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Ellmers receives award from American Conservative Union

The American Conservative Union has named U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of Dunn one of its 2012 ACU Conservatives.

A whopping 91 percent of Ellmers' votes made the ACU happy, but she still fell short of its Defender of Liberty title which requires every vote on certain bills picked by ACU to match the organization's desires. ACU looks at votes on bills that "serve as a clear litmus test separating those representatives who defend liberty and liberal members who have turned their backs on our founding principles."

The ACU argues for limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and traditional values.

Other N.C. representatives who scored above 80 percent included Howard Coble of Greensboro, Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk, Patrick McHenry of Cherryville and Sue Myrick of Charlotte, who is now retired.

The ACU award comes the day after the Club for Growth — which supports limited growth and low taxes — tagged Ellmers as a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and put her on a a list of Republicans that scored below 70 percent on the club's scorecard.

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, Myrick and Foxx on Fox

North Carolina will be well represented on Fox News tonight with U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers, Virginia Foxx and Sue Myrick participating in a Congressional women's focus group during a segment of the Sean Hannity show, according to Ellmers' office. 

The show is on at 9, with the roundtable segment at about 9:40, according to Ellmers' office. Hannity repeats at midnight.

Update: Ellmers double-header

She'll appear Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Channel at 7 tonight, discussing negotiations on the debt ceiling and the economy. 

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