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Fa,la,la,la,la, end tax cuts for the top 2 percent?

This doesn't strike us as exactly as in keeping with the Christmas spirit. But a liberal group plans to deliver a Christmas Card and sing Christmas carols with a a message at the office of Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers's office in Dunn at noon today.

The group, including Progress N.C. is lobbying Ellmers to support a deal to end the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent to avoid the fiscal cliff.

PPP: Foxx an early GOP favorite to challenge Hagan

While conservative groups are starting to drop money in an effort to push Sen. Kay Hagan out of office in 2014, the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling on Tuesday released a poll that gives an early look at who the GOP is most likely to line up against the first-term Democrat.

Rep. Virginia Foxx tops Republicans' wish list at 17 percent. 14 percent prefer Sue Myrick, 13 percent want Patrick McHenry and 11 percent Renee Ellmers.

Ellmers gets House Energy and Commerce subcommittee assignments

Rep. Renee Ellmers was recently appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and she has learned what will be her areas of focus.

Ellmers, a Republican representing the 2nd District, will sit on three subcommittees: Health, Communications and Tehchnology, and Oversight and Investigations.

Sen. Burr voices support for Helms name on post office

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is voicing his support for naming the historic Century Post Office in downtown Raleigh after the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers recently introduced legislation to name it the Jesse Helms Federal Building and United States Courthouse but encountered opposition from some who called it "morally wrong to reward intolerance," a reference to the senator's record.

"Jesse Helms was a transformative figure in our state’s history who placed service to his constituents above all other priorities in his public life," Burr said in a statement issued by his office Thursday. "Whether they agreed with him on political issues or not, North Carolinians had a dedicated advocate in Washington in Jesse Helms, and this bill will help to commemorate his legacy and his service to our state."

Petition against naming building after Jesse Helms tops 3,200 signatures

The predictable pushback against a bill that would name a downtown Raleigh building in honor of Sen. Jesse Helms is taking form.

Rep. Renee Ellmers introduced a bill last week that would name the historic Century Post Office the Jesse Helms Federal Building and United States Courthouse, but a group has organized a petition voicing opposition to the bill.

Sabato: Hagan 'was always going to be vulnerable'

Politico has called Sen. Kay Hagan one of the most vulnerable Democrats seeking re-election in 2014.

Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia agrees, and he offered the following explanation why:

Incumbency doesn’t mean much in Tar Heel Senate contests, which means that Sen. Kay Hagan (D) was always going to be vulnerable. As if to underline that, she occupies a seat in one of only two states (Indiana is the other) to switch back to the Republicans after supporting Barack Obama in 2008. House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is a possible challenger, and the U.S. House delegation is overflowing with possible GOP opponents, too.

Rep. Renee Ellmers name is one of those possible Congressional challengers, and state Senate leader Phil Berger's name has also been rumored

Ellmers want to name Raleigh's historic Century Post Office after Jesse Helms

Rep. Renee Ellmers announced Wednesday evening that she has submitted a bill to name the historic Century Post Office in Raleigh the Jesse Helms Federal Building and United States Courthouse, honoring the late conservative Republican senator.

It’s the first time a federal building anywhere has been named for Helms, the state’s powerful and longtime senator, said John Dodd, president of the Helms Center in Wingate.

Ellmers wants federal courthouse in Raleigh named after Jesse Helms

Rep. Renee Ellmers has introduced a bill that would re-name the federal building in Raleigh in honor of Sen. Jesse Helms.

The bill would Name the Century Post Office the "Jesse Helms Federal Building and United States Courthouse."

Morning Roundup: Ellmers gets the benefit of a newly drawn district

Democrat Steve Wilkins, running in a tough congressional race against Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, says his 22 years of military service – which include a key role in planning the invasion of Iraq – show the spirit of public service Washington needs to break the partisan logjam.

Wilkins is at the polls every day, introducing himself to early voters. But the odds are against him. National Democrats haven’t poured money into his campaign. And Ellmers, with much more cash, has another big advantage: The Republican legislature redrew her district in her favor. Full race profile here.

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--The main candidates for governor say they favor taking some steps to make state government more transparent, but both avoid sweeping promises about opening up many more records than are already public.

Boehner in Raleigh: Obama doesn't understand the economy or America

House Speaker John Boehner told about 140 Republicans at state GOP headquarters Saturday morning that the election is about jobs and President Barack Obama doesn't understand the economy.

No Republican has spent more time working with the president on economic issues, Boehner said.

 “Let me tell you,” Boehner said. “He doesn't get it. As a result he doesn't understand how the economy works or how America works.''

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