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This week, the North Carolina Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-North Carolina) announced its Legislative Goals for the 2013-14 legislative biennium. The Regular Session convened briefly on January 9th to adopt rules and organize the session but will reconvene on Wednesday, January 30th.
When it comes to advancing the free market agenda, no state has a better opportunity this year than North Carolina. We believe that we have a genuine opportunity to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in North Carolina with lower taxes and regulations to make government less entangling and burdensome to North Carolinians. We will aggressively promote the opportunities of cheaper energy, quality educational choices, leaner and less burdensome government, and lower taxes.
Please remember that AFP deals only with issues of economic freedom, school choice, and property rights. There are other important issues that face North Carolinians which fall outside of our mission.
We hope you will stand with us once again to promote the following goals:
- Passage of the state budget without tax increases;
- Lower overall tax burden in North Carolina;
- Support for Constitutional Spending Limits that could include: Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) that would limit government spending to the increase in population and inflation and/or legislative supermajority requirement to raise taxes;
- Keeping North Carolina as a “Right-to-work State,” by implementing it into the state constitution along with the state’s ban on public employee collective bargaining;
- Dedicating all North Carolina Education Lottery revenue to school construction; or support ending all state-run gambling;
- Elimination of North Carolina’s Estate Tax – also called the “Death Tax”;
- Promotion of legislation that allows for the exploration and production of North Carolina’s energy resources;
- Advocating a “rollback” of North Carolina’s Renewable Portfolio Standard;
- Blocking the creation of a North Carolina Healthcare Exchange;
- Allowing the purchase of health insurance from any state;
- Passage of legislation to get the state of North Carolina out of the liquor business;
- Ending all “welfare for politicians,” known as taxpayer-funded elections;
- Protecting free and political speech rights by deregulating campaign speech;
- Ending the Golden Leaf Foundation;
- Converting the Tax Credit for Children with Disabilities into a refundable tax credit;
- Increasing the number of non-public school choice options available to parents;
- Repeal of the corporate income tax and elimination of all corporate welfare;
- Simplifying and lowering individual income taxes;
- Promoting the elimination of redundant committees and commissions in order to shrink the size of government in North Carolina;
- Expanding recently passed tort reforms, including “loser pays”; and
- In general, greatly reducing the regulatory burden on businesses and citizens.
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.
Your blogger usually takes part of the summer off from politics and blogging to avoid burnout. After 27 years in the political game, it can get tiring, and KCC has found that all work and no play can make for a dull blogger. We are now on our way back and with election season kicking back in North Carolina and municipal elections just around the corner, look for more to come.
Retired Army Colonel, Brenda Formo has contributed another in her series of Legislative Updates. Brenda provides these for the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women, but she has graciously given exclusive permission to Katy’s Conservative Corner to post.
Here we go again. Governor Beverly Perdue continued to mark up good legislation with her red veto stamp. She ignored the will of the people of this state and ran roughshod over legislation that a bipartisan and duly elected legislature crafted together and overwhelmingly passed.
And she vetoed bills, such as the Regulatory Reform Act and the Energy Jobs Act — an action that will kill jobs at a time when the state economy has lost 100,000 jobs over a two-year period. The Regulatory Reform Act actually hadunanimous support in the Senate because it was a common-sense bill that eliminated cumbersome and unclear regulations that had created uncertainty for businesses.
On Thursday, she vetoed 4 bills –all had passed in the House and Senate either unanimously or with very solid majorities.
She did not even have the guts to sign into law the hugely bi-partisan Tax Credits for Special Needs Children Bill and the Annexation Reform Bill – but allowed them to become law by simply not addressing them prior to today’s deadline.
It is a shame that the voters worked so hard to get real change at the legislature, begged for regulatory and tax relief and common-sense legislation—only to have Governor Perdue arrogantly use the veto 15 times this session.
You can be sure that AFP will be at the legislature building when it opens again later this summer and early fall, trying to come up with the votes to override these vetoes.
And we know you will be right there to help us – calling and emailing your legislators or visiting them on Jones Street.
Just look at some of the great, AFP-supported legislation that Governor Perdue vetoed this year:
Budget with zero tax increases VETO Overridden
Medical Malpractice Reform VETO
Individual Opt-out of Obamacare VETO
Stop Government from taking union dues from teacher paycheck VETO
Requiring a photo ID to vote VETO
Regulatory Reform VETO
Energy Jobs Act VETO
With your help, we got some good laws passed this year, too.
- Removed cap on charter schools
- Tort Reform for Businesses and Citizens
- Repealed Land Transfer Tax
- Tax Relief for Small Businessman
- Workmen’s Comp Reform
- Regulated Local Government Competition with Private Business
- Annexation Reform
- Tax Credits for Special Needs Children
However, we have our work cut out for us in trying to undo the damage Governor Perdue created with her veto stamp. We hope we can count on you to help us override these vetoes when the legislature convenes again later this summer.
North Carolina State Director
Americans for Prosperity
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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.
BREAKING NEWS: Clearly NC House Speaker Thom Tillis feels that he has the votes to override Governor Beverly Perdue‘s veto of the Photo Voter ID bill. This is excellent news. While your blogger doesn’t know who the Democrats are that will be siding with the Republican majority, we will report them just as soon as we find out.
Meanwhile, the NC Senate has a veto proof majority. Does your vote at the polls matter? You bet it does!
The press release from Tillis’ office is below:
House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) announced today 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.
“Governor Perdue has chosen to veto a bill that over 75% of North Carolinians support and more than a dozen other states utilize,” Tillis said.
“Governor Perdue continues to play politics and she has once again turned her back on the voters of our state. Republicans in the state House will not let this stand. We will take the lead and we will work for an override vote on the voter ID bill when the House reconvenes in July.”
Tillis said the House will notice the veto override once the House reconvenes in July for a brief session on redistricting. The override vote will occur during the July session.
“This legislation is a no-brainer,” Tillis said.
“Requiring a photo ID to vote is a measure that provides confidence in voting and protects the integrity of our electoral process. Why this bill was vetoed is beyond me, but we will not stand idly by while the Governor and her liberal allies put politics before principle. We simply want North Carolina to join the majority of states that have an ID requirement when someone shows up to vote.”
The voter ID bill, known as the “Restore Confidence in Government Act,” has consistently received substantial support of the voters across party lines. If citizens do not possess photo identification, the bill stipulates that free photo identification can be provided at DMV locations or local Boards of Elections.
“This is not a partisan issue, nor is it defined by political controversy in other states,” said Tillis.
“The Governor is out of touch with the people in her state, and we intend to make that very clear to the citizens of North Carolina in the days and months ahead.”
For more, please see NC Governor Vetoes Photo Voter ID
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed Photo Voter ID on Thursday, going against the majority of her constituents who elected a Republican General Assembly in 2010. (Read her official press release, here.)
One of the top items on the NC Republican agenda this session was passing a requirement that registered voters show a North Carolina-issued photo identification. The bill, Restore Confidence in Government , was stamped with her eighth veto of the session, according to the News and Observer of Raleigh.
In a first, the NC Democratic Party claimed that issuing an ID, paid for by the state for indigents, would be too expensive.
In a press release, Senate Democrat leader Martin Nesbit stated “Voter ID is nothing more than a costly solution in search of a problem that forces thousands of seniors, minorities and students to nagivate an obstacle course of bureaucracy before being allowed to vote.”
Ironically, the same Democrats that spent the Republicans into power, suddenly cared about what a program actually cost.
These same Democrats ran a slick, expensive campaign all spring and summer trying to stop the Republican budget and other bills voters wanted, only to fail. Last fall, voters became sick of the overspending by President Barack Obama and Governor Perdue and their party, and voted the Republicans into leadership in both houses of the NC General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction.
The NC Senate and NC House Republicans followed the wishes of those who elected them and passed this needed bill.
Even liberals, nationally, have felt that voter fraud is a problem, despite the denials of the NC Democrats. According to a post in the last issue of their Policy Statement, Duke Chesson, writing for the NC Young Republicans stated:
So is voter fraud really a problem? Liberal former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens certainly thought so. As he put it in a 2008 opinion for the 6-3 majority in a case concerning voter ID laws in Indiana,
“That flagrant examples of [voter] fraud…have been documented throughout this Nation’s history by respected historians and journalists…demonstrate[s] that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election.”
The NC General Assembly passed a similar version to what was upheld in Indiana, according to sources.
North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, had the best quote of the day. In a prepared statement, he said
“When given a chance to boost voter confidence, Governor Perdue again chose to appease her liberal base to boost her floundering re-election campaign while ignoring an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians who supported this common-sense bill.
Governor Perdue’s veto is not surprising and as unemployment in North Carolina remains at 9.7% for the third straight month, it is clear ‘The Jobs Governor’ is only concerned with one job, her own.”
The Republicans have not yet announced when they will attempt to over ride the veto.
Your blogger’s dear friend, retired Army Colonel Brenda Formo has contributed another legislative report. We thank her for her research, on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women. KCC is a fellow member and has exclusive rights to post. We appreciate Brenda’s service to our great nation and look forward to more posts, soon.
It’s been a busy week at the North Carolina General Assembly. For more, check out the latest at the Civitas Institute, the North Carolina Americans for Prosperity, or at the John Locke Foundation. They are all excellent organizations and all focus on North Carolina issues.
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.
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.
Liberals have been opposed to Voter ID legislation in North Carolina since its introduction this session. They cite figures stating that one million voters do not have a state-issued identification. They use statistics from the NC Department of Motor Vehicles that say the cost to issue an official ID would cost $20 per person, or $20 million total.
Enter Joseph Coletti of the John Locke Foundation. Writing on the Locker Room blog, Coletti cites research from a collegue who says
Issuing free photo IDs to voters could cost North Carolina less than $30,000 a year.
Could the NC DMV been wasting tax dollars? Could they be inflating the cost of producing State-issued IDs?