A Gentle Reminder of our up coming Conventions on March 19th Sat.

As everyone should be well aware by now, the Caldwell County Republican Party will be holding its Convention at the Lenoir Public Library on Saturday, March 19th.  Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:30, followed by Precinct Meetings and and Elections from 9:00 until 10:00, and the County Convention itself will get rolling as soon as all Precincts have concluded their required business.
Please be aware that if you are interested in attending the 11th District Convention (April 16th) and/or the NC Republican State Convention (5-8 May in Greensboro) as a Delegate, or you want to have a chance at being selected as a Delegate to the Republican Party National Convention (18-21 July in Cleveland), then you MUST start by attending the Precinct Meeting on March 19th and placing your name on the list at that level first.  You have to be a registered Republican, but you don’t have to be a member of the present county Executive Committee to be a Delegate.  And being an officer in the county party or being an Executive Committee Member does NOT place you automatically on the list of delegates. Persons in this category have to place their name on the list at their precinct meetings too.
The NC Plan of Organization allows one exception to the foregoing:  If you can not attend the Precinct Meeting on March 19th you may send a written request to the Secretary, at the Party’s mailing address ( P.O. Box 2358, Lenoir, NC 28645), for your name to be placed on the list of Delegates in absentia. However, this request must be received prior to the March 19th Convention.
And a word about the number of Delegates:  The NC Republican Party has advised us that Caldwell County has been allocated 97 Delegates and 97 Alternates.  This, according to the NC Plan of Organization, was based on there being 23,697 registered Republicans in the county, plus one state level elected official (Rep. George Robinson) and one “automatic” delegate slot- which every county party is given regardless of the number of registered Republicans. Bottom Line: As a practical matter, our allocated number (97) means that if you are interested in being a Delegate to District and/or State this year, you can be.  However, you need to attend the Convention on March 19th.  See you there.
Regards,
Pete McIllwain
Chairman, CCRP

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR MARCH 8 MEETING

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR MARCH 8 MEETING
Due to use of the Lenoir Library as an early voting site during the first week of March, the Caldwell County Republican Party will not be able to meet at the Library as usual.  We have arranged to meet instead in the function room of the 1841 Café, 117 Main Street NW, Lenoir.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM as usual.  You might wish to come early and enjoy a fine meal at 1841 before the meeting.  If so, we suggest you make reservations because the restaurant is likely to be crowded.  Their phone number is (828) 572-4145.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Update on Redistricting Dilemma

Dear Republican Activists:
You did it! You made a difference.
After many of you spoke and wrote the General Assembly’s Select Committee on redistricting, the General Assembly has adopted many of the North Carolina Republican Party’s positions in respect to any new Congressional District Maps.
As you by now know, despite the fact five courts and the Obama Justice Department found the Republican crafted North Carolina Congressional Districts to be fair and legal, the democrats and their hard left allies were able to continue judge shopping to find a three judge panel that would, as our Executive Director said “not change the rules during the game but change the rules after the game is complete and the score submitted.”
Let me be clear of our position:
  • We believe the three judge panel acted outside the scope of the law. We are still hopeful as of this writing that U.S Supreme Court will stay this decision pending review. (However, our General Assembly must move forward and comply with the lower courts order that the districts be redrawn by Friday, February 19th

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  • We believe that a delayed congressional primary, resulting in a mid-summer stand alone congressional primary, will result in electoral chaos and confusion.
  • We at the North Carolina Republican Party believe these maps were drawn in accordance with existing law and the State and Federal Constitutions.
Additionally, if North Carolina lawmakers are forced to redraw congressional districts, then the NC GOP believes:
  • Maps should maintain the partisan GOP advantage that was earned through hard earned election results.
  • County and precinct lines should be kept whole
  • Any new maps should be re-drawn without regards to race whatsoever
On Monday Republicans across the state answered the call. You showed up in force to speak in support of these positions at the redistricting hearing. You sent your comments via email.  We asked. You answered and made your voice heard.
According to WRAL:
The Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting has adopted these key positions.
They have listened and heard your call to not use race based map drawing techniques.
The Democrats are not happy, and believe that race should be a critical factor in redistricting. They are wrong. You are right and because you spoke up, we have prevailed.
We will continue to keep you updated.
For now congrats and thanks,
Hasan Harnett
NCGOP Chairman

Update on the Redistricting Court Battle Pending

North Carolina General Assembly Announces Contingency Plans on Congressional Redistricting as it Awaits U.S. Supreme Court Decision
 
Raleigh, N.C. – Even though the State of North Carolina maintains that its Congressional maps are constitutional and remains confident the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately issue a stay, legislative leaders are taking steps to prepare for a possible special session to comply with a federal trial court’s ruling. These steps are necessary since the Supreme Court decision is expected to come within days of the lower court’s February 19 deadline to redraw the maps.
 
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced on Friday they have appointed members to the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting.
 
The following Members will serve on the Committee:
 
Rep. David Lewis – Co-Chair, Sen. Bob Rucho – Co-Chair
Rep. Bert Jones – Vice Chair,  Sen. Tom Apodaca – Vice Chair
Rep. Bill Brawley, Rep. Tricia Cotham, Rep. Ted Davis, Rep. Jimmy Dixon, Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, Rep. Mike Hager, Rep. Ed Hanes, Rep. Jon Hardister, Rep. Pat Hurley, Rep. Darren Jackson, Rep. Linda Johnson, Rep. Chuck McGrady, Rep. Mickey Michaux, Rep. Rodney Moore, Rep. Paul Stam, Rep. Sarah Stevens.
Sen. Chad Barefoot, Sen. Dan Blue, Sen. Harry Brown, Sen. Ben Clark, Sen. Kathy Harrington, Sen. Ralph Hise, Sen. Brent Jackson, Sen. Michael Lee, Sen. Floyd McKissick, Sen. Shirley Randleman, Sen. Norman Sanderson, Sen. Jane Smith, Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram, Sen. Joyce Waddell, Sen. Trudy Wade, Sen. Andy Wells.
 
The committee will hold public hearings at several sites across the state on Monday and a committee meeting to discuss the public feedback and consider next steps on Tuesday. These are the first steps to a special session that would potentially need to take place at the end of next week in the event the Supreme Court does not issue a stay. 
 
The nearest public hearing to Caldwell County will be in Asheville:
UNC Asheville – Robinson Hall, 129 Steelcase Teleconference Center,
Asheville, North Carolina.

Link to campus map: https://maps.unca.edu/

All public hearings will start at 10:00 a.m. Speakers will be asked to limit their comments to five minutes each.
 
If the campus is closed due to inclement weather, the hearing will be canceled at that location and participants may submit their comments in writing. 
Written comments will also be accepted by email and on the General Assembly website: www.ncleg.net/redistricting.
The General Assembly is seeking a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court of the federal trial court’s ruling in order to avoid the chaos and costliness associated with an eleventh hour delay of the primary election currently underway and still plans to exercise all avenues of appeal.

Important Message From the NCGOP

Dear Republican Activist –

We urgently need your assistance to keep North Carolina Democrats from throwing our 2016 elections into a state of chaos. Since our Republicans achieved historic victories in North Carolina (2010, 2012 & 2014), liberal activists and the North Carolina Democratic Party have attempted to achieve through the Courts what they could not at the ballot box – defeating sound Republican policies. Their focus is now on our congressional districts. The endless string of court litigation challenging North Carolina’s congressional districts has abused taxpayers and attempted to thwart the results of duly constituted elections in which voters rejected the Democrats’ policies.

As you may know, a federal court panel ruled two of our congressional districts to be unconstitutional. We disagree. We believe these districts are fair and legal. The panel’s ruling has put our states current congressional primary elections in limbo.

Despite the fact that voting has already begun and thousands of people have already requested and received absentee ballots, the lower court has upended the current congressional election and ordered the legislature to redraw the districts by the end of next week. We believe this is an outrageous demand, not consistent with Federal and State constitutions. We are hoping for a stay to be granted by the United States Supreme Court. Meanwhile, our Republican legislators are making efforts to comply with the law pending the Supreme Court’s review. On Monday, February 15th (President’s Day) the legislature will conduct public hearings across North Carolina to receive public input on the current districts and a possible court ordered revision.

As voters, it is imperative that Republicans attend these meetings and speak up to make sure their voices are heard.

All public hearings will start at 10:00 a.m.

N.C. General Assembly – Legislative Office Building
Room 643
300 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

Guilford Technical Community College
Jamestown Campus
Medlin Campus Center
The Guilford Room, Room 360
Jamestown, North Carolina 27282

Central Piedmont Community College
CPCC Central Campus
The Hall Building
Room 310
1112 Charlottetown Avenue
Charlotte, North Carolina 28235

Fayetteville Technical Community College
Room 142
Health-Tech Ed Building
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303

Cape Fear Community College
North Campus
Room 338
The McKeithan Center
4500 Blue Clay Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

UNC Asheville
Robinson Hall
129 Steelcase Teleconference Center
Asheville, North Carolina

You may also submit public comments on redistricting here: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/DocumentSites/browseDocSite.asp?nID=292

The position of the North Carolina Republican Party is as follows:

– North Carolina should not be forced to redraw its congressional districts in the middle of an election cycle, where people have already begun voting.
– Delaying the congressional primaries for a court ordered redraw of the maps will cause massive voter confusion and disenfranchise thousands of voters who may not vote in a likely mid summer, stand alone congressional primary. (1998 Primary Elections: May 5th Primary for US Senate: 799,371 ballots cast and September 15th Primaries for US House: 161,596 ballots cast)
– Republicans are largely satisfied with their current representation and the constituent services they are receiving.
Again, the North Carolina Republican Party opposes the redrawing of the congressional maps. However, should the Courts require the maps be redrawn, the North Carolina Republican Party believes:
– The current 10-3 partisan split is a fair result of Republican election victories, which allows legislators to take partisan voting behavior into account when drawing districts.
– A new congressional map should keep precincts and counties whole as much as possible.
– Due to the reclining influence of North Carolina’s rural communities, it is imperative that our state’s smallest counties not be split.
– Finally, as Chief Justice Roberts said in the opinion for Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” Any new districts should be drawn in a completely “color blind” fashion, with no regard to race or racial political quotas.
It is critical leaders like you help us mobilize Republicans for these hearings and speak as the voters of our great state.
Thank you in advance,

NCGOP Chairman Hasan Harnett and Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse

Caldwell County Republican’s and surrounding Counties

Attention:
Tickets for the Lincoln/Reagan Dinner BBQ on February 27th at 6pm at the Lenoir Public Library will be for sale before and after the EXCOM meeting  this coming Tuesday.  Cost:  $12 and checks work great!  Details about the event will be discussed at the EXCOM meeting.  Thanks to all who come and pay in advance.  God bless!
Sincerely,
Steve Bogdan
2nd Vice Chairman
Caldwell County Republican Party

NC HOUSE CAUCUS

In recent education discussions, some have helped illustrate a fundamental difference between conservative governance and tax-and-spend liberals. A comment recently made that the state of North Carolina should immediately implement a 10 percent raise for educators is just like Bernie Sanders saying no one needs to pay for college. Neither is practicable.

It is easy to forget that just six short years ago, Democrats were in leadership in Raleigh and the state’s finances were a mess. When the Republican majority took control of the General Assembly in 2011, North Carolina had a $2.5 billion budget deficit and teachers had been furloughed. Additionally, the state owed $2.75 billion in unemployment insurance debt to the federal government. North Carolina’s jobless rate was over 10 percent. North Carolina had some of the highest tax rates in the Southeast and restrictive regulations that inhibited job growth.

The Democrats ran our state into the ditch. Today, North Carolina is back on solid financial footing. Our budget deficit has turned into a surplus. Just last year, the state paid off all of the unemployment insurance debt to the federal government. The jobless rate is now around 5 percent.

We’ve simplified, flattened and reduced tax rates so North Carolinians can keep more money in their pockets. We’ve taken steps to allow voters to decide to reinvest in our state’s infrastructure with the Connect NC Bond package that will be on the ballot this spring.

North Carolina is on a sustained and responsible comeback because of carefully considered budget and tax policies.

I believe we must pay our teachers more than we do. I also believe this needs to be done in a responsible way – one that keeps our state on solid financial footing. Assuming revenue projections hold true, I have every intention of advocating a meaningful raise for our teachers this year – just as the House budget included last year.

The House will continue to be the strong advocate for preserving teaching assistants and awarding raises for all state employees.

Our Republican majority’s conservative principles have led North Carolina to an impressive comeback in a very short period of time. We must keep on track with responsible budgeting and honest dialogue about achievable outcomes.

Elected officials should never play politics with people’s paychecks.

Tim Moore Signature
Speaker Tim Moore
North Carolina House of Representatives