As Congress voted Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and avoid a default, North Carolina’s Republican delegation was torn.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr voted for the measure in the Senate. In the House, Rep. George Holding of Raleigh voted against the bill because it failed to cut spending. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican from Dunn who in the past has supported the House leadership, said the bill to end the federal government shutdown didn’t have enough in it to cut spending and the president’s health care law, and so she also voted against it. Reps. Richard Hudson, Walter Jones, Mark Meadows and Virginia Foxx voted no. Other North Carolina Republicans saw it differently. Rep. Howard Coble of Greensboro voted yes, and so did Reps. Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry. All Democrats supported it, including Rep. Mike McIntyre.
The full delegation’s final score: nine for, six against.
***Read much more on G-Day, the day the shutdown ended, and get new polling numbers in the 2014 U.S. Senate race below in the Dome Morning Memo.***
On Wednesday before the vote, McIntyre put out a statement saying it was good that the country could avoid a default and reopen and called for more cooperation. Read full story here.
“Let’s just say sometimes learning what can’t be accomplished is an important long-term thing,” Mr. Burr said, “and hopefully for some of the members they’ve learned it’s impossible to defund mandatory programs by shutting down the federal government.”
“But while Mr. Cruz conceded defeat, he did not express contrition. “Unfortunately, the Washington establishment is failing to listen to the American people,” he said as he emerged from a meeting of Senate Republicans called to ratify the agreement. Read more here.
“It confirms what we thought for a couple years now, that there are a lot of different belief systems going on in the Republican Party,” said David McLennan, a political science professor at William Peace University in Raleigh. “In North Carolina, the Senate race is just a reflection of what’s going on in Washington.”
The endorsement alone is unlikely to push Brannon to the front of the race for the GOP nomination, but he said it gives his candidacy credibility. “I think it will give us some true legitimacy and help us with fundraising and put a focus on our message … about who is sovereign and what is the legitimate role of the government,” he said in an interview.
Calling Paul a “liberty leader,” Brannon said he agrees with him and Republican U.S. Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, “virtually on everything.” Brannon also expects Paul to come campaign in North Carolina. Paul’s spokesman did not return a message Wednesday. Read more here.
Tillis is the best known candidate but Republican primary voters are torn on him. The PPP poll found 18 percent favorable, 23 percent unfavorable and 59 with no opinion of Tillis. The poll has a +/- 4.2 percent margin of error. All the other candidates were unknown by at least 70 percent of those polled. It’s the first poll without Senate leader Phil Berger in the mix and Tillis saw his number jump from 12 percent a month ago with his legislative counterpart out of the game. Berger has a slight lead in the field when he was considering a bid.
Among those same Republican primary voters, 16 percent want Jeb Bush to be the party’s nominee for president in 2016 and 15 percent want Ted Cruz, the poll found.
Teachers across the state have been talking online about not showing up for work on Nov. 4 to protest issues such as low pay, loss of tenure and working conditions. But the Wake County chapter of the N.C. Association of Educators says teachers can have more of an impact if they have a walk-in as opposed to a walk-out on Nov. 4.
“Starting a community dialogue with parents on Nov. 4 is better than antagonizing them and overburdening administrators by walking out,” Larry Nilles, president of Wake NCAE, said Wednesday.
The walk-in appears to be building statewide momentum. Read more here.