Republican Recap 8/23/19
POTUS is coming back to NC! He'll be doing a rally in support of Sen. Dan Bishop in the 9th District. Stay tuned for a date and more details. Remember when Obama lectured everyone about income inequality? Guess who just purchased a $15 million mansion in Martha's Vineyard? I've got a confession to make: last week, I said that Hickenlooper was the first Dem to drop out of the Presidential race. He wasn't; It was Rep. Eric Swalwell. Now there are four: Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Washington Governor Jay Inslee. I guess we should call him Jay Outslee. (*rim shot*) I'll see myself out.
STORIES FROM THE NATION
The Koch brothers have been used as boogeymen for years by the liberal left. What they never talk about is the over $1 BILLION they've donated to charity, especially for cancer research. David Koch, who was given just a few years to live after a prostate cancer diagnosis 27 years ago, passed away at the age of 79. Rest in peace, good sir. Fox Business
From the fawning adoration for Democrats to unending scrutiny for Republicans, the media has had trust issues for decades and it's lower than ever today. The New York Times' editor said the quiet part out loud. Sadly, what was said is not going to surprise you. RedState
Ever since accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein committed suicice, there have been endless conspiracy theories that, for once, aren't out of the realm of reality. Regardless, Attorney General Barr is furious about the situation and is removing those responsible. Washington Examiner
In the 2016 election, there was talk about what's termed a "faithless elector." Basically, state electors - the ones who compose the Electoral College - would not vote for the winner of each state in the Presidential election. This disturbing ruling from a judge in Colorado will ultimately end up the Supreme Court. The Colorado Sun
STORIES FROM NC
Many of you have kids that are returning to school next week. Because of Cooper's Medicaid expansion ultimatum, funds for your child's education and the raises for their teachers are being held hostage. The Charlotte Observer
Speaking of Medicaid expansion, there have been several articles included in past Recaps. "That's great Jeff, but do you have a page with all the research and talking points about it?" Glad you asked: NC Civitas. Here's what NC can learn from other states that have expanded Medicaid. News & Record
A firm belief that many, if not everyone, on the right holds: you can spend your money better than the government. North Carolina had a $900 million surplus. Cooper wants to spend it on what he wants. Legislative Republicans want you to spend it however you decide is best. Carolina Journal
Greedy Dan McCready is trying to make state education a federal issue. While Sen. Dan Bishop supports school choice, McCready has made it pretty clear he doesn't and would rather throw billions at failing schools instead of allowing parents to decide what's best (something the Obama admin did). Here's the distinction: McCready has every right to send his kids to whatever school he wants; He just doesn't want you to have the same right. Daily Caller
TRACKING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
As previously mentioned, they're out on August recess. One quick mention: socialist Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his own Green New Deal. This slimmed down version? Just $16 trillion and requires massive tax increases on the middle class. No biggie.
Because of Cooper's ultimatum holding the budget hostage, the Republican leaders are going to put Cooper on the defensive by passing the budget piece-by-piece. Veto the teacher pay raises and education funding in a stand-alone bill? Good luck explaining that one to voters. As promised last week, the General Assembly passed HB 370, aimed at requiring county sheriffs to participate in the 287(g) program with ICE. Cooper promptly vetoed it. Because every Democrat voted against it, expect to see this veto and vote later on the campaign trail. The Farm Act has bipartisan support...and opposition, mainly due to a provision regarding smokeable hemp. It was passed out of House Rules, but we'll still have to see if it goes further.
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Absentee ballot voting has begun! Visit VOTE.GOP to request your absentee ballot or find your early voting location.
Early voting begins - August 21
Early voting ends - September 6
Election Day - September 10
There are a multitude of events for Dr. Greg Murphy! Go to his Facebook page here and check out one of the events!
The Union County GOP will be holding a picnic to benefit the judges running for SCONC and the Court of Appeals in 2020 on August 24th. Want to attend? Check it out: Union County GOP Judges Picnic
The Yancey County GOP will be holding a "Keep America Great" golf tournament on August 31st! Check out the details here to sign up and play: Keep America Great Golf Tournament
From September 6-8, there will be an entire weekend of action in support of Dan Bishop! Check out the event page for more info. 2019 Weekend of Action
The Surry County Republican Party will be having their annual Drawdown on September 7th. Learn more here.
For future planning purposes, the Chatham County GOP is hosting a candidate forum for 2019 municipal and 2020 candidates on September 10th. Want to attend? Click here for details.
Join the Moore County GOP for Trump Country 2020! Check out their website here for details on how to attend the event: Moore County GOP
The Clay County GOP is holding their fall picnic and rally on on September 28. Things get rolling at 2pm at the Clay County Rec Park Pavilion at 47 Clay Recreation Park Road in Hayesville. Feel free to bring a covered dish and come on out!