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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.

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.

 

Weekly NC Legislative Report by Brenda T. Formo

The following is the latest North Carolina Legislative Report by Brenda T. Formo.  She writes on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women.  Your blogger is a member of that organization and has exclusive permission  to reproduce these legislative reports.

Congress 


House of Representatives


On May 13, 2011 the House passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2011 (HR 754) which authorizes current fiscal year funding for intelligence and intelligence related programs.  The vote was 392 to 15 with 24 not voting.

 

NC  Representatives voting for the bill:  G.  K. Butterfield (D-1st), Renee Ellmers (R-2nd), David E. Price (D-4th), 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), Heath Shuler (D-11th), Melvin Watt (D-12th), and Brad Miller (D-13th).

NC Representative voting against the bill:  Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-3rd).

Senate


1.  On May 17th the Senate rejected a motion to proceed on the consideration of S. 940 which is titled by the Democrats, “A bill to reduce the Federal budget deficit by closing big oil tax loopholes, and for other purposes.” This is the “test vote” promised by Senate Democrats.  This bill will do nothing to decrease the price of gasoline at the pump, and the fault with the high prices lies with President Obama’s policies on energy, according to Investors Business Daily.

The vote failed 52 to 48 with Senator Hagan voting for the bill and Senator Burr voting against it. Three Democrats voted with the Republicans against the bill:  Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Mark Begich (D-Alaska).  Republican Senators Collins and Snowe of Maine were the only Republicans to vote with the Democrats for the punishment of big oil.

2.  On May 18th the Senate rejected a motion sponsored by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for a measure titled, “A bill to authorize the conduct of certain lease sales in the Outer Continental Shelf, to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to modify the requirements for exploration, and for other purposes.” The main purpose was to force the Obama Administration to act on oil and gas leases and to increase offshore oil production.  It is similar to bills that previously passed in the House.

The vote failed 42 to 57 with 1 not voting.  Senator Hagan voted against the motion and Senator Burr voted for it.

3.  On May 19th the Senate rejected a cloture motion for the nomination of Goodwin Liu of California for the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  The vote was 52 to 43 with one voting present (Senator Hatch (R-UT), and 4 not voting.  Sixty votes were required under cloture rules to end the debate and move to a final vote.  Senator Hagan voted for cloture and Senator Burr voted against it.

The issue surrounding Liu is that he is “President Obama’s most radical judicial nominee and the man who Obama would dearly like to make the first Asian-American Supreme Court Justice,” according to Red State.  He is a Berkely law professor “whose vocal and unabashed championing of judicial activism has made him a star on the legal left.”  Liu said, he “envisions the judiciary . . . as a culturally situated interpreter of social meaning,” also reported by Red State.

The nomination was effectively defeated, but Senator Hagan perhaps voted her ideology.  Contact her at (202) 224-6342 if you think Americans do not want other activist judges appointed by the Obama administration.

Note on Senator Hagan
Senator Hagan is an “honorary co-leader of Third Way, a Democratic-leaning business-friendly think tank in Washington,” according to the News & Observer.  While at a breakfast meeting last week CNN asked her some questions.  Senator Hagan said she is for raising the debt ceiling; she is for tax reform and fairness; she favors raising taxes on people making more than $1 million a year; and she supports ending tax breaks for oil companies.  She indicated that she wants cuts in defense spending including in the acquisition process; and believes that more competition in the “industrial defense complex” system would be advantageous.  Finally she sees that rising gas prices have had an effect on military budgets, because filling up a F-15 fighter jet is “huge.”  (Senator Hagan’s voting record does not indicate that she is serious about domestic energy production of gas and oil.)

N.C. General Assembly 


1.  State Health Plan – Republicans and Governor Perdue have worked on a plan for state workers’ health care to replace the bill that Perdue vetoed in April that would have required state employees to pay for the very first time a small amount for their own health insurance premiums.

 

Because $55 million was available in the budget and unspent, the state can still afford to continue requiring no premiums to be paid by employees who have the most basic health programs of 70/30 policies.  If state employees have more expensive coverage (80/20) they will pay modest premiums.  Governor Perdue reportedly agrees with the two companion bills that passed the Senate in a vote of 33 to 16 and passed in the House 90 to 24, which help to close the $515 million deficit in the budget for the state health plan through the middle of 2013.  The legislation also changes the oversight for the state employees health plan from the Legislature to the State Treasurer.

2.  Major Bills: Two notable bills remain in conference to be negotiated between the Senate and the House, because different versions were passed in each chamber.  They are the “No Cap on Number of Charter Schools” (Senate Bill 8) that passed the Senate 33 to 17 on February 24th, and the House 68 to 51 on April 11.  Also the “Medical Liability Reforms” (Senate Bill 33) passed the Senate on March 2, 36 to 13; and the House on April 20, 91 to 27.

Other bills have either passed in the Senate or in the House and have been assigned to various committees including:

  • Eminent Domain (House Bill 8) passed by the House 98 to 18 on April 28, now in the Senate Judiciary I Committee;
  • Castle Doctrine (House Bill 34) passed by the Senate on Feb 28 in a vote of 35 to 13, now in the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Involuntary Annexation Moratorium (Senate Bill 27) passed the Senate on March 7 in a vote of 36 to 12, now in the House Rules Committee.
  • The Energy Jobs Act (Senate Bill 709) passed the Senate on May 10 in a vote of 38 to 12, and is now in the Senate Committee on Public Utilities.

3.   Photo Voter ID – Last week, Senator Debbie Clary (R-Cleveland) presented to a Senate committee another version of the photo ID bill that is similar to the House bill that is still in committee.  Senate bill 595 requires a driver’s license or other evidence of a photo ID to vote so that fraud can be avoided.  Without a photo ID, the voter could cast a provisional ballot that is counted when the voter presents to elections board officials a valid photo ID within 10 days of the election date.  Democrats are urging Governor Perdue to veto the legislation which is expected to pass, and that 84% of North Carolinians polled think is necessary in NC.

South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law on May 18th that would require voters in South Carolina to present a photo ID before casting a ballot.  Haley remarked, “If you can show a picture to buy Sudafed , if you can show a picture to get on an airplane, you should be able to show a picture ID to (vote).”

What will Governor Perdue do?  According to Civitas, Perdue’s job approval rating is 46% in recent polling, and represents an increase of 3% since March 2011.    

4. Last week the House voted on a bill that reduces the “early-voting” timeframe.   The vote was 60 to 58, mostly along party lines.  The measure reduces early-voting time by a week from the 2 1/2 week period.  Money is the issue and researchers in the legislature have estimated that $2000 per voting site will be saved if the bill is approved.  Democrat legislators fear that fewer Democrats will vote if the measure passes.  The bill is now in the Senate.

5.  Restoring Unemployment Benefits – A compromise bill is expected by next week, but the 37,000 long-term unemployed seeking benefits has increased to 42,000.  Both Republican Senate and House and leaders are working to reach an agreement on a bill that Governor Perdue will sign.

6.    Redistricting – Senator Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg), Chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, said last week that a public hearing will be held in Raleigh, with satellite access at four other sites, for the public to see the redistricting maps which are expected to be completed next month.

7.  Legislative Day and the Marriage Rally in Raleigh, May 17th.

Thanks to the NCFRW members who attended the Marriage Rally and Legislative Day activities last week.  NCFRW Parliamentarian Mary Frances Forrester addressed the estimated 3500 people attending the rally with sincere and compelling oratory on the merits of the Marriage Amendment for North Carolina.  She was outstanding in her comments and demeanor.

Among the speakers for our separate Legislative session was House Speaker Thom Tillis who accepted our Marriage Amendment petitions and inspired us to have confidence that the Republicans will do as they pledged during the election.  Specifically to pass important bills that matter to North Carolina, such as cutting spending, creating jobs, and passing legislation including the Voter Photo ID bill, the Marriage Amendment, Eminent Domain, and other measures that are favored by North Carolinians.

Other Republican Representatives who took time from their busy schedules to speak to the NCFRW members included:  Marilyn Avila (Wake), John Blust (Guilford), John Faircloth (Guilford), Speaker Pro Tempore Dale R. Folwell (Forsyth), Craig Horn (Union), Pat B. Hurley (Randolph), Linda P. Johnson (Cabarrus), Tim  Moore (Cleveland), Tom Murry (Wake), G. L. Pridgen (Hoke, Robeson, Scotland), Phil R. Shepard (Onslow), and John A. Torbett (Gaston).   We enjoyed hearing their updates of important legislation.

We especially thank Speaker Pro Tempore Dale R. Folwell for working with Joyce Krawiec, NCFRW Grassroots Activism Chairman, to schedule the event; along with Paige Fitzgerald Barefoot, Senior Staff Associate, who finalized the arrangements including a conference room to meet with the legislators.


Sources:  house.govsenate.govInvestors Business Daily, “Editorial:  Dems Blame Business For Own Bad Policies,” May 12, 2011; Red State, “Tomorrow:  Biggest Nomination Fight of 2011,” by Curt Levy, May 18, 2011; Carolina Journal Online, “NCGA Scorecard:  The Good, the Bad, and the Incomplete,” by David N. Bass, May 19, 2011;Charlotte Observer, “Senate panel takes up voter ID bill,” by Jim Morrill, May 18, 2011 and “Haley signs voter ID bill into law,” by Gina Smith, May 19, 2011; Civitas, “Civitas Poll:  Perdue Job Approval Remains Under 50 Percent,” by Katie Trout, May 19, 2011; News & Observer, “House votes to shorten early voting,” by Jim Morrill of Charlotte Observer, May 19, 2011 and “Wings clipped,” editorial, May 20, 2011 and “State Health Plan deal advances,” by Lynn Bonner, May 19, 2011 and “Rucho:  Voters will get say on district maps,” by Mary Cornatzer, May 18, 2011 and “Hagan says U.S. must raise debt ceiling,” by Barbara Barrett, May 18, 2011; m2mpolitics, “Early voting bill concerns state elections chief,” May 19, 2011;  Winston Salem Journal, “GOP plans compromise bill next week to restore unemployment benefits,” by Journal Now Staff & AP, May 21, 2011; Star News, “Perdue ready to sign NC employee health plan deal,” by Gary D. Robertson AP, May 19, 2011and “Thousands rally to back NC gay marriage ban idea” by Gary D. Robertson AP, May 17, 2011; News-Record, “More state residents losing jobless benefits,” by AP, May 18, 2011 and “Triad legislator opposes a ban of gay marriage,” by Mark Binker, May 18, 2011; and News & Observer,“Same-sex marriage foes rally for amendment,” by Eden Stiffman and Lynn Bonner, May 18, 2011; ncga.state.nc.us; and Personal Observations during Marriage Rally and Legislative Day activities, May 17, 2011.

Editor’s Note:  Bolding (other editing) done by the blogger and not by the writer. As requested by the writer, all original content included.  Please note sources cited. KCC appreciates the writer’s extensive research and reporting.

Gas Prices Go Up, Obama’s Chances Go Down: Get organized Now

Gas Prices Go Up and Obama's Ratings Go Down

If you traveled over the Easter weekend, you surely noticed the dramatic increase in gas prices.  According to the Washington Times, gas prices have doubled since President Obama took office.  And according to a recent Reuters article,

“the average U.S. household will spend about $700 more for gasoline in 2011 than it spent last year.”

President Obama’s answer for reducing gas prices?  Trade in your carblame oil speculators or inflate your tires.

The higher gas prices are hurting Americans at the pump and also hurting Obama at the polls. Washington Post highlights President Obama’s approval has gone down among independents

“who view gas prices as a ‘serious financial hardship’ in their lives…just 28 percent approve of Obama, while 67 percent disapprove.”

What will YOU Do About it?  What about organizing your precinct?  What about prepping for 2012?  Obama’s team has been on the ground getting ready since last Spring.  They are organizing and his opponents should be too.

For example, the North Carolina Republican party has organized the “Take Back NC” program, which is grassroots oriented  is focused on helping you organize at the precinct level so you will be ready when the thousands of Organizing for America and labor union “paid volunteers” invade our state in the coming months.

To get involved, contact your county Republican Party, or the North Carolina Republican Party here.

Obama and Perdue want a Blank Check

They will invade our state telling North Carolina voters the only way to get our country back on track is to give Barack Obama and Gov. Beverly Perdue a blank check to spend whatever they want another four years.

We must say NO and make sure that blank check bounces.  It’s up to everyone of us.

 

A “Hiking” Moment For Perdue?

NC Governor Beverly Perdue

NC Governor Beverly Perdue

So, exactly where WAS North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, during last weekend’s rash of heavy tornados that blew through the Old North State?  It first appeared to be a state secret.

As the storms began rolling through,  spokeswoman Crissy Pearson e-mailed a media release at 5:24 p.m. saying that the governor’s staff was on “full activation” (Raleigh News and Observer).

The N&O further reported:

…Pearson did not respond to an e-mail or a phone message seeking more information about where the governor was.

Reached on her cell phone at 9:06 p.m., Pearson said the governor had been out-of-state attending to a family obligation. However, Pearson refused to say where Perdue was or when the governor might return to the capital.

Though the tornadoes were Saturday, and the National Weather Service had given at least two days warning, it wasn’t until SUNDAY that Perdue’s office finally came clean.

She had been visiting with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) and four college roommates from her days at the University of Kentucky. Further, she had attended the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, a horse race held the same day as the storms.

National media have had a field day with the story.  Washington Post reporter Rachel Weiner reported that Perdue, who was already an underdog in her 2012 re-election bid, and is less popular than President Barack Obama in North Carolina.  She’ll have an even more uphill climb.

In 2008, she narrowly lost to Republican nominee Pat McCrory and he appears ready for a rematch.

Politico called it “An Appalachian Trail moment”.

Despite the fact that North Carolinians are clearly tired of Perdue, Obama and the Democrats, Perdue has a huge factor in her favor.  The Democratic National Committee has chosen to try to take North Carolina back and therefore gave Charlotte the 2012 National Convention.  NC Republicans stand ready to overcome this “advantage”.

KCC will be in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention, bringing you all the fun and games.

Meanwhile, Gov. Perdue, “You’re Fired!” (Apologies to Donald Trump).

Anita Moncrief, Phyllis Shafly, and Straw Poll Winners

ACORN whistle blower, Anita Moncrief, spoke in the Thurgood Marshall ballroom on a panel, this afternoon, on the final day of the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC).  She was on a panel speaking about the lies the left uses about Voter ID, and how they continue to fight changes to laws allowing voter fraud, such as mail-in voting and early voting.

We’ll have video of Anita, plus the timeless Phylis Shafly of Eagle Forum.  Shafly was there at the dawn of the conservative movement, and is still a beautiful 86 year-old activist.

Watch for this, upcoming.   KCC did post many of her own stories today, as she was busy attending meetings, but sidekick Rob did, and we hope you have enjoyed his reporting and commentary.

More coming, even after CPAC is over.  Tonight, the ladies of Smart Girl Politics are getting together early, and then the blogger’s are going out for a goodbye party.  We have all known each other for years, and we get together nearly monthly, in Washington and elsewhere.  We are from all over the country, and some are from here in DC.  The rest are state-based bloggers, like KCC.

Until later…

By the way, Ron Paul won the straw poll with Mitt Romney coming in second.  Both sent representives here to work the attendees, who had one vote each.  Not everyone participated, including this blogger.  There is no point, as those two candidates spent a lot of money trying to win.  But Ron Paul cannot be beaten.  Not at CPAC, and not with his libertarian people.  They are strong, active, and work it hard.  Kudos to them.  They see this as a must win and they did what they needed to do!

It is not a scientific poll but it has been held here at CPAC since 1986.  Done by Fabrizio McLaughlin, they have guards to take care of the poll,.  Only registrants could vote.  All 50 states and DC were represented.  3742 participated. In 2010, 2395 participated.

Ron Paul won with 30 percent.  Mitt Romney had 23 percent and Gary Johnson finished 3rd with six percent.  Before the results had even been announced, a Ron Paul worker was is the bloggers room, handing out press releases.  Was that a sham or what?

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Who? Indiana Gov Daniels Wins Early Straw Poll

Fellow blogger, Bryan Myrick, has an excellent post on an early straw poll in Washington state.  He reports that current Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels came out on top of a poll taken at the Roanoke Conference in Ocean Shores, Wash. on Sunday.

Daniels pulled 31 percent of votes cast, more than twice the count of the next highest vote-getter, (Mitt) Romney, who won 14 percent. Completing the top five were former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (13 percent), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (9 percent), and South Dakota Sen. John Thune (8 percent).

The poll was conducted in a caucus format in which candidates were announced and individuals were allowed to make short endorsement speeches from the floor. Small groups discussed the pros and cons of specific individuals after which discussion votes were cast and counted.

Read the Myrick’s full post here.

Rasmussen: Marco Rubio at 50% in Three-Way Senate Race in Florida (Video)

Marco Rubio Speaks to CPAC 2010

Marco Rubio, the young, handsome, tea party conservative, has achieved the nearly unthinkable.  Florida voters “get” him and according to the latest poll.  According to Rasmussen Reports:

Coming off a contentious televised debate, Republican Marco Rubio has now jumped to a two-to-one lead over Independent candidate Charlie Crist in Florida’s U.S. Senate race. Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek still runs third.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Rubio with 50% of the vote, up nine points from just over a week ago and his best showing in the race to date. Support for Crist, the state’s current GOP governor, has fallen to a new low of 25%, while Meek captures 19%. Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Your blogger had the chance to watch that debate Wednesday evening as it was streamed live over the Internet.     Conservatives on Twitter played a little game every time Crist mentioned/blamed  (former Vice President/Sec of Defense/White House Chief of Staff/US House Minoity Whip) Dick Cheney (R-Wyoming) for Florida’s problems.

Crist kept claiming he showed “Leadership” by making the “tough choices”, such as standing WITH President Barack Obama when he visited Florida this year. Other such “leadership” was refusing to cut taxes in a terrible economy, and standing with the President on many issues.  Is this how a GOP governor is supposed to “lead”?  Apparently not, according to Floridians.

No wonder Mr. Rubio is in the lead.  He came to the debate prepared with facts, rather than emotions.  He came prepared with solutions, rather than problems.  He came promising hope rather than doom.

Your blogger first heard Marco Rubio at February’s CPAC in Washington and is excited with this vision of our future.

He explained how to make the GOP into the Grand Ole Party once again, with his positive messages.

Bravo, Marco, on your excellent showing in this latest poll.  We only hope the activists in Florida will keep their boots and heels on the ground and keep working for you.

Editor’s Note: Thanks to my fellow Smart Girl, Julie McKinney of Charlotte, for contributing the photo of Rubio.  She works hard for the cause in Mecklenburg County NC, and nationwide.  God bless you, Julie!

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Here’s Marco’s inspirational kick-off speech from CPAC ’10.  He’s introduced and then blows away the early crowd!

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:

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