 34

    04/29/2009 2:55:07 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 34 replies · 1,329+ views
    Red Clay Citizen ^ | April 29, 2009 | Chris Hayes
    Our poll this month has incumbent US Senator Richard Burr holding onto a slim one point lead over potential Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper 35% to 34%. 32% of voters say they are undecided at this point. We also asked favorability ratings of each. Burr has 33% favorable, 18% unfavorable for a net +15 favorability rating. 49.5% of voters either had no opinion or had never heard of Burr. For Cooper, he has 28% favorable, 8% unfavorable for a net of +20. 64% of voters either had no opinion or had never heard of Cooper. So basically, the status...
  • Radio Address by Senator Richard Burr

    February 28, 2009 - 7:33 AM Radio Address by Senator Richard Burr To listen to the audio of Senator Burr’s radio address, please click here. “Hello, this is U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina.“This week, President Obama shared with all Americans his priorities and concerns about the serious economic challenges we are facing.  I appreciated his optimism and agree with him that our country has the ability to overcome this significant economic challenge.  The strongest tool we as Americans have is our ability to rally together and find solutions with unity of purpose.  There is no limit to our...
  • Cooper 39, Burr 34 [Senate 2010]

    12/10/2008 5:55:42 PM PST · by MitchellC · 45 replies · 1,758+ views
    News & Observer Under the Dome ^ | Dec 10, 2008 | Ryan Teague Beckwith
    The first poll of the 2010 Senate race came out today. With the dust barely settled on the last race, Democratic firm Public Policy Polling released numbers comparing U.S. Sen. Richard Burr with possible Democratic opponent Attorney General Roy Cooper. The poll shows a competitive race, with Cooper leading Burr by five points, 39 to 34 percent. It also shows Burr with a 32 percent approval rating, compared to Cooper's 44 percent approval. "If Attorney General Roy Cooper decides to run for the Senate in 2010, you can put Richard Burr's name right to the top of the list of...
  • 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...
  • Burr bothered by bailout plans

    11/12/2008 3:08:39 PM PST · by MitchellC · 13 replies · 451+ views
    News & Observer Under the Dome ^ | Nov 12, 2008 | bkrueger
    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr doesn’t think the Bush administration is making the right call on the financial bailout. Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, supported the bailout when Congress passed it this fall. But today he questioned Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s decision to reverse earlier plans on the $700 billion financial bailout, reports Barb Barrett. Paulson announced that the federal government will not focus on buying troubled bank assets, but rather will turn to other financial entities that lend money. “The only reason I supported the federal government in the rescue business was the fact that you have no economy if you...
  • Burr: Ease gun limits for vets (barf alert!)

    07/26/2008 7:25:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 105+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | Jul 25, 2008 | Barbara Barrett
    The senator's bill says a 'mentally defective' vet can buy a gun unless a judge finds him dangerous. WASHINGTON - Since a severely mentally ill student went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech last year, killing 32 people before turning a gun on himself, Congress and several states have worked to tighten rules on who can legally purchase a firearm. But a push by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina would prevent the federal veterans agency from adding the names of veterans declared "mentally defective" to a background check database unless the agency goes through the judicial system....
  • Burr's Office Lies To Constituent: "It [Cloture] Isn't Even A Real Vote Yet"

    06/26/2007 4:01:51 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 48 replies · 1,240+ views
    Ace Of Spades HQ ^ | June 25, 2007 | Ace
    This story via a blogger who I won't name until he says it's all right to do so. Okay, he said it's all right -- it's Phin of Agent Bedhead, who also is the guy currently fixing this awful site. (He's really good!) Another update: Ask for "Allie"! She's the Burr shill whose either so misinformed or mendacious as to be claiming to people that the cloture vote isn't "real." Only the vote on the bill itself -- virtually guaranteed passage! -- is the "real" vote, where Burr will probably cast a knowingly-meaningless symbolic vote against. Douchebag-- we care not...
  • Votes show differences between Burr, Dole

    11/21/2005 6:14:43 AM PST · by southernnorthcarolina · 32 replies · 697+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | November 21, 2005 | Tim Funk
    Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is emerging as one of the upper chamber's most conservative members. The latest evidence: His three recent votes -- all to the right of fellow Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole -- on issues such as Iraq and spending. In each case, Burr of Winston-Salem joined a small band of the Senate's more conservative members, while Dole of Salisbury voted with the majority -- including the chamber's GOP leaders. Consider: • Last Tuesday, the Senate voted 79-19 to require that President Bush identify a strategy for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. Burr voted no. Dole voted...
  • The Debacle of Delphi

    10/21/2005 6:07:35 PM PDT · by fuyb · 16 replies · 994+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/21/2005 | Richard Burr
    The Debacle of Delphi The industrial welfare state forces the auto-parts giant into bankruptcy. by Richard Burr 10/21/2005 12:00:00 AM WHEN THE LARGEST INDUSTRIAL BANKRUPTCY in American history happened more than a week ago, Washington barely noticed. But the fight between the automotive parts giant Delphi Corporation and its unions could take a big bite out of taxpayers' wallets. The rhubarb started when Delphi, the former in-house parts supplier for General Motors, warned that it was near financial collapse. It couldn't afford to keep paying its workers $25 to $31 an hour, about $52,000 to $64,500 a year--plus benefits. Delphi...
  • How five newcomers could change Senate

    12/30/2004 6:05:16 AM PST · by cfhBAMA · 14 replies · 778+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 30, 2004 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    WASHINGTON Call them the five horsemen of the Republican Revolution: incoming US Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, John Thune of South Dakota, and David Vitter of Louisiana. Their arrival in the US Senate next week gives a powerful boost to both fiscal and social conservatives on issues ranging from judicial nominations and abortion rights to tax reform. It also tips the number of former House members in the Senate to 52 percent - the first time it has passed a majority. More than just an additional five GOP votes, they...
  • Burr heads to U.S. Senate at opportune time

    11/08/2004 6:15:51 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 15 replies · 887+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | Nov. 7, 2004 | Steve Hartsoe, Associated Press Writer
    Burr heads to U.S. Senate at opportune time By STEVE HARTSOE, Associated Press Writer November 7, 2004   1:24 pm RALEIGH, N.C. -- Richard Burr heads to the U.S. Senate on a conservative wave similar to the one he rode to Congress 10 years ago.The Winston-Salem Republican was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives when Georgia's Newt Gingrich led a GOP sweep in the 1994 election that gave the party control of the House for the first time in decades.In this year's election, the GOP cemented its hold on the House and Senate, adding seats in both chambers,...
  • Tobacco Buyout Helps Burr Gain in N.C.

    10/13/2004 2:34:16 PM PDT · by kingattax · 10 replies · 402+ views
    AP ^ | 10-13-2004 | GARY D. ROBERTSON,
    RALEIGH, N.C. - A $10 billion payout from a Republican Congress to tobacco growers this week and a tidal wave of television advertisements have elevated Rep. Richard Burr (news, bio, voting record) into a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Erskine Bowles, former President Clinton (news - web sites)'s White House chief of staff. For months Bowles held an 8 percent to 10 percent point lead, an advantage many credited to name recognition from his unsuccessful 2002 Senate campaign against Elizabeth Dole (news - web sites). Among other things, the candidates are battling over who should get credit for a tobacco quota...
  • WRAL Poll: Race For U.S. Senate Almost Dead Heat [Bowles 45, Burr 44]

    09/30/2004 5:07:47 PM PDT · by JohnnyZ · 42 replies · 1,151+ views
    WRAL ^ | 9/30/2004 |
    U.S. Senate candidates Erskine Bowles and Richard Burr are in a full court press. Two months ago, a WRAL News poll gave Bowles a commanding 10 point lead. After the latest poll, new numbers show only one point separates the two candidates with 11 percent undecided.
  • Bowles, Burr trade barbs in debate [Senator Debate - NC]

    09/27/2004 9:29:02 PM PDT · by TaxRelief · 18 replies · 681+ views
    Channel 14 News ^ | Sept 28, 2004 | Gary D. Robertson
    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- U.S. Senate candidates Erskine Bowles and Richard Burr battled Monday night over trade and health care, accusing each other of harming North Carolina workers and seniors. Each of the candidates, participating in a broadcast debate at the University of North Carolina television studios, charged the other with failing to represent the state's citizens. On the issue of trade, the Bowles accused Burr of continuing to support expanded free trade. Bowles, who helped advance free trade deals while in the Clinton administration and later as White House chief of staff, said he won't support additional treaties...
  • Burr 3 points behind Bowles in latest poll

    09/23/2004 9:44:20 AM PDT · by JohnnyZ · 67 replies · 1,697+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | September 23, 2004 | JOURNAL STAFF AND WIRE REPORT
    RALEIGH - A new poll shows the race for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina tightening, with Republican Richard Burr closing to within 3 percentage points of Democrat Erskine Bowles. In other polls so far, Bowles - who ran for the Senate two years ago against Republican Elizabeth Dole - has led by 8 to 10 percentage points. But the poll for N.C. FREE, a trade group in Raleigh that tracks state elections, found Bowles with support from 44 percent, Burr with 41 percent and 12 percent undecided, according to N.C. FREE members who have seen it. The statewide poll...