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(At my house, I cannot get this channel anymore, as we were forced to give up cable due to poor bandwidth issues and move to the better performing Directv. Sorry Tim.)
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.
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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.
Something needs to be done to discredit and turn the American people against the Obama-Congressional Democratic agenda.
I believe an aggressive campaign that defines the Obama-Democratic agenda as “Not the American Way” would be an effective and succinct way to defeat their un-American plans. It would be a simple way to contrast their socialist agenda with the conservative American agenda that favors individual Americans as opposed to a bigger, more powerful government. It could help change public opinion against their agenda, their party and their candidates in 2010 and 2012. And it would provide a unified rallying cry that all conservatives could get behind and support.
1. Bailouts For Corporations Is Not The American Way.
2. Earmarks (Pork Barrel Spending) For Politicians’ Special Projects Is Not The American Way.
3. Imposing Socialist Healthcare On The American People Through The Budget, Not By The Legislative Process, Is Not The American Way.
4. Imposing Excessively High Taxes On The American People Is Not The American Way.
5. Not Protecting American Citizens Against Terrorism Is Not The American Way.
6. Making The Federal Budget A Higher Priority Than The Individual Budgets of American Citizens Is Not The American Way.
7. Obama’s firing of General Motors Chief Executive Rick Wagoner Is Not The American Way.
If you agree this campaign has merit, I hope you will use the “Not The American Way” slogan at every opportunity.
I have no proprietary claims on this slogan. My only desire is for the Obama-Democratic agenda to be defeated and to be replaced by proven conservative principles.
Please keep those calls to your legislators coming. Calls change minds, especially if they receive enough of them.
House Bill 120 has once again been postponed, this time until 3/30/09, in Monday night's session. Could it be that your calls and letters are working so well that the Liberal leadership has realized that they don't have the votes to get this to pass?
For more information on this terrible piece of legislation, please see KCC's previous blog post, here. It details how to contact your NC House Rep.
Tell your representative that you've had enough of welfare and goodies for politicians and to just say NO to this bad bill!
Update 6:41 p.m. March 25, 2009: House Bill 120 was postponed until Thursday's calendar, meaning there is still time for you to contact your State House Representative. Phone calls change votes, folks and we need your help!
Please be polite, and leave your message with the Legislative assistant who answers the phone. If you receive an answering machine, please leave your message on it. Your Representative WILL get the message. I simply told my rep. that I felt this bill would raise my taxes and requested that she please vote against it. You can, too!!!
Here's how to find your State Representative and contact them by phone:
Click here, to access the NC General Assembly home page and scroll down to "Who Represents Me" in the far right column. Enter your zip code + 4.
If you don't know your full, nine digit zip code, please look up your address on the US Postal Service Website and it will give you your full zip code.
Now, back to the original post:
Political Welfare for municipal races? Democrats in the State Legislature are trying to raise your taxes again. This time, they want YOU to pay for the costs of municipal elections in North Carolina.
This means that all campaigns will be PUBLICLY FINANCED, preventing the candidates from using regular rules to finance their campaigns, which limits getting how they get their message out. This tactic nearly always favors Democrats.
NC HOUSE BILL 120 is scheduled to go to the House Floor today, March 25th. Please call, or fax your state Representative. Additionally, go to this site, sponsored by the NC AFP, and send an automatic email.
Emails are not nearly as effective and most go to the trash, especially when they all read the exact same wording. That's why your blogger is urging you to make your phone calls, as written above. You can even make your calls after hours.
Thanks to NC AFP for alerting your blogger to this important legislation! Kudos to Dallas Woodhouse and Chris Marie Farr for all of their hard work.
Please enjoy this live feed, when available, of CPAC 2009, compliments of UStream and Katy's Conservative Corner.
CPAC 2009 runs from Thursday until Saturday of this week and the streams will be made available during actual conference times. The conference agenda is also available. (If you are receiving this blog post via e-mail or RSS feed, you must go to the blog post to see the actual live feed.)
The time of year has come when all taxpayers begrudgingly fill out the paperwork and pay their dues to Uncle Sam. This year, why not vote for lower taxes as you pay them?
As you fill out your North Carolina Income Tax Return, check off $3.00 to the Republican Party under the North Carolina Political Parties Financing Fund. These check offs do NOT reduce the size of your refund, nor do they increase your taxes.
Last year, the North Carolina Democratic Party received 43% more in check off funds than the GOP did! This helps them keep Democrats in office who consistently vote to RAISE your taxes and INCREASE the size of government.
This year, help the NCGOP keep more of your money in your pockets by checking off $3.00 for the NC Republican Party.
As many of you have already heard, the
so-called "stimulus" contains very damaging provisions, apparently
authored by Tom Daschle, that would provide for electronic tracking and
government monitoring of healthcare so a government bureaucrat can
monitor costs and dictate patient care. This is federal health care
rationing. We would like to get the word out about this as quickly as
possible to encourage people to flood their representatives with calls
demanding that this provision be removed. Health care affects
everyone, and as the article below notes, this is likely to
disproportionately impact the elderly.
contact your House members today and urge them to have electronic
tracking and government monitoring of healthcare removed from the
stimulus bill. Even if they support the stimulus, they need to oppose
this portion of the bill. There is a reason why Canadians, Europeans
and other foreigners who have the means come to the U.S. for surgery
and other medical procedures. Our level of healthcare is the envy in
the world. Why on earth would we want to see the day when our citizens
have to be put on a government waiting list for life-saving surgery?
To find out who represents you in congress, click here.
The US Senate took advantage of three RINO (turncoat) Republicans Monday to cut off debate, setting up a big vote on Tuesday over Obama's so-called "Stimulus" (spending) bill. A smack of the wet noodle to RINO Senators Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine.These Republican-in-name-only Senators should be ashamed!
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) says on his own websitethat he is against the bill as is, but would accept it if changes are made.
Please contact Senator Burr and tell him to not accept any changes and to vote NO, NO MATTER WHAT!
Meanwhile, newly elected Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) is doing as she is told, and voting the party line. (We'll see if she can ever stand on her own and stop being Harry Reid's Lap Puppy. )
Please urge her to vote NO. If she receives enough calls, faxes, and emails, perhaps she could change her mind.
Both Senators' contact information is below. If you get through on the telephone, be brief, leave a message with the person that answers, and above all, be polite.
Please note that e-mails are never as effective so keep trying to call.
Senator Kay Hagan: DC Phone: 202-224-6342, Raleigh Senate Office: 919-856-4630 E-mail: Senator_Hagan@hagan.senate.gov *Please note underscore (_) between Senator and Hagan
Please note that Senator Burr (left at the 2008 GOP Convention) is up for re-election in 2010. He's been threatened with a more conservative primary opponent, so your blogger would assume he would make a hard turn to the right, these next two years.
Your blogger plans to work on Burr's re-election campaign and will support him in his re-election effort.
However, the Senator needs to reel in the conservative base that is so strong in North Carolina. In fact, a little suite of offices in North Raleigh, saw the re-birth of the modern conservative movement in the early 1970s. These offices were the site of the Congressional Club and they gave birth to the careers of many conservative politicians, most notably, the late Senator Jesse Helms. (The club also saved Ronald Reagan's political career in 1976.)
North Carolina has a strong tradition of conservatism and Sen. Burr would do well to recognize that. He simply cannot afford to have this voting bloc "sit home" on election day, 2010.
Conservatives will, unfortunately, sit home, if they are not excited about a Republican candidate. That has happened a number of times in this blogger's recent memory, resulting in sour losses for Republicans.
Though your blogger never approves of anyone sitting home on election day for any reason, Burr needs to stir up the conservatives, as well as his traditional moderate base in the central part of the state.
He is expected to be challenged by Congressman Heath Shuler (D-11th District) and we'll have plenty more on that race.
Meanwhile, please do not give up and keep making those calls. Thank you!
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.
Liberal Raleigh Mayor, Charles Meeker, has pushed his one-track agenda on taxpayers since he was first elected in 2001. After taking full control of city council four years ago, he and his band of tax and spenders have focused on rebuilding Fayetteville Street and virtually ignoring the rest of the North Carolina capital city.
The problem isn't that they merely wanted to re-open and fix up Raleigh's former "Main Street", it's that Meeker and company spent hundreds of millions of tax monies on turning a dilapidated area into the city's focal point, forcing it to become a destination spot.
Not only did the city re-open and fix up the street, but it also build an over budget convention center, a city plaza, and an expensive hotel. While the rest of Raleigh had to wait its turn for repairs and basic services, Raleigh "invested" city tax dollars into a top drawer restaurant called The Mint.
The Mint describes itself as an "adult-themed dining and entertainment, catering to sophisticated and professional adults". Raleigh simply cannot afford to be so picky about its downtown customer base, especially when the eatery was largely paid for on the backs of hard working taxpayers, most of whom cannot afford to dine there. According to a recent article in the Triangle Business Journal, the Mint is now losing business.
Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, also in downtown, sits an eyesore you won't hear Mayor Meeker talk about. Tarboro Street is the source of drugs, gambling, and prostitution. It's near a local college, St. Augustine's, and the North Carolina Governor's Mansion. According a Raleigh News and Observer editorial, "disturbing crime patterns on the street show that it's a world away from those historic landmarks."
Further, there have been three murders in the past three years on Tarboro Street alone. A Raleigh City police officer owned a rental house that was the subject of numerous complaints by local residents regarding domestic violence, drugs, and prostitution.
On Fayetteville Street, Raleigh and its taxpayers most certainly will lose money on every one of these projects. As for how much and when, it is too early to tell. Your blogger will be discussing this issue for some time to come, so please watch this space for updates to this story.
Editor's Note:Joey Stansbury, a lifelong Raleigh resident and fellow conservative blogger, contributed to this report.
Fox News was onhand Friday Afternoon to cover the Americans for Prosperity Rally on the United States Capitol. Your blogger was part of a larger group protesting the bailout that was recently passed by Congress and signed by President Bush. There is plenty of blame to pass around on all sides and today, we were all "ticked off taxpayers".
What: Americans for Prosperity will host a free property tax appeal workshop. The event will assist members of the community, who are concerned about recent property tax revaluations learn how to file an appeal.
The workshop will include training from real estate, property tax and appraisal experts. Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble will also address the attendees.