Congress

The Party Line
3:22 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Scott Needs To Be Effective At Marketing Conservative Message

Michael Bitzer

With the announcement of Congressman Tim Scott filling the soon-to-be vacant seat of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republicans gain a continued stalwart of Tea Party conservatism with a history-making selection.

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The Party Line
11:55 am
Fri December 7, 2012

McConnell Shoots An Airball

Michael Bitzer

When introducing students to the idea of “politics,” I often use the idea of a “game”: think of politics with players, rules, teams, fields to play on, equipment, goals, strategies and objectives.

Most politicians describe their involvement in “game-like” ways as well. And sometimes their actions fit into game descriptors, and in that vein, a recent move by the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could be called a serious “air ball.”

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Politics
10:58 am
Tue December 4, 2012

New Congressmen Prepare For Obscure Side Of The Job

Charlotte's newly-elected Congressmen, Richard Hudson and Robert Pittenger, must prepare to help individual constituents with federal agencies.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Election season is a time of talking points, where politicians boast of their influence and often take simplistic stances on complex issues so they can be easily digested by the media and voters.

Less talked about is the unglamorous, but equally important part of the job that goes with being a Member of Congress: casework. A Member of Congress's district office helps constituents with problems with federal agencies, such as processing visas and passports or filling out Medicare paperwork.

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Politics
12:53 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Some Elements Of Fiscal Cliff Could Add To State Coffers

A new report says reduced tax credits from the fiscal cliff could lift revenue in some states, although the larger, negative effects will still outweigh the boost.
Credit Les Chatfield/Flickr

The White House issued a statement Monday warning that taxes would go up for middle-class families by more than $2,000 on average, if Congress does not prevent the “fiscal cliff”—the series of automatic spending cuts and expiring tax breaks scheduled for the end of the year.  

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Local And State Elections
3:09 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Hudson Wins Redrawn 8th Congressional District Seat

Richard Hudson won the eighth district seat with more than 53 percent of the vote.
Tasnim Shamma

Republican challenger Richard Hudson was all smiles last night in Concord. He could finally claim victory as the 8th congressional district's new congressman -- replacing Democrat Larry Kissell -- who was seeking his third term.

Even with early-voting results showing a big lead for Richard Hudson, the packed crowd at the Hilton Garden Inn ballroom waited more than two hours before Hudson claimed victory.

"Wow, look at this crowd," Hudson says. "Thank you so much. I'm just so honored by the tremendous support we've gotten from the district. What a great night, huh?"

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Election 2012
1:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Pittenger Cruises To Congress In 9th District

Credit Briana Duggan / WFAE

The 9th district congressional seat will remain Republican. Former state Sen. Robert Pittenger defeated Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts 52 to 46 percent. Pittenger will replace Republican Sue Myrick, who is retiring after 18 years in office.

In his victory speech at the Marriott SouthPark, Pittenger spoke of freedoms under attack, “especially the free enterprise system.”

And he pledged that he will work to that system. from the government.

“The greatest anecdote to poverty is the free enterprise system, not the government.”

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Politics
11:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Effort Afoot To Oust Cabarrus Democratic Leader Over Non-Support Of Kissell

Cabarrus County Democratic Chairwoman Grace Galloway admits she’s not happy with 8th District Congressman Larry Kissell and has not outright endorsed him. In response, members of the party's local executive committee wants to remove her from office. 

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The Party Line
4:47 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

NC Republican Legislators Likely To Get Their Congressional Wish

Michael Bitzer

With all the attention on the presidential and gubernatorial contests in North Carolina, you’d think there’s only one or two shows in town for this year’s election —but there are many other elections that will appear on voters’ ballots this fall.

Over the next few posts, I’ll be covering different races that are trying to command the electorate’s attention.  First, we’ll start with North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts.

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Election 2012
1:03 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Political Roundup: 8th, 9th District Races Gear Up In Debates

The Charlotte area was busy with congressional debates this week. In the 8th district, incumbent Democratic Congress Larry Kissell faced with his Republican challenger, Richard Husdon.

And in the 9th District, Republican Rich Pittenger and Democrat Jennifer Roberts debated at a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce event. They are running to replace retiring 9th District Republican Congresswoman Sue Myric.

Our political blogger, Michael Bitzer, analyzed the races and the debates with WFAE’s Michael Tomsic and Duncan McFadyen. Here’s a transcript of their conversation:

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Election 2012
5:11 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Pittenger, Roberts Differ On Health Care, Transportation

Jennifer Roberts and Robert Pittenger debate at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Michael Tomsic

The two candidates who aim to represent North Carolina’s 9th District Congressional seat held their first debate Wednesday. Republican Robert Pittenger and Democrat Jennifer Roberts are running to fill the open seat created by the retirement of Republican Sue Myrick.

Pittenger is a former three-term state senator, and Roberts is finishing her fourth term as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner. A small crowd turned out at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to watch the debate.

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