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Cong. Jones Opposes Obama’s PRO-AMNESTY Policy

Cong. Walter Jones, Jr Opposes Obama's New Pro-Amnesty Plan

Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr (R-NC, 3) announced Thursday that he opposed President Barack Obama’s new pro-amnesty policy toward illegal aliens already living in the United States.

The president’s policy includes, but is not limited to, deporting illegal aliens only if they have a criminal record or pose a national security threat, and allowing nearly all other illegal aliens to remain in the country.

In a letter to President Obama, Jones and other IRC members point out that the new policy will only encourage more illegal immigration.  They also call on the Administration to enforce all of America’s immigration laws, not just those it finds politically convenient.

“The President’s new pro-amnesty policy simply rewards those who break the law,” said Jones.  “This Administration should be focused on securing our borders, not finding ways to undermine that goal.”

The full text of the letter to President Obama can be read here.

NC Legislative Report by Col. Brenda T. Formo

NC State Seal

Much has happened this week in the North Carolina State Legislature and Col. Brenda Formo has covered it all. Katy’s Conservative Corner cannot thank her enough for her dedication and oversight to conservative causes.

This report helps many plan their legislative activities and know when to contact their elected officials. Formo had a distinguished career in the United States Army and we thank her for her service to our nation.

Writing on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women, Mrs. Formo is the State Vice-President of the Central Region.  To find out how to join a Republican Women’s Club near you, please contact Valerie White.

 

 

Update on Governor Perdue’s Actions on Pending Legislation

Governor (Beverly) Perdue has been reviewing more than 200 bills since Monday, Jun 20.  She has until Jun 30th to sign, veto, or let the bills become law without her signature.

The status of key bills:

 

1.  Voter Photo ID - The governor vetoed the bill on Jun 23, 2011 stating, “North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.”

It is obvious to 75 percent* of voters in NC that a photo ID serves to determine “eligibility” of voters, and is a deterrent to those who attempt to vote more than once, or who are not the person they purport to be.

(*From Elon University polling in April 2011.  Other NC polling on Voter Photo IDs has ranged from 70% to 84% approving of the legislation.)

Opponents allege that some people do not have photo identification, it would be an additional cost they cannot afford, and they would be “disenfranchised.” However, the facts are that the bill “requires the state to provide a photo ID to those who don’t have one at no cost to those citizens.”

(Press Release from President Pro Tempore Phil Berger)

Senate President Pro Tempore Berger said, “We shouldn’t be surprised by how far the governor will go to score political points with the liberal wing of her party.  A measure that ensures voters are who they say they are is a no-brainer, and most North Carolinians agree.  It’s a shame Gov. Perdue is playing politics with the integrity of elections.”

[House Speaker Thom Tillis “announced Friday that the North Carolina House will attempt to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the voter ID bill when the body reconvenes in July.” ] See post, here.

2.  Employers Must E-Verify Immigration Status (HB36) - Governor Perdue signed the bill into law Friday, Jun 24.  It requires employers with 25 or more employees to use the federal E-Verify program to determine the legal status of new employees. For large companies the law is effective in 2012 and for small companies it is effective in 2013.  The legislation also requires that local governments use E-verify in Oct 2011.

3.  Gun-Rights Law (HB650) – Gov. Perdue signed a bill that gives citizens more “legal standing to protect themselves against unlawful entry into their homes, workplaces and vehicles,” effective Dec 1, 2011.  (News & Record)

4.  Laura’s Law (HB49) – Signed Jun 24, the law “creates harsher punishment for repeat DWI offenders.” The bill was inspired by the death of Laura Fortenberry, a Gaston County teenager killed last year by a drunk driver.  Her grandmother is Kay Roukema, Caldwell County Republican Women.  (WRAL)

5.  Important bills being considered by the governor are the following:  Medical Malpractice (SB33); Workers’ Compensation (HB709); Abortion – A Woman’s Right to Know (HB854); Annexation Reform (HB945); Oil and Gas Exploration (SB709); and Restrictions on Lawsuits (HB542), among others.

The governor’s office has received over 1,000 telephone calls about the legislation awaiting her decisions, and “. . . more than a fourth were in opposition to SB709″ that focuses on energy independence in NC by encouraging “offshore oil and gas exploration and inland shale gas exploration.”  Other calls to the governor concerned the abortion bill that includes a 24-hour waiting period and information from a medical doctor to the pregnant woman before the life of a baby is terminated.  Records show that 56% of those calling the governor support the bill.  However, 78% of those emailing were opposed.  (News & Observer)

She has also received more than 32,000 emails on legislative issues, “. . . more than 4000 that addressed SB781,” a bill that environmentalists oppose.    (News & Observer)

The Left, including environmentalists and pro-choice advocates, are busy emailing and calling the governor.  We must be proactive in the same way.  Governor Perdue’s telephone numbers are: (800) 662-7952 and (919) 733-2391.  Her Fax is (919) 733-2120.  Her email is: governor.office@nc.gov.

North Carolina Redistricting

 

On Thursday, Jun 23 the Senate and House Re-districting Committees held public comment meetings at seven different locations in NC, including:  Raleigh, Jamestown (Guilford County), Charlotte, Ahoskie, Greenville, Fayetteville, and Wilmington.

The Senate and House Voting Rights Act (VRA) maps and statistical information were available for attendees.  VRA maps were presented last week via the NC General Assembly’s website.  The public comment forums were in a video-conference format so that observers from all locations could hear and see the speakers.  Senator Bob Rucho (Mecklenburg) presided over the meeting.  He said the event on Jun 23rd was the first step in public viewing and commenting on the proposed VRA redistricting maps and its purpose was to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

As an observer for the first two hours at the Jamestown location,

opponents from across the state representing the NAACP and the Democrat party appeared to read from talking points supplied by one source. Many of the speakers used the exact same words in describing the proposed redistricting VRA maps stating it was a return to “segregation,” “disenfranchised minorities by suppressing the black vote,” and “packing” and “cracking” minorities.

(Definitions from WRAL.com:  “Packing” is “trying to concentrate minority voters into a few VRA districts in order to minimize their impact in neighboring districts.”  “Cracking” is “splitting up minority communities to dilute their voting power.”)

Although the Associated Press did not make the connection above, they quoted opponents of the redistricting plan citing racism and unfairness, including one self-declared Republican who spoke concerning the “splitting of precincts,” and “shifting voters around to protect GOP candidates.”

Both Senator Bob Rucho and Rep David Lewis of Dunn, Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Redistricting have issued a joint letter concerning “public misstatements and incorrect assertions from editorial boards, activists and members of the legislature” about the proposed redistricting.  They stated that their “plan includes 24 majority-minority African American districts in the House and nine majority-minority districts in the Senate.”

(News & Observer)

In step two, congressional maps will be released next week, and in step three the complete proposed maps will be released on Jul 11. 

Additional hearings will be held on Jul 7 for public comments on the congressional maps, and on Jul 18 for comments on the complete proposed maps.

 

Go to ncga.state.nc.us for redistricting information. Please attend all of the meetings possible, due to the overwhelming numbers of Democrats and liberals attending.  In short, we need conservatives at these meetings.  - KCC

U.S. House of Representatives

1.  On Jun 23 the House passed H Resolution 320 that provides appropriations for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2012.  The vote was 251 to 173, with 7 not voting.

NC Representatives voting for the Resolution:  Renee Ellmers (R-2nd), Walter B. Jones (R-3rd), Virginia Foxx (R-5th), Howard Coble (R-6th), Mike McIntyre (D-7th), Larry Kissell (D-8th), Sue Myrick (R-9th), Patrick T. McHenry (R-10th), and Heath Shuler (D-11th).

NC Representatives voting against the Resolution;  G.K. Butterfield (D-1st), David E. Price (D-4th), Melvin  L. Watt (D-12th), and Brad Miller (D-13th). (Editor’s Note: Pardon the pun, but clearly we know who to target in 2010)

2.  Also on Jun 23 the House voted to amend title 35 of the US Code for Patent Reform.

The vote was 304 to 117, with 10 not voting.  All NC Representatives voted for the legislation except Representative Walter B. Jones (R-3rd).  The Senate passed the legislation in March.

Opponents of the change have said that it weakens the U.S. patent system; it affects small businesses and inventors by cutting off innovations; and that it gives unfair advantage to large companies.

Supporters say that it will help the Patent and Trademark Office to address a 700,000 patent application backlog.

3.  On Jun 22 the House passed HR 2021 that is a “Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011.”

The vote was 253 to 166, with 12 not voting.  The legislation “amends the Clean Air Act to require any air quality impact of Outer Continental Shelf sources to be measured or modeled and determined solely with respect to the impacts in the corresponding onshore area.”

All NC Republican Representatives voted for the measure except Walter B. Jones (R-3rd) who joined with all NC Democrat Representatives in voting against it.

U.S. Senate

1.   On Jun 23 the Senate rejected an amendment (S.Amdt 499 to S679) “to end the appointments of presidential Czars who have not been subject to the advice and consent of the Senate and to prohibit funds for any salaries and expenses for appointed Czars.”  The vote was 47 to 51, with 2 not voting.  Senator Richard Burr voted for the amendment and Senator Kay Hagan voted to retain President Barack Obama‘s current Czar procedure of giving authority and power to unelected officials.

 

2.  Also on Jun 23 the Senate rejected an amendment (S.Amdt 510 to S679) that is the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 that is “to strike the provision relating to the Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics.”  The vote was 41 to 57, with 2 not voting.    Senator Burr voted for the amendment and Senator Hagan voted against it.

3.    On Jun 21 the Senate voted on a cloture motion concerning S782 the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011. The bill amends “the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to reauthorize that Act.“  The vote failed 49 to 51, since 60 votes were required.  Senator Burr voted against it and Senator Hagan voted for it.

4.  Leon Panetta was unanimously confirmed as the Secretary of Defense by the Senate on Jun 21, 2011.

Sources: ncga.state.nc.us; Greensboro News and Record, “Photo ID for voters is vetoes,” by Mark Binker, Jun 24, 2011 and “Republicans under fire on redistricting,” AP, Jun 24, 2011 and “Perdue signs DWI bill for tougher sentencing,” by AP, Jun 24, 2011; News Release:  Berger Statement on Perdue’s Veto of Voter ID Bill,” Ray Martin, President Pro Tempore’s Office, Jun 23, 2011; News & Observer, “Advocates set sights on Perdue,” by Craig Jarvis, Jun 23, 2011 and “GOP redistricting chairs battle ‘public misstatements and incorrect assertions’” by M. Bieseck on Jun 22, 2011; Memorandum for Record, Subject:  Observations at the Jamestown Public Comments Forum on the Senate and House VRA maps, Jun 23, 2011; Charlotte Observer, “Race is key to flap over GOP’s plan for 3 dozen new N.C. districts,” by Jim Morrill, Jun 23, 2011; wral.com, “Perdue signs 22 bills,” Jun 24, 2011 and “Redistricting chairs defend maps,” Jun 23, 2011 and “Perdue signs law requiring immigration checks,” by AP, Jun 24, 2011; house.govsenate.gov.; mysanantonio.com, “Patents by the numbers,” by Gary Martin, Jun 2, 2011; and Northern Wake Republican Club, “Tillis Announces House to Take Override Vote on Voter ID,” Press Release from Speaker Tillis, Jun 24, 2011.

 

NC Legislative Update: E-Verify by Brenda Formo

Col. Brenda T. Forma (USA-R) has been keeping watch over the North Carolina General Assembly this session, and shares another update from Thursday, during a crazy week as legislators are struggling to adjourn.  KCC appreciates her contribution.

June 16, 2011
NC General Assembly   -  Current Status of E-Verify Bill HB36 


1.  The House passed HB36, Fourth Edition, short title, “Employers/Government Contractors Must E-Verify,” on June 8th.

2. The Senate revised the bill and the Sixth Edition short title is “Government Contractors Must E-Verify.”  The bill passed the Senate on June 14th in a vote of 46 to 1.

3.  The  House version applied to employers and their subcontractors contracting with a government agency in NC and required that they use the federal program E-Verify for work authorization of new employees.  The Senate version only applied to construction or repair work contractors, not to all businesses in NC.

In both versions all employers (House version) or contractors (Senate version) were required to use E-Verify if they had at least 25 full-time employees and were contracting with a government agency in NC.

4.  Because of the differences between the two versions of the bill, it was referred to the House for concurrence.  Thursday, the House failed to concur, so the measure will go to a Conference Committee.

In the House the Conference Committee members will be Representatives George Cleveland (R-Onslow) tel:  (919) 715-6707Harold Brubaker (R-Randolph) tel:  (919) 715-4946; Harry Warren (R-Rowan) tel:  (919) 733-5784; and Dewey Hill (D-Brunswick, Columbus) (tel: (919) 733-5830.  The Senate conferees were not available at the time of this report.

5.  Attempts have been made to determine the rationale for the changes in the Senate.  More information will follow, when it is received.

Sources:  ncga.state.nc.us; Conversations with Staff Personnel in the Office of Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and Office of the House Speaker Pro Tempore Dale Folwell.

 

Ann Coulter’s CPAC ’11 Stand-up Routine (video)

If you like Ann Coulter, here is her full talk (comedy routine) at CPAC 2011.  Click and enjoy.  The q and a session towards the end was the funniest.  Some people have the silliest questions.

CPAC 2011: Rick Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry was well-received by the CPAC crowd

Rick Perry was the first Texas A&M graduate to become Texas Governor. In his folksy Texas drawl, Perry said that Washington has misappropriated too much power from the states. He’s pleased that the new US House read the Constitution on the floor and voted to repeal Obamacare, though.

Perry condemned the Obama administration for failing to secure our nation’s borders. He argued that border security is an “essential” federal government role. He asserted that we should be flying Predator drones over our Mexican border to better protect it.

Perry’s view on Obamacare: “toss out that trainwreck!” He condemns its “Washington-centric approach” and “oppressive mandates”. Perry also wants to simplify the tax code.

He closed by encouraging the audience to continue doing all they can to elect conservative GOP governors. [I certainly wouldn't mind if he was my state's Governor.] Note that Perry is the 47th Governor of Texas, recently elected to his 3rd term. He is the current Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

NC Illegals Planning Statewide Vigils on Tuesday – Sit-In Anniversary

Brave Young People De-Segregated the Woolworth's Lunch Counter in Greensboro, 51 Years Ago.

On the 51st anniversary of the Greensboro sit-ins, an instrumental moment in the North Carolina civil rights movement, those supporting the DREAM legislation plan to hold vigils.   Illegal immigrants  and their supporters are trying to hitch their wagons to the star of the black civil rights movement, a shameful act.

What those brave young people did in Greensboro, so many years ago, should not be considered in the same league with  people who have  entered the United States illegally.

It is possible to enter the U.S. LEGALLY from Mexico, but it takes time and patience.  KCC encourages those people to stand and fight their corrupt government, rather than flee here.

These “dreamers” want access to to North Carolina colleges and universities without being taxpaying citizens, despite their criminal status.  They also oppose State House Bill 11, which would prevent illegal aliens from entering North Carolina community colleges and public universities.

Sponsored by state Rep. George Cleveland (R-Onslow), the bill would prevent admission to aliens not lawfully present in the United States.

HB 11 would prevent illegals from attending public universities like NC State.

Cleveland is serving his forth term in the state house and is widely respected as one of its most conservative members.  He is not afraid to stand alone in the face of compromise and this time, the Dreamers are likely out-of-luck.  Officially they are criminals, and as such, this nation owes them nothing.

KCC lived in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico).  She saw families living on rooftops in squalor and can understand their desire to flee those conditions.  No one wants to live like that.  But one must stand up and rally others for change in their own government, instead of coming here.

In other nations, many think the streets in the U.S. are literally paved with gold and that they deserve to be assisted by the U.S. government.  While, that would be nice in a dream world, these people do not understand that we have our own deeply rooted budgetary problems.  We must internally solve them before we can help anyone else.

Dream act will become a nightmare for illegals this session, in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Congresswoman Shot, Conservatives/Palin blamed

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)

Saturday afternoon, as your blogger enjoyed an ACC basketball game, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head, at point blank range. She had been saying hello to her constituents at an outdoor meeting in front of a Tucson grocery store. By Sunday, the shootings were being blamed on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) and other conservatives.

As Saturday wore on, and updates came pouring in, the game was forgotten, and the nation held its collective breath.  Who would do such a thing?  What type of person or persons could be responsible?  What kind of nut would shoot a sitting member of Congress, kill a Federal judge, a nine-year-old child, and others?

Soon, the word arrived that a mentally unstable man, who had once met Giffords in 2007, was the shooter of the Congresswoman and other victims.  Republicans and Democrats alike posted prayers on their Facebook pages and went to their houses of worship to grieve.  We were a nation united, as an attack on one of us, is an attack on us all.

Such a shooting on an elected official, especially a member of Congress, is a threat to the very freedom that we hold dear.  It doesn’t matter what views that Representative holds.  In the United States, our very democracy hinges on a peaceful  transfer of power, each time a new party is voted into the majority, as happened last Wednesday.

However, by Sunday morning, Sarah Palin was being blamed for the shootings of a mad man.  Why? Giffords had voted for President Barack Obama‘s health care plan, known to conservatives as Obamacare, as well as supported the Stimulus.

The Associated Press reported on Sunday morning that, despite the fact that this shooter had been turn down enlistment by the U.S. Army, had dropped out of high school, and had been kicked out of his community college, somehow Sarah Palin was to be blamed.

Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) at North Carolina Rally in 2008.

Gov. Palin  listed Cong. Giffords on her “targeted” list on the 2010 elections, and Giffords narrowly won her election.  A former Republican, and self-described “blue dog Democrat”, Giffords continued to serve what is considered to be a conservative district.  The press seemed to take the word “targeted” literally.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) a conservative and tea party favorite, told the press that such risks are inherent to public service.

The Shark Tank, a Florida political blog, wrote, after interviewing the Senator:

Senator Rubio expresses his sympathies for Congresswoman Giffords and the families of those who were killed and injured in Saturday’s shooting in Arizona. Rubio then put the shooting incident into perspective when he noted that unless an elected official, like himself  had  Secret Service type security, they would be vulnerable to a similar attack like the one that occurred in Arizona.

In short, this had nothing to do with politics.

Friend and fellow blogger, Warner Todd Huston, reported Sunday that a left-wing Democrat group, known as the 21st Century Democrats, is using the shooting as a FUNDRAISING TOOL!  Is nothing sacred anymore?

This blogger hopes Rep. Giffords can return to the House.  Not because she is expected to play a major role on the immigration debate, as she opposes illegal immigration.  We are her fellow Americans and wish her a full recovery.  Right now, it is simply too early to tell.

UPDATE 1/9/2011 7:51 p.m. EST

A blogger friend, Bruce Majors, points out a couple of Obama quotes made in 2008.  For some reason, we conservatives managed not to act on them and take them literally.

Why I’m Voting Democrat on Twitter: Humor

Liberal Liars

It’s a joke folks and the joke is on the liberals!As KCC writes, a trending topic on Twitter is #WhyImVotingDemocrat and it’s absolutely hilarious.  Your blogger has been participating in this all day long.  The funnier ones are getting “re-tweeted” or passed along to others.

Some liberals don’t realize that the entire thing is a big joke and  have been participating. KCC brings a few recent ones to you, as posted, minus the hashtags, and the spelling and punctuation are the Tweeter’s own.

A quick search of the hashtag #WhyImVotingDemocrat reads like a David Letterman Top Ten list:

*because I think America should be more like France, or at least some French-speaking country like Haiti

*Because I can’t wait to see the Muslim flag over White House

*Because I should be able to live in my parents’ basement until I’m 39!

*I’m Canadian and wish to destabilize America’s economy.

*because everyone should have some Obama money

*Because those who create wealth should be punished for their wrongdoing

*I think Ground Zero would be a wonderful place to build a Mosque…

*because my parents never gave me my pony, now I want yours

*Because unemployment checks really stimulate the economy.

*Because animals are more important than human beings.

*There’s another election??!! I thought we already anointed, I mean elected our savior and we were done.

*Did I mention I like the crack?

*Because we just haven’t tried socialism with the right people in charge yet!

*Because charity starts at the federal level.

And, your blogger’s favorite:

because I actually died 6 years ago…

Racist Rep. Loretta Sanchez Bashes GOP/Vietnamese for Trying to Steal “Their” Congressional Seat (video)

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA, 47) may have just buried herself  in a big hole.  She unleashed a racist attack on her GOP challenger of Vietnamese heritage.  In the Univision broadcast, she told Latinos that the Republicans and Vietnamese ”are trying to take this seat away from us”.  (Dog gone it, after all we’ve done for our community.)

Apparently Rep. Sanchez doesn’t understand that “their” seat doesn’t belong to any particular group. Even the mainstream press picked up the story after her opponent, Van Tran pounced on the issue.

By the way, she’s blaming the fact that she’s fallen a couple of points behind in the polls on President Obama.  Sounds familiar!

On a personal note: Your blogger married into a Vietnamese family and has found them more hard working than any other immigrant group.  In general, they are kinder, more friendly, and appreciate this country more than any native born American ever has.  Many of them risked their lives escaping an oppressive  Communist regime, often on a tiny boat that was robbed by pirates before reaching its destination.

People perished, desperately seeking freedom, yet they fought onward.   Generally, they support immigration, LEGAL immigration.  So in a way, Rep. Sanchez was wrong, they DO support immigration, just not the kind of mass border crossings that she seeks.

Thank goodness the district is home to a large Asian population in Southern California.  Your blogger hopes they all come out and defeat Rep. Sanchez.  As one commenter on You Tube stated, “let her return to Mexico where she can serve in the Mexican government.”

Sanchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and was born in the United States.  It is past time that we retired her from Congress.  Your blogger lived in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1990, after graduation from college.  She has no issues with Latinos, in general.

Watch and be amazed:

Hat Tips: Hot Air and Da Tech Guy

Angle’s New Ad Hits Harry Reid On Illegal Immigration

This year, all politics are local.  As the conservatives and Republicans try to recapture Congress, Senate challengers like Nevada’s Sharon Angle are putting out hard hitting ads.  Check out this one on Harry Reid and illegal aliens:

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Hat Tip to Jon Ralston, Las Vegas area writer and reporter, who is followed by this blogger on Twitter.