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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!
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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.
Liz Cheney, the brilliant daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney and Co-Founder of Keep America Safe, was introduced by ACU & CPAC Chairman David Keene. Unfortunately, I had to leave her midday Thursday speech prematurely.
I did get to hear her lambaste President BarackObama, though. Liz said that "experts" had predicted the death of the conservative movement after the brutal 2008 elections. They were wrong. Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts shocked and frightened Obama and the Democrats, who had misjudged America's tolerance for socialist politics.
Liz decried how Obama did not govern from the center, as many people naively thought he would. Instead he raises taxes to pay for nationalized healthcare. He does not believe in American exceptionalism. Instead he traveled the world to apologize for America's perceived "transgressions." He even incredibly wants to give foreign terrorists the same constitutional rights as US citizens.
Later, Liz surprised the audience by introducing her father. Vice-President Dick Cheney, who I wish had been our former *President*, spoke briefly to a delighted audience. The senior Cheney earned a standing ovation by predicting 2010 would be a great year for Conservatives, and that Obama would be a one-term President. He even received such an ovation just for entering the room.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rob Benningfield is loving husband of your blogger. He is at CPAC helping to write stories for this blog, and seems to be having a great time. Thank you Rob for putting up with me! I love you.
Rob is an electrical engineer with both an undergraduate and graduate degree from North Carolina State University's College of Engineering.
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What we need to do is a movement is spend a lot of time on college campuses and with young professionals and get these people involved, stated Josh Mandel, a young attorney, Marine Corp veteran, and Ohio state house representative. From the Cleveland area, Mandell is used to running against Democrats.
Young Mandell's state legislative district is stacked against him: Two to one Democrat to Republican, yet they re-elected him with over 70 percent of the vote! This was despite the fact theDennis Kuninich is his Representative in Congress.
How? Mandell organized and reached out to these Democrats and explained that for reasons of economic freedom and peace throu strength, they should be voting for Republicans. He did it though old fashioned shoe leather, much like Patrick McHenry did in our own state. It's the old fashioned way, but voters appreciate being able to touch the candidate and feel like he's one of them.
Because it's such hard work, most candidates hate it, but not Mandell. In 2010, he's running for Ohio Treasurer and this blogger thinks he will make it. Go Josh!
Josh's Tips for Young People Entering Politics:
Don't follow the leader. Don't blindely follow. Stand on own principles, and don't be told to "wait your turn".
Don't ever be out worked. When he fought in Iraq, he learned what hard work was. He wore out pairs of shoes knocking on doors, which he hung up in the state house, instead of nice of the Browns or the Indians
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Overhead: Your blogger hears that there are more than 12,000 people here at this event, both nationally and internationally. Last year's event set the previous record at an attendance of 8,500.
Watch CPAC 2010 here on Katy's Conservative Corner, North Carolina's official CPAC blogger. As long as activies are taking place, this feed will be live. Enjoy. We'll keep this post at the top of the page through Saturday evening and individual stories will be posted beneath.
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.
Part I: How We will Win. Please forgive your blogger's shaky camera.
Part II: This part is extremely shaky. It might be better to just listen than to watch.
Your blogger is sorry for this, but she was extremely tired. Running this blog is a one-woman show and she was constantly running back and forth, among her delegation, seeing friends, writing at the media table, and taking photographs.
As of this writing, KCC is still not done. However, the Chairman Fetzer's message is important.
This is an exciting time for the North Carolina Grand Ole' Party, and we are looking ahead, now, rather than looking back at the 2008 cycle.
By a margin of only one vote, Tommy Adams (left) won the position of NCGOP Asst Secretary in an afternoon meeting of the NCGOP Executive Committee.
The 24-year-old is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University and defeated Clare Mahoney, a 39-year-old mother of three from Mecklenburg County.
Mrs. Mahoney could not be present at the meeting as she was attending an event in which her daughter was featured. Mahoney was nominated by immediate past State GOP chairman Linda Daves. Adams was nominated by Dr Ada Fisher, the national committeewoman. Mahoney was the only person on Chairman Fetzer's slate that was not elected. (More on that next post.)
Excited about his win, Adams stated that he runs his family business and he is ready to work hard for the North Carolina Republican Party. Congratulations.
During the voting for Chairman of the State GOP Convention, Chad Adams has conceded and has congratulated former Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer. This means that Mayor Fetzer has just been elected State Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.
After the Wake County vote was announced, it became clear to Adams that mathematically, he could not win.
In the interest of party unity, Marcus Kindley has seconded the motion, made by Chad Adams, to elect Tom Fetzer by acclimation.
Fetzer is now giving his victory speech, in a very muted way. The four candidates are standing arm-in-arm on the podium.
Thanks be to God this is all over. Party unity has been achieved. A big relief has filled the room and your blogger is especially happy. Not necessarily at the outcome, though that did go in her favor, but over the fact that this long, race is over. We've all said things we've regretted and its thankfully time to move forward and get on with the job of electing Republicans!
Your blogger congratulates the non-winning candidates for their Class act (Adams, Randall, and Kindley all pictured below). Thanks to each of the gentlemen for running for this high office and we look forward to their continued involvement. Everyone of them deserves a seat at the table!
Current Vice Chairman, David Sawyer, has just been nominated for re-election. Additionally, Tim Johnson of Buncombe County, has also been nominated.
Nominations have just been closed. Please forgive your blogger, but with the convention floor so crowded, you blogger is exhausted from running back and forth from the media table, to her delegation (Wake), and to the podium to shoot photographs for this blog. Being a one-woman blogger is not an easy task, especially, when one pays to do this, rather than gets paid.
Your blogger feels called to do this and started blogging when her son was an infant. She wanted to inform and educated her fellow North Carolina conservatives.
The blog has grown much past her expectations and KCC is proud to continue.
Meanwhile, Wayne King just completed his nominating speech for David Sawyer. KCC fears her grammar is going down the drain. What would her English professors at Meredith College say now?
Currently, Tim Johnson's wife is nominating him. We regret that we do not have her name. She's an excellent speaker and major kudos to her on this fantastic speech. She is fiery and your blogger believes she has changed minds.
Mrs. Johnson has told the delegates that Timothy Johnson has repented for his past wrong doings and prays daily about the personal attacks.
Katy's Conservative Corner has refused to "go negative" against any candidate in any of the races up today.
However, she did provide a news report from western NC television station, WLOS, as that was considered news. KCC believes this situation should have been handled "in house" by the former GOP administration and should never have made the news.
Unfortunately, that group chose not to deal with it and work it all out in private. Your blogger additionally feels that the situation should never have made the "lamestream media" and KCC has removed the post and regrets that it appeared on her blog. KCC apologizes to the Johnsons.
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UPDATE: 6:48 P.M. Buncome County Chairman Tim Johnson gave a rousing, and sometimes angry speech. He was inspirational, angry at how "bloggers" used information that was on WLOS "against him". Currently David Sawyer is giving his speech. He's not the speaker that Johnson is, but he's sincere. Though your blogger has endorsed Mr. Sawyer, she re-states that she has no ill will toward any candidate!
UPDATE: 7:47 The roll call vote is currently underway. There are only two candidates, so this will be over with the one ballot.
The speeches, cheering, and posturing are over. The ballots have been cast for State Chairman. We are currently undergoing a roll call vote. Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes is tallying the votes for your blogger. The actual "hard" vote count means little. They must be translated into a "weighted" vote so that the smaller counties like Transylvania (seated right in from of the media table) will have as much say in the election as the largest delegation, host delegation, Wake.
Watch the voting live on Katy's Conservative Corner.
UPDATE: 5:27 p.m. Gee, this afternoon is flying by. Your blogger is exhausted and the roll call continues. Your blogger has taken many photos these last 2 days and is taking this time to post some of them. Please keep checking back. We will be here for at least 2 hours more, as there is a contentious race for Vice Chairman coming up and we expect another rousing speech from Dr. Ada Fisher, NC's National Committeewoman.
UPDATE 5:35 p.m: At least one delegate has made an emergency trip to the hospital. Conservative firebrand, and Buncombe County delegate, Zora Hays, was taken to Wake Medical Center this morning after becoming ill with some sort of allergy. A fellow delegate has stayed behind with her, so both are missing the vote. They were committed delegates to Tom Fetzer and David Sawyer, so those people have two fewer votes to count on.
Meanwhile, a huge number of unexpected people showed up to register as delegates this morning, causing headaches for the staff and volunteers, but making for an even more exciting convention.
UPDATE 5: 41: This vote is so tight that counties are making sure that all of their votes were properly counted. Moore County was the last to verify. Prior to that, Cumberland County Chairman, Suzanne Rucker stated that she needed a "math class" and re-reported her county totals. We'll have them all for you, eventually.
Currently, the popular vote, looks like it goes to Adams, but that is most certainly UNOFFICIAL. The votes are not official and much work still has to be done.
UPDATE 5:50: A new delegate has just asked the Chair to explain the weighted voting system. Chairman Billy Miller called it
"an incredibly complicated and Byzantine formula that's in the state plan and you are welcome to read it and it's on the state GOP website" to much laughter. There's much magic, voodoo computer way of doing the math, the chairman finished.
A delegate explained that the weighted system is to reward counties that perform well in elections, and those counties tend to be allotted more delegates. Those delegates are then "weighted out" to determine the winner.
The convention is briefly in recess until the vote is worked out, the weighting is finalized, and a winner is either determined, or another ballot is taken. Tom Fetzer has won the popular vote by a hair on the first ballot. Not enough to win it outright.
UPDATE 5:55: ANOTHER VOTE MOST LIKELY NEEDED. STAY TUNED FOLKS. IT ISN'T OVER YET!
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UPDATE 6:00 p.m.: It will take 4,091 weighted votes to elect a new state chairman outright. Chairman Billy Miller stated he was "willing to entertain a motion to elect a Vice Chairman via rock, paper, scissors." He's now bringing his eight children on stage. Obviously he's killing some time while the staff and number crunchers try to figure things out. God bless Chairman Miller. He's a real hoot.
UPDATE 6: 02 p.m.: SECOND BALLOT NEEDED!!!!
Marcus Kindley came in 4th, and therefore is no longer on the ballot. Fetzer won the vote on first ballot.
BILL RANDALL has also withdrawn. It's down to two.
After a series of rousing nominations, inspiring speeches, and many photographs taken by this blogger, KCC regrets that she has been away from her post at the media table. At this moment, Convention Chairman Billy Miller (Mecklenburg) is calling for each county to caucus.
The delegates are currently streaming in the convention hall is filling with delegates and there are more delegates than seats. Guests and visitors (non-credentialed delegates) have been asked to move to the walls or otherwise remain standing.
In short, the place is packed for the biggest action of the weekend, the election of the State Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. Frankly, your blogger will be glad this is all over.
This has been a long campaign and your blogger has been extremely involved. We've tried to cover it fairly and positively and we promise to support the elected chairman, despite our endorsement of Tom Fetzer, the former Raleigh mayor.
The Chad Adams' team is sporting red balloons that they surely plan to wave when their candidate speaks. The Fetzer folks have red, white, and blue signs. Both teams have "whips" that are to act as cheerleaders and start the applause at the appropriate point.
As a duly credentialed delegate, you blogger will be off and on this afternoon during the votes, and may be be blogging from her iPhone.
There are people yelling, blowing air horns, and getting generally crazy. This is going to be a rip roaring afternoon. There is no place that KCC would rather be.
Keep watching for more posts coming this afternoon.
By the way, at least 1/3 of the delegates are first timers to an NCGOP convention.
Update 2:18 PMLinda Daves, State Chairman of the NCGOP is giving her final report of the State Party. She's getting a rousing applause! Catch this streaming live NOW!
Update 2:34 PM In closing, outgoing Chairman Daves urged Delegates urged delegates not to abandon the principles of god, and country and she reminded them that "we are the party of courage and American Freedom."
"We are not the party for everyone. We are not the party of pessimism. We are not the party that says your government will be your savior. We are not the party of victim hood...we are not the party of entitlement. We are not afraid to discuss race and ethic differences. We are not the party of guilt. We are not the party that apologizes. We are the party that are proud to believe in what this great country stands for. We must be willing so stand up and be willing to speak up and against the most liberal President in our nations history."
Update 2:45 p.m. The speeches by dignitaries have concluded and the convention is now in recess as it awaits the conclusion of the credentials committee report.
The credentials are still being debated. With so much at stake at this convention, this is not surprizing.
Total delegates registered today: 651.
Next up: Rules report. Rules have been adopted.
Meanwhile, the Chad Adams election team is running about in full force. They have ear pieces like the CIA, and they've selected pretty women to wear sashes that indicate their support for Mr. Adams.
Billy Miller of Mecklenburg County is chairing the convention, once again. Mr. Miller is a fantastic conference chair, has a quick wit, and is worth the price of admission, just to listen to his quips. He's also extremely fair.
Update: 4:36 Thus far, nothing of real interest has happened this afternoon, regarding debate over rules. The convention remains stuck on the first proposal regarding changes to the wording regarding the authority of the Central Committee of the Executive of the NC GOP. There were three parts of this and they were each broken down.
With this convention scheduled to adjourn in less than half an hour (5:00 p.m. EDT), your blogger believes we won't get past this. It appears to this delegate, media member, and blogger that Saturday will provide all of the expected fireworks.
Update 4:45 We expect to see many resolutions introduced from those members of the Republican Liberty Caucus (followers of Ron Paul). Additionally, Saturday will have a lot of campaigning from the six candidates running for the offices of State Chairman and Vice Chairman.
People are now beginning to drift out of the hall to prepare for this evenings banquet featuring Congressman Mike Pence.
More later is a separate post from Congresman Pence.
The NC GOP State Convention is underway in Raleigh's new Convention Center. Arriving delegates had to contend with traffic, as all Wake County high schools were graduating today.
Included among the Sargents-At-Arms are Sheriff Donnie Harrison of Wake County and BJ Barnes of Guilford County.
Mayor Pat McCrory of Charlotte, started the convention off by discussing how the Republican party is coming back. He spoke of energy and how the Democrats are happy that gas prices are going up! He said Dems are happy that the US is still dependent on nations like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, to much applause. He also spoke of solar power and conservation and how our current President doesn't bring these issues up.
He also spoke of how the number one responsiblity of government is to protect us and he wonders why the Democrats just don't get that.
His third point was education from a parents' point-of-view. He supports parental choice. He says our President exercised his choice and he's not sending his little girls to public school. McCrory is sad to say his sister, Linda, won't be a teacher next year. She's very sad about it but the bureaucracy drove her out. That same over governance is driving all the good teachers out.
Your blogger has a babysitter at home at this moment keeping our son. She is a recent graduate of Meredith College and will begin teaching next fall. However, your blogger wonders just how long our young friend will remain in that profession.
McCrory said that we need to change the culture of government and get rid of the secret meetings. He also joked but said it was a true story: his wife couldn't get a job at UNC-Charlotte, unlike Easley's wife. Perhaps if he'd been governor, she could have. (Not that she would have it, or that he would stoop to have pulled such strings). He urged our current governor to keep her ego on the ground and her ethics in her heart.
He also spoke about the chairman's race. He urged no more negativity and unity as soon as the election is over.
McCrory also discussed a lesson we have learned from the "other party". He said "we gotta raise some money".
"We cannot win this next election if we just sit in this room and talk to each other. We have to contribute to the Party and to the candidates of our choice."
*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 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!
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.
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.
As the loss of our liberty looms and freedom shivers in the shadow of socialism, we must reject this new worldview of government first, hand in our pocket liberalism that is creeping into every level of our lives and destroying the freedoms granted to us by our Constitution and bequeathed by our Creator.
America is being weakened spiritually, morally and economically. Our inalienable rights are now an indulgence of government and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping away as it is at this moment in our history.
Liberalism is the new religion of the political class in Washington and Raleigh. They continue to seize power denied by the Constitution to the detriment of our liberty and we must stop the theft of our freedom.
When we gather in Raleigh in June for the State Convention, let us rally on Halifax Mall as a means to peacefully voice our opposition concerning the seizure of our liberty and the mismanagement of the public treasury.
We must halt the invasion of this intrusive socialist government by offering voters an alternative to a Liberal Orwellian Democratic Party that seeks to strangle economic mobility, suppress freedom and surrender American sovereignty.