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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.
Just like any movement, when it's successful, there will be detractors. In this case, they love to call the Tea Party people the word Tea Bag***. We won't print it because it's a disgusting sexual reference that does not belong here.
To learn what the opposition is up to, check out click on Crash the Tea Party. They say they are a network of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who are tired of Racists, "Homophobes", and Morons, yet they make really disgusting comments about homosexuals in posts regarding Barney Frank It leads this blogger to believe the actual "morons" are those running that site.
Please note: Some of the content is not very nice and can be offensive to conservative gay people and non-sophomoric others.
Your blogger saw these people in action, personally, at her last Tea Party in Washington, when trying to salvage the Health Care Bill.
These "bad guys" try to catch people at tea parties doing something wrong, such as spitting, yelling racist names, etc. They come armed with video cameras.
Therefore, at the next Tea Party this Thursday, this blogger, will come armed with hers.
Your blogger's four-year-old son is looking forward to his first rally this year, and asks his mommy each day, if "today is the day". Let's just hope the crowds will keep the ugly words to a minimum for the young ones in attendance. We are doing this for them.
Today, your blogger has added a new category to her list: Tea Parties.
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NCGOP Chairman Tom Fetzer called on North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to join with numerous other states in challenging the constitutionality of the recently passed health care bill.
“The federal government has taken an unprecedented and unwarranted step into the lives of North Carolinians,” Fetzer said. “North Carolinians are overwhelmingly opposed to this usurpation of power, and it is incumbent upon state leaders, most notably the Attorney General, to do everything in their power to protect our citizens’ right to make their own healthcare decisions. I call on Attorney General Cooper to file suit on the grounds that the mandate requiring every citizen to purchase health insurance is not a power granted to the federal government by the Constitution.”
Fourteen states are taking similar action: Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Idaho, Alabama, Nebraska, Utah, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
In January, Fetzer joined with Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger and House Republican Leader Skip Stam in announcing the Health Care Protection Act (HCPA), a legislative initiative that will protect North Carolinians from the federal mandate. Earlier this week, Berger reiterated his support of the HCPA. (See earlier post.)
On Saturday, your blogger, along with hundreds of others from North Carolina, and thousands from across the nation, loaded up on buses, planes, trains, and automobiles, and made our collective ways to our nation's Capitol. It was the most beautiful day we had seen all year and the weather there was much better than it was in Raleigh, KCC later discovered.
KCC's Live Posts on Twitter
Because your blogger had to carry everything she brought, she could not live blog the event from her laptop. Thus, she posted updates on her Twitter site. Go here to read them.
You do not need to have a Twitter account to read them. Just scroll back to Saturday's posts to see what KCC wrote and thought. KCC's twitter account is not quite as "family friendly" as is her blog. :-)
North Carolinians Storm the Capitol
For a small fee of $25, North Carolineans could ride one of about ten buses that were organized by the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. From Raleigh, the trip was relatively quick and our group arrived precisely at noon at the South Lawn of the Capitol. Already, speakers were rousing the crowd and masses were gathering.
Buses departed fromevery part of the Ole' North State and were ready to rally. People made phone calls on the way, and were advised as to the polite way to get their points across to opposing Members of Congress.
Lamestream Media Says "Don't Come into Washington"
What should NOT have amazed this blogger, was that the "lamestream" media was actually telling people NOT to come into the District. The traffic was too bad, they stated. They did their best to keep our numbers down, but it did not work.
Indeed there were numerous rallies going on that day. The Communist Party USA was supposed to be rallying somewhere, and an anti-war group took over Lafayette Square, across from the White House.
Your blogger stood beside a retired New York City police captain for a few minutes. He was well-versed in crowd counting and estimated the group to be between 65,000 - 70,000. Meanwhile, the "lamestream" media was calling the crowd at only 1,500 - 2,000. They were declaring that Americans were happy with the bill and wanted it to pass. Even MSNBC disagreed and declared that 60% of Americans were unhappy with the bill. Your blogger is certain that MSNBC vastly low balled the number, but they were right that most Americans opposed this bill.
Much more on this rally coming soon. Watch this space for updates!
EDITOR'S NOTES: KCC also took videos of some of events of the day.
More on the Communist Party later. Let's just say they were not quite who they said they were.
Chris Marie Farr,grassroots director of the NC AFP told riders of one of the Raleigh buses, that she had no idea what was actually going on, as she'd been buried in logistics in getting people together for 48 straight hours!
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Was there a preacher in the house? There had to be, but that voice, it was unmistakably that of TV personality Glenn Beck.
The popular Fox News host started by saying how Rush Limbaugh and Ronald Reagan are his personal heroes.
He admired Reagan's optimism. Like Reagan, Beck believes "it's still morning in America", though, he said, we may have to wake up with a hangover puking in the toilet first.
He warned that progressivism "is the cancer eating up America, and that it unfortunately not only infects the Democrat Party, but many Republicans as well."
Beck even condemned President Theodore Roosevelt (who I admire) as an early progressive. Beck argued:
"it's not enough for Republicans to just suck less than the other side. The GOP must admit its mistakes (an addiction to spending and big government) and reform itself".
He compared the GOP's failings to those of golfer Tiger Woods. Beck asserted that, like Woods, all addicts will continue their behavior as long as they do not get caught.
He then asked the same question everyone has been asking Woods, to the GOP: "You got caught! Are you sorry?"
Beck says he'd be more than happy to support the Republican Party if they only admitted their mistakes and showed genuine contrition. He wants them to do honest soul searching.
Then Beck noted that progressives are a political minority in this country, yet they keep advancing their agenda. How? Because they know how to package and sell their ideas. They've got Hollywood's help, too.
Beck stated that we have a right to fail.
Without failure, how do we learn and grow and improve? Why should a company be "to big to fail", so that it gets a taxpayer-funded bailout?
Beck cited his own battle to overcome alcoholism and the long way back. . He asserted conservatives believe everybody has the right to *pursue* happiness or success, not to be given happiness or success by the government. He insisted you don't have a right to free food, free housing, free higher education, or free medical care. You have to work for it and earn it.
Beck noted he couldn't afford to attend college, so he educated himself. He said there's no shame in being a self-made man, in showing ambition and working hard to become successful, so government shouldn't punish small businesses for working hard to be successful. Beck reminded the Marriott Ballroom crowd that business creates jobs, not the government.
Beck ended his sermon by promising that the future is not cast in stone. Our best days are not behind us. Our grandchildren do not have to have a lower standard of living than we have.
Watch Glenn's speech, as he delivered it on Saturday evening:
Editor's Note: This post, like all others at CPAC, was brought to you by our sponsor, RedState. RedState provided the Blogger's room and gave KCC the ability to cover the conference in a unique way. Not every blogger who applied received credentials, yet there were over 100 different conservative blogs represented, with a few liberals amongst us, as well. We all had a great time, and many thanks go to our fearless leader, Erick.
When the time came for conservative columnist and humorist Ann Coulter to take the stage at CPAC, the audience roared in approval. She told one liners as if she thought of them right on the spot and reminded everyone that she is truly a hard core conservative.
She mentioned, how she "loved bombs", supported national security, the defense of our allies, and she mentioned a few social issues that are important to her. (She reminded this blogger a bit of her own mindset as blogger's high school nickname was " 'Ole Nuke 'Em 'Till They Glow". )
A large group of Ron Paul followers appreciated that she paid tribute to their cause by saying that she appreciated that he was pro-life and that she liked everything except his foreign policy.
She also got a lot of laughs when she weighed in on your blogger's least favorite former U.S. Senator. "John Edwards may go down in history as earning the National Enquirer it's first Pulitzer Prize." Coulter told punchline after punchline and your blogger couldn't even begin to take notes of them all. However, Coulter did close with this:
"Keith Olbermanis a girl. Yes, Keith Olberman is a girl." Yes, out of left field, but it was still funny!
North Carolinian Gets First Question
In the ten-minute question and answer session, Wake County's Jonathan Bandy (below, left in a 1998 file photo) went to the microphone asked the first question.
"I'm from North Carolina and what can we do to get more newspaper coverage of slimeball John Edwards?"
Coulter shot back, "I can't believe anyone at this conference is still reading newspapers. I'm sure the National Enquirer is available in North Carolina."
Probably not the answer the former State Young Republican Chairman was looking for. Your blogger thinks he probably meant more fair coverage of Edwards.
KCC believes that the worst culprit in the state in the John Edwards love fest, remains a Triangle-area TV station ( that streams online, for national readers).
WRAL's "Special" Relationship With Edwards?
This blogger dislikes WRAL-TV relationship with the former U.S. Senator. It has disgustingly followed Edwards around for 16 years and have covered every single move Edwards makes. When it came to Elizabeth's cancer, their marital problems, their children, his mistress, his hair, his former aide's book, or his cars, nothing was too "up close and personal" for channel 5.
Back when the former Senator was running as John Kerry's veep, people complained to the station about "too much Edwards", but co-anchor Pam Salsby, with her ever-rotating hairdos, took to the airwaves to explain that "this is a local story and people want to know".
-Another question from the audience was: "Did you ever date a liberal?" Coulter paused, smiled, and slyly answered, "He wasn't (liberal) for long".
Catch the entire speech, along with the funny Q&A session, in the videos below. You'll laugh your socks off and you'll wonder how someone could be so quick on her feet. Fellow blogger and top selling author Michelle Malkin, doesn't particularly like Coulter, because Coulter has a tendency to shoot from the hip. However, Coulter likes to make light of situations and make people laugh. She's more of a conservative comedian, while Malkin is a serious writer and conservative journalist. KCC enjoys them both.
Ann Coulter Speech Part I:
Part II of Ann Coulter Speech:
Ann Coulter Q&A Part I (after the speech)
Ann Coulter Q&A Part II
KCC picked up the nickname "ole nuke 'em 'till they glow" in 1983, when she was a Junior at New Bern Senior High School. Her Advanced United States History teacher (and the following year, her Advanced United States Government teacher) Howard Matthews, was a solid conservative, which often sparked debate in class amongst the students.
Your blogger was the hardest of the hardliners in class, regarding Communism, and the running gag in class was "why don't we just nuke 'em and be done with them"? Naturally, your blogger knew, even at such a young age that such a thing wouldn't be a practical solution, but received the nickname anyway.
She believed then, as she does now, that we should NOT negotiate with Communists or terrorists. Those people are irrational and cannot be trusted to keep their word.
Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly, author, speaker, and trail blazer, spoke Wednesday at CPAC. Your blogger captured most of her talk via her digital camera. (Please forgive the occasional shaky image.)
Mrs. Schlafly is a heroine of your blogger and has been since she took on 1972 Democratic Presidential candidate, George McGovern in a debate at her alma mater in the late 1980s. She virtually slaughtered him on stage at Jones Auditorium, on the Meredith College campus.
Many of KCC's classmates complained at the time, about Schlafly, saying "we aren't getting an education to stay home and cook dinner". They clearly didn't realize how educated that the lady on stage was.
Apparently her words did resonate, however, as most of those same women are proud stay-at-home moms today. In general, most are happily married, and providing their children a home with a two parent family (a mom and a dad).
Hearing Mrs. Schalfy's remarks was a true breath of fresh air. It seems as if social issues are taboo these days. In North Carolina, people are talking only of economic issues and are kicking social issues to the curb.
She was pointed, and explained how she built coalitions to achieve her goals. She also complained about the "Rockefeller Republicans", known by some as "RINOS" or Republicans in name only. (KCC doesn't like the term RINOS. She prefers the term, moderate Republicans.)
Issues Divide NC Republicans
In North Carolina over the past twenty-five years, one thing that has traditionally divided the Republican party is this failure to address certain key social issues.
Issues like two parent families, traditional marriage, and overturning Roe v. Wade should be addressed by candidates running for legislative office. In this blogger's experiences, the typical "religious conservative" will stay home and not vote if their needs are not addressed. While KCC does not agree with this tactic, she does acknowledge that it does occur. (Your blogger has had to go to the polls and "hold her nose to vote" many times, rather than just not vote.)
While these "economic only" conservatives do have many valued points upon which we agree, it is imperative that GOP candidates at least "throw a bone" to the social conservatives, to keep them coming out. To get elected, our cause needs every single voter it can get, without sacrificing major principles.
Listen to these brief remarks and continue reading below:
Phyllis Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her bestselling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. She has been a leader of he pro-family movement since 1972, when she started her national volunteer organization, now called Eagle Forum. Her monthly newsletter, The Phyllis Schlafly Report, is now in its 42nd year. She is the author or editor of 20 books on subjects on subjects as varied as family and feminism, nuclear strategy, education, and child care.
The 80s song by the alternative group "The Smiths" comes to mind today, when thinking of the money President Barack Obama poured down the proverbial drain he signed the so-called Stimulus bill, which has mortgaged the future of our children and grandchildren. KCC's young son doesn't know it, but he'll spend his life working to pay it off.
Young Bobby is already angry at Obama for cutting NASA and the American space program. As his mommy and daddy have explained, the Chinese will now beat us back to the moon. Bobby dreams of being an astronaut and KCC hopes it is not already too late for him. In fact, he's ready to head for Pluto tomorrow, when called upon.
Meanwhile, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana, right), chairman of the U.S. House Republican Conference, told Congress his own opinions about the Spendulus bill, on the eve of the CPAC 2010 conference:
"One year later, one thing is clear: the stimulus bill has failed. One year later, not one net job has been created as unemployment rose from 7.6 percent to nearly 10 percent nationwide. Mr. President, millions of Americans are asking, 'where are the jobs?'
"It is time for Washington to take a new approach to get this economy moving again based on time-honored solutions: fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. and immediate tax relief for working families, small businesses and family farms. Let's put American families first, set aside the big government schemes on health care and energy and take decisive action to get this economy growing again."
The long, saga of Wake County's Chris Mintz (left) is over. Mintz, a former Republican, switched to the Democrat party due to his own, sorry political ambitions.
Your blogger first met Mintz when he was a college student at North Carolina State University and we lived in the same precinct.
Since Raleigh's downtown 01-06 literally had only 96 registered Republicans at the time, the eight of us who came to a precinct meeting in KCC's landlord's living room, agreed to split up precinct leadership with Mintz, taking the chairmanship and your blogger agreeing to be secretary.
Two years later, your blogger was awakened early one morning by an upset party activist and donor. "I cannot get in touch with Chris Mintz", whaled Olga Santo-Tomas, a Cuban American, and supporter of then-Mayor Tom Fetzer. She and her family had fled the Castro "revolution" and she has the highest respect from this blogger.
After searching high and low, Senora Tomas and I realized that Mintz was not reliable nor reachable.
Fast forward fifteen years. Mintz was now president of the Wake County Republican Men's Club. KCC thought at the time, "I wish I could have warned them." According to Under The Dome, the News and Observer's political blog, Mintz switched to the Democrat Party in 2005. He wanted to run against against conservative stalwart Rep. Russell Capps (below, right) but lost in the primary to Ty Harrell, (left) who sadly defeated Capps in the general election. Harrell resigned last year due to ethics issues with his campaign expenditures.
Capps founder of the Wake County Taxpayers Association, originally was elected in a "safe" Republican district, had been slowly been gerrymandered by the state Democrat leaders into a "swing" district and Democrats were now willing to take him on.
Dome reports that he was accused last July by federal prosecutors of taking more than $1 million from two elderly clients, via his position as an investment advisor. Mintz is scheduled to serve four years. Let's hope he serves every single day of his sentence. Your blogger does not believe in getting one day cut off of a sentence for each day of "good behavior".
Editor's Note: Your blogger has the highest respect for former Rep. Russell Capps. She first met him in 1992 in a parking lot in Raleigh, when he was campaigning against a convention center that was voted down by the public.
He started a grassroots movement that stopped the wasteful spending project and gave rise to the Wake County Taxpayers Association. He was then elected to the State House and became a champion for taxpayers statewide.
Repeating a situation that plagued the state’s taxpayers last year, officials with the North Carolina Department of Revenue have already announced that individuals filing their taxes can expect delays in receiving their refunds.
“Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay told The Associated Press on Friday his agency is delaying refund checks for individuals and businesses. It's all part of the state's effort to manage cash while its tax collections remain anemic.” (“State says expect delays on tax refunds,” WRAL.com, 2/12/10)
Officials at the N.C. Department of Revenue have long known about slow tax collections and the effect on state fund balances. Yet, Governor (Beverly) Perdue and Secretary Lay have not taken effective steps so that taxpayers do not face unreasonable delays in receiving tax refunds from state government. Many of the taxpayers owed refunds are small businesses struggling to meet payrolls, and the delay in paying refunds may actually cause additional job losses in the private sector.
Senate Republican LeaderPhil Berger(R-Rockingham, above left) made the following statement:
“A second consecutive year of taxpayers facing unreasonable delays in receiving their refunds demonstrates two things about the Perdue Administration. The first is a continuation of the incompetence and mismanagement all too evident in the Easley administration. For too long, Democrats, in complete control of the legislature and the Governor’s office, have not been held accountable for their lack of competence in managing the state’s fiscal affairs.
“The second is a mindset that plagues Democrats in Raleigh and in Washington - that money collected, or over-collected, as tax revenue belongs to the government and not the taxpayer. But this is the taxpayers’ money, particularly that money to be refunded, and the only reason the government has it now is because they collected more than they should have. The money should be returned to taxpayers promptly.”
In a surprising twist to an already crowded North Carolina's 4th Congressional District primary, 2008 GOP nominee, B.J. Lawson, has committed to entering the field.
In a statement released on Tuesday, he wrote:
"Recent polling data suggests 2010 will be much different than 2008. Specifically, 72% of North Carolina Republicans say they are "definitely voting" in 2010, while only 67% of Democrats say the same; furthermore, our district's turnout was greatly influenced by the Obama campaign. Our commitment to challenge Price has been further fueled by recent upsets across the country, numerous requests from our grassroots volunteers, and the stubborn refusal of our government to do the right thing even when confronted with overwhelming public opposition."
Your blogger agrees completely. Additionally, Lawson (left) stated that his campaign is focused on five issues:
Economic freedom to create our own jobs and businesses
Health care freedom that returns medicine to patients and providers
Zero tolerance for bailouts and corporate welfare
A federal government that operates within the Constitution
Honest and transparent government
The official announcement and filing will come in Raleigh on Wednesday.
KCC feels that this shakes up the field a bit. Lawson, is well-known throughout the 4th district as he won a bruising primary in 2008 and went on to face Price in the general election. Though Congressman David Pricewon re-election easily in the gerrymandered district drawn just for him, conventional wisdom tells us that every member of Congress is vulnerable in 2010. Anti-Obama backlash is high this year, as the President's missteps are following him where ever he goes.
Lawson should now easily move into second place, behind front-runner Frank Roche and ahead of other challengers Greg Dority and the little known, non-serious George Hutchins.
Roche has been in the race for more than a year but with Lawson's national fund-raising connections from the Republican Liberty Caucus, he should easily be able to out-raise everyone in the field, eventually moving ahead of Roche.
Many 4th District and NC GOP activists only became involved after the election of President Barrack Obama angered and fired them up. Most of these might not remember Lawson and but they do know Roche. Lawson, must now reach out to these new believers and share his story.
Price can always be counted on to vote the wrong way on any issue for a fiscal conservative. In a year when the issues are tilted towards fiscal and financial, Price has never met a tax increase he didn't like. But, he knows how to put a good spin on the issue.
History from Your Blogger's Memory
Price was first elected to Congress in 1986, defeating then- Congressman and former UNC Athletic Director Bill Cobey. Cobey went on to become NCGOP State Chairman and a candidate for Governor. Cobey had defeated long-serving Democrat Congressman Ike Andrews in 1984, after Andrews received a DUI. (Your blogger volunteered for Cobey as a College Republican at the time.)
In 1994, in an off-year election during former President Bill Clinton's first term, former Raleigh Police Chief Fred Heineman surprisingly defeated Price. (The district then covered most, if not all of Raleigh, and was more Republican friendly.)
The Heineman campaign had already scheduled to turn off all but one telephone line, beginning the day after the election, and reporters, volunteers, and well-wishers could not get through. The Chief, as he insisted on being called, was as shocked as anyone. Sadly, Price returned to Congress two years later and has kept his seat since.
However, anti-Obama sentiments are much stronger than any anti-Clinton feelings ever were. If the GOP keeps working hard and rallies the faithful, Congress is ours for the taking. However, KCC feels we must have no more "restroom incidents" or mistresses in Argentina!
Congressman Price is a fixture on the local Chamber of Commerce circuit. During this blogger's tenure at the Cary Chamber of Commerce, she wrote their newsletter as part of her position as Director of Public and Governmental Affairs.
Anytime KCC said anything negative about Rep. Price, his office was on the phone, wanting to schedule a speaking engagement, which he, naturally received.
Price is always accessible but we have no doubt that the Republican who defeats him will be, as well!
This morning, Tom Fetzer, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, called for the resignation of two major figures in Governor Beverly Perdue's administration.
During her campaign, Perdue promised to transform state government and make it transparent. Clearly, that hasn't happened (pun intended.) In short, Fetzer wants the NC Governor to clean up state Government or be prepared to face the consequences (at election time).
A copy of the press release from the NC GOP follows:
NCGOP Chairman Tom Fetzer today called on Governor Bev Perdue to remove from their positions Alvin Keller, Secretary of the Department of Corrections, and Reuben Young, Secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Fetzer also called on Perdue to convene a panel of journalists to determine barriers to access to public records and have those barriers lifted immediately.
Fetzer referenced Young’s time serving as former Governor Mike Easley’s Chief Legal Council, saying that Young failed to properly investigate claims that the Governor’s office instructed employees to delete emails. Fetzer charged that “Young either orchestrated the cover-up or observed it with a casual indifference.”
Fetzer also noted Young’s inclusion in the recent Ruffin Poole indictment, where Young failed to properly investigate the Easley staffer about being taken on a private jet to New Orleans for a bachelor party thrown by an Easley supporter. Fetzer said Young is a “holdover from the incompetence and corruption of the Easley administration” and that Perdue should dismiss him from his current post immediately.
Fetzer outlined Keller’s lack of results as the head of Corrections, including his poor handling of problems surrounding the state’s probation system. Keller had made filling vacancies of parole officers his #1 priority; but the number of parole officers actually went down during his tenure. Recently, Keller has refused media requests to release records showing the details of supervision of those out on probation and backpedaled on his ordered to release prisoners who were sentenced to life in prison.
According to Fetzer, a lack of internal checks and balances has left it to the media and private “watchdog” groups to uncover corruption in state government. Fetzer said he believed even more problems would be discovered if access to public records was easier. He proposed that the Governor put together a panel of journalist and members of concerned citizens groups to identify the obstacles that stand in the way of access to public records.
“The governor should listen to common sense recommendations from those who know what the obstacles are and then, using whatever is within her power as Governor, implement reform by executive order.”
“Bev Purdue has called herself the ‘Education Governor’ and then promptly signed a budget that slashed education. She called herself the ‘Jobs Governor’ when unemployment increased on her watch. It’s time ‘Business as Usual Bev’ started backing up her rhetoric when it comes to ethics and transparency,” Fetzer concluded.
Editor's Note: All underlining is added by your blogger for emphasis and was not in the original press released.
Additionally, the video will soon be available via video. When this occurs, your blogger will update this post.
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.
Monday morning, North Carolina GOP Chairman, Tom Fetzer (left), will hold a press conference where he will call for the resignation for "two high profile state officials" as well as discuss details of a renewed call for transparency in state government.
Your blogger agrees that we are not seeing it now and looks forward to the press conference. During Mr. Fetzer's term as Raleigh mayor, he was infamous for beating on the local liberals via the press and he has continued this tradition since being elected State GOP Chairman last summer.
He will take questions following his remarks and KCC will provide the feed of the conference as soon as it is over.
Democrat Leaders HarryReid, NancyPelosi, BarbaraBoxer, Barwney Frawnk, and Robert KKK Byrd can't keep their minds on a strategy meeting as they discuss Senator-Elect Scott Brown. Your blogger saw it last night on the NBC show, Saturday Night Live and she and her husband laughed like crazy.
Please note, though this is a bit corny, we don't recommend it if you are easily offended to mild sexual references, or are a Democrat. This video is also not for young children.
Thursday, before President Barry Obama lectured the Republican Caucus Friday, House GOP leaders held a press conference to discuss their positive solutions to the problems our nation is now facing. View it below.
Additionally, you may download the Solutions Handbook the House Republicans delivered to the President on Friday. Let's hope he takes advantage of the ideas and doesn't claim all of the credit this time.
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.
At about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, the Raleigh News and Observer posted an announcement that strongman Majority Leader and NC Senator Tony Rand(D-Cumberland), was stepping down from the North Carolina General Assembly. With the Easley trials just behind us, is something about to come out about Tony Rand?
Rand, often known to rule with an iron fist, kept his fellow Democrats in lockstep. According to NC Senators who served with Rand, he ruled by keeping both Republicans and Democrats in fear of losing their seats.
NC Senators may have run on principles and ideals, but once elected, sources tell KCC, Rand and President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, let them know that they were to vote for them for Majority Leader and President Pro Tempore, respectively. In fact, the least powerful person in the State Senate was a freshman Democrat. The two also instructed them how to vote on nearly every key vote.
Rand was elected to the NC Senate in 1981 and later became the Senate Majority leader. Together, he and Basnight have run a Senate where even Republicans were afraid to vote against them for their positions, as they knew that they would be targeted for defeat in the following election. This has frustrated your blogger, as we'd rather see people stand up for what is right, than to sit by quietly just so they can hold onto their positions!
The fact that Senate Republicans never voted for a Republican for Senate Pro Tempore, even in the spirit of party unity, disgusts your blogger. Sure, they couldn't win, being in the minority, but KCC hated to see the men and women we worked so hard to elect, act like a bunch of spineless jellyfish.
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." — Dietrich Bonhoefferr
Two senators did vote against Marc Basnight for Speaker Pro Tempore and showed they were not afraid. Former Senators Fern Shubert (R-Union) and Hugh Webster (R-Cabarrus) refused to cave in to the pressures. Both were indeed defeated in the following election. The senators knew what they were facing, but dared to stand up!
Later, in 2007, former Senator Webster threw his hat in the ring for the 13th District Congressional race, running against liberal incumbant Brad Miller in the 2008 election cycle.
He told your blogger that deep down, he knew he couldn't win, but his job was to "draw fire" for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole. He wanted to force the Democrats to spend money defeating him, making it a little easier for Dole.
At the time, it seemed that Dole had a "walk in the park race" against a little known state senator. (Dole lost and the little known who became U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC).
Because he dared to run against Brad Miller, Webster believes that lead to the trumped up charges brought up against him by his aunt (along with Democrat help) regarding embezzlement. Webster refused to settle out-of-court, as that would force him to admit guilt. He knew he was not guilty.
The case finally went to trial this past summer. Webster was up on felony charges and was willing to serve prison time rather than admit guilt to a crime he did not commit.
In August, the Granville County court agreed with Hugh Webster, and he walked out a free man, acquitted. Afterwards, he told your blogger, "they had no case."
The case received very little attention from the major media. Why would it? Does anyone really want to know the truth about how corrupt their NC Legislature is? Do they want to know how things are really run?
According to news sources, Rand now will become chairman of the State Parole Board.
Frank Rouse, a long time player in North Carolina politics and a former North Carolina Republican Party chairman, told KCC Wednesday evening, that he felt that "something fishy must be up" for Rand to "accept a lower position" than the one he held in the State Senate. Your blogger completely agrees.
We shall see how it all plays out. Meanwhile, the Raleigh News and Observer quotes Rand as saying "There comes a time when it's time to go."
As to who will move into the Majority Leader's chair, the NC Senate Democrat caucus will have to work that out. Meanwhile, the Cumberland County Democrat Party will choose someone to fill Rand's unexpired term. That person would stand for election after the 2010 short session.
Your blogger will continue watching and reporting on this story. There is much more to come.
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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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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.