Renee Ellmers- Call her Congresswoman Ellmers, now!

November 19th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

Recount confirms Ellmers victory over Etheridge in NC District 2:

RALEIGH (AP) — A recount in the state’s closest congressional race has confirmed a victory for Republican candidate Renee Ellmers.

State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett said today that a recount in the 2nd Congressional District has found that Ellmers defeated Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge by about 1,500 votes. (read more)

CONGRATS, Renee! We are all very proud of the hard work, energy and sacrifice you have put into your campaign this year and we are VERY proud to call you our Congresswoman!

Bob Etheridge will be holding a press conference at 3pm today to concede; official results of the recount will be released later today. (more)

Learn more about Renee on her website.

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Will Heath Shuler (D-Asheville) challenge Pelosi?

November 15th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

Says that the Democrat party needs to go Moderate, if no one steps up he will:

What are your thoughts?

NCGA Priorities: Election Reform

November 12th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

On November 2, 2010, the Republican party gained control of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time since 1898… 112 years! I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a number of the people that will be representing us in this new General Assembly and am hopeful that NC will turn back towards freedom and prosperity. Clearly, the number one priority of this new General Assembly will be to rein in the spending of state government and address the growing budget deficit. Aside from this first priority, there are a number of priorities that I would like to encourage the next General Assembly to consider:

Election reform

It seems like it has become normal to expect voting problems and election fraud during each election. If we are to be a self-governing people, as our founders intended, then we must do everything we can to insure the integrity of the election process.

  • Require a photo ID to vote

The easiest and most important step that can be taken to insure that every person who votes is legally allowed to vote, to insure that each voter lives in the precinct that they claim and to insure that each voter votes only once is to require that each person show a photo ID in order to vote. I worked as a poll observer this year and watched over and over again as people willingly volunteered to show their driver’s license when they signed in to vote. It was very apparent to me that people expect that they should prove who they are in order to vote. The only ones that should be concerned with producing an ID are those who are trying to take advantage of our election process.

The new General Assembly should require that everyone that votes show a photo ID to prove their identity.

  • All ballots should list the party affiliation of all candidates

Currently, candidates for the NC state judiciary and candidates for school board are listed on our ballots without listing the candidates party affiliation. These offices have been referred to as non-partisan offices. That is a contradiction. Every candidate running for any office has a party affiliation. A person’s party affiliation tells us something about the person’s beliefs, philosophy and worldview. Previous General Assemblys removed the candidates party affiliation from the ballot in an attempt to make liberal candidates for office more palatable to voters by hiding their party affiliation.

The new General Assembly should require that every candidate for any office be listed on the ballot with their party affiliation.

  • Election: Straight party voting should be eliminated

Our current ballots allow a person to vote for all the candidates that are running in a particular party with one “click”. This allows a person to vote without considering the people who are actually listed on the ballot. Even if a voter votes only for the candidates of a certain party, every voter should be required to vote for the individual people and not for specific parties.

The new General Assembly should remove straight party ticket voting from all future ballots.

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http://www.cumbieforcongress.com/

Exploiting fear through racism

November 11th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 2 Responses

The attempt by the Rev. William J. Barber II, the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, and the NAACP to label certain members of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board as segregationists was beyond outrageous (“Tabor upset with NAACP over flier,” Oct. 30). And apparently, there are several things Barber doesn’t know about the segregation era. The first is segregation itself.

During that time, the government selected schools for black people and black families had to send their children to those schools whether they liked it or not. Today, black families in Forsyth County can send their kids to any public school in the county. Does that sound like segregation to anyone with common sense? Clearly, Barber tried to exploit the fear of racism that many within the black community have for political gain on Election Day.

And to have a photo of school-board member Jeannie Metcalf next to former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, a true die-hard segregationist, on their flyer was absolutely absurd. The people of this community have known their school-board members for years. To say they have anything in common with Wallace is an absolute lie.

Which brings me to one last thing about Barber’s ignorance about the segregation era: Everyone Barber compared to George Wallace is a Republican. But Wallace, one of the most ruthless, cold-blooded and heartless segregationists of all time — was a Democrat.
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KEN RAYMOND- Forsyth County, as sent to the Winston Salem Journal

Durham plans to accept Mexican ID

November 11th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

Durham’s city council is receiving feedback over a resolution that would have the city recognize accept the Matricula Consular (Mexican ID card) as a valid form of identification. If it passes, Durham will be the FIRST city in the COUNTRY to do this. It’s not like these people are entering the country, then coming to North Carolina with these cards. The Mexican Government is coming to North Carolina, issuing the cards HERE– just as recently as September. They tried to go to Fayetteville Technical Community College in July, but after numerous contacts by citizens, they cancelled the event.

It’s been said that there are “misunderstandings” concerning this, implying that the “misunderstandings” are what is fanning the flames of the upset critics. What is really to be misunderstood?

Ronald Garcia with El Centro Hispano says … the high security card cannot be used to vote, access government benefits, or replace a valid driver’s license. But in the case of someone pulled over without proper ID, the card could help them avoid a lengthy legal process.”

Proper ID is required to operate a vehicle. If it was not, then we would not be required to obtain a drivers license and insurance to drive legally. If an American citizen is pulled over, they are required to show identification and car registration. If not, they face the penalty for not having them- a “lengthy legal process”. Why is someone who moved here from Mexico more special than an American born citizen? Since our elections process does not require ANY form of identification to vote, it seems a moot point to even bring that up. Since social services workers are not allowed to question or even confirm a person’s legal status upon applying for government benefits, there’s another moot point. What I personally find disturbing is that this man is saying there are “misunderstandings” about what the resolution is really about. I wish they would clarify- because if it is not meant to replace a drivers license, but to help someone WITHOUT one, who is DRIVING, AVOID a legal process, then what is it there, for? Why should we move to recognize foreign ID cards when our own DMV offers ID cards ALREADY?

This smells a whole lot like the work of the progressive group CHANGE that is happening in Winston Salem. They are offering “alternate IDs” and even acknowledge not everyone receiving one is here legally, but the Winston Salem Police Department is willing to recognize these IDs. It seems to this citizen, that groups are going out of their way to circumvent the valid identification methods that have been in place for eons, and the only difference in these “new, helpful” forms of IDs is that citizenship is not required to receive one. That tells me that when a police officer sees one of these IDs, they already know there is a chance that the person is an illegal alien. For our police departments and cities to start recognizing these “alternate” forms of ID, screams the willingness to overlook someone being here illegally. If anything, we should have a state law proposed in the next session that IF someone is driving with an alternate form of identification, that that is cause enough to verify their legal status.

There is NO REASON for someone NOT to have a valid, U.S. issued form of ID. If organizations want to help with the process, raise funds to help people pay the TEN DOLLARS it costs at the DMV to get one.

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NCGA Priorities: Tax and Regulatory Reform

November 11th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

On November 2, 2010, the Republican party gained control of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time since 1898… 112 years! I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a number of the people that will be representing us in this new General Assembly and am hopeful that NC will turn back towards freedom and prosperity. Clearly, the number one priority of this new General Assembly will be to rein in the spending of state government and address the growing budget deficit. Aside from this first priority, there are a number of priorities that I would like to encourage the next General Assembly to consider:

Tax reform

One of the greatest drains on an economy is income taxes. Billions and billions of dollars and thousands of hours are spent each year complying with income tax regulations, preparing tax returns and finding ways to legally avoid paying taxes. This time and money is wasted and does nothing to encourage business and generate jobs. The surest way to encourage new businesses to locate to NC and to encourage existing businesses to expand and to encourage new businesses to start is to eliminate the NC state income tax.

There has been some suggestion that a service tax might be considered next year in NC. If the state income tax were replaced with a service tax that could be a welcome exchange. If a service tax were added in addition to the existing taxes, then the Republicans should expect to find themselves voted out of office in 2012.

The new General Assembly should quickly work to eliminate the NC state income tax.

Regulatory reform

After taxes, particularly income taxes, regulations are the greatest burden on businesses and people in NC. The cost of business regulations are passed on to us, the consumers, in the cost of products that we purchase. Eliminating unnecessary regulations will encourage businesses to come to NC, stay in NC and expand.

One specific regulation that the General Assembly should quickly eliminate is the requirement for medical facilities to file for a Certificate of Need to build new facilities, expand or remodel and to purchase medical equipment. The Certificate of Need makes it difficult for a medical facility to respond to the needs of their patients by growing or buying equipment which results in higher medical costs for patients.

The new General Assembly needs to systematically review all state regulations on businesses and individuals and eliminate or simplify all regulations. One regulation that should immediately be eliminated is the Certificate of Need for medical facilities.

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Scott Cumbie (Facebook)
http://www.cumbieforcongress.com/

Missile Explanations

November 10th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

It never fails when something happens that could possibly be made fun of, you are going to find those comments on Twitter (follow us!). If it’s about the government, you can bet there’s going to be a hashtag game. I have had a great time reading through the #missileexplanations hash tag, and thought I’d share some with you for your own amusement:

“Someone called Barbara Boxer “ma’am.” (@JennyErikson)

“These instructions for wiring up this new launch panel are all in bloody Chinese!” (@petedavo)

“his PA told George W Bush to do a book launch of his memoirs (@yorkshirelass21)

“democrat time-capsule filled with Nancy Pelosi’s 111th congress “achievements” ” (@subnetted)

“Biden: “Oh, I thought that button said LUNCH. Whoops. So… what’s for lunch?” ” (@JTlol)

“I think I just hacked NORAD dude” (@petedavo)

“Top secret govt gullibility test to see if Americans can distinguish between a plane and a rocket launched from sea. (@davidturney)

“It was 3am in whatever country Hillary is in.” (@chuck_dizzle)

“Media campaign for ‘Decision Points’ by George W. Bush” (@johntandlich)

Obama: “How does the National Anthem go again?” Woosh “Oh yeah that’s it!” (@petedavo)

“President Sarah Palin’s foreign policy.” (@johntandlich)

“Pelosi’s broom leaving without her. Darn” (@TalosIV4me)

“@AlanGrayson returning to Planet Weirdo” (djsmuzz)

“Emergency teleprompter deployment to Indonesia.” (@bobbycrumpley)

“File under Obama explanation for growth of govt. You only saw heard & felt it, but it didn’t really happen” (@djsmuzz)

“Jerry Jones tried to get the attention off his 1-7 football team.” #Cowboys (@RealJasonMoonen)

“Mr. President, we now have an iPhone app for the nuke codes, just swipe your finger here . . . NO, NOT THERE” (@aaadams)

“Barack finally works up the courage to tell Michelle that their vacation budget will be cut in 2011.” (@OldBob47)

“deactivation instructions sent via text message got mangled. Damn You Auto Correct !!” (@_pTracker)

“George Soros trying to destroy the Fox News satellite before Glenn Beck reveals the puppet master today.” (@SamValley)

“Cruise Ship, Adrift In The Pacific, Shoots Off One HELL Of A Flare” (@Papatul)

“I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” (@Lisalaw113)

“Obama hires skywriting company. Only wants one letter, a giant “I”. (@RennaW)

“More of our jobs being shipped to China” (@BDnUSA)

“Santa Claus was testing out his new HIVEPADS (High-Velocity Parcel Delivery System) for X-mas! Fast and eco-friendly!” (@GDriggers)

“The rent is STILL too damn high.” (@Deyprod)

and MY personal favorites:

“In an attempt to lose money more efficiently, California is now shooting it into space” (@PoliticalMath)

“A weather balloon, reflecting the light of Venus, as seen through swamp gas. Now please stare into the Neuralizer.” (@jimgeraghty)

NCGA Priorities: Education Reform

November 10th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

On November 2, 2010, the Republican party gained control of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time since 1898… 112 years! I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a number of the people that will be representing us in this new General Assembly and am hopeful that NC will turn back towards freedom and prosperity. Clearly, the number one priority of this new General Assembly will be to rein in the spending of state government and address the growing budget deficit. Aside from this first priority, there are a number of priorities that I would like to encourage the next General Assembly to consider:

Education reform

  • Remove Charter School cap
      The best way to improve public education is to create competition in the public school system. Charter schools, which are private schools that operate as public schools, have been shown to perform better than most public schools and at the same time, the added competition improves public schools. NC has a cap of 100 charter schools in the state, which averages to one charter school per county in NC. NC should encourage more charter schools in the state in order to generate more educational competition.

      The new General Assembly should immediately eliminate the existing cap for the number of charter schools allowed in NC.

  • Education Vouchers

Another sure way to generate competition in the public schools and to improve education is to provide every school age child with a voucher that is equivalent to the amount of money that the state spends to educate each child. That voucher could then be used by the parent to “pay” for that child’s education in any school that the parent chooses, public or private. Vouchers with minimal regulations would encourage many more private schools to be built which would create more educational competition

The new General Assembly should provided every school age child with a voucher that is equivalent to the amount of money that NC spends to educate each child that can be used to “pay” for the child’s education in any public or private school that the parent chooses.

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Scott Cumbie (Facebook)
http://www.cumbieforcongress.com/

NCGA Priorities: Secure our Rights

November 9th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives One Response

On November 2, 2010, the Republican party gained control of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time since 1898… 112 years! I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a number of the people that will be representing us in this new General Assembly and am hopeful that NC will turn back towards freedom and prosperity. Clearly, the number one priority of this new General Assembly will be to rein in the spending of state government and address the growing budget deficit. Aside from this first priority, there are a number of priorities that I would like to encourage the next General Assembly to consider:

  • Election reform
  • Tax reform
  • Regulatory reform
  • Education reform
  • Secure our Rights

Secure our Rights

  • Eminent Domain
      One of the reasons that we separated from Great Britain in July of 1776 was because of property rights. Twice in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson refers to abuses and usurpations. A usurpation is when someone takes and uses someone else’s property without their consent. When a government is allowed to take a person’s property without a compelling reason, even when the law allows, that government has abused the very rights of the citizens that government was instituted to secure.

      The new General Assembly should immediately work to strengthen private property rights.

  • Participate in the health care legislation lawsuit
      One of the greatest governmental abuses in our country has been the implementation of health care legislation by the federal government. The federal government has no Constitutional authority to pass any laws in the area of health care. According to the Constitution, any power not specifically delegated to the federal government is reserved to the states. NC must forcefully claim its power in the area of health care and not allow the federal government to intruded on the powers of the states.

      The new General Assembly must participate in the current lawsuit with other states to reclaim the powers that are reserved to the states.

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http://www.cumbieforcongress.com/

CHANGE teaming up with WSPD

November 8th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 6 Responses

Article states:

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — Communities Helping All Neighborhoods Gain Empowerment (CHANGE) approached Winston-Salem Police Chief Scott Cunningham about a new kind of identification card. The ID is for people without proper identification.

“When the police interact with these people, it is very difficult to verify their identity if they don’t have anything on them, and it expands the interaction time,” said Cunningham.The card, which will be valid for one year, will have a photo, address and date of birth. It will also state that it’s *not a government issued ID card. Cunningham says he realizes the cards won’t be fool proof.

“There is the possibility that some of the information may be wrong, and we are giving out information to our personnel later this week about how to recognize, utilize and what safety precautions and credibility to give to the card.”

The video states that some of the people associated with the group CHANGE through their affiliates (‘Who is CHANGE?‘ / see list of churches affiliated with this group) are “not documented”. So I have the following questions concerning this-

  • Who is paying for this?
  • What is truly going to be accomplished through the use of these cards / how is this going to help the police department?
  • Are these cards going to be accepted at the DMV for illegal aliens to get drivers license at some point?
  • Why is CHANGE wanting to be involved in a project such as this?
  • You can already get an identification card at the DMV, except there, you must prove that you are a legal resident. Are these identification cards going to reflect the person’s legal status? If not, then what will be the difference between CHANGE’s id cards, and the DMV id cards?

Email Chief Cunningham with your thoughts – scunningham@wspd.org, and share them here.

UPDATE:

We received Chief Cunningham’s response to a citizen that contacted him with the questions in this article. his response was:

“Ms _____

There is significant misinformation about these cards.

The WSPD is not issuing them.

They are not be recognized as legal id nor anywhere near the equivalent to a state identification.

We are advising officers to look for these and utilize them to a reasonable extent to help identiofy who they are interacting with.

The reason for this is that having some form of identification is better than none at all.

Thank you

Scott Cunningham”

Wow, “misinformation”. Doesn’t that sound familiar? The mere sound of that word makes me cringe now. We await his next response to Ms. _____, to her reply  “Mr. Cunningham….you didn’t answer most of the questions.  If there is misinformation, then it is because the WSPD has not done a sufficient job getting the info out to the public. Please revisit these and reply to each one:…

The  press conference concerning this can be viewed here.