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The members of the North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee, voted Saturday to keep open Republican primaries to those registered unaffiliated in North Carolina.
The discussion was lengthy and heated with passion on both sides of the argument.
Ann Sullivan, of Wayne County and second Vice Chairman of the 3rd Congressional District, presented her the resolution to close the Republican Primaries to Republicans only. She stated at the NC GOP Executive Committee Committee, that the Republican should get back to "our conservative values".
Other speakers in the affirmative felt that the North Carolina Republican Party should "send a message" to the entire nation. Many were angry with the moderate Presidential candidate John McCain and felt that unaffiliated voters wrongly choose him as the GOP nominee for in 2008. They added that a true conservative would have stood a better chance against the socialist Barrack H. Obama.
Ralph Hise of Mitchell County, argued that closing NC primaries would drive people away from the Republican Party. Others argued that we shouldn't close primaries, as the GOP simply does not have enough registered voters to begin turning away voters in primaries.
Jeff Gerber, from Union County, stated that closing GOP primaries would be "sending out a clear message to the unaffiliateds that the Republican Party does not care about them or their vote". Another member stated that the late U. S. Senator Jesse Helms got elected each time only with the help of conservative Democrats and unaffiliated and this is not the time to close primaries.
Frank Williams, of Brunswick County, added that many unaffiliated voters have left the Republican party in NC because they think we are "not conservative enough". He cited a number of statistics that changed his mind over the recent weeks.
Rep. Thom Tillis(R-Mecklenburg) says we cannot 'unilaterally disarm'.
"We must not pass this resolution. Most voters won't hear about this in the news. They will simply go to the voting box on election day and be told they can't vote."
Rep. Tillis also had a message for the Republicans who stayed at home on election day 2008 and let the Democrats carry the election day: "Shame on them!"
Former GOP State Chairman Jack Hawke added "that with the wave coming our way, we are looking for a problem that doesn't exist." Hawke was chairman of the party when it voted to open their primaries to unaffiliated voters in the late 1980s.
The measure failed on a voice vote.
Editor's Note:Your blogger is a fellow member of the North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee, representing the 13th Congressional District. She voted in the negative on this resolution and supported keeping the primaries open.
Ham told the crowd that conservatives are NOT racists, astroturf angry mobs, domestic terrorists,or hate mongers.
Our group of Tea Partiers, she said, are simply a group of unsatified, patroitic Americans who are exercising free speech according to first amendment rights.
She compared our protests to the protests of the anarchists at the recent Pittsburgh G20 Summit.
In all of the Right's Tea Party protests combined, only 11 people were arrested, most of which were for minor infractions, such as pulling down signs. Only two of those were for actual assaults.
Seven of the 11 acts were commited by liberal counter-protesters.
At the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, the anarchists were in a completely different league, Ham said. They vandalized cars, smashed shop windows, threw rocks at law enforcement, and 65 were arrested.
Naturally, according to Ham, the press ignored the anarchists, and chose only to focus on the few bad apples in the conservative "mobs" at the tea parties and further tried to whip up fear and hysteria among the general public.
Ham admitted that she was tired of the "mainstream press" trying to demonize conservatives.
This North Carolina blogger apprecites the excellent work being done by Miss Ham, part of the new leadership of the conservative movement.
Thank goodness we have people like her, who are witty, sarcastic, and extremely bright. She can out debate any liberal on virtually any topic, simply by using common sense. Common sense is something we need more of, in our North Carolina state government, in Congress and in the White House.
Please enjoy the videos of the actual talk, shot by Ed Morrisey of the Hot Air blog.
Editor's Note: Thanks Ed! Sorry I didn't get the chance to chat with you at the Summit but you were constantly busy, and so was I.
The GOP in North Carolina is more diverse than ever as there are at least three different factions of Republicans groups.
It's hard to break them down into nice, neat circles, but KCC attempts here to break it down. Sorry for any generalizations.
Traditionally, there have been two groups, the moderates and conservatives, but a new, fast-growing group has moved in, and is bringing with it new people to the GOP. Will they stay when the going gets rough? Will they stand and fight when someone from their faction isn't nominated?
Conservatives and moderates have traditionally "held their noses and voted" when a member of the opposite faction was nominated for office. Not always, but usually. As the minority party, GOP members know that we need every single vote to win, plus many Democrat votes, too.
We welcome this new faction, but we must let them know that they cannot run and hide, when one of "theirs" is not on the ballot.
Both socially and fiscally, they are are the party's right wing. Their hero is generally considered to be the late U.S. Senator Jesse Helms (left). Some religious fundamentalists count themselves among this group, and so does your blogger, who is NOT a religious fundamentalist. .
Social issues generally important to this group include opposition to gay marriage, protecting the traditional family, and opposition to abortion. They also are strong on fiscal matters as taxation, a strong national defense, and support for overseas operations, such as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Members of this group often argue they are committed to "God and Country" and feel motivated by a higher calling, as does your blogger.
Republican Liberty Caucus
The newest faction in our party. Their number one issue is making sure that our government follows the United States Constitution. These folks are either brand new to politics, or have come over from the Libertarian party or somewhere in between.
They have not been welcomed by all Republicans, but they've learned the ropes and gained power within the party. They respect Congressman Ron Paul and former Congressional candidate B.J. Lawson (left). Your blogger personally likes Lawson as well, though she respectfully disagrees with him on issues regarding national defense.
KCC counts many of them among her friends, especially those who serve with her on the Wake and NCGOP executive committees. The issues the Liberty Caucus Republicans hold dear include less government intrusion, more personal liberty, fiscal conservatism, and they oppose the war on drugs and US conflicts overseas. Many are okay with the legalization of some or all illegal drugs.
They feel the best way to defend the United States is to bring every member of our armed forces home. Though your blogger disagrees with their ideals on foreign policy, she feels that they have reminded the conservatives what we are fighting for, fiscally. KCC appreciates them very much.
These folks have often been known as the "Country Club" Republicans, and often hold varying stances on issues of abortion and gay issues, something that the staunch conservatives consider litmus tests for party membership. Again, your blogger has many friends in this camp, as she worked in the administration of former Governor Jim Martin (left), a standard bearer of this group during college, and immediately thereafter.
Once elected, they've shown that they are willing to work with Democrats and make some compromises. This keeps the legislation flowing and prevents so-called "gridlock", but it doesn't sit well with all of the conservatives, who will take gridlock any day, versus watered-down pet issues.
Governor Martin showed that he could and would work with nearly anyone necessary to bring more business and industry to North Carolina. His 1988 re-election campaign theme was "better jobs, better roads, and better schools" and he kept his promises.
Luckily, back then, we didn't have to pay companies to locate here. The Governor could largely sell our great state as the best place to work, play, and learn. Things are different today and sadly, NC is in a bidding war with surrounding states. Is it worth it to pay for jobs that may or may not stay?
The worst thing Governor Martin did was to partner with former and future Governor Jim Hunt (D-Wilson) to promote the Global Transpark, now known as Global TransPORK. We built it and they didn't come and it's been a huge waste of your tax money. It's now a big runway in Kinston with only a few companies there.
Another example of a moderate in our state is former Speaker, Harold Brubaker, (R-Randolph). Brubaker assumed the speakership of the NC House in the Republican Revolution of 1994. However, by the long session of mid-1995, he was already proving that he was willing to work (a little too much to suit your blogger) with Democrat Senate leaders, Tony Rand (D-Cumberland) and Marc Basnight (D-Dare). Your blogger felt that he made "deals with the devil" and nearly quit the party over it.
(Last year, when Brubaker was chairing the NC McCain campaign, your blogger refused to post any photos of him, for what he did to our party during this period.)
A final example of a moderate is former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kansas, left). Dole showed great compassion for his fellow man and is liked and respected by those on both sides of the aisle. Your blogger put in many hours of work in 1987-88 during his Presidential primary run, but he ultimately lost to former President George H. W. Bush (41). KCC has met Bob Dole many times, and his quick wit makes him a crowd favorite..
She doesn't think the name "country club" Republicans is such as bad thing. Your blogger grew up as a daughter of members in the New Bern Golf and Country Club, located, in Trent Woods, not New Bern. t was not full of Republicans, then, but rather Democrats who would decide among themselves who would run for what each election cycle and then made certain that they won the seats they sought. The election was decided in the primary. Today, thankfully, things are different.
In this report, KCChas tried , not to generalize but rather to post what she knows to be correct and to be true to her honest opinion. If you don't agree, let us know why.
Please VOTE in Your Upcoming Municipal Elections:
Don't forget that municiple elections are coming up this year. We need to get our people out and voting. In 06, only six percent of people identifying themselves as conservative or Republican even voted.
By riding the couch that rainy election day, we allowed full liberal control of Raleigh, and numerous other cities and towns across our state. Obama's election has awakened the sleeping giant and we cannot let this happen again. Please educate yourselves on your favorite school board, county commissioners, and town commissioners, alderman, and council candidates. Vote. It's the only chance we have.
Wednesday evening, Bill Randall (left - photo MeckGOP), announced his intentions to challenge U.S. Rep. Brad Miller (D-13). Randall, a retired US Navy Meteorologist, lives with his wife in Wake Forest, just North of Raleigh.
He's what your blogger deems a "true" conservative, in that he touts strong social beliefs, as well as his staunch fiscal ideals. He plans to officially enter the race on July 1st.
In a letter he wrote to Republican 13th Congressional District Chairman, David Robinson, Randall stated:
"The race for this pivotal U.S. Congressional seat will be challenging, and will require that we are all pulling in the same direction. The vital importance of your support, along with the other counties in the 13th District, CANNOT BE OVERSTATED.
Congratulations to Bill Randall. Your blogger hears that others are considering entering and that there may be a Republican primary. KCC feels certain that these candidates will conduct themselves as Ladies and Gentlemen and so that money can be saved for the fall 2010 campaign to send Brad Miller back to Raleigh.
Conservatives in Raleigh don't especially want him back, but perhaps he can busy himself by playing with dirt, gardening, and entertain himself by hanging out with the hippies and druggies at coffee houses.
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.”
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.
The Wake County Republican Party has printed "Don't Tread On Me" T-Shirts ahead of today's Tea Party happening from 4:30 to 7:30 on Halifax Governement Mall, in downtown Raleigh.
The Tea Party, sponsored by the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, is a statewide protest against the billion dollar state tax increase. Fox News Star, and all around interesting person, Mary Katharine Ham, will be the featured speaker, along with "Joe the Plumber".
The "Don't Tread On Me T-Shirts" are twenty dollars and are limited to first-come, first serve, and are available at the Tea Party only. Get yours just as soon as you arrive at the Tea Party. Sizes run large, so purchase a size down from what you would normally wear.
UPDATE: THE SHIRTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE NCGOP STATE CONVENTION. WAKE IS THE HOST COUNTY.
Editor's Note: Your blogger is an activist and board member with the Wake GOP Executive Committee and serves on the NC GOP Executive Committee. She'll see you today (Wednesday) at the Tea Party, proudly sporting her new T-Shirt, with her young son in tow. Please be sure to say hello!
The North Carolina Republican Party State Convention is less than two weeks away. Your blogger visited Headquarters today and found staffers working overtime and well past eight into the evening, preparing to host another successful convention. Special kudos to Wanda Shivers who handles the phones and has the unique ability to stay calm, no matter what the situation. She is a true asset to our cause!
Thanks to the entire State GOP staff for working so hard to prepare for this convention. Your blogger is excited to be part of the host delegation and hopes that everyone has a fine time, despite the politicking going on for the top spot on the ballot.
Former NCGOP chairman, Frank Rouse, in his weekly e-mail column "Frankly Speaking", submitted the following:
Sue Myrick, Member of the U. S. Congress, from the Ninth Congressional District of N. C. has endorsed Tom Fetzer for Chairman of the N. C. Republican Party. Myrick joins a long list of N. C. Republican Leaders backing Fetzer.
(Other) Republican Leaders backing Fetzer include, former Governor James Holshouser, former U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth, former Lt. Governor and U.S. Congressman Jim Gardner.
Former gubernatorial candidates Richard Vinroot, Patrick Ballentine, Fred Smith and Bill Cobey (are also supporting Mr. Fetzer). Cobey is a former U.S. Congressman and former state chairman of the NCGOP.
10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry and 3rd District Congressman Walter Jones. Current Republican National Committeeman, State Rep. David Lewis supports Fetzer. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly Lake and former Court of Appeals Judges John Tyson and Eric Levinsonhave endorsed Fetzer.
There are several other Fetzer supporters of note including Chuck and Laura Neely, Ferrell and Linda Blount, Bob and Linda Shaw and Frank and Jane Rouse. Maybe the most important endorsement of all, (is) Mrs. Jesse (Dot) Helms.
Your blogger has previously endorsed Tom Fetzer for State Chairman.
In other news, Rouse reports that the libel suit against talk radio host, Curtis Wright and others was filed on Monday, June 1.
The following is a letter written by Tom Fetzer (left, visiting with College Republicans) to his fellow NC GOP members:
Dear Republican Friend:
I apologize in advance for the content of this message, but as you can see, I had no other choice.
Tuesday, Curtis Wright, a radio and television talk show host in Wilmington, forwarded an anonymous letter alleging that I am gay to Republican leaders throughout North Carolina. The letter is a lie, written by a lying coward. I can't sue the lying coward, but I have authorized my attorneys to sue Curtis Wright and the media outlets he works for.
There are two things you need to know:
1) I am not gay - never have been - never will be. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to support any of the scurrilous allegations made in the anonymous attack on me.
2) I will spare no cost or hardship in defending my good name. I intend to vigorously pursue legal action against any and all who spread these lies.
The fact that I'm 54 and single does not mean I have to put up with vicious rumors that I'm gay. The fact that I am heterosexual is a matter of public record. The News & Observer once even reported (erroneously) that I had eloped.
I will marry one day, and soon I hope, when I find a woman I can't live without who feels the same way about me. Not before. And not for any other reason. My parents divorced and perhaps that has made me more cautious than most. But I will get married for the right reason. Of the many wrong reasons to get married, to do so in order to fill-out one's political resume tops the list.
I have been involved in politics for over 30 years -- as an activist, a candidate and an elected official - and this is the most outrageous smear I have ever seen. And I will not tolerate it. Neither should you. Neither should our Party.
As I have traveled around the state, I have made it clear that I will be a Chairman who will FIGHT for our Party and our principles. I'm also going to FIGHT to defend my good name.
The best way to fight a lie is with the truth and that's what I intend to do. I hope you will stand with me in making it clear to those who would disseminate this kind of garbage that there is no room in our Party for them or their lies.
Now, I'm going back to work and continue to focus on leading our Party to victory in the next two years. I ask you to join me in that effort.
Frankly, your blogger doesn't care about Fetzer's personal life. He has served us well and Raleigh saw good times under his leadership. All fiscal conservatives should be backing him.
As far as his opposition goes, your blogger feels they are all good men. However, KCC has seen Tom Fetzer's leadership skills in action and has observed how he handled adversity and lead the city back from it. He left Raleigh much better than he found it. Tom Fetzer is the best of a good lot and thus earned KCC's endorsement and unwavering support.
View the letter to Curtis Wright and his station from Tom Fetzer's attorney:
Families with students on year-round calendar should keep children home from school on Monday Wake GOP Chairman Claude E. Pope, Jr. is assailing the Wake County Public School System’s (WCPSS) decision to send all students on year-round calendars to school on Memorial Day. These tens of thousands of students, along with traditional calendar students, instead did not go to school the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, a convenience holiday.
“Memorial Day, which was established in 1868, is a national holiday of remembrance of the millions of American patriots who have fought to protect this country’s freedom. It is shameful that the WCPSS decided to make this special day a school day for Wake students who attend year-round schools,” said Pope. “On behalf of the Wake County Republican Party, I urge parents to keep their children home from school so that they can honor our veterans with their families.
“Decisions by the school board and WCPSS like this once again illustrate that the needs of Wake parents and students are not a priority. This is why the Wake GOP and PACs like Take Wake Schools Back are working hard to recruit and elect four new school board members who will make common-sense decisions and listen to parents,” Pope added.
Editor's Note: This issue was discussed on Friday on the Bill LuMaye show on WPTF-AM 680 in the Raleigh-Durham market. Your blogger, streamed it online from Emerald Isle and called into the show to discuss the issue and help explain it to the listeners.
Additionally, your blogger is a Wake County GOP activist.
I respect your endorsement of Tom Fetzer. You and many others have gone "on the record" as you have felt led to do so.
But on the other hand, I am coming across more and more delegates who say "Bill, I really didn't know that much about you. I really like what you stand for, and find it difficult to see any area where we disagree."
Katy's Conservative Corner proudly Endorses Tom Fetzer for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.Below, your blogger, a self-described Republican since the age of 9, offers her personal perspective:
Your blogger first met Tom Fetzer (left) in 1985, while an 18-year-old freshman at Meredith College. He was a handsome young 34-year-old, brought in by our club chairman to help increase attendance at our College Republican meetings.
He told of his work with Senator Jesse Helms, the Congressional Club and how he had learned from Tom Ellis and Carter Wrenn. Ellis was the man who saved Ronald Reagan's Presidential campaign in 1976 and paved the way for his election in 1980.
He also told us of his work on the 1984 infamous campaign between Senator Helms and Governor Jim Hunt. Your blogger volunteered on that campaign as a senior at New Bern Senior High School that year. She loved the line "Where do you stand, Jim", which pointed out Governor Hunt's many inconsistencies.
In 1988, Fetzer ran for Congress in the elusive 4th District against David Price. He raised a record $800,000 in that race.
Tom's most remarkable achievement, in the opinion of this blogger, came in 1993. A large group of conservatives were angry with the Raleigh City Council over their spending $52,000 of OUR tax monies for an "art tower" (left) on Capital Blvd. The thing was ugly, at best, and no one understood what it was. Most thought it was a cell phone tower.
Tom Fetzer made this art tower the albatross to hang around the necks of the liberals on City Council. He lead the charge, and solidified the conservative vote (both Democrats and Republicans) in Raleigh, swept into office and brought a conservative City Council with him.
He served three terms, before handing the job off to another great conservative, Paul Coble, the nephew of Senator Helms. Those were heady days in Raleigh.
Tom Fetzer has served as a board member with the John Locke Foundation for a number of years. He believes in the principles of a smaller government, lower taxes, and opposes government corruption on every level. He is a true conservative as he supports socially conservative issues, too. He believes in traditional marriage, is pro-life, and backs gun rights.
Your blogger supports Fetzer for State Chairman because he is a PROVEN FUNDRAISER, and understands the GRASSROOTS. He has knocked on thousands of doors and has made many more phone calls. He understands organization at that most basic level. He believes in utilizing new technologies, (just as your blogger has been preaching, for two years).
Additionally, your blogger has heard from numerous sources, that North Carolina Democrats are shaking in their boots at the prospect of a Tom Fetzer chairmanship. He's well known, dynamic, and can take on the media, with one hand tied behind his back.
Because Tom Fetzer has all of the critical attributes, Katy's Conservative Corner proudly endorses him for State Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.
The past two weekends have kept GOP activists busy. Republicans, statewide, attended their district conventions and voted on their new district officers. District coincide with a voter's congressional district and are in importance between a county convention and the NCGOP State Convention.
Your blogger attended two, the 4th District Convention on April 18th and the 13th District Convention last weekend.
Congratulations to all of the new District Chairmen:
First District – Brad Fields
Second District – Al Lytton
Third District – Bob Pruett
Fourth District – Zan Bunn
Fifth District – Dan Barrett
Sixth District – David Ruden
Seventh District – Frank Iler
Eighth District – David Black
Ninth District – John Annarella
Tenth District – Wayne King
Eleventh District – Steve Duncan
Twelfth District – Marlynn Burns
Thirteenth District – David Robinson
All of those who were elected to the State Executive Committee (including yours truly) are expected to send in your $120 dues to the NC Republican Party, via your District Chairman as soon as possible. Please make your check out to the North Carolina Republican party and put in the memo line "executive committee dues". Mail it or hand it to your District chairman so he or she can give it to the State GOP Financial people.
Again, congratulations to the winners. It's going to be a new day in Republican politics.
On a personal note, your blogger would also like to thank her neighbor, David Williams, for such a well-run, and fair race, against David Robinson in the 13th. Williams conducted himself like the gentleman that he is, and your blogger would like to see him run again for the Raleigh City Council or for any other public office.
In an email to media and supporters, former Wake County GOP chairman, David Robinson (left/Katy Benningfield photo), announced he has withdrawn from the race for GOP State Chairman.
In his withdrawal announcement, he wrote the following letter, stressing what he'd like to see happen with the NC Republican Party:
Dear Fellow Republicans:
As many of you know I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for Chairman of the NCGOP. The privilege of this candidacy was a true pleasure. I have met many committed conservatives and am confident that our Party is alive and well. I have also made a number of observations during my travels from county to county, as follows:
1. This is a very big state. The Republican party under-utilizes the Congressional District organizations; which should not be used just to bring information to the Party, but should be used by the party to distribute our Republican message. In addition, the Republican Party should have a Media and PR presence in each of the 4-6 media markets in this State. Volunteer regional spokespeople should be carefully chosen and constantly utilized. In addition, a simple media production capability at the NCGOP headquarters will also quickly pay for itself.
2. County party organizations should raise money. Great things would happen if every county party in this State would raise at least $10,000/year. County party officers should be trained in fundraising, as necessary. When you don't ask for money you have already made a potential donor's decision for them - and that's a presumptuous and costly thing to do.
3. "Grassroots" means rolling up your sleeves. Republicans cannot genuinely speak about a grassroots resurgence while at the same time passively awaiting the next Ronald Reagan. Our Party can still win big in this State; but only if the winning effort begins at the block captain/precinct chair level. I have met a number of Republican activists who are hoping the next NCGOP Chair/Presidential Hopeful will raise all of the money, do all the work to spread the message, and excite the masses. This is naïve; each and every one of us needs to be the message - now.
4. There are two distinct uses of political technology. Twitter and blogs and the like can be useful tools for connecting hard-core activists. But we should also remember to use technologies to connect new voters with our message. Communications portals aimed at the non-activist voter marketplace should: (1) be clean and professional looking; (2) be informative, but not overly cumbersome to use; and (3) exist simply to get people involved - by requesting a newsletter, donating money, joining an auxiliary, or even just by downloading voter guides. Many county parties have websites that are geared solely to the activist audience. This must change. Even the NCGOP website could stand to be re-worked - too many articles that no one reads and an online donation program that is ineffective.
5. While we must fight the Democratic Party's ideology and agenda, our true enemy is apathy. Our like-minded meighbors are generally apathetic for all the right reasons: they are raising and educating children, building businesses, taking care of relatives, paying taxes, and paying bills. But, to succeed, the Republican Party must convince their neighbors to add one more thing to their busy schedules - to get involved politically. Sure, a conservative message will resonate. But, a personal invitation to get involved is the best way to bring folks into our Party. Again, this is a 'grassroots' responsibility.
6. Our conventions do not look like our platform in many respects. Very few minorities; very few young families; very few young people. We must build bridges to these groups - and we must do so quickly. The NCGOP must monitor and respond, in Spanish if necessary, to published misinformation in the media. The NCGOP must engage entrepreneurs and small business owners, of all races. The NCGOP must court social conservatives, of all races. And, the NCGOP must tap into the frustrations among all taxpayers, transcending race, with governments that have for too long overstepped their constitutional boundaries.
7. We spend far more time talking about how we will 'carve up the pie' than we do in 'baking a bigger pie.' Of particular, personal concern is the NCGOP request that each member of the State Executive Committee contribute $120/year to the Party. The level of commitment, at present, is pitiful. Why would a large donor contribute to our efforts if our activists don't believe in their own product? Executive Committee members - write your checks now - for the future of our Party.
8. An email address should be the minimum price of admission to any Republican function. Period.
9. I have traveled many miles with the other four declared candidates for NCGOP Chair, and I have enjoyed their company and commitment to the Republican Party. Each brings distinct talents and energies to their campaign - talents and energies that I am confident will translate into positive momentum in the 2009 and all-important 2010 campaign seasons. I am not going to endorse anyone for this position. If the Republican Party is to win, then the minimum commitment for any Republican activist should be to research each candidate and reach their own conclusion. Your decision is simply too important to be swayed by my opinion. I do look forward to seeing many of my new friends in Raleigh in June. Please, please, spread the word - let's have the largest convention gathering ever. Let's show our opponents that we mean business in 2009 and 2010!
10. Finally, I have been convinced and convicted over and over again these past few months that this Nation is indeed the last best hope for man on earth. God bless America.
See you in Raleigh!
Your blogger thanks David Robinson for his long service to the Wake GOP and his willingness to serve when no one else was willing to step forward.
One of the many lessons of last November is that if the Republican Party is to remain competitive, we can't afford to do things the same way ever again. The Digital Age has brought about an unprecedented revolution in politics, empowering people like never before by giving them the tools to organize quickly and influence policy. The old "top down" paradigm of political authority and party structure we have so long relied on has been replaced by a very effective "bottom-up" form of activism.
When the average person can put up a Facebook page and create a vast network of like-minded "friends" or communicate to thousands of people instantly using technologies like Twitter, political movements can be quite literally created overnight.
The bottom-line here is that people don't need to rely on political parties or their often outmoded authoritarian structures the same way they did in the past. They don't need to wait to be told what to do or how to do it by responding to orders from above; they can make a real difference all by themselves.
To adapt to this new world, our party leadership should focus on empowering our folks --- rather than trying to control and micromanage everything they are trying to do to further our shared Republican cause. The world is far too interconnected now and things move far too quickly. We need to encourage this new spirit of individual activism as a Party by lending our support, our resources, our experience, and our wisdom...and then get out of the way.
By embracing these new technologies, we will be well-positioned to communicate our time-honored Principles as a party to a whole new generation of voters. We don't need to change what we believe as Republicans; we just need to be able to explain our message in ways that younger people will listen.
Editor's Note:Stephen G. Duncan is the chairman of the 11th Republican Congressional District. That district includes Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey Counties.
For a complete schedule of upcoming Republican meetings across the 11th District, please visit their website.
Luckily with Michael Steele as the new head of the Republican National Committee (RNC), we shall see just these things happen on a national basis.
Will they happen statewide? The jury is out. Currently, the NC GOP has zero budget for any technological advancements. Your blogger believes that members of the NCGOP budget committee, the members of the NCGOP Central Committee and the NCGOP Executive need to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the current decade.
Those spots are plumb ones that usually go to the older, wealthy, members of our party, and not to the younger members, or to activists as often. Thus, such members don't always see the need for bottom-up management or technology.
Additionally, we MUST elect a state chairman who believes in these same values.
Former GOP State Chairman Frank A. Rouse (left) never did simply retire to his home in Morehead City. He has stayed active, especially from his keyboard and his telephone. The man knows more people in this state than anyone else and he gets a great deal of information unavailable to others.
Here is his new column,Frankly Speaking, from the man your blogger calls only "Sir".
Co-Frontrunner Woody White of New Hanover County has previously announced.
Frankly Speaking has learned that White has the Ambassador vote sewed up. Bush Administration Ambassadors Jim Culbertson of Forsyth County and Jim Cain of Wake County are supporting White.
Culbertson is from the more moderate wing of the party and Cain is from the Helms/Congressional Club wing. Former Congressman and former State GOP Chairman Bill Cobey is also supporting White. Patrick Ballantine, former State Senator and gubernatorial candidate is supporting White. Ballantine and White are former law partners. White served out Ballantine's Senate term when Patrick resigned to run for governor in 2004. You can go to this link for more information from Woody White.
Editor's Note: Look for information to come out soon from Adams. The new chairman will be elected at the NC GOP State Convention during the weekend of June 12-14.
After the thrashing we took in '08, the Democrats think N. C. is a blue state. Ain't necessarily so. The 'crats have some horses raring and ready to go.
The 2nd term congressman from the 11th district is already running. The problem is that he is running against U. S. Senator Richard Burr (R- N. C.) and he hasn't won his primary YET.
In the last 2 weeks he has voted against the Stimulus Bill twice. Shuler was one of only 11 "Blue Dogs" against the House bill and one of only seven Democrats against the final compromise bill.
Needless to say he was the only Democrat from N. C. to do so. Shuler also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publicly. It is obvious he is trying to run as a conservative against Burr.
Shuler is an attractive candidate. Running as a conservative Democrat against Burr, Shuler would give conservative Democrats an excuse to stay on the Democrat Roost. He would automatically get the black vote and the liberal Democrat vote. Shuler would also probably have a financial advantage because his party controls the state and federal governments and Democrats aren't statesmen when it comes to squeezing money out of patronage.
Shuler would be hard to beat. It would take a maximum Republican effort to win if the Democrats clear out and let Shuler have the nomination.
And now for the rest of the story.
N. C. Attorney General Roy Cooper:
Cooper is a "hair and teeth" politician. He's pretty. If he had a little more courage, we'd be calling him Senator instead of General. Cooper is a mainstream N. C. Democrat, not a "wild-eyed liberal" and he is not a conservative. He would beat Shuler in a primary because he would get the black and liberal vote. BUT, the word is he wants a clear field against Shuler.
He doesn't want a primary. Why? If Secretary of State Elaine Marshall gets in the primary, she could cause a problem. Almost 60% of the voters in a Democrat Primary are females. What about State Rep. Dan Blue? Over 40% of the Democrat Primary voters are black. What about charismatic Rep. Grier Martin or even Sen. Malcolm Graham? Talk about too many cooks.
Because of the 2008 election, the Democrats feel empowered, the women feel empowered, the blacks feel empowered, and the liberals feel empowered.
Of the crowd mentioned above Cooper should be the favorite, but remember the 40% rule. Anything can happen.
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water yet, it ain't over till it's over. Senator Richard Burr (left) has a solid conservative voting record. He is a handsome, charismatic statesman that can hold his own on the campaign trail with anyone, even without his socks if necessary.
Five minutes is a long time in politics. Burr's best bet, at this point in time, would be "anybody but Shuler," but any of the others mentioned could be a problem.
We need to elect a "kick ass" State Chairman that will lead us back to the "Promised Land" where conservative principles trump pragmatism, character counts and it's not politically incorrect to be politically aggressive.
In my opinion the following is the "Gold Standard" for the prerequisites for our next state chairman.
1- Posses a solid conservative philosophy. 2- Have an outstanding character. 3- Have demonstrated leadership ability. 4- Work full time, be totally committed to winning, Totally!!! That means family and social life too. 5- Hair and teeth, be able to communicate on TV and on the stump. 6-Consider himself to be personally expendable, be willing to fall on his sword for the cause, for the party or a candidate. 7- Have no ambitions for public office, be the hatchet man, not a "candidate type." 8- Be savagely independent, loyal only to the party, no faction or geographical favorites. 9- Be a strong type "A" personality, so he can go toe to toe with potential contributors, a candidate's wife, a sorehead or a lousy reporter. 10- Campaign hard for the position of chairman so he will have a constituency, when elected.
I'd like to throw in a personal airplane and be able to fly it, but that may be a little too restrictive.
So we may have to do what we did in the presidential race, put on a good face and support whomever the party chooses.
The Young Republicans, a group near and dear to this blogger's heart, have come to Western North Carolina. As Wake County's longest serving YR in history (19 years, until she aged out at 40), KCC is pleased to share the following announcement with you:
The 11th District Republican Party is pleased to assist the Young Republicans of Buncombe County in announcing their kickoff meeting at 8:00 pm this Monday, March 2 at The Greenlife Community Center at 70 Merrimon Avenue in downtown Asheville.
While voting membership for the Buncombe Chapter is only open to registered Republicans in the county ages 18-40, YR Chairman Kristopher Cox is encouraging Republicans of any age from across Western North Carolina to attend Monday's meeting to "celebrate our beliefs, show your pride and dedication to the Republican Party."
Cox and his group also want to hear from others across WNC interested in forming their own YR chapters. "We intend to re-introduce what it means to be a Republican...we want to be the party's ambassadors to a whole new generation of voters."
You may download and print a copy of the official YR flier by clicking here.
The Young Republicans (YRs) are the oldest political youth organization in the United States. Important to the growth of the Republican Party, the YRs reach out to registered Republicans, 18 to 40 years of age, and provide them with better political knowledge and understanding of the issues of the day.
Since its creation, the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) has provided essential grassroots support for Republican candidates and conservative issues on the local, state and national levels.
The YRNF has a solid record of producing future Republican Party leaders - including Governors, Senators, Congressmen, nationally recognized campaign consultants, and community leaders.
Your blogger hopes the Buncombe YRs will play a leading role in getting Carl Mumpower elected to the United States Congress. Your blogger previously endorsed the Asheville City Councilman in his 2010 race for what should be an open seat.
Editor's Notes: Your blogger is a former chairman of the Wake County Young Republicans and held every office in that group, except Treasurer.
Our group helped on many campaigns and were the go-to group for many of Wake County's largest fund raising events.
Further, we were charged with putting on the annual President's Day dinner, the Fall Rally, and welcoming sitting Presidents, Senators, and other members of Congress.
We launched many a political career, including, inadvertently, that of Democrat, Chris Mintz. When Mintz failed to gain whatever he wanted as a Republican, he took his ball and went over to the liberals, who did not welcome him with open arms.
Congratulations to the Buncombe YRs.
For more information, please contact:
Kristopher Cox, Regional Chair Young Republicans (828) 458-7166
Agent Delbert Richburg Immigration and Customs Enforcement ~ Charlotte District Office 6130 Tyvola Centre Drive Charlotte, NC 28217
Subject ~ Illegal aliens at Biltmore Park
Dear Agent Richburg:
Earlier in the week I received a call and follow-up visit from a tradesman who had recently been laid off from the large scale work project at Biltmore Park in Asheville. This is a site of on-going major construction involving 12+ large structures. His issue of contention was the significant number of "illegal" workers employed by the various sub-contractors on the site.
To give you a sense of scale of this development project, the City of Asheville has a full-time on-site inspection service on the property that I attempted to visit today. During that visit I had the opportunity to observe that a significant number of the workers (I would estimate 50% of those I observed and/or spoke to directly) were of Latino descent. I spoke to 6+ subgroups that did not speak English - several did speak Spanish.
The gentleman who escorted me through the site offered that his co-workers routinely acknowledged being in the country illegally and working either under the table or through the use of false identification. I, of course, have no evidence with which to accuse these workers or their employers of breaking the law. Nonetheless, statistically 50-70% of those not speaking English are in the state/country illegally.
I am bringing this project to your attention specifically due to the large number of workers on site. I am also aware that your one visit to Mills Manufacturing has probably created more jobs for WNC (Western North Carolina) than the City's economic development efforts for the year. Arvato, formerly Sonopress, may be known to you as the company down the road from Mills where 50+ employees left the plant during your Mills raid. That company is to be commended for their subsequent efforts to hire legal citizens and authentically credentialed workers. Others have followed suit.
As an aside, the 2 elevator shafts in the six story Hilton hotel that is currently under construction were fully exposed on three observed floors. I appreciate your continued efforts to enforce legal immigration in Asheville and WNC .
Carl Mumpower Asheville City Council
EDITOR'S NOTES: The author, Dr. Carl Mumpower (left, campaigning in 2008), ran unsuccessfully for US Congress in our state's 11th District, due to a huge Democrat tide, which voted closet liberal Heath Shuler back into office.
With Shuler expected to challenge Senator Richard Burr in 2010, thus leaving the 11th District seat open, the timing would be ripe for a Republican, such as Mumpower, to take the seat. Your blogger proudly endorsed Mumpower in 2008 and does so again, here.
If there is no "Draft Mumpower" movement for 2010, let it begin now. Not only was he not afraid of the Asheville liberal establishment, he was also not afraid of those in his own party.
We need Mumpower in Congress. We need his fearless ability to stand up to the establishment, even to those, such as the the Republican National Committee (RNC). Mumpower and others were vindicated when those old RNC "leaders" were recently thrown out of office, and instead voted in the more conservative Michael Steele and a completely new team.
Mumpower is the lone conservative on a "crunchy, granola" city council in Asheville, and is used to standing up for what he believes in, often when he is alone! That stance reminds this blogger of the late Jesse Helms, who often proudly stood alone, and never folded when he believed he was right.
(The photo at the top of this post: Copyright 2007 by your blogger, Katy's Conservative Corner/KTCreations.)
Your blogger is currently sitting in her precinct meeting in Wake County at the Cary V.F.W.
Former Wake County Young Republicans Chairman, Jonathan Bandy, has announced his support in the race for State GOP chairman. He those gathered that he is volunteering for Chad Adams.
Meanwhile, all Wake County Republicans, at their various precincts, were shown a video featuring David Robinson. Robinson is the current Wake County GOP chairman and is also one of several seeking the state post.
Update: In the video, Robinson explained the State Party process of becoming a delegate to the county, district and state conventions. Among those appearing was Rep. Skip Stam (R-Wake), and popular Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison (R).
Harrison explained why he is so beloved by nearly everyone. He stated that there are a lot of conservative Democrats that we can never count out and without whom we cannot win. He explained that, with the proper explanation of what Republicans are about, we could win them over into our column. He stressed never to be rude to anyone, in spite of their voter registration.