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NC Legislative Report by Col. Brenda T. Formo

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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 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.

Liberals Going After Conservative Wake County School Board, John Tedesco

God bless John Tedesco, one of the finest men of our time! Wake County's own.

The degree to which the liberals in Wake County, North Carolina, and now our nation have sunk regarding the Wake County school board, is appaling.    After so-called comedian Steven Colbert disrespected conservative John Tedesco on his show this week, your blogger could no long remain silent.

Tedesco is one of the majority conservatives backed by the Wake County Republican Party (not the tea party, as Colbert stated) that won election in 2009.  Everyone with a mouth seems to be weighing in on this one, including our illustrious Gov. Beverly Perdue. (By the way, if she was ever a teacher, we cannot find any record of it.)

This is a COUNTY issue and Tedesco and company have been working to restore community schools and removing forced busing.   That means no more long bus rides for students at any Wake County school, blacks or whites.

The NAACP has cried “racism” at every turn, and their leader, the Rev. William Barber, somehow believes that conservatives are trying to end “diversity” that previously existed.  Sadly, blacks are falling for this folly, not realizing it is in their best interest to attend schools closest to their homes.  Without long bus rides, black student are more likely to have parents involved in their education, after school activities, and over-all well-being.

The NAACP is actually doing its own members in Wake County a huge disservice.  They automatically assume that black students MUST attend schools with white children to be successful.  This is essentially saying that black kids cannot suceed without white children, which we know is completely untrue.  We have all seen many black students rise above their circumstances to become productive and leading Americans.

Felice Pate, an African-American, frequent critic of Barber and the President of the Wake County Republican Women’s Club, said that the NAACP’s stance is wrong.  She added that all the gains made by blacks before integration are being negated by the NAACP’s actions.

Tedesco does not deserve what has happened to him personally and the liberals are trying to destroy him and make him quit.  But this blogger doesn’t think there is any “quit” in John Tedesco.  After raising younger siblings as his own foster children, he went on to lead a Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, where he raised a great deal of money for them.  However, after Tedesco was elected, county liberals threatened to withhold funding if he was not fired.  To save the organization he loved best, Tedesco resigned.   Fast forward two years.

Now, with no job and limited prospects on the horizon, he continues on.  The Raleigh News and Observer proved to be the most classless “news” paper in the state by printing non-facts regarding how Tedesco fell behind on his mortgage payments and is now facing foreclosure. WRAL-TV also ran a story on the foreclosure.  Columnist Barry Saunders also has a hit  piece in today’s N&O regarding the issue.

Susan Bryant, chairwoman of the Wake County Republican Party has issued  this following statement:

Yesterday, WRAL-TV ran a story in which they disclosed that School Board member John Tedesco was facing foreclosure on his house. When a member of the Wake County Republican Executive committee emailed them to complain, they replied that John’s “…financial acumen and ability to balance a budget will be an important factor in his ability to fulfill the role the people selected him for.”

At the time he was elected to the School Board, John Tedesco worked for a non-profit organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters. After he was elected, the liberals threatened to cut off funding for the organization unless he was fired. John cared more for the well-being of the at-risk children the organization served, than for his own livelihood and so he resigned his position. As a result, he fell behind in his mortgage payments and now faces foreclosure. The liberals, like those that run WRAL, then compound the tragedy by accusing him of fiscal mismanagement. That is shameful and disgusting. It is beyond hypocrisy, it is character assassination of the vilest form.

Today is John’s birthday. He lost his job because he was doing what we elected him to do. Why not show him your support by sending him a birthday card and gift to let him know how much we appreciate his sacrifice, and help him when he needs it the most.

Send the card and gift to:
Hon John Tedesco
104 Rockfish Lane
Garner, NC 27529

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

From Justice to Joke: The Fall of the NAACP by Ron Miller

Ron Miller, author

Ron Miller

With today being the 46th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, author Ron Miller has written an excellent piece “From Justice To Joke: The Fall of the NAACP” published on Red County.  KCC is a former contributor to Red County.

Miller lays out how the NAACP might have once been a good thing, but how today they are  a shadow of their former selves.  He also makes fun of national NAACP president, Ben Jealous, for praising the late U.S. Senator Robert (KKK) Byrd (D-WVa), who passed just days before this anniversary.

It’s the Democrats who cling to their racist past, not Republicans, who have been trying to tear down racism for over 100 years.

Herman Cain Speaks To Dream Conference (video)

This is a partial bit of Herman Cain‘s speech to the Defending the American Dream Conference, sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, held this past weekend in Washington, DC.

Cain’s rocking style was interesting, inspiring, and exciting.   He had the crowd on their feet cheering and shouting in his afternoon speech that was carried live on C-Span on Friday afternoon, August 27, 2010.

NOTE:

Your blogger  also has video of a private chat Cain held with the bloggers at the Dream Conference, shortly after the above talk.   KCC hopes to have it online later this afternoon or early evening.  It goes more into detail of Cain’s plan, should he run.

Racists At It Again in NC Courts

Today’s Raleigh News and Observer posted online a troubling “breaking news” article.  Five death row inmates are

challenging their death sentences on the basis of racial bias, the first test of a ground-breaking law passed last year by the state legislature that allows inmates to challenge their sentences on the basis of race.

Thanks to our liberal NC General Assembly, the criminals on Death Row here, can challenge their death sentences based purely on race.  Further, North Carolina is only one of two states with this law.

Your blogger, is frankly tired of the race card.    As she frequently states in her comments to News and Observer articles,

Only racists still care about race and use the race card.

Meanwhile, the News and Observer states that the law allows defendents in death penalty cases and death penalty inmates to

to challenge prosecutions on grounds of bias. It also allows judges to consider statistics and trends of racial disparities in death sentences to change a death sentence to life in prison without parole or to stop prosecutors from seeking capital punishment at the outset.

More challenges from other death row inmates are expected soon with this troubling criminals rights law.

Your blogger wonders, what about the victims?  What about the juries who carefully considered the facts in the case? Are they really that biased? What about the judges?

This is just one more reason why we need to vote out the liberals (Democrats) in the North Carolina General Assembly in November.

Please don’t sit home on election day.  Early voting starts in October and every vote counts.  Every Democrat is vulnerable this year and conservatives can take advantage of that to overturn some of these horrible laws.  Check with your local elections board to see when early voting begins in your county.