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Caldwell County’s 3rd Annual “Meet the Candidates Picnic

You are cordially invited to come out and meet your elected officials on Saturday, August 19th at the Mulberry Recreation Center 720 Mulberry Street SW, Lenoir. (covered site to the right of the building) from 1pm until 4pm.   Bring a lawn chair!  Last year, over 100 people came and enjoyed good food/fellowship.  The food cost is $10.  Expect to see and talk with many of your local officials and candidates.  Food is 1/4 pound all beef hot dog with chili, and sides.  Baked beans, watermelon, chips, beverages and SNOWCONES.             Please RSVP to purchase food tickets in advance for accurate food count to Steve Bogdan 828-7268670.


Lt. Governor Dan Forest Dinner update

The Lincoln/Reagan dinner is only 6 days away and there are several openings before we fill up this venue. Our two term Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is the key note speaker with our NCGOP Vice Chair Michele Nix as the lead in speaker who worked along side Dan Forest during his last campaign. The perfect combo! Other people in attendance: Sheriff Alan Jones, District Attorney David Learner, Superior Court Judge Dan Kuehnert, District Judge, Clifton Smith, District Judge Richard Holloway, District Judge Robert Mullinax, County Commissioner Mike Michael W LaBrose. This will be an up close meeting of some of our elected officials. We still have about 10 openings. The cost is only $40 per person and includes a totally catered buffet dinner with beverage service, and great desserts. The cut off will be when I turn in the head count to the 1841 Café on Wed. morning. Please contact Steve Bogdan at 828-726-8670 if interested in coming to this event. 95 people fills this event up and will be the cut off number. Thank you! See Calendar of events on the homepage for more information.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest Key Note Speaker at our Lincoln Reagan Dinner

We are very honored to have two term Lt. Gov. Dan Forest come here to Lenoir and be our guest speaker at our Lincoln/Reagan dinner.  Please come and support our party.   This will be a relaxed, fun and up close experience with our Lt. Governor event.

  • Date:  March 25th Saturday
  • Time:  7pm
  • Location:  1841 Café in downtown Lenoir
  • Dress:  Business/Church attire.
  • Fully catered buffet dinner with homemade desserts and coffee service.
  • Music
  • Photo ops
  • Many other elected officials will be present.
  •   Menu:  Chicken Masala with mixed vegetables, garlic red skin mashed potatoes, roll, beverage coffee service with homemade desserts.  Fully catered with buffet style service.
  • You must RSVP to Steve Bogdan by calling 828-726-8670 to attend.
  • Cost:  $40 per person.
  • Pease come and support our Republican Party of Caldwell Co.



Gov. Cooper’s Dubious Agenda

RALEIGH, NC— Yesterday morning, hours before the North Carolina legislature began their long session, newly installed Governor Roy Cooper released a blog entry where he attempted to generate enthusiasm with the public about his agenda. Unfortunately for him, people were able to see through the facade that Cooper has meticulously groomed over the years.

“Governor Cooper has done nothing but illustrate his lack of ability and understanding for the position which he currently holds. We have been given a troubling glimpse into his governorship, which includes lobbying for illegal legislation and appointing individuals who have issues in their background that raise questions about their qualifications. Thankfully, I have faith in our General Assembly to do what is best for North Carolina and her people, even if our governor won’t.”  NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes

Cooper’s real agenda consists of an agenda very different from what he is presenting. On the first day of session, he was already preparing obstacles so the North Carolina General Assembly would not able to pass tax cuts for middle class families and small businesses. Republican leaders have passed massive tax cuts during the past four years, and to do away with those cuts would result in sky rocketing tax increases for all North Carolinians. Republican leaders also gave public school teachers the largest pay raise in North Carolina history last year, and they have already committed to raising teacher pay to $55,000 WITHOUT raising taxes.

Cooper named Medicaid as a top priority– specifically expanding Medicaid. Just in case he and his entire team missed the memo, a federal judge issued a restraining order on Cooper’s attempt to change the State Medicaid Plan and expand the government healthcare plan under Obamacare (North State Journal). Since the judge’s ruling, Cooper’s has shown his complete incompetence as a public leader by continuing to pursue something that is illegal.

Governor Cooper has been under scrutiny for a number of his cabinet appointments. Along with naming lobbyists for various positions, he also chose Michael Regan to run the state Department of Environmental Policy. Some groups have gone so far as to accuse Regan of being “radical,” citing that Regan will put the metro areas like Raleigh and Charlotte ahead of the agricultural concerns of farmers and landowners in North Carolina.

Most concerning of Governor Cooper’s appointments is Ken Eudy as his Senior Advisor. Eudy is widely known for disrespecting our troops. He has gone on the record about how he stays in his seat during the national anthem, saying, “I sit simply because I think it odd that, of all the categories of Americans that we honor, we honor warriors.”

As of noon yesterday, the General Assembly is in session. We encourage each member and constituent to voice their opinion and continue to stand up against Governor Cooper and his ridiculous policy propositions.

Invitation to the Swearing in of Rep. Destin Hall

Representative Destin Hall Cordially invites you to the swearing-in ceremony for the 87th district, January 17. The event will begin at 5:30pm, in Courtroom 5 of the Caldwell County Courthouse.  Justice Paul Newby will administer the Oath of office.

Caldwell County Courthouse Courtroom 5

216 Main St. NW Lenoir, NC 28645

January 17, 2017 at 5:30pm




Lt. Governor Dan Forest releases the following statement regarding special session to repeal HB 2:

“Charlotte repealed an ordinance that the General Assembly already voided months ago. I support HB 2 and do not favor its repeal. No economic, political or ideological pressure can convince me that what is wrong is right. It will always be wrong for men to have access to women’s showers and bathrooms. If HB 2 is repealed, there will be nothing on the books to prevent another city or county to take us down this path again. The left has already publicly stated the removal of HB 2 is necessary for the rest of their agenda to move forward. With certainty, if HB 2 is repealed, we will fight this battle all over again with another city or county. The names will change, but the national groups who are pushing this agenda will not stop until their social engineering is accomplished. The only thing stopping them are those of us who continue to stand strong.”

For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2016
Representative-elect Destin Hall Elected Majority Freshman Leader of the North
Carolina House of Representatives
Raleigh, NC Representative-elect Destin Hall of Caldwell County was elected House
Majority Freshman Leader by his colleagues this week.
I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve in the leadership of the North Carolina
House of Representatives. I will never shy away when called to lead, as that enables
Caldwell County to have a strong voice in leadership decisions at the General Assembly.
I look forward to working hard in this position to make sure the citizens of Caldwell
County have effective representation.
Born and raised in Lenoir, NC, Destin Hall graduated from West Caldwell High School
and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree from Appalachian State University, where he
double-majored in Finance & Banking and Risk Management & Insurance. He then went
on to earn a law degree from Wake Forest University.
Destin is a general practice attorney in Lenoir and he is an active member of Union
Grove Baptist Church, where he serves as Brotherhood Director.

Caldwell Co. GOP Christmas Party Invitation

Caldwell Co. Republican Party

Christmas Celebration

December 13th Tuesday 7pm

Catered at and by 1841 Cafe

Please RSVP to Steve Bogdan

@ 828-726-8670 Get Address to Send Check

Cost $30pp Must Prepay for Head Count


Ham & Turkey


Garlic Mash Potato

House Made Turkey Gravy

Mixed Vegetables

Dinner Roll With Butter

Mixed Salad with Choices of

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ranch Dressing

Iced Tea both unsweetened and sweet

Coffee Service

Assorted Hand-made Desserts

Optional Toys for Tots with Dept of Social Services. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child to be donated. Boy or Girl

Our Key note speaker will be Hal Weatherman.  He is the Chief of Staff for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.  Deanna Ballard, our newly elected State Senator will lead us in Christmas Carols.  Many other elected officials will attend and there will be some other speakers.   This years event will be a lot of fun.   Please call Steve Bogdan at