On the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 PM, WCHL, FM 97.9, broadcasts The Other Side. Each month various members of the OCGOP address a different topic, in an attempt to reach out to Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties and help people to better understand our conservative viewpoint and message. On July 15, the theme was The Sanctity of Life. Aaron Keck and I were joined by Duke pediatrician Dr. Laura Gutman.
OCGOP Summer Bulletin
I wanted to provide everyone with a schedule of upcoming Orange County GOP activities and events.
There will NOT be an OCGOP monthly meeting in July.
A training session led by Dr. Carol Petrou from Winston-Salem and designed to help us improve conservative voter turnout in Orange County will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 at the OCGOP Headquarters in Hillsborough. The training will include effective strategies for recruiting volunteers, poll workers, and judges, and ways to get voters to the polls.
On August 8th the OCGOP monthly meeting will be held at 7:00 PM at the Headquarters.
On Sunday, August 11, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, all are invited to our annual Ice Cream Social at the OCGOP Headquarters.
A final date for the annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner, which will be coming up in September is pending the availability of the guest speaker, Lt. Governor Dan Forest. More to follow.
Have a great, safe summer!
Waddy Davis, OCGOP Chairman
STORIES FROM THE NATION
Remember Virginia Governor Ralph Northam? Yes, the one that was in that absurdly racist yearbook photo. He still has his job, as does fellow Democrats Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (accused of sexual assault) and AG Mark Herring (racist photos). Must be nice to be a Democrat, right? The school that produced the year book released a full report on the picture. The Washington Free Beacon
It's no secret that Republicans haven't done well in cities and some urban areas have had Democrat "leadership" for decades. Many of those places are crumbling under the yoke of regressive liberal control. We know who's to blame. The New York Times
As Democrats turn on one another in the presidential primary, most are shopping oppo (short for opposition research) on whomever the presumed frontrunner might be and in this case, it's Joe Biden. The opioid crisis is affecting a lot of areas around the country, and this piece looks into how Joe Biden's policies supercharged this epidemic. POLITICO
House Democrats pushed through the Equality Act in June. This is another example of using a title (after all, who could be against equality?) to pass a bill aimed at the 1st Amendment and religious freedom. Liberal law professor Douglas Laycock from the University of Virginia Law School explains why this bill isn't for anything resembling equality. National Review
STORIES FROM NC
Last month, Democrats on the State Board of Elections fired Executive Director Kim Strach in an obvious political move that was topped off with a sexist comment from NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin. Cooper claimed he had nothing to do with Strach's removal and it turns out Cooper's political arm orchestrated it. WRAL
Speaking of cities, Charlotte's City Council is dominated by Democrats and what's about to follow probably isn't exclusive to the Queen City. During a budget discussion this week, the Democrats on the city council proposed cutting police training funds. Want to guess what they want to do with the money? WBTV
Sticking with Charlotte for a moment: Back in 2018, the NCGA passed HB 514, aimed at allowing four towns in Mecklenburg County to form their own charter schools and giving parents more power to help shape their child's educational future. Things became even dicier this week with a decision by one of those four towns. WFAE
TRACKING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
Planning for retirement or getting there soon? The House actually passed some good legislation this week that helps strengthen long-term financial stability. Both chambers passed a fix to address taxes relating to Gold Star families and it should hit the President's desk next week. The Senate also confirmed more judges this week, namely Wake Forest alum Kenneth Bell for the Western District of NC, who was shepherded through by Sens. Tillis and Burr.
Despite the bipartisan vote regarding retirement reform, Democrats are trying to undo the Administration's changes to the weaken Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a potentially unconstitutional behemoth created under Obama's Dodd-Frank Act. The CFPB and the Dodd-Frank Act in general have been named as reasons why the economy took so long to recover and have been particularly harsh for banks across the board. Who voted to stand with heavy-handed government intervention and against a free market economy?
YEA - Butterfield, Price, Adams
NAY - Holding, Foxx, Rouzer, Hudson, McHenry, Meadows, Budd
N/V - Walker
While the House cleared this bill back in April, the Senate passed a bill to settle the ongoing dispute between craft beer makers and wholesalers and it heads to the Governor for his signature. It cleared by an extremely wide margin, so if you're looking for a wider variety or more stock of your favorite craft beer, you could see more soon. As mentioned on the NCGOP FB page earlier this week, the Program Evaluation Division of the NCGA released a report detailing the expenditure of the federal Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) meant for Hurricane Matthew recovery. The Cooper admin has spent a whopping ONE PERCENT over nearly three years and is now being investigated by Dr. Ben Carson's HUD. Republicans have vowed to get to the bottom of this problem. Details from the Senate budget are starting to leak out, and hearings begin next week.
Third District Primary Runoff Dates:
Absentee ballot voting begins - 🚨 TODAY! 🚨 (request an absentee ballot here)
Early voting begins - June 19 (visit your county's board of elections website for hours and locations)
Early voting ends - July 5
Election Day - July 9
Ninth District General Election Dates:
Absentee ballot voting begins - July 27
Early voting begins - August 21
Early voting ends - September 6
Election Day - September 10
Enjoy the holiday weekend, but don't forget what it's for: our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice that we can never repay.