NC Political Connections By News 14 Carolina reporter Tim Boyum
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Fern Shubert Speaks for Us Published by admirers of former Senator Fern Shubert. Shubert served the ole' North State well, until stepping down from her office to make a run for Governor in 2004. While she is greatly missed from office, she knows where the "bodies are buried" and is still found digging up the truth.
ARRA News Service News for social, fiscal & national security conservatives who believe in God, family & country. We seek to uphold traditional family values, Republican principles & ideals, limited government, free markets to promote innovation, & individual freedom. The ARRA News Service is an outreach of the Arkansas Republican Assembly.
Crystal Clear Conservative Blogger Krystal Weeks writes about N. Virginia and DC metro area politics, as well as national issues. Check her out!
Cuba Generation Y This 30-something blogger publishes at great risk to show readers outside Cuba what everyday life is like inside the oppressive, Communist nation. Think you like Communism...read this blog and think again!
Smart Girl Politics Conservative Women bloggers, and a few men, who are here to refresh you when you are thirsty.
LadyBlog A modern take on traditional women. Classier than tea service. Like Fight Club but with better hygiene. Sightly more aggro than a cucumber sandwich.
The Political Byline One of my fellow Top Conservatives on Twitter. Check him out! He's not afraid to speak his mind. Based in the Motorcity.
Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Sister Toldjah National conservative blogger who tells it like it is. She loves North Carolina and occasionally picks up items from KCC on her blog.
Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
Dateline Obamastan Cary's John Byrnes writes about national, state, and local politics. He currently serves in the Army National Guard.
Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
According to an email received from leaders of the Wake County Republican Women, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, will be in Raleigh on Friday in his official capacity, to officially open the USO's Mobile Unit of North Carolina.
The event, held at the National Guard headquarters on Reedy Creek Road (just off Blue Ridge Road and the Wade Avenue extension), will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
Please come out and support our troops and the USO!
Note: Your blogger is a member of the Wake County Republican Women.
It's official. Thursday morning, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC, 5th) announced that she is running for re-election. She has represented the Fifth Congressional District since 2005 and is one of this blogger's favorite conservatives.
She told the press that "representing North Carolina's Fifth District is a great honor" and that she promised "to continue to hold Washington accountable and rein in its reckless spending and wasting of taxpayers' hard earned money".
Foxx is a strong proponent of keeping taxes low and ensuring that the government lives within its means. Last year Foxx opposed the bank bailouts, the auto bailouts and other massive spending programs like the trillion dollar stimulus package.
During her third term Foxx successfully shepherded a bill through Congress to improve on-base housing for soldiers in the Army. Her bill to stop the 2008 bank bailout also passed the House last January.
Judge Jackson hopes to become Justice Jackson by continuing her trend of fair and impartial rulings that she brought to the North Carolina Court of Appeals six years ago. She's well liked among her colleagues, on both the right and left, and she'll make an excellent justice.
She is running for one of the open seats on North Carolina's highest court, vacated when President Obama made appointments to the Federal bench. Your blogger will bring you more soon. Meanwhile, keep Judge Jackson in mind when you plan your fund-raising in 2010.
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
It appears that Chad Adams is in. This past weekend, the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women held their annual Winter Board meeting in Research Triangle Park.
At the Saturday luncheon, candidates for the race were asked to stand. Though he has not officially declared, Chad Adams stood and received many hoots, and a long ovation from the crowd. Seems he's quite popular with the group of GOP ladies. Adams is a former Lee County commissioner and is well- known statewide for his grass roots efforts on behalf of conservative causes.
Though Adams was the only candidate in the room, former state legislator and county chairman, Woody White of New Hanover county, has officially announced his intentions to run. He was represented at the event by staffer Al Lytton, former Congressman and NCGOP chairman Bill Cobey, and others.
Though White does not have the name recognition that Adams has, but he appears to have the funding available to be changing this. More on the race as it develops.
Your blogger has been preaching Twitter (and other technologies) in her attempt to drag our political party, often kicking and screaming, into the 2008 election cycle, even though it is now 2009. She has a few allies, including fellow bloggers over at ConservativeNC.
We were beaten, soundly, not because Obama was so popular, but because we were out organized at the grassroots level. Even former Congressman Tom DeLay (R-Texas) spoke on this very topic at the Winter Board Meeting of the North Carolina Republican Women. (More on this in another post.)
Thankfully, new RNC chairman, Michael Steele realizes that the modern Republican party must return, literally, to its roots and has fired the entire staff. He supports running things from the bottom up, as our party used to do.
Whether conservatives like him or dislike him, he understands the importance of technology, in conjunction with grassroots organizations such as North Carolina's Civitas Instutute or the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity.
Steele is one of the most popular people on Twitter, as were all of the RNC chairman candidates. Your blogger is glad to see this happening at the national level and hopes that folks in the counties across our great state will continue to pick up on this trend.
Though people try to pin a lot of the present economic mess on President (George W) Bush 43, he isn't guilty on a lot of it. Does anyone remember Ross Perot saying of NAFTA, "I can hear that sucking sound" going south if (former President Bill) Clinton passes this as he did?
NAFTA or “Shafta” as I called it, is entangled in this amorphous thing call free trade. In many respects trade which is not fair gives away our competitive advantages, can indeed compromises environmental quality and worker standards regardless of what folks purports, but such deals do meet the bottom line of unfettered profits as well as the quest for cheap labor.
As Hardy said to Laurel, "another fine mess you’ve got us into". It seems few have read the proposed Obama/Pelosi/Reid Stimulus package(s) which lays out spending the likes of which we have never seen, government socialization of banking with the automotive businesses to follow, nationalize health care with the computer based records system which will allow the government access to all your health information [even though Obama, Palin and Biden wouldn’t release theirs], and forestalls doing the real work of infrastructure repairs until its time to vote again for our representatives.
Obama is trying to ram this spending bill of pork and earmarks through before the American public wakes up. Thankfully some commentators have read it.
There should be no vote on the economic stimulus plan until Treasury Secretary Geitner rolls out the next plan for banks which reportedly exceeds an additional $800 billion. With the call for Paul Volker to head the economic advisers, a car czar and all these other political appointee paybacks to head things many had a hand in, one can only ask who is in charge or who’s on first? One thing is for certain, it is not the citizens and our pocketbooks.
If you want to create jobs which will benefit all of our citizens, why not provide:
- Small business stimulus to eliminate their taxes for one year, halve the rate the following year and equalize them with the corporate rate. It is small businesses which create over fifty percent of the jobs in America. Allow small businesses to buy medical insurance as a collective and not subject those with less than five employees to benefits requirements. [probably less than 100 billion]
-Expand the US Coast Guard and Public Health Departments by 100,000 to ensure emergency response capability in every county in the USA and baseline access to health services such as immunizations and screenings which would include mental health services. [less than 100 billion]
-Build “the wall” to slow the flow of illegal immigrants as the level of gangs in California and Texas demonstrates we are about to lose control of our borders if we don’t do things differently. [less than 100 billion]
-Give one billion dollars to every state for infrastructure repairs on federal roads, bridges, and highways with priority going to those projects which are already shovel ready. [50 billion]
-Give no more money to banks, but allow homeowners mortgage relief from those who already took money with a half payment holiday for one year and the balance tacked on to the last loan payment. [already gave the banks the money]
-And since we are in such a generous mood, give each taxpayer $5000 tax free to spend as they’d like.
All of this would cost less than the $800 billion which even the Congressional Management Office of the Budget says present bills would and these simple measures would stimulate the economy and create thousands of jobs.
Editor's Note: Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a physician and the NC Republican National Committeewoman. Contact her at P. O. Box 777; Salisbury, NC 28145; telephone (704) 223-ADA1 ; DrFisher@DrAdaMFisher.org
Dr. Fisher's opinions are her own and are not necessarily those of Katy's Conservative Corner. We thank her for sharing them with us and invite her to do so again.
Your blogger has been sick with a sinus infection and bronchitis for the past seven days but is hopefully on the mend with the help of a rescue inhaler.
She has many stories to post and appreciates the submissions. We promise to get them all posted as they are excellent! Sorry that we are so behind. After a week of rest, it's time to move forward.
Happy Birthday President Ronald Reagan. Your blogger's favorite President was born this day in 1911. Learn more about Reagan's beloved ranch ,here, at the Young America's Foundation website.
Many North Carolina Republicans are celebrating their Lincoln and Reagan day dinners during these next few weeks. Please support your county Republican party. For a list of North Carolina county parties with websites, click here and look under "NC County GOP Links".
Today, Friday, we are departing the beach and heading to the Winter Board meeting of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women. We'll have the full report. These ladies are on top of the North Carolina General Assembly, so we'll find out what legislation they are most interested in and why that affects YOU.
Additionally, we hear that NC Senator Eddie Goodall (R-Joint Caucus Leader) is ready to put his Senate seat on eBay to score coveted Duke vs. Carolina basketball tickets. Let's see how that works out, hum Senator?
You can read the news in the papers and then read what really happened here. Back soon.
I watched C-Span all afternoon and saw our delegation (Linda Daves, Dr. Ada Fisher and David Lewis) casting their votes for the chairman. It took five ballots but our new Chairman is Michael Steele.
I had the pleasure of serving with Michael on the RNC when he was chairman of the GOP in Maryland and got to know him and become friends. Michael has been to our state and our county (Guilford) several times. Cecelia Taylor had him here a couple of times for a state wide meeting encouraging minorities to become more involved.
Michael served as the first Republican (and African American) Lt. Governor of Maryland. He ran for US Senate but didn't win. He ran an outstanding race and had financial support from people all over the United States. Next, he became head of GOPAC (a conservative PAC) which was once run by Newt Gingrich.
Michael Steele (left) is a good conservative Republican and he will make an excellent Chairman. I know a lot of people have gotten to know him as a contributing spokesman for the GOP on FOX.
If you hear anyone say he was elected because of his color, you let them know they are wrong. He was elected because he is well qualified, a long-time Republican who has traveled all over the US, organizing candidate schools for Republican candidates. Most important he will be the Democrats worst nightmare.
The Democrats have tried in this last election to become the party of Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln (as you know) was not a Democrat but a Republican . I think it is also interesting that all we heard about before, during and since the election is how Martin Luther King's dream has come through. This is true but I want to remind everyone that Martin Luther King was a registered Republican. Need I say more?
Editor's Note:Linda Shaw, currently a Guilford County commissioner, has served the National and North Carolina Republican Party in a number of positions. She is the immediate past Republican National Committeewoman and served as secretary of the Republican National Committee.
She, like her husband, former state Sen. Bob Shaw (R-Guilford), has worked tirelessly for GOP and conservative causes for years. Your blogger first had the privilege of meeting them both, as a college Freshman in 1985 and has admired them since.
Many of you know longtime GOP and conservative activist, Sheila Talton Dewitt.
On July 4th, at the age of 59, her brother Col. Charles B. Marcom III, USMCR, passed away. Charlie was a Vietnam veteran and was like a parent to Sheila.
Shiela has worked for conservative causes and candidates for years, and was a mentor to your blogger.
Visitation: Tuesday, July 8, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, in Raleigh
Funeral: Wednesday, July 9 at 10 a.m. at Brown Wynne Funeral Home.
Graveside Services: Wednesday, July 9, 12:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetary.
Katy's Conservative Corner passes along thoughts and prayers to Sheila and wishes to posthumously thank Charlie (and all veterans) for their service to our nation. It is fitting that he passed on July 4th, after a life of service to a nation that he loved.
Rep. Sue Myrick wants America to "wake up" and stop allowing terrorism to proliferate -- and if that means revoking the passport of a former U.S. President or examining the preaching of prison chaplains, that's what she's prepared to do."
Your blogger is a huge fan of Mrs. Myrick and appreciates that she "gets it" in the war on terrorism. Myrick is putting herself at personal risk to take such stances, and the left often portrays her as being out-of-touch or paranoid.
Frankly, we need more like Mrs. Myrick in the halls of Congress and her stance is an "American issue" and not a partisan one. Your blogger wishes that members of Congress like Brad Miller, and David Price would have the courage to stand with her, as many Democrats have done.
Katy's Conservative Corner calls on all of North Carolina's Congressional delegation to stand with and support Mrs. Myrick on these important issues.
(Continue reading, below, to see her 10-point plan amd to see what a Democrat rival is saying, and read her latest letter to her supporters.)
North Carolina's number one Leader on terrorism, Rep. Sue Myrick, is hosting a "family friendly" picnic on Saturday, May 3rd.
Normally your blogger wouldn't announce picnics and other fundraisers, but KCC feels it is vital to re-elect Mrs. Myrick and overfill her war chest, so that she can potentially help others running for Congress who are as strong on terrorism as she is.
Your blogger had the good fortune to see Mrs. Myrick and terrorism expert Steve Emerson speak at a forum sponsored by the Civitas Institute last Fall. KCC learned so much about what we have facing us and why we must continue to fight terrorism, both foreign and domestic.
Mrs. Myrick also voted against the 2009 budget, as she says it contains "no fiscal discipline." Congrats to Mrs. Myrick for standing up for North Carolina values. Your blogger only wishes others in our party were as strong and as fearless as she is.
From the press release issued by the National Federation of Republican Women, an organization to which your blogger proudly belongs:
(Palm Springs, Ca.) – The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) named Martha Jenkins, the President of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women. the winner of the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award on September 30, 2007 at it’s 34th biennial convention.
Established in 2005 to commemorate the distinguished leadership of the late President Ronald Reagan, the NFRW Ronald Reagan Leadership Award honors a state president who provides extraordinary leadership and inspiration to her state Federation and to the NFRW.
A finalist for the Reagan award in 2005, Martha Jenkins has led the North Carolina Federation in revamping its website, building communications with Republican legislators and the state GOP, and enhancing public relations efforts. She has also been an unwavering proponent of the Jessica Lunsford Act, and advocates its passage in N.C. Her advocacy has brought her appearances on “The O’Reilly Factor” and on the Bill Lumaye radio show.
“It is quite an honor receive this award, which is named for the greatest President in my lifetime,” said Jenkins. “This represents the efforts of all the NCFRW Executive Committee and Board of Directors.”
Martha Jenkins has been president of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women since 2003. Mrs. Jenkins also currently serves as chairman of the 4th Congressional District Republican Party and serves on the Orange County GOP Executive Committee. She is a past president of the Republican Women’s Club of Chapel Hill and past chairman of the Orange County Republican Party.
Mrs. Jenkins is married to Ed Jenkins and has two daughters. The Jenkins family businesses are Flags Over America and Satellite City, based in Durham.
In addition to the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award, the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women also brought home First Place for the Public Relations Award , First Place in state’s size category for Volunteer Hours, and the Betty Heitman Award for State Excellence.
“These awards are a product of a great team of Republican Women in North Carolina, who have worked very hard to promote the candidates and ideals of the Republican Party,” said President Jenkins. “We have a great group of dedicated, knowledgeable women who go the extra mile for our Federation and the Republican Party,” she added.
Many clubs also brought home awards. The Fayetteville Republican Women’s Club, the Forsyth County Republican Women’s Club, the Gem Country Republican Women and the Salisbury-Rowan Republican Women’s club won the Diamond Award for Club Achievement. In addition, Gold Awards for Club Achievement were won by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Republican Women, the Crescent Republican Women’s Club, the Crystal Coast Republican Women’s Club, the East Lincoln Republican Women’s Club, the Gaston County Republican Women’s Club, the Greater Greensboro Republican Women’s Club, the Randolph County Republican Women’s Club and the Sweet Union Republican Women’s Club.
The Craven County Republican Women’s Club, the Moore Republican Women, The Scotland County Republican Women’s Club, the South Cabarrus Republican Women’s Club, the Stanly County Republican Women’s Club and the Stokes County Republican Women’s Club won the Silver Award for Club Achievement. Winning the Bronze Award were the Gaston County Evening Republican Women’s Club, the Johnston County Republican Women’s Club, the Lower Cape Fear Republican Women’s Club, the Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women’s Club and the Republican Women’s Club of Eastern North Carolina.
The Gem Country Republican Women won First Place for the Caring For American Award and the Gaston County Republican Women’s Club won Second Place in this category.
The North Carolina Federation of Republican Women is part of the National Federation of Republican Women. Nationally, there are over 100.000 members in the Federation, founded in 1938.