Principles Matter.

June 23, 2009

By Aaron Whitener
Watauga Chairman

Reality is that the Republican Party in Watauga County and across the United States has suffered some set backs in recent elections. Some in our party lost their way and have paid the price at the ballot box. Others were victims of the tsunami caused by the Obama campaign. These set backs have led some in our party to question the direction of the party.

This weekend I attended the North Carolina Republican Convention in Raleigh along with 12 other delegates from Watauga County. The race to become NCGOP Chairman had become a heated one and the convention center was packed with passionate Republicans from across the state. While I do not like to see negative campaigns within the party, it was exciting to see the enthusiasm with those in attendance.

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Forsyth Precinct – May 2009

June 23, 2009

Coming off the sideline

June 18, 2009

By Kevin Austin (Yadkin County Chairman)

The Yadkin Ripple

For the longest time I stayed on the sideline. Well, not even on the sideline. More like in the stands or even at home. I stayed out of public life.

My father’s philosophy on public life was to serve quietly, to donate privately, and to not draw attention. Although he served publicly on zoning boards and housing commissions and privately through the Masonic organization and Sertoma Club, he has always been happen to remain below the radar.

His father was a little more public, as City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem of Albemarle back in the 40’s and 50’s, until his early death.

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Musical chairs – More Jobs = More Career Paths

June 18, 2009

By Kevin Austin (Yadkin County Chairman)

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. “Too many young people leave Yadkin County never to return.” It’s always the same complaint. Only the reasons cited show any variation at all.

The favorite reason people tend to give is, “we are a small, backward county with nothing to offer young people.” Well, that is a pretty broad and damning statement, but buried in it are some elements of truth including what I believe to be the real reason: a shortage of career path opportunities.

Please allow me to back up for just a second. Not all the young people leave Yadkin County. Not even all of the highly qualified young people. There are plenty of young professionals in Yadkin County, the great majority of them home grown.

But there is a problem of opportunities in Yadkin County.

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Fetzer says Democrats’ fundraiser stretches ethics

June 18, 2009

Tom Fetzer, the newly elected state Republican Party chairman, is already taking shots at the Democrats.

In his first news conference, Fetzer called on the Democrats to cancel a June 26 legislative fundraiser that he said violates the spirit of ethics laws.

The fundraiser is a reception for state legislators, and tickets range from $50 for individuals to $1,000 for sponsor groups. State Democrats said the party hosts this reception annually to recognize senators and representatives.

Jostens will close Winston-Salem plant, cut 185 jobs

June 17, 2009

By Kim Underwood
Published: June 17, 2009

Jostens announced yesterday that it will lay off all its 185 employees in Winston-Salem over the coming months as it shuts down its yearbook printing plant off Stratford Road.

Winston-Salem employees will get severance packages and help finding other jobs, said Rich Stoebe, a spokesman for the company.

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Democrats’ Must End Pay-to-Play Politics, Cancel Fundraiser

June 17, 2009

NCGOP Press Release

RALEIGH — A June 23rd North Carolina Democrat Party fundraiser sponsored by Governor Bev Perdue and the Democrat members of the Council of State “honoring” Democrat Legislative leaders gives the appearance of a violation of state laws written in the aftermath of the corruption scandal surrounding disgraced former Democrat House Speaker Jim Black. Read the rest of this entry »

Foxx Co-Sponsores Energy Aleternative Bill

June 16, 2009
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx has cosponsored a bill that would invest in nuclear power, renewable energy, and offshore energy sources. The bill is called the American Energy Act, and according to Foxx’ office, it promotes energy independence, job creation, and environmental protections for new energy projects. In a statement released Friday, Foxx said, “If we are going to emerge from this recession with a sustainable recovery, we must confront the coming crisis in energy. That’s why I’m pleased that we have a bill that paves the way for economic recovery through commonsense energy policies. Without a clean and abundant supply of energy, America cannot retain its place as a world’s economic powerhouse.” Foxx’ spokesperson, Aaron Groen, said this legislation is an alternative to an energy bill offered by Congressional Democrats. Groen said the Democrats’ bill would essentially tax energy, which would increase the cost of energy for North Carolina families.
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Defending DOMA

June 16, 2009

Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
Monday, June 15, 2009

Late Thursday, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers filed a motion to dismiss a case that challenged the 1996 Federal Defense of Marriage Act often referred to as DOMA. DOMA currently prevents couples in states that recognize same-sex unions from securing Social Security spousal benefits, filing joint taxes, and other federal rights of marriage. Justice Department lawyers concluded that allowing federal marriage benefits to gays would infringe on the rights of taxpayers in the 30 states that specifically prohibit same-sex marriages.

Naturally, gay activists were upset, apparently angered that they could not just bend the Department of Justice to their will. Perhaps I should not be surprised by their ire. Their greatest allies have been out-of-control courts and runaway legislatures.

State GOP chooses Fetzer for chairman

June 14, 2009

Published: June 14, 2009

North Carolina Republicans picked former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer yesterday to marshal the state GOP’s message, manpower and money leading up to elections next year headlined by a U.S. Senate race.

Fetzer beat Lee County Commissioner Chad Adams to become state GOP chairman on the second ballot after an initial round narrowed the four candidates. Adams bowed out when it seemed clear that Fetzer would win, and the state Republican convention proclaimed Fetzer the winner without completing the votes cast by about 1,600 delegates.

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