Follow the money, folks. Push Sen Kay Hagan and Harry Reid to co-sponsor this. 202-224-6342 FreedomWorks.org
Lame-duck Governor Perdue accepted federal bribe money to start the unwelcome 0bamacare exchanges in the great state of North Carolina this week. This was the subject of lively discussion at the OBX Team Party meeting yesterday. 10 courageous states, all with Republican governors, have rejected the money and the economy-killing federal mandate. We are eager to see
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Other discussions included the constitutionality of nullification of federally imposed regulations on states including North Carolina (see Diane Rufino’s blog for more insights http://forloveofgodandcountry.com/) and the development of specific talking points for members to sign/use as a basis for personal talking point to forward to our elected parties/news media.
Some of our members will be participating in a NENC Tea Party Roundtable Saturday, December 8 and will share new ideas and strategies at our December 13 meeting.
January will be coming up soon bringing with it the need to recruit worthy candidates (and support teams to shore them up) for local municipal elections in 2013 (filing is due in February) and Republican Party leadership (precinct chairs, etc.). Precinct Meetings to elect delegates are held in February followed by the County Convention in March. More discussion on these topics is planned for next week. Look for additional emails on these topics to follow.
Lawmakers are working to block an unprecedented power grab by the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Water Act (CWA) to control land alongside ditches, gullies and other ephemeral spots by claiming the sources are part of navigable waterways. Read more at HumanEvents.com
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North Carolina ranks 29th of the 50 U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia) when it comes to imposing laws requiring people wishing to perform certain occupations to get a license from the government, according to a new study by Institute for Justice. From landscape workers to athletic trainers to cosmetologists, the state forces would-be entrepreneurs to spend thousands of dollars and sometimes several years in school to start their careers. Read more at CarolinaJournal.com
In Federalist No. 45, Madison explained: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” That vision has been turned on its head; it’s the federal government whose powers are numerous and indefinite, and those of the state are now few and defined.
Project Veritas, an organization formed by James O’Keefe, paid a visit to North Carolina during the May 8 primary. Watch the video to see discussions with non-citizens who are registered to vote in NC, UNC leaders and Board of Elections officials. CivitasReview.com
In the General Assembly session that begins Wednesday, the state’s gasoline tax could be a divisive issue. The state gas tax is currently 38.9 cents per gallon, the highest rate ever in North Carolina. It increased from 35 cents a gallon on Jan. 1. The tax is recalculated automatically twice annually – Jan. 1 and July 1 – based on a formula linked to wholesale gas prices. Read more at StarNewsOnline.com
More than 230,000 unemployed workers will lose their jobless benefits this weekend as portions of federal programs expire across several states. All told, 409,300 long-term unemployed Americans in 27 states will have lost upward of 20 weeks of federal unemployment benefits by this past Saturday, even as the many state jobless rates remain high, according to a new analysis by the National Employment Law Project (NELP). Read more at TheHill.com
After NC’s primary elections May 8, it still is unclear who the Republican nominees for five powerful executive offices will be. The Democratic nominee for state labor commissioner also has yet to be decided. GOP nominees for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor and others still are up in the air. Read more at CarolinaJournal.com
In North Carolina, the GOP used the Guilford County Republican Party Headquarters to make phone calls on behalf of Romney. The calls were organized in part by Al Bouldin, the Guilford County GOP Chair. Bouldin was well aware of the fact that the Republican Party does not endorse candidates in the Primary, a fact he had stated a few days prior to organizing calls for Romney at the County GOP headquarters. Read more at Examiner.com
Also, the Republican National Committee threw their support behind Mitt Romney after Newt Gingrich announced he would be suspending his campaign. Read more at Examiner.com
There’s a reason it took the country so long to pull out of the Great Depression under FDR, why Americans became acquainted with the Misery Index under Carter, and why we’ve had the weakest economic recovery from a recession in U.S. history under Obama. Read more at Townhall.com
The Obama 2012 campaign is in full gear and playing from the Saul Alinsky playbook that has served it so well. You know the drill. Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Obama’s re-election team has set it sights on the Tea Party. Of course, it’s not the first time the Tea Party has been in Team Obama’s crosshairs. Read more at TheAmericanSpectator.org
President Barack Obama and Wall Street occupiers, along with their allies in the mainstream media and on college campuses, have maintained an ongoing attack on high-income earners, people they call 1-percenters. Listening to their deceitful demagoguery, you would naturally think of them as 99-percenters, but you’d be dead-wrong. Read more of Walter William’s piece at DesotoTimes.com
The nonpartisan Tax Foundation says that this year, U.S. citizens will pay more than $4 trillion in total federal, state and local taxes. According to the foundation, the country will work 107 days this year just to pay for federal, state and local taxes. Read more at FoxBusiness.com
The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is threatening to send a blogger to jail for recounting publicly his battle against diabetes and encouraging others to follow his lifestyle. Read more at CarolinaJournal.com
Medicaid services not required by the federal government but approved by the state legislature in years past cost $4.4 billion in 2010-2011. That accounted for 46 percent of the $10 billion Medicaid budget. North Carolina’s Medicaid program was referred to as a “Cadillac” program in a study by the Lewin Group a few years ago. Read more at NCCivitas.org
The constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions is making North Carolina a national battleground, the extent to which is now coming into focus with campaign finance reports showing the referendum buoyed by big out-of-state donors and interest groups. Read more at NewsObserver.com
CISPA may have cleared the U.S. House of Representatives, but the fight isn’t over. It’s shifted to the U.S. Senate. Here’s CNET’s FAQ on what you need to know about this particularly controversial Internet bill. CNet.com
For the first time in the history of our country, we are seeing a broad-based educational reform effort that is not driven by the unions. Instead, parents and activists are working together on a local level, empowered by the national Tea Party movement, to apply the mechanics of the free market to struggling school systems. Read more at Investors.com
If North Carolina were a separate country, we would not fare well in key international comparisons of economic competitiveness. While it is more common to compare North Carolina to other states, and such comparisons can be instructive, they are not a sufficient response to the modern world. Like it or not, economic decisions don’t respect national borders. North Carolina competes not just with South Carolina but with South Korea and dozens of other developed and developing countries for investment, employment, and entrepreneurs. Read more at CarolinaJournal.com
Roads are the arteries of the American Body, providing the lifeblood of commerce and recreation. But one road in particular (Highway 12) has become the target of environmental tyranny, posing a grave threat to the people who rely on it for their livelihood and safety. The SELC, the Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife, and other environmentalists have waged a lengthy campaign to close or restrict access to the island’s beaches, prized attractions for islanders and visiting tourists. Read more at AmericanSpectator.org
Ever wonder why you can’t get a Coke at Taco Bell? Ten corporations control almost everything you buy, from Klondike bars to designer jeans. Despite a wide array of brands to choose from, it all comes back to the big guys. Read more and see the corporate web at BusinessInsider.com
U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), reintroduced the Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act, a bill that would reinstate the Interim Management Strategy governing off-road vehicle use on Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS). Read more at burr.senate.gov
Pending legislation will impose a legal requirement that all new cars made beginning with the 2015 models be fitted with so-called Event Data Recorders (EDRs). These are the “black boxes” you may have read about that store data about how you drive including whether you wear a seat belt and how fast you drive — ostensibly for purposes of post-accident investigation. Data about your driving can be transmitted — as well as recorded. To whom? Your insurance company, of course. Read more at TheAmericanSpectator.com
Last-minute opposition to the CISPA, which has been criticized as a “Big Brother” cybersecurity bill, is growing as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares for a vote this week. It’s hardly clear, however, that this wave of opposition will be sufficient. CISPA would permit, but not require, Internet companies to hand over confidential customer records and communications to the U.S. National Security Agency and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Read more at CNet.com and Forbes.com
Angry Pit Preachers. Posters invoking Dumbledore. Intense partisan debate. With all the controversy surrounding North Carolina’s proposed Amendment One, it’s difficult to discern where truth ends and exaggeration begins. If all the heated rhetoric frustrates you, you are not alone. In this article you won’t be cursed by vehement speeches or courted by pretty posters. Instead, you’ll find newspaper articles, excerpts from North Carolina’s laws, and – hopefully – a bit of much-needed clarity. Read more at CarolinaReviewDaily.com
Defenders of Wildlife and the National Audubon Society are choking off the lifeblood of communities that depend on North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area. In 2008, the National Park Service — the federal agency responsible for the popular 70-mile-long world-class sport fishing and tourist destination — caved in to the two environmental groups’ lawsuit claiming human access to the area harms nesting birds. Read more at WashingtonExaminer.com
To pay for generous subsidies to purchase health insurance, an expansion of Medicaid, and other new spending, Obamacare raises taxes and adds 17 new taxes or penalties that will affect all Americans. Read more at Heritage.org
N.C. Rep. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, and real estate broker Jerry Evans say regulations are stifling economic growth in eastern North Carolina’s Senate District 1, a vast region of eight coastal counties.
Both describe themselves as fiscal conservatives and say government is too intrusive. And both say they entered the district’s Republican primary because residents want new blood in the legislative seat held for nearly three decades by Democrat Marc Basnight, the former Senate president pro tem. Read more about these candidates at CarolinaJournal.com
President Obama has an ambitious plan for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans—and with it control over much of the nation’s energy, fisheries, even recreation in a move described by lawmakers as the ultimate power grab to zone the seas. The massive undertaking also includes control over key inland waterways and rivers that reach hundreds of miles upstream, and began with little fanfare when Obama signed an executive order in 2010 to protect the aquatic environment. Read more at HumanEvents.com
North Carolina Sea Grant is seeking public input to update its strategic plan. For more than four decades, North Carolina Sea Grant research and outreach have focused on the coastal region, with topics ranging from fisheries and seafood, to water quality and erosion. According to a news release, Sea Grant leadership is now looking to update the program’s strategic plan, including goals for future core funding, mini-grants and outreach efforts. Public input will be a key factor. The survey will take less than 10 minutes, and must be completed by April 30. NCSeaGrantSurvey