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Meadows steps down as Freedom Caucus chair

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, the fourth-term Western North Carolina congressman who rose quickly in Congress to become leader of an influential conservative faction, is giving up his chairmanship of the group, the Freedom Caucus.   Read Story »

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'Today is a great day for the country,' Meadows says

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Politico profile describes Meadows as 'Trump whisperer" and 'go-to guy'

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Bio sketch revisions remove reference to a four-year degree for Meadows

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White House drops Meadows for chief of staff role

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Dropped as a candidate for White House chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows issued a statement declaring his commitment to working with President Trump and representing the N.C. mountains.   Read Story »

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Democrat rips Meadows' Rosenstein threat as 'obstruction of justice'

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows and a fellow Freedom Caucus leader launched an effort in the House on Wednesday to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, charging that he has worked to "obstruct legitimate attempts of congressional oversight."   Read Story »

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Meadows calls on Sessions to plug leaks or resign

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Packed house but few fireworks in Meadows town hall

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THE TOP 10: Training center, Meadows, Publix

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This week the Lightning is running our Top 10 newsstories of the year. We start with 10, 9 and 8.   Read Story »

Tags: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Publix | 2015-16 capital construction plans | law enforcement training center

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Investigators send Meadows inquiry to Ethics Committee

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An investigation into whether U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows improperly paid his chief of staff for 10 months after barring him from congressional offices over a personnel matter was referred last week to the House Committee on Ethics.   Read Story »

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TIMELINE: Meadows and West

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Meadows expresses thanks for the givers

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Mark Meadows scooped a substantial mound of spaghetti onto a paper plate. His district director, Wayne King, ladled on a serving of sweet corn. Field representative Jenny Maybin added the tossed salad.   Read Story »

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Local GOP applauds Meadows role in speaker's demise

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While it’s impossible to predict exactly how the leadership battle to replace House Speaker John Boehner will play out, one thing is clear. The speaker’s resignation, announced Friday morning, has vindicated the effort by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows to remove the speaker and vaulted the second-term 11th District representative into a very powerful position.   Read Story »

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Meadows' 'Meet the Press' spot cut to 11 seconds

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When U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows made a procedural move six weeks ago to oust John Boehner as speaker of the House, it looked as if he may have bought himself a ticket to political exile — a bold but careless explorer never to be heard from again.   Read Story »

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Meadows writes check to cover aide's improper mileage payment

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows wrote a personal check for $400 to reimburse the government for what he said were improper mileage reimbursements payments to his former chief of staff, the news site Politico reported.   Read Story »

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Meadows joins effort to defund Planned Parenthood

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Following the release of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted human body parts, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) signed on as co-sponsor of a bill that would eliminate taxpayer funding for abortion providers under Title X.   Read Story »

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Leadership boots Meadows from committee chair

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In apparent reprisal for his votes that impeded their aims for moving legislation, House leaders have stripped U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows of a subcommittee chairmanship he has used to champion government reform and attack the IRS.   Read Story »

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Meadows praises Netanyahu, rips Obama

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows on Tuesday praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his address to a joint session of Congress and took the opportunity to rip President Obama for "the shameful politicization" of the speech and what he called a naive foreign policy.   Read Story »

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Meadows joins GOP defectors on Homeland Security funding vote

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows joined 49 conservative Republicans on Friday in a surprise vote  that blocked the Republican leadership's attempt to extend Homeland Security funding for three weeks.   Read Story »

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Ag chair helping Meadows harvest cash

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Although U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows faces little threat from a longshot Democrat, he is taking no chances in his first re-election bid for the 11th Congressional District seat he won in 2012.   Read Story »

Tags: campaign finance | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | 2014 11th Congressional District election

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Obama unified foes — with a 9-0 court loss, Gowdy says

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U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy challenged the crowd at a Mark Meadows campaign kickoff rally to do something to change things if they believe the country is going in the wrong direction.   Read Story »

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Meadows uses 'liberal attacks' as fundraising catalyst

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Mark Meadows says the liberals are out to get him, and he's turning the attacks into a fundraising campaign.   Read Story »

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11th Dct. reps team up on 'Road to Nowhere' logjam

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows and the representative he replaced are joining forces in an effort to persuade the Interior Department to release $4 million the government promised Swain County when it killled the controversial "road to nowhere."   Read Story »

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Meadows to keynote GOP convention

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will deliver the keynote address and local Republicans will hear from three U.S. Senate candidates and members of the county's legislative delegation during the party's annual convention on Saturday at the Opportunity House.   Read Story »

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Meadows raised less cash than fellow freshmen

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Freshman U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows raised less money than his peers in the House and has less cash on hand but it may not matter. With filing opening today, Meadows has no opponent in sight for the 2014 election.   Read Story »

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Meadows ties no vote to military retiree pay

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows voted no on the bipartisan budget deal that extends government funding through 2015 and removes the threat of a government shutdown.   Read Story »

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Meadows sees no repeat of shutdown

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There's nothing like a Shriners pancake breakfast to put the ill wind of Washington behind a battle-scarred congressman.     Read Story »

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N.C. antes up to reopen Great Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which has been closed due to the partial federal shutdown, will reopen Wednesday thanks to a funding by North Carolina and Tennessee.   Read Story »

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Meadows to vote no on Syria strike

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said today he will oppose the authorization of U.S. military intervention in Syria.   Read Story »

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Meadows rips Obamacare before friendly crowd

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said a proposal to block the money for Obamacare is different from 40 previous House votes to repeal it because the defunding question would force a vote in the Senate.   Read Story »

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First responders win grant to expand radio coverage

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Fourteen area fire departments and rescue squads will benefit from a $554,360 FEMA grant to enhance radio communications from Tryon to Cedar Mountain, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows announced Monday.   Read Story »

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Meadows to host ObamaCare panel

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will join a FreedomWorks public policy official this month in "an honest discussion of the future of ObamaCare" at a town hall meeting in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Meadows gets ink for opposing Obamacare

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, the newly elected Republican who represents the southern N.C. mountains, is popping up in Washington coverage this week for his role in trying to block Obamacare.   Read Story »

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Rain delivers 'worst year in four generations'

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MILLS RIVER — U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows told farmers whose crops have been wiped out by heavy rain and flooding that he has explored what kind of relief is available even as politics stalls the farm bill renewal.   Read Story »

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Farm labor solution has 'genesis' in Henderson County, Meadows says

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MILLS RIVER — A carpet of red, yellow, purple, blue, pink and green spread in every direction as far as Mark Meadows could see. A cold rain pelted the roof but in a few weeks' time, the plants and flowers under 37 acres of greenhouse roof  will be in big stores and smaller nurseries up to 350 miles from their Mills River birthplace.   Read Story »

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Meadows wins government oversight leadership post

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows has been appointed vice chairman the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, under the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.   Read Story »

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Meadows announces office hours in 17 counties

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows announced the official opening of 18 offices throughout the sprawling 11th Congressional District. Office hours range from once a month in outlying counties to daily in Hendersonville, in the largest county in the district, and Lenoir in Caldwell County, the second most populous county.   Read Story »

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County GOP celebrates unprecedented gains; elects Riddle chair

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Henderson County Republicans celebrated the party's unprecedented gains of 2012, vowed to build on that success by turning out U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan next year and had fun at the expensed of the vanquished Democrats during their annual convention and Lincoln-Reagan luncheon on Saturday at the Chariot.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Henderson County Republican Party | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | NC Rep. Chris Whitmire

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Meadows headlines local GOP convention

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Newly elected U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows headlines next week's annual convention of the Henderson County Republican Party, which also includes the area legislative delegation, Sheriff Charlie McDonald and other elected officials.   Read Story »

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Meadows visits to promote Cops in Schools bill

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, the newly elected congressman, had local law officers behind him as he chose a local elementary school classroom to announce his support for $30 million in federal spending on cops in classrooms.   Read Story »

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Meadows urges new Cops in Schools funding

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will promote federal legislation to allocate $30 million for police officers in schools during a news conference in Hendersonville Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Meadows votes no on Sandy relief

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, the new 11th District congressman who won the redrawn seat formerly held by Heath Shuler, wasted no time confirming his conservative bona fides.   Read Story »

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