Lower Creek Precinct 31–Are We Ready For 2016?

I believe the old saying, “All politics is local.” Front Porch Politics Precinct 31 was created to bring this saying to life for those of us Republicans who live in Caldwell County Lower Creek Precinct 31.  I invite you to come on up on the Porch for a glass of sweet tea, a sprig of mint, and some good political conversation. On the Porch you will find posts about our local politicians, notices of meetings and events, and reports of what occurs from a conservative point of view.  I will post information about what is going on in Raleigh that may affect us and maybe an occasional post about national events and politics.  However, the emphasis of the Porch are those local issues that you and friends would want to talk about on a warm summer evening. You can use the Porch to post political questions, issues, or concerns.  I may be able to help by contacting our local or state political leaders to let them know what concerns the voters in our precinct have or get answers to your questions.  If there is enough interest, we can have meetings inviting our elected officials or candidates for office to meet with us. I encourage you to get informed and get involved.  The 2012 elections will be about trying to take our country back.  All the good people in Precinct 31 should be prepared to step up and do our part.  By working together in our neighborhoods we can change our country!

Nicole Revels, Precinct 31 Chairman

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Congressional Straw Poll and BBQ

The Caldwell County Republican Party is hosting a bar-b-que and an 11th District Congressional Straw Poll on Saturday, March 10, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Caldwell County Fairgrounds.  Cost is $20. Contact Gary Whisnant at 828-320-6395 for tickets & more details. You must reside in the 11th District, be 18 + and a registered Republican to vote in the Straw Poll .

Republican Congressional candidates will be there to speak briefly.  You will have the opportunity to meet them one-on-one, and speak with them about issues important to you. You will then vote in our straw poll for the candidate you support for the GOP Congressional nomination to run against the Democrat Congressman Heath Schuler.

This will be an exciting evening and a great opportunity to meet your Republican neighbors and local politicians.  Funds raised from this event will be used this year to help elect Republican candidates and fire Bev Perdue and Barak Obama!

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County Convention for Caldwell County Republicans

The 2012 Republican County Convention has been scheduled for Saturday, March 3.  Check-in including credential checks will begin at 9:30 am until 10:15 am.  Precinct meetings will be held from 10:15 to 10:45 to choose voting delegates for the County Convention which will begin at 10:45 am.  All registered Republicans are encouraged to attend and participate in the governance of our county Republican Party.

 

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NC Poll Results–September 2011

I found the result of this poll of North Carolina voters very interesting.  Find out how Obama stacks up against Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, whether Bev Perdue would beat Pat McCrory, and whether voters will support the marriage amendment to the state constitution among a lot of other good questions.

This poll of 600 likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina was conducted September 22-25, 2011 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of likely 2012 general election voters in North Carolina.

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Michelle Obama Shows Her True Feelings on 9/11

Watch this clip of Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama whispers to Obama at 9/11 event: “All this just for the Flag” and frowns and shakes her head.

Get involved–we need to get these people out of our White House!

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Provide for the Common Defense…

From Youtube as reported by the Republican Study Committee on Facebook:

In stark terms, Providing for The Common Defense highlights the impacts that ten years of hard fighting have had on America’s military. In the video, Armed Services Chairman McKeon previews questions that Committee members will be asking this fall of our nation’s brightest national security minds; “what if we’re attacked in some other area, what is our military going to be able to do if we keep cutting it… tell me the missions we’ve done in the last couple of years that we won’t be asked to do in the next couple of years.”

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NC Constitutional Amendments in the September Session

From the Civitas Institute

Posted on September 6, 2011 by Karen Duquette in Legislative Activity

The legislature has already had a successful session, overriding several of Gov. Perdue’s vetoes and approving redistricting maps for both U.S. Congress and the state legislature.  On September 12, the legislature will meet again in a special session lasting an estimated three days to discuss potential constitutional amendments.  These amendments require a three-fifths majority in both chambers to be placed on the 2012 ballot for voter approval.

Legislative leadership has stressed a need to limit the amount of constitutional amendments; thus it is likely only a few amendments will make it through the session. This article summarizes issues most likely to come up for debate in next week’s session.

Defense of Marriage
North Carolina is the only remaining Southern state without a Defense of Marriage amendment (DOMA) in its state constitution. Conservative legislators have repeatedly proposed DOMA legislation, yet it has continuously failed to pass.

Current North Carolina marriage laws state that a “valid and sufficient marriage is created by the consent of a male and female person who may lawfully marry to take each other as husband and wife.”  Conversely, state law already invalidates marriage between persons of the same gender, whether created by common law, contracted, or performed outside of North Carolina.

However, in a December 2010 Civitas Institute poll, 65 percent of North Carolinians stated support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  Furthermore, an August 2011 Civitas Institute poll focusing on African American voters found 62 percent stating they would vote for an amendment on the 2012 ballot defining marriage between one man and one woman.  It also found that 59 percent said they would be more likely to vote for a legislator who voted to authorize a referendum defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  This past legislative session, HB 777 and SB 106 were introduced, giving the legislature an opportunity to put DOMA on the 2012 ballot should it gain enough support in the special session.

Eminent Domain
The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution limits the government taking of private property for a public use.  Nonetheless, in 2005 the U.S Supreme Court held in Kelo v. City of New London that the Constitution allows government to seize private property and transfer it to another private party under the guise of economic development.  For many this was a wakeup call to the eminent domain issue.  Several states, including our Georgia and South Carolina neighbors, have passed constitutional amendments to protect private citizens from government “development” abuse.

During the 2011 regular session, HB 8 was offered.  This bill would prohibit private property takings except for a valid public use.  It passed the House in its third reading 98-18, indicating a high likelihood of passage should it be considered in the early fall session.  Legislators, so far, have provided inconsistent answers when questioned as to when it will be considered – in September or in the spring short session

Term Limits
Legislation was offered during this session (HB 61) to limit the House speaker and Senate leader from serving more than two regular sessions of the General Assembly.  The intent is to reduce the amount of controlled power by a select few legislators.  While it passed the House 72-46, it remains in the Senate for consideration.  A Democratic attempt to convert the legislation to a statute instead of an amendment failed.  The move to a statute would have made it easier to change the provision in the future.

Legislative Appointments to State Board of Education
Another topic that may come up during the September session is a bill giving lawmakers appointment powers to the state board of education.  House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca both alluded to this legislation as being a possible constitutional amendment contender.  The amendment would provide a more balanced structure to the state board of education and take the board out of the Governor’s hands.  Whether this amendment is considered may come down to the amount of time remaining in the very quick session.

Honorable Mentions but Unlikely Considered

Increased Sunshine
A proposed constitutional amendment, SB 67, would require any expansion of exemptions on government meetings and records to be approved by three-fifths majority of both legislative chambers.  The bill was met with disapproval by several government interest groups with concerns of going too far and that the law already adequately addresses open access to government records.  Proponents, however, noted there can never be too much sunshine on government and that North Carolinians are entitled to inspect government records as a fundamental democratic right.  This bill is unlikely to come up in the special session as it did not move out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Addressing Obamacare
Tackling the intrusive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) was a high priority of the new incoming legislative leadership.  The legislature quickly offered HB 2, Protect Health Care Freedom Act, where it passed both chambers.  Unfortunately, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the measure and legislators were unable to successfully override the veto.  Instead, legislators could consider offering a healthcare constitutional amendment, prohibiting future state legislatures from enacting an individual mandate essentially dismantling the main provision of Obamacare. Such a measure would provide support to the court battle inevitably headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  However, because HB 2 failed to reach the necessary veto override votes, any similar constitutional amendment is likely to end with the same fate.

This article was posted in Legislative Activity by Karen Duquette on September 6, 2011 at 9:34 am.
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Obama Uses Euphemism to Obscure His Unpopular Agenda

From Townhall.com

9/5/2011

Written by Carol Platt Liebau

This week, as President Obama prepares for a big jobs speech (yet again!), even his partisans have begun to lose hope that he’s going to have any new or effective ideas about how to create jobs in America’s stalled economy.  But one thing is certain: Whatever he says, it will be cloaked in euphemism….

…when the President addresses the nation on Thursday night, be prepared to hear a lot about “investment” rather than “government spending.”  The term “stimulus” – discredited by his earlier, failed almost-trillion-dollar boondoggle – will be replaced with the innocuous-sounding “targeted measures.”  Realize that when he advocates higher taxes on “millionaires and billionaires,” he’s really talking about individuals earning more than $200,000 per year, or couples earning more than $250,000. And just know that when the President invokes “revenue enhancement” and “shared sacrifices” and “a balanced approach” and “making spending reductions in the tax code,” he’s trying to make his single-minded obsession with tax increases more palatable to a government-weary, overtaxed electorate.  Put simply, however novel (or creative) the words, the song will be the same: More taxing, more government spending, and more efforts to “spread the wealth around.”

….But it’s even more unpleasant to know that it’s part of an effort to obscure a far-left agenda to which Americans are deeply (and increasingly) hostile.  And most of all, it’s profoundly insulting to realize that the President thinks that we are “intellectually challenged” (read: stupid) enough to fall for it.

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