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Price says House has votes to end shut down without strings

U.S. Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill says he's frustrated with the federal government shutdown, because vote tallies show there are enough votes in the House of Representatives to end it. At least 20 Republicans have gone on record saying they'd vote for a measure to fund the government with no strings attached. That would be enough votes to pass when combined with votes from Democrats. But so far Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, hasn't arranged to have a vote on a spending bill without the condition of a delay of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

David Price: The End of Appropriations?

In an opinion piece written for Politico, senior budget writer Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill asks whether the budget process works any more.

As Congress refocuses its attention on the looming fiscal battles, with both sides steeling for a fight over the debt limit and a potential government shutdown, a development with greater implications for our nation’s future is unfolding with far less notice. The appropriations process — that hallmark of Congress’s constitutional authority and wellspring of our power to conduct oversight and set national priorities — is on life support and in danger of total collapse.

With just four legislative days left before the end of the fiscal year, not one of the 12 funding bills required to keep the government open has been enacted into law. House Republicans have struggled to pass even a continuing resolution to keep the government running for a few weeks while appeasing their red-meat conservatives.

Hagan ranks in Senate's ideological middle; Ellmers among most conservative

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan ranks in the ideological middle, according to the latest rankings from the National Journal. The Democrat, who faces re-election in 2014, ranks the 48th most liberal of the 100 senators, or 52 most conservative, depending on how you look at it.

Her Republican counterpart U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is the 23rd most conservative member in the chamber, the nonpartisan national political magazine found. National Journal ranked the lawmakers on 116 votes that showed differences in ideological viewpoint in the 112th Congress.

Among Democrats in the House, Congressman David Price is the most liberal at No. 32, followed by Mel Watt (45), former U.S. Rep. Brad Miller (83), G.K. Butterfield (121). On the Republican side, former U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick was the 32nd most conservative, followed by Reps. Renee Ellmers (43), Virginia Foxx (55), Patrick McHenry (62), Howard Coble (153) and Walter Jones (242).

Congressmen to talk money in politics at Duke forum

Democratic Congressmen David Price and John Sarbanes will talk about the affects of big money in politics in a forum Thursday at Duke University.

The free event starts at 5 p.m. at Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School for Public Policy. Also on the panel: Anita Earls, the executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, and state Rep. Larry Hall, the House minority leader. Gunther Peck, associate professor of history and public policy, will moderate.

Morning Memo: McCrory's approval slides, Congressman Price prominent on guns

MORNING MEMO EXCLUSIVE: GOV. McCRORY'S POLL NUMBERS SLIP. A new Public Policy Polling survey finds the new Republican governor's approval ratings at 45 percent to start his first term, down eight points from a month ago. The new poll -- set for release later Wednesday -- suggests his cabinet picks may have pulled his popularity downward. Among those who know, 31 percent approve of his cabinet and 24 percent disapprove. Likewise, more people disapprove of McCrory's controversial picks Art Pope and Tony Tata than approve, though most people aren't sure about the two.

MORE PEOPLE UNSURE: The Raleigh-based Democratic polling firm found Republicans approve 73 percent to 6 percent, independents split 43 to 23 and Democrats even at 26 percent. All the numbers are lower than the previous month, with those people unsure what to think about McCrory on the rise. The falling numbers put his approval rate at the start of his term in the neighborhood of his Democratic predecessor, Gov. Bev Perdue. Four years ago, she started with an approval rating at 43 percent.

***This is the Dome Morning Memo -- the source for breaking news, analysis and a daily news digest for North Carolina politics.

New proposed congressional map

Legislative map-drawers revealed their redrawn congressional districts this afternoon and show a very different configuration for the districts in Central and Eastern North Carolina.

The 13th District would no longer swing north of Wake County to encompass counties along the Virginia border. Instead, it swings east to include parts of Warren, Wilson, Nash, Edgecombe, Franklin, Vance and Warren counties.

The 1st District, a majority-minority district, no longer includes parts of Wake, but comes into Durham County instead.

Two Democratic incumbents, Reps. Larry Kissell of Montgomery County and Mike McIntyre of Lumberton are in the redrawn 8th District.

The legislature is expecting to vote on new legislative and congressional districts next week.

Update: AP reports that Democratic Reps. Brad Miller of Raleigh and David Price of Chapel Hill are in the same district.

The 'Shawshank Deception'?

Say What?
"This is terribly unfortunate, and we apologize profusely to Morgan Freeman for what has happened."

Republican Congressional candidate B.J. Lawson was forced to apologize on the eve of the election after an attack ad his campaign had claimed was narrated by the Academy Award-winning actor turned out to be the voice of an impersonator. Lawson, who lost to incumbent Rep. David Price for the second straight election cycle, has already said he'll be back in 2012.

Lawson to run against Price again

B.J. Lawson, the GOP 4th district congressional candidate,  has signaled that he intends to run a third time against Democratic Rep. David Price.

Lawson said he called Price and while he couldn't get through, he left an email message.

“I congratulated him on winning re-election,” Lawson wrote in an email to supporters.
“Then I told him that while I was willing to concede this election, I am not willing to concede our country. I will see him again in 2012.”

“JoLynn and I are going to spend some much-needed time with the children over the next few weeks, but we are going to be working,” Lawson writes. “Working to fix health care, working to grow our economy, and working to raise the money needed to defeat David Price in 2012.”

Lawson was encouraged that he won 43 percent of the vote Tuesday compared to 37 percent of the vote in 2008.

Lawson pledges to serve four terms, or less

B.J. Lawson, the Republican candidate in the state's 4th Congressional district, has pledged to donate $1 million to charity if he breaks his word not to serve more than four terms. Lawson, a medical software entrepreneur, is challenging 11-term Democratic incumbent Rep. David Price.

Lawson announced Tuesday he will sign a term limits pledge with the Alliance for Bonded Term Limits. The non-profit group, based in Pinehurst, bills itself as a grassroots, non-partisan organization dedicated to getting candidates for state and national office to back promises to serve a limited number of terms with a promissory note for a "credible portion of their personal funds."

Of course, before keeping that pledge, a candidate must first be elected. So far, none of the 13 Congressional candidates who have signed with the group have reached that goal.

Price top in N.C. earmarks

U.S. Rep. David Price was North Carolina's top solo earmarker.

According to a database compiled by the nonprofit Taxpayers for Common Sense, the Chapel Hill Democrat was singlehandedly responsible for $24.3 million in earmarks in this year's spending bills.

He was followed by Reps. Heath Shuler ($14.9 million), Bob Etheridge ($11.2 million), Robin Hayes ($8.6 million) and Virginia Foxx ($7.6 million).

At the bottom of the list, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who was responsible for just $856,000 in solo earmarks.

The list shift slightly if you include earmarks requested along with other members of Congress. On that list, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole is top with $147.8 million, followed by Sen. Richard Burr ($116.2 million), Price ($90.1 million), Hayes ($43.8 million) and Rep. Mike McIntyre ($32.6 million).

Butterfield still comes in last, with $8.2 million.

Click below for North Carolina earmarks or here for the complete spreadsheet.

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