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Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC-13th) is the pride of the liberal wing of the NC Democrat party, but the bane of this blogger's existence. He has caused the people of this district many problems and has never found a tax hike he hasn't liked.
Aside from voting for every issue Nancy Pelosi has asked, he's now in trouble in a VA case in Pennsylvania.
Andrew Breitbart is a professional blogger, with a fine staff and a full stable of blogs. KCC considers him a personal hero. Over the weekend, he introduced former Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) at the Tea Party Convention in Nashville, TN.
Brad Miller is the only "representative" that the North Carolina's 13th Congressional District has ever had and It's time we turned him out of office.
Turns out, there are at least three trying to do just that. Publisher/Editor Bernie Reeves recently jumped into the Republican primary, joining Navy vet and businessman Bill Randall. Businessman Dan Huffman also is in the race.
KCC will write more on this race later. Meanwhile, please click on http://www.ncgop13.org/ and donate to the 13th GOP Congressional District. This group is charged with bringing Congressman Miller back home to Raleigh and they need your help to do it. Any amount is appreciated and you can donate via the website. Please help. (Sorry, but your contributions are not tax deductible.)
Editor's Note: Your blogger is a member of the North Carolina Republican Party's State Executive Committee, representing the 13th District, at-large. Additionally, she serves as treasurer for that group. It is the only official post she holds within the Party. The 13th District needs all the help it can get to help defeat Brad Miller in the Fall. It is an all-volunteer organization.
After seeing divisions and solutions for years in her own party, KCC read the following with interest. Both major political parties in North Carolina are not without their problems and the email posted below certainly proves it.
From an online newsletter called "PDNC Watch List", the email lays out how a group, called the Progressive Democrats of North Carolina (PDNC) is "ruining" the state Democrat party. The author, self-described word-smith Gene Messick, sends out these emails as a part of a mailing list that anyone can subscribe to, including:
Editor's Note: Teabaggers? Really now. How unoriginal can one be?
Here is the full content of the email. It gets a bit long, but you can really see how the division in their party is laid out. Please note that the NC Democrat Party's State Executive Committee (SEC) , is scheduled to meet this weekend in Durham.
Additionally, the author goes so far as to call former State NCDP Chairman Jerry Meek a "closet progressive", discusses "progressive bullies", and has issues with the Lesbian Gay, and Transsexual people within the party. It would appear that Mr. Messick is from former Governor Mike Easley's wing of the Democratic Party, and not the ultra-liberal, PDNC.
Please further note, that your blogger worked on this post for over two hours, getting the editing, and formatting correct, as well as the links. By this time, it was nearly 4 a.m. so she decided to have some fun posting photos of corrupt Democrat politicians, along with a few of her favorite political statements. Sure, these may be a bit silly, but it did get very late...
[NCDP-on-Trial] 158: For Feb 13th SEC Meeting: PDNC Watch List
As long-term NC Democratic Party Faithful approach this State Executive Committee Meeting, they are faced with an external organization which is dedicated to kicking them out of control of their Party, as being stupid and old fashioned, to be replaced by political novices who understand almost nothing about political organization. It's a recipe for disaster.
Progressive Democrats of NC was secretly formed specifically to get rid of the Old Fogies in the Party whom they detest, which just happens to coincide with the Leadership of the entire traditional Political Base of the Democratic Party in North Carolina. Shun moderate and centrist Democrats? How could anyone be so politically naive?
PDNC is an extremist, external, radical organization which can not point to a single accomplishment, outside its creeping invasion and attempted overthrow of the Party. This Corporation takes its Party Invasion Instructions from an Out-of-State Political Action Committee, Progressive Democrats of America. These Progressives are not Democrats, but are political anarchists, blind to the damage their self-serving independent Agenda does to the NC Democratic Party.
*The State Executive Committee of the NC Democratic Party consists of some 700 Democrats elected by each of 100 County Democratic Parties. *Because of its huge size, SEC meets normally only twice per year. (Editor's note: much like the NC GOP's State Executive Committee, of which your blogger is a member.)
*TheNumber of SEC Members per County varies according to the number of Democrats registered to vote by each County Board of Elections, being one of 100 nonpartisan agencies of the State who operate all Public Elections. NC BoE is not affiliated with any political party, serving to regulate Elections and campaign contributions.
*The SEC for the Party is the equivalent to a Board of Directors: the elector of State Party Officers, and the maker of all Rules, embodied in the NCDP Plan of Organization, the equivalent to Bylaws.
*Each County must have at least one SEC Member, and if only one, it's normally the Chair of the County Party. Wake County has 74 SEC Members; Mecklenburg 64; Guilford 46; Durham 32; Orange 16; Robeson 9; Onslow 8; Rockingham 7, Cleveland 6, Transylvania 4, Polk 2, etc, etc.
*Attendance at SEC Meetings is mandatory for all 700 elected Members; formal substitute Proxy Members may be sent. Certain elected State and Federal Democratic Officials are Ex-Officio Members, as are Presidents of formally approved NCDP Auxiliaries. However, the private membership Corporation Progressive Democrats of NC, Inc, is NOT, and cannot be, an approved NCDP Auxiliary, and therefore may NOT send any voting members to any SEC Meeting.
*How then has PDNC sent its representatives to past SEC Meetings, where they have been allowed to vote and propose Resolutions which advance the narrow Agenda of this private Corporation? As NCDP Executive Director Andrew Whalen recently stated in the Winston-Salem Journal -- PDNC "is NOT affiliated with the NC Democratic Party."
*How can this be? How can members of a Protestant Church go to the Vatican and officially vote to tell the Pope what to do? How can Ford stockholders attend a GM Directors Meeting and vote to instruct Chrysler what to do? These behaviors would make as much sense as the deeply corrupted state of affairs which has been allowed to fester within the NC Democratic Party for the past 5 years, introduced on his own volition by former State Party Chair Jerry Meek with approval of no one in the Party, and perpetuated in total without restraint by current State Party Chair David Young since his election at last year's first SEC Meeting on Jan 31st, 2009.
*One SEC Meeting was held since then, in August, and NOTHING was done to cleanse this Progressive Stain from the Party, even in the face of continued direct attacks on the Party by Progressive Groups and Members, in direct violation of the NCDP Plan of Organization.
*Progressive Bullies just flip their noses at the Party, at the Plan of Organization, at the SEC, and continue their independent Agenda of attacks and invasions, daring anyone to do anything.
*Democratic Candidates have lost elections because PDNC Corruption of the Party has weakened it, fracturing Party Unity. With most critical November Elections for our State and Nation coming up, Progressives show no sign of relinquishing their choke-hold on the Party. Registration for ALL Candidates to run in the May Primaries MUST be done between noon February 8th and noon February 26th, at one of the Boards of Elections.
*To be elected in November, a Candidate must Register in February, and must win in May. It's now February, folks!
.*If Progressives are still embedded inside the Party as Officers at the end of the day on Feb 13th, they will have been approved by default, and the Party's over. Editor's Note: Literally.)
*Since soon after formation in 2004, Members of the private membership Corporation, Progressive Democrats of NC, Inc., began engaging in acovert plan to infiltrate the NC Democratic Party Leadership. For years, PDNC has advocated in its Newsletters that PDNC Members should sneak into NCDP by becoming elected as Officers at all levels: Precinct, County, District and State, growing in strength like a secret society.
*By the Jan 31st 2009 State Party Election, Progressive mole Delmas Parker was elected 2nd VChair, and State Chair David Young advertised Statewide that he had been endorsed by the external PDNC Corporation, as did State 1st VChair Stella Adams. A Wake Co Progressive Chapter led a massive Open Attack upon a Wake Democrat for the Office of Party Secretary, organizing Progressive SEC Members across the State by Email in their Attack on her.
*In Editions 155 & 157, readers were promised a List of Progressives who have infiltrated NCDP as Officers. Anyone holding dual membership as an NCDP Officer, and ALSO in Progressive Groups dedicated to the overthrow of NCDP, were offered the opportunity to remove themselves from this List prior to publication by signifying they had left their Progressive Group. Two did. Their names will not be found below.
*Each of the Party Officers listed below, in their prior behavior and/or affiliation with Progressive Groups, have advocated weakening the Democratic Party by promoting and supporting non-Party Candidates for Public Office, and by publicly attacking fellow Democrats they choose to dislike, in direct violation of the NCDP Plan of Organization.
*Such self-identified traitors to the Party are Unfit to Serve as any Officer in NC Democratic Party, and must be removed forthwith.
.*This Progressive Watch List is provided as a service to NCDP, so that legitimate SEC Members attending the Feb 13th Meeting may become aware of Progressives attempting to infiltrate the SEC as Party Officers or Proxies.
EDITOR'S NOTE: KCC respects the Mr. Messick's candor about his party and his work to protect it. Your blogger feels the same about her own party. The author's candor is refreshing, which is not an easy thing to find in this era of "watch-what-you-say CYA", big-brother-is-watching, politics.
Please note that the underlining for emphasis done by your blogger and not by the original author and that this piece has undergone some editing by your blogger.
Below is Messick's Watch list of those to avoid at this weekend's SEC. Read at your pleasure and you might find someone you know.
.Category 1: Progressive Democrats of NC, Inc.
[ ] Heiderose Kolber (Orange Co), PDNC Corporate President
[ ] Michael Sprague (Guilford Co), PDNC 1st Vice President
[ ] Patricia Seibert (Beaufort Co), PDNC 2nd Vice President
[ ] Isaac Coleman (Buncombe Co), PDNC 3rd Vice President
[ ] Christopher Lizak (Wake Co), PDNC 4th Vice President
[ ] Tara Blomquist (Guilford Co), PDNC 5th Vice President
[ ] Sally Goerner (Orange Co), PDNC Secretary
[ ] George Six (Henderson Co), PDNC Treasurer, fmr PDA State Coordinator
[ ] Pete MacDowell (Orange C0) PDNC Immediate Past President
[ ] Mary Alsentzer: PDNC Beaufort County Chapter Chair
[ ] Nick Divitci: PDNC Guilford County Chapter Chair
[ ] Gautam Desai: PDNC Mecklenburg County Chapter Chair
[ ] Jack Saunders: PDNC Orange County Chapter Chair
[ ] Michael Oder, Forsyth Co 3rd VChair, PDNC Webmaster
*Category 6: Officers of Mecklenburg County Party who have allowed Mecklenburg Progressive Democrats of and MeckMobe/GayDemocrats to masquerade as legitimate Democratic Party Auxiliaries and abusively use NCDP resources.
. Category 8: Officers of Wake County Party who have allowed Wake Progressive Democrats to masquerade as a legitimate Democratic Party Auxiliary and abusively use NCDP resources.
[ ] Doris L Weaver, Party Chair, allowed Wake Progressives to attach to her Party, organized Witches of Wake, Progressive Stalker
[ ] Jack Nichols, Wake County Party Chair, 2009-2011
[ ] Gerald 'Jerry' Meek: fm HQ: fmr closet Progressive Chair of NCDP
[ ] John Hollingsworth, original Wake Progressive President under Weaver
[ ] Jesse Goslen, President Wake Progressives & Chair PDA Chapter
[ ] Other Wake County Party Officers serving 2007-09 and 2009-11
* Category 9: Progressive Predatory Political Stalkers. Officers of Wake County Party who used Facebook, Internet Blogsites and Community Webpages to cowardly stalk, harass and smear fellow Democrats by publicly posting false, derogatory and sometimes libelous comments, commonly using false aliases to conceal their identities. This included multiple incidents of Stalkers supporting a Republican for Election to Cary Town Council by attacking the Democratic Candidate, who was their fellow Party Officer. See also [NCDP-on-Trial] 150 & 155
[ ] Joanne Casey
[ ] Ruth Merkle: see also [NCDP-on-Trial] 135, Case #001
[ ] Christopher Telesca: see also [NCDP-on-Trial] 139, Case #005
[ ] Doris Weaver: see also [NCDP-on-Trial] 137, Case #003
.*[Full Disclosure: I do not visit blogs, but have been told I'm one of several Democrats being stalked by the 4 SECs above. ~ G. Messick]
. *Category 10: State Party Officers who have aided and abetted Invasion by Progressive Groups.
*Elected 2005: Jerry Meek (Former 1st VChair Meek who won by only 15 votes over Ed Turlington after promising Progressives he would sneak in a Progressive Auxiliary if elected over Gov Easley's concern about having an LGBT State Chair.), Beverly Earle, Delmas Parker, Courtney Crowder, Ann Huggins, Muriel Offerman
*Elected 2007: Jerry Meek, Dannie Montgomery, Delmas Parker, Courtney Crowder, Roy Lucas, Muriel Offerman
*Elected 2009: David Young, Stella Adams, Delmas Parker, Tony McEwen(?), Kathy Knight, Muriel Offerman
*"It's the first wrong steps that count. How easy it is to go from bad to worse, once we start a downward course." -- Mark Twain, 1904
.NOTICE: If a number of SEC Member slots open due to resignations, you can test your wings by attending this SEC Meeting to see if SEC is your cup of tea. Any registered Democrat in NC who would like to attend the SEC Meeting as a Voting Member should contact their County Chair for Proxy Voting instructions: http://www.ncdp.org/counties , including a form which must be filed prior to the Meeting. http://www.ncdp.org/files/secproxy082909.pdf
.EVERY meeting of NCDP is open to ANY Registered NC Democrat who chooses to attend as a Non-voting Member of the Party, free of charge, including this Feb 13th SEC Meeting in Durham: http://www.ncdp.org/
Frank Roche's campaign has announced that he will officially enter NC's 4th Congressional District's primary race this Monday, February 8 at 12:00 noon. Roche has been campaigning for about a year and thus far is seen as the man to beat in the primary race.
Download the entire press release, in pdf, below. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
Other declared candidates include Greg Dority and little known George Hutchins. All three candidates hope to win a shot at unseating longtime, Democratic Congressman David Price, in the General Election.
According to an email received from leaders of the Wake County Republican Women, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, will be in Raleigh on Friday in his official capacity, to officially open the USO's Mobile Unit of North Carolina.
The event, held at the National Guard headquarters on Reedy Creek Road (just off Blue Ridge Road and the Wade Avenue extension), will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
Please come out and support our troops and the USO!
Note: Your blogger is a member of the Wake County Republican Women.
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is posting information regarding his re-election run on Twitter. The popular micro-blogging site, used by millions, is most popular amongst political conservatives, but your blogger "follows" and has "followers" that share all of her interests.
Check out Burr's site here and log on, to follow him. If you don't already have a Twitter account, simply follow the instructions and create one. As your blogger's father would say, "it's as easy as falling off a log."
And then there were three. Two candidates have joined, Frank Roche, (left) in the GOP primary in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District. Roche, who has been running for at least one year, is presumed to be the leading candidate in the primary based on this fact alone: h e has a huge head start in fundraising.
Another challenger,George Hutchins, is someone your blogger met via via our mutual relationship with the North Carolina Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Although your blogger assumes Huchins and she share most of the same values, KCC wasn't impressed with what Hutchins said about Roche.
Hutchens told this blogger last October, "if Roche wants to debate, let's start with that name, Roche".
More recently, another candidate has announced his desire to replace David Price. Greg Dority, who you might remember as a 2008 Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, has decided to enter the race. Your blogger has obtained a copy of his email to supporters:
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Sat, January 30, 2010 3:44:31 PM Subject: Dority to challenge Price (NC-4) (Embargo until Jan 31)
This is Greg Dority (left) writing. I hope this note finds you well and surviving the storm.
As several of you are aware, I have been considering a run for the Fourth District Congressional seat currently held by Price since the holidays. After intense reflection and consultation, I have decided to enter the race. The general announcement will be issued tomorrow.
Price was defeated in the GOP wave of 1994 and if another Republican tsunami emerges in November we have a chance to take him down. Our message will be focused on economics and the failure of the president's fiscal agenda. There is a huge problem now -- which our analysis sees growing in the coming months -- and by definition Price is part of it.
Having run congressional races in the past I know the form and will be very aggressive with a message of fiscal conservatism. While the problems are complex, the solutions are workable with strong and committed leadership. Those of you having seen me before on the trail know my commitment to hard campaigning -- that philosophy does not waver in this race.
I'm sure I'll be visiting with each of you soon
Dority, may still actually live in the third Congressional District (located in Eastern North Carolina) as he did during his run for Lt. Governor. However, according to NC law, a candidate does not need to live in the district to run for Congress. Case in point: Vernon Robinson. He ran for Congress in the Fifth District and resides in Winston-Salem before being defeated by Virginia Foxx in the primary. A few years later, he ran for Congress in the 13th District, without moving. (Mrs. Foxx went on to win the general election, and is running for re-election in 2010).
Your blogger looks forward to following this race more closely,and will not endorse anyone. Additionally, KCC plans not to endorse anyone in any GOP primary, but one never knows.
We do agree with Dority that this is presumed to be a "GOP Year", much as it was in 1994. That's why we are seeing so many GOP primaries across the state and nation. Your blogger believes this is healthy for our party, so long as the candidates and their handlers do NOT spend too much time or money dismantling one another, to the detriment of the winner in the general election.
It's official. Thursday morning, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC, 5th) announced that she is running for re-election. She has represented the Fifth Congressional District since 2005 and is one of this blogger's favorite conservatives.
She told the press that "representing North Carolina's Fifth District is a great honor" and that she promised "to continue to hold Washington accountable and rein in its reckless spending and wasting of taxpayers' hard earned money".
Foxx is a strong proponent of keeping taxes low and ensuring that the government lives within its means. Last year Foxx opposed the bank bailouts, the auto bailouts and other massive spending programs like the trillion dollar stimulus package.
During her third term Foxx successfully shepherded a bill through Congress to improve on-base housing for soldiers in the Army. Her bill to stop the 2008 bank bailout also passed the House last January.
The Wake County Republican Party recently released a new ad explaining what's at stake in this Fall's elections, and it applies statewide. The video explains what we can do NOW, rather than wait until after Labor Day.
Henderson County activist Robert Danos has shared with KCC the text of his county party's first ad buy of this political season. They've chosen to go after Congressman Heath Shuler, a self-described "blue dog" Democrat who represents the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina.
(Left: Shuler, was a complete bust at your blogger favorite professional team, the Washington Redskins, after having a stellar career at the University of Tennessee, your blogger's favorite college football team. )
Shuler has run for office twice on a platform of a conservative/moderate Democrat who understands "mountain values", but it's clear to everyone in that part of the state that he's nothing more than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lapdog.
Here's the text of the ad:
Is Heath Shuler with You or the ACLU?
A strong majority of voters in WNC (Western North Carolina) know that the Obama Administration's decision to give the 9/11 terrorists a civilian trial, in the heart of New York City, is both dangerous and unnecessary.
We have used military tribunals to try enemy combatants for war crimes going back to WWII, the Civil War, and even the Revolutionary War. It would appear that the most pressing reason that this White House wants to change that precedent is to impress foreign leaders and the ACLU.
There is only one body that could block President Obama from following through on this path - the United States Congress.
The bill in Congress that has gained the most ground on the issue is HR 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, which would "Require the approval of the relevant State governor and legislature" before any enemy combatant could be transferred to their state. Very simply, it would give the people of any state the right to say NO to President Obama.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told the chairmen of the relevant committees to keep it bottled up. She and her leadership team know this bill would pass if it came up for a fair vote.
The only way for a bill to be heard on the House floor if it is being held hostage in committee is through a discharge petition.
The discharge petition on HR 2294 currently has the signatures of 170 House members. With 48 more members it would be forced to a vote on the House floor.
Back in December, the Republican Chairmen of the counties of WNC called on Congressman Shuler to take a stand on the right side of history by standing up to Pelosi and signing the petition.
However, as the Times-News reported on December 8th, Shuler has stayed silent: "Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, will not reveal his stand on whether the 9/11 terrorists should be tried in New York".
And when they pressed further for even a hint of a stand, they reported that: "When asked about the congressman's feelings about whether the 9/11 suspects should be tried in a civilian court in court in the U.S. or by a military tribunal, Abrahms (Shuler's spokesman) said, "It's not an issue Congress is weighing in on."
Actually, it is an issue that 170 Congressmen have very much weighed in on - Shuler just isn't one of them.
Please Call Congressman Shuler at (202) 225-6401 or (828) 252-1651.
Let him know you that YOU have a position on this issue and that you want him to stand up to Pelosi and support HR 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act.
Judge Jackson hopes to become Justice Jackson by continuing her trend of fair and impartial rulings that she brought to the North Carolina Court of Appeals six years ago. She's well liked among her colleagues, on both the right and left, and she'll make an excellent justice.
She is running for one of the open seats on North Carolina's highest court, vacated when President Obama made appointments to the Federal bench. Your blogger will bring you more soon. Meanwhile, keep Judge Jackson in mind when you plan your fund-raising in 2010.
Economists at the WSJ Say Waxman’s Energy Bill is Full of HOT AIR:
Despite House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman's many payoffs to Members, rural and Blue Dog Democrats remain wary of voting for a bill that will impose crushing costs on their home-district businesses and consumers. The leadership's solution to this problem is to simply claim the bill defies the laws of economics.
Wednesday evening, Bill Randall (left - photo MeckGOP), announced his intentions to challenge U.S. Rep. Brad Miller (D-13). Randall, a retired US Navy Meteorologist, lives with his wife in Wake Forest, just North of Raleigh.
He's what your blogger deems a "true" conservative, in that he touts strong social beliefs, as well as his staunch fiscal ideals. He plans to officially enter the race on July 1st.
In a letter he wrote to Republican 13th Congressional District Chairman, David Robinson, Randall stated:
"The race for this pivotal U.S. Congressional seat will be challenging, and will require that we are all pulling in the same direction. The vital importance of your support, along with the other counties in the 13th District, CANNOT BE OVERSTATED.
Congratulations to Bill Randall. Your blogger hears that others are considering entering and that there may be a Republican primary. KCC feels certain that these candidates will conduct themselves as Ladies and Gentlemen and so that money can be saved for the fall 2010 campaign to send Brad Miller back to Raleigh.
Conservatives in Raleigh don't especially want him back, but perhaps he can busy himself by playing with dirt, gardening, and entertain himself by hanging out with the hippies and druggies at coffee houses.
Something needs to be done to discredit and turn the American people against the Obama-Congressional Democratic agenda.
I believe an aggressive campaign that defines the Obama-Democratic agenda as “Not the American Way” would be an effective and succinct way to defeat their un-American plans. It would be a simple way to contrast their socialist agenda with the conservative American agenda that favors individual Americans as opposed to a bigger, more powerful government. It could help change public opinion against their agenda, their party and their candidates in 2010 and 2012. And it would provide a unified rallying cry that all conservatives could get behind and support.
1. Bailouts For Corporations Is Not The American Way.
2. Earmarks (Pork Barrel Spending) For Politicians’ Special Projects Is Not The American Way.
3. Imposing Socialist Healthcare On The American People Through The Budget, Not By The Legislative Process, Is Not The American Way.
4. Imposing Excessively High Taxes On The American People Is Not The American Way.
5. Not Protecting American Citizens Against Terrorism Is Not The American Way.
6. Making The Federal Budget A Higher Priority Than The Individual Budgets of American Citizens Is Not The American Way.
7. Obama’s firing of General Motors Chief Executive Rick Wagoner Is Not The American Way.
If you agree this campaign has merit, I hope you will use the “Not The American Way” slogan at every opportunity.
I have no proprietary claims on this slogan. My only desire is for the Obama-Democratic agenda to be defeated and to be replaced by proven conservative principles.
One of the many lessons of last November is that if the Republican Party is to remain competitive, we can't afford to do things the same way ever again. The Digital Age has brought about an unprecedented revolution in politics, empowering people like never before by giving them the tools to organize quickly and influence policy. The old "top down" paradigm of political authority and party structure we have so long relied on has been replaced by a very effective "bottom-up" form of activism.
When the average person can put up a Facebook page and create a vast network of like-minded "friends" or communicate to thousands of people instantly using technologies like Twitter, political movements can be quite literally created overnight.
The bottom-line here is that people don't need to rely on political parties or their often outmoded authoritarian structures the same way they did in the past. They don't need to wait to be told what to do or how to do it by responding to orders from above; they can make a real difference all by themselves.
To adapt to this new world, our party leadership should focus on empowering our folks --- rather than trying to control and micromanage everything they are trying to do to further our shared Republican cause. The world is far too interconnected now and things move far too quickly. We need to encourage this new spirit of individual activism as a Party by lending our support, our resources, our experience, and our wisdom...and then get out of the way.
By embracing these new technologies, we will be well-positioned to communicate our time-honored Principles as a party to a whole new generation of voters. We don't need to change what we believe as Republicans; we just need to be able to explain our message in ways that younger people will listen.
Editor's Note:Stephen G. Duncan is the chairman of the 11th Republican Congressional District. That district includes Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey Counties.
For a complete schedule of upcoming Republican meetings across the 11th District, please visit their website.
Luckily with Michael Steele as the new head of the Republican National Committee (RNC), we shall see just these things happen on a national basis.
Will they happen statewide? The jury is out. Currently, the NC GOP has zero budget for any technological advancements. Your blogger believes that members of the NCGOP budget committee, the members of the NCGOP Central Committee and the NCGOP Executive need to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the current decade.
Those spots are plumb ones that usually go to the older, wealthy, members of our party, and not to the younger members, or to activists as often. Thus, such members don't always see the need for bottom-up management or technology.
Additionally, we MUST elect a state chairman who believes in these same values.
Former GOP State Chairman Frank A. Rouse (left) never did simply retire to his home in Morehead City. He has stayed active, especially from his keyboard and his telephone. The man knows more people in this state than anyone else and he gets a great deal of information unavailable to others.
Here is his new column,Frankly Speaking, from the man your blogger calls only "Sir".
Co-Frontrunner Woody White of New Hanover County has previously announced.
Frankly Speaking has learned that White has the Ambassador vote sewed up. Bush Administration Ambassadors Jim Culbertson of Forsyth County and Jim Cain of Wake County are supporting White.
Culbertson is from the more moderate wing of the party and Cain is from the Helms/Congressional Club wing. Former Congressman and former State GOP Chairman Bill Cobey is also supporting White. Patrick Ballantine, former State Senator and gubernatorial candidate is supporting White. Ballantine and White are former law partners. White served out Ballantine's Senate term when Patrick resigned to run for governor in 2004. You can go to this link for more information from Woody White.
Editor's Note: Look for information to come out soon from Adams. The new chairman will be elected at the NC GOP State Convention during the weekend of June 12-14.
After the thrashing we took in '08, the Democrats think N. C. is a blue state. Ain't necessarily so. The 'crats have some horses raring and ready to go.
The 2nd term congressman from the 11th district is already running. The problem is that he is running against U. S. Senator Richard Burr (R- N. C.) and he hasn't won his primary YET.
In the last 2 weeks he has voted against the Stimulus Bill twice. Shuler was one of only 11 "Blue Dogs" against the House bill and one of only seven Democrats against the final compromise bill.
Needless to say he was the only Democrat from N. C. to do so. Shuler also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publicly. It is obvious he is trying to run as a conservative against Burr.
Shuler is an attractive candidate. Running as a conservative Democrat against Burr, Shuler would give conservative Democrats an excuse to stay on the Democrat Roost. He would automatically get the black vote and the liberal Democrat vote. Shuler would also probably have a financial advantage because his party controls the state and federal governments and Democrats aren't statesmen when it comes to squeezing money out of patronage.
Shuler would be hard to beat. It would take a maximum Republican effort to win if the Democrats clear out and let Shuler have the nomination.
And now for the rest of the story.
N. C. Attorney General Roy Cooper:
Cooper is a "hair and teeth" politician. He's pretty. If he had a little more courage, we'd be calling him Senator instead of General. Cooper is a mainstream N. C. Democrat, not a "wild-eyed liberal" and he is not a conservative. He would beat Shuler in a primary because he would get the black and liberal vote. BUT, the word is he wants a clear field against Shuler.
He doesn't want a primary. Why? If Secretary of State Elaine Marshall gets in the primary, she could cause a problem. Almost 60% of the voters in a Democrat Primary are females. What about State Rep. Dan Blue? Over 40% of the Democrat Primary voters are black. What about charismatic Rep. Grier Martin or even Sen. Malcolm Graham? Talk about too many cooks.
Because of the 2008 election, the Democrats feel empowered, the women feel empowered, the blacks feel empowered, and the liberals feel empowered.
Of the crowd mentioned above Cooper should be the favorite, but remember the 40% rule. Anything can happen.
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water yet, it ain't over till it's over. Senator Richard Burr (left) has a solid conservative voting record. He is a handsome, charismatic statesman that can hold his own on the campaign trail with anyone, even without his socks if necessary.
Five minutes is a long time in politics. Burr's best bet, at this point in time, would be "anybody but Shuler," but any of the others mentioned could be a problem.
We need to elect a "kick ass" State Chairman that will lead us back to the "Promised Land" where conservative principles trump pragmatism, character counts and it's not politically incorrect to be politically aggressive.
In my opinion the following is the "Gold Standard" for the prerequisites for our next state chairman.
1- Posses a solid conservative philosophy. 2- Have an outstanding character. 3- Have demonstrated leadership ability. 4- Work full time, be totally committed to winning, Totally!!! That means family and social life too. 5- Hair and teeth, be able to communicate on TV and on the stump. 6-Consider himself to be personally expendable, be willing to fall on his sword for the cause, for the party or a candidate. 7- Have no ambitions for public office, be the hatchet man, not a "candidate type." 8- Be savagely independent, loyal only to the party, no faction or geographical favorites. 9- Be a strong type "A" personality, so he can go toe to toe with potential contributors, a candidate's wife, a sorehead or a lousy reporter. 10- Campaign hard for the position of chairman so he will have a constituency, when elected.
I'd like to throw in a personal airplane and be able to fly it, but that may be a little too restrictive.
So we may have to do what we did in the presidential race, put on a good face and support whomever the party chooses.