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CHARLOTTE After a warm welcome by former classmate Justice Paul Newby, Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) told the delegates that “I won’t back down” from the negative remarks from Democrats and the press, referring to the song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
He’s working to be a problem solver and visionary, and he said he has the best cabinet to do it. McCrory said he’s done a lot in a short five months. He complemented the leadership of the NC House and NC Senate for bringing us a historic cut in income tax.
He plans an energy bill, in coordination with South Carolina and Virginia, to unleash the resources that are underneath our ground that should help improve our economy and put people back to work. He also chided President Obama for preventing NC from using the oil and gas buried 15-60 miles off our coasts.
Additionally, McCrory wants to change the state personnel rules. He says that it takes over 400 days to get through the appeals process when terminating a state employee.
Finally, “we are saying no to Obamacare”, he said to a standing ovation. ”We are saying yes to a healed Medicaid system to help women and children.” Currently, he opined, the taxpayer is being robbed. “Yes we want to help the poor and elderly, but as we have medicaid cost overruns, we are taking money from our teachers and kids in the classrooms. ”
He concluded that “you don’t expand programs that don’t work.”
“Watch for us to step on some toes, but we have a long way to go.”
Thursday, KCC received a note from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation regarding the off-the-wall Fiscal Deficit “fix” just passed by Congress. Perhaps many of you received it, too. We all need to jump in together and save America from the bad economic policy. Read on:
There they go again.
Recently Congress passed a bill to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. But instead of focusing on the real driver of our fiscal imbalance, runaway government spending, Congress passed a bill that’s all taxes and no serious spending reductions. The bill was filled with terrible economic policy from top to bottom. The one bright spot is that we’re finally starting to establish some permanency in the tax code, an important element of economic stability.
Take action today and remind Congress the American people still want them to cut spending!
Here’s a quick rundown of the bill:
Taxes: the bill fails to protect the economy from all the tax hikes. Everything from capital investment, to labor, to consumption, and even death will be more heavily taxed in 2013. None of that will spur economic growth.
Spending: remember when both President Obama and Speaker Boehner talked about a “balanced approach?” This bill is a classic Washington tax-and-spend bill with no spending cuts to be found. What’s worse, it actually includes billions in new spending.
Even while raising taxes on hardworking Americans, Congress recognized that high taxes hurt economic growth and so they handed out myriad special carve outs so their friends wouldn’t feel the bite. Wind energy, motorsports entertainment complexes and even the hard-up Hollywood tycoons got a special tax break in the bill.
In addition to the damage these policies will do to the economy, raising taxes in a deficit fight just puts a Band-Aid on the problem. Runaway government spending is still the main problem with the federal budget and with the nation’s economy.
Thank you for all you do for economic freedom and we look forward to fighting side-by-side with you in 2013.
Americans for Prosperity
ACU Chairman Al Cardenas welcomed in the 2013 New Year with a bold statement on the latest”Fiscal Cliff” proposal:
“The American Conservative Union simply cannot accept or support the Senate Bill as passed this morning, which does nothing to reign in out of control spending. Given the dire financial situation our country faces,
ACU would have supported, albeit reluctantly, the Bush era tax cut extensions for those with incomes under $400,000 to $450,000 and supported the Death Tax provisions that maintain the current exemptions and are indexed for inflation.
This is vital for our family farms and family-owned businesses.
Our nation has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
Rather than do the essential work of cutting spending, the current bill actually adds even more deficit spending. Congress needs to make the hard decisions now for the future of our children and grandchildren. Therefore, ACU recommends that the House take the non-tax provisions out of the Senate Bill and pass it. They should then go back to the drawing board and put together a comprehensive plan to responsibly deal with unemployment insurance, the Farm Bill, special interest tax subsidies and replacing the sequester with targeted spending cuts in a way that would be in line with our conservative values.”
The American Conservative Union holds CPAC, the largest national gathering of conservatives. In the past few years, the organization has expanded into the midwest and Florida.
KCC has been to many CPAC events and enjoys being an official blogger.
American Crossroads on Wednesday, launched a new television ad in North Carolina that blasts President Obama for his failed economic policies, and demonstrates that contrary to Obama’s “Forward” campaign slogan, America is really moving backward on his watch.
Supported by a $811,000 television buy, the new 30-second ad will run in North Carolina for ten days. The spot, entitled “Forward?,” highlights a series of economic facts on the extent of Obama’s economic malaise, including that 40% of families are living paycheck to paycheck on Obama’s watch.
“For Barack Obama, ‘Forward’ is the new backward, because another four years of Obama’s economic policies will only keep moving America backward,”
said American Crossroads director of state and regional media relations Nate Hodson. “Obama’s hollow campaign slogan is another attempt to divert attention from the fact that during Obama’s tenure, unemployment, household incomes, gas prices and the national debt are all getting worse.”
Editor’s Note: American Crossroads is a non-profit 527 political organization dedicated to renewing America’s commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and a strong national defense through informed and effective political action. American Crossroads seeks to educate voters and empower citizens to hold lawmakers and office-seekers accountable for where they stand. (Emphasis added.)
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.
It’s time to work the phones, North Carolina conservatives! This according to the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women.
According an action alert sent to members, legislative chairman Joyce Krawiec wrote:
Our Republican led House and Senate recently passed S820 to allow for Hydraulic Fracturing in NC. This technology would enable NC to harvest natural gas which would be a huge job creator for our state. The Governor had said she would be in favor of this legislation but now, it is expected that she will veto this legislation. We need to contact certain Legislators that we believe may be leaning to vote for overriding the Governor’s veto.
Krawiec urged readers to telephone and e-mail the following Representatives. She added that callers should be extremely polite and keep your message simple:
Don’t let Governor Perdue continue to block jobs and energy security in North Carolina. Please override the veto of Senate Bill 820.
Rep. Pat McElraft 919 733 6275 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Dewey Hill 919 733 5830 email@example.com
Rep. William Brisson 919 733 5772 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Bryan Holloway 919 733 5609 email@example.com
Rep. Tim Spear 919 715 3029 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Bill Owens 919 733 0010 email@example.com
Rep. Marcus Brandon 919 733 5825 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Susi Hamilton 919 733 5754 email@example.com
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
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
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) on Tuesday called for Gov. Beverly Perdue to sign a $20.2 billion budget adjustment that invests hundreds of millions of state dollars in public education, fixes serious problems in Medicaid, cuts the gas tax, and gives raises to teachers and state employees – without hiking taxes or incurring debt.
The two-year budget enacted last year will remain in place if the governor vetoes the improvements the General Assembly made last week. North Carolinians will face serious consequences if she chooses to place politics ahead of the public interest. Among the worst consequences of failing to make second-year budget adjustments are:
- $255 million in additional state funds will not go to public K-12 education. This includes $126.9 million to fill in the discretionary cut for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, $16.4 million in lottery funds, a $27 million education reform program to strengthen student literacy and improve graduation rates, and $85 million for a 1.2 percent raise for public school teachers.
- In addition to public school teachers, state employees will lose a 1.2 percent raise. This will be the fifth consecutive year they go without a salary increase. State retirees will lose a 1 percent cost of living adjustment increase.
- The state’s Medicaid program will run out of money during the fiscal year, causing doctors to go unpaid and patient care to suffer.
- Programs for needy families and the state’s at-risk population will not receive $900 million in federal block grants.
- The state’s gas tax will not be cut.
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.
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.
A reader wrote to KCC today, distressed that President Barack Obama‘s EPA chief is up to her old shenanigans:
Lisa Jackson doesn’t want to admit that her EPA policies are actually job killers and that it would raise costs on NC families and businesses.
The Raleigh News and Observer reported
In a speech at Duke University, Jackson argued that EPA policies conservatives and Republicans in Washington are spreading disinformation in a bid to roll back this country’s environmental protections and to hobble the agency.
However, the paper concluded that Jackson’s speech at Duke is part of a broader counter-attack by regulators who are facing intense criticism from conservative critics during the nation’s worst economic downturn since World War II.
Jackson has been in trouble with the Obama administration before, for going too far in attacks on conservatives. In fact, she nearly had to step down from her high post.
Listen to her entire speech, in the video below.