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N.C. conservatives head to D.C.; looking for 'hokey-pokey'

About 150 conservative voters from Raleigh, Greensboro and the 2nd Congressional District are riding up in three buses to Washington, D.C., today to remind lawmakers that they aren’t going away. The group from North Carolina will join the tea party-backed “November Speaks” rally at noon in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Today begins the lame-duck session of Congress, in which the outgoing members will try to vote through as much as possible before the next crew of representatives takes over in January.

“We’re making sure they don’t do any hokey-pokey while they’re here,” said Dallas Woodhouse, head of the N.C. chapter of Americans for Prosperity. “The more subtle message is we want to make sure they know we’re keeping an eye on them. Their natural tendency over time will be to ease back and spend other people’s money.”

Also in town this week for orientation is the new crop of House freshmen, who include a host of tea-party backed Republicans – among them Renee Ellmers of Dunn.

“I think we got a good one in Renee,” Woodhouse said.

Ellmers won’t be declared the official winner until her re-count against incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge is complete. She remains more than a thousand votes ahead of him.


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Americans for Prosperity is a front organization for Koch Oil

Americans for Prosperity is a front organization for the Koch brothers -- two of America's richest billionaires and the owners of America's largest and most profitable private corporation, Koch Oil. The 150 people on the bus-junket to Washington DC are doing the bidding of the Koch corporate interests -- for free! This is merely one of many ways the rich are getting richer -- by getting poor people to demand tax-cuts for them and their bloated corporations -- and the poor are getting poorer -- by picking up the tab in the form of taxes that ought to be paid by the richest businesses that extract the greatest profits out of the US economy.  The Koch brothers are worth $21.5 billion each, and their company's holdings dwarf their own personal wealth that is sometimes reported to be $55 billion.  Their company is one of the worst polluters on earth, and they have paid over $35 million in fines to the federal government for air and water pollution.  Anybody riding on their bus ought to know what their bosses are doing.

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