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Who Will Replace Jim DeMint as US Senator?

With the man ABC news calls the “Godfather of the (Conservative) Movement” moving on to take the head post at the Heritage Foundation, who will take his U. S. Senate seat?  As KCC reported earlier, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will leave that body in January to lead what many call the top conservative think tank in the nation.

Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) is the top candidate to replace Sen. Jim DeMint

It appears that popular Congressman Tim Scott, a Republican from Myrtle Beach would be the first choice of conservatives.  If you attended the North Carolina Republican Party state convention in 2011, you heard Scott speak.

South Carolina blogger Earl Capps called the situation a “feeding frenzy”. Capps also notes that Scott and fellow Congressman Mick Mulvaney have been considered in the running for the job in 2014.

According to the Washington Wire, disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford, is rumored to be interested in a comeback.  It may be hard to believe that the man who lied to his staff and family about his whereabouts, would consider a comeback.  He eventually came clean that he was having an affair with a woman in Argentina.

UPDATE :  According to Katie Pavlich, writing for Townhall’s Tipsheet,  Sen. DeMint has announced that HE wants to be replaced by Tim Scott.  She references The Hill:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has made it known in South Carolina that he wants Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to replace him in the Senate, two state Republican sources tell The Hill.

The sources, requesting anonymity to speak candidly, say Scott is DeMint’s preference for the seat, though the final decision will be Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R). She will appoint someone to serve in DeMint’s place after he officially resigns from the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation in January. An election for the seat will then be held in 2014 for the remaining two years of the term.

Live Feed of the Republican National Convention from Tampa

TAMPA        Live,  KCC  brings you gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican National Convention.  We have what is being shown on closed circuit television inside the Tampa Bay Forum, and produced by the Republican National Committee.

This post will remain at the top of our blog throughout the convention, with other blog posts appearing beneath.  Thank you for reading KCC and we hope you get as much out of the 2012 National Convention as we are.

Between the breaks, the G.E. Smith Band plays, a bluesy-rock band formerly of Saturday Night Live, the Blues Brothers, and others.  This blogger is a huge fan and is thrilled to see them.

 
 

Occupy DC Movement Violently Interrupts Dinner at Dream Summit

PHOTO: The "Occupy" protestors march on the Washington Convention Center, where the 2011 Defending the American Dream Summit was held Friday and Saturday
The “Occupy” protestors march on the Washington Convention Center, where the 2011 Defending the American Dream Summit was held Friday and Saturday

WASHINGTON – Friday night, during the “Tribute to Ronald Reagan Dinner”, radicals with the Occupy DC and a coalition of liberal groups tried violently to crash the Americans for Prosperity Defending the Dream Summit.

These radicals, some of whom carried black flags, wanted to supress rights of individuals to freely assemble and to intimidate conservatives into silence. Black flags often represent anarchy.

Many “Dream” attendees captured the violence on their smart phones.  and shared them with the mainstream media. By Saturday morning, the story had became national news.  CNN was the first to go national with the story, followed by other outlets.  Caleb Hayes, a College Republican  from Kansas, was interviewed by at least five different national news sources,  as they ran his video of an innocent bystander getting run over by a car from an “occupier”. According to witnesses,  the bystander had nothing to do with either group.

All Friday and Saturday afternoon, satellite trucks from media outlets circled the block around the Washington Convention Center, as both Republican Presidential frontrunners, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, came to speak, along with other top conservatives.  The event would have made national news anyway, regardless of the violence that occured, by the Occupiers.

The protestors circled the convention center and tried to enter every single entrance.  Police did nothing despite reports that staffers at AFP called 911 four times.  However, some video does show police getting involved.   Security inside the building quickly moved to lock every entrance and no one was allowed to enter or leave.

KCC interviewed a wheelchair-bound woman who carried a small service dog.  When she was finally allowed to leave and go the two short blocks to her hotel, protestors grabbed her dog and tried to pull her from her chair.  Luckily, other conservatives came to her aid and security moved everyone from the center back to their hotels.  The dog was safely returned, unharmed.

Later, from her hotel room, your blogger could hear firetrucks blazing through the intersection, trying to reopen it to traffic, which KCC observed police NOT doing.  KCC does not blame the police officers, but rather their superiors who wouldn’t allow them to do their jobs.  Your blogger sensed that the DC leadership felt it might be “bad politics” to appear to be unfriendly with the “Occupiers”.

The entire situation is truly sad.  The staff at Americans for Prosperity, both here in North Carolina, and nationally, worked hard to bring us the best Summit yet.   Other than the attack, the event went off without a hitch and we bloggers had a lot of fun.

It was great seeing so many friends ride the busses from North Carolina and surrounding states, and seeing the friends we’ve made over the years at the various AFP events.

 Thank you AFP, and we look forward to next year!

Image: Americans for Prosperity Foundation LOGO
The Americans for Prosperity had their fifth annual Defending the American Dream Summit this past weekend. It was packed full of great information and speakers. The only downside was the Occupy DC group that stormed the convention center in a well-coordinated attack.

Here are a number of article, posts and videos on the story: 

I Went Down To the Demonstration to Get My Fair Share of Abuse (The Other McCain – videos)

The Mob Who Came to Dinner (The American Spectator, by Robert Stacy McCain)

Under Occupation Friday Night (The American Spectator, by Laurel Buckley)

The Real Occupy DC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrGa6tNml6Q

Occupy protest turns violent outside Washington Convention Center [VIDEO]
http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/05/chaos-video/

Occupy DC Protesters Try to Storm AFP Event
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXmmT9FqmmE

OccupyDC Protesters Use Kids to Blockade Door During Violent Scuffle
http://mrctv.org/videos/occupydc-protesters-use-kids-blockade-door-during-violent-scuffle

Liberal Protester Uses Child As Human Shield
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U20Cvetv17M

Occupy DC protester uses kids to block traffic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26fuglmHlxk

OBAMA’S OCCUPYDC VICTIM SPEAKS OUT: ‘I WENT DOWN THOSE STAIRS BECAUSE I WAS PUSHED’
http://www.breitbart.tv/obamas-occupydc-victim-speaks-out-i-went-down-those-stairs-because-i-was-pushed/

OCCUPYDC PROTESTERS ATTACK CONSERVATIVE GATHERING; HARASS WOMEN AND CHILDREN
http://www.breitbart.tv/inside-the-chaos-incredible-videos-of-violence-mayhem-at-occupydc-demonstration/

Defending the Dream Summit – Saturday Cut Spending Rally & General Session

Live, here is what is happening now at the Defending the American Dream Summit, here in at the Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC.

It’s Time to Defend the American Dream

Defending the American Dream is this weekend! It's not too late.

It’s that time of year again. Each Fall,   the Americans for Prosperity,  sponsor the Defending the American Dream Summit, and the #Dream11 event is on for this weekend in Washington, DC.

If you’ve never been, you are in for a treat!  Many of the presidential candidates will be there, along with some of the greatest conservative minds ever assembled.

This year’s lineup of CONFIRMED speakers include:

● Mark Levin, Radio Host

● Herman Cain, Businessman and GOP presidential hopeful

● Mitt Romney, GOP presidential hopeful

● Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst

● Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City

● Jonah Goldberg, New York Times best selling author

● Dinesh D’Souza, Best selling author

● Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. House of Representatives

● Andrew Breitbart Conservative commentator and author

● Carly Fiorina, former CEO Hewlett-Packard

● Ken Cuccinelli Virginia Attorney General

● Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, U.S. House of Representatives

● Rep. Andy Harris, U.S. House of Representatives

● Rep. Mike Pompeo, U.S. House of Representatives

● Ann McElhinney Conservative film maker

● James O’Keefe, Conservative film maker

● Bob Bowdon, Conservative film maker

● John Fund, American Spectator

● Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

● Tim Phillips, AFP Foundation President

● Phil Kerpen, AFP Foundation, VP for Policy

 

Dream Summit Speakers Include

 

Also check out the agenda, here, complete with various tracks, so you can get exactly what you are most interested in!

Be sure to register here or if you live in North Carolina, check with the AFPNC group to see if they have space left on their buses and make sure they will be rolling from your area.

The NC bus information is here.  Please call the NC AFP to make sure it’s not too late at 919-839-1011.  Be sure to ask if they can get you a hotel room.

Riding the bus is the very best financial deal and you will have fun talking with your free market friends along the way.  New friends quickly become old friends by the end of the trip.

There are special activities for each state, too.

KCC will be there, as she has at every past Summit, blogging away, bringing it back to those who won’t be able to be there.  Trust us.  There is nothing like being there!   Plus, you’ll be back in time for election day as most of the NC buses only stay Friday night.

KCC is providing her own transportation, which includes a mixture of Amtrak and aircraft, so she can come and go the exact hours she needs to, without having to drive.  But, the bus is loads of fun, too, as your blogger can attest!  The NC AFP staffers take very good care of their passengers and make sure any special needs are taken care of.

If you have a twitter account, follow the hashtag #Dream11 to keep up with the latest and to add your thoughts, too.  People around the globe will be following you.  KCC tweets at http://twitter.com/katys so be sure to follow.   Remember, it’s @katys

More to come from Washington, beginning Thursday evening.  REMEMBER, THIS IS THE GROUP THAT OBAMA “WARNED” US ABOUT.

Last Week in Congress and the NC General Assembly by Col. Brenda T. Formo (US Army – R)

Brenda T. Formo provides weekly briefings on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women.  To join, click here.

Katy’s Conservative Corner is the only North Carolina blogger with permission to reproduce these reports.  KCC thanks Col. Formo for her continued research on behalf of the Federation.

NC General Assembly

Defense of Marriage Amendment

The Marriage Amendment passed in the Legislature this week.  It will be on the ballot for the May 2012 primary so that the people of North Carolina can vote on it.

The bill states that Article 14 of the NC Constitution  is amended by adding a new section that states, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.  This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”

A Pro-Marriage Amendment rally was held on Sep 12th at the Halifax Mall adjacent to the Legislative buildings in Raleigh.  The rally was hosted by The Upper Room Church of Christ in Raleigh and was attended by a diverse group of concerned citizens of both political parties.    As we were walking toward the rally, some of them were saying that they just couldn’t believe that in NC marriage would be controversial.

Inspirational leaders from The Upper Room Church of Christ addressed the crowd, including Pastor Patrick L. Wooden and his wife Pamela.  Church coordinators for the event were Wanda Thomas and Anthony Wilson.  They did a commendable job in getting people out because it was a huge crowd.  Our own Felice Pete, of the congregation and President of the Wake County Republican Women, was there with her new baby, Reagan.  What dedication to the Defense of Marriage!

Kevin Daniels, President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of NC was also a speaker and drew praise for his comments.  The rally was inspiring and uplifting while giving evidence that marriage between one man and one woman is beneficial for families and reflects on our nation’s Christian heritage.  The people attending the rally made a difference in the legislative vote by showing that they care about the definition of marriage in NC.

During the next eight months there will be much debate from both sides.

The White House has already responded to North Carolinians by stating that “President Obama opposes laws ‘designed to take rights away.’”

In related news, House Republicans are seeking ways to delay the termination of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” enacted during the Clinton administration.  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) expires on September 20, 2011.  In brief, under DADT military members keep their sexuality preferences private.

US House of Representatives

Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (HR 2587)

The bill “Amends the National Labor Relations Act to deny the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) any power to: (1) order an employer (or seek an order against an employer) to restore or reinstate any work, product, production line, or equipment; (2) rescind any relocation, transfer, subcontracting,  outsourcing, or other change regarding the location, entity, or employer who shall be engaged in production or other business operations; or (3) require any employer to make an initial or additional investment at a particular plant, facility, or location.
“The House passed the measure in a vote of 238 to 186 with 9 not voting on Sep 15, 2011.
NC Representatives voting for the legislation to prevent the NLRB from overstepping its authority as in the case of the NLRB against Boeing in SC, resulting in potential job losses:
Renee Ellmers (R-2nd), Walter B. Jones (R-3rd), Virginia Foxx (R-5th), Howard Coble (R-6th), Mike McIntyre (D-7th), Sue Myrick (R-9th) Patrick T. McHenry (R-10th), and Heath Shuler (D-11th).
NC Congressional Representatives against the bill:

G. K. Butterfield (D-1st), David E. Price (D-4th), Larry Kissell (D-8th) Melvin L. Watt (D-12th), and  Brad Miller (D-13th).

In a press release, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger said that Governor Beverly Perdue should “stand up to the federal government and defend North Carolina’s right to work status, the state’s most important jobs law that gives North Carolina a competitive edge over other states competing for new businesses.”    To date, she has been mum.

Sources:  ncga; Observations from Sep 12 Marriage Amendment Rally and General Assembly; Washington Blade, ”White House Responds to N.C. Marriage Amendment by Chris Johnson, Sep 13, 2011 and “House GOP Seeks to Delay End to ‘Don’t Ask’” by Chris Johnson, Sep 15, 2011; News Release: “Berger: Perdue Shoud Stand Up to NLRB, Encourage Job Growth,” Sep 15, 2011; and house.gov.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on this volatile issue and to see how those on the opposing side stand, your blogger suggests you check out her friend, Pam Spaulding‘s blog, Pam’s House Blend.  KCC does not see members of the Republican Party and the Libertarian and unaffiliated voters as a “sure thing” in the vote for this amendment.  Many of these people feel that this is a case where the “government needs to keep hands off”, and these people, if compelled, will get out and vote against the amendment in May.  We shall see how this goes in the ensuing months!

Herman Cain Gets Testy With Liberals at Right Online 2011

Herman Cain Waves to a RightOnline Audience

After his closing speech at Right Online 2011, Presidential candidate, Herman Cain, held a blogger only Q & A session, just as he did at the 2010 RightOnline in Las Vegas.

Roughly 15 bloggers attended, including those from the liberal, and competing NetRoots Nation, which was being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Many of their attendees were staying at the Minneapolis Hilton, the RightOnline convention hotel..

Fellow blogger and friend, Nice Deb, taped this interesting, and occasionally testy exchange that runs just over 27 minutes. Every second is well worth the watch for a Herman Cain fan or political junkie interested in the GOP primary.

Another fellow blogger and friend, Stacy McCain at The Other McCain,  had this to say about Cain’s talk at the blogger’s event:

The normally genial Atlanta businessman became angry when Evan McMorris-Santoro, a writer for the liberal blog Talking Points Memo, asked whether Cain would apply “special precautions” in hiring Muslims.

“If you’re trying to make me lose my cool, you’re almost succeeding,” Cain said, after McMorris-Santoro raised the question — one Cain had addressed at some length to begin the press conference — and when the TMP writer attempted to reiterate the question, Cain roared back: “I never said I would use any special precautions!”

Cain then apologized for having raised his voice.

RightOnline was held in Minneapolis last weekend.  The event, sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity, completed it’s 4th annual gathering.  Previous events were held in Austin, Pittsburgh,and  Las Vegas.  The 2012 edition will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, next summer.

North Carolina was one of three charter states in this organization and your blogger was proud to be the blogger representing the old North State!

See also: Herman Cain Raises Voice, Holds Ground by Warner Todd Huston

Much more coverage and wrap up of Right Online coming up!

 

LIVE BLOG: Vice Chairman’s Race Hotly Debated – Wayne King wins!

This event was being live blogged so please scroll down for the latest updates.

Tim Johnson Speaks to the Convention - Photo: KTCreations

3:39 p.m.  Eve Carr - Moore County has approached the podium to speak.  She is nominating Tim Johnson for another term as Vice Chairman by discussing his many accomplishments, including his 21 years in the Army.

First black American to hold position since party’s inception in March 1867, she says.  She calls him remarkable for founding the Fredrick Douglas Foundation.  She says he’s not perfect and he’s had his challenges but feels that he is worthy of election.

Rules allow for three seconds to the nomination. Don Yelton (Buncombe), Mike Roll (Cherokee) and a third person whose name your blogger missed were those seconding Mr. Johnson’s nomination.

Wayne King Makes a Point While Speaking to the North Carolina Republican Faithful - Photo: KTCreations

Next, Wayne King, chairman of the 10th Congressional District is being nominated by Neil Moore.  Moore, 9th District Chairman from Gaston County, is giving a humerous speech telling the convention of King’s qualifications for the position.  He discussed the speakers King has brought into the district and his dedication to the conservative cause.

Seconding the nomination were David Sawyer (Swain), Frank Williams (Brunswick), and Nathan Tabor (Forsyth).

Now for the candidates speeches:

First, by random drawing is Tim Johnson.  Johnson says he did not choose this position.  He says that God chose him, “like he chose Moses…”

Johnson admitted making a mistake by passing out a flier stating that Congressman Allen West supported him for Vice Chairman.  He said he later came to understand that West doesn’t support candidates in primary races.  He thanked the Tea Party for their support.

Now, candidate Wayne King is speaking.  Says we Republicans have much work to do.  We have the right message, the right voters.  We support lower taxes and less government.  But we must get serious about cleaning up the mess …the mess made by the Democrats.

King continued, “We have a great record.  Look at the job that Speaker Tillis and Phil Berger are doing.  We have great ideas.”  We must stay focused.

“I know how to raise the necessary funds to pick up more seats in 2012.  We don’t just talk about it.  Talk is cheap.    We were successful, because we met the voters where they were.”

King also stated that he had the Tea Party support and concluded that he was “tea party before there WAS a tea party”.

3:50 p.m. Now it’s time for the voting to begin. Your blogger must quickly join the Wake County delegation so that she may cast her secret ballot.  Back in a minute with the results.

4:16 p.m.  The voting by secret ballot has concluded.  Each county’s delegation caucused and collected the ballots.

4:17 p.m.  A roll call vote is about to begin where each county chairman will report that county’s vote total.

4:29 Roll Call Continues. Your blogger’s helper and beloved husband, Rob Benningfield, is working on the vote totals now.

4:44  The vote is coming down to the wire.  Johnson is clearly ahead on the raw vote total but King could still win it on the weighted total.

4:45  Now roll call for counties that did not vote earlier.

4:46 p.m. Wayne King wins! Congratulations to both Mr. King and to Mr. Johnson.  Johnson won the raw vote total but with the formula that has been in place for decades, Wayne King clearly came out on top.

We appreciate the service of Tim Johnson and thank him for his dedication to our party!

This ends the live blogging portion of the Vice Chairmans Race.

CPAC 2011: Herman Cain’s full speech

After 27 years in politics, your blogger has become a bit jaded.  She’s heard and seen it all, so it takes a lot more than just conservative talking to get KCC off her feet.  This year, Herman Cain was one of those four.  The others were Anita Moncrief, Phyllis Shafly, and Rep. Allen West.  Ann Coulter also made KCC laugh, as she always does.

Be sure to check out HermanCain.com while you listen in.

In case you missed it, here’s “the Herminator’s” full speech to the CPAC ’11 audience:

CPAC: Anita Moncrief On the Left’s Voter Fraud Tactics (video)

ACORN whistle blower, Anita Moncrief, is shown here discussing how the left get’s it’s “socialist wish list” via voter fraud.  Though ACORN is official bankrupt, thanks to her, they are still alive and well under other organization names.

KCC shot this video on a Sony Bloggie, so its a bit shaky, but you’ll still get all the audio, and thus her information.

North Carolina is one of five states who have Voter ID legislation that are currently pending.    Please listen to what she has to say because it should alarm you.  The left will never admit this.  As Anita states, “They say voter fraud doesn’t exist” and they’ve tried that line on this blogger, over and over again.

They are trying to stop Voter ID legislation in NC and we must keep pushing forward.  More on Anita’s background in another post, but meanwhile, here’s the video: