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Hickory, North Carolina donors are the biggest financial supporters of Rep. Patrick McHenry by ZIP code.

Records from the Center for Responsive Politics show McHenry received $21,750 from Hickory. The next highest donating ZIP code was 90049 – Los Angeles, California.

WYFF News 4 Investigates found that of the money raised in this campaign cycle, McHenry has received just $54,900 from donors within North Carolina’s 10th District.

That makes up just more than 6 percent of all of the money he has brought in.

The Washington, DC metro area accounts for $134,700 of the donations McHenry received during the 2018 election cycle.

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Citizen Times: Young Voters Use Your Voice

In this May 8 primary election, I am shaking off my voter complacency because I want a new face in Washington. Gina Collias is a Republican who is challenging Patrick McHenry in U.S. Congressional NC District 10. She’s tired of part! isan politics and thinks instead about what our communities need. She’s a woman, a lawyer, a mother and a businessperson. By definition, that means she respects the rule of law, she listens, and she gets things done. And she can balance a budget. She’s not taking NRA or for-profit corporate money to pay for her campaign. She’s pledged to be a uniter, not a divider. Republicans and unaffiliated voters in this primary race, please choose a candidate who puts country over party and cares most about making things better for all of us.

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My Turn:District 10 has a better choice.

Our Republic is built on the tradition of thoughtful policies and meaningful debate. This tradition requires legislators to stand up for their beliefs. Sadly, Patrick McHenry dishonors this tradition.

Mr. McHenry rubber stamps Trump’s agenda 98.6 percent of the time. Thoughtful consideration doesn’t occur. Meaningful debate doesn’t happen. In fact, only four other representatives in Congress have a higher rate of acquiescence, and three of those have either quit or chosen not to run for re-election. That’s right: of 435 representatives in the House Mr. McHenry is number five on the list of Trump sycophants. We deserve better.


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Citizens Times:Challengers take shots at McHenry in GOP race

ASHEVILLE – One of the candidates in Tuesday’s primary vote for the Republican nomination in the 10th Congressional District is running to the left of incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry and two are running to his right.

Kings Mountain resident Gina Collias runs a Facebook group called Rational Republicans and wants to pull the GOP away from what she considers some of its more extreme positions.

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Women to Watch: Gina Collias, Candidate for NC-10

April 25, 2018 – North Carolina U.S. Congressional District 10 -- Gina Collias, the only woman Republican challenger to U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry in the upcoming primary election on May 8th was namedtoday as a Republican Woman to Watch by the Washington, D.C. based Republican Women for Progress.Republican Women for Progress (RWFP) launched their 2018series featuring Collias. They will be usingheir social media channels to feature Republican women running for office who are committed to workingthrough the legislative process in a bipartisan way in order to create effective policy at the local, state, andnational levels.

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Newton man: I choose Brown, Learner and Collias

I am a 59-year-old male who has had the opportunity to live in Catawba County all my life. I am politically inclined because I believe that local politics should benefit every single person in Catawba County. I’m not too concerned about Democrats or Republicans. I’m concerned about citizens who are Americans who feel that they should have a say-so in politics. Some of the people I respect are late Congressman Cass Ballenger, the late Horace Isenhower Sr. of Conover, the late Stanley Corn of Newton and the late Sub Moose of Newton, the most influential attorney in Catawba County of all-time. I also respect attorney Gene Sigmon who has taught me to have an open mind about politics. I’ve learned a lot from them.

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Hats Off to North Carolina Line Workers

April 18 marks National Lineman Appreciation day, and I’d like to thank our state’s line-workers for their commitment to keeping our power reliable and our communities safe. Being a line worker is no small feat — it requires long hours, time away from family and the willingness to work in dangerous conditions. It also takes considerable training.

We’re pleased to offer line-worker training programs across the N.C. Community College System–like those at Nash, Cleveland, Caldwell, and Forsyth Technical community colleges. These programs offer hands-on experience and training to help build a skilled workforce for North

Carolina’s energy industry. Graduates go on to work for regional cooperatives, Duke Energy and other utilities that serve our state.

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My Turn: Gina Collias better than Patrick McHenry

The May 8 Republican primary provides voters a real choice. For the first time in Patrick McHenry’s congressional career he faces a bonafide opponent. Gina Collias is a lifelong Republican and a business owner who provides us voters this choice. Do we want Ms. Collias to apply reason to drive well informed policy decisions? Do we need someone willing to tackle difficult issues to help Congress finally to get to work? Will District 10 be represented by a person able to cut through the thicket of special interests and PAC money? If you want an affirmative answer vote for Gina Collias. If self-serving politics interest you, Mr. McHenry is your guy. If you believe Congress is only serving their current masters of corporate money, and you are satisfied with the status quo then Mr. McHenry is your guy.

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Rational Republicans Are Finally Fighting Back

A decade ago, while the conspiratorial fervor of the Tea Party was sweeping across the GOP, sane, responsible Republicans sat on their hands. Through the tumult, level-headed public servants remained convinced that Reagan’s 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican” would rule the day. It didn’t. By the time Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal warned that the GOP was becoming “the stupid party,” the fight was mostly lost. Read More

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Chicago Tribune: Is there a fix for our national divisions?

Tunning into Facebook and Twitter this morning, I saw the usual tweets and posts by the regular people I read advertising how much they hate Donald Trump. My regular readers know I am no fan of the current Administration, but hate?

Hate is a strong word. It is used a lot in politics. Hating because of political beliefs is not new by any stretch of the imagination. Read some of the ancient writers. Political hate often manifests itself because of the ambitions of the haters.

Hate is a poison, and drinking from that vile kills the one who hates rather than the target of the ire. Hate is also the trigger for political violence. I worry about that too. Read More

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Gina Collias
Gina Collias Now a Rational Republican Candidate For Congress

The GOP has drifted into rhetorical and ideological territory that most conservatives would have found inconceivable and unconscionable only a decade ago. The elections of 2018 and 2020 will indicate whether this lurch to the alt-right will endure. If Gina Collias has anything to say about it, the GOP will snap back to a more rational conservative platform. And she is actually walking her talk.

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Is governing for the common good poised to make a comeback?

It is an old idea that has been slipping away over the past few decades, governing for the common good. It is a concept which puts the welfare of the nation ahead of political parties. An idea which places reality ahead of political expediency. It is a method of overseeing a society that looks at itself as a nation unified in pursuing common goals in a spirit of compromise and listening to opposing views with respect.

In short, the polar opposite of the political landscape of today.

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My Turn: Patrick McHenry needs better friends

Hi Patrick. We have never met, but we have a lot in common so I thought I’d write to say hello. I’m a family guy and you’re a family guy. You’re patriotic and I’m patriotic. We each attended Benedictine schools so it’s no surprise that now we each attend church. We have much in common. Come over Memorial Day weekend with the family and I’ll grill burgers and ice up some Sun Drop. It will be a nice time.

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Collias running from center in Republican US House primary

A local real estate broker who calls herself a centrist Republican has filed to run for the 10th Congressional District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Lincoln.

Gina Collias' candidacy is partly a reaction to more conservative Republicans' increasing power in the GOP.

A press release announcing her candidacy describes her as "fiscally conservative but socially moderate and forward-thinking" and says she "has found inspiring support from traditional Republicans, who would prefer the party of Eisenhower, rather than what it has become as it surrenders to the alt-right."

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Can Gina Collias defeat a member of the House GOP leadership in North Carolina? PATRICK MCHENRY

Rep. Patrick McHenry is a Republican Deputy Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a Vice-Chairman of the Finance Committee. An aggressive fundraiser, he has a substantial war chest and the arrogance that goes along with Members of Congress who think they do not have a reelection worry in the world.

He has punched all the right tickets to be a successful career politician. A former Karl Rove staffer in President Bush’s 2000 election, Mr. McHenry went on to serve a single term in the North Carolina House of Representatives before being elected to Congress, where he serves on the House Finance Committee.

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