A little gem from Under the Dome at the News and Observer.
North Carolina's congressional delegation ranked 44th in the nation in the Congress.org "Power Rankings" released this week. And though a few individual members of the state's delegation hold some authority in Congress, for the most part our representatives float near the bottom. Given the party in power, it helps to be Republican of course.
The rankings are based on a formula that takes into account a member's committee assignments, any leadership positions, proven influence and legislative authority, demonstrated by how effective he or she is at pushing through bills.
In the Senate, Dole ranks 56th and Burr ranks 94th. Both are Republican. In the House, Charles Taylor, a Brevard Republican, ranks 23rd and Walter Jones, a Republican from Farmville, ranks 44th.
Here are the rest:
* Rep. Robin Hayes, Concord, Republican, 67
* Rep. Howard Coble, Greensboro, Republican, 94
* Rep. Patrick McHenry, Cherryville, Republican, 153
* Rep. Mel Watt, Charlotte, Democrat, 197
* Rep. David Price, Chapel Hill, Democrat, 256
* Rep. Sue Myrick, Charlotte, Republican, 280
* Rep. Virginia Foxx, Banner Elk, Republican, 292
* Rep. Bob Etheridge, Lillington, Democrat, 341
* Rep. Mike McIntyre, Lumberton, Democrat, 357
* Rep. Brad Miller, Raleigh, Democrat, 415
* Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Wilson, Democrat, 422
For full results, go to www. congress.org.
If Taylor's 23rd in effectiveness, can you imagine how freakin' useless Myrick, Hayes, Foxx and McHenry are? I don't expect much from Dems, given they're not in power, but sheesh, what a bunch of wimps we have representing us in the US House. And the Senate? Burr and Dull are downright pathetic. Burr is 6th from the bottom? Way to go Dick.
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