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WESTERN NORTH CAROLINBA'S MARK MEADOWS: UNASSUMING DC POWER PLAYER
WASHINGTON -- Congressman Mark Meadows looks so unassuming: a mild mannered evangelical congressman from North Carolina who's been married to the same woman for nearly forty years. But looks can be deceiving because Mark Meadows is a major power player in Washington.
Meadows leads the Freedom Caucus, a group of more than 30 conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives who can make or break a president's agenda. Last month, Meadows and his merry men stood firm against GOP leadership and The White House, demanding a better health care bill. President Trump wasn't happy. He tweeted that if Meadows, "would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform."
"I don't take his tweets as personal," Meadows told CBN News. "They're part of the negotiation, part of getting people to move, to get people to a 'yes.' Being a punching bag is difficult because sometimes the narratives are just not true."
Freedom Caucus: Too Rigid and Demanding?
The narrative on Meadows and the House Freedom Caucus has been that they're too rigid and demanding. "There's been talk about us moving the goalposts," says Meadows. "Well, we have. We've moved it closer to a solution not further away." While the verdict is still out on whether the group's tactics will lead to a better health care bill, most agree that Meadows is a tough negotiator who likes a challenge.
That could be because he's faced them before. As a high school sophomore, he weighed in at 240 pounds and stood just 5'4". Two years later, a better diet and exercise helped him lose more than fifty pounds. "Anybody who has looked at their weight, it doesn't define who I am but certainly wanting to be accepted, people talking about you," Meadows told CBS Radio.
Next Meadows Issue: Tax Reform
People are sure talking about Meadows today. Look for him to be at the center of a number of key issues like the upcoming tax reform negotiation. Meadows will be the one ensuring President Trump and GOP leadership stay true to conservative principles. Those who stray know he can be a thorn in their side. In 2015, Meadows pushed to remove John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Before that, he played a key role in shutting down the federal government.
He knows the DC knives will come out against him again but Meadows walks by faith accompanied by solid approval numbers in his home district. "When you have a faith in your Lord, when you have the backings of thousands of friends, it does your heart good," Meadows tells those in his congressional district.
Drawing on Faith in God for Guidance
Meadows tries to draw closer to the Lord every day. "I have a quite time every morning so I'm in the scriptures on a daily basis," Meadows said. He'll need it. While he may have walked away from the health care fight with bruises, Meadows believes patience helped in that situation. Coincidentally, that was the exact topic in Bible study at the time. "Patience is not a virtue that comes easily to me, but it's to be to able to wait upon the Lord," said Meadows.
"As I see that it has been reminded over and over and over again and it's been confirmed over a dozen different places whether it's in scripture or by other people sharing encouraging thoughts that's where it's been."
"It's Not About Me. It's About the People of this Great Country."
But Meadows knows it will take more than patience and encouragement to help him deal with the pressure that constant media attention can bring. "What I hope that I've been able to portray is a real humble spirit in everything that I do because this is not about me, it's not about the Freedom Caucus. It's about the people of this great country that God has blessed."
The question now: will Meadows, the House Freedom Caucus and The White House be blessed with legislative compromises that will determine the future of the republican party?
ON THE GREENVILLE HIGHWAY IN THE OLD ATHA PLAZA LOCATION
PUBLIX SPOKEWOMAN KIMBERY REYNOLDS THIS WEEK TOLD WHKP NEWS THAT PUBLIX IS EXCITED ABOUT THE HENDRSONVILLE STORE. SHE ADDED,
"We do not have a construction start date, but are working through the permitting process at this time.
Many factors affect construction including weather and permitting, so it is difficult to share how long construction will take.
We will employ approximately 140 associates at the a store and will announce a job fair closer to opening. We do not have a grand opening date set at this time.
The store will include all of the traditional Publix features our customers have come to love including our scratch bakery, deli with our famous Publix subs and fried chicken, a full service meat and seafood department, produce section with daily deliveries and a wide variety of grocery items and other services. It'll also include Publix Apron's Simple Meals where we sample recipes in-store daily."
Tuesday, May 2nd--The Crab Creek Community Center will have their monthly meeting tonite at 7 pm. The Hunsader Family from Jeter Mountain Farm will be there to tell us about their mission trips. For questions, please call Shannon at 828-606-6637.
Thursday, May 4th - The MRLEC program this week at the Mills River United Methodist Church will feature the Kenmure Show Chorus -MRLEC will be celebrating 10 years of Ministry....It will also be 'canned Food Day ! Please call the church by noon the Tuesday before each meeting to reserve your lunch. The church is located on Turn Pike Road in Mills River.
Thursday, May 11th - The program today at the Mills River United Methodist Church's MRLEC program will be Gospel Music by Richard Cormier......The church is located on Turnpike Road in Mills.River...free to all .....program starts each Thursday at 10 am.
Friends of DuPont Forest Host Spring Tour de Falls
Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 9:00am – 2:30pm.
Tour de Falls is a family friendly guided bus tour of Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Friends of DuPont Forest volunteers will provide information about the history and natural resources within the 10,400 acre forest.
Tickets are not required but donations are requested.
· $12 Donation (18yrs+)
· $6 Donation (6-17yrs)
All donations benefit Friends of DuPont Forest, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the public’s enjoyment of DuPont Forest while protecting it’s natural and historic resources. Friends of DuPont works with the NC Forest Service to improve and maintain 80+ miles of trail system, host educational and forest research projects, and providing funding for special projects such as the Aleen Steinburg Visitor Center.
The tour beings at the entrance off Stanton Road just south of High Falls Access Area (aka the doughnut hole entrance). Buses run every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 2:30pm and a full tour may take 3 hours or longer. Visitors are encouraged to bring snacks and water and leave pets at home.