Meglos: Well, gentlemen, shall we all descend together into the earth for another thousand years or shall we resume our original arrangements?
Grugger: Well, I’m prepared to forget that little incident.
Meglos: Oh, I hope not.
Brotadac: We’ll remember.

Doctor Who Meglos 1980

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

The words of absolution at the end of confession

There is a new congressional Committee being formed concerning Planned Parenthood and at Red State they have an objection to a specific potential member:

House insiders have indicated to RedState that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) is angling hard to be on the committee. The reasons for Ellmers’ desire to be on the committee are obvious: Ellmers publicly betrayed the pro-life movement during the embarrassing debacle over the 20-week abortion ban – a bill which enjoyed broad, bipartisan support but which failed due to the political cowardice of Ellmers and others. Ellmers already knows that due to this and a number of other high profile votes, she is likely to face a stiff primary challenge as one of the most high profile faces of Republican Failure Theater.

This is something  that due to Rep Ellmers past friendship to this site I reluctantly wrote about here

Full disclosure, I’ve interviewed Rene Ellmers, she was on my radio show and has been a friend to this site. Furthermore I’ve given her the benefit of the doubt in the past when there were questions about some of her positions in the past.

But I’m not a republican and I’m Catholic before I’m conservative and abortion is a sine non qua at this site.

The Red State piece make the following argument against Rep Ellmers

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) 60% already had a chance to do something for the pro-life movement, on a bill that’s much more popular than defunding Planned Parenthood, and she blinked. She does not have legitimate interest in defunding Planned Parenthood or taking any actual substantive action against them. What she wants is television commercial material during her upcoming primary campaign.

However I submit and suggest that Rep. Ellmers situation is the very reason why she might be a more than acceptable choice for this committee.

Given her vulnerability and the fact we are already seeing ads like this drawing tens of thousands of hits:

It would seem to me that Rep Ellmers would have a powerful incentive to be a productive and effective member of this committee.

Red State fears that her presence would only result in phony grandstanding

In other words, allowing Ellmers to participate will to invite another Chaffetz into this hearing – someone who has no interest in using the hearings to actually do or learn anything but rather only to grandstand.

This is not an illegitimate point and if it was 1920, or 1950 or even 1990 there is every chance that this could be the case.

However this is 2015, a member of congress can’t break wind without somebody getting it on cellphone video. If Rep Ellmers attempted to play this kind of game during the hearings the attack ads would likely be on the net before she had a chance to finish yielding her time back to the chair.

If this was the first last and only chance to defend planned parenthood then I could see the point in not taking any chances.

But given the presidential election year our Democrat friends from the lowest minority house members to the White House will have every incentive to fight to the death for every one of those donation dollars that Planned Parenthood provides so while this committee will be important the final nail in the coffin for these baby killers is likely to come in the next congress not this one.

Now I also understand the argument concerning getting a scalp and the example it gives to others but also consider that I’d rather convince a sitting member to see the error of their establishment ways than have to go though the expense of attempting of trying to oust them in a primary.

And it would undercut leadership arguments to members that rather than supporting the Tea Party they have no choice but to cling to leadership for survival.

Of course given that leadership is going to decide who makes this committee if they decide my argument if valid they might just choose to exclude her for the very reasons I gave.

Either way it won’t be boring to watch.

By A.P. Dillon

Back in April, I took a look at the 2016 GOP challengers for a few districts in North Carolina. Today I’d like to zero in on one in particular.

North Carolina’s 2nd House Congressional District is currently occupied by Renee Ellmers, who defeated Democrat incumbent, Bob Etheridge, in the 2010 election.

During the 2010, Ellmers was touted as a Tea Party candidate. She beat Etheridge by nearly 64,000 votes.

Granted, Ellmers had a little help in 2010 with momentum from the Tea party and well, from Etheridge himself when he was caught screaming at and arguably assaulting a student journalist on camera outside a Nancy Pelosi fundraiser.

Once elected, Ellmers seemed to stick to her campaign promises – at least for part of her first term. It wasn’t long until Ellmers was seen to be in a comfortable spot in John Boehner’s little army, complete with committee appointments.

In the 2012 election, Ellmers saw 2 challengers. One reason for multiple challengers might have been redistricting that occurred, however the bigger reason was Ellmers had fallen flat on keeping the promises that put her in office.  One big reason at the time was her 2011 vote in support of raising the debt ceiling.

After 2012, her positions and votes just got worse and that led to Ellmers getting Frank Roche as a primary challenger in 2014. Roche was defeated and then Ellmers went on to defeat the Democrat candidate and American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken.  I covered a bit of the NC-02 race here at Da Tech Guy, if one wants to see what happened at that circus.

In 2014, Ellmers had her own caught on camera debacle when she insulted citizens who came to her office to confront her on Amnesty. Ellmers was caught on video yelling at them, “You don’t have any damn facts!”.  Ouch. Definitely not a great moment for the Congresswoman and an ironic one, given the video of Etheridge raging at a camera person assisted in his downfall.

Now here we are in 2015, with 2016 around the corner. Ellmers this time around has not one, but three primary challengers. They include Frank Roche, who is giving it another go, Jim Duncan and Kay Daly, a sketchy late comer to the race.

The voters who put her there didn’t do so in order for her to vote yes on things like Amnesty for Illegals, for the Reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank and on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind.  Also, her squishy maneuvering around abortion issues, like the pain capable bill, doesn’t help her at all.

Flash forward to 2015 and Rep. Ellmers has earned herself  truly terrible conservative ranking with Heritage Foundation. Actually, if you look at it, it’s really a liberal ranking. Heritage awarded her a 60% out of 100 score. She’s 3rd from the bottom of the list of North Carolina Republicans.

Her record has gotten so bad, that one of her opponents has managed to populate an entire website with her failures.  The site is really pretty brilliant. It’s called AskHerWhy.net and it hits Ellmers on everything from Illegal immigration to Abortion.

With voter outrage building, it is  not hard to see why momentum is building to unseat Ellmers in 2016.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
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By A.P. Dillon

This week, the Republicans scored big for the U.S. Senate and maintained control of the House as well.  This morning I found myself repeating the words, “Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader”.   That phrase will never get old.

North Carolina was one of the most expensive races and Harry Reid’s PAC dumped millions into it.  I wish I could have seen his face when Hagan lost in what was record midterm voter turn out in the state  of 2,915,757.

In cast you missed a few memos, I’ve been documenting Democrat Kay Hagan’s very bad month here at Da Tech Guy.  Scandal and an investigation into a conflict of interest plagued Hagan in the weeks leading up to election night.

In North Carolina, the #waronwomen candidate became a ‘one and done’ candidate, as Thom Tillis surged passed her. Tillis made up ground fast. At one point, Tillis erased Hagan’s 100k lead in the blink of an eye. Tillis made consistent gains after that and held them as the night progressed.

Sad trombone for the Hagan camp.

Point of interest: Every race where James O’Keefe had an investigation, Democrats lost.

On the Congressional side of North Carolina, Renee Ellmers was reelected. Her challenger, Clay Aiken came in second yet again and enjoyed having his bus towed after he voted.
Jake Tapper with an epic troll on the race:

 

Legislature races in North Carolina also yielded majority Republican wins despite being outspent by Democrats.

The House side of the North Carolina General Assembly maintained its super majority with Democrats only able to flip three seats.  In the Senate, Republicans picked up a seat and kept the super majority there as well.

 

Looking at the national and the local races in North Carolina, the following things stand out to me:

  • The war on women mantras fell flat.
  • Both Clinton’s campaigned for Hagan and she still lost.
  • Fracking and climate change were apparently non-issues in local state races.
  • Democrats outspent Republicans in both national and state races, yet they lost anyway.
  • The sweep seems to indicate a rejection of Obama and those tied to him; Obamacare was a factor but the President’s policies overall were on the ballot – just as he said.

 

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By A.P. Dillon

Tragic news comes out of North Carolina that has ramifications for the Congressional Race in district 2.  Keith Crisco, the candidate trailing Clay Aiken in the recent primary by 300 some odd votes, has passed away. Crisco was a former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Commerce under Former Governor Bev Perdue.

ASHEBORO — Asheboro businessman and congressional candidate, Keith Crisco, 71, died suddenly at his home today.

Information is incomplete; however, early information indicates he suffered injuries from a fall around 1 p.m. at his home on 1263 Thayer Drive in Asheboro. He was reported dead at the scene when emergency workers arrived there.

John Ogburn, Asheboro city manager, confirmed that the Asheboro Police Department and Asheboro Fire Department responded to the scene. He said the case will go to the state medical examiner to determine an exact cause of death. – Courier Tribune

Crisco, 71 years old, apparently tripped on a rug and fell. So, it would appear the Aiken wins by tragic default. Crisco was likely within the margin for asking for a recall, however, from reports it doesn’t appear he was intending to do so. If the final count puts Crisco ahead, the district’s executive committee of the Democratic Party in North Carolina would then choose the nominee.

Reactions were a mixed bag on Twitter, from Aiken suspending his campaign activities to a bit of off-color humor.

 

   

Gay mafia eh? Perhaps these gentlemen were involved? All jokes, aside, prayers should go out to the Crisco family. End result: It now seems Aiken will face off against Rep. Renee Ellmers.  Rep. Ellmers secured her position by winning the primary versus Frank Roche. Roche did not go quietly and called out the GOP establishment and the lack of voter turn out. Excerpt from his parting remarks is below via Daily Haymaker, but hit the link and read the full statement.  

Only 15.6% of us who live in North Carolina’s 2nd District bothered to vote on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  Republican and Independents, 21,358 of them, voted to give Rep. Renee Ellmers another two years in office.  We missed sending a true conservative leader to the U.S. House by 6,370 votes. 

Pathetic.   

In the 36 hours after not winning a hard run election there are many emotions that come and go: disappointment, sadness, guilt, bewilderment, frustration, and anger.  I’m in the frustration and anger stage.  Remember SNL from 1988, “How am I losing to this guy?”  Note to self: U.S. Congress, proper qualifications not required. 

What is the GOP establishment thinking? 

The establishment, with some help from one of our newest lefty billionaires and the left leaning media, helped reelect the least qualified candidate in the 2nd District Republican primary.  They failed the 2nd District and America.They overstepped their pledged boundaries of neutrality during the primary and again demonstrated themselves to be part of the problem.  Local petty political gate-keepers assisted their poorly qualified incumbent in ways that require they be removed from their volunteer Chairmanship positions.

  Ouch. In the meantime, NC Democrats are putting their stock in reality TV star who managed to be fired from Celebrity Apprentice, came in second place on American Idol, takes questionable selfies and couldn’t be bothered to show up to the education committee he was appointed to by the President.  Oh, and just a reminder on what Aiken thinks of the GOP, Mormons and Black conservatives:

H/T to Gay Patriot for that lovely and tolerant deleted tweet.
Who knows what will happen next in NC-02. Whatever does, I’ll be sure to report back on. Stay tuned.

 

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By A.P. Dillon

Last week, I wrote about  Frank Roche – Candidate for #NC02. Since then, the primary for this Congressional district in North Carolina has taken place.  Unfortunately for Roche, Ellmers successfully defended her seat with 58.76 % to Roche’s 41.24%. On the Democrat side of the aisle is where the circus has come to town.  This week, I’m writing American Idol runner-up and fired Celebrity Apprentice — and by the way, this is about the same NC District 2 Congressional race.  Stop checking your browser address. No, you are not at The Onion.

As of this morning, when I penned this article, the Democrat primary to decide who will face Congresswoman Ellmers has not yet been made official, but right now American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is in the lead over former Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco. No, I’m not kidding.

Yes, the American Idol runner-up, who also was punted from Celebrity Apprentice (Trump said he was a nasty little guy, not sure if that helps or hurts) as the guy who will face Ellmers. It’s hard to imagine someone with this kind of taste in selfies being a Congressman… well, maybe not that hard if he’s a Clinton Democrat:

War on women?
There shouldn’t a demographic he can miss based on  his big TV ad. If only that ham-handed ad told the truth about how seriously he takes education. For example, he is so serious about it that he skipped all eight of the meetings of the Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities – of which he was appointed to by the President.  Aiken responded he was too busy with his American Idol runner-up tour:

“While it’s true that I couldn’t attend many of the committee meetings, I had just finished American Idol,” the email continues. “So I made it clear to the committee during the first meeting I attended that I was touring and working on my album at the time and that I couldn’t be physically present for most meetings.”

GEE, maybe you should have turned down the appointment so someone else could be on the committee and actually do some good? Kids? Pfffft.  Too wrapped up in dictating his catering needs and in being a runner-up, which he almost wasn’t after being dumped in a local TV studio try-out. Perhaps that’s because off-color, sexual innuendo jokes are more his style. We at least know his idea of fun, being invisible and watching people in their rooms.  Sounds like the makings of a hit – with stalker overtones. Stalkers are no stranger to Aiken anyway.

While Aiken doesn’t drop the F-bomb in his performances, his pals guarding the doors at his fundraisers do. Makes you wonder if Aiken is a believer in the “Big Tent” idea or not if anyone with a camera showing up gets told to ‘get the F-bomb out’.  I wonder if Aiken dropped any F-bombs on the plane when he was involved in that armrest scuffle?

By the way, where has junior been this whole campaign? Most running for office would have brought out the kids for the photos. Aiken wins a point for not using his kid a prop in a campaign but loses that same point for putting the kid on the cover of People magazine wherein the same story he comes out as being gay and has his online solicitations for sex mentioned. Great baby announcement.

If this is the great and best hope NC Democrats have, then the movie Idiocracy could now confirmed as a documentary. Batter up, Congresswoman Ellmers. Your home run awaits.

 

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By A.P. Dillon

It is primary time in NC and  early voting is currently going on in North Carolina. Over the past few months, I have had a chance to meet Frank Roche at multiple events in the Raleigh area. Roche is a candidate for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional district and  primary challenger to incumbent Renee Ellmers. I pitched five questions to Roche, which we’ll get to after a little but of background on the 2nd Congressional race and a quick look at Roche himself.

The 2nd Congressional District

The 2nd District has a bit of an interesting history. The state legislature created the 2nd district just after the Civil war. The population was majority Black and you might find older references to “The Black Second“.  All four of NC’s Black Congressman  in the post-civil war era came from that district. By the way, they were all Republican and the district itself was heavily Republican. The Democrats attempted to break that up and gerrymandered the district to include ten counties.

Gerrymandering was just one of the tactics the Democrats used to push Blacks out of the district. When Democrats took control of the legislature, they sought to keep Blacks from holding office at any level in North Carolina and passed a disfranchisement Constitutional amendment that severely restricted Black voting rights.  Democrats and Liberals have a foul history in NC that they have done a good job revising and hoping people forget.

Today, the 2nd district is made up of  nine counties that include: Alamance, ChathamCumberlandHarnettHokeLeeMoore, Randolph and Wake counties.

In 2010, Tea Party favorite Renee Ellmers pushed out Democrat Bob Etheridge in 2nd Congressional district. Etheridge had been in there for seven terms, so this was no easy feat. Ellmers won the backing of Sarah Palin for her stance on Obamacare. Ellmers had a bit of help from Etheridge himself though,  in the form of being caught on video assaulting a student journalist. The video went viral and “Who Are You?” became synonymous with the name Etheridge.

It would seem that caught on camera type history is repeating itself a little bit.  Ellmers went on the Laura Ingraham show and basically got into a fight with the host over illegal immigration. Things got heated when Ingraham pointed out Ellmers was using Liberal Democrat talking points on the issue. Breitbart has the audio and chronicle of the incident. Unsurprisingly, Ingraham has thrown her support behind Roche, as has Ann Coulter.

Things went from bad to worse after the Ingraham show.  Not long after that incident, PJ Media published an article that included audio from a meeting between Ellmers and North Carolina citizens on illegal immigration. In it, members of the Randolph Tea party can be heard pressing Ellmers on illegal immigration. The conversation was combative and full of interruptions with a reply to one of them being,  “You don’t have any damn facts.”   Ouch.

Ellmers won reelection in 2012 after beating three Republicans in the primary. This year she faces another primary challenge from Frank Roche. Depending on whoever wins the primary between Ellmers and Roche, they will go on to meet either former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco – who arguably just wants to run for something, or Clay Aiken. Yes, that Clay Aiken. Aiken’s campaign has had problems lately. The Democrats are really struggling to put up good candidates lately.

Ellmers has her hands full with Frank Roche, however. Roche has four out of the last five straw polls held and seems to be gaining momentum.

About Frank Roche

Roche is the 6th of seven kids and was born in Massachusetts. Reading his bio, one sees the obstacles he had to overcome as a child after being diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease when he was young and not being able to walk for several years. Roche attended the University of Rhode Island where he earned a degree in Economics. Roche would return to University of Rhode Island to obtain a Masters of Arts in Economics. He worked in New York City for a time and was present in the city during both WTC terrorist attacks.  In 2007, he headed South to NC and worked with Fox News Business channel talking about politics and economics.

In 2009, he ran for Congress in District 4. The bid was unsuccessful but opened doors at Elon University to teach Economics. It was there that RUSH Radio (WRDU FM) recruited Roche for a radio show.  That show kicked off in July of 2011 and ran on Sundays from noon to three pm. The show was suspended last Fall when Roche decided to run.

The full bio is worth a read and is interesting and detailed. His campaign website has a lot of content, including a handy guide to see how Renee Ellmers voted on key issues and where he differs from her on them.

Five with Frank Roche

Here are the five questions I posed to Mr. Roche.

1. Common Core. 

APD: We’ve spoken on this issue and you know I stand firmly opposed to Common Core. With regards to the Core and government intervention, you’ve stated on your website, “It is time to realize that the federal government’s current policy of regulating and micromanaging the public school system has failed.”  What is your reaction to the proposed draft bill from the NC General Assembly’s Common Core committee?

FR: I believe public education curriculum, standards, content should be left to the states, counties, and parents.  I support the bill to replace Common Core with state standards.

2. Illegal Immigration.

APD: The general consensus is that your opponent is weak on illegal immigration and generally supports Amnesty. What is your vision of how the U.S. should tackle the illegal immigration problem?

FR:  My plan is simple:

Illegal immigration: enforce our current immigration laws, fully fund border security measures already passed into law since 2001, properly manage our short-term visa program to end overstaying, deport those who come into contact with legal authorities, use attrition to cause illegal immigrants to self-deport.
Legal immigration; end family reunification as the basis for our policy.  Move to an economic needs based model. Cap yearly legal immigration to 375k per year.
Social counterparts: end official government regulation of multiculturalism, identity politics, and political correctness and bring back assimilation programs to help immigrants become Americans.

3. Federal Reserve.

APD: Your site’s issues page also covers the topic of the Federal Reserve. In that summary statement, you propose the following:

“As your Congressman, Frank will work to remove the dual mandate imposed on the Federal Reserve and replace it with a single mandate to maintain low and stable prices.  Frank will also join the effort to exercise congressional oversight authority to ensure the actions taken by the Fed since 2008 do not pose an unusual degree of systemic risk to the U.S. economy and America’s future strength and prosperity.”

Please expand on your definition of “single mandate” in as much detail as possible. Also, do you believe the Fed should be dismantled?

FR: End Fed’s dual mandate of stable prices (inflation rates below 1.5%) and full employment (unemployment at or near 5%).  Fed should not be responsible for the labor market.  It was imposed on them by Congress in the late 70’s.  With the end of the dual mandate the Fed could end the massive printing operation called Quantitative Easing.  A focus on only stable prices will bring about low and stable rates of inflation.  I do not think Fed should be dismantled.

4. Spying and the NSA.

APD: In the last year, we’ve heard from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden detailing the degree and detail to which the NSA has been spying on citizens and members of Congress. This administration has arguably led the charge in trying to silence whistleblowers of this nature and in other areas, such as the DOJ’s AP phone tapping and the spying on reporter James Rosen. In what way and to what degree would you promote transparency in this area? Do you believe agencies like the NSA, DOJ, CIA, DHS, etc have enough oversight?

FR: Bring back profiling, remove political correctness, and repeal the Patriot Act. We promote transparency through common sense national security policies.  Yes, Congress has sufficient oversight authorities, they refuse to exercises them in a competent way.  Oversight is critical to controlling the exec branch, and here Congress has failed as it is more focused on re-election and fundraising.
5. Term Limits. 

APD: I noted at the bottom of your issues page, that you believe in voluntary term limits and have pledged not to serve more than 12 years. Why 12 years? Are there circumstances where you would break that pledge and if so, what are they? Would you ever support a bill that requires mandatory term limits? If so, what would they be for the House and Senate?

FR: 2 years because that should be enough for an effective leader to make a difference, or have been proven ineffective.  If over 50% of my constituents wanted to me to remain I would break my pledge or if their was a significant national security threat in the period around the primary period.  No, I would not support legal mandatory term limits; empowers the bureaucracy.

I’d like to thank Frank Roche for his time. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Those wishing to know more about him or donate to his campaign only have to visit his website, FrankRocheForCongress.com

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One of the things that differentiates this week’s Swatting of Aaron Walker(Worthing) is that it has come after Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) sent this letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate if any Federals laws were violated in these Swatting Incidents. This letter was signed by over eighty members of Congress.

Now that we have had a new incident this week this gives an excuse to seek comment from members who have not signed this letter to see if they will and from all members of congress for comment on this issue.

I have received the following comment from Congresswoman Renne Ellmers of North Carolina:

“Any intimidation or threats to Americans exercising their rights to free speech is disgraceful and should be investigated fully by our justice system.”

“I applaud Senator Chambliss’ letter on this calling for an investigation by the Justice Department.”

Meanwhile clues continue to be uncovered by Patterico, Aaron Worthing and of course Stacy McCain and Aaron will be on the Lars Larson show tonight at 8 p.m. EST.

If Brett Kimberlin doesn’t like people talking about him, then might I suggest to any friend or cult follower of him that Swattings which produce appearances on national radio shows and comments from sitting members of congress is a bad idea

But that’s just me.

I’ve been quoted on twitter saying that if there is one congressperson elected in 2010 that I want to see re-elected it is Ann Marie Buerkle and I stand by that.

But Renne Ellmers (NC-2) is as close a second and you can get, and if you want to know why, here is an example:

Anyone who stands up to Waxman is a winner in my book, and remember it was the tea party and not the GOP mainstream that backed her up

If you missed our first 2 hour show, live from the 2011 Republican Growing Grassroots Convention, it is now available here

We had a great lineup. Dan Collins of POWIP was kind enough to sub for Lorie Byrd who took ill, Roxeanne DeLuca was late (as usual) but make it though wet and icy roads to co-host. Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R) NC-2 new chairwoman of the subcommittee on health and technology graciously joined us for two segments in the first hour, former congressional candidate Mike Stopa was with us in the first hour and for part of our blogger issues panel. And Tom Bowler of Libertarian Leanings and Justin Brooks of the Twin City Tea Party rounded out our 2nd hour panel dealing with the issues of the week, and Brownies.

Next week I will be at CPAC, we will have live reports from there and a few taped interviews with CPAC folks mixed in. Remember we will be at our NEW TIME 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. And don’t forget till the end of the month our show will be replayed at our old time of 9-11 p.m. Saturday nights.

So don’t miss us on AM 830 WCRN 50,000 Watts of True Talk for all of New England every saturday and remember starting Feb 12th we have a whole morning lineup of conservative talk starting with the Wesley and Weston Review at 6 a.m. conservatively speaking at 7, a new conservative show at 9 p.m. and then me from 10-noon.

Oh and if you want to advertise on a blogger show that gets sitting congressional subcommittee chairwoman as guests, our rates are here.

With less than 18 hours to the show premiere I’ve had little time for blogging but I see there is great news from two districts where Registered Nurses rather than career politicians are changing the face of the congress.

Renee Ellmers has won in NC-2. My congratulations to Renee, Lorie Byrd and all those who supported her but the real congratulations go to the people of NC 2 who will have a spectacular lady in congress. I had the pleasure to meet and interview her at Blogcon and wrote about her here NC 2 is in good hands.

In case you missed it here is the interview with the congresswoman elect.

As for NY 25 just before my interview with Ann Marie Buerkle I said this:

By my calculations Maffei needs to win the Absentees in Onondaga county by twice the spread that he won the vote of to come out ahead, that’s not even counting any spread in Wayne county. I think it’s looking good.

Well it’s officially not over yet but the news is REAL good:

At the last official count earlier this week, Republican challenger Buerkle lead by 824 votes. Friday, elections officials in Wayne County found a discrepancy in votes from election night, giving Buerkle another 144 votes, for a lead of 968 votes.

Onondaga County finished counting its absentee ballots Friday afternoon. Democrat Maffei picked up 557 votes over Buerkle, which gives her a total lead of 411 votes.

557 votes is just not going to cut it but the Lonely Conservative knows that the missing Maffei is going to put those lawyers and union activists to work if he can:

But that doesn’t mean it’s over. Maffei will probably wait until after the absentees are counted in Wayne County. And there’s a very good chance he’ll call for a full hand recount of every ballot cast in the district as he bitterly clings to his seat in the House. If he does that, it could take another month before we have an official outcome.

Update: A re-canvass (not the absentee count) in Wayne County netted Buerkle another 144 votes, bringing her lead up to 411.

I’ll wager that Maffei wishes he had some of the money or activists that we 300 Spartans in Massachusetts pinned down:

But the price was high; the state democratic party and candidates had emptied their war chests. John Olver spent over $800k on television and Richard Neil $1.5 Million. Barney Frank was forced to lend his campaign $200k and gave a victory speech so full of vitriol that it produced scorn around the nation.

He had cause to be upset, Massachusetts money and candidates who normally spent their time and cash helping the party nationwide were tied town as the GOP rolled through Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and New Hampshire in a wave not seen in nearly a century. The MA delegation held their seats but lost their chairmanships and the power that came with them.

Now Maffei’s strategy is just more counting, it’s not like the democrats are going to be pulling new voting machines out of their trunks or something.

We all have heard of ballots being found in the trunks of cars, and elsewhere during recounts. In a hotly contested race for the State Senate in New York, Democrats have gone one better, and found two new (and uncounted) voting machines.

This is in buffalo however, lucky for Ann Marie corrupt involved local democrats in the state are more worried about stealing winning the three contested State Senate seats necessary to give them a majority then to reduce a national republican landslide by one.

Stacy is feeling his oats:

C’mon, Ann Marie. This one’s for the history books, sweetheart.

Did I hear somebody say “mandate”?

And here is Ann Marie talking to the press back from our road trip:

Remember this optimism was the day after an “interesting” poll claimed she was down 12. I’ll wager Stacy and I were the only reporters at that press conference that didn’t think the campaign was over.

This race will be a cause for celebration for Axis of Fedora!

I’m sure the mainstream media will celebrate and report in-depth on the election of these two republican women in the same way they sometime after they give total scrutiny to Candidate Obama’s record 2008.

Update: Jazz Shaw is on it