Archive for the ‘The Courts’ Category
On behalf of everyone that makes up the North Carolina Values Coalition and the 61% of North Carolina voters who voted for the Marriage Amendment last May, the North Carolina Values Coalition has filed an Amicus Brief with the United States Supreme Court to defend North Carolina’s definition of marriage.
California’s marriage amendment and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will go before the Supreme Court this Spring, and experts speculate these cases could be the deciding opinion on marriage and the ability of government to redefine marriage.
“The Court should not dismantle liberties of conscience and religious freedom by re-defining marriage to include same-sex ‘marriage,’ said Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the North Carolina Values Coalition. “This would have a catastrophic impact on those who cannot conscientiously embrace it.
Since Attorney General Roy Cooper has not filed a brief in defense of our Marriage Amendment, we have filed this Amicus Brief to ensure the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court hear the voice of the 61% of North Carolina voters who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Raleigh Republican Dan Forest, became North Carolina’s newest Lt. Governor on Monday. He was sworn into office by Associate Supreme Court Justice, Paul Newby.
Joined his wife Alice, elected officials, family, and invited guests, the private ceremony was held in the Old Senate chambers on Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh.
Forest’s mother, former Congresswoman Sue Myrick, sat on the front row and watched proudly as her son promised to abide by North Carolina law.
According to the Associated Press:
Forest said he’s eager to join (Governor Pat) McCrory and fellow Republicans who now control the General Assembly in transforming state government. Forest says he hopes his fellow GOP leaders will be bold in removing regulations from businesses and in reducing taxes including possibly eliminating income taxes paid by individuals and corporations. He also hopes lawmakers will revolutionize education and open the exploration and production of energy.
Forest is an architect who holding his first public office. Monday, he became the first Lt. Governor of North Carolina since Jim Gardner. Gardner, of Rocky Mount, took office in 1989.
On his first official workday in office, newly minted Governor Pat McCrory got down to business. He signed his first executive order and named three more appointments to his leadership team.
His first act was to rescind one of his predecessors executive orders which was to have a panel pick vacant statewide judicial positions. In Executive Order 1, he will do it directly.
At his first press conference this morning, the governor expressed concern over the state’s exploding budget and warned agency directors to watch their bottom lines.
Additonally, he discussed the state’s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, calling it antiquated and out-of-date. He had specific worries about the computers in Health and Human Services.
Finally, he named three more to positions of political importance:
Tony Almeida as Senior Advisor to the governor for Jobs and the Economy, Fred Steen as the governor’s Legislative Liaison and Chris Estes as State Chief Information Officer.
Tuesday evening, the Governor will be in his predecessor’s (and this blogger’s) hometown of New Bern, greeting constituents. Katy’s Conservative Corner will be there and have the story for you, as well as other stories of the day and from the past weekend.
We are now live blogging the closing session of the American for Prosperity Foundation’s Defending the Dream Conference. It’s their largest event of the year, attended by conservatives nationwide. Please excuse spelling errors.
Vice President of AFPF, Alan Cobb is first up to speak. Keep checking for updates. Your blogger sat with his teenage children last night at the Ronald Reagan dinner and they mentioned how much time and financial resources he donates to this cause. He is introducing Brent Bozell, KCC’s hero, founder of the Media Reasearch Center.
His father was also a hero of this blogger, helping to start the original conservative movement right before Barry Goldwater ran for the presidency. The number ! story in this election cycle is unemployment and the economy. Yet ABC, CBS, and NBC didn’t report this terrible news, until they absolutely had to. ABC still has not reported it.
Gas prices went up and only 27 stories came out. Yet during the Bush years, four times as many gas prices stories came out.
The media also has plenty of time plenty of time for Mitt Romney and his “gaffs”. Four years ago when Obama went overseas, the Big Three networks treated him like a GOD. Don’t worry because new media will take them over, and we have!!!
Tim Phillips, president of AFP, is introducing the state directors. In this blogger’s opinion, he should give Dallas Woodhouse and the North Carolina team special recognition. We were the very first state, originally organized as Citizens for a Sound Economy.
Mark Levin is now speaking and says its Barack Obama’s birthday, to much laughter.
He says we are standing on great shoulders. He reminded us of the one generation freedom is from extinction as Ronald Reagan said. Abraham Lincoln said that our worst enemy comes from within.
He says things like social justice, economic equality, and such things have come into our culture. It’s hard to believe that the President of the United States is one of the malcontents that are being created. It’s seeping into our culture by indoctrination. We now live in a post constitutional world, thanks to these malcontents.
He mentioned Woodrow Wilson. He condemned Federalism and the notion of state sovereignty. He said liberty was a privildge. The will determine the scope of the office. He called this “constitutional adaptation.” I call it bull crap, said Levin.
Is there anything the Federal Government cannot regulate if it chooses to? Levin mentioned the recent the Supreme Court ruling that said the government can regulate our physical and mental health. It’s a post-constitutional goverment in an increasingly authoritarian society.
He mentioned that it’s Obama’s birthday today, but so what, it’s also Saturday.
No President has had more contempt for the country he leads and for the people he represents. Mr. President, if you don’t understand the way American works, how can you fundamentally transform it?
Levin asks “since when does the money you earn belong to the government?”
Obama said if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.
Obama says it’s time for a revolution, but Levin says its time to reinstate the American Revolution!
The Obama administration has driven up our debt in four years more than $41 trillion, more than all other presidents combined. The poor have gotten poorer. The welfare state is growing and collapsing at the same time.
“What the hell are our kids gonna do”, asks Levin.
The challenge today is much more complicated than previous wars because the challenge is from within.
No society is guaranteed perpetual existence. That’s why we must work for this election, next election, and in the elections beyond. We have no choice. This is our country and we want it back!
Standing roudy ovation.
This ends our live blogging session. We’ll have more on this wonderful Defending the Dream Conference soon.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nation’s largest advocate for economic freedom, announced today the roll-out of a significant new effort in response to the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care law.
AFP President Tim Phillips said, “While we are deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling, this is far from over. AFP will continue to work to defeat President (Barack) Obama’s unaffordable, irresponsible, unaccountable law that burdens the American people with a crushing new tax.”
The ad begins airing today in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin.
“Not A Tax” is just one part of a multi-tiered effort that includes online activism and significant grassroots action in over a dozen states. The total budget for this effort is $9 million.
According to North Carolina’s statewide director, Dallas Woodhouse, the North Carolina portion of the ad buy is $1 million. ”This is a vital state in the upcoming national election” he told a group the Craven County taxpayers, meeting in New Bern on Thursday evening.
Ironically, on the final run day of “The Private Sector is Fine“, your blogger noticed that the Obama team had finally gotten on the air to dispute it.
Watch the ad below:
Conservative bloggers have known it seemingly forever. The liberal media has ignored it as long as he has. The man with the given name Johnny Reid Edwards once ran for the Vice Presidency as simply “John”.
Edwards grew up in the small town of Robbins, North Carolina, his television commercials always portrayed his parents as poor, but they were anything but. They may have been folksy and middle class, but certainly not poor.
After graduating from North Carolina State University in 1974 with his undergraduate degree, he went on to the University of North Carolina to earn his law degree.
He rose to fame and fortune by winning huge awards for his clients (though several were overturned and amounts were reduced). He was a passionate litigator and this blogger had friends who would go watch him hold court in Raleigh, just so they could attempt to adopt his style. One friend told KCC at the time that “he is a master in the courtroom and he’s simply amazing to watch”.
Today Edwards faces prison. He has chosen to gamble with his future, once again and is taking his chances with a jury trial. He refused to accept a plea bargin, as it meant six months behind bars. But if he loses, it will mean losing his freedom for many years. Clearly he feels sure he will win, as he has in the past.
Check out the article and indictment on the Wall Street Journal. The trial is being held in Winston-Salem.
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Obama Administration Covering Up Abortion Data RedState by Erick Erickson
NC Americans for Prosperity Promotes State Legislative Agenda for 2011-12 Session by Dallas Woodhouse
I wanted to share with you the AFP-NC legislative agenda for 2011. What primarily guides this agenda is a belief in the free-market and that the individual should have the maximum freedom possible to pursue the American Dream.
In keeping with this agenda, AFP-NC will be producing a 2011 Legislative Report Card. AFP-NC grassroots members will identify key House and Senate votes that have a significant impact on promoting free-market competition, lowering taxes, restraining state spending, and protecting property rights.
AFP-NC 2011 Legislative Agenda:
• Pass a budget with ZERO tax increases
• Allow temporary sales and income taxes to sunset as planned
• Repeal ¼-cent sales and land transfer tax
• Require any referendum to take place on an even- year November General Election
• Increase the number of public charter schools and other school choice options
available to parents
• Promote the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) that would limit government
• Promote an amendment requiring a supermajority to raise taxes
• Eliminate corporate welfare (incentives) and adjust the corporate rate from 2% to 3%
• Protect private property
• Support a Constitutional Amendment to stop eminent domain abuse
• Stop forced municipal annexation
• Stop excessive property tax increases that threatens homes & businesses
• Dedicate all lottery revenue to school construction
• Repeal “Senate Bill 3”which raised energy costs and hurt families
• End all “welfare for politicians” known as taxpayer funded elections
• Protect free and political speech rights by deregulating campaign speech
• Pass a Session Limit Amendment
• End the Golden Leaf Foundation
• Keep North Carolina a “Right to Work” state
• Protect government employees from Unions having access to pay checks
• Protect taxpayers from public employee strikes and work stoppages
• Support a State Constitutional Amendment to protect workers’ rights to secret
• Pass Texas-style tort and lawsuit reform
• Greatly reduce the regulatory burden on business and citizens
We welcome any and all feedback on our goals and efforts.
Please feel free to contact Dallas Woodhouse at 919-839-1011 ext. 3 or atDallas.Woodhouse@afphq.org
If you would like to donate to help us promote this agenda, please click here.
Thank you again for your continuing support as we work to fight for free-market and individual liberties!
North Carolina State Director
Americans for Prosperity
In a letter to North Carolina members of the NRA, Grassroots Director Chris Cox wrote:
Richard Burr has fought the good fight and helped block attacks on the Second Amendment, day in and day out…He’ll be able to do even more to protect the Second Amendment in the next Congress. We need to send Richard Burr back to the Senate to continue to protect our rights from those who want to take them away.
Cox, writing on behalf of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, went on to say add some of Burr’s accomplishments in supporting our Second Amendment rights:
*Earned an “A” rating and endorsement from (an NRA group) for his unwavering record in the US Senate and House of Representatives for his unwavering record and commitment to preserving our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage
*Cosponsored and voted for the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act that would repeal the DC gun ban/registration statute and restore the right of self-defense to law-abiding residents of our nation’s capital.
Don’t Drive Through DC
This position is particular interesting to this blogger. KCC goes to Washington frequently, one of the top cities for crime in the United States. Every state around the District recognizes North Carolina’s concealed carry license, which your blogger earned.
However, if your blogger were to drive directly through DC, gun in her car, concealed or not, she would immediately be a felon in the eyes of the DC law. This is frustrating as this blogger has always been a law-abiding citizen, apart one or two traffic tickets she received over twenty years ago. If she were to travel north, to Maryland, she would have to take the long way, around DC, not through it, to get there.
Other highlights include:
*Signed the pro-gun “friend of the court” brief in the 2008 McDonald case supporting that position that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that protects all Americans.
*Voted for the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity amendment that would extend federal protection of state right to carry licenses and permits across the country.
*Voted for an amendment that now prohibits gun confiscation during states of emergency as happened after Hurricane Katrina.
*God bless him, he voted against anti-gun, and liberal activist Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia “Wise Latina Woman” Sotomayor.
Meanwhile, Elaine Marshall would not even answer the questionnaire this year and in the past – “an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to the rights of gun owners and sportsmen”. She was ranked a ?