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Some North Carolina lawmakers defer pay, Renee Ellmers refuses

UPDATE: Renee Ellmers reversed course and will decline her salary during shutdown. Read the latest here.

As some North Carolina congressional lawmakers defer pay during the shutdown, GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers is refusing to do so -- and her remarks are drawing the attention of an advocacy group.

"The thing of it is, I need my paycheck. That is the bottom line," Ellmers told WTVD, the Raleigh ABC station, Wednesday.

More than 70 congressional lawmakers are voluntarily not taking a salary during the partial government shutdown. Democrat David Price of Chapel Hill is donating his check to charity and Republican Robert Pittenger not accepting it as he has done from the start. Republicans George Holding, Virginia Foxx and Mark Meadows are not accepting their pay.

But Ellmers' decision to keep her pay -- and her reasoning -- is prompting Progress NC, an advocacy group critical of Republicans, to call on Ellmers to reverse course. The organization suggests her remarks are hypocritical given that other federal employees are not getting paid because of the federal budget impasse in Congress. '"Beltway Renee' and the Republican leadership in Washington are posturing for an extended shutdown cushioned by their six-figure salaries," said Gerrick Brenner, the group's executive director.

An Ellmers spokesman could not provide an immediate response because of the lockdown at the U.S. Capitol after reports of shots being fired in the vicinity.

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, a Greensboro Republican, said he would keep it his pay, according to a CNN tally. Coble has not yet facing any pressure for his decision.

**UPDATE: Added Republican George Holding to list of lawmakers refusing pay during shutdown. And updated David Price and Robert Pittenger donating paychecks, not returning it to the treasury, as CNN first reported.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

Shockingly, the same story the N&O got this from

Shockingly, the exact same story the N&O got this from also shows GK Butterfield taking the same position. I think BOTH of them are wrong and need to go, but I do find it awfully ironic that GK Butterfield is not mentioned anywhere in this blogpost. That's McClatchy Press for you. "We aren't biased, there's just only ever one side to any story."

Renee Ellmers

Paying Ellmers' salary is like cutting a bonus check for a Somali pirate!


We have 13 Representatives. Of those, 4 are Democrats. At least the rest of them had the good sense to keep their mouths shut.

Kitty Cunningham

Two Capitol police officers

Two Capitol police officers injured in the crazy lady incident yesterday were required to work but were not being paid.

can you read?

My reading comprehention tells me the article states that "more than 70" are not taking their salaries. Reading is such a wonderful thing & provides great information when done correctly.

I see five Republicans and

I see five Republicans and one Democrat in this article who are not taking a salary. Yet Republicans are the ones "cushioned by their six-figure salaries"? Way to go, Progress NC.

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