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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.
Regarding the recent RNC elections, reader Kent Misegades submitted the following:
That's what I love about our party. Lots of candidates and a real battle. Democrats would never have tolerated such an election, using a rubber stamp instead.
I have watched Michael Steele fairly closely the past couple of years. He has been a courageous Conservative in a very liberal state of MD.
He has withstood jeers from blacks and been pelted by Oreo cookies. I'd like to see most white GOP members stand as tough when under fire. Steele is a Black catholic, very rare, which says something about his conservative convictions. He also believes the GOP needs to use more electronic means to reach voters in the future
I have encouraged a number of GOP leaders to go on the offensive regarding race relations in February, Black history month. Attached is something I put together. It underscores the long history of African-American Republicanism in our country, which includes one well-known member, Martin Luther King, Jr. We need to get this message out and stop being afraid to carry the timeless, good news of Conservatism into the poorest communities and liberal strongholds.
Download Black_Americans in Word format. This is an excellent resource and well worth the read! Please feel free to distribute.
Editor's Note: Kent Misegades, of Cary, is a frequent contributor to Katy's Conservative Corner. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Thales Academy - Apex
Your blogger has been preaching Twitter (and other technologies) in her attempt to drag our political party, often kicking and screaming, into the 2008 election cycle, even though it is now 2009. She has a few allies, including fellow bloggers over at ConservativeNC.
We were beaten, soundly, not because Obama was so popular, but because we were out organized at the grassroots level. Even former Congressman Tom DeLay (R-Texas) spoke on this very topic at the Winter Board Meeting of the North Carolina Republican Women. (More on this in another post.)
Thankfully, new RNC chairman, Michael Steele realizes that the modern Republican party must return, literally, to its roots and has fired the entire staff. He supports running things from the bottom up, as our party used to do.
Whether conservatives like him or dislike him, he understands the importance of technology, in conjunction with grassroots organizations such as North Carolina's Civitas Instutute or the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity.
Steele is one of the most popular people on Twitter, as were all of the RNC chairman candidates. Your blogger is glad to see this happening at the national level and hopes that folks in the counties across our great state will continue to pick up on this trend.
Thus, what DO they have to discuss? Apparently, conservatives, especially conservative bloggers.
Your blogger appreciates her friends at left-wing blog Watagua Watch. They never reduce themselves to name calling, as do other prominent NC lefty blogs. They make solid points which are well-written.
But, with their party in control, they just don't have enough to worry about. So, they like to make fun of rightly blogs, such as this one. Hey, we can take it. Plus, there is no such thing as bad publicity. (Thanks J W, we are returning the favor. Hats off to you.)
Meanwhile, let's talk about issues that matter.
How about getting your party leadership to give more fair consideration to Republican appropriations bills. How about not keeping them bottled up in committee with the unfair rules, so they never make it to the floor for a straight up or down vote?
How about making North Carolina more hospitable to businesses by not handing out so many "incentives" and reducing the tax burden on businesses? Let's end corporate welfare once and for all! North Carolina is a great place to be and we don't need to be in the business of buying jobs.
How about reducing the regulatory burden on small businesses that employ 80 percent of those who have jobs?
What about that gas tax of ours, the highest in the Southeast?
All these things were put upon us by members of the Democratic party. But, you guys are still celebrating and swimming in your victories. Congratulations.
Party on guys. See you in 2010 and beyond!
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Your blogger is counting her many blessings she's had this year from successful back surgery, to having a loving family.
KCC is visiting her husband's family in Winston-Salem (don't worry, the house is being guarded by a gun-toting house-sitter).
There isn't a whole lot to do here with everything being closed, so my husband and I are up surfing the Internet and I'm Twittering and reading the "Tweets" of others that I "follow".
Many of my conservative friends, here in North Carolina, have written or called to ask "how exactly do I use Twitter"? I have found an interesting guide, if a bit unorthodox.
It's from a blog I found on Twitter called Thought Remixer and the post is "Hip-Hop Tech: Twitter 101". It explains things in easy-to-understand format. KCC learned something and we highly recommend it.
The writer uses a lot of hip-hop music analogies, but it cross translates to anything, and I think any beginner will find the post useful. He's not a conservative, but conservatives need to get schooled by liberals if we want to even keep up, much less get ahead!
Read up and e-mail us or leave comments if you have any questions. Your blogger is here to advance the conservative movement.
On November 4th, the North Carolina Republican moderates we ran, got beat like a rented mule, and it was embarrassing! We all worked hard, but hard work wasn't enough. And it wasn't just the Obama factor either!
Let's rebuild this party in North Carolina, starting with educating our people with the proper use of technology. Twitter isn't the "be all-end all", and it's only a start, but it can keep us connected. It all starts with communication.
May God continue to bless us all, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
It explains in more detail about Twitter, how any one can do it, and how useful a learning tool it is. But, it's also a sharing tool.
In your blogger's humble opinion, in the next four years, something greater will be out that we don't know about yet. It's probably not even rolling around in some high school kid's head yet. But when it comes out and proves itself, we'll let you know. Meanwhile, we should embrace Twitter, along with other technologies.
What is Twitter? Twitter is often known as a "Micro blog" where posts are limited to 140 characters. KCC is a huge "twitterer" and spends a lot of time with it. You can catch our last five Twitter posts at any time, on the left of your screen on this blog. The post are always changing, so refresh your screen to keep up with the latest.
We encourage you to check out this interesting article, on RealPolitix.com, a non-partisan site that your blogger enjoys.
Personally, your blogger thinks that media like Twitter should have been employed by the NC Republican Party during this last election cycle. It's an instant, quick, and free way to communicate your message to many people at once.
With all the technology the NC Democrats employed, it wouldn't have taken any extra money for the GOP to do the same.
The 20-year-old University of Tennessee student who, authorities believe, hacked into Gov. Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account, has been indicted.
According to the charges, David Kernell (left) is the individual responsible for posting screenshots of the account's content to a public Web site. He is the son of Democratic Tennessee state representative Mike Kernell.
Read the entire story here on the Cnet website. Let's hope the Feds make an example of this kid and teach him a lesson he never forgets.
Editor's note: Your blogger is a proud fan of the University of Tennessee and a member of the Triangle chapter's UT Board of Directors. She hopes that this is an isolated incident.
Katy's Conservative Corner has added a new feature, called Twitter.
On the right panel, just under the "e-mail me" link, there is a section where your blogger can add thoughts via her cell phone.
These posts do not come out in the regular e-mail and RSS feeds that are produced with this blog. However, Twitter posts are updated more often than is this blog.
For example, today, sitting on the beach, I "twittered" from my cell phone, and discussed how sitting on the beach was the perfect cure for the stress of constant robo calls and Obama ads.
Currently, your blogger is handicapped and cannot walk well or for any long distance and surgery is forthcoming. Thus, rushing to the phone for the robo calls is annoying, thinking it could be an emergency call from my son's pre-school, or a member of my family. (That's another blog post in itself!)
So, it was nice to get away and watch my toddler (above) and husband play on the beach while I relaxed in a special chair. (Under most circumstances, I would have spent this weekend working for one of the down ballot candidates this election cycle, but it was nice to skip it, just for once!)
Linda Daves and the NC GOP have hit another one out of the park! The North Carolina Republican Party has produced an ad (below) linking Barack Hussein Obama's extreme preacher to the Democrats running for NC Governor.
This blogger says "forget it gang". The RNC may be correct on some issues, but this is about North Carolina, and we don't play politically correct games down here.
Both Beverly Perdue and Richard Moore have stuck their fingers in the wind and "endorsed" the America-hating Presidential candidate.
Now, Linda Daves is making them pay. Watch the ad and see for yourself.
If you are a liberal and want to post comments complaining of the age-old claim of "racism", don't even bother. Obama is multi-racial (as is your blogger's husband) and that old junk doesn't work anymore. Martin Luther King, Jr lead us past this more than forty years ago. You folks need to get past it too. Shame on the RNC for kowtowing to these antiquated clowns!
There is nothing wrong with Daves calling it as she sees it and she should not have to be defending these actions from her supposed allies.
The phone is ringing off the hook at NC GOP headquarters and the money is said to be rolling in, but it's not enough. Our party needs more and they need YOUR contribution to get this ad off the Internet and ON THE AIR. Contribute online, here.
The state party is apparently receiving threats, as the Raleigh Police Department has been guarding NC GOP headquarters all day. The doors to the Hillsborough Street building are locked. After the firebombing of the same structure by anarchists a few years back, they've learned to expect the unexpected.
This is making national news and Katy's Conservative Corner has never been more proud to be a North Carolina Republican than today.
UPDATE: Katy's Conservative Corner has obtained an email written by NC Rep. David Lewis, the recently elected national committeeman to the RNC, who told his followers that the ad has been pulled. Your blogger verified this as untrue:
From: David Lewis(political) To: (name removed to protect the guilty) Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 11:16 AM Subject: extreme ad
Thanks for the email.
I had no idea the ad even existed until the news this morning.
I called the Party’s Chief of Staff Chris McClure and the ad has been pulled.
I guess we will just have to judge the fallout over the next few days.
Update Update- This From state Rep. David Lewis, North Carolina National Committeeman-
I made a mistake this morning in responding to a concerned Republican. In fact, I responded before I even saw the ad. I had seen some news coverage of the ad on WRAL but hadn’t seen the whole thing.
I contacted Chris McClure at State Party Headquarters and misunderstood what he told me about the ad. I did not, as I should have, check with Chairman Daves.
I tried too quickly to respond to an email without looking into all the facts.
Chairman Daves has made me aware that the Party will continue running the ad.
I am deeply sorry to have put out incorrect information.
The truth is I have been working on a fund raising event with Vice President Cheney and have not been actively involved with this particular media effort.
I want to do a good job in responding quickly to emails and phone calls and sometimes I am a little too quick.
This miscommunication is absolutely my fault and was not intentional.
I sincerely apologize to everyone who has been inconvenienced by my foul up and am going to try to put out a press release later today to clarify my mistake and that I was not authorized to speak for the Party.
Tuesday, January 15, at 9 PM, UNC-TV premieres Senator No: Jesse Helms, a 90-minute biographical documentary from independent filmmaker JohnWilson. The film chronicles Helms' life from his humble childhood in Monroe, to his two decades as an outspoken print and television editorialist, to his five contentious terms in the U.S. Senate and the fierce political battles that landed him there.
Your blogger hopes that Wilson and Public TV treat the ailing Helms with the respect he earned the hard way. It would be a shame to see his often controversial name dragged through the mud, possibly upsetting the Helms' family in the process. Helms, is an American Icon and deserves reverential treatment even by those with whom he did not agree.
From the 1950 Willis Smith/Frank Porter-Graham Senate primary to until his retirement, Helms always let folks know where he stood, no matter how "unpopular". That is a freshness missing in politics today, where most candidates and political parties seem to test their ideas in the wind before going forth.
Helms knew right from wrong, and stood up for his beliefs. Though your blogger didn't agree with every single stance he held, she admires him for being forthright.
This writer even lost "friends" after she placed Helms stickers on her cars during each election cycle in which he was involved. People would cut her off in traffic, complete with the middle-finger salute. Her homosexual friends stopped speaking to her, etc. Actually Helms employed several homosexuals on his staff over the years, based on your bloggers personal interactions with his staffers. He was a fair and open man.
Your blogger will be watching with anticipation to see how Helms is depicted. She hopes to learn more about North Carolina's interesting political history in the process. Often ridiculed for his strong stands against communism, Helms taught your blogger that living in America was an experience in which to be thankful.
Helms was instrumental in helping Ronald Reagan stay in the 1976 GOP Presidential primary, working to secure a win in North Carolina. Reagan later went on to become the greatest President in history, being elected in 1980, when this blogger was 14 years old.
I've been thinking about this for a while but the idea is still a little half-baked. I need your input.
This election cycle, if you're going to contribute to a cause other than your favorite Republican politician, why not support a cause to arm College Republicans with video cameras and editing equipment with a promise that they will help hold Democrats accountable for what they're saying on the trail?
In other words, an army of S.R Sidarth's, the most-famous modern volunteer of the 2006 election cycle who captured this damaging moment. The only difference: The army will be Republican. The target: vulnerable Democrats who say one thing in Washington and do another back home in their district.
Sounds good right?
The only problem is that no such cause exists (yet).
Technically, it's easy to do. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the CR network is vast and they're more than willing to step-up-to-the-plate for a good cause. With the infrastructure already in place, all they need is direction and the tools to get the job done right.
So this election, rather than arranging protests and painting signs, why not help provide video content to the masses of bloggers who will inevitably push a narrative to the mainstream media in their respective states?
Brand it CRTube and make it a clearinghouse of campaign moments. Put it all up and let the rest of us sift through for the nuggets.
I'm willing to help in many ways from providing video/editing training to finding a way to raise the bling through Slatecard. Together, we could do it.
Should we put our heads together on this one and come up with a plan?
I'm ready if you are.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared at TechRepublican.com
All most recently served as the communications director for Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), the vice-chairman of the House Republican Conference and chairman of the Republican’s special messaging operation, Theme Team. During the 2006 campaign cycle, he was the communications director for Michigan Republican Senate candidate Mike Bouchard.