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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.
Thursday, April 15th is the dreaded tax day. If you cannot make it to Washington for the big Tax Day Tea Party and rally, check out one of many such rallies across the Ole' North State.
The NC chapter of Americans for Prosperity has set up the website: NC Tax Day Tea Party It has a listing of every Tea Party in North Carolina, and they urge you to make it out to one.
Your blogger will be attending the rally at the North Carolina State Capitol since she cannot be in our nation's Capitol.
If your Tax Day Tea Party isn't listed on the site, please contact the AFP to add yours.
Please note that the liberals are just waiting for our side to slip up and do something that they can make news with. For example, they want us to use ugly language, spit on people, or some other dastardly deed, but as conservatives, we will not fall for their traps.
Like in Washington a few weeks back, they will try to infiltrate our rallies by "blending in". However, to this blogger, they will stick out like sore thumbs. They'll be the ones with the video cameras, and without American flags and signs, and their clothes will be bland, rather than red, white, and blue. Watch for them and tread lightly. Be polite yet ignore them. That will frustrate them as they want us to get mad so they can get a "good video" for You Tube.
Have fun and let this blogger know what those liberals try to pull. It's our protest day of the taxes THEY have put on us.
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:
North Carolina's own Dallas Woodhouse, made a short but powerful speech on Capitol Hill, Saturday. Dallas is president of the North Carolina Chapterof Americans for Prosperity, one of a number of organizations sponsoring the rally, which was aimed at stopping passage of Obamacare, known to liberals as health care reform.
It was an exciting, though L O N G day for this blogger, but well worth the trip. More posts and videos coming soon, so keep checking this space. We are uploading them as fast as time allows.
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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In a Friday press release, North Carolina's Senate Republican Leader, Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) urged our Governor to follow the Virginia State Senate in supporting offshore drilling for oil and gas so that Virginia would not get ahead of NC in job creation.
In a letter he wrote to Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-Chapel Hill/Trent Woods-outside of New Bern), he urged her to:
"'take the necessary steps to ensure that North Carolina is not outpaced by Virginia when it comes to offshore oil and gas exploration and the new industry and jobs that could bring to our state."
Perdue said in pre-election debates, that she favors drilling only in "existing tracks" which are basically in the Gulf of Mexico and are far away from North Carolina and wouldn't help NC job seekers.
During the 1998 RNC National Convention, the popular call became "Drill, Baby, Drill". That has since been printed on lapel pins and bumper stickers, nationwide.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Your blogger has a cousin who worked on offshore oil platforms in Louisiana for years. He would work for a certain amount of time on, then fly home for two weeks off, so he could rest and have time with his wife and family.
The work is hard, the hours are tough, but the pay is extremely high for a blue collar job. It allowed this man to take good care of his family, and save for a good retirement, if he wanted.
Apparently Greg Dority read the writing on the wall, and knew that he had no chance in the crowded, four-man, 4th Congressional District primary race. Despite the fact that the gerrymandered district was drawn up specifically for Congressman David Price, they lined up to take him on.
In a surprise, Dority sent a press release with the unusual announcement.
Dority's Press Release
Washington (NC) Republican, Greg Dority will challenge Democratic incumbent Mel Watt for the North Carolina 12th District congressional seat. Dority had earlier announced plans to file for NC-4 but dropped out of the race after last week's surprise filing by 2008 nominee B.J. Lawson.
"B.J. is a rock star in the Fourth District," Dority said Thursday. "His name ID, funding capacity and similar economic views make my candidacy redundant in the Fourth."
Instead, Dority (left) filed paperwork at the Beaufort County Board of elections Thursday to challenge Watt. His candidacy will be official upon receipt by the State Board of Elections.
"True unemployment in Davidson and Rowan counties exceeds 17%," Dority said. "Mel Watt is always ready to bail out the large financial institutions that have gambled away our children's future, but in the meantime his constituents cannot find jobs and continue to slip down the economic ladder."
Whether Dority will face primary opposition is unclear. In 2004 he won the Republican First District congressional primary.
Frank Roche was the first GOP candidate to challenge David Price, entering the race in May 2009. The race became a primary when he was later joined by a candidate censured by his own party, George Hutchins.
Dority lives in the Third Congressional District of North Carolina, and has run, not only in the first and fourth, but now also in the Twelfth. In 2008, he ran in the GOP primary for Lt. Governor but lost to Charlotte businessman Robert Pittenger. Pittenger went on to lose in the general election.
KCC wishes Dority the best of luck as we need Watt out of Washington. However, with the numerous high offices he has run for and lost, we wonder if perhaps he shouldn't start out with a city council, county commission, state House or state Senate race first.
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.
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.”
It usually takes a retirement or death of an incumbent Congressman to make a Republican Congressional primary exciting, but North Carolina's 10th District might make an exception to the rule this May. Incumbent CongressmanPatrick McHenry doesn't have just one, but two self financed challengers gunning for his seat in the Republican Primary on May 4. What makes things even more interesting is that both Scott Keadle (below, middle) of Mooresville and Vance Patterson (below, bottom photo) of Morganton have more cash on hand than McHenry. As of the 4th Quarter reporting date, McHenry had $149,000 on hand, Patterson $250,000, and Scott Keadle had $274,000. This is a far cry from McHenry's 2006 campaign when he was able to bring in $1.4 million for his successful reelection.
McHenry has long been a lightning rod in the district since the bitter 2004 primary to replace Rep. Cass Ballenger. In a bitter primary runoff McHenry edged out Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman by 85 votes out of 30,000 cast. While McHenry has compiled a conservative voting record he is still dogged by questions over his combative style in Congress and the sense that he is a status quo Republican. This is highlighted by his unwillingness to sponsor legislation to overturn the free trade deals that have devastated the 10th District's manufacturing heavy economy. The average unemployment in the 10th District has shot up to a painful 15% since the 2008 crash on Wall Street. McHenry's campaign must also be wary of the simmering anti-incumbent bias that will be boiling by the time Election Day rolls around.
Despite these obstacles, McHenry remains the likely favorite in the primary. His office has placed a heavy emphasis on constituent service and his conservative record insulates him among the Republican primary electorate. His campaign is already beginning to canvas the 10th, a standard practice of his campaign.
His opponents have pledged not to run a negative campaign which will also cancel any advantages they may have in money. Still the campaign promises to be interesting given the disparity in fundraising and that two challengers have emerged to face McHenry in the strongest Republican district in the state.
EDITOR'S NOTE; Nick Danger grew up in the 10th Congressional District and remains a political activist there. This is not his/her real name. Underlined points are your blogger's and not the author's.
The winners in the straw poll held February 6th, at the Cumberland County GOP Ronald Reagan Republican Roundup, were 8th congressional district candidate Lou Huddleston, 7th district candidate Will Breazeale, 2nd congressional district candidate Renee Ellmers and Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Huddleston, Breazeale and Ellmers won their district vote and Palin was the choice of attendees for the 2012 presidential race.
Other congressional candidates attending the event which drew over 300 people and included speeches by former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory and Senator Richard Burr, were newly announced 2nd district congressional candidate Todd Gailas; newly announced 7th congressional district candidates Tim Wilkes and Ilario Pantano; and 8th congressional district candidates Tim D'Annunzio, Harold Johnson and Hal Jordan.
Local and General Assembly GOP candidates also were in attendance, to include N.C. Senate 22 candidate Wesley Meredith, N.C. Senate 21 candidate Wade Fowler, N.C. State House 44 candidates Brian Kent and Johnny Dawkins, N.C. State House 22 candidate John Szoka, N.C. State House 45 candidate Jackie Warner and County commissioner At-Large candidates Diane Wheatley and Linda Devore.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is posting information regarding his re-election run on Twitter. The popular micro-blogging site, used by millions, is most popular amongst political conservatives, but your blogger "follows" and has "followers" that share all of her interests.
Check out Burr's site here and log on, to follow him. If you don't already have a Twitter account, simply follow the instructions and create one. As your blogger's father would say, "it's as easy as falling off a log."
And then there were three. Two candidates have joined, Frank Roche, (left) in the GOP primary in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District. Roche, who has been running for at least one year, is presumed to be the leading candidate in the primary based on this fact alone: h e has a huge head start in fundraising.
Another challenger,George Hutchins, is someone your blogger met via via our mutual relationship with the North Carolina Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Although your blogger assumes Huchins and she share most of the same values, KCC wasn't impressed with what Hutchins said about Roche.
Hutchens told this blogger last October, "if Roche wants to debate, let's start with that name, Roche".
More recently, another candidate has announced his desire to replace David Price. Greg Dority, who you might remember as a 2008 Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, has decided to enter the race. Your blogger has obtained a copy of his email to supporters:
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Sat, January 30, 2010 3:44:31 PM Subject: Dority to challenge Price (NC-4) (Embargo until Jan 31)
This is Greg Dority (left) writing. I hope this note finds you well and surviving the storm.
As several of you are aware, I have been considering a run for the Fourth District Congressional seat currently held by Price since the holidays. After intense reflection and consultation, I have decided to enter the race. The general announcement will be issued tomorrow.
Price was defeated in the GOP wave of 1994 and if another Republican tsunami emerges in November we have a chance to take him down. Our message will be focused on economics and the failure of the president's fiscal agenda. There is a huge problem now -- which our analysis sees growing in the coming months -- and by definition Price is part of it.
Having run congressional races in the past I know the form and will be very aggressive with a message of fiscal conservatism. While the problems are complex, the solutions are workable with strong and committed leadership. Those of you having seen me before on the trail know my commitment to hard campaigning -- that philosophy does not waver in this race.
I'm sure I'll be visiting with each of you soon
Dority, may still actually live in the third Congressional District (located in Eastern North Carolina) as he did during his run for Lt. Governor. However, according to NC law, a candidate does not need to live in the district to run for Congress. Case in point: Vernon Robinson. He ran for Congress in the Fifth District and resides in Winston-Salem before being defeated by Virginia Foxx in the primary. A few years later, he ran for Congress in the 13th District, without moving. (Mrs. Foxx went on to win the general election, and is running for re-election in 2010).
Your blogger looks forward to following this race more closely,and will not endorse anyone. Additionally, KCC plans not to endorse anyone in any GOP primary, but one never knows.
We do agree with Dority that this is presumed to be a "GOP Year", much as it was in 1994. That's why we are seeing so many GOP primaries across the state and nation. Your blogger believes this is healthy for our party, so long as the candidates and their handlers do NOT spend too much time or money dismantling one another, to the detriment of the winner in the general election.
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.