Dan Soucek – NC District 45 –News Letter

 

N.C. Senator Dan Souceck (R)
N.C. Senator Dan Souceck (R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Soucek – NC District 45 – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell & Watauga Counties 

Honoring our Armed Forces
It was an honor and a privilege this week to welcome members of our armed forces – including men and women from North Carolina’s National Guard – to the General Assembly as a part of our Military Appreciation Day.  The day was a great success, and a reminder that we will never be able to adequately express our appreciation for the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.  I am proud that North Carolina remains the most military friendly state in America, hosting several major military installations and boasting a National Guard of over 12,000 members spread across the entire state.  During times of emergency, the support these individuals provide to federal, state and local authorities is invaluable.
For decades, tens of thousands of brave North Carolinians have deployed overseas to protect America’s interests, while many others have served bravely at home –putting themselves in harm’s way to assist us when disaster strikes.  We owe them a debt of gratitude that cannot be measured.  I thank all of those who took the time to visit the General Assembly, and all of our military men and women for their willingness to serve.
 
The Women and Children’s Protection Act
This week the Senate advanced commonsense legislation sent to us by the House that is focused on providing higher quality care, increased safety and additional protection for women and children.
The Women and Children’s Protection Act extends an existing waiting period for an abortion procedure to 72 hours after a patient consults with her physician – ensuring women have sufficient time to make the most informed choice.  It also directs the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to make sure abortion clinics comply with state safety and sanitation standards by conducting annual inspections.  Past inspections have uncovered alarming violations at clinics across the state, showing the clear need for more regular scrutiny.
In addition to these protections, the bill increases penalties for domestic violence perpetrators who commit those acts in the presence of children.  It also extends domestic violence protections to victims who are harmed while they are in a dating relationship.  Lastly, it creates an opportunity for victims to apply for protective orders online – expediting the approval process to help them quickly remove themselves and their children from dangerous environments.
These provisions are important steps towards improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians.
Defending First Amendment Religious Freedoms
 
On Thursday, Gov. Pat McCrory announced he intends to veto Senate Bill 2, which protects the First Amendment rights – and jobs – of magistrates and registers of deeds’ employees whose participation in marriage ceremonies would violate their core religious beliefs.
We respect but disagree with the governor’s decision, since the First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees “the free exercise of religion” and Article 1, Section 13 of the North Carolina Constitution protects the “inalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences” and states, “no human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.”
Unfortunately, Senate Bill 2 is necessary because an overzealous bureaucrat failed to make reasonable accommodations and instead forced some magistrates to make an impossible choice between their core religious beliefs and their jobs.
A majority of the people’s elected representatives in both chambers agreed that this bill strikes an appropriate balance between the expansion of rights for some and our constitutionally protected freedom of religion.

Men and Women’s Club reminder

The Republican Men’s Club will meet Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at AJ’s Steakhouse in Lenoir. Come early for dinner.

The Republican Women’s Club will meet Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Bud’s Restaurant (formerly Shoney’s) in Lenoir. Come early for dinner too.

Please come out and discuss topics that interest you.  Also, you are encouraged to invite people to come out to these meetings with you. Hope you can attend.
Thanks,
Iris Whitt
Caldwell County
Republican Party Secretary

Read all about it!

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It has been a week full of impressive successes and good economic news for North Carolina under Republican leadership:

  • North Carolina paid off its $2.75 billion debt to the federal government run up by the big-government Democrats ahead of schedule, saving businesses $280 million.
  • The state budget is projected to have a $400 million surplus, further proof that tax cuts are working.
  • CEOs named North Carolina the #3 ‘Best State for Business,’ moving up one spot in the rankings to beat Tennessee.
  • Visitor spending in North Carolina jumped 5.4% and tourism jobs reached record highs.

Read all about it and tweet out some of the great news below!


“North Carolina Pays Off $2.75 Billion Debt, Saving Taxpayers $280 Million”
(Op-ed: “Thanks To Gov. McCrory, North Carolina Pays Off $2.75 Billion Debt, Saving Taxpayers $280 Million,” Travis H. Brown, Forbes, 5/11/2015)

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“The amount owed by the Tar Heel State piled higher and higher – until North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory decided to take some proactive, bold steps regarding both debt and taxation. Now, those steps are yielding impressive and encouraging results.”
(Op-ed: “Thanks To Gov. McCrory, North Carolina Pays Off $2.75 Billion Debt, Saving Taxpayers $280 Million,” Travis H. Brown, Forbes, 5/11/2015)
“By paying off this nearly $3 billion debt four years earlier than required, the McCrory administration is helping business owners save a serious amount of money. (For every year the federal debt remained unpaid, business were seeing unemployment insurance taxes rise by $21 per employee.)”
(Op-ed: “Thanks To Gov. McCrory, North Carolina Pays Off $2.75 Billion Debt, Saving Taxpayers $280 Million,” Travis H. Brown, Forbes, 5/11/2015)
“With the debt paid off, North Carolina businesses will save $280 million in penalties this year alone.”
(Op-ed: “Thanks To Gov. McCrory, North Carolina Pays Off $2.75 Billion Debt, Saving Taxpayers $280 Million,” Travis H. Brown, Forbes, 5/11/2015)
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger: “The debt to the federal government was a tax on jobs.”
(Mark Binker, “NC has paid off unemployment debt,” WRAL, 5/5/2015)

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“The accelerated repayment was accomplished in two years – a year earlier than planned – as a result of an overhaul of the state’s unemployment insurance program.”
(Craig Jarvis, “NC pays off $2.8 billion unemployment debt,” Raleigh News & Observer, 5/5/2015)
“Businesses will no longer pay penalties and interest on the debt. Officials say that had amounted to a combined $962 million paid by North Carolina businesses since 2011.”
(Craig Jarvis, “NC pays off $2.8 billion unemployment debt,” Raleigh News & Observer, 5/5/2015)

 

“Projections show $400 million NC surplus”
(Colin Campbell, “Projections show $400 million NC surplus,” Raleigh News & Observer, 5/6/2015)

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“Gov. Pat McCrory announced the numbers at a gathering of county commissioners Wednesday morning, saying the projections are ‘even better than we anticipated.'”
(Colin Campbell, “Projections show $400 million NC surplus,” Raleigh News & Observer, 5/6/2015)
“The consensus revenue report is especially good news given that as recently as March, revenue projections showed the state would end the year with a slight deficit.”
(Mark Binker, “North Carolina to end year with $400 million surplus,” WRAL, 5/6/2015)
“Strong growth in business income was the predominant reason for the surplus”
(Gary Robertson, “NC government now expects $400 million surplus this year,” 5/6/2015)
“Without question, last week’s figures are a political victory for Republicans who pushed through tax cuts in 2013.”
(Mark Barrett, “Why Phil Berger didn’t give me a $20 bill last week,” Asheville Citizen-Times, 5/12/2015)

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“CEOs call North Carolina 3rd best state for business”
(Caitlin Byrd, “CEOs call North Carolina 3rd best state for business,” Asheville Citizen-Times, 5/8/2015)

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“North Carolina, the Third Best State for Business, Continues to Drive Job Growth”
(Press Release, Chief Executive Group, 5/7/2015)
“CEOs reported that North Carolina offers an exceptional living environment, while companies benefit from a high quality workforce and low taxes and regulations.”
(Press Release, Chief Executive Group, 5/7/2015)

“North Carolina tourism generated record visitor spending of $21.3 billion last year, a 5.4 percent increase over 2013.”
(“McCrory: Record Visitor Spending in N.C. Last Year,” Southern Pines Pilot, 5/6/2014)

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“Tourism industry supported employment topped 200,000 jobs for the first time.”
(“McCrory: Record Visitor Spending in N.C. Last Year,” Southern Pines Pilot, 5/6/2014)
“The 3.3 percent growth in tourism jobs was the largest increase in 14 years.”
(“McCrory: Record Visitor Spending in N.C. Last Year,” Southern Pines Pilot, 5/6/2014)
“Nearly 50 million people who visited North Carolina spent a record amount of money in the state last year.”
(“North Carolina tourists spent record $21.3 billion in 2014,” The Associated Press, 5/6/2015)
“According to McCrory, North Carolina is the sixth most visited state in the nation.”
(“North Carolina tourists spent record $21.3 billion in 2014,” The Associated Press, 5/6/2015)

To: All Caldwell County Executive Committee Members

SUBJECT:  NC State Convention

As I assume most of you know, the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention will be held at the Raleigh Convention center, 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, June 5-7 2015.
The GOP Credentials Committee Chairman has sent us a letter confirming the credentials of the following 23 Delegates to attend:
Ed Brown,
Catherine Brown,
Jo Murray,
Ron Roukema,
Kay Roukema,
Jimmy Gilbert,
Steve Bogdan,
Phil Ingle,
Peter McIllwain,
Lynette Ramsey,
Peggy Clark,
Roscoe Jaynes,
Sandra Jaynes,
George Robinson,
Ann Robinson,
Judy Steele,
Christine Gates,
Dan Wilcox,
Nicole Revels,
Marilyn Starnes,
Wendy Chavez,
Wayne Rash, and
Clay McCreary
I understand presidential hopeful, Gov. Scott Walker, will be a featured speaker, along with many other national level figures.
If you have not done so and intend to attend the Convention, you can go to this web site to sign-up and pay your fees— before the 1 June deadline:
Thanks (and hopefully- see you there)
Pete McIllwain