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North Carolina Values Coalition files Amicus Brief with US Supreme Court

photo: Tami Fitzgerald

Tami Fitzgerald

On behalf of everyone that makes up the North Carolina Values Coalition and the 61% of North Carolina voters who voted for the Marriage Amendment last May, the North Carolina Values Coalition has filed an Amicus Brief with the United States Supreme Court to defend North Carolina’s definition of marriage.

California’s marriage amendment and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will go before the Supreme Court this Spring, and experts speculate these cases could be the deciding opinion on marriage and the ability of government to redefine marriage.
The brief argues that, “A state mandate to affirm same-sex marriage would have an explosive impact on religious persons who could easily treat all individuals with equal respect and dignity but cannot in good conscience endorse or facilitate same-sex marriage.”

“The Court should not dismantle liberties of conscience and religious freedom by re-defining marriage to include same-sex ‘marriage,’ said Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the North Carolina Values Coalition. “This would have a catastrophic impact on those who cannot conscientiously embrace it.

Since Attorney General Roy Cooper has not filed a brief in defense of our Marriage Amendment, we have filed this Amicus Brief to ensure the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court hear the voice of the 61% of North Carolina voters who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

 

The North Carolina Values Coalition has joined with the Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation to file the Amicus Brief, which can be downloaded here.

Dan Forest Becomes North Carolina’s Lt. Govenor

Dan Forest Takes the Oath of Office from Justice Paul Newby (Photo Courtesy of WRAL-TV)

Dan Forest Takes the Oath of Office from Justice Paul Newby (Photo Courtesy of WRAL-TV)

Raleigh Republican Dan Forest, became North Carolina’s newest Lt. Governor on Monday. He was sworn into office by Associate Supreme Court Justice, Paul Newby.

Joined his wife Alice, elected officials, family, and invited guests, the private ceremony was held in the Old Senate chambers on Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh.

Forest’s mother, former Congresswoman Sue Myrick,  sat on the front row and watched proudly as her son promised to abide by North Carolina law.

According to the Associated Press:

Forest said he’s eager to join (Governor Pat) McCrory and fellow Republicans who now control the General Assembly in transforming state government. Forest says he hopes his fellow GOP leaders will be bold in removing regulations from businesses and in reducing taxes including possibly eliminating income taxes paid by individuals and corporations. He also hopes lawmakers will revolutionize education and open the exploration and production of energy.

Forest is an architect who holding his first public office. Monday, he became the first Lt. Governor of North Carolina since Jim Gardner.  Gardner, of Rocky Mount, took office in 1989.

 

It’s Pat McCrory Time – Inauguration Preliminaries

Remember all that work you did last Spring, Summer, and Fall?  Today is pay off time as North Carolina’s new Governor, Pat McCrory, is inaugurated.   The activities will take place in the old Senate Chambers at Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh.  The details follow, below.

Find out how you can watch the entire event on your computer, via Livestream and scroll down to see the activities of the noon hour.  Katy’s Conservative Corner  will also be there to bring you photos and interviews.

We listed a viewing guide beneath the video box, to assist you.

 

ACTIVITIES OF NOON HOUR 

WHO: Governor-Elect Pat McCrory
WHAT: Official Swearing-In Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, January 5, 2013
12:00pm – 12:30pm
WHERE: House of Representatives Chamber
North Carolina State Capitol, Second Floor
1 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

 

DETAILS:

12:00pm – Gov. Elect McCrory enters chamber
12:02pm – Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
12:05pm – Invocation by Minister David Chadwick
12:07pm – Transfer of the seal w/ Gov. Elect McCrory & Gov. Perdue
12:11pm – Gov. Elect McCrory takes the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Parker
12:17pm – Gov. McCrory exits chamber

OPEN TO FAMILY and media only

Swearing in of Cabinet Secretaries  

WHO: Governor Pat McCrory, Cabinet Secretaries
WHAT: Cabinet Swearing-In
WHEN: Saturday, January 5, 2013
12:30pm
WHERE: Senate Chamber
North Carolina State Capitol, Second Floor
1 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

You may also watch the proceedings on North Carolina Public Television.

 

 

Robin Hayes & NCGOP Help Keep NC Burning Red Hot

ncgop logoThe National Republican Party (RNC) has been a popular whipping post lately, after losing the Presidential election.  Indeed heads will probably roll at their annual meeting in Charlotte, which KCC will cover for you.    KCC enjoyed covering the RNC convention in Tampa hopes to bring you more such action.

Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, the state Republican Party certainly did its job and more during the last election cycle.

The Party helped elect, another Republican General Assembly and this time added on a Republican Governor.  Good times have returned to Raleigh for the GOP.

There will be the old battles between the moderate and conservative wings of the Party as the libertarian wing, the tea party, moves along.   No one knows if they will join their own, more fitting Libertarian Party, or continue to try to win (and fail) as a branch of NC Republicans.

Robin Hayes, Chairman of the NCGOP, is up for re-election at this Spring's State Party Convention

Robin Hayes, Chairman of   the NCGOP, is up for re-election at this Spring’s State Party Convention

Robin Hayes, chairman of the NCGOP, is up for re-election at this Spring’s state party convention.  That three-day-event, will be held in Charlotte and KCC will have the dates for you soon.

Meanwhile, consider these accomplishments of the Republicans and other groups, as presented by the NCGOP:

  • Historic dominance of all three branches of state government
  • Landslide Republican gubernatorial win: McCrory 55%; Dalton 43%; Howe 2%
  • Enabled Pat McCrory to be only the second statewide Republican to win Early Voting in NCSuper majorities in NC Senate (33/17) and NC House (77/43)
  • Republican Lt. Governor to preside over GOP Senate (Dan Forest)
  • Gained 3 US House seats to make a Republican majority congressional delegation (9/4)
  • Landslide passage of Marriage Amendment in May
  • Maintained Conservative Republican majority on NC Supreme Court
  • Progress in County Commissioners: 54 GOP County Boards; 44 Democratic; 2 Non-Partisan
  • Only “Swing” state not carried by President Obama in 2012 Presidential race.   Yes, North Carolina did its party as the state voted for Mitt Romney in November.  There was nothing else it could have done.

Editor’s Note:   Conservatives, please make plans to attend the State Republican Convention in Charlotte and vote to keep Robin Hayes  your state Chairman.

Perdue’s Latest Veto Threatens Jobs, Energy Independence – 2nd Flip Flop of Year

Gov. Beverly Perdue has flipped flopped for the second time this year

Gov. Beverly Perdue has flipped flopped for the second time this year.

Gov. Beverly Perdue on Sunday vetoed legislation that would have paved the way for a robust local energy sector, lured private investment to the state and created new jobs for North Carolinians.

Below is a joint statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg):

Gov. Perdue’s latest flip-flop on shale gas exploration is an attempt to slam the brakes on the creation of a vibrant new economic sector in North Carolina.

“The General Assembly incorporated many of the governor’s recommendations in a bipartisan plan to begin developing the regulatory framework for affordable, clean energy alternatives. We are disappointed, but not surprised, that when decision time neared, she once again caved to her liberal base rather than support the promise of more jobs for our state.”

Gov. Perdue’s stance on the creation of an energy sector in North Carolina has changed repeatedly in recent years. After stating her support for the development of offshore energy, she vetoed the Energy Jobs Act, which would have put pressure on President (Barack) Obama to open the East Coast for energy exploration.

Earlier this year the governor flip-flopped again, expressing her confidence natural gas exploration could be done safely after a research trip to Pennsylvania. Her administration even issued a report concluding shale gas exploration could be done safely.

Editor’s Notes: A number of sources have expressed confidence that the Obama campaign was the reason beyond Perdue’s decision not to run for a second term as Governor of North Carolina.

Additionally, please contact your state legislators to encourage them to vote to override the governor’s veto.  A special list of those needing to be contacted appear at the bottom of this page.

AFP NC Hits the Road,heads to Eastern NC, Wed and Thurs, Raleigh Rally Saturday

Join the North Carolina Americans for Prosperity as they hit the road headed for Greenville, New Bern, and Wilmington for their “Not Doing Fine” events. (See video, below.)  You may have seen President Obama declare that the private sector is “doing fine” while thousands are out of work and companies are struggling with executive branch demands, such as Obamacare.

 It’s costing companies so much that they cannot afford to hire more workers that the cycle of recession continues.  Yet, our clueless President continues to thumb his (very large) nose at the problem.

What can you do?  If you live in Eastern North Carolina, come on out to the following events and let your voice be heard.  Local TV and news papers, plus KCC and other bloggers will be on hand to record what YOU think.  Don’t miss out!

Wednesday, June 27 ”It’s Not Doing Fine” Events

AFP staffers will collect “It’s Not Doing Fine” petitions and talk with citizens about how they can fight Obama’s disastrous policies. Stop by for free food, beverages and conversation!

Greenville: 7:00-9:00 am   Rep Express Catering, 805 Red Banks Road, 27858
Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton will broadcast live on location from Rep Express.

New Bern: 5:00-6:00 pm  Captain Rattys’s Seafood and Steakhouse, 202 Middle Street, 28560
Eastern Carolina News and Views will broadcast live on location from Capt Ratty’s.

Thursday, June 28 “It’s Not Doing Fine” Events

AFP Staffers will be on hand to collect “It’s Not Doing Fine Petitions” and discuss with citizens what we can do to fight Obama’s disastrous policies. Stop by for a great food and conversation!

Wilmington: 5:30-10:30 am  Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill (banquet room), 4240 Market Street, 28403
Big Talker Radio with Chad Adams will broadcast live on location from Capt’n Bill’s.

New Bern: 5:00-7:00 pm  Bridgepoint Hotel, 101 Howell Street, 28562
Viewpoints with Lockwood Phillips will broadcast live on location from the hotel.

Can’t make it to the events? Sign the petition and spread the word!

Saturday, June 30 Hands Off My Health Care Rally

Raleigh: 10:00 am-3:00 pm Crabtree Valley Marriott

Sign up today for this free event today!

 Hands Off My Health Care Rally
Saturday, June 30
Crabtree Valley Marriott, 4500 Marriott Drive 27612
Free lunch and carnival food!

10:00 am  Fun activities for children and Freedom Phone banking

12:00 noon Hands Off My Health Care Rally

1:00-3:00 pm More Freedom Phone banking

Live Blogging the Wake GOP Precinct Meetings, featuring speaker Pat McCrory

This post was written live, as it happened. 

7:21 p.m.  Hello and Welcome to the Wake County Republican Party’s Precinct meeting.  We are at Dorton Arena this evening in West Raleigh, at the state fairgrounds.  This is the first time that the Wake County party has help the precinct meetings all in one place and the strategy has worked out beautifully.  KCC commends county chairman Susan Bryant and her entire team.

7:25 pm  Susan Bryant has welcomed Pat McCrory, Republican candidate for Governor to the stage.  He is standing alongside Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

It’s like a pep rally in here.  Don’t Get Fooled Again, by The Who is playing loudly and people are dancing in the aisles and clapping along.

7:36  p.m. McCrory said “we’ve already accomplished half the battle in scaring Gov Beverly Perdue out of the race.  But that’s only half the battle.”

“We won’t get fooled again, as we will get rid of the (former NC Governor) Mike Easley culture of corruption”, Pat McCrory added.

McCrory says that Democrats want to “raise the taxes at the worst time…when new graduates of our colleges cannot find jobs and are having to move back home with mom and dad….instead we need to grow our economy and a pro-growth policy,” he opined.

“We are gonna make sure that every bill that Beverly Perdue vetoed will pass, especially photo voter ID…we have to have a photo ID to get into the Governor’s mansion.  We have to have an idea to buy Sudafed.  We need an ID to vote, too”.

Second, McCrory will join the lawsuit of the states against Obamacare.

Third, McCrory will change the policy against offshore drilling.  ”We will search for oil and natural gas, both onshore and off.”

7:33 p.m.  Education is “very near and dear” to his heart.  He wants to change the way we help our children.  McCrory said he got his teaching degree at Catawba College in 1978 and he wants to contine teaching, this time the entire state.

McCrory does not believe that every child needs to go to a 4-year college or university.  He believes in “two equal paths to success”.  He believes also in a vocational path, where a child can learn to use their hands as a skill so they can innovate.

“The liberal elite tries to force us into only one path, but we need a system of productivity.”  Otherwise “people end up on welfare or in prison.”

We need to emphasize more in technology.  We need to engage these learning tools to help kids with basic skills, he added.

7:40 p.m.  The Culture of Government in North Carolina

McCrory noted that little has changed at the NC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) since he got his first driver’s license in Jamestown, in 1973.

“We need to change this thinking.  We need to change this culture as we have some great state employees right here in Wake County”.

7:43 p.m.  The State

“No state is as great as ours”, said Pat McCrory.  ”We have fertile soil and lots of industries.  We need less government interference and allow these businesses and industries so they can expand.  Government regulations are also hurting our manufacturing and agriculture sectors.”

“With our great work ethic and our great universities, there is no reason why this state should not lead the nation out of the recession.”

“We must get out and do the hard work.  We have to LEGALLY register people and then take them to the polls on election day.    The other side is doing it.  We don’t want to be outworked.”

He then concluded his speech to the tune of “Won’t get fooled again” by The Who.

Convention Business

8:04 p.m Chairman Susan  Bryant is talking with the audience about the procedures about the county, district, state, and national conventions this year.

Chairman Bryant has announced that Wake County has more registered Republicans than our friends in Mecklenburg County.   The audience went crazy.  It doesn’t matter to this blogger.   KCC just wants everyone taking five people to the polls on election day.

8:08  p.m.  Chairman Bryant announced that over 1300 people PRE-registered to come tonight and many more registered at the door.  She asked the groups to break into House Districts and find our precinct.

9:00  p.m. After signing up for the Wake County convention and paying the fee, this blogger’s precinct business has concluded.  It was great seeing so many friends and candidates.   Thank you to the entire Wake GOP team, and to everyone who came out tonight.

This concludes our live blogging session, this evening.

 

Updates from Around NC

Here are a few updates from around North Carolina:

Uber Liberal NC Representative Jennifer Weiss (D-Wake) to retire: Your blogger’s day is made. KCC lived in her district  nearly all the years Weiss “served” and wrote her many letters. Weiss never once listened to a different idea, or one that didn’t come from her socialist playbook. Read Laura Leslie‘s report.

According to Leslie,

This year’s Republican redistricting maps drew her into a GOP-leaning district with a Republican incumbent, Rep. Tom Murry.

NC House Majority Leader, Rep. Paul Stam, wants you to know what the Marriage Amendment will do. It’s on the same ballot as the May primaries and he offers five points for readers to consider.  KCC notes that our liberal friends have been getting most of the mainstream press on this (what’s new?).

Stam argues in part:

Legally Recognizing Only Heterosexual Marriage Isn’t Discrimination Against Homosexuals Wanting To Marry.  Marriage between a man and a woman has existed in virtually every known society. It has served the purpose of channeling procreative sexual activity into an institution which will provide a stable environment for children produced from the sexual union of the partners in marriage.

 

In a true loss for our state and nation, Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC, 9) will not be running for re-election for her seat in Congress.  Myrick, a former Charlotte Mayor, understands the terrorists threats more than any other member of Congress.  She has organized workshops and worked with a variety of groups in Washington, Charlotte, and Raleigh, to educate and to promote understanding of what the terror threat is, and founded the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus.

Katy’s Conservative Corner wishes Mrs. Myrick our very best and we thank her for her 9 terms serving North Carolina’s ninth district.

Finally, Pat McCrory, likely Republican nominee for Governor, is finishing off his fundraising push after his big announcement week.    He needs any support you can provide.  To donate to McCrory for Governor, please click here and follow the directions.

NCGOP’s Robin Hayes Says Democrats Have Tough Questions To Answer

Hayes speaks to the NC GOP State Convention last summer, photo copyright KTCreations

After the Democratic National Committee urged any candidates considering entering the North Carolina Gubanatorial primary to strike hard against Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Republican Party is fighting back.

In an earlier post, your blogger reported that McCrory has been largely untouched thanks to the constant negative attention on Governor Beverly Perdue.  He was far ahead in the polls, due to her unpopularity.  Last week, she pulled out of the race, leaving a vacuum both in Raleigh and in Washington.

Robin Hayes, chairman of the NCGOP, had this to say:

“The last few days have been interesting to observe. After Perdue’s announcement, we have watched the Democratic establishment race to find a replacement.

“Out of all of the names being floated publicly, have any voiced opposition to the corruption and scandals that have plagued the recent leaders of Democratic Party? With one possible exception, the answer is “no.”

“This means that we can expect whoever their nominee is to be a card-carrying member of the same Democratic Machine that brought North Carolina Governor Perdue, Mike Easley, and Jim Black.

“Whoever emerges from their primary will have some very simple questions to answer:

1.)  As a member of the North Carolina Democratic Machine, do they condemn the past scandals and failed leadership that have plagued both the state and their party?

2.)  Do they want to raise the sales tax by 15% or more on everyone in North Carolina?

If they refuse to condemn the scandals that have plagued their party’s brass, how can we count on them to be any different? If their only solution to problems is to simply raise taxes, it shows that they have no regard for families in our state.

“The time is now to restore faith in the Executive Branch. North Carolina needs a Governor that they can trust, not someone propped up by the same Democratic Machine that created the mess that we have worked hard to clean up.”

National Dems: GOP Doesn’t Have Perdue To Kick Around Anymore; Define McCrory

More Could Join the Democratic Primary for NC Governor

In an article posted on Politico Tuesday morning, author David Catanese, weighed in on the North Carolina gubanatorial race.  Catanese argueed that the Democratic National Committee is urging the primary candidates to “define Pat McCrory“. Since the focus is now off Governor Beverly Perdue, the DNC argues, they need to focus on uncovering Pat McCrory’s “negatives”.

…but as pollster Fred Yang writes …, McCrory, … has so far benefited from little scrutiny because of Perdue’s consistent problems.

As far back as mid-2011, Rep. Bill Faison (D-Orange) began began publicly toying with the idea of entering the governor’s race.  He knew Governor Perdue had made serious flubs during her term and turned the public against her.  Her numbers were falling faster than a heavy rain.

Faison recently announced, and is currently advertising on cable television.  His main problem is name recognition, though his team hopes that staying on TV can change that. Tuesday, he spent the day campaigning in your blogger’s home area, eastern North Carolina.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton has also officially entered the race.  Others said to be considering the race are former Second District Congressman Bobby Ethridge, and former Clinton Chief-of-Staff, Erskine Bowles, the favorite of the DC crowd.

Top NC Democrats passing on the race include 11th District Congressman Heath Shuler, and Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx.

McCrory will have his hands full with either of the two announced candidates.  He had such a lead over Governor Beverly Perdue that all North Carolina Republicans are disappointed that they won’t have her  ”to kick around anymore”.

Katy’s Conservative Corner endorsed Pat McCrory in a  post on Monday.   Tuesday afternoon in Greensboro, he officially entered the race in Guilford County, his home area.