NC Political Connections By News 14 Carolina reporter Tim Boyum
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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.
Newly elected Governor, Bob McDonnell (R-VA) did an excellent job in his response to President Obama's pack of lies and mis-truths. He is now a rising star on the national political scene and is a figure to watch. He'll also be at CPAC, and this blogger is looking forward to seeing him.
President B. H. Obama did something right...or left. Since the current "President" and the late President Ronald Reagan were both left-handed, it seemed fitting that Obama signed the bill creating a Reagan tribute with his left hand. (photo: copyright 2009 Reuters)
Nancy Reagan, the late President's widow, looked on during the signing. Your blogger asks for prayers for the former first lady, as she looked weak and frail. As much as our former President was loved, no one loved him more than she did.
The bill creates a panel to plan and carry out events to honor Reagan’s 100th birthday in 2011. He died in 2004.
According to Reuters:
Obama slowly escorted the 87-year-old Reagan into the White House Diplomatic Room for the ceremony, as she clutched onto his arm and walked with a cane.
His remarks were almost Reaganesque.
“President Reagan helped as much as any president to restore a sense of optimism in our country, a spirit that transcended politics — that transcended even the most heated arguments of the day,” Obama said.
On Monday, Governor Beverly Perdue (D) announced that a chunk of NC's bit of the spendulus money will go to the largest pork project of all time, the North Carolina Global Transpork, errr Transpark.
The Transpark, was "awarded" to Kinston, in eastern NC, as a part of a "build it and they will come" campaign that occured in the early 1990s. Laurinburg "lost out" to Kinston and should thank their lucky stars.
They built it, but no one ever came despite all the monies that have been tossed at the project. The tenants are mostly government agencies.
But, now, apparently, the Governor (left) sees the need to pour in even more money into that wasteland of a pork project. We all know that the last three NC Governors have come from the Eastern part of our state, leaving those of you in Western North Carolina (WNC), "forgotten".
Frankly, your blogger would consider "forgetfulness" a matter of pride. Maybe WNC can show our government officials how to get along without a bunch of tax monies and useless pork projects. You all have that pioneer spirit that this blogger has always respected.
Check out this little video that is making the rounds on the conservative circuit. This man is exactly right and funny. That's the thing about we conservatives: we are right and we have fun, simultaneously!
The US Senate took advantage of three RINO (turncoat) Republicans Monday to cut off debate, setting up a big vote on Tuesday over Obama's so-called "Stimulus" (spending) bill. A smack of the wet noodle to RINO Senators Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine.These Republican-in-name-only Senators should be ashamed!
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) says on his own websitethat he is against the bill as is, but would accept it if changes are made.
Please contact Senator Burr and tell him to not accept any changes and to vote NO, NO MATTER WHAT!
Meanwhile, newly elected Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) is doing as she is told, and voting the party line. (We'll see if she can ever stand on her own and stop being Harry Reid's Lap Puppy. )
Please urge her to vote NO. If she receives enough calls, faxes, and emails, perhaps she could change her mind.
Both Senators' contact information is below. If you get through on the telephone, be brief, leave a message with the person that answers, and above all, be polite.
Please note that e-mails are never as effective so keep trying to call.
Senator Kay Hagan: DC Phone: 202-224-6342, Raleigh Senate Office: 919-856-4630 E-mail: Senator_Hagan@hagan.senate.gov *Please note underscore (_) between Senator and Hagan
Please note that Senator Burr (left at the 2008 GOP Convention) is up for re-election in 2010. He's been threatened with a more conservative primary opponent, so your blogger would assume he would make a hard turn to the right, these next two years.
Your blogger plans to work on Burr's re-election campaign and will support him in his re-election effort.
However, the Senator needs to reel in the conservative base that is so strong in North Carolina. In fact, a little suite of offices in North Raleigh, saw the re-birth of the modern conservative movement in the early 1970s. These offices were the site of the Congressional Club and they gave birth to the careers of many conservative politicians, most notably, the late Senator Jesse Helms. (The club also saved Ronald Reagan's political career in 1976.)
North Carolina has a strong tradition of conservatism and Sen. Burr would do well to recognize that. He simply cannot afford to have this voting bloc "sit home" on election day, 2010.
Conservatives will, unfortunately, sit home, if they are not excited about a Republican candidate. That has happened a number of times in this blogger's recent memory, resulting in sour losses for Republicans.
Though your blogger never approves of anyone sitting home on election day for any reason, Burr needs to stir up the conservatives, as well as his traditional moderate base in the central part of the state.
He is expected to be challenged by Congressman Heath Shuler (D-11th District) and we'll have plenty more on that race.
Meanwhile, please do not give up and keep making those calls. Thank you!
Your blogger has been preaching Twitter (and other technologies) in her attempt to drag our political party, often kicking and screaming, into the 2008 election cycle, even though it is now 2009. She has a few allies, including fellow bloggers over at ConservativeNC.
We were beaten, soundly, not because Obama was so popular, but because we were out organized at the grassroots level. Even former Congressman Tom DeLay (R-Texas) spoke on this very topic at the Winter Board Meeting of the North Carolina Republican Women. (More on this in another post.)
Thankfully, new RNC chairman, Michael Steele realizes that the modern Republican party must return, literally, to its roots and has fired the entire staff. He supports running things from the bottom up, as our party used to do.
Whether conservatives like him or dislike him, he understands the importance of technology, in conjunction with grassroots organizations such as North Carolina's Civitas Instutute or the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity.
Steele is one of the most popular people on Twitter, as were all of the RNC chairman candidates. Your blogger is glad to see this happening at the national level and hopes that folks in the counties across our great state will continue to pick up on this trend.
Though people try to pin a lot of the present economic mess on President (George W) Bush 43, he isn't guilty on a lot of it. Does anyone remember Ross Perot saying of NAFTA, "I can hear that sucking sound" going south if (former President Bill) Clinton passes this as he did?
NAFTA or “Shafta” as I called it, is entangled in this amorphous thing call free trade. In many respects trade which is not fair gives away our competitive advantages, can indeed compromises environmental quality and worker standards regardless of what folks purports, but such deals do meet the bottom line of unfettered profits as well as the quest for cheap labor.
As Hardy said to Laurel, "another fine mess you’ve got us into". It seems few have read the proposed Obama/Pelosi/Reid Stimulus package(s) which lays out spending the likes of which we have never seen, government socialization of banking with the automotive businesses to follow, nationalize health care with the computer based records system which will allow the government access to all your health information [even though Obama, Palin and Biden wouldn’t release theirs], and forestalls doing the real work of infrastructure repairs until its time to vote again for our representatives.
Obama is trying to ram this spending bill of pork and earmarks through before the American public wakes up. Thankfully some commentators have read it.
There should be no vote on the economic stimulus plan until Treasury Secretary Geitner rolls out the next plan for banks which reportedly exceeds an additional $800 billion. With the call for Paul Volker to head the economic advisers, a car czar and all these other political appointee paybacks to head things many had a hand in, one can only ask who is in charge or who’s on first? One thing is for certain, it is not the citizens and our pocketbooks.
If you want to create jobs which will benefit all of our citizens, why not provide:
- Small business stimulus to eliminate their taxes for one year, halve the rate the following year and equalize them with the corporate rate. It is small businesses which create over fifty percent of the jobs in America. Allow small businesses to buy medical insurance as a collective and not subject those with less than five employees to benefits requirements. [probably less than 100 billion]
-Expand the US Coast Guard and Public Health Departments by 100,000 to ensure emergency response capability in every county in the USA and baseline access to health services such as immunizations and screenings which would include mental health services. [less than 100 billion]
-Build “the wall” to slow the flow of illegal immigrants as the level of gangs in California and Texas demonstrates we are about to lose control of our borders if we don’t do things differently. [less than 100 billion]
-Give one billion dollars to every state for infrastructure repairs on federal roads, bridges, and highways with priority going to those projects which are already shovel ready. [50 billion]
-Give no more money to banks, but allow homeowners mortgage relief from those who already took money with a half payment holiday for one year and the balance tacked on to the last loan payment. [already gave the banks the money]
-And since we are in such a generous mood, give each taxpayer $5000 tax free to spend as they’d like.
All of this would cost less than the $800 billion which even the Congressional Management Office of the Budget says present bills would and these simple measures would stimulate the economy and create thousands of jobs.
Editor's Note: Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a physician and the NC Republican National Committeewoman. Contact her at P. O. Box 777; Salisbury, NC 28145; telephone (704) 223-ADA1 ; DrFisher@DrAdaMFisher.org
Dr. Fisher's opinions are her own and are not necessarily those of Katy's Conservative Corner. We thank her for sharing them with us and invite her to do so again.
Thank you for sticking with us while we were away, completing a move and getting settled in a new town.
Today, Tuesday, January 20th, your blogger is observing a day of silence. She is frankly exhausted by the long media obsession over "the anointed one". She is glad this day is finally here so that our new President can take his office and begin his duties. However, we are not here to discuss politics in depth today.
KCC has been offline for quite a while, now. However, as we are getting settled in our new quarters, we will begin regular reporting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 21st. We look forward to being back, stronger than ever. We look forward to your emails, tips, and general news. We appreciate our contributors and readers.
We'll pick up where we left off, on "Beverly Watch", regarding our favorite new governor. Regular reader, Frank Rouse, of Morehead City, has been providing interesting updates and we'll be using him as a contributor.
Additionally, our crooked North Carolina General Assembly comes back into session next week. Look forward to more fun, and antics as these guys and gals try to cover their tracks and try to convince you, the voter, that they are doing nothing wrong. It's all legal....REALLY.
While the BO love train made it's way to our nation's capital, one of the last stops was nearby Baltimore, Maryland. While there, Obama supporters apparently couldn't contain themselves and pasted the name and photo of "our" president-elect all over the American flag.
Your blogger feels that these people are so emotional, they lose their minds and forget the rules of proper display of our national banner. Read those rules here.
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