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Cuba Generation Y This 30-something blogger publishes at great risk to show readers outside Cuba what everyday life is like inside the oppressive, Communist nation. Think you like Communism...read this blog and think again!
Smart Girl Politics Conservative Women bloggers, and a few men, who are here to refresh you when you are thirsty.
LadyBlog A modern take on traditional women. Classier than tea service. Like Fight Club but with better hygiene. Sightly more aggro than a cucumber sandwich.
The Political Byline One of my fellow Top Conservatives on Twitter. Check him out! He's not afraid to speak his mind. Based in the Motorcity.
Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Sister Toldjah National conservative blogger who tells it like it is. She loves North Carolina and occasionally picks up items from KCC on her blog.
Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
Dateline Obamastan Cary's John Byrnes writes about national, state, and local politics. He currently serves in the Army National Guard.
Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
Are you tired of listening to the bickering between "Kid Cal" Cunningham and "Lucky Elaine" Marshall?
This writer is ready for them to both go away. If her beloved summer weren't upon us, your blogger would say "let's just get November here and be done with it". However, this blogger plans a nice summer at the beach and she doesn't want to miss that.
But she is ready for their runoff to pass us by, so that we can get down to the business of re-electing Senator Richard Burr. He didn't start out as the most conservative Senator we could have possibly have, but he's made up for it these past four years. He realized he didn't just represent the Winston-Salem area anymore, as he did while serving in Congress. We conservatives from Eastern North Carolina have darn strong standards and if a politician is going to please us, he's got to make my "Jessecrat" neighbors happy. Additionally, the Party is leaning more conservative now, statewide.
Out Of Nowhere - Lucky Elaine
The previously unknown Elaine Marshall took office in 1997 by defeating NASCAR legend Richard Petty. Petty looked unbeatable in the race but didn't as perform well on a North Carolina highway. He forgot that one cannot bump the car in front if one feels its not proceeding to his liking. The incident went viral, put him the slow lane and right out of the race. She's held the office ever since.
Now, Marshall wants to be your Senator. The thought of her standing side-by-side with Kay Hagan simply sickens this blogger.
But what is worse is the idea of the youthful, charismatic kid Cal, taking the seat formerly held by Senator Jesse Helms. Cal is young, and liberal. Extremely liberal. The term Chapel Hill liberal even comes to mind. He got his start on the UNC Student Council and local UNC grads in the conservative movement do not remember him fondly. He got in the race and quit when he didn't get the backing of national Democrats. Then, he got back in, when those 'crats came back around. But, it wasn't enough to beat Lucky Elaine so off to the runoff they go.
Please get out and work for U.S. Senator Richard Burr. We need a big turnaround in Congress and making things right at home, is the first step.
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.)
NC Republican leader, state SenatorPhil Berger (R-Rockingham), sent a letter to North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper. He urged Cooper, a Democrat, to join thirteen other Attorneys General across the country in filing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The constitutional challenge rests on the argument that the individual mandate by the federal government to citizens forcing them to purchase health care is an unconstitutional overreach of the authority granted to the federal government by the Commerce Clause.
Senator Berger stated:
“We all must do our part to protect North Carolina’s citizens from this unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of federal power being handed down in the form of health care mandates. North Carolina citizens should have the right to make their own health care decisions protected and only the Attorney General can file suit on behalf of their interests. I hope that Attorney General Cooper will do his part to see that the rights and freedoms of North Carolinians are safeguarded at the state level.”
Download Senator Berger's letter to Cooper, in PDF, below:
The following is a message from the NC Family Policy Council. They are working hard, along with a number of groups to stop Health Care Reform, aka "ObamaCare". It can be done. Democratic Members of Congress realize that their seats are on the line in November.
PLEASE CALL. DO NOT SEND E-MAIL.
E-mail is largely ineffective and won't likely be read until after the vote on Monday. Thank you!
Healthcare Vote Scheduled Sunday.
Several NC Congressmen Need to Hear from You today (Friday).
The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the "reconciliation" bill on Sunday, March 21. This bill includes abortion funding and must not pass. If passed, it would be the largest abortion expansion since Roe v. Wade. There are a few key Democratic congressmen from North Carolina who voted pro-life or against the previous Healthcare Reform Bill and we need them to vote against this bill :
Rep. Bob Etheridge, D- NC 2nd District
Washington Office: (202) 225-4531
Raleigh - (919) 829-9122
Lillington - (910) 814-0335
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D- NC 7th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-2731
Lumberton - (910) 735-0610
Fayetteville - (910) 323-0260
Wilmington - (910) 815-4959
Bolivia - (910) 253-0158
Rep. Larry Kissell, D- NC 8th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-3715
Concord - (704) 786-1612
Rockingham - (910) 997-2070
Fayetteville - (910) 920-2070
Rep. Heath Schuler, D-NC 11th District
Washington Office: (202) 225-6401
Asheville - (828) 252-1651
Murphy - (828) 835-4981
Sylva - (828) 586-1962 x 223
If one of them is your Congressman, please call ask them to vote NO on this healthcare bill. With Congressional and District offices closing for the weekend, the scheduled SUNDAY vote means that you will only have FRIDAY to reach them by phone.
Even email is likely to be unsuccessful as many will not be recorded or seen until next week. Then it may be too late!
Your blogger normally doesn't cover many NC House and Senate races, simply because there are so many. To give the best coverage with our limited time, we prefer to focus on Congressional, U.S. Senate, and Statewide Judicial races, as well as current events and scandals.
However, there is one race so important, that KCC would be remiss if we failed to announce this man's impending candidacy. From the press release from the NC Senate Republican Committee:
Hood Richardson, (left, photo courtesy, Beaufort Observer) a four term Beaufort County Commissioner, will announce his candidacy for the North Carolina Senate’s 1st District February 18th at a press conference at NCGOP Headquarters in Raleigh at 4:00 p.m. He will be joined by NCGOP Chairman Tom Fetzer and Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger.
The 1st District is currently represented by Marc Basnight, President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
Editor's Note: Read more from the Beaufort Observer. That article examines the race in depth.
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.”
From the files of "You've-Got-a-Lot-of-Nerve, Just-Who-The-Heck-Do-You-Think-You-Are?", State Rep. Bill Owens(D-Pasquotank) recently asked the administration of Elizabeth City State University to change its name.
Business North Carolina reported in their February 2010 issue that Owens assumed that such a name change would better "reflect the school's ties to the UNC System."
But alumni wanted to keep the old name to reflect the school's heritage as a historically black university, the magazine reported.
Shame on you Representative Owens. This is another example of an arrogant elected official. Clearly he thinks he knows better than everyone else.
Hat Tip: Business North Carolina magazine
Editor's Note: Your blogger has been through a similar scenario and can relate to those at ECSU. Shortly after KCC's graduation from Meredith College, it was proposed that the school change it's name to Meredith University to potentially attract more students. Alumna and students, being creatures of tradition, voted 'absolutely not'.
It appears that the students and alumni of Elizabeth City State University don't appreciate the intrusion by an elected official who feels he can over-step his boundaries.
With former NC Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand (D-Cumberland) having stepped down, supposedly to take over the chairmanship of the State Parole Board, inquiring minds have to wonder, who is going to be next?
Naturally, the rumor for several years, has been that the Feds have been "after" NC Senate President Pro Tempore, Sen. Marc Basnight (left). However, your blogger feels that if that was the case, it would have already happened. You can't prop a rumor up forever.
However, Basnight has Parkinson's Disease, an affliction KCC wouldn't wish on her worst enemy. The disease has steadily been slowing Mr. Basnight down and he just doesn't look "himself". The diagnosis also caps a series of personal tragedies for Basnight. Several years ago, a restaurant he owned in Dare County burned, and later his wife passed away.
Even if Basnight turns out to be clean as a whistle, you blogger feels he will not run again for re-election and will leave the Senate by the start of the long session in 2011. However, the Basnight/Rand fundraising machine hummed along like a well-oiled machine, fanning the flames that something just isn't quite right in Democratland.
The Raleigh News and Observer, Thursday, opined that with an increasingly liberal Democratic Party, old dogs like Rand and Basnight are being on the verge of being outflanked from the left. Oddly, their brand of old-style, back-room dealing, moderate politics, is on the way out and being replace with a more modern, more liberal version.
Though it will be a good change to see the old warhorses in other pursuits, the left wingers being increasingly elected should bring a chill to the spine of every moderate and conservative North Carolinian. Liberals like to spend your money, and lots of it.
If we are ever going to have a crack at taking back the NC General Assembly, we must look close to home, at our own legislators and ask them the tough questions. Keep up with how they voted on key issues.
Meanwhile, mums the word on Basnight's future. However, your blogger is betting it will be a short one in the NC Legislature.
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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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NC Senator Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) is not happy about Governor Beverly Perdue's Tax Increasing Budget. In fact, he stated on Wednesday:
“Governor Perdue’s call for a job-destroying $1.5 billion tax increase is irresponsible and could not come at a worse time.As North Carolina faces the most dire economic recession in decades including double digit unemployment rates, Governor Perdue refuses to abandon the tax and spend policies that have brought us to this point.The Democratic addiction to more spending and higher taxes is a surefire strategy for more job losses and delayed recovery.History shows increasing taxes during a recession has never produced an economic recovery.Republicans proposed a reasonable alternative of freezing spending at existing levels, a policy that will not require debilitating cuts to education or job-destroying tax increases.Politicians can only be effective if the people that elected them trust them to keep their word – Governor Perdue should think twice before breaking her campaign promise not to raise taxes.”
Your blogger received this note on Wednesday from Amazon.com Thank you, liberal General Assembly. Thank you very much. You put little wage earners like this blogger (and thousands of others in our state) out of business:
We regret to inform you that the North Carolina state legislature (the General Assembly) appears ready to enact an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with North Carolina-based Associates. You are receiving this e-mail because our records indicate that you are an Amazon Associate and resident of North Carolina.
Please note that this is not an immediate termination notice and you are still a valued participant in the Associates Program. All referral fees earned on qualified traffic will continue to be paid as planned.
But because the new law is drafted to go into effect once enacted – which could happen in the next two weeks – we will have to terminate the participation of all North Carolina residents in the Amazon Associates program on or before that same day. After the termination day, we will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to Amazon.com or Endless.com nor will we accept new applications for the Associates program from North Carolina residents.
The unfortunate consequences of this legislation on North Carolina residents like you were explained in detail to key senators and representatives in Raleigh, including the leadership of the Senate, House, and both chambers’ finance committees. Other states, including Maryland, Minnesota, and Tennessee, considered nearly identical schemes, but rejected these proposals largely because of the adverse impact on their states’ residents.
Senate Republican LeaderPhil Berger(R-Rockingham) renewed his call, Wednesday, for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible criminal violations involving former Democratic Governor Mike Easley, former first lady Mary Easley, and others. These investigations involve not only the appointment of Mary Easley to her position at N.C. State University but also flights taken by the Easleys and paid for by campaign donors in violation of campaign finance laws, the “lost” travel records of former Governor Easley from his tenure, and the Cannonsgate land deal. Former Governor Easley served in the position from 2001-2009 and served as Attorney General from 1993 to 2001.
Under North Carolina law, there is no statute of limitations on felonies related to public corruption. However, federal law sets the statute of limitations at five years on these felonies.
“The Attorney General’s failure to carry out his duties and appoint a special prosecutor is a cause for concern for all North Carolina citizens,” Berger said.
“With our state’s recent history of political corruption, with the close political connection among state Democratic elected officials, and with the public interest and concern about these issues, Attorney General Roy Cooper must act immediately to ensure that no instances of public corruption go uninvestigated or unprosecuted. Public officials must be held accountable when they break the law – the federal statute of limitations should not be a get out of jail free card. A special prosecutor can work with the F.B.I. and the U.S. Attorney’s office to ensure that violations of state law will not escape review. The failure of the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor makes it likely that violations of state law will go unpunished.”
Editor's Notes:Your blogger refers to Sen. Phil Berger as the "Good Berger", as opposed to Sen. Doug Berger (D-Franklin) who is the "Bad Berger".
NC Senator Phil Berger represents the 26th Senatorial District. He can be reached at:
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.
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.
Monday, May 4, 2009 10:56 p.m. Update: Please call your Senators before the Senate convenes on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. TheSchool Violence Prevention Act SB 526 was pulled from the calendar today and
rescheduled for Tuesday. We assume that SB 221 is still on the calendar for Tuesday, as well.
These Bills have been calendared to be heard on the Senate floor on TONIGHT (Monday May 4), starting at 7:00 p.m.
Please call your Senators and ask that they oppose this Legislation. Click here for that informationor call the switchboard at 919-733-4111 and ask for your Senator.
HB 88 - The so-called Healthy Youth Act (The Sex-Ed Bill) As amended by the House would require 104 school districts (of the 115 total in NC) that only teach Abstinence from Sex Until Marriage (AUM) to add a condom-based Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) track to their sex education curriculum.
SB 526 - The so-called School Violence Prevention Act (The Bullying Bill) As amended, the bill would force North Carolina's public schools to promote homosexuality and other "alternative" sexual behaviors as normal
Do you know that one-third of North Carolina’s elementary and middle school students perform below grade level expectations in such basic subjects as math and reading, while more than half perform below national standards?
Did you know that fewer than half of North Carolina schools are meeting Adequate Yearly Progress standards for No Child Left Behind, compared to 74 percent of schools nationally?
Are you aware that nearly one-third of North Carolina high school students each year do not graduate and among economically disadvantaged students, two of every five students will not graduate?
With this miserable record of failure, North Carolina legislators (i.e. Democrats) are on the threshold of adding yet another program of study to an already disastrous lesson plan, contraceptives.
That’s right folks, with kids performing below grade level and 1/3 of high school students not graduating, we’re now left to entrust moral values to the public school system by way of the so-called Healthy Youth Act.
Sex education must be a lesson in parenting, not a job for teachers. Obviously, it can and is often a subject of embarrassment, but nevertheless there are responsibilities that parents shouldn’t avoid. The ramifications of sexual activity are life altering and that’s why it is portant for parents to take an active part in the proper moral education of their kids and not leave that task to an already challenged public school system.
Forbid government from seizing your parental rights! If government can’t prudently manage our tax dollars, then they certainly can’t be trusted to properly nurture the moral underpinnings of our children.
If you want kids to prosper in America today then stop social engineering in our schools and start teaching the importance of moral principles as well as Godliness!
Editor's Note: The author, Kevin Connor, is chairman of the Dare County Republican Party. He asks that you please keep his father in your prayers in last Friday's death of his step-mother, Miriam. She was only 53.
The North Carolina Democrats are having their annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in May in Durham. This gives this blogger a thought.
Would Mr. Jefferson be proud of what's going on in the NC Legislature with the Soviet-style "leadership" of Marc Basnight, Tony Rand, and Joe Hackney.
The poor low-ranking Democrats in the Legislature don't stand a chance to think outside the box to accomplish reform. They can't even vote their conscience.
These poor new Democrat legislators ran for their seats with proud ideals of making our state great. Yet once they arrive in Raleigh, they are told what to do, how to vote, essentially how to think, and if they are lucky and do everything asked of them, they may get a pet bill INTRODUCED on the floor, without the guarantee of an up or down vote.
Mr. Jefferson, one of the fathers of our great nation, would certainly NOT approve.
Please keep those calls to your legislators coming. Calls change minds, especially if they receive enough of them.
House Bill 120 has once again been postponed, this time until 3/30/09, in Monday night's session. Could it be that your calls and letters are working so well that the Liberal leadership has realized that they don't have the votes to get this to pass?
For more information on this terrible piece of legislation, please see KCC's previous blog post, here. It details how to contact your NC House Rep.
Tell your representative that you've had enough of welfare and goodies for politicians and to just say NO to this bad bill!