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(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.)
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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.
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.
*Congratulations to the group NC Freedom on their first anniversary. This group is not affiliated with any other group, nationally or locally, but shares related information from bloggers and associated groups with those who sign up for its mailing list. Their newsletter editor, Sharon Sbrocco, told your blogger that the first year has been productive and that she looks forward to their Convention of the People - Initiative I. Check it out here.
*KCC will be an official blogger at CPAC in Washington, as a representative from NC. Held every February, the meeting brings thousands of conservatives together to ignite their collective spirits and hear inspiring speakers.
We are extremely excited to see friends that we only see at national events, and it appears that there are a number of North Carolinians going, as well. Please say hello to us while there, if possible!
We'll also run the proceedings live on this blog, in the event. This may come in handy if you don't have access to a television during your workday, for example.
*Our friend over at the ARRA News Service in Arkansas, Dr. Bill Smith, has an excellent article on Nancy Pelosi's Food and Booze Tab. Drawn from research done at Judicial Watch, this short piece will make your cry for our once great nation. In fact, Dr. Bill's blogs are excellent and we highly recommend them all.
On a side note, Dr. Bill told this KCC that he spends so many hours per week on his blog, that he often doesn't come out of his office for days at the time. He works incredibly hard to keep the citizens of Arkansas, and the nation informed.
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.
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.
It's finally judgement week, Part I for Michael Easley (left, prior to wrecking yet another race car. Photo courtesy Greensboro News and Record), former Governor of the Old North State. Part I, because there will certainly be more hearings in court in the months to come. This week, the North Carolina Board of Elections has taken the first shot at Easley.
Wednesday afternoon, your blogger watched the former governor, shift his eyes and squirm in his seat, in response to questions. That indicates that perhaps he wasn't telling the truth each time he stated that he "didn't remember" or that he "wasn't involved". KCC's favorite was "someone else handled that" even though he could rarely remember who.
He claimed to be "trying to help y'all out" yet he rarely had solid answers in the Wednesday afternoon round of questions. We realize it is difficult to sit for five hours of questioning and recognize the fact that Easley didn't have to take the stand.
Your blogger credits one man for opening this huge can of worms, the John Locke Foundation's Don Carrington. Carrington wrote stories the Carolina Journal for months about Easley's misdeeds and finally the Raleigh News and Observer picked it up. Other papers realized that the story was nearly too good to be true and jumped in on it.
Part of the investigation involves Easley's sweetheart deal in the Cannonsgate subdivision in the Town of Bogue, near Morehead City, at the NC coast. Carrington was the first to look into that, too, before the News and Observer furthered the investigation.
Meanwhile, during Wednesday's hearings, your blogger was amazed that someone like the former Governor, who has been in the political trenches for years, didn't know how the political system works. In fact, during questioning regarding in-kind contributions, he said he didn't know about any type of in-kind contributions, because "they could be anything."
Easley went on to say, much to your blogger's amazement, that people "putting up signs for the campaign" were in-kind donors. Those folks are actually called volunteers!
KCC is sure that Republican State Elections Board member, Bill Peaslee, must have either felt extremely sad or been forced to suppress a chuckle. Peaslee later told WRAL news that he felt Easley did the best he could have, given all the years that have passed.
A veteran volunteer and staffer campaigns , KCC understands that in-kind donations can include the donation of food at a fundraiser, the donation of cars to a campaign, and the like.
In the afternoon session his Democrat majority buddies on the State Elections Board mostly asked softball questions, which were extremely leading. Peaslee, meanwhile asked the tough questions but got nowhere.
Frankly, KCC would think that the Democrats, would have thrown the former guv to the wolves by now. They know they are in trouble for the 2010 elections. If the Republicans in this state are smart, they will hang Easley around every Democrat's neck, and force it to be an issue.
Yet, NC Board of Elections Chairman Larry Leake, an appointee to that position by the former Governor, failed to recuse himself from chairing the hearings. Your blogger thinks current Governor Perdue should do the right thing and remove Leake from his position.
Even current Governor Beverly Perdue should be held accountable to many of Easley's deeds. She was his Lt. Governor. She's supposed to be the "transparency governor" but there have been many instances that she's been caught being just he opposite. More on that in another post.
Meanwhile, in attendance, was Claudia Rodgers, a Raleigh and coastal NC Republican activist. The sleuth and sometime researcher normally prefers to keep a low profile at political and other such events. Today, however, she was seated directly behind the former Governor, right in view of cameras.
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Larry Leake adjourned the meeting, which is being held at the Clarion Hotel in downtown Raleigh. He stated he only has one more witness to call, Scott Falmlen, the former executive director of the state Democratic Partyl. That means he's not calling McQueen Campbell and many others.
Even Ruffin Poole, a former special aide to Easley, won't be called to testify, and the reasons are being kept secret, reports the N&O.
Tune in tomorrow and watch the hearings live in North Carolina on Statewide Cable News Channel News 14. If that is unavailable to you, or if you live out-of-state, you may log on to the WRAL-TV Live Coverage and stream it online.
Additionally, Locke Foundation blogger's have a play-by-play of who was called when and be sure to check out WRAL's along video archive.
The hearings conclude on Thursday. At that time, the Board can fine Easley, recommend the case to the District Attorney, or do nothing.
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Ham told the crowd that conservatives are NOT racists, astroturf angry mobs, domestic terrorists,or hate mongers.
Our group of Tea Partiers, she said, are simply a group of unsatified, patroitic Americans who are exercising free speech according to first amendment rights.
She compared our protests to the protests of the anarchists at the recent Pittsburgh G20 Summit.
In all of the Right's Tea Party protests combined, only 11 people were arrested, most of which were for minor infractions, such as pulling down signs. Only two of those were for actual assaults.
Seven of the 11 acts were commited by liberal counter-protesters.
At the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, the anarchists were in a completely different league, Ham said. They vandalized cars, smashed shop windows, threw rocks at law enforcement, and 65 were arrested.
Naturally, according to Ham, the press ignored the anarchists, and chose only to focus on the few bad apples in the conservative "mobs" at the tea parties and further tried to whip up fear and hysteria among the general public.
Ham admitted that she was tired of the "mainstream press" trying to demonize conservatives.
This North Carolina blogger apprecites the excellent work being done by Miss Ham, part of the new leadership of the conservative movement.
Thank goodness we have people like her, who are witty, sarcastic, and extremely bright. She can out debate any liberal on virtually any topic, simply by using common sense. Common sense is something we need more of, in our North Carolina state government, in Congress and in the White House.
Please enjoy the videos of the actual talk, shot by Ed Morrisey of the Hot Air blog.
Editor's Note: Thanks Ed! Sorry I didn't get the chance to chat with you at the Summit but you were constantly busy, and so was I.
The North Carolina Delegation has much to be proud about, arriving with the largest delegation of nearly 500 people, though I hear that some are having difficulties with hotel reservations.
KCC and her husband arrived by private vehicle last night, as we had to drop off our youngest Republican with his Grandmother. Plus, we didn't want to miss any of this morning's action.
Below is an introductory video with a report from your's truely. Soon to come is the evening's dinner and loads of activities on Saturday. Meanwhile KCC will be keeping an eye on the college football scoreboard rooting for her NC State Wolfpack and her Tennessee Volunteers.
Updated 10/3/09: Mitch Kokai, communications director for the John Locke Foundation , shot a great video of the rally yesterday. Below the video of your blogger is a short, overview of the Capitol Hill rally.
Here's the full rally. This video, shot by Mitch Kokai, runs about 35 minutes.
Your blogger spent all day Friday and most of the day Saturday attending one of the most informative events ever held in North Carolina.
If you are a conservative and are not in Raleigh this weekend, you've missed a great event. The Civitas Institute puts on the annual NC Conservative Leadership Conference which brings top notch national experts to North Carolina for a thought provoking, often entertaining, and information-packed two days.
Saturday's luncheon, for example, featured the former Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean. We also heard Friday, from terrorism expert, Robert Spencer, who has traveled worldwide researching the topic.
As she writes, your blogger is hearing from Wall Street Journal colunnist and Fox News contributor, John Fund discuss health care. KCC notices especially how he appeals to the under-35 generation who aren't as aware of the great times we had under President Reagan and the bad times we had under Carter and Clinton.
Civitas Chairman Art Pope is moderating the panel from the perspective of a business owner, with Donna Arduin as a fellow panelist. Pope mentioned that he'd like to continue in the retailing business rather than be an expert in the health insurance business, which he has been forced to become today.
Your blogger has taken many photographs and will provide the complete rundown in a few days. If you decided to skip it this year, be sure to make it a part of your plans in 2010.
Many thanks to Col. Francis X. DeLuca (USMCR) and his team for putting on such an excellent program. Thanks also to Jeff Mixon for keeping things rolling, and for being especially helpful to this blogger. Mixon and wife Amanda are longtime friends.
Check out the Civitas Review's wrap up of the Dr. Jennifer Ruth's talk here. They've got a great blog and we highly recommend them.
Despite the competition this group had with the many who went on bus trips to Washington for the 9/12 demonstrations, the Conference has an excellent turnout.
On Wednesday, newly elected NCGOP State Chairman, Tom Fetzer (left, photo Katy Benningfield), held his first press conference. Fetzer wasted no time in establishing the type of chairman he will be.
Do you wonder how our liberal, yet dying newspapers will handle this one? Will they give this any ink?
A June 23rd North Carolina Democrat Party fundraiser sponsored by Governor Bev Perdue and the Democrat members of the Council of State “honoring” Democrat Legislative leaders, gives the appearance of a violation of state laws. These laws were written in the aftermath of the corruption scandal surrounding disgraced formerDemocrat House Speaker Jim Black. (left, courtesy WRAL-TV, Raleigh)
“While our citizens look to elected officials for leadership, a lobbyist & PAC fundraiser during the heat of budget negotiations raises serious ethical questions” said Tom Fetzer, Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.
Fetzer went on to say “At the very least this creates the appearance of pay-to-play politics. Given recent revelations involving former Governor Mike Easley (left, courtesy Ches McDowell) and many current Democrat members of Governor Perdue’s administration, a reasonable person could assume much worse.”
The ethics law, supported by then Lt. Governor Perdue and the current Democrat Legislative leaders including Senate Pro Tem Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney, barred lobbyists from contributing to the campaigns of candidates and strengthened prohibitions on fundraising during the legislative session.
In spite of the restrictions, Governor Perdue and Legislative Democrats are skirting the law by soliciting donations from special interests during budget negotiations between the State House Democrats and State Senate Democrats.
“I join the call of North Carolina’s citizens who are fed up with Pay-to-Play politics and demand that the spirit of the Ethics Reform Law be respected and this fundraiser be cancelled” Fetzer added.
“Furthermore, this loophole in the legislation needs to be closed, less our citizens be left to wonder if the liberal-led culture of corruption has not ended, but instead simply moved its’ operations from private dining clubs and IHOP restaurants to the Democrat Headquarters on Hillsborough Street.”
Listen to Fetzer's Press Conference Below in MP3 format:
Editor's Notes: Your blogger was a proud Raleigh taxpaying citizen when Fetzer and company defeated the liberal elitists that ran Raleigh. They then took on the once-powerful News and Observer every day! We expect more of the same from our new chairman.
*Registration for the meeting will be from 9:30AM to 10:30AM
*Business sessions will include debate on the Platform, Resolutions, Plan of Organization, as well as the election of the NCGOP Chairman and NCGOP Vice Chairman.
Hat Tip: Brent Woodcox, NCGOP Communications Director/Legal Council
Editor's Note: Your blogger has previously endorsed Tom Fetzer and David Sawyer for Chairman and Vice Chairman of the State Party. However it all works out, she looks forward to working with the winners and everyone else involved.
The website will allow activists to sign letters and emails to North Carolina legislators stating their principled opposition to the $1 billion in new taxes already proposed by Gov. (Beverly) Perdue and the North Carolina General Assembly.
“There are no tax increases that will not hurt our economic recovery. These will be job-killing tax increases,” said Americans for Prosperity State Director Dallas Woodhouse. “Our legislators need to know that citizens are taxed enough already and will not stand for a $1 billion tax increase.”
The website was created by Americans for Prosperity because of the attempts by both Gov. Perdue and the General Assembly to increase taxes on sales, income and everything from automotive repairs to downloading music.
Other activities under serious consideration for dramatically increased taxation include digital properties, warranties, alcohol, cigarettes, as well as tangible personal property services such as plumbing repairs.
Editor's Note: Your blogger has long been active with the Americans for Prosperity and she finds it one of North Carolina's most valuable groups regarding fiscal issues. Don't miss their fall national conference in Washington. Watch this space for details. Your blogger will be there.
The Vice Chairman's job is a big one and one that requires not only a conservative but someone who has demonstrated a dedication to the Republican Party in North Carolina. David Sawyer has served the state GOP well as Vice Chairman and deserves another term.
David was first elected Chairman of the Swain County GOP in 1993 and was re-elected two years later. In 1997, he went on to Vice Chair the 11th Congressional District and held that position for five years. During that time, he served as Chair of the NCGOP Plan of Organization Committee and the Plan and Credentials Committee.
David has also dedicated his time to a number of successful Republican campaigns including those of Senators Faircloth, Burr and Dole. David continues to live in Swain County where he serves the local community as an attorney, on several corporate boards and as a firefighter with his local volunteer fire dept.
EDITOR'S NOTE:Your blogger is proud to stand with Andrew Dunn and endorse David Sawyer for Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. He will work well with the next chairman, no matter who we elect. Please come to the convention in Raleigh and vote for David Sawyer!
Governor Beverly Perdue publicly stated Thursday that she is considering proposing additional tax increases on top of the cigarette and alcohol taxes included in her original budget proposal.
Longtime political reporter Rob Christensen, writing in Friday's edition of the Raleigh News and Observer, stated:
"Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday that a tax increase might be needed to prevent 'horrific' cuts in government services as state leaders try to close a projected $4.6 billion shortfall in North Carolina's budget.
Perdue didn't say what tax increases she might support. But she noted that her budget proposal made to the legislature earlier this year called for an increase in the excise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. She said she would not rule out other tax increases."
"Governor Perdue has already broken her promise to refrain from raising taxes with her original budget proposal. Now she wants even more money from the pockets of North Carolina's working families. It is not the fault of North Carolina citizens that the state is facing a $4.6 billion budget shortfall. Years of mismanagement, oversight, and neglect have produced this crisis as Democrats in the General Assembly, including the Governor herself, have been derelict in their duty to protect North Carolinians from the predictable outcome of profligate spending. Good leadership should put state government in a position to survive not just in a robust economy but in lean times as well. Governor Perdue should start providing that leadership instead of scapegoating North Carolina taxpayers when they are most vulnerable."
Editor's Note: The N&O's Senior political reporter, Rob Christensen, has been covering the NC GOP for years. He's never been a favorite among Republican circles but he's got the vote of your blogger. After chatting with him at a University of Tennessee alumni "Football Watching Party" a number of years ago, KCC became a big fan.
Christensen knows North Carolina politics as well as anyone and can tell you what will happen before it does. In the State GOP chairman's race, your blogger's money is on Christensen.
North Carolina, has been forced to put up with the continuing mess of Democrat corruption in State Government for years. Former Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer wonders in this latest video, what is current Governor Beverly Perdue doing about it?
In North Carolina, we Republicans deal with our own, who have strayed. In the Democrat party, they continue to put up with them, standing by them all the way until they leave for the big house.
In other news regarding the State GOP Chairman's Race, Chad Adams has announced several endorsements from Wake County. It would appear to this blogger, that Adams is focusing on bringing in the Wake County vote, as being the host county at the State Convention, that will be the largest county in attendance.
They came in buses from all parts of our state. They came with their signs of protest and they signed petitions to Governor Beverly Perdue saying "Don't Raise Our Taxes". It was also billed as a Tea Party, designed to draw in the "Tea Party crowd", and come they did.
Featured speakers included "Joe the Plumber", Jonathan Krone (the 14 year-old conservative prodigy, left with your blogger), and Raleigh's own Fox News Commentator, Mary Katharine Ham. Your blogger circulated through the crowd, ate Eastern NC style bar-be-que, listened to the band, and overall, had a grand old time.
The Wake County Republican Party has printed "Don't Tread On Me" T-Shirts ahead of today's Tea Party happening from 4:30 to 7:30 on Halifax Governement Mall, in downtown Raleigh.
The Tea Party, sponsored by the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, is a statewide protest against the billion dollar state tax increase. Fox News Star, and all around interesting person, Mary Katharine Ham, will be the featured speaker, along with "Joe the Plumber".
The "Don't Tread On Me T-Shirts" are twenty dollars and are limited to first-come, first serve, and are available at the Tea Party only. Get yours just as soon as you arrive at the Tea Party. Sizes run large, so purchase a size down from what you would normally wear.
UPDATE: THE SHIRTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE NCGOP STATE CONVENTION. WAKE IS THE HOST COUNTY.
Editor's Note: Your blogger is an activist and board member with the Wake GOP Executive Committee and serves on the NC GOP Executive Committee. She'll see you today (Wednesday) at the Tea Party, proudly sporting her new T-Shirt, with her young son in tow. Please be sure to say hello!
FreedomWorks North Carolina has some exciting events in the next few days, and you are invited! Please come out and join us as we talk about ways to fight for lower taxes, less government and more freedom in North Carolina.
On Friday, June 5th, we are excited to host a young up and coming conservative activist and writer, Jonathan Krohn. Here are the details of our events this Friday, which will consist of a book signing and speech by Jonathan.
11:30am - 1:30pm
Hanes Mall Golden Corral
180 Hanes Mall Circle
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Herman Park Center
901 East Ash St
(corner of Herman and Ash)
Jonathan Krohn is the author of Define Conservatism, a book about the four principles Jonathan believes are essential to conservatism. Please try to come out to one of these events, if you can. We appreciate your hard work and support for freedom!
Allen Page is the State Director of FreedomWorks North Carolina
Editor's Note: Your blogger met and chatted with the conservative prodigy at the AFP Rally, Wednesday, and found him to be delightful, and funny. Don't miss seeing this pleasant young man, and bring $13.50 to purchase a copy of his book.
The North Carolina Republican Party State Convention is less than two weeks away. Your blogger visited Headquarters today and found staffers working overtime and well past eight into the evening, preparing to host another successful convention. Special kudos to Wanda Shivers who handles the phones and has the unique ability to stay calm, no matter what the situation. She is a true asset to our cause!
Thanks to the entire State GOP staff for working so hard to prepare for this convention. Your blogger is excited to be part of the host delegation and hopes that everyone has a fine time, despite the politicking going on for the top spot on the ballot.
Former NCGOP chairman, Frank Rouse, in his weekly e-mail column "Frankly Speaking", submitted the following:
Sue Myrick, Member of the U. S. Congress, from the Ninth Congressional District of N. C. has endorsed Tom Fetzer for Chairman of the N. C. Republican Party. Myrick joins a long list of N. C. Republican Leaders backing Fetzer.
(Other) Republican Leaders backing Fetzer include, former Governor James Holshouser, former U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth, former Lt. Governor and U.S. Congressman Jim Gardner.
Former gubernatorial candidates Richard Vinroot, Patrick Ballentine, Fred Smith and Bill Cobey (are also supporting Mr. Fetzer). Cobey is a former U.S. Congressman and former state chairman of the NCGOP.
10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry and 3rd District Congressman Walter Jones. Current Republican National Committeeman, State Rep. David Lewis supports Fetzer. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly Lake and former Court of Appeals Judges John Tyson and Eric Levinsonhave endorsed Fetzer.
There are several other Fetzer supporters of note including Chuck and Laura Neely, Ferrell and Linda Blount, Bob and Linda Shaw and Frank and Jane Rouse. Maybe the most important endorsement of all, (is) Mrs. Jesse (Dot) Helms.
Your blogger has previously endorsed Tom Fetzer for State Chairman.
In other news, Rouse reports that the libel suit against talk radio host, Curtis Wright and others was filed on Monday, June 1.
Katy's Conservative Corner proudly Endorses Tom Fetzer for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.Below, your blogger, a self-described Republican since the age of 9, offers her personal perspective:
Your blogger first met Tom Fetzer (left) in 1985, while an 18-year-old freshman at Meredith College. He was a handsome young 34-year-old, brought in by our club chairman to help increase attendance at our College Republican meetings.
He told of his work with Senator Jesse Helms, the Congressional Club and how he had learned from Tom Ellis and Carter Wrenn. Ellis was the man who saved Ronald Reagan's Presidential campaign in 1976 and paved the way for his election in 1980.
He also told us of his work on the 1984 infamous campaign between Senator Helms and Governor Jim Hunt. Your blogger volunteered on that campaign as a senior at New Bern Senior High School that year. She loved the line "Where do you stand, Jim", which pointed out Governor Hunt's many inconsistencies.
In 1988, Fetzer ran for Congress in the elusive 4th District against David Price. He raised a record $800,000 in that race.
Tom's most remarkable achievement, in the opinion of this blogger, came in 1993. A large group of conservatives were angry with the Raleigh City Council over their spending $52,000 of OUR tax monies for an "art tower" (left) on Capital Blvd. The thing was ugly, at best, and no one understood what it was. Most thought it was a cell phone tower.
Tom Fetzer made this art tower the albatross to hang around the necks of the liberals on City Council. He lead the charge, and solidified the conservative vote (both Democrats and Republicans) in Raleigh, swept into office and brought a conservative City Council with him.
He served three terms, before handing the job off to another great conservative, Paul Coble, the nephew of Senator Helms. Those were heady days in Raleigh.
Tom Fetzer has served as a board member with the John Locke Foundation for a number of years. He believes in the principles of a smaller government, lower taxes, and opposes government corruption on every level. He is a true conservative as he supports socially conservative issues, too. He believes in traditional marriage, is pro-life, and backs gun rights.
Your blogger supports Fetzer for State Chairman because he is a PROVEN FUNDRAISER, and understands the GRASSROOTS. He has knocked on thousands of doors and has made many more phone calls. He understands organization at that most basic level. He believes in utilizing new technologies, (just as your blogger has been preaching, for two years).
Additionally, your blogger has heard from numerous sources, that North Carolina Democrats are shaking in their boots at the prospect of a Tom Fetzer chairmanship. He's well known, dynamic, and can take on the media, with one hand tied behind his back.
Because Tom Fetzer has all of the critical attributes, Katy's Conservative Corner proudly endorses him for State Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.