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.
ARRA News Service News for social, fiscal & national security conservatives who believe in God, family & country. We seek to uphold traditional family values, Republican principles & ideals, limited government, free markets to promote innovation, & individual freedom. The ARRA News Service is an outreach of the Arkansas Republican Assembly.
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.
You may have noticed that your blogger has taken the summer off. That's right. After an early season visit to Chattanooga for her cousin's wedding, which conflicted with the NC GOP convention, she has been living at the beach all summer. Emerald Isle is her second home and the politics in Carteret County are fun. It's probably the "reddest" county in North Carolina.
Next weekend, however, she will return to blogging at the RightOnline Convention in Las Vegas!
RightOnline is the right's answer to the left's NetRoot's Convention. Put together by the Americans for Prosperity, the RightOnline conference follows NetRoots around the nation each year, to stop the spread of their liberal message. Americans have had enough of it and want to hear something fresh. In short, they want to hear the good news, rather that that "hopey changey stuff", of the left that Sarah Palin so aptly described.
While the left will have depressing speakers such as union leaders (ugh), Harry Reid, and Joan McCarter of theDaily Kos, RightOnline features such inspiring speakers as:
Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News
Congressman Mike Pence
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Herman Cain, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
Erick Erickson, RedState.com
Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal
John Fund, Wall Street Journal
Ed Morrissey, HotAir.com
Guy Benson, Radio Host
Stephen Kruiser, Fox News Contributor
Phil Kerpen, AFP Foundation
Just reading this list is enough to make a right-wing mother-to-be go into labor!
(Note: Your blogger is not in that delicate condition, but the list does excite her!)
Hope to see lots of North Carolineans there, but if you can't make it, KCC will cover it for you. With this long list of speakers, it won't be easy to keep up with and your blogger prays that they stream it on UStream. If so, she'll run it on KCC. It's not too late to make your reservations, and we hope to see you there.
Additionally, this will be our next-to-last post here on Typepad. It's been a good platform for these long years, but Katy's Conservative Corner has long needed a change and WordPress will provide more features and flexibility and benefits. We may get started with a barebones look, but it will develop in time.
Our next post will be the final one, letting readers know that KatysConservativeCorner.com has moved, forever and ever.
Finally, our email address has changed. It is no longer Katysconservativecorner@gmail.com Everyone and their brother added us to their list, whether we wanted it or not. So, when a keylogger struck your blogger's laptop, we shut down the account.
God bless you all, and see you soon, over on WordPress.
On August 19, 1864, two men held a meeting at the White House. The men could not have been more different; their lives could not have been more alien to the other. Yet, drawn mostly by a common cause and perhaps by the forces of destiny, these two men came together in an effort to secure the future of African-Americans, a future that had been argued over in a violent civil war for over three years. Never before or since have two men so singularly important to a group of people come together as on that summer day in 1864, when Abraham Lincoln welcomed Frederick Douglass into his office.
As we celebrate Lincoln’s 201st birthday, we can look back and thank Lincoln and Douglass for bringing two races together in a way that did not seem possible in the middle of the 19th Century. Borrowing a phrase from Mr. Lincoln, “it is altogether fitting and proper” that in the month of Lincoln’s birth, we also celebrate Black History Month. Certainly, African-American history would be much different were it not for the history-altering actions of Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Douglass.
Lincoln and Douglass (left) enjoyed a deep friendship that grew out of a shared set of principles: individual liberty, personal freedom, and the divinely-inspired value of every life. These principles drove Frederick Douglass to escape slavery and guided Lincoln as he rose to become the first President from a party founded on freedom and liberty.
With Lincoln as our first president, and Douglass as our first African-American statesmen, the Republican Party should be proud of our heritage.
We should be proud, also, of the contributions of many African-Americans to the Republican cause over the last 150 years. Conservative leaders like Joseph Rainey, the first African-American Congressman, and Booker T. Washington (below) gave African-Americans a national voice in the Republican Party. The first African-American in the U.S. Senate, Republican Hiram Revels, was born in North Carolina. John Hyman, a former slave in North Carolina, was elected to Congress to represent the state in 1874. Countless other African-Americans have helped shape political history in North Carolina, and today, African-Americans hold elected positions at the state level and within the leadership of the NCGOP.
As we celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the birth of President Lincoln, let us reaffirm those principles that gave rise to the Republican Party so long ago. Let us resolve that individual liberty, not government control, is the founding principal of our country. Let us pledge to further the work of Lincoln and Douglass, and carry their principles as our banner as we march to victory in November.
Editor's Note: KCC thanks the NC Republican Party for sharing this information with us. We couldn't have said this better ourselves. We appreciate the contributions of all black Americans and honor them, this month and always.
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.
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.
Nationally and statewide, people are winding up their celebrations of the period that honors the end of slavery. According to the Raleigh News and Observer, many consider this "America's second birthday". The celebration is an official holiday in NC.
The Republican party should OWN Juneteenth. It was only briefly mentioned at the recent NCGOP State Convention, during Bill Randall's (left) campaign speech for state chairman. Your blogger felt ashamed and embarrased that she'd never even heard of this special time. It's time to end this, and to let folks know who gave them the holiday, according to Randall.
At the convention, black, conservative talk show host, Mason Weaver (below, left) stated, the Republican Party ended slavery, supported giving blacks and women the right to vote, and passed the Civil Rights acts. Weaver added that the Democrats are the party of the KKK, lynchings, and Jim Crow policies.
Republicans everywhere, including the North Carolina Republican Party, should celebrate Juneteenth and remind everyone that the Republicans are the party of FREEDOM, and that we support freedom for everyone, world wide.
Editor's Note: Mason Weaver spoke to a standing-room-only crowd, at the Saturday evening banquet at the NCGOP State Convention.
Please enjoy a short video below, where Mr. Weaver discusses the Republican's role in ending slavery and why more and more blacks are joining the Grand Ole' Party. Your blogger shot it on her regular digital camera, and not her video camera. KCC apologizes for the shaky camera.
Photos Copyright 2009 by Katy Benningfield/Katy's Conservative Corner. Reproduction/re-use is prohibited, unless you receive prior approval and Katy Benningfield/Katy's Conservative Corner is given the photo credit.
Dr. Ada Fisher, North Carolina's National Committee Woman to the Republican National Committee (RNC), wrote to your blogger the other day.
She wants the media and others to stop selling short, the administration of former President George W. Bush .
"Would someone please give the Bush Administration credit for having some forethought in stockpiling vaccines and antiviral drugs?"
Dr. Fisher added that more money for Border patrols should have been added to the so-called "Stimulus Bill".
Terrorism takes many forms, she wrote.
"Don’t be blind sided. Borders need better protection. Unscreened people with contagious problems such as atypical tuberculosis, maybe swine flu and things we haven’t even thought of could be stopped or at least slowed if the impact of illegal immigration on such was appreciated... Monies for more border patrols on all sides should have been part of the stimulus bill."
Please enjoy this live feed, when available, of CPAC 2009, compliments of UStream and Katy's Conservative Corner.
CPAC 2009 runs from Thursday until Saturday of this week and the streams will be made available during actual conference times. The conference agenda is also available. (If you are receiving this blog post via e-mail or RSS feed, you must go to the blog post to see the actual live feed.)
Regarding the recent RNC elections, reader Kent Misegades submitted the following:
That's what I love about our party. Lots of candidates and a real battle. Democrats would never have tolerated such an election, using a rubber stamp instead.
I have watched Michael Steele fairly closely the past couple of years. He has been a courageous Conservative in a very liberal state of MD.
He has withstood jeers from blacks and been pelted by Oreo cookies. I'd like to see most white GOP members stand as tough when under fire. Steele is a Black catholic, very rare, which says something about his conservative convictions. He also believes the GOP needs to use more electronic means to reach voters in the future
I have encouraged a number of GOP leaders to go on the offensive regarding race relations in February, Black history month. Attached is something I put together. It underscores the long history of African-American Republicanism in our country, which includes one well-known member, Martin Luther King, Jr. We need to get this message out and stop being afraid to carry the timeless, good news of Conservatism into the poorest communities and liberal strongholds.
Download Black_Americans in Word format. This is an excellent resource and well worth the read! Please feel free to distribute.
Editor's Note: Kent Misegades, of Cary, is a frequent contributor to Katy's Conservative Corner. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Thales Academy - Apex