Republican Recap 10/11/19
College basketball is better than the NBA. There, I said it. This week reaffirmed that for me and probably for many of you as well with the cowardly stance taken by the league and its high profile players and coaches bowing to Chinese oppression and severing ties with Israel. Need some more volunteers for the State Fair this year! Check out the sign-up at the bottom and read up on the stories you may have missed this week.
STORIES FROM THE NATION
Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar has been in some hot water over campaign finance problems and lying about marrying her brother. No matter who she married, she's now filing for divorce and the hole just keeps getting deeper. New York Post
Sen. Elizabeth Warren was a teacher (and a Republican, or at least so she claimed) long before she became a far-left politician. She also claimed that she was fired from her teaching job for being pregnant. Like a lot of things she says, she lied. The Washington Free Beacon
Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke is desperate to get above his 0% polling average and has taken the incredibly radical step to call for stripping the tax-exempt status for churches, colleges, or charities. Not kidding. Washington Examiner
Eric Holder's Democrat redistricting group has set its sights on North Carolina's Congressional districts. They're not interested in fair maps; They're interested in rigging the system for Democrats. It's time to stand up for them (and win back the NC Supreme Court). Fox News
STORIES FROM NC
Democrat State Auditor Beth Wood appeared on a radio talk show this week and detailed some serious problems with NC's Medicaid system, the same one her fellow Democrats are trying to expand. Here's the killer line: "You just can’t keep putting a bunch of people into a system that is already broken.” The News & Observer
There are several Democrats running for the Superintendent of Public Instruction position in 2020. They recently held a forum and in what is no surprise, all of them are against charter schools and voucher programs. The News & Observer
Speaking of charter schools, the federal government awarded $10 million to the state to help expand charter school opportunities for educationally disadvantaged students. The state may actually have trouble spending the money. Find out why and how that can change. Carolina Journal
Governor Cooper applied for FEMA relief for areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The application was denied, but here's the real story: apparently Cooper's people screwed up the application from the beginning and knew it was a long shot, so they tried to blame Sen. Burr and Tillis. Yet another example of Cooper failing when it comes to hurricane relief. Spectrum News
TRACKING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
All the air has been sucked up by the impeachment, but the House did pass a bipartisan bill to help families get through TSA a little easier at airports. The Senate has been pretty quiet as they look at the impeachment proceedings since they are tasked with the actual trial should Articles be introduced and passed out of the House. However, Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley is trying to get an update on those who made the false accusations against now-Justice Kavanaugh during his confirmation.
Contrary to their federal counterparts, the NCGA was quite busy this week. Since Cooper continues to hold the budget hostage over his Medicaid expansion ultimatum, the respective chambers have passed mini-budgets in an effort to get funding out. They passed bills boosting spending at community colleges and rural broadband grants, and are looking at more mini budgets aimed at education, namely teacher pay increases.
The Senate passed the funding piece to the Raise The Age criminal justice reform bill that passed last year. A Senate committee also looked at more criminal justice reform, aimed at sentencing reform.
Municipal Election Tools:
Early voting starts next week (10/16) for the November municipal elections. Stay tuned for a list of early voting locations.
On Saturday October 12th, check out the Swain County GOP Low Country Boil! Plenty of good speakers as well. Details here: Swain GOP Low Country Boil
The N.C. State Fair starts on October 17th and we need some more volunteers! Sign up here or email Vice Chair Miriam Chu directly at email@example.com.
On October 25th, join the 13th District GOP for Dinner with Ted Budd featuring guest speaker Rep. Mark Meadows! The dinner will be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville, NC. Tickets are here: Dinner With Ted Budd
Also on October 25th is a night hosted by Rep. Mark Walker featuring country music legend Ricky Skaggs! Get your tickets here: Walker4NC ft. Ricky Skaggs
On October 26th, join the Wilson County GOP for their annual oyster roast! Details: Wilson GOP Oyster Roast
Make sure to visit the NCGOP Events page to see more events than what's listed there.