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Republican state Rep. Bill Brawley on Tuesday was named a senior chair of the House Finance Committee, giving Mecklenburg County – and the town of Matthews – another key player in shaping North Carolina tax policy.

Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016's elections.

Renee Ellmers' efforts have her earned a dubious honor: 'The Worst Week in Washington' award from The Washington Post

This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.

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