1). Thursday, February 28 - 6:00 pm at the Warehouse Restaurant. (Meeting to start at 6:30 pm). Speakers include Glen Webb, Pitt County Commissioner (and also a detective) and firearms expert Fred Rodgers. Glen will talk about the two resolutions that the County Commissioners passed on Monday, February 4th and the status of crime in Pitt County. Fred Rodgers will talk about conceal carry certification.
2). Friday and Saturday, March 1-2 – Civitas Institute’s “Conservative Leadership Conference” in Raleigh, at the Crabtree Marriott. It was an excellent event last year with Charles Krauthammer and Arthur Brooks, and the 2013 event should be just as worthwhile. This year’s keynote speaker is Michelle Malkin, Fox News commentator, blogger, and syndicated columnist. The cost for the entire event is $200.00 and includes all training sessions, meals, and a special VIP reception with Ms. Malkin. Register at: http://clc2013.com/
3). Tuesday, March 12 – 6:00 pm at the Coffee Shack, Winterville (across Memorial Blvd from Sam’s Club, past Badcock Furniture). NOVIE NIGHT – “Atlas Shrugged, Part 2.” Movie to start prompty at 6:30 pm
Synopsis: Part two of Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking novel “Atlas Shrugged” comes to the screen in this thrilling and powerful drama. The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Dagny Taggart, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered what may very well be the answer to a mounting energy crisis – a revolutionary motor that could seemingly power the World. But, the motor is dead… there is no one left to decipher its secret… and, someone is watching. It’s a race against the clock to find the inventor before the motor of the World is stopped for good.
This part depicts the United States’ further decline into the depths of economic despair. And it shows how increasing government oppression causes the decline to accelerate, even as more and more producers and innovators disappear from industry. There’s nothing that comes close to this story. It is an in-your-face depiction of liberty vs. tyranny, and how an overbearing government impoverishes, and then destroys everyone. You’ll either love it or hate it, but you won’t be neutral.
4). The Annual Beaufort Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner will be held on Friday, March 15th at 6:00 pm. The Honorable Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor, will be the keynote speaker. The Dinner will be held at the Washington Yacht and Country Club, 7155 River Rd, Washington, NC 27889. From 6:00 – 7:00 pm, there will be a Meet and Greet and Happy Hour, with dinner to be served at 7:00. Tickets are $35 and reservations (ideally) should be made by March 8th. To purchase tickets, please contact Jackie Van Essendelft - (252) 975-1312 or (786) 877-4481 (cell). Or you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased directly by sending a check (name, address, occupation) to the Beaufort County Republican Party, c/o Jackie Van Essendelft, 305 S. Wedgewood Drive, Washington, NC 27889.
1). Pitt County Commissioners passed 2 resolutions at their meeting on February 4th - “A Resolution to Preserve and Protect the US Constitution” (especially, the Second Amendment) and “A Resolution to Protect the Privacy of Law-Abiding Gun Owners.”
2). Pitt County followed on the heels of Beaufort County, where the County Commissioners voted on January 18th to adopt a resolution to counter President Obama’s intent to regulate gun rights and gun ownership (23 executive orders signed on January 16th). The adoption of the resolution in Beaufort County marked the first instance in the entire nation that a state or local government entity used nullification to challenge the authority of the federal government to limit the Second Amendment.
3). On Monday, February 18th, the Lenoir County Commissioners passed 2 resolutions as well – the same ones as Pitt County.
4). To date, the following counties in North Carolina have taken a stand on the Second Amendment - Pitt County, Beaufort County, Lenoir County, Franklin County, and Cherokee County. Other county commissioners are entertaining such resolutions and are in the process of tweaking language.
5). NC rep. Michael Speciale (Craven County) introduced House Resolution 63 (H.R. 63), titled “Support Right to Bear Arms.” It is a very weak resolution and not worth the paper it is printed on. You can contact your house representatives and ask that the language be strengthened (reminding them that both the US and state constitutions respect and protect the individual’s right to have and bear arms). The text of H.R. 63 is as follows -
A HOUSE RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE PRESERVATION AND DEFENSE OF THE CONSTITUTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA.
Whereas, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”; and
Whereas, Section 30 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of North Carolina provides: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.”; and
Whereas, the United States Supreme Court in recent months has twice upheld the Second Amendment as applying to an individual’s right to keep and bear arms in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago; and
Whereas, the President and Vice-President of the United States have proposed adopting laws, regulations, or actions that would have the effect of infringing on the right of Americans to keep and bear arms; and
Whereas, in the past, reasons offered in support of these infringements such as registering guns, banning certain kinds of weapons and accessories, requiring extreme background checks, and restricting concealed carry permits have not been shown by the substantial weight of scientific evidence to have been effective in accomplishing the stated objectives of such restrictions as compelling necessities for government action to protect the public safety; Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
SECTION 1. The House of Representatives expresses support of the inalienable right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms and opposes any infringement by the federal government in the State’s right to guarantee the protection of the right of the people of this State to keep and bear arms.
SECTION 2. The Principal Clerk shall transmit a certified copy of this resolution to each member of North Carolina’s congressional delegation.
SECTION 3. This resolution is effective upon adoption.
6). The NC Legislature has taken steps to announce that our state will opt out of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, will return the federal funds that Perdue accepted, and will not participate in the controversial Medicaid expansion provision. Unfortunately, the bill is is written poorly. Senate Bill 4 (“No NC Exchanges / No Medicaid Expansion”) passed and now the House is taking up its counterpart – H.B. 16.
Like SB 4, HB 16 is poorly written. It equivocates in its intent. The bill is supposed to declare that: (1) NC will return the funding to the federal government that Perdue requested and accepted to start setting up the exchanges and (2) NC will not participate in the Medicaid expansion program.
But Section 1(c) states that even though NC will opt out, it reserves the right to participate and assist the federal government. See the end of this post for the recommended changes (rewording of Section 1(c) and removal of Section 2)
The text of the bill is as follows.
[ http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=HB16&submitButton=Go ]
H.B. 16 – “No NC Exchange, No Medicaid Expansion” –
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT (1) TO CLARIFY THE STATE’S INTENT NOT TO OPERATE A STATE-RUN OR “PARTNERSHIP” HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE, (2) TO PROVIDE THAT 3 FUTURE MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS WILL BE MADE BY THE STATE RATHER THAN THE FEDERALLY FACILITATED EXCHANGE, AND (3) TO REJECT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT’S OPTIONAL MEDICAID EXPANSION.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1.(a) Section 23.3 of S.L. 2011-145, created by Section 49 of S.L. 8 2011-391, is repealed.
SECTION 1.(b) G.S. 58-2-40(10) is repealed.
SECTION 1.(c) The General Assembly reserves the authority to define the State’s level of interaction, if any, with the federally facilitated Health Benefit Exchange that will operate in the State. No department, agency, or institution of this State shall enter into any contracts or commit any resources for the provision of any services related to the federally facilitated Health Benefit Exchange under a “Partnership” Exchange model, except as authorized by the General Assembly. No department, agency, or institution of this State shall take any actions not authorized by the General Assembly toward the formation of a State-run Health Benefit Exchange. It is not the intent of this section to prohibit State-federal interaction that does not pursue a State-run Exchange or “Partnership” Exchange model.
SECTION 1.(d) The Department of Insurance and Department of Health and Human Services shall cease all expenditures funded by the following Exchange-related grants from the federal government: (i) Exchange Planning Grant and (ii) Level One Cooperative Agreement Establishment Grant. Any contract between a third party and the State to provide services funded by such grants is hereby terminated on the grounds that funding no longer exists. The Departments shall review all grant-related expenditures that preceded the effective date of this act and shall draw down grant funds sufficient to reimburse the State for any unpaid expenditures allowed under the grants. The Department of Insurance shall notify the Secretary of United States Department of Health and Human Services that the State will no longer be drawing down Exchange-related grant funds. It is not the intent of this section to impact any grant funding for premium review.