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PHOTOS – NORTH CAROLINA SENATOR THOM TILLIS – HIS SWEARING IN – JANUARY 6, 2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

 

 

 

It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the election of  our new U.S. Senator from North Carolina, Thom Tillis.   The following photos were taken at the swearing-in celebration on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in Washington D.C .       Nancy 

THOM TILLIS

 

 

From the left: Sheila Salter, Susan Tillis, Pearl Burris-Floyd and P.J. Gentry

 

From the left: Sheila Salter, Meg Gresham, Susan Tillis and Nancy Clark

 

 

Thom Tillis and Nancy Clark

 

From the left: Linda Petrou, Meg Gresham, Martha Jenkins and Evelyn Poole-Kober

 

From the left: Val Nagle, Donna Williams and Jeff Mixon

 

From the left: Joyce Cotten, Evelyn Poole-Kober and Linda Boesch

 

Thom Tillis taking the oath of office

 

From the left: Emily Walker, Nancy Clark, back row – P.J. Gentry, Sheila Salter and Meg Gresham

 

North Carolina Supporters attending the swearing in

 

 

On the way to Washington !

 

From the left: Val Nagle and Donna Williams

 

A night on the town at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington D.C., From the left: Hanna Stein, Dr. Rosemary Stein, Sheila Salter, Nancy Clark, Meg Gresham and P.J. Gentry

 

 

One of the ornate bars at the Old Ebbitt Grill

 

A definite conversation piece !

 

Look who we ran into at the Old Ebbitt Grill – Zan Bunn and Linda and Matt Arnold who were also there to celebrate. By the Way, Karl Rove was also at the restaurant that night for a private party. I saw him walk in – what a fun night !

 

A snowy Washington, D.C.

 

 

The Capitol

 

 

 

 

The Old Supreme Court Chamber 1810 – 1860

 

 

 

The Baptism of Pocahontas 1839 by John Gadsby Chapman

 

A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET ON THE WAY HOME TO NORTH CAROLINA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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THE VOTER SUPPRESSION MYTH

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Voter Suppression Myth Takes Another Hit

Memo to critics of North Carolina’s election-law reforms: Black midterm turnout has increased.

By

Robert D. Popper Mr. Popper is a senior attorney for Judicial Watch and served as the deputy chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department from 2008-13.

 

Federal lawsuits against North Carolina claim that recent changes to the state’s election laws will “suppress” minority votes. For example, in N.C. State Conf. of NAACP v. McCrory, plaintiffs assert that the new laws “impose a disproportionate burden on the ability of African Americans to vote” and will “raise costs for voters and deter participation.” They highlight testimony by a former director of the State Board of Elections who asserted that the laws will “ultimately reduc[e] turnout in comparison to comparable elections.”

Turnout data for the 2014 election, posted Dec. 10 on the state’s Board of Elections website, tell a different story. Black turnout and registration for the November 2014 election increased by every relevant measure compared with November 2010, the last non-presidential general election.

Last July, North Carolina adopted electoral reforms that eliminated same-day registration, reduced the number of days of early voting to 10 from 17, and required ballots to be cast in a voter’s home precinct. It also instituted a voter-ID requirement that will take full effect in 2016.

Two sets of plaintiffs, led by the NAACP and the League of Women Voters, sued in federal court on Aug. 12, 2013. They were followed a few weeks later by the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder asserted that the state’s new laws would restrict “access and ease of voter participation” and “would shrink, rather than expand, access to the franchise.”

All three suits alleged that the reforms will inflict “burdens” on North Carolina voters—and in particular, on minority voters. These allegations were backed by reams of expert reports submitted by social scientists predicting that these burdens would depress voter registration and turnout.

One expert in the Justice Department lawsuit claimed that more than 200,000 black voters, along with 700,000 white voters, would be “burdened” in an off-year election. Another expert concluded that particular provisions “will lower turnout overall” and “will have a disparate impact on African-American voters.”

Those predictions were not borne out. The 2014 elections were the first test of the impact of North Carolina’s new laws, including a “soft rollout” of its voter-ID requirement—under which poll workers asked voters if they had ID and if not, to acknowledge the new requirement in writing. Board of Elections data showed that the percentage of age-eligible, non-Hispanic black residents who turned out to vote in North Carolina rose to 41.1% in November 2014 from 38.5% in November 2010. (more…)

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THE CALGARY SUN – THE BATTLE FOR AMERICA

Monday, December 8th, 2014

 

The Calgary Sun

Fasten Your Seatbelts, Canada, and Get Ready For the Battle For America

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2014
BY MARC PATRONE, SUN NEWS
America is on the edge of a second revolutionary war. It may not be bloody like the first one, but it will be hugely important. Some might suggest it’s more a civil war, but with liberty and the constitution hanging in the balance, revolution seems a more appropriate comparison.
There are no British troops or monarchy to fight this time. The ‘shot heard around the world’ wasn’t fired from a musket, it came from the ballot box. Americans have taken a long hard look at the kind of fundamental transformation promised by Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrat party and they want nothing to do with it.
The Republican victory suggests Americans are more than just unhappy with the direction the country is headed. Such was the devastating scope of the electoral debacle for the Democrats that it appears Americans are mobilizing for war against the Obama agenda. They are only now truly beginning to understand the threat to liberty he presents.
What’s so deeply troubling, albeit not entirely unexpected, is the disdain, arrogance and contempt with which this president dismissed the results. “So to everyone who voted, I want you to know I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too,” he said.
Meaning what? He seems to be suggesting that by not voting, the majority of Americans agree with what he’s doing.
Terrifying? You bet.
It’s taken six years, but the ugly truth about Obama’s contemptuous attitudes toward the people who elected him twice is becoming all too evident.
Lame duck? Guess again. The man probably realizes that a chance to remake the U.S. according to his radical far left view of the world may not come around again. His time is running out. Obama’s ‘nuclear’ option is amnesty for millions of illegals. He expects those illegals will become dependents of the state, thus stacking the electoral deck in favour of Democrats by promising the new ‘wards of the state’ a suite of entitlements.
The depth of this destructive agenda is clear, rip off trillions in wealth (which Obama believes was stolen anyway) and give it to those whom he considers ‘victims’ of capitalism. The
beneficiaries will naturally reward the radical left with voter support into perpetuity. Voila, the left-wing dream of a one-party state is realized. (more…)
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THE VANISHING WHITE DEMOCRAT

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

 

– Front Page Magazine – www.frontpagemag.com

The Vanishing White Democrat

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On November 19, 2014

Daily Mailer,FrontPage

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Democrats were predicting the end of the Republican Party.

With the rise of Obama, James Carville began peddling a new book “40 More Years” promising that the Dems would rule for generations.

Just this year Carville predicted that the Republican Party would become extinct if it lost to Hillary Clinton. But it was the Democratic Party that was going extinct in Carville’s own backyard.

Republicans began winning Senate seats in Louisiana for the first time in a century in just the last ten years. If Landrieu loses, then both of the Louisiana’s Senate seats will be unprecedentedly held by Republicans.

And Louisiana isn’t an outlier. Bill Clinton couldn’t stop Arkansas from going full Republican with two Republican senators and a full suite of Republican representatives for the first time in history. That’s all the more amazing in a state that only had two Republican senators before that for over a century.

The Democratic Party is going extinct in places like Louisiana, Arkansas and West Virginia. It’s vanishing because the working class White Democrat is becoming extinct.

Even Carville hedged his bets while predicting the end of the Republican Party by joining FOX News.

A generation ago, white Democrats outnumbered white Republicans. Today it’s the other way around. Under Obama, barely a quarter of white people still identify as Democrats.

Republicans didn’t just win a few elections. They swept across entire legislatures in western and southern states. They took state senates and governorships in places like New York and Illinois. It’s not that Republicans had a particularly compelling message, some did and some didn’t, but that Democrats had assumed that enough white voters would continue showing up to prop up their rainbow coalition.

They were wrong. (more…)

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IT WASN’T JUST OBAMA

Friday, November 14th, 2014

 

IT WASN’T JUST OBAMA
By

Daniel Henninger
The Wall Street Journal

Nov. 13, 2014

The Democrats who were caught standing on the beach last week when the GOP’s 40-foot wave washed over them are now explaining why it wasn’t their fault.

No. 1: It’s not us; it’s what’s his name, the unpopular president. (And that awful Valerie Jarrett. )

No. 2: It was a midterm election with a bad map; we’ll be back in 2016. Hillary to the rescue.

Official Obama Explanation : My ideas and policies are fine; I just have a messaging problem.

USS Democrat Captain Nancy Pelosi : “There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.”

This all reminds me of the classic film satire, “I’m All Right, Jack,” about the dying days of the British trade-union movement. When an idealistic young factory worker shows the efficiency gains possible from actually using a forklift, the union steward calls a strike. Three guesses which Democrats in the U.S. version would play the roles of Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas and Margaret Rutherford.

A few Democratic voices, mostly party professionals whose job is winning elections, have said the donkey herd that just ran off the cliff needs to rethink its sense of direction. No one is listening to them. Most Democrats, especially the left that took control of the party in 2008, deny any problem. And well they might. There is no Plan B.

The Democrats’ standard political model is generally attributed to FDR confidante Harry Hopkins : “We will spend and spend, and tax and tax, and elect and elect.” Hopkins denied ever using these words, but the formula lived on.

Tax, spend and elect just slammed into the mountain. (more…)

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‘MORNING IN AMERICA’ – THE PLAN BY JOHN BOEHNER AND MITCH MCCONNELL

Friday, November 7th, 2014

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Now We Can Get Congress Going

Reform the tax code, redefine ‘full time’ as working 40 hours a week, move on the Keystone XL pipeline—there are plenty of tasks ahead.

Sunrise on Capitol Hill.
Sunrise on Capitol Hill – Getty Image
by John Boehner and MItch McConell  Mr. Boehner (R., Ohio), is the House speaker; Mr. McConnell (R., Ky.) is currently the Senate minority leader
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Americans have entrusted Republicans with control of both the House and Senate. We are humbled by this opportunity to help struggling middle-class Americans who are clearly frustrated by an increasing lack of opportunity, the stagnation of wages, and a government that seems incapable of performing even basic tasks.
Looking ahead to the next Congress, we will honor the voters’ trust by focusing, first, on jobs and the economy. Among other things, that means a renewed effort to debate and vote on the many bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years with bipartisan support, but were never even brought to a vote by the Democratic Senate majority. It also means renewing our commitment to repeal ObamaCare, which is hurting the job market along with Americans’ health care.
 For years, the House did its job and produced a steady stream of bills that would remove barriers to job creation and lower energy costs for families. Many passed with bipartisan support—only to gather dust in a Democratic-controlled Senate that kept them from ever reaching the president’s desk. Senate Republicans also offered legislation that was denied consideration despite bipartisan support and benefits for American families and jobs.

These bills provide an obvious and potentially bipartisan starting point for the new Congress—and, for President Obama , a chance to begin the final years of his presidency by taking some steps toward a stronger economy.

These bills include measures authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will mean lower energy costs for families and more jobs for American workers; the Hire More Heroes Act, legislation encouraging employers to hire more of our nation’s veterans; and a proposal to restore the traditional 40-hour definition of full-time employment, removing an arbitrary and destructive government barrier to more hours and better pay created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

We’ll also consider legislation to help protect and expand America’s emerging energy boom and to support innovative charter schools around the country. (more…)

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PHOTOS – ELECTION NIGHT PARTIES IN NORTH CAROLINA

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

 

‘ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES’ – Barack Obama 2009 – We certainly hope so,  Mr. President !!!!   
Photos from Election Night 2014  of two celebration parties for  Republicans – one in Chatham County, North Carolina and the other in Durham Country, North Carolina  where Republicans gathered to watch the returns roll in.  What a exciting night with  the Republicans gaining control of the U.S. Senate and in North Carolina,  Republican Thom Tillis winning over Democrat Senator Kay Hagan.  
With the success of so many Republican candidates across the country, we may be tempted to sit back and relax but our work is just beginning.   As conservative voters, we need to stay engaged and keep in contact with our representatives to let them know how we feel about the many issues that are facing our country.   They won’t be able to hear us if we don’t speak up !!! 
The following photos were taken at two election parties.   Nancy
                          ELECTION NIGHT PARTY IN CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

Heather Johnson, Jim Duncan, Chairman, Chatham County GOP (standing) and Brian Bock, Chairman, Chatham County Commissioners

 

From the left: Pam Stewart, Chatham County Commissioner, Walter Petty, Chatham County Commissioner and Abby Petty

 

From the left: Jane and Joe Gannon and Cathy Wright

 

From the left: Linda Bienvenue, Heather Johnson and Kris Howard

 

From the left: Angela Glover and Linda Bienvenue

 

Carolyn Oldham, Mary Lopez Carter, candidate for NC Senate, and Joe Glasson

 

Dottie DeClue and Lee Pollard

 

Brian Bock and Nora Brooks

Brian Bock  and Nora Brooks

 

Marian and Don Lein

 

Ed and Becky Spence and Cathy Regula and Carolyn Oldham

 

From the left: Fred Salmy, Howard Galer and Ken Morrissey

 

A glass of wine ?

 

Cheers !

 

                             ELECTION NIGHT PARTY IN DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

 

From the left: Cheri Hardman, President, Chapel Hill Republican Women’s Club, Lee Green, Vice Chair, Durham County GOP, and Nancy Clark, Founder, Conservative Women’s Forum

 

Marlene Waller and Larry Beckler

 

Stephen and Misty Odell and Annie Rashanne

 

Gwen and Joel Shapiro and Jim Weaver

 

From the left: Larry Beckler, Marlene Waller, Eddy and Arthur Rich, candidate for Congress, District 1

 

David Lister

 

 

Michael Gray – A great way to end an exciting victory !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE TOP TEN LIBERAL SUPERSTITIONS

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

THE TOP TEN LIBERAL SUPERSTITIONS

The 2014 campaign brings a fresh focus on candidates with fervently held, evidence-free beliefs.

By

Kate Bachelder   Biography 

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  Someone might mention this to North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who is knocking State House Speaker Thom Tillis for cutting $500 million from schools. Per-pupil K-12 spending has increased every year since Mr. Tillis became speaker in 2011, and most of what Ms. Hagan is selling as “cuts” came from community colleges and universities, not the local middle school. Mr. Coulson’s Cato study notes that North Carolina has about doubled per-pupil education spending since 1972, which has done precisely nothing for the state’s adjusted SAT scores.

 hallmark of progressive politics is the ability to hold fervent beliefs, in defiance of evidence, that explain how the world works—and why liberal solutions must be adopted. Such political superstitions take on a new prominence during campaign seasons as Democratic candidates trot out applause lines to rally their progressive base and as the electorate considers their voting records. Here’s a Top 10 list of liberal superstitions on prominent display during the midterm election campaign:

 

1. Spending more money improves education. The U.S. spent $12,608 per student in 2010—more than double the figure, in inflation-adjusted dollars, spent in 1970—and spending on public elementary and secondary schools has surpassed $600 billion. How’s that working out? Adjusted state SAT scores have declined on average 3% since the 1970s, as the Cato Institute’s Andrew Coulson found in a March report.

No better news in the international rankings: The Program for International Student Assessment reports that in 2012 American 15-year-olds placed in the middle of the pack, alongside peers from Slovakia—which shells out half as much money as the U.S. per student.

Someone might mention this to North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who is knocking State House Speaker Thom Tillis for cutting $500 million from schools. Per-pupil K-12 spending has increased every year since Mr. Tillis became speaker in 2011, and most of what Ms. Hagan is selling as “cuts” came from community colleges and universities, not the local middle school. Mr. Coulson’s Cato study notes that North Carolina has about doubled per-pupil education spending since 1972, which has done precisely nothing for the state’s adjusted SAT scores.

2. Government spending stimulates the economy. Case in point is the $830 billion 2009 stimulus bill, touted by the Obama administration as necessary for keeping unemployment below 8%. Result: four years of average unemployment above 8%. Federal outlays soared in 2009 to $3.5 trillion—a big enough bump to do the Keynesian trick of boosting aggregate demand—but all we got was this lousy 2% growth and a new costume for Army Corps of Engineers mascot Bobber the Water Safety Dog. Every Senate Democrat voted for the blowout, including the 11 now up for re-election who were in Congress when it passed.

3. Republican candidates always have a big spending advantage over Democrats. Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor recently to deride the Koch brothers as “radical billionaires” who are “attempting to buy our democracy.” Yet the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has raked in $127 million this cycle, about $30 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Democrats have aired more TV ads than Republicans in several battleground states, according to analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. Meanwhile, Mr. Reid’s Senate Majority PAC has raised more than $50 million. As this newspaper has reported, between 2005 and 2011, labor unions—linchpins of the Democratic Party—spent $4.4 billion on politics, far outstripping any conservative rival. (more…)

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PHOTOS – THOM TILLIS RALLY WITH MITT ROMNEY AND NC GOV PAT MCCRORY

Friday, October 31st, 2014

 

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, a rally was held in Raleigh for North Carolina Speaker of the House,  Thom Tillis, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.   The North Carolina senate race against Senator Kay Hagan, Democrat, is a pivotal  race for the November 4, 2014 election.  Former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers were guest speakers at the rally.   
The following photos were taken at the rally.

MItt Romney, NC Governor Pat McCrory and NC House Speaker
Thom Tillis,,candidate for the U.S. Senate

Thom Tillis

Mitt Romney and Thom Tillis

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory

Mitt Romney

Thom Tillis

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers

Susan Tillis, wife of Thom Tillis, standing off stage

The Future Generation

From the left: P.J. Gentry, Nancy Clark and Sidney Troidl

 


 

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SOUTHERN EVEANGELICALS DWINDLING – AND TAKING THE GOP EDGE WITH THEM

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

 

Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge With Them

Why are Democrats keeping it close in five key Senate races? Look at changing demographics.

The Atlantic Magazine November 2014     Robert P. Jones      Oct 17 2014

 

Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this group—not because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.

White evangelical Protestants have remained a steadfast Republican constituency in both presidential and midterm congressional elections ever since the Reagan presidency, which marked what political scientists Merle and Earl Black dubbed “the great white switch.” In 2008 and 2012, roughly three-quarters of white born-again Christians supported GOP nominees John McCain (73 percent) and Mitt Romney (78 percent).  In the 2010 midterm election, similar numbers of white born-again Christians (77 percent) supported the GOP House candidate in their districts.

During the heady days of evangelical prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, white evangelical Protestant leaders frequently noted the decline of their more liberal mainline Protestant cousins, but now white evangelicals are seeing their own populations shrink. In recent years, for example, the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest evangelical denomination in the country, has reported steady declines in membership and new baptisms. Since 2007, the number of white evangelical Protestants nationwide has slipped from 22 percent in 2007 to 18 percent today. (more…)

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