Republican Recap 10/4/19
Contrary to popular belief, there aren't four seasons in North Carolina; There are 13. We're at the end of second summer before we finally hit fall weather next week. Some big news out of the job front as the country hit the lowest unemployment rate in 50 YEARS. The RNC and the Trump campaign put up some staggering fundraising numbers and some new laws went into effect in NC this week. Let's dive into the stories you may have missed this week.
STORIES FROM THE NATION
Anti-Semitic Rep. Rashida Tlaib decided to make some racist comments this week talking about facial recognition technology, but the real story is the House Ethics panel reviewing some potential campaign finance violations. The Hill
Cooperation with ICE has been discussed at length here in NC with HB 370, and Democrats continue to be on the wrong side. In New Jersey, the state's Attorney General is now trying to order all the sheriffs not to cooperate with ICE. Hot Air
The Trump campaign and the RNC are putting up some serious fundraising numbers: a record $125 million for the 3rd quarter. For reference, the Obama campaign raised $70M during the same time period in 2011. Campaign manager Brad Parscale outlined the $1B strategy and the 1.6 million volunteers (that means you!) for 2020. Forbes
We've talked about this as well: it's important to grow the conservative movement for the future, and that means reaching out to groups that aren't traditionally seen as Republican and going to where they are. Sen. Tim Scott recognizes this need and details how he plans on helping diversify the Party. The Daily Signal
STORIES FROM NC
Ever since approving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Governor Cooper has been trying to buy back the support of environmental extremists. To do so, he's putting forth a green energy proposal. Needless to say, it's not going well. Carolina Journal
After seven Democrats voted for the budget back in June, rumor had it that Cooper invited them over to the Governor's Mansion and basically introduced them to their primary challengers if they voted to override the impending veto. Someone finally asked them about it. They doth protest too much, methinks. WRAL
Let's look ahead to 2020. There are several counties that swung from blue to red in 2016, although one went the other way. In order to have more success in 2020 while taking back the NC Supreme Court, kicking Cooper out of office, and maintaining a majority in the NCGA, we'll have to expand on those wins and flip some more. Spectrum News
I will repeat this ad nauseam: start educating voters now about the judicial races. We need to win back the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals circuit or these ridiculous lawsuits from Democrat groups that can't win at the ballot box will continue. Smoky Mountain News
TRACKING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
A relatively quiet week in the House because all the air has been sucked up by the impeachment proceedings. That being said, the House passed a bill giving illegal immigrants electronic medical records ahead of veterans. I kid you not.
The Senate passed a bill aimed at helping ransomware attacks as the government agencies and private entities continue to come under sophisticated intrusions. They also passed a bill helping increase STEM initiatives in schools and the Autism Care Act, which the President signed into law.
A couple laws went into effect this week, most notably the rideshare law aimed at protecting Uber and Lyft users. With lots of things going digital these days, the House is looking into making your license plate digital. The Senate has yet to take up the veto override of the budget, but they do plan on passing a few more mini-budgets to force the hand of Cooper and legislative Democrats.
Municipal Election Tools:
The 7th District Unity Reception is on October 5th on the USS North Carolina! Come take a tour, grab some refreshments on the fantail, and watch some fireworks. Details are here: 7th District Unity Reception
Also on Saturday October 5th, please join the Currituck County GOP for their 3rd annual Family Picnic! The picnic takes place at the Waterside Villages Clubhouse in Grandy, NC. Event starts at 4:30pm and features several speakers. RSVP to Carolyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rene (email@example.com) by October 2.
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
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 here.