Election Update

2022 Election Update

The good. On Tuesday a three-judge panel (2 Republicans, 1 Democrat) unanimously rejected a lawsuit from leftist organizations challenging the election maps created by the North Carolina legislature this fall and ordered elections to move forward. They ordered that candidate registrations resume at 8:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 24, 2022 and continue through and end at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 4, 2022.

The bad. The same leftist organizations are expected to challenge this ruling at the North Carolina Supreme Court, where there is a 4-3 Dem-Rep advantage. There are four possible outcomes:

  1. Uphold the lower court ruling and let the elections move forward.
  2. Order the Legislature to redraw the maps.
  3. Appoint a special master and draw their own maps and force them on the state.
  4. Accept the maps that the Left's lawsuit has submitted instead of the Legislature's maps.

I am not confident the Supreme Court will do the right thing and accept the legally-constructed maps. North Carolina law says the state legislature is the final authority on redistricting maps; however, we all expect the Left to 'sue until we're Blue' and this is just another example of that.

Voter ID

The Left's challenge to the voter-approved Voter ID Amendment to the NC Constitution is now before the North Carolina Supreme Court. Just like other actions, I am not confident the Supreme Court will support the will of the people. Hopefully they will prove me wrong.

Candidates

From time to time the Chatham County Republican Party will announce events by Republican candidates. This in no way indicates an endorsement of any particular candidate until after the primary elections are concluded.

Calendar Updates

  • February 10, 7pm forum. The League of Women Voters is holding a 'virtual forum' on elections along with the administrative staff of the Chatham Board of Elections. I strongly suggest you attend this if possible, as the LWV has at times in the past seemed to stray from their non-partisan public face. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNib_dy9cKCubSc6CXniY4wZ4iXjoAVwkBN2YOAr-FXfbC7w/viewform.
  • February 24 - March 4. Candidate registration. Maybe.
  • March 26, 9am. Chatham County GOP Convention at the Pittsboro Community House. We will have a keynote speaker and presentations by Republican candidates running for election in 2022. All county Republicans are invited, but if you wish to be a voting delegate at the convention you must be a registered Republican no later than January 31, 2022. We will have a website for registration available in the next few weeks, but put this on your calendar now.

Chatham Republican Men's Club

The Men's Club is becoming a reality! Expect to see the charter meeting sometime in the next few weeks. Hope to see you there, more information to follow.

Raffle - Duke - UNC Coach K's final game

Two (2) tickets to DUKE vs UNC at Cameron, March 5 2022 for Coach K's final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tickets are Row C, Seats 14 & 16 (next to each other) just three rows up from the basketball floor. Each ticket is $20, with a maximum of 3,000 tickets sold. Purchase your raffle tickets here: https://secure.anedot.com/ncgop4/c7bc3229906da73d2298d Proceeds go to support Republican county parties.

In National News ...

Senator Chuck Schumer and his Democrat Senate colleagues are focused on a federal take over of state elections. President Biden gave an incredibly divisive speech in Atlanta, but Senator McConnell presented a great rebuttal. You can see it here.

Finally, from 1918:

The American's Creed

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

–Accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

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Political Updates

Election Updates

Recapping what I know or think about the 2022 election status:

  1. Candidate filing is on hold because of a lawsuit brought against the redistricting maps by our Governor and Attorney General to the NC Supreme Court. The Court wants written briefs by Jan 5, oral briefs by Jan 11. I'm guessing these are the potential outcomes:
    1. The Court throws out the lawsuit, and filing resumes by late January, or
    2. The Court throws out the redistricting maps and
      1. Asks the Legislature to redraw, or
      2. Requires an independent commission to redraw (against the NC Constitution) or
      3. Redraws the maps themselves (again, against the NC Constitution).
  2. Primary elections are currently scheduled for May 17. The general election remains in November. What a mess.

Calendar Updates

  • January 6: first meeting of the Chatham GOP Men's Club - everyone invited - Siler City Best Foods Cafeteria, 7pm.
  • March 26: Chatham GOP County Convention
  • April 30: GOP 7th District Convention
  • May 19 - 22: NCGOP State Convention

Finally

Have a safe holiday season. 2022 is going to be a busy year. Right now there appears to be a conservative wave building for the November elections, but we could see a lot of political shenanigans between now and then. Cornered politicians and political animals could behave just like cornered wild animals, and we need to remain concerned about keeping the nation our founders intended for us. Enjoy the next couple of weeks and then let's hit the ground running in January to elect conservatives to Government.

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On December 25, 1776 George Washington and the American Army crossed the Delaware River and marched nine miles in deep snow. In a surprise attack they defeated 1,400 Hessian mercenaries for one of the early victories in the American Revolutionary War.

From generation to generation, heroes like these have poured out their blood and sweat and heart and tears for our country. Because of them, America is strong and safe and mighty and free. Because of them, two centuries on The Star Spangled Banner still proudly waves. For as long as our flag flies in the sky above, the names of these fallen warriors will be woven into its threads. For as long as we have citizens willing to follow their example, to carry on their burden, to continue their legacy, then America’s cause will never fail and American freedom will never ever die.

-- President Donald Trump

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Time to step forward

Candidate registration begins Monday

Anyone wishing to run as a candidate in the 2022 elections must register between noon December 6 and noon December 17. We still need candidates! This coming year will be especially interesting as two of the county commissioners (Jim Crawford-D in the 3rd district and Diana Hales-D in the 4th district) are NOT running for re-election. Please email (CCGOP_chair@pm.me) me if you are interested in any of the open positions. Now is the time!

Board of Elections Inputs Needed

Two important items will be on the agenda for the next Chatham County board of elections meeting scheduled for December 21: determining whether there will be Sunday early voting, and a proposal for spending lots of money for a new (and in my opinion, unnecessary) Board of Elections building. The meeting will be online and viewers can express their opinions, but the meeting detaiuls have not been posted to the Board's website. More to follow, but please plan to express your opinions. Voters should email their comments to Board of Elections at pandora.paschal@chathamcountync.gov so the comments are read aloud at the recorded meeting, or to request time during the public input segment to address the Board.

Kids and COVID

Health and Freedom NC is hosting a webinar on our children and COVID vaccines on December 8 at 8PM. For more information and to register go here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItcu-vqTwrG91RJmImDahNztUfEQE5XlcT.

Pastors and Church Leaders

The North Carolina Faith and Freedom Coalition is sponsoring an Interdenominational Pastor Conference on December 15, 2021, at Best Food Cafeteria at 220 E. 11th St. in Siler City, from Noon until 3:00pm. The conference will feature presentations, testimonials and sharing on threats to our religious freedom. The event is free, but conference participants are encouraged to come early to purchase lunch by going through the cafeteria line. The Conference marks the 230th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill Of Rights.
Event registration is at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chatham-county-interdenominational-pastor-conf-tickets-217539064197.

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To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.

--Sir Winston Churchill


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Reagan Day Dinner Recap

A big thanks to everyone that was able to participate in this year's Reagan Day dinner. Great (and short!) speeches from candidates and a thought-provoking keynote address. And the meal from Governors Club was equisite as always. See you at our next event!

Chairman Whatley's visit

North Carolina Republican Party chairman Michael Whatley answered questions on Saturday morning in Pittsboro. Some highlights:

  • North Carolina will be 'in the eye of the hurricane' for the Senate race in 2022. Expect outlandish spending by out-of-state Democrats to try and win the seat of outgoing Senator Burr.
  • Ballot protection and integrity: every vote counted during the 2022 election was observed by a Republican. Our NC voting machines are not connected to the internet, have paper ballots for auditing, and are made in the USA. (Note: my concern is the voter registration process itself, and the fact that Chatham County appears to restrict Republicans from being early voting poll workers.) You can read the Republican National Committee's report here. We will have a 'ballot integrity workshop' sometime in the spring here in Chatham County.
  • Voter ID Law history: passed as a law; Democrats sued and stopped it. Passed as a constitutional amendment; Democrats sued and stopped it. The issue is now before the NC Supreme Court and the Democrats are trying to remove any Republican judges who might support it. With a 75% approval of voter ID in North Carolina, what are the Democrats hiding by opposing it?
  • Redistricting was an open and transparent process. The maps were drawn online and anyone could watch, and anyone could provide inputs plus there were public hearings across the state. Previous maps were opposed by the Democrats because they included race; these maps are opposed by the Democrats because they don't include race. More lawsuits on the way.
  • What should Republicans be for? Fiscal Sanity. Reducing needless government oversight and regulations. Our constitutional freedoms. Supporting parents and families. A strong, free economy.

Primary Elections

The filing period for primary elections is in two weeks. If you have been thinking about running for office in 2022, NOW is the time to decide. Let me know at ccgop_chair@pm.me. Let's not give the opposition a free ride.

Build Back Brandon bill

Our leftist-led House of Representatives passed their version of Biden's Build Back Better bill. This monstrosity (2,466 pages) will cause long-term irreversible damages to our country. Just among a few of the absurdities:

  • Commissions a climate police: Democrats stuffed $8 billion into the bill to commission a cabal of federally funded climate police called the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) who will conduct progressive activism on taxpayers’ dime (pages 8, 21, and https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20210927/BILLS-117hr5376rh.pdf#page=926).
  • Pushes Green New Deal in our public schools: Requires funding for school construction be used largely on enrollment diversity and Green New Deal agenda items (page https://docs.house.gov/meetings/BU/BU00/20210925/114090/BILLS-117pih-BuildBackBetterAct.pdf#page=55).
  • Increases taxes on Americans at every income level: $2 trillion in tax hikes will fall on those making under $400,000 per year, contrary to what the White House says. Individuals at all income levels will be affected (Ways and Means GOP).
  • Violates Americans’ financial privacy: $80 billion slush fund to hire an 87,000-IRS-agent army to carry out the Biden administration’s plan to review every account above a $600 balance or with more than $600 of transactions in a year. (page 2283).

Thanksgiving

Regardless of politics, disease, rumors of wars, we still live in the greatest country the world has ever seen. We have liberties that in most nations are unimaginable. We must remember that whenever the political climate seems like it is dragging us down. Remain thankful and hopeful.

In times of impending calamity and distress; when the liberties of America are imminently endangered by the secret machinations and open assaults of an insidious and vindictive administration, it becomes the indispensable duty of these hitherto free and happy colonies, with true penitence of heart, and the most reverent devotion, publickly to acknowledge the over ruling providence of God; to confess and deplore our offences against him; and to supplicate his interposition for averting the threatened danger, and prospering our strenuous efforts in the cause of freedom, virtue, and posterity...Earnestly beseeching him to bless our civil rulers, and the representatives of the people, in their several assemblies and conventions; to preserve and strengthen their union, to inspire them with an ardent, disinterested love of their country; to give wisdom and stability to their counsels; and direct them to the most efficacious measures for establishing the rights of America on the most honourable and permanent basis.
-- John Hancock, 1776.


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We are all in this together

In three weeks candidates will need to register to run for office in 2022. We still need candidates, particularly running for commissioner in district 3 and 4, and for board of education in 4. Please don't think 'someone else will do this'. If not you, then who? If not now, then when? Encourage a conservative friend or neighbor to run for office. Contact me for more information at ccgop_chair@pm.me.

Reagan Day

A big thanks to everyone, especially our generous Sponsors, who attended our Reagan Day dinner on Saturday evening. We had a great turnout, and Governors Club was a superb host as always. Several candidates were able to attend. I've given the websites below for those who were able to be at the dinner. I will publish more candidate websites in future newsletters.
Keynote Speaker
Russ Vought: https://americarenewing.com
For US Senate
Ted Budd https://tedbudd.com
Marjorie Eastman https://marjoriekeastman.com
Pat McCrory https://www.patmccrory.com
Mark Walker https://walker4nccom/
For US House
Lee Haywood https://leehaywood.com/
Craig Kinsey https://kinseyforcongress.com/
For NC Supreme Court
Trey Allen https://www.treyallennc.com
April Wood https://www.judgewoodforjustice.com

Saturday morning with the NCGOP chair

The North Carolina Republican Party Chairman, Michael Whatley, will visit Pittsboro on Saturday morning November 20 at 9am in the Pittsboro Community House (65 Thompson Street). Please join us for coffee and to hear what is the latest news from the State level AND meet with some of our local Republican candidates. I'm looking forward to hearing the State Party's perspective on the upcoming elections.

Some news links

Normally I don't like to republish information, but if you missed these they were particularly interesting:
Why America Needs National Conservatism
Glossary of CRT Terms

Stay Informed!

Political awareness and involvement does not begin and end at the voting booth. It is OUR responsibility to remain informed about the issues impacting our families, our communities, our beliefs, our liberties, and our nation.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
--Thomas Paine


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Everything 'free' is paid for by a taxpayer

A friend forwarded me this framework; it puts everything in perspective. Numbers are as of 2020.

  • US Tax Revenue $3,420,000,000,000 (individual and business taxes)
  • Federal Budget: $6,550,000,000,000
  • National Debt: $29,000,000,000,000 (and growing every year)
  • New spending being proposed by the Democrats in Congress: $3,500,000,000,000

Now, let's remove '8 zeros' each time, and pretend this is a household budget:

  • Annual family income: $34,200
  • Money the family spent last year: $65,500
  • Outstanding balance on the family credit card: $290,000
  • Additional new credit card debt: $35,000 (more debt than our hypothetical family income)
  • Got it? There is no such thing as free money from the government. It all comes out of our wallets or more debt.

Election Results

Here are the local election results:
Pittsboro mayor: Cindy Perry defeated Jim Nass
Pittsboro town council: Pamela Baldwin and James Vose. Michael Fiocco was defeated.
Goldston mayor: Jonathan Hensley
Goldston town council: Brian Burke, Wayne Woody, Lynn Gaines
We wish them the best in their roles, and we will demand from them a solid constitutional approach to governance.

For those of you following the Virginia governor's race, Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. That is good news as an indicator of what, with your help, may happen nationwide next fall.

Election 2022 - are you a candidate?

As they say, all politics is local. We need conservative local candidates. This coming election is our opportunity to turn around the Chatham Board of Commissioners and the School Board. It is all about you; I'm asking for you to consider running for office. Talk to your family. Discuss with your neighbors. Pray for direction. Then, if you feel that calling, let me know that you are interested.

The ultimate bucket list raffle!

This should be great!

Two (2) tickets to DUKE vs UNC at Cameron, March 5 2022 for Coach K's final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Tickets are Row C, Seats 14 & 16 (next to each other) just three rows up from the backetball floor.
Each ticket is $20, with a maximum of 3,000 tickets sold.
Purchase your raffle tickets here: https://secure.anedot.com/ncgop4/c7bc3229906da73d2298d
Proceeds go to support Republican county parties in the 4th District.

Town Hall with Craig Kinsey

Wednesday, Nov 3 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Pittsboro Community Center, 65 Thompson St, Pittsboro NC. Come discuss the issues with Craig Kinsey, candidate for US House of Representatives.

Reagan Day

Last call for tickets to our Reagan Day event. Don't miss hearing Russ Vought as our keynote speaker. Also, US Senate Candidates Ted Budd and Mark Walker have confirmed their attendance and will be speaking at the event along with other candidates. Final day for ticket sales is Saturday, November 6. Get your tickets here: https://secure.winred.com/ccgop-ec60b911/reagan2021

Volunteering

Political parties at the County and District level are entirely volunteer organizations. We need your help to ensure that conservative and constitutionally-minded representative government remains viable at all levels. Please consider volunteering to help in the headquarters, to make phone calls, to distribute information, to help fund-raise, and to help get-out-the-vote. And consider becoming a candidate!

Stay Informed!

Political awareness and involvement does not begin and end at the voting booth. It is OUR responsibility to remain informed about the issues impacting our families, our communities, our beliefs, our liberties, and our nation. 

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
― Alexis de Tocqueville


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Update October 25

November Election Questions

I've received several questions about the November 2021 municipal elections. The Chatham GOP is not supporting or sponsoring any particular candidate for those elections, as the Pittsboro and Goldston mayor and council races are technically non-partisan, and only residents of Pittsboro, Goldston, and the Goldston-Gulf Sanitary District are eligible to vote in November. The Siler City town races have been postponed until Spring 2022. If you are eligible to vote this fall - do your research and GO VOTE!

And, if you feel the pull to become a candidate in 2022, please let me know.

Pittsboro Street Fair - we have a booth!

The Pittsboro Street Fair is this coming Saturday, October 30 from 10am to 4pm in downtown Pittsboro. Our GOP booth will be on the south side of Hanks street at the eastern end. Congressman Ted Budd plans to meet-n-greet at our booth from 10am to 11am to stop by and introduce yourself. The Street Fair is always a fun event, and we hope you visit us this year.

Redistricting

The really rough draft redistricting maps are being unofficially circulated and the Left is already hopping mad. Part of the Left is upset and claim the maps take into account political or racial groups, and the other part of the Left is upset and claim the maps don't take into account political or racial groups. Funny how the Left likes redistricting maps only when the Left makes them. The lawsuits are coming.

Reagan Day - almost last call

Our Reagan Day dinner is November 13. We have had really good ticket requests so far, but we will cut off ticket sales on November 4. So, if you plan on going and have put off purchasing a ticket, go here in the next few days or you will miss a great evening.

Inflation

When I bought gas in Siler City on Saturday it was 20 cents more per gallon than just two weeks ago. We're seeing inflation now and we will see a lot more to come. Everyone should be concerned about runaway inflation and shortages of goods on store shelves. Y'all be careful out there.

When a business or an individual spends more than it makes, it goes bankrupt. When government does it, it sends you the bill. And when government does it for 40 years, the bill comes in two ways: higher taxes and inflation. Make no mistake about it, inflation is a tax and not by accident.
-- Ronald Reagan

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Chatham GOP Update

Hard Times

Hard times create strong men,
Strong men create good times,
Good times create weak men,
Weak men create hard times.
— Unknown

What kind of times are we in now?

Don't like how what schools are teaching our children?
Don't like our Chatham County taxes going up year after year?
Don't like our Senators and Representatives continually spending into more debt?
Don't like open borders, mandates from the government, spying by the IRS, abandoning our overseas allies, groveling before China?

Then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Everyone is busy. Are you too busy to save your country? We need conservative men and women to run for office at the local, state, and federal level. The time is getting close to file for election. If you are the person to run for office, let me know at ccgop_chair@pm.me.

National Debt

This past week eight Republican and all Democrat senators voted to raise the national debt ceiling, adding $480 billion in debt to last only through the 3rd of December. Neither of our North Carolina senators did so, thankfully. There is no line of reasoning that can claim our national debt is not a huge problem. We know it, they know it. When candidates for office come asking for your money this next year, make sure you know their voting records before you write a check. Support the good candidates; ignore the other requests.

Learn more about our children's education

The keynote speaker at our annual Reagan Day dinner this year is Russ Vought, president of the Center for Renewing America. Come hear his thoughts on the state of America and our schools on November 13 at Governors Club. More information and tickets are available here.

Do Something

'Doing something' doesn't necessarily mean volunteering for the Republican Party (although we are all volunteers and need your help!). Express your opinions at school board and county commissioner meetings. Talk to your neighbors about your principles. Write letters to the editor. Help out with Voter Registration drives. Become a paid election worker. Pass out literature outside the polling places. Monitor what is being purchased at the county libraries. Sign up to be on government committees.

Fly the American Flag.

I am only one.
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

—Edward Everett, American Orator and Scholar (1794-1865)


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Newsletter, September 23

Chatham Schools Listening Tour

Have you heard about the new Chatham County School Superintendent's 'listening tour'? This is your opportunity to share thoughts and opinions on the school district and the education of our children. This doesn't seem to be widely publicized for whatever reason. Here is the link for the dates, locations and times next week: https://www.chatham.k12.nc.us/relationshipsmatter. We need conservatives to express their opinion on education.

Chatham September Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended the Chatham GOP open meeting on September 14. My thoughts after the meeting:

  • When discussing Critical Race Theory with anyone, we need to understand exactly what that term means, in context, and have a firm grasp on concepts and lesson plans that are used. CRT means different things to each of us, and it is mainly used by the Left to divide us. We cannot let that happen.
  • The meeting had some good open discussions; we all have different viewpoints from where we come from, our age, experiences, upbringing, skin color
  • We have to continue to support the ideas of the Constitution and our Founders. THAT has to be one of our primary driving forces.

    We will continue to have periodic open meetings. Please attend!

Redistricting

The redistricting fights are beginning, even before the first map has been published. The Left is trying to get Democrat-sponsored comments into the public record so that they can use them for future lawsuits (see https://www.ncpoliticalnews.com/news/senator-blasts-left-wing-redistricting-activists-social-media-complaint).

The Legislature is scheduled to vote on the Budget the first week in October. I'm guessing we will see the first redistricting maps shortly after that vote.

Please comment to the Legislature on redistricting at this site; it only takes a couple minutes at https://www.ncleg.gov/requestforcomments/38

Here is what I said; you can use it or your own words, but please comment.

"I urge the North Carolina Legislature to keep county boundary integrity: do not break a county into separate legislative or congressional districts. That only serves to divide neighbors and weakens the impact of a citizens voice in our government. Particularly, in Chatham County, do not split it into various districts. Your previous legislative boundaries have enhanced a partisan divide between separate parts of the county."

Open Precinct Judge Position

We have an open Republican Precinct Judge position in East Williams (for the Primary and General election day). I have to nominate a replacement very soon. If you live in East Williams and would like to be considered, please contact me at ccgop_chair@pm.me before Sunday, September 26.

Potential Candidates

Reminder - we need candidates, especially for the local positions of School Board districts 3, 4, and 5, and Commissioner districts 3, 4, and 5. If we haven't already spoken about your possible candidacy, please contact met at ccgop_chair@pm.me. Time is starting to run short for making a decision.

Our Nation

My letter to the editor was in last week's Chatham News & Record: Citizen or Subject? referring to Biden's vaccine mandate on companies. You can view the letter here.

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It is the people who control the Government, not the Government the people.
--Winston Churchill

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Citizen or Subject?

Joe Biden has declared that any business with over 100 employees must require Covid vaccinations of its employees, or submit those not vaccinated to weekly Covid tests. Nothing in the US Constitution gives a President that authority over its citizens. His tyrannical order is blatantly unconstitutional and will be overturned in court.

What makes this worse is the list of those exempt from this vaccination mandate, including Congress and congressional staffers, and Federal Judges and their staff. Guess which union gave $1.2 million dollars in donations to Democrats in 2020? The US Post Office Letter Carriers union, which also seems exempt from the vaccination mandate.

Who else is exempt from this vaccination mandate? Anyone entering illegally into our country.

A few days ago Vice President Harris said “When people are able to make choices without government interference for themselves — in terms of their well-being and the well-being of their family, in consultation with whomever they may choose — we are a stronger society”. Harris and Biden obviously did not coordinate their sound bites.

A free nation has citizens, which includes our elected officials, who believe in and follow their oath to support the Constitution. Forcing adults to inject vaccines is unconstitutional and immoral; that action turns citizens into subjects.

Letter to the Editor, Chatham News & Record, September 16, 2021

September 8, 2021 Update

September Schools presentation

Please join us for the Chatham GOP meeting at 7:00 PM on September 14 at the Pittsboro Community House (65 Thompson St in Pittsboro) where we will hear from Susan Mills, the Vice Chair of the North Carolina Republican Party. Susan will speak on the state of our North Carolina public schools and how we can become involved in making them better.

For specific information about what is happening within the Chatham County Schools, visit this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ParentsofCCSNC.

Candidates!

A big thanks to everyone who was able to participate in our candidate's orientation on Tuesday. We always need folks to step up and work to return our county to conservative values. If you are a Democrat or Unaffiliated Voter and considering running as a Republican in next year's contests, you must re-register as a Republican NO LATER than September 18 in order to file as a Republican candidate in December.

We do not share our email list with anyone, so that makes it difficult for candidates to reach out to our readers. Here are websites that you can check for candidate information:

Candidate websites

For US Senate
Jen Banwart
Ted Budd
Marti Cooke (Facebook page)
Kenneth Harper
Pat McCrory (Facebook page)
Zach Potter (TBD)
Mark Walker

For US House
René Borghese
Craig Kinsey

The 2020 Census redistricting process continues. We do not know the boundaries of voting districts for US Congressional representation or for the NC House and Senate in the upcoming elections. The latest information is on the NC General Assembly website here. Public comments on the process are welcomed at that website. I encourage you to submit comments that Chatham County must not be split districts like we have now.

Reagan Day Dinner

Tickets are available for our Reagan Day Dinner on November 13 at Governors Club. Visit this flyer link for more information. Go here to purchase your ticket before they are gone. This will be a great evening!

Get involved!

Political parties are all-volunteer organizations of folks who spend a few hours to many hours each month working for a better government. Can you help? Let us know at this link. We need a Webmaster - someone willing to learn the software we use and keep our website up to date.

Our state, nation and world

What is there to say? Our governor continues to veto common-sense legislation in order to support a leftist agenda. Our president seems unable to make it through a press conference without a serious misstatement and now Afghanistan is governed by a man on the FBIs terror list. The world continues to struggle with Covid.

On Saturday we remember the terrorist attack of twenty years ago. Where were you? Most of us can remember all the details. For me, like many in Chatham County, it's personal. My immediate boss and two co-workers were instantly killed when the Pentagon was struck; I could easily have been with them that day. Please never forget all the heroes that rushed into burning buildings in New York and Washington DC to save others.

But - the US remains the greatest nation in the world, the sun rises each day, and we live in a beautiful place in a great state. Let's stay positive, keep good relations with all our neighbors, and peacefully work to return our politics to conservative values.

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Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world. --Daniel Webster


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August 31, 2021 Update

Candidate School

Candidates must file to run for the 2022 election in 108 days. Have you been considering running for office in Chatham County? Don't know how or what to do? If you are seriously considering becoming a candidate, attend our Chatham GOP Candidate School next Tuesday, September 7. Email me for location and details if interested.

These are the offices are up for election. Do you like the direction our nation, our state, and our county are taking? If not, get involved!

  • US Senator
  • US Representative (district boundaries not yet determined)
  • NC Senate (district boundaries not yet determined)
  • NC House (district boundaries not yet determined)
  • Chatham County Sheriff
  • Chatham Board of Commissioner in Districts 3, 4, and 5
  • Chatham Board of Education in Districts 3, 4, and 5
  • Soil and Water Commissioner (2 seats)

Reagan Day Dinner

Tickets are available for our Reagan Day Dinner on November 13 at Governors Club. Visit this flyer link for more information. Go here to purchase your ticket. This will be a great evening!

Our nation and our world

I'm at a loss to talk about what is going on in Afghanistan. The United States has become an embarrassment to our allies and a laughing stock to our enemies. Our fellow citizens who are suffering from natural disasters in Louisiana, California, and western North Carolina need our prayers. Covid's latest variant seems to be taking a toll on the unvaccinated, and our politicians are using that to again restrict liberty. Taxes are rising, particularly property tax in Chatham County -- but just wait to see your tax bills if the Democrats in Congress get their way with trillion-dollar spending plans. We the People must make our voices heard, and the way to do that is to run for office, support candidates, go vote and encourage like-minded conservatives to do so also. The future of the Republic depends on us.

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They tell us Sir, that we are weak -- unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power.

Patrick Henry


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Critical Race Theory Meeting

Critical Race Theory in our Schools

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is slithering into our public schools, whether it is called that or goes by something else. 

  • CRT teaches that race is the main determinant of success in America. CRT promotes the idea that people should be categorized and judged based on their group identity instead of their individual character, behavior, and merit.
  • CRT undermines our American foundation that "all men are created equal". CRT proponents want to replace equal opportunity with equality of outcome regardless of effort.
Come learn how you can help remove CRT from our schools at our next Chatham GOP meeting: Tuesday, September 14 at the Pittsboro Community Building (65 Thompson St). North Carolina Republican Party Vice Chair Susan Mills will speak on CRT and education policy in North Carolina schools. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the program starting promptly at 7:00pm. We will have a short social hour after the presentation and meeting. Please RSVP at this link so we can plan on attendance.

Seven Months until Primary Election

Are you happy with how the County is run? Taxes OK? Are laws and regulations too much? Do you like the school district policies? If not, then DO something about it: run for office (or encourage your conservative neighbor to run for office). Several readers have expressed interest, but now is the time to act. Email ccgop_chair@pm.me” if you want more information. You must announce your candidacy by December in order to be a candidate for the March Primary Election, so commit now!

August meeting recap

A huge thanks to everyone who was able to attend our August meeting at Best Foods Cafeteria in Siler City (great fried chicken!). We had a large turnout - I counted about 100 folks. I challenged everyone to six tasks:

  1. Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know
  2. Know the candidates and their positions for the 2022 elections
  3. Become a candidate, or help find good candidates for commissioner and school board
  4. Get involved with the local party - volunteer and donate your time and money
  5. Be aware of redistricting, and contact your representatives when needed
  6. Show you are an American patriot - fly your Stars and Stripes

Important Dates to Remember

DateActivity
Sep 6Labor Day
Sep 14Chatham GOP meeting at Pittsboro Community Center
Oct 09NCGOP Sportsmen's Banquet
Nov 13Reagan Day Dinner. Register as a sponsor at https://secure.winred.com/ccgop-ec60b911/reagan2021
Dec 04NCGOP Hall of Fame Dinner
Dec 17Last day to register as a Candidate
Mar 08Primary Election Day

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Here is a particularly important quote, given some of the recent actions by our federal, state and local governments:

‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. ― Friedrich Hayek

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August 3 update

Citizenship and Voter Registration - did you know?

When a new voter registers to vote in North Carolina, there is no confirmation that the new voter is a citizen of the United States. All one has to do is mark a box stating they are a citizen. Lying about that is a crime, but no one checks. Just something else our North Carolina legislature needs to address.

August Chatham GOP meeting

We are holding our August 10th Chatham County GOP meeting at Bestfoods Cafeteria in Siler City, from 6pm to 8pm. Please attend if you are interested in meeting other Chatham conservatives, and please let us know if you are coming so we can plan accordingly. RSVP here.

Reagan Day Dinner (November 13)

Reagan Day Dinner sponsorships are available now. Individual tickets will be available in September. We have three levels of Sponsorship. Each level provides tickets to the event, a VIP reception prior to dinner, photo opportunities with the speakers, and recognition in the Program, plus with our sincere thanks!

To become a sponsor, visit this link.

Russ Vought, our Reagan Day dinner keynote speaker, has been busy. Here is a link to one of his current efforts against Critical Race Theory and here is a link to his organization, the Center for Renewing America.

Get involved in Chatham County

The Chatham County Environmental Review Advisory Committee is seeking a member to advise the Commissioners on environmental policy. An application is at this link. Also, the Agriculture Advisory Board is seeking a member to advise the Commissioners on agriculture and land use issues. More information is here and an application form is here.

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I just discovered the writings of a conservative economist at George Mason University: Dr. Walter Williams. Check out his website to read his insights into liberty, freedom, and economics. From Dr. Williams:

Government is about coercion. Limiting government is the single most important instrument for guaranteeing liberty.

And just one more:

Most of the great problems we face are caused by politicians creating solutions to problems they created in the first place.

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Political Vaccinations

Let's clear the air on Chatham County COVID vaccinations amongst political parties.

The Chatham County Republican Party encourages individuals to consult with their physicians and do their research and then make an informed choice about whether the experimental COVID vaccination is right for them.

When the call for volunteers went out to assist in mass COVID vaccination clinics, hundreds of Chatham residents came out, and everyone worked together regardless of being a Republican, Democrat, Unaffiliated, or not registered. No one asked how we voted.

The North Carolina COVID website indicates that 88% of non-hispanics are vaccinated in Chatham County; 12% of hispanics. Political affiliation is not one of the data fields provided, nor should it be.

One might think the Chatham County public health authorities would reach out to the local Republican party for assistance if there truly were a measurable difference in vaccination rates by political party. That has not happened. Rather, we see vague references in the local newspaper by the board of health director (Zelek) that talk about 'national polls' indicating some political difference in vaccination acceptance. Mr. Zelek, stick with Chatham County facts.

Bottom line: we live in a free country where individuals make choices. It appears much of Chatham County has already made the choice to be vaccinated. Keep political accusations out of public health.

Upcoming dates to remember

Upcoming Dates to Remember

July 30 Meet the Candidates

The 4th District of the NC Republican Party is hosting a US Senator Candidate Town Hall in Durham on July 30. All seven of the current Republican Senate candidates (Banwart, Budd, Cooke, Harper, McCrory, Potter, Walker) will be there to explain their views and answer questions. RSVP to this great event here.

July 31 Movie night

Need something to watch on Saturday night? Come join us at the Chatham GOP Headquarters (189-B Thompson Street in Pittsboro) for a showing of Casablanca starting at 7:00 PM. No need to RSVP, just show up!

August 10 Open meeting night

The Chatham GOP  is meeting at Best Foods Cafeteria in Siler City (they have the best fried chicken!) starting at 6pm. Open to all Chatham Republicans. No special agenda, just a chance to hear about some of our plans for the fall and have a meal with fellow conservatives. Watch for your calendar invitation to RSVP, as the seating is limited to 100.

September 11 FIESTA

The Chatham GOP will have a table at the Siler City FIESTA celebration on September 11 from noon to 6pm. Stop by and visit while you are enjoying the Hispanic food and entertainment celebration in Siler City.

September 14 Critical Race Theory

Are you concerned about Critical Race Theory infiltrating our schools? Then come hear Susan Mills, Vice Chair of the North Carolina Republican Party discuss CRT and how parents can get involved with their school boards to ensure our schools do not turn into lecture halls for socialist agendas. The date is September 14 starting at 7:00pm at the Pittsboro Community House, 65 Thompson Street in Pittsboro (just a short walk from our headquarters).

November 13 Reagan Day Dinner

The Reagan Day Dinner is our gala event of the year, and this year we will kick off the holiday season with an outstanding event at Governors Club. Our keynote speaker will be Russ Vought of the Center for Renewing America. Sponsor table tickets will be available in August, with general admission tickets later this fall. See you there!

Candidates Needed

We are continuing to encourage local citizens to seek election to offices that will be open in 2022, particularly the three Chatham Commissioner districts (3, 4, and 5) and the three School Board districts (3, 4, and 5). Interested in more information? Contact ccgop_chair@.... Filing deadline is December 2021!

Dangerous Times

We live in dangerous times for our constitutional government. The North Carolina governor keeps us in a COVID 'State of Emergency', as does the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. Our federal government tells us that only what the current administration says is 'truth' and asks social media platforms to block the free speech rights of anyone who says otherwise. Advice for conservatives:  be strong, be vocal, be active, but be peaceful in defending our constitutional rights.

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Everybody is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.
― Winston Churchill

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