NC-02: Jim Duncan is “testing the waters.” (It begins?)

February 25th, 2015 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Featured, Candidates No Responses
NC-02: Jim Duncan is “testing the waters.” (It begins?)

181477_4887315982703_432071545_nIt appears that outgoing Chatham County GOP chairman Jim Duncan is hearing the calls for change in the Second Congressional District.  He’s formed something called a ”testing the waters committee” — quite similar to the exploratory committees that you hear about in presidential races. The committee’s web site can be found at 

I talked with a source very close to Duncan who offered up some details on this development.  The committee allows money to be raised for an eventual Duncan congressional campaign, and provides a vehicle for him to communicate his views to district residents and gauge support for a potential primary campaign against incumbent Renee Ellmers. 

Duncan’s name came up in 2014 as a potential primary challenger to Ellmers.  (He bowed out of that cycle due to some private family matters.)  This latest development puts him a lot closer to pulling the trigger on a campaign for Congress than he was prior to 2014.

Duncan has quite the Horatio Alger life-story.  Born and raised in low-income housing in New York City to parents recently transplanted from South Carolina, Duncan rose to the top of a successful technology company with an international clientele.  He retired from that position to Chatham County, North Carolina, whereRenee Ellmers he and his wife currently reside.

As Chatham County GOP chairman, Jim Duncan has been credited as a major force in revitalizing that organization’s fiscal and political fortunes.  In that position, he has regularly knocked heads with Pittsboro mayor and outgoing NC Democrat Party chairman Randy Voller.

Duncan — or any primary opponent, for that matter — should have plenty of ammunition to use against Ellmers.  She has angered GOP base voters by double-crossing them on issues ranging from spending to ObamaCare, amnesty for illegal aliens, and — most recently — late term abortion.

Any GOP primary election for the 2nd district would be held in May 2016.

SHOCKER! Kay Hagan votes in favor Debo Adegbile.

March 6th, 2014 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Featured No Responses
SHOCKER! Kay Hagan votes in favor Debo Adegbile.

Today the Senate voted down a particularly noxious Obama nomination. Debo Adegbile, whose only claim to fame was agitating on behalf of a convicted, unrepentant, and vicious cop killer, was voted down 47-52. Pressing this nomination was a stupid act by the White House, though it has become boring to write that phrase over the course of the past six years. The nomination was toxic with no greater purpose than for Obama to demonstrate that he has stump broke Harry Reid and thereby further cow Mitch McConnell. It forced Red State Democrat senators to make a difficult vote. Some took the easy way out:

Other Democrats who voted against the Obama nominee were Chris Coons (Del.),Bob Casey (Pa.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.V.), Joe Donnolly (Ind.) and John Walsh (Mont.).

Manchin, Pryor, and Walsh are all on the endangered species list, voting against Adegbile was mandatory for them even if it meant embarrassing the Man-God at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. More curious is who is on the list voting yes: Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan. Even though both are floundering and all indications are that Kay Hagan is circling the drain a vote against Adegbile would have helped, or worst casing it been neutral, while a vote in favor would hurt.

The conclusion is obvious. Both Landrieu and Hagan have avoided Obama when he visited their states. This indicates that they are not members of the Obama fan club. Why make this counter-intuitive vote? Because they want jobs in the Obama Administration after they are defeated in November. Rather than making a vote for the benefit of the voters back home, they made their vote to curry favor with Obama.

U.S. Senate debate for Republican primary candidates

March 6th, 2014 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Featured 2 Responses

The Charlotte Observer is holding a U.S. Senate debate with the Republican primary candidates on April 22 at Davidson College. The debate will be co-sponsored by Time Warner Cable News (formerly News 14) and The (Raleigh) News & Observer.

Declared Republican candidates Ted Alexander, Alex Bradshaw, Greg Brannon, Heather Grant, Mark Harris, Edward Kryn, Jim Snyder and Thom Tillis have been invited to participate.

TWC’s “Capital Tonight” anchor Tim Boyum will moderate the hourlong debate two weeks before the May 6 primary. Observer Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten will be among the journalists asking the candidates questions.

The debate will be open to the public. Registration will open in early April. Time Warner Cable News will broadcast the debate live. Jennifer Rothacker

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“Shared Responsibility Payment” to describe Obamacare individual mandate tax.

February 26th, 2014 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Featured No Responses
“Shared Responsibility Payment” to describe Obamacare individual mandate tax.


The name should tick off any real American. We do not have any shared responsibility in this country, it is anti-American.

Agency employs Orwellian term “Shared Responsibility Payment” to describe Obamacare individual mandate tax.

President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service today quietly released a series of Obamacare “Health Care Tax Tips” warning Americans that they must obtain “qualifying” health insurance – as defined by the federal government – or face a “shared responsibility payment” when filing their tax returns in 2015. The term “shared responsibility payment” refers to the Obamacare individual mandate tax, one of at least seven tax hikes in the healthcare law that directly hit families making less than $250,000 per year.

In “Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals” the agency writes:

Your 2014 tax return will ask if you had insurance coverage or qualified for an exemption.  If not, you may owe a shared responsibility payment when you file in 2015.

In “The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment- An Overview” the agency warns Americans they must prove they were covered each and every month of the year:

For any month in 2014 that you or any of your dependents don’t maintain coverage and don’t qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your 2014 tax return filed in 2015.

In “IRS Reminds Individuals of Health Care Choices for 2014”the agency details the calculations Americans can look forward to if they are liable for the tax:

If you (or any of your dependents) do not maintain coverage and do not qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your return. In general, the payment amount is either a percentage of your household income or a flat dollar amount, whichever is greater. You will owe 1/12th of the annual payment for each month you (or your dependents) do not have coverage and are not exempt. The annual payment amount for 2014 is the greater of:

1 percent of your household income that is above the tax return filing threshold for your filing status, such as Married Filing Jointly or single, or
Your family’s flat dollar amount, which is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child, limited to a maximum of $285.

As confirmed by previous  IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment”.

Once fully phased in, the Obamacare individual mandate tax will rise steeply, to a maximum of 2.5 percent of Adjusted Gross Income or $2,085 – whichever is higher


Some Comments:

– Hey IRS….Obammycare
…both barrels to ya!

– Amen, Brother! We gotta dump these Government thugs in the Potomac. America Wake Up — you have nothing to lose but your chains!


– First it’s a mandate, then it’s a tax or a mandate tax penalty, now a shared responsibility payment…so very devious. People might be less inclined to comply with a law that they’ve heard is illegitimate or unconstitutional.

– Everyone needs to adjust their withholding so that 1) the government cannot use your money all year without paying you interest, and 2) you will not receive a tax refund, so they cannot withhold your Obama care penalty.

– I will NOT COMPLY. and as I get no tax refund, they cannot do a damned thing about it.

Civil Disobedience……….do your duty.

More here


Greg Brannon co-defendant: Ruling defies logic

February 26th, 2014 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Featured 6 Responses
Greg Brannon co-defendant: Ruling defies logic

Much political hay is being made of the lawsuit against US Senate candidate Greg Brannon. The Republican doctor was found liable for misleading two investors in a tech company that went bust a couple years ago.

Democrats and the left say it proves Tea Partiers, conservatives, and Republicans are corrupt liars.

Republicans who support other candidates in the GOP primary see it as the death knell of Brannon’s campaign.

I liked Brannon’s candidacy and have been impressed with his knowledge of the US Constitution and its limiting principles. Even one of Brannon’s opponents – Thom Tillis – acknowledged Brannon’s superior understanding of our founding document.

There are some candidates in the Primary who are far more studied than I am on the Constitution.

But, politically, I suspect most people will not take the time to look into the lawsuit against Brannon. His opponents (particularly if he gets to the general election) will use the ruling in campaign ads mercilessly.

And, again, most won’t care to know the details.

For those who DO care, take a listen to this interview I did with Robert Rice.

Rice was Brannon’s co-defendant in the civil trial. Rice was found NOT liable by the same jury that found Brannon liable… despite the same evidence against both men.

The case

Two investors allege Brannon, Rice and David Kirkbride said the smartphone app the company was making would be used in a Verizon marketing campaign. The potential was there to add the app onto all Verizon smartphones.

This information came from a meeting that the company COO John Cummings had with Verizon. Oddly, the investors didn’t sue Cummings, when it was his report from the Verizon meeting that prompted this e-mail from Brannon to the investors:


Brannon was not an officer of the company. The information was coming from Cummings. The jury in this case somehow decided that this e-mail was proof that Brannon misled the two investors (one of whom didn’t invest until almost a year later, says Rice).

The absurdity of this ruling is clear when you consider that

  • Cummings wasn’t sued
  • a judge dismissed the case against Kirkbride earlier
  • Rice was found not liable
  • all the parties (including the plaintiffs) agreed that Brannon, Cummings, Rice, and Kirkbride all said the same thing

How can only one person have misled the investors when they all said the same thing?

It’s for these (among other) reasons that Rice said the jury ruling defies logic.

The jury also seemed to be confused during deliberations about whether they should view Brannon’s refusal to testify as admission of guilt.

Rice testified. He was found not liable. Had Brannon done the same he may very well have gotten the same ruling.

Instead, Brannon was ordered to pay the investors $250,000 plus interest.

Rice says one of the investors promised to ruin Brannon and his campaign for US Senate – that this was a vindictive lawsuit because the investor tried to take over the company but failed.

Even so, the political damage might be too great to overcome.

But who knows, maybe I am wrong.

Maybe there are enough people interested in learning the details of the case and making up their own minds.