Want to hear Joe Wilson’s reaction to The State of the Union tonight?

You can follow him live on Facebook! Wilson will respond and take questions live via streaming video on Facebook. No lie.

The press release:

“Joe Wilson will be giving the first-ever live video response to a Presidential State of the Union address on Facebook. He will give his reaction to President Obama’s speech and call on Congress and the President to stop their government-takeover of health care and instead focus their attention on job creation by reducing taxes and limiting spending. Wilson will then take questions submitted online through his Facebook page. Continue reading

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Stimulus dollars sent to bogus zip codes: ‘Much ado about nothing?’

The Carolinajournal.com, whose publisher is Mint Hill Times columnist John Hood, reports that $2.5 million in federal stimulus dollars were allocated to zip codes which do not exist. Deputy Press Secretary for the Recovery Act Jim Gilio said this was a human error, and that recipients simply wrote down the wrong zip code and all the dollars are accounted for. Almost. The carolinajournal.com notes that even when taking into account the human error, a large chunk of the $2.5 million is still missing.

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Myrick launches new video series


US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) last week announced the launch of a new internet-based video series available on her congressional Web site and on the her official You Tube channel.  The videos, posted weekly, will offer information and commentary on current events, as well as legislative updates from Washington. The first two videos launched today are about the failed terror attack on Christmas Day (above) and the recent Fort Hood shootings.

The video on Fort Hood can be viewed here.

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Sen. Eddie Goodall to Perdue: What will you do about unfunded mandates?

Sen. Eddie Goodall, who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina Senate, sent this letter to Gov. Bev Perdue last week. It seems state legislatures are beginning to prepare for the passing of massive health care overhaul in Washington in the coming weeks.

Dear Governor Perdue,

As my correspondence of December 23 noted, federal healthcare legislation will undoubtedly have substantial policy and budget related impacts on North Carolina government and its citizens.

In your interview with the Greensboro News & Record, published this Monday, December 28, you rightfully note that “North Carolina, as many other states, really (doesn’t) have the money for unfunded mandates. It’s going to be very hard for us to pick up (an estimated 350,000 to 500,000) new Medicaid patients unless we have some more help from the federal government.” Continue reading

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Myrick votes for Defense bill

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) today voted in favor of the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The bill appropriates FY 2010 funds for the Department of Defense. The House version of the Defense Appropriations bill passed in July with Rep. Myrick’s support.

“The first priority of the United States government is to ensure national security,” Rep. Myrick said. “This bill adequately funds our military and ensures that our troops have the resources and equipment to defend our citizens”.

The FY 2010 bill includes increased funding for military compensation and military health care programs, as well as sufficient funding for the purchase of vital military equipment.

The FY 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill passed by a vote of 395-34.

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Myrick thanks Senators for willingness to give up health care

Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) today thanked Senators Tom Coburn, David Vitter, Richard Burr and Charles Grassley for their health care amendment to automatically enroll the President, Vice President, Cabinet Members, Administration staff, Members of Congress and Congressional staff into a government-run health care plan should it be signed into law.

“I appreciate these Senators being the voices of reason in the Senate,” said Rep. Myrick.  “It’s only fair that if Congress votes to take away the rights of the American people to make decisions regarding their health care, then those rights should no longer be extended to us.” Continue reading

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