NC Political Connections By News 14 Carolina reporter Tim Boyum
(At my house, I cannot get this channel anymore, as we were forced to give up cable due to poor bandwidth issues and move to the better performing Directv. Sorry Tim.)
Fern Shubert Speaks for Us Published by admirers of former Senator Fern Shubert. Shubert served the ole' North State well, until stepping down from her office to make a run for Governor in 2004. While she is greatly missed from office, she knows where the "bodies are buried" and is still found digging up the truth.
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Crystal Clear Conservative Blogger Krystal Weeks writes about N. Virginia and DC metro area politics, as well as national issues. Check her out!
Cuba Generation Y This 30-something blogger publishes at great risk to show readers outside Cuba what everyday life is like inside the oppressive, Communist nation. Think you like Communism...read this blog and think again!
Smart Girl Politics Conservative Women bloggers, and a few men, who are here to refresh you when you are thirsty.
LadyBlog A modern take on traditional women. Classier than tea service. Like Fight Club but with better hygiene. Sightly more aggro than a cucumber sandwich.
The Political Byline One of my fellow Top Conservatives on Twitter. Check him out! He's not afraid to speak his mind. Based in the Motorcity.
Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Sister Toldjah National conservative blogger who tells it like it is. She loves North Carolina and occasionally picks up items from KCC on her blog.
Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
Dateline Obamastan Cary's John Byrnes writes about national, state, and local politics. He currently serves in the Army National Guard.
Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
Are you tired of listening to the bickering between "Kid Cal" Cunningham and "Lucky Elaine" Marshall?
This writer is ready for them to both go away. If her beloved summer weren't upon us, your blogger would say "let's just get November here and be done with it". However, this blogger plans a nice summer at the beach and she doesn't want to miss that.
But she is ready for their runoff to pass us by, so that we can get down to the business of re-electing Senator Richard Burr. He didn't start out as the most conservative Senator we could have possibly have, but he's made up for it these past four years. He realized he didn't just represent the Winston-Salem area anymore, as he did while serving in Congress. We conservatives from Eastern North Carolina have darn strong standards and if a politician is going to please us, he's got to make my "Jessecrat" neighbors happy. Additionally, the Party is leaning more conservative now, statewide.
Out Of Nowhere - Lucky Elaine
The previously unknown Elaine Marshall took office in 1997 by defeating NASCAR legend Richard Petty. Petty looked unbeatable in the race but didn't as perform well on a North Carolina highway. He forgot that one cannot bump the car in front if one feels its not proceeding to his liking. The incident went viral, put him the slow lane and right out of the race. She's held the office ever since.
Now, Marshall wants to be your Senator. The thought of her standing side-by-side with Kay Hagan simply sickens this blogger.
But what is worse is the idea of the youthful, charismatic kid Cal, taking the seat formerly held by Senator Jesse Helms. Cal is young, and liberal. Extremely liberal. The term Chapel Hill liberal even comes to mind. He got his start on the UNC Student Council and local UNC grads in the conservative movement do not remember him fondly. He got in the race and quit when he didn't get the backing of national Democrats. Then, he got back in, when those 'crats came back around. But, it wasn't enough to beat Lucky Elaine so off to the runoff they go.
Please get out and work for U.S. Senator Richard Burr. We need a big turnaround in Congress and making things right at home, is the first step.
Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) said on MSNBC Wednesday morning, that the newly passed Obamacare bill will raise taxes so much that people will lose jobs. Additionally, he stated that this will not stand and that the fight is not over!
"We have to stop this continuous growth of government", he continued. "We don't need to answer this with more government and more debt...this is about freedom and the American people will push back hard".
Watch the interview below:
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On Saturday, your blogger, along with hundreds of others from North Carolina, and thousands from across the nation, loaded up on buses, planes, trains, and automobiles, and made our collective ways to our nation's Capitol. It was the most beautiful day we had seen all year and the weather there was much better than it was in Raleigh, KCC later discovered.
KCC's Live Posts on Twitter
Because your blogger had to carry everything she brought, she could not live blog the event from her laptop. Thus, she posted updates on her Twitter site. Go here to read them.
You do not need to have a Twitter account to read them. Just scroll back to Saturday's posts to see what KCC wrote and thought. KCC's twitter account is not quite as "family friendly" as is her blog. :-)
North Carolinians Storm the Capitol
For a small fee of $25, North Carolineans could ride one of about ten buses that were organized by the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. From Raleigh, the trip was relatively quick and our group arrived precisely at noon at the South Lawn of the Capitol. Already, speakers were rousing the crowd and masses were gathering.
Buses departed fromevery part of the Ole' North State and were ready to rally. People made phone calls on the way, and were advised as to the polite way to get their points across to opposing Members of Congress.
Lamestream Media Says "Don't Come into Washington"
What should NOT have amazed this blogger, was that the "lamestream" media was actually telling people NOT to come into the District. The traffic was too bad, they stated. They did their best to keep our numbers down, but it did not work.
Indeed there were numerous rallies going on that day. The Communist Party USA was supposed to be rallying somewhere, and an anti-war group took over Lafayette Square, across from the White House.
Your blogger stood beside a retired New York City police captain for a few minutes. He was well-versed in crowd counting and estimated the group to be between 65,000 - 70,000. Meanwhile, the "lamestream" media was calling the crowd at only 1,500 - 2,000. They were declaring that Americans were happy with the bill and wanted it to pass. Even MSNBC disagreed and declared that 60% of Americans were unhappy with the bill. Your blogger is certain that MSNBC vastly low balled the number, but they were right that most Americans opposed this bill.
Much more on this rally coming soon. Watch this space for updates!
EDITOR'S NOTES: KCC also took videos of some of events of the day.
More on the Communist Party later. Let's just say they were not quite who they said they were.
Chris Marie Farr,grassroots director of the NC AFP told riders of one of the Raleigh buses, that she had no idea what was actually going on, as she'd been buried in logistics in getting people together for 48 straight hours!
Kudos to Chris and the entire NC AFP team! God bless them in what they do. They don't get rich and it's a labor of love for them. Give this group a donation. Help them out. Any amount helps! DONATE TO NC AFP.
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The following is a message from the NC Family Policy Council. They are working hard, along with a number of groups to stop Health Care Reform, aka "ObamaCare". It can be done. Democratic Members of Congress realize that their seats are on the line in November.
PLEASE CALL. DO NOT SEND E-MAIL.
E-mail is largely ineffective and won't likely be read until after the vote on Monday. Thank you!
Healthcare Vote Scheduled Sunday.
Several NC Congressmen Need to Hear from You today (Friday).
The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the "reconciliation" bill on Sunday, March 21. This bill includes abortion funding and must not pass. If passed, it would be the largest abortion expansion since Roe v. Wade. There are a few key Democratic congressmen from North Carolina who voted pro-life or against the previous Healthcare Reform Bill and we need them to vote against this bill :
Rep. Bob Etheridge, D- NC 2nd District
Washington Office: (202) 225-4531
Raleigh - (919) 829-9122
Lillington - (910) 814-0335
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D- NC 7th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-2731
Lumberton - (910) 735-0610
Fayetteville - (910) 323-0260
Wilmington - (910) 815-4959
Bolivia - (910) 253-0158
Rep. Larry Kissell, D- NC 8th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-3715
Concord - (704) 786-1612
Rockingham - (910) 997-2070
Fayetteville - (910) 920-2070
Rep. Heath Schuler, D-NC 11th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-6401
Asheville - (828) 252-1651
Murphy - (828) 835-4981
Sylva - (828) 586-1962 x 223
If one of them is your Congressman, please call ask them to vote NO on this healthcare bill. With Congressional and District offices closing for the weekend, the scheduled SUNDAY vote means that you will only have FRIDAY to reach them by phone.
Even email is likely to be unsuccessful as many will not be recorded or seen until next week. Then it may be too late!
It's time to RALLY. This time, the Americans for Prosperity, with other groups, is leading the charge to Capital Hill to let our Members of Congress know exactly where we stand bill ironically known as OBAMACARE. It's ironic because, this blogger feels as if Obama does not care.
KCC is signed up to be on the Raleigh bus, and hopes people across the Ole' North State will join her in this adventure. The official announcement from the NC AFP is below and get your tickets as early today as possible.
If you can't make it, your blogger will be tweeting it live. Subscribe to our tweets at http://www.twitter.com/katys or just log on and refresh your screen, if you aren't a twitter subscriber. It's all free!
Photos will be posted later on this site.
May God continue to bless us all and God bless the United States of America!
Americans for Prosperity and Friends
Invite You to make a
Against the Health Care Takeover
Emergency Bus Trips Planned Across North Carolina
for Rally/Congressional Visit
Saturday, March 20
Time: 12:00 noon
Location : To Be Determined
$25 per person
Democratic leaders are considering perhaps their most gutless move yet: a bill with unpopularity matched only by its high cost could become law without even requiring House members to vote for it! We must get back to Washington to fight this most recent assault on the American people and our system of government.
Simply put this bill is a disaster that will raise taxes, cost jobs and destroy the best healthcare system in the world. We need to take the U.S. Capital by storm, and make our voices heard!
We reserve the right to cancel if not enough interest from any of these cities. Your money would be returned to you if cancellation occurs.
4:15 am Southern Pines
Depart Southern Pines from parking lot at Carter Bank and Trust (old Peoples Bank, 42 Pinecrest Plaza, Southern Pines, NC 28387)
4:50 am Sanford
Depart Sanford from parking lot at Food Lion ( 2581 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, NC 27330)
5:25 am Dunn
Roses Store 1915 West Cumberland Street, (Highway 421) Dunn
6:25 am Smithfield
Rest Area: Johnston County I-95, Northbound Location: Milepost 99, 3 miles northeast of Selma on I-95
7:30 am Rocky Mount
Rest Area: Nash County I-95, Northbound Location: Milepost 142, 3 miles north of Dortches on I-95
5:00 am Jacksonville
Depart Jacksonville from parking lot at Walmart-SuperCenter 561 Yopp Rd., Jacksonville, NC 28540)
5:00 am Wilmington
Depart from Sea-Comm Media (Big TalkerRadio, 122 Cinema Drive, Wilmington, NC 28402)
6:30 am Goldsboro
Depart from the Little River Shopping Center at Big Lots (1312 West Grantham Street, Goldsboro, NC)
6:30 am Raleigh
Depart Raleigh from District Drive Park-and-Ride (Parking lot near Blue Ridge Road and I-40, Raleigh, NC 27612)
7:00 am Wake Forest
Depart Wake Forest from Lowes Food parking lot at 12524 Capital Boulevard. This shopping center is north of intersection with 98 Business and also contains Cruisers and CiCis Pizza. Park near the service drive across from Cruisers.
4:30 am Charlotte at the park and ride lot Central Church of God 5301 Sardis Road Charlotte, NC 28270-5294
5:45 am Greensboro parking lot at Wal-Mart Supercenter (121 West Elmsley Street, Greensboro, NC 27406)
We must leave as promptly as possible Saturday morning. Don't get left behind.
You will need to bring a lunch and drinks for the ride to DC. There is a bathroom on each of our chartered buses. We will also make restroom stops. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and walking shoes. It is necessary to walk several blocks.
Hand-made signs are encouraged for the rally but keep in mind they may be lost if you go into any of the buildings. Bring some cash for a fast food dinner on the way home. You will get back to your car late Saturday night.
In a Friday press release, North Carolina's Senate Republican Leader, Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) urged our Governor to follow the Virginia State Senate in supporting offshore drilling for oil and gas so that Virginia would not get ahead of NC in job creation.
In a letter he wrote to Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-Chapel Hill/Trent Woods-outside of New Bern), he urged her to:
"'take the necessary steps to ensure that North Carolina is not outpaced by Virginia when it comes to offshore oil and gas exploration and the new industry and jobs that could bring to our state."
Perdue said in pre-election debates, that she favors drilling only in "existing tracks" which are basically in the Gulf of Mexico and are far away from North Carolina and wouldn't help NC job seekers.
During the 1998 RNC National Convention, the popular call became "Drill, Baby, Drill". That has since been printed on lapel pins and bumper stickers, nationwide.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Your blogger has a cousin who worked on offshore oil platforms in Louisiana for years. He would work for a certain amount of time on, then fly home for two weeks off, so he could rest and have time with his wife and family.
The work is hard, the hours are tough, but the pay is extremely high for a blue collar job. It allowed this man to take good care of his family, and save for a good retirement, if he wanted.
The Frank Roche campaign has announced that it has received an endorsement from the Tea Party PAC. Roche is running against B.J. Lawson (and another little known candidate) in the primary race to take on Congressman David Price in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District.
Download the press release, in PDF, to check it out for yourself.
Apparently Greg Dority read the writing on the wall, and knew that he had no chance in the crowded, four-man, 4th Congressional District primary race. Despite the fact that the gerrymandered district was drawn up specifically for Congressman David Price, they lined up to take him on.
In a surprise, Dority sent a press release with the unusual announcement.
Dority's Press Release
Washington (NC) Republican, Greg Dority will challenge Democratic incumbent Mel Watt for the North Carolina 12th District congressional seat. Dority had earlier announced plans to file for NC-4 but dropped out of the race after last week's surprise filing by 2008 nominee B.J. Lawson.
"B.J. is a rock star in the Fourth District," Dority said Thursday. "His name ID, funding capacity and similar economic views make my candidacy redundant in the Fourth."
Instead, Dority (left) filed paperwork at the Beaufort County Board of elections Thursday to challenge Watt. His candidacy will be official upon receipt by the State Board of Elections.
"True unemployment in Davidson and Rowan counties exceeds 17%," Dority said. "Mel Watt is always ready to bail out the large financial institutions that have gambled away our children's future, but in the meantime his constituents cannot find jobs and continue to slip down the economic ladder."
Whether Dority will face primary opposition is unclear. In 2004 he won the Republican First District congressional primary.
Frank Roche was the first GOP candidate to challenge David Price, entering the race in May 2009. The race became a primary when he was later joined by a candidate censured by his own party, George Hutchins.
Dority lives in the Third Congressional District of North Carolina, and has run, not only in the first and fourth, but now also in the Twelfth. In 2008, he ran in the GOP primary for Lt. Governor but lost to Charlotte businessman Robert Pittenger. Pittenger went on to lose in the general election.
KCC wishes Dority the best of luck as we need Watt out of Washington. However, with the numerous high offices he has run for and lost, we wonder if perhaps he shouldn't start out with a city council, county commission, state House or state Senate race first.
Liz Cheney, the brilliant daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney and Co-Founder of Keep America Safe, was introduced by ACU & CPAC Chairman David Keene. Unfortunately, I had to leave her midday Thursday speech prematurely.
I did get to hear her lambaste President BarackObama, though. Liz said that "experts" had predicted the death of the conservative movement after the brutal 2008 elections. They were wrong. Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts shocked and frightened Obama and the Democrats, who had misjudged America's tolerance for socialist politics.
Liz decried how Obama did not govern from the center, as many people naively thought he would. Instead he raises taxes to pay for nationalized healthcare. He does not believe in American exceptionalism. Instead he traveled the world to apologize for America's perceived "transgressions." He even incredibly wants to give foreign terrorists the same constitutional rights as US citizens.
Later, Liz surprised the audience by introducing her father. Vice-President Dick Cheney, who I wish had been our former *President*, spoke briefly to a delighted audience. The senior Cheney earned a standing ovation by predicting 2010 would be a great year for Conservatives, and that Obama would be a one-term President. He even received such an ovation just for entering the room.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rob Benningfield is loving husband of your blogger. He is at CPAC helping to write stories for this blog, and seems to be having a great time. Thank you Rob for putting up with me! I love you.
Rob is an electrical engineer with both an undergraduate and graduate degree from North Carolina State University's College of Engineering.
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What we need to do is a movement is spend a lot of time on college campuses and with young professionals and get these people involved, stated Josh Mandel, a young attorney, Marine Corp veteran, and Ohio state house representative. From the Cleveland area, Mandell is used to running against Democrats.
Young Mandell's state legislative district is stacked against him: Two to one Democrat to Republican, yet they re-elected him with over 70 percent of the vote! This was despite the fact theDennis Kuninich is his Representative in Congress.
How? Mandell organized and reached out to these Democrats and explained that for reasons of economic freedom and peace throu strength, they should be voting for Republicans. He did it though old fashioned shoe leather, much like Patrick McHenry did in our own state. It's the old fashioned way, but voters appreciate being able to touch the candidate and feel like he's one of them.
Because it's such hard work, most candidates hate it, but not Mandell. In 2010, he's running for Ohio Treasurer and this blogger thinks he will make it. Go Josh!
Josh's Tips for Young People Entering Politics:
Don't follow the leader. Don't blindely follow. Stand on own principles, and don't be told to "wait your turn".
Don't ever be out worked. When he fought in Iraq, he learned what hard work was. He wore out pairs of shoes knocking on doors, which he hung up in the state house, instead of nice of the Browns or the Indians
Editor's Note: CPAC is hosted annually by the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) and is co-sponsored by more than 90 other conservative organizations. CPAC is headquartered at ACUF and it is the American Conservative Union Foundation's Largest annual conference.
Overhead: Your blogger hears that there are more than 12,000 people here at this event, both nationally and internationally. Last year's event set the previous record at an attendance of 8,500.
Watch CPAC 2010 here on Katy's Conservative Corner, North Carolina's official CPAC blogger. As long as activies are taking place, this feed will be live. Enjoy. We'll keep this post at the top of the page through Saturday evening and individual stories will be posted beneath.
Your blogger normally doesn't cover many NC House and Senate races, simply because there are so many. To give the best coverage with our limited time, we prefer to focus on Congressional, U.S. Senate, and Statewide Judicial races, as well as current events and scandals.
However, there is one race so important, that KCC would be remiss if we failed to announce this man's impending candidacy. From the press release from the NC Senate Republican Committee:
Hood Richardson, (left, photo courtesy, Beaufort Observer) a four term Beaufort County Commissioner, will announce his candidacy for the North Carolina Senate’s 1st District February 18th at a press conference at NCGOP Headquarters in Raleigh at 4:00 p.m. He will be joined by NCGOP Chairman Tom Fetzer and Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger.
The 1st District is currently represented by Marc Basnight, President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
Editor's Note: Read more from the Beaufort Observer. That article examines the race in depth.
Repeating a situation that plagued the state’s taxpayers last year, officials with the North Carolina Department of Revenue have already announced that individuals filing their taxes can expect delays in receiving their refunds.
“Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay told The Associated Press on Friday his agency is delaying refund checks for individuals and businesses. It's all part of the state's effort to manage cash while its tax collections remain anemic.” (“State says expect delays on tax refunds,” WRAL.com, 2/12/10)
Officials at the N.C. Department of Revenue have long known about slow tax collections and the effect on state fund balances. Yet, Governor (Beverly) Perdue and Secretary Lay have not taken effective steps so that taxpayers do not face unreasonable delays in receiving tax refunds from state government. Many of the taxpayers owed refunds are small businesses struggling to meet payrolls, and the delay in paying refunds may actually cause additional job losses in the private sector.
Senate Republican LeaderPhil Berger(R-Rockingham, above left) made the following statement:
“A second consecutive year of taxpayers facing unreasonable delays in receiving their refunds demonstrates two things about the Perdue Administration. The first is a continuation of the incompetence and mismanagement all too evident in the Easley administration. For too long, Democrats, in complete control of the legislature and the Governor’s office, have not been held accountable for their lack of competence in managing the state’s fiscal affairs.
“The second is a mindset that plagues Democrats in Raleigh and in Washington - that money collected, or over-collected, as tax revenue belongs to the government and not the taxpayer. But this is the taxpayers’ money, particularly that money to be refunded, and the only reason the government has it now is because they collected more than they should have. The money should be returned to taxpayers promptly.”
It usually takes a retirement or death of an incumbent Congressman to make a Republican Congressional primary exciting, but North Carolina's 10th District might make an exception to the rule this May. Incumbent CongressmanPatrick McHenry doesn't have just one, but two self financed challengers gunning for his seat in the Republican Primary on May 4. What makes things even more interesting is that both Scott Keadle (below, middle) of Mooresville and Vance Patterson (below, bottom photo) of Morganton have more cash on hand than McHenry. As of the 4th Quarter reporting date, McHenry had $149,000 on hand, Patterson $250,000, and Scott Keadle had $274,000. This is a far cry from McHenry's 2006 campaign when he was able to bring in $1.4 million for his successful reelection.
McHenry has long been a lightning rod in the district since the bitter 2004 primary to replace Rep. Cass Ballenger. In a bitter primary runoff McHenry edged out Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman by 85 votes out of 30,000 cast. While McHenry has compiled a conservative voting record he is still dogged by questions over his combative style in Congress and the sense that he is a status quo Republican. This is highlighted by his unwillingness to sponsor legislation to overturn the free trade deals that have devastated the 10th District's manufacturing heavy economy. The average unemployment in the 10th District has shot up to a painful 15% since the 2008 crash on Wall Street. McHenry's campaign must also be wary of the simmering anti-incumbent bias that will be boiling by the time Election Day rolls around.
Despite these obstacles, McHenry remains the likely favorite in the primary. His office has placed a heavy emphasis on constituent service and his conservative record insulates him among the Republican primary electorate. His campaign is already beginning to canvas the 10th, a standard practice of his campaign.
His opponents have pledged not to run a negative campaign which will also cancel any advantages they may have in money. Still the campaign promises to be interesting given the disparity in fundraising and that two challengers have emerged to face McHenry in the strongest Republican district in the state.
EDITOR'S NOTE; Nick Danger grew up in the 10th Congressional District and remains a political activist there. This is not his/her real name. Underlined points are your blogger's and not the author's.
Republicans in the 10th District were given the rare delight of a Friday night dinner with two former US Senators and two sitting Congressmen recently. Over 110 people flocked to downtown Lenoir to hear from Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Congressman Patrick McHenry, former Senator Jim Broyhill, and the guest of honor Governor George Allen. Candidates for the NC House and NC Senate were also in attendence to begin the campaign year as Republicans eagerly try to take control of the General Assembly in Raleigh. If the enthusiasm and energy on display in Lenoir was any evidence then Mark Basnight and Joe Hackney better prepare to vacate their lush office space for more modest accomodations.
The crowd was abuzz from the beginning, with only three days having passed since the "Upset Heard Around the World" with Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts. The common refrain heard over and over in conversation was that if Ted Kennedy's Senate seat can go to a populist Republican then anything can happen in North Carolina.
Bob Etheridge, David Price, Brad Miller, and Larry Kissell will all want to take heed in their future votes. While mingling with the crowd Governor Allen urged everyone to follow up on this victory and work hard to send good common sense conservatives to Congress.
After dinner was served the crowd heard from 10th District Chairman Wayne King. Under King's leadership the 10th District has hosted visits from high profile national conservatives such as Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee, with more to follow this year. The visit of George Allen to North Carolina's Republican heartland has only further cemented the high regard in which King's leadership is held.
Virginia Foxx had the honor of introducing the man who next to Jesse Helms can call himself North Carolina's Mr. Republican, Jim Broyhill. At 90 years old Broyhill was still full of the fire that made western North Carolina a Republican bastion during his tenure. Blasting the irresponsible spending by the Obama Administration, Broyhill declared that he'd never seen a more reckless fiscal policy in his life.
But the show belonged to George Allen. He stated that the healthcare bill was a bad stew that couldn't be cured with the addition of a few delicacies, but should be thrown out entirely. Allen warmed to his passion of energy independence by asking the crowd in NASCAR country to start their creative engines to pursue common sense Jeffersonian solutions. He brought the crowd to it's feet by declaring, "Americans are not addicted to oil, Americans are addicted to freedom!" His speech was well received by a crowd that was fired up and ready to bring North Carolina and the nation back to sanity.
The event concluded with a brief Q&A session, with Allen and Congressman McHenry taking questions. In a light moment Allen was asked if his brother, Bruce Allen, would be able to revive the flagging fortunes of the Washington Redskins as General Manager. Allen simply quipped, "He better." The visit to the Tarheel state only heightens George Allen's profile as speculation builds that his return to electoral politics is imminent. Either way the event was a success and inspired the crowd to, in Allen's concluding exhortation, "To stand strong for freedom!"
Editor's Note: Writer Carlton Huffman (right, with Gov. Allen) is a former staff member of Pat Buchanan's American Cause and has served on a number of political campaigns throughout North Carolina and Virginia. He is a proud graduate of Campbell University and native son of Caldwell County. We look forward to more from Mr. Huffman and hope this native son will continue covering the 10th district for us.
All photos courtesy and copyright CARLTON HUFFMAN, 2010
The winners in the straw poll held February 6th, at the Cumberland County GOP Ronald Reagan Republican Roundup, were 8th congressional district candidate Lou Huddleston, 7th district candidate Will Breazeale, 2nd congressional district candidate Renee Ellmers and Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Huddleston, Breazeale and Ellmers won their district vote and Palin was the choice of attendees for the 2012 presidential race.
Other congressional candidates attending the event which drew over 300 people and included speeches by former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory and Senator Richard Burr, were newly announced 2nd district congressional candidate Todd Gailas; newly announced 7th congressional district candidates Tim Wilkes and Ilario Pantano; and 8th congressional district candidates Tim D'Annunzio, Harold Johnson and Hal Jordan.
Local and General Assembly GOP candidates also were in attendance, to include N.C. Senate 22 candidate Wesley Meredith, N.C. Senate 21 candidate Wade Fowler, N.C. State House 44 candidates Brian Kent and Johnny Dawkins, N.C. State House 22 candidate John Szoka, N.C. State House 45 candidate Jackie Warner and County commissioner At-Large candidates Diane Wheatley and Linda Devore.
In a surprising twist to an already crowded North Carolina's 4th Congressional District primary, 2008 GOP nominee, B.J. Lawson, has committed to entering the field.
In a statement released on Tuesday, he wrote:
"Recent polling data suggests 2010 will be much different than 2008. Specifically, 72% of North Carolina Republicans say they are "definitely voting" in 2010, while only 67% of Democrats say the same; furthermore, our district's turnout was greatly influenced by the Obama campaign. Our commitment to challenge Price has been further fueled by recent upsets across the country, numerous requests from our grassroots volunteers, and the stubborn refusal of our government to do the right thing even when confronted with overwhelming public opposition."
Your blogger agrees completely. Additionally, Lawson (left) stated that his campaign is focused on five issues:
Economic freedom to create our own jobs and businesses
Health care freedom that returns medicine to patients and providers
Zero tolerance for bailouts and corporate welfare
A federal government that operates within the Constitution
Honest and transparent government
The official announcement and filing will come in Raleigh on Wednesday.
KCC feels that this shakes up the field a bit. Lawson, is well-known throughout the 4th district as he won a bruising primary in 2008 and went on to face Price in the general election. Though Congressman David Pricewon re-election easily in the gerrymandered district drawn just for him, conventional wisdom tells us that every member of Congress is vulnerable in 2010. Anti-Obama backlash is high this year, as the President's missteps are following him where ever he goes.
Lawson should now easily move into second place, behind front-runner Frank Roche and ahead of other challengers Greg Dority and the little known, non-serious George Hutchins.
Roche has been in the race for more than a year but with Lawson's national fund-raising connections from the Republican Liberty Caucus, he should easily be able to out-raise everyone in the field, eventually moving ahead of Roche.
Many 4th District and NC GOP activists only became involved after the election of President Barrack Obama angered and fired them up. Most of these might not remember Lawson and but they do know Roche. Lawson, must now reach out to these new believers and share his story.
Price can always be counted on to vote the wrong way on any issue for a fiscal conservative. In a year when the issues are tilted towards fiscal and financial, Price has never met a tax increase he didn't like. But, he knows how to put a good spin on the issue.
History from Your Blogger's Memory
Price was first elected to Congress in 1986, defeating then- Congressman and former UNC Athletic Director Bill Cobey. Cobey went on to become NCGOP State Chairman and a candidate for Governor. Cobey had defeated long-serving Democrat Congressman Ike Andrews in 1984, after Andrews received a DUI. (Your blogger volunteered for Cobey as a College Republican at the time.)
In 1994, in an off-year election during former President Bill Clinton's first term, former Raleigh Police Chief Fred Heineman surprisingly defeated Price. (The district then covered most, if not all of Raleigh, and was more Republican friendly.)
The Heineman campaign had already scheduled to turn off all but one telephone line, beginning the day after the election, and reporters, volunteers, and well-wishers could not get through. The Chief, as he insisted on being called, was as shocked as anyone. Sadly, Price returned to Congress two years later and has kept his seat since.
However, anti-Obama sentiments are much stronger than any anti-Clinton feelings ever were. If the GOP keeps working hard and rallies the faithful, Congress is ours for the taking. However, KCC feels we must have no more "restroom incidents" or mistresses in Argentina!
Congressman Price is a fixture on the local Chamber of Commerce circuit. During this blogger's tenure at the Cary Chamber of Commerce, she wrote their newsletter as part of her position as Director of Public and Governmental Affairs.
Anytime KCC said anything negative about Rep. Price, his office was on the phone, wanting to schedule a speaking engagement, which he, naturally received.
Price is always accessible but we have no doubt that the Republican who defeats him will be, as well!
From the files of "You've-Got-a-Lot-of-Nerve, Just-Who-The-Heck-Do-You-Think-You-Are?", State Rep. Bill Owens(D-Pasquotank) recently asked the administration of Elizabeth City State University to change its name.
Business North Carolina reported in their February 2010 issue that Owens assumed that such a name change would better "reflect the school's ties to the UNC System."
But alumni wanted to keep the old name to reflect the school's heritage as a historically black university, the magazine reported.
Shame on you Representative Owens. This is another example of an arrogant elected official. Clearly he thinks he knows better than everyone else.
Hat Tip: Business North Carolina magazine
Editor's Note: Your blogger has been through a similar scenario and can relate to those at ECSU. Shortly after KCC's graduation from Meredith College, it was proposed that the school change it's name to Meredith University to potentially attract more students. Alumna and students, being creatures of tradition, voted 'absolutely not'.
It appears that the students and alumni of Elizabeth City State University don't appreciate the intrusion by an elected official who feels he can over-step his boundaries.