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CHARLOTTE: At 7:30, the very time the evening banquet was to have started, the vice chairman’s vote is underway. Four candidates are vying for the post.
Joyce Krawiec (Forsyth County), Marcus Kindley (Guilford County), Glen Bradley (Franklin County), and Dave Goetz (aka “Major Dave”) from Wake County.
They each courted the faithful all afternoon Friday and all day today.
7:35 The delegates are now caucusing. The vote is, as was in the chairmans race, by secret ballot.
UPDATE: 8:15 The winner of the race is Joyce Krawiec. Congratulations to all candidates for running clean, well run elections
After nomination speeches and candidate remarks, the convention is finally down to the most anticipated business of the day. Delegates are now voting for their choice of either Jack Brosch (Mecklenburg) or Claude Pope (Brunswick and formerly of Wake).
I don’t have a vote this year, as I didn’t go to my precinct, county, or even my district conventions. Therefore, I’m here as press and as a guest.
Personally, I would have voted for Claude Pope as he was chairman of the Wake County Republican Party and did a fantastic job. He had fantastic leadership skills and made sure everyone had a voice. He now lives on Bald Head Island with his family, and owns and runs a grocery store there.
I have never met Jack Brosch, unfortunately. The first time I saw him was today. Mostly the former Libertarians/Ron Paul faction of our party seems to be supporting him while the Reagan, traditional conservatives seem to support Pope.
Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of the man who nominated Mr. Brosch, as I found his remarks offensive. Though he did not name him specifically, the man lambasted current chairman Robin Hayes and his staff.
The vote is now underway.
CHARLOTTE The late afternoon session has begun and convention chairman Billy Miller has been going through the tedious process of the Credentials Committee report. After that is complete, the convention will move immediately in to the elections process.
Up for election are the offices of NCGOP Chairman and NCGOP Vice Chairman. The Executive Committee will elect the remainder of the offices tomorrow, Sunday.
More on the elections for Chairman and Vice Chairman up next post.
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.”
CHARLOTTE We are back at the North Carolina Republican State Convention and Madeline Keeter has just sung a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
Saturday tends to be the bigger day at the NC GOP convention as the delegates listen to remarks from the big names in the state party, from other state officials, and to elect new officers who will direct the state party.
Governor Pat McCrory is up next.
CHARLOTTE: An embarrasing event is occuring at the moment at the NC Republican Convention. A minority of the delegates want to remove the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of NC, from the Central Committee of the NCGOP.
The opposition wants to push though this amendment, removing the group’s seat, as they feel its a slippery slope for letting other “ethnic groups” join later. The group was voted a seat on the Central Committee only about an hour ago.
Those in favor of continuing to seat the hispanic group realize that the point is to share Republican and conservative values into as many different groups as possible. The Democrats excel at this.
According to the most recent Census, hispanics make up 16.7% of the U.S. population.
According to voice vote, cooler heads prevailed, however “division” was called and a standing was ordered.
Thankfully, the Hispanic assembly was seated on the Central Committee and the amendment failed.
On to further business.
Most counties registered between zero and seven delegates, even those counties that are close by Mecklenburg, where the convention is being held. The exceptions were the home county, which registered only 77 delegates, and Wake County (3 hours away) which registered 67.
Many were disappointed at the low turnout, especially with the future of the party at stake this weekend. After all, delegates will elect their new state party officials on Saturday. Depending on the outcome of the elections, the Party could stay the same, change a little, or go in a drastically different direction.
Usually, however, more delegates do arrive Saturday for the elections and other convention business.
In other convention business today, the group voted to grant a seat on the Central Committee to a new group, the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of NC. Ximena Uribe spoke on their behalf.
CHARLOTTE: After a delay of 30 minutes, the convention got underway. After the usual welcome messages by officials, and convention officials appointed, the convention honored the activists who had passed away in last year.
CHARLOTTE: Welcome back to Katy’s Conservative Corner. This weekend is the annual convention of the North Carolina Republican Party. State Party Chairman, Robin Hayes, is stepping down and there are several candidates vying for his post and that of vice chairman. More on that in another post.
1:24 The convention has not yet come to order and its clear the state Republicans are far from a quorum. Delegates are filtering in, after picking up their credentials in the hallways, and visiting with friends.
1:31 Some of the exhibitors include the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which is a fantastic group to give your time and money. Check out http://backinthegame.com for more information on their plan to “tax less, tax fair, and tax simple”.
1:36: Convention chairman Billy Miller is at the podium reporting heavy traffic and delays in the arrival of delegates. He added that the call to order would be delayed.
Follow along with the agenda of the convention here.
The 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. 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.