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Posted Monday, July 4, 2011
Silk Hope, NC – “We’re going to take back North Carolina and BBQ, Bluegrass & Balanced Budgets is just the beginning,” said Cathy Wright, Chair of the Chatham County Republican Party. The Chatham GOP recently sponsored a fundraiser at the Silk Hope Ruritan Club in Siler City and saluted the commissioners and legislators who balanced the budget. “They stuck to their campaign message and kept their promises,” added Wright. Nearly 200 Chatham Republicans and conservatives enjoyed music by Eastern Gate, a bluegrass and gospel band, homemade BBQ with all the fixings, and inspiring speeches from special guests.
Robin Hayes, Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party was on hand and said, “We faced an historic budget deficit because of decades of out-of-control spending and failed policies from the tax and spend Democrats in Raleigh. Governor Perdue had a chance to work with Republicans but chose to politicize her veto stamp to protect the status quo and to energize her liberal base for her re-election campaign.” Hayes said that the General Assembly reached a bi-partisan agreement to reject Governor Perdue’s $1 billion tax hike and right-sized the state government to provide a better future for North Carolina’s families, students and job creators.
Justice Paul Newby, who has served on the North Carolina Supreme Court since 2004 and is running for re-election, shared his background, his philosophy of judicial restraint, and encouraged Chatham conservatives to get involved with his campaign. Newby said that the election of judges is an important part of civic responsibility. Voters should know the candidates’ qualifications and their judicial philosophies, and Newby said that the greatest threat to the electoral system is an uneducated electorate.
“We kept our promise to you,” said House Majority Leader Skip Stam, “and passed a budget that protects education and helps small businesses hire new employees.” Stam counted off the campaign promises kept including, eliminating the cap on Charter Schools; reducing regulatory burdens on businesses; passing meaningful forced annexation reform; securing our state as a right-to-work state; protecting the rights of homeowners against intruders (Castle Doctrine); and passing the Eminent Domain constitutional amendment to protect private property rights. The legislature also passed the Health Care Freedom Act (freedom against federal health mandates), but Governor Perdue vetoed this bill.
The Governor also vetoed the Honest Election Reform bill which would require a person to produce a photo ID when voting. Stam said, “The Governor chose to ignore the will of over 75% of North Carolinians who view presenting photo ID to vote as simple logic.” He encouraged citizens to contact their House Representative [Joe Hackney] and ask that he vote for the override of the Governor's veto on Voter Photo ID, House Bill 351.
Chatham County Commissioners Pam Stewart and Walter Petty thanked the audience for their support and encouragement during the past six months. They too were pleased with the outcome of Chatham budget preparations. The commissioners said their goal was to reduce overall spending but not raise property taxes or reduce funding to core priorities such as schools and public safety. The bottom line is that the commissioners approved a budget that reduced overall spending while increasing spending in the core functions of county government.
Chairman Hayes concluded by praising the Chatham Republicans for participating in Take Back NC, the step-by-step grassroots program which begins in the local precincts. “Our enthusiasm and commitment to be prepared for the 2012 election was so obvious here tonight. We want to reach out to fellow conservatives, get organized, so we can be ready for what will be the most important election of our lifetime. We will listen, help and lead, with energy and enthusiasm, so we can elect Republicans,” added Cathy Wright.
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