Sunday sampler, House of Representatives edition

On Easter Sunday, the papers feature stories on suffering and redemption. You can find those. Here are two on N.C. members of Congress and they are revealing in their own special way.

Asheville: The Citizen-Times features a story on Rep. Mark Meadows, head of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus and target of President Trump’s wrath on repealing Obamacare. The story is fascinating to me for two reasons: Its initial quotes from elected Sheriffs who seem to have no idea what’s going on but they trust Meadows, and its quotes from people who say that Meadows listens to his constituents, but no evidence that anything he’s heard has caused him to change his mind. And little addressing the disconnect between Meadows and Trump, and how that affect constituents opinions.

Raleigh: The N&O has an article about Rep. Virginia Foxx and her efforts to dismantle the Department of Education. It’s not exactly clear why she hates the department; it seems as if she doesn’t like Washington telling school systems what to do. But the vision for what to replace it? Nope. But maybe that’s the problem with the story rather than Foxx.  “The closer you are to what’s happening, the more likely there is to be self-correction,” she said. “I want to devolve as much as possible to the localities and to the states.” There’s the rub, of course. In N.C. we have a legislature that loves to meddle in local affairs in the worst way.

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