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
Lots to get to this week. One humorous note to get to before we jump in: the national president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, was forced out after just 8 months. Ironic, ain't it?
STORIES FROM THE NATION
Democrats continue to ignore the crisis at the border as more apprehensions are made and asylum claims registered. In what some consider an overdue move, the Trump administration instituted a rule that those seeking asylum will first have to apply for it in Mexico, or whatever country they enter first, before they can apply for it in the US. National Review
Questions continue to circulate regarding anti-Semitic Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar and the alleged marriage she had to her brother in order to skirt immigration laws. Conservative outlets have been digging for quite a while, and now the issue is making its way to local papers. Star Tribune
A new poll from Axios showed that AOC is the defining face of the current Democrat Party, which is fantastic news. Her far-left policies will show up in lots of ads in 2020 (and the North Carolina Democrat Party has already endorsed two of them - Medicare For All and the GND). The Medicare For All plan would kick 200 million people off of their private health insurance, and AOC had the audacity to claim no one would be "heartbroken" losing their insurance. Enough is enough, and she's received a challenger for 2020: a Republican immigrant from Jamaica. Fox News
Speaking of Medicare For All, Sen. Kamala Harris is also a supporter of the policy. Harris has come under fire for flip-flopping on various issues and in her spat with Joe Biden during the debate, she endorsed forced busing regarding public school demographics. But let's check out her M4A plan that "makes no sense." New York Magazine
STORIES FROM NC
Roy Cooper continues to hold the budget hostage over Medicaid expansion. Teachers aren't getting their raises, school construction needs aren't being met, and the rape kit backlog that Cooper allowed to accumulate isn't being addressed. Senate Republicans have had enough and are united against his budget hostage. The News & Observer
Speaking of Cooper, Democrats whine about Medicaid expansion, claiming that it's overwhelmingly supported in NC. Nevermind that support drops after people hear what it will cost, but let's focus on the support claim. The same person playing that tune is the same person that just joined a lawsuit against the voter ID amendment that was passed by an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians. Disgraceful. WWAY
By now you've heard about the SCOTUS ruling regarding partisan gerrymandering. You've probably also heard about the state lawsuit regarding the same thing, also being led by liberal Common Cause and the NC Democrat Party. The trial began this week, so check out this explainer on what it is. NC Civitas
A couple weeks ago, the North State Journal interviewed Chairman Michael Whatley about his plans for the next two years. Next up is Vice Chair Miriam Chu. Take a read into what she's going to do with this piece also from NSJ. North State Journal
TRACKING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
Perhaps the biggest vote in the House this week was the vote on impeaching the President. It's been a goal of the House Democrats as they've embraced the far left, and they finally brought it to the House floor. It failed spectacularly. The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan entity that scores bills with financial impact, checked out the $15 minimum wage bill. What did they find? The bill would cause household income to drop by $9 BILLION and the country could lose up to 3.7 MILLION jobs. What did House Democrats do? In their never-ending quest to prove how out of touch they are, Democrats passed it anyway. It's DOA in the Senate as Mitch McConnell continues to earn one of his many cool nicknames. Speaking of McConnell, he filed cloture motions on two more judges, a new FAA Administrator, and the new Secretary of Defense.
Back in March, the Senate passed a bill banning female genital mutilation unanimously. It now heads to the House floor where another unanimous vote is expected. In today's sharing economy, AirBnB is a popular option over hotels. As "progressive" cities like Raleigh and Asheville stand in the way of homeowners renting out their own property, the House is considering stopping them. As mentioned above, Cooper continues to stand in the way of progress for North Carolina and projects in places like Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Kinston. To keep the government functioning while Cooper holds the budget hostage, legislators are passing a stopgap measure.
Want to be a part of the massive grassroots army to help keep NC red in 2020? Sign up for future Trump Victory program trainings here: Trump Victory Leadership Initiative
Third And 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
The first Unity Reception is tonight in New Bern! This is the first of several around the state. Details: New Bern Unity Reception
The second Unity Reception is next weekend in Brevard! This one is a breakfast next Saturday. Details: Brevard Unity Reception
Tomorrow is the Mint Hill/Matthews Republican Club Summer Cookout! Go check it out: MMRC Summer Cookout
Want an update on the 2020 Convention in Charlotte? Good. There's an event for that in Charlotte on July 23rd being hosted by the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans: CLT In 2020 RNC Convention Update
The Davidson County Republican Party is holding their Red, White, and Blue BBQ on Friday, July 26th! Info is here: Red, White, & Blue BBQ
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
For future planning purposes, the Chatham County GOP is hosting a candidate forum for 2019 municipal and 2020 candidates. Want to attend? Click here for details.
Have a good weekend!