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NC congress members buck party leaders on House Vote

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones was one of nine Republicans who bucked party leadership and voted for other GOP members instead of House Speaker Rep. John Boehner. The Farmville Republican instead voted for David Walker, former head of the Government Accountability Office.

Boehner, R-Ohio, was reelected Speaker of the House for the 113th Congress with 220 votes over Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who received 192 votes.

The vote against Boehner was likely part backlash after Boehner pulled Jones off the prestigious Financial Services Committee.

Jones was not the only N.C. member to buck his party. Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre of Lumberton voted for fellow Blue Dog Jim Cooper, D-Tenn, instead of Pelosi.

Boehner needed 218 votes to win reelection. Fourteen members voted for other candidates or present.

Setting the Pelosi record straight: Both sides' ads only half true

UPDATED: Democrat Mike McIntyre and his Republican rival are fighting about a political lightning rod: Nancy Pelosi.

David Rouzer claims McIntyre votes with Pelosi 90 percent of the time. McIntyre's supporters say definitively its "not true."

The problem: both sides' claims are only half true. As with many numbers in politics, it depends on how you count.

Mike McIntyre ad rebuts rival's Nancy Pelosi attack

Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre's new ad take direct aim at his Republican rival's attacks tying him to Nancy Pelosi.

Rouzer's latest ad: Run! Mike McIntyre supported Nancy Pelosi

UPDATED: David Rouzer is pulling an old play from the GOP book in his latest TV ad bashing Democrat Mike McIntyre: The Nancy Pelosi smear.

Nancy Pelosi: Democrats shouldn't attend Charlotte convention

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is encouraging Democratic members of Congress to stay home and campaign instead of traveling to Charlotte to attend the party’s national convention.

“I’m not encouraging anyone to go to the convention, having nothing to do with anything except I think they should stay home, campaign in their districts, use their financial and political resources to help them win their election,” Pelosi told POLITICO.

Shuler: Blue Dogs not hearing from Pelosi

Rep. Heath Shuler of Waynesville said this morning that there is “no communication” between the Blue Dog Democrats and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Appearing on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” program, Shuler said “there's been really no communications whatsoever” between his group and the California Democrat, Politico reports.

“We still have not had the connection between the Blue Dog members and the leadership,” said Shuler, who challenged Pelosi, in a symbolic vote.

He said Pelosi didn't go to the Blue Dogs meetings. He said Pelosi would not be welcome in the districts of other centrist Democrats but he said other House leaders such as Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryaldn and Assistant Leader James Clyburn of South Carolina would.

Basnight steps down; Shuler steps it up

Basnight quits: With Republicans taking control of the state legislature, the Democratic political boss many considered the capital's most powerful politician says it is time for him to fade from public life. First elected to his Senate seat in 1984, Marc Basnight served the last 18 years as president pro tempore, a position that allowed him to set the agenda for new laws while bottling up bills he didn't like. In a hastily called sit-down with reporters in his office Tuesday morning, Basnight cited his declining health and burgeoning love life as the reasons for his departure. (N&O)

Christensen on Basnight: If you invented a Marc Basnight figure for a novel, no one would believe it - a poorly educated country boy who helped transform North Carolina into an increasingly sophisticated mega-state. There has never been a North Carolina legislator as powerful as Basnight - not former House Speaker Liston Ramsey, not former House Speaker Jim Black, not former state Sens. Ken Royall or Tom White. Not even close. (N&O)

Shuler vying for House speaker today: U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler will put his name forth on the House floor today as speaker, continuing his pledge not to support Nancy Pelosi as the Democrats' leader this Congress. (McClatchy)

Ellmers, others sworn in today: Republicans, their ranks expanded by tea party-backed freshmen, take control of the House of Representatives today when the 112th Congress convenes at noon. (AP)

Shuler to seek Speaker spot, defying Pelosi

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler will put his name forth on the House floor Wednesday as Speaker, continuing his pledge not to support Nancy Pelosi as the Democrats’ leader this Congress.

It’s unclear just how much support Shuler will get, but the effort continues his work to raise his profile as a conservative voice in the caucus.

Shuler, a Waynesville Democrat, is among several conservatives who blamed Pelosi for the party’s sweeping losses in November.

ABC decision expected today

Move on out: More than 50 moving companies in North Carolina could have their operating certificates yanked by state regulators. (N&O)

ABC to follow FDA?: The state Alcoholic Beverage Commission will likely heed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's warnings about the ill effects of caffeinated malt beverages and ban them from store shelves in North Carolina. (N&O)

Berger has inside track: North Carolina Senate Republicans are ready to elevate Sen. Phil Berger of Eden to the top job in the chamber when the Senate GOP caucus meets today. (AP)

Workers fired: Nine workers at a state home for people with developmental disabilities in Morganton have been fired after an alleged case of abuse and the failure to report patient injuries. (N&O)

Wake School probe: The federal government will investigate complaints filed by the NAACP that the Wake County school board is discriminating against minority students. (N&O)

Pelosi and Boehner win: U.S. House Democrats voted Wednesday to retain Nancy Pelosi as their party chief when they become the minority in January.  While on the Republican side of the House, the majority picked John Boehner as the chamber's next speaker. (AP)

N.C. poet honored: Maya Angelou, who lives in Winston-Salem, was among those honored Wednesday with Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. (AP)

Shuler finds little support

Beltway insiders are watching the Shuler-Pelosi matchup in Washington to see how much traction the western North Carolina lawmaker can get this week.

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler continues to say he’ll challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for role of minority leader in next term’s House of Representatives. Shuler, a leader in the conservative Blue Dog Coalition, said before the election he would challenge Pelosi if no viable alternative comes forward, and he hasn’t changed his mind.

He doesn’t yet have many votes, though. The Hill said it asked 18 members who had not publicly committed to a choice, and only two said they would support Shuler. They are Joe Altmire of Pennsylvania and fellow N.C. lawmaker Rep. Larry Kissell of Biscoe.

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, North Carolina’s only other Blue Dog, said today he hadn’t made up his mind how to vote – only that he didn’t want Pelosi to return.

“It is time to go in a different direction with fresh ideas, new leadership, and one who unites,” McIntyre said in a statement. “I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi, and I have not made a commitment to any individual yet regarding the position of minority leader.”

Shuler has said he doesn’t expect to win. The Democrats’ leadership vote is scheduled for Thursday.

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