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40 days to election

Supreme Court. Our condolences to the friends and family of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was admired by many for her commitment to her principles. Now, though, we have even more responsibility to vote and make sure President Trump can continue moving our nation back to conservative and constitutional principles. The Senate Democrats displayed their true colors during the ugly Justice Kavanaugh hearings. They will try to do so again to whoever is selected by President Trump. They would do the same to any one of us.

Trump's second term agenda. Check out this link https://www.donaldjtrump.com/media/trump-campaign-announces-president-trumps-2nd-term-agenda-fighting-for-you/ to see what President Trump has in store for his second term.

Voting Absentee voting is going on now; early voting starts on October 15. I'll have more details on where and when to vote during early voting in my next newsletter.

Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates. Here is the debate schedule:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29: The first presidential debate will be held at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7: The vice presidential debate will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. USA Today’s Washington bureau chief Susan Page will moderate.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15. The second presidential debate will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. Steve Scully, senior executive producer and political editor of C-SPAN Networks, will moderate.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22. The third presidential debate will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Kristen Welker, co-anchor of “Weekend Today” and NBC News’ White House correspondent, will moderate.

Candidate material. Come by the headquarters and pick up yard signs, bumper stickers, MAGA hats and candidate information. This is the finest HQ we have had in many years, and it's conveniently located just south of the circle in Pittsboro between the Mod and the ABC store. Open weekdays and Saturdays.

Volunteer. All of us have a responsibility to maintain our constitutional government. We must stand against those who want to control our every action and thought and will use any legal or illegal method to gain that control. How are you going to help this election season? Your vote is expected. Your help is needed. Please volunteer for just a few hours at one of the polling locations, or be an inside observer watching for any shenanigans across the voting process. Go to https://www.chathamncgop.com/volunteer_2020 and let us know the country can count on you at this time. If you want to be an inside observer let me know right away - I have to submit your name to the board of elections.

Be brave. Remember you are not alone in this fight, and we need your support.

An inspirational video. Profound wisdom from an Englishman: https://youtu.be/6cRixEuaKRk.

Finally, this week's quote. We live in times that are perilous to our Constitution.

The consequence of citizen inaction, at this perilous moment, is to put at risk the Constitution, our way of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If law abiding patriots across the country do not take prudent action, if they remain subdued and silent, then our nation will be fundamentally altered and cease to function as a republic.
-- Excerpt from Insurrection & Violence, ©2019 Unconstrained Analytics, Inc.

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50 days to election

Reagan Day meet-the-candidates. As you probably have heard, we turned our annual Reagan Day dinner into a virtual opportunity to see and hear from many of the local and state candidates. Tune in at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 19 using Zoom to see the event. You must have a Zoom account (get one at zoom.us if you do not have a free zoom account) to attend.

Here is the login link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84457687210?pwd=Q2QxUDdta1FTdC95RzRFTm1oR1lIQT09

Meeting ID: 844 5768 7210
Passcode: 738612

Sample Ballots. Each year we prepare sample ballots with our recommended candidates. You can see this year's recommended candidates here. If you would like a paper copy just come by our headquarters and get one. You can also get candidate material and Trump signs. Stop and say hello!

Absentee Ballots. Have you requested your absentee ballot? Have you filled it out and returned it? Still need one? Go here for absentee ballot information.

Thinking about elections, patriotism, and love of country - consider the most recent Medal Of Honor recipient, Sergeant Major Thomas Payne. SGM Payne received his medal on September 11, 2020, the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Read his story, and try to keep a dry eye as you think about the sacrifices our men and women in the military, our police and other first responders, and others have made throughout our history to keep our country a strong Republic.

Do you believe 'someone else will do everything?'. You won't get medals for volunteering, but everyone needs to help! Please volunteer this election season, and bring a friend.

Finally, closing with a quote from Thomas Paine, who helped inspire the American patriots to declare independence from Great Britain:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their county; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered yet we have this consolation with us, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
— Thomas Paine

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60 days to election

Absentee ballots. If you have requested an absentee ballot, those begin to get mailed on September 4. Absentee ballots are NOT AUTOMATICALLY sent to North Carolina voters. You may request an absentee ballot at https://www.chathamnc.org/home/showdocument?id=50995 or at https://www.ncsbe.gov. If you don’t receive a ballot about a week after requesting one, contact the board of elections at (919) 545-8500.

You can return your ballot by mail, or in person at the Board of Elections office (984 Thompson St, Pittsboro NC 27312), or in person at an early voting site. There are no ballot drop boxes. An individual may only return their own ballot, or that of a near relative (spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother- father- daughter- or son-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, or legal guardian). NO ONE ELSE can legally return your ballot. If someone other than one of those tries to return your ballot, please contact the Chatham Republican Party at ChathamNCGOP@gmail.com.

To check and see if your completed, returned ballot has been received, visit the North Carolina board of elections website at https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.

If you ask for an absentee ballot and then later decide to vote in person - great! All you have to do is destroy your unsubmitted absentee ballot. Once you submit your absentee ballot, however, you are done. You cannot later vote in person or change your ballot.

Sample ballots. We will be sending Republican sample ballots in the next couple of weeks. Look for yours in the mail with our recommended candidates. Remember this year we have a multi-page ballot. You will need to vote all pages, all the way to the end of the ballot.

Precinct Chairs! Interested in going all-in to support conservative principles and candidates? Then consider becoming a Precinct Chair. We have openings in several precincts for this important organizing role. If you might be interested, send an email to ccgop_chair@pm.me for more information.

Reagan Day meet-the-candidates. Due to the Governor’s restrictions on meetings during covid, we regret our 2020 Reagan Day Dinner must go ‘virtual’ this year. We have a full lineup of conservative candidates who will speak. Please plan on attending from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on September 19, 2020 via Zoom. I will send out the login information a few days before the event.

Volunteering. We hope to have volunteers at each of the early voting and election day sites, and as inside voting observers at each voting site. Both these roles are vitally important this year. We will need almost 6,000 volunteer hours to make that goal. We live in a free America now because our forefathers volunteered their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor over 200 years ago. It is our duty to honor their sacrifices. Please volunteer just a few (or more!) hours this election season to maintain the United States as the greatest country on earth. Go to https://www.chathamncgop.com/volunteer_2020 and let us know we can count on you between now and November.

Local Profiles in Courage. A special thanks this week to our two Chatham County Board of Elections members, Charles Ramos and Frank Dunphy. They stood up for conservative principles in the face of Democrat board member verbal attacks at the most recent board of elections meeting. Good job! Now, it is up to all of us to show courage for our principles in Chatham County.

Old Fashioned Farmers Day. Looking for something to do on Labor Day weekend? The 45th Old Fashioned Farmers Days at Silk Hope is happening on Saturday and Sunday. Many of our local Republican candidates will be around the broadcasters booth at 11:00 am on Saturday. Be sure to wear your MAGA hats. (Wait - you don't have a MAGA hat? Get one at the Chatham GOP headquarters in Pittsboro.)

Looking for something else to do? Our Orange County neighbors are having a 'BBQ, Bluegrass & The Bill of Rights' barbecue on October 3 in Hillsborough, to support the Judicial Candidates. More information is here: https://orange.nc.gop/bbq_and_bluegrass.

Finally this week, some historic words:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

― Benjamin Franklin

Thanks for reading.
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70 days to election

70 days until election. Have you thought about how you are going to cast your ballot this year?

In North Carolina, you have several methods to cast your vote.
On election day, November 3, you must vote in your precinct. MOST ELECTION-DAY VOTING LOCATIONS HAVE CHANGED THIS YEAR due to Covid precautions. Do not plan on going to the voting location you used in the past, as most likely it will be not be there. More on that in a later email.
For two weeks before election day, you can vote in-person at one of the early voting locations. I’ll put out more information about that in a couple weeks.
You can request an absentee ballot now. If for some reason you might not get to the polls in person, any registered voter can vote with an absentee ballot. That is a great primary or backup plan in case something happens and you can’t get to the polls. If you are not registered to vote, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here and register. If you have not yet requested an absentee ballot, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here now. If you later decide to vote in person, you do not have to send in your absentee vote, but now you have a backup plan. Ballots will start to be mailed on September 4. If you vote absentee you cannot later vote in person.
The North Carolina absentee ballot procedure seems to be secure. Each ballot will have a barcode that the voter can use to check the progress of the ballot from mailing to deliver to voting at the board of elections.
You can check your voters registration by going to this website: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/

Early Voting. The days for early voting in each North Carolina county are determined by a unanimous vote of the Board of Elections members. This year the three Democrat members have pushed to expand early voting on Sunday. The three Republican members have voted against Sunday voting. Since they could not agree, the decision now goes to the State Board of Elections meeting on August 31. You can express your opinion at https://bit.ly/3ipadmf no later than noon on August 27. Please do so.

Reagan Day Dinner. Because we cannot plan on what edict will come next from Governor Cooper regarding coronavirus, we cannot hold this year’s Reagan Day dinner in person. Please plan on attending our virtual Reagan Day meet-the-candidate event on September 19. A future newsletter will have login information for the event.

Volunteer. We would like to have volunteers all day at every one of the polling places this year to hand out sample ballots and answer voter’s questions about candidates. Please consider spending some time with your fellow patriots this year, and volunteer for this important work. Simply go here and let us know if you can help.

From one of our nation’s Founding Fathers:
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must … undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
― Tom Paine

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80 days to election

We are in a culture war - a soft war that will determine our country’s future. Our forefathers fought and died for precious freedoms that we take for granted. Those freedoms are under attack, as are values we have long cherished. It seems like every four years someone says this is the most important election of our lifetimes. I am beginning to think that is true every four years, because the country as we know it is at risk every four years from those would turn America into a socialist nation. I learned a new term the other day - the ‘ratchet effect’ - meaning government never loosens any restrictions, but just tightens them further.
 
If you want to save our country - then VOTE.  If you are not registered to vote, stop everything, right now, and register. Go and register here.

If you have not yet requested an absentee ballot, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here now. As of now we are satisfied that (in North Carolina at least) absentee ballots can be counted fairly. If you later decide to vote in person, you do not have to vote your absentee ballot, but now you must have a backup plan. Ballots will start to be mailed on September 4.

If you want to help save our country, volunteer with the local Republican Party. We are all volunteers; we need your help in making phone calls, staffing the local headquarters, putting out signs, knocking on doors, handing out literature at the polls, and talking to our friends and neighbors. Please consider being a volunteer, and sign up at https://www.chathamncgop.com/volunteer_2020.

And finally, a modern fairy tale.

The Ant and the Grasshopper (credits to Ann Corcoran and Aileen)
Old Version
The ant works hard in the North Carolina summer heat, maintaining her home and laying in supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies in the cold.
 
Modern Version
The ant works hard in the North Carolina summer heat, maintaining her home and laying in supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and shivering.
North Carolina newspapers, television stations and Antifa show up to take pictures of the shivering grasshopper and post them on their Facebook pages next to a video of the ant in her cozy home with a table filled with food. Chatham progressives are stunned by the contrast.
Occupy the Anthill hires protestors to stage a demonstration on the Historic Courthouse Lawn.
Governor Cooper holds a press conference and publishes an executive order condemning the excesses of the ant, and promises executive action to redistribute the ant’s food. He blames President Trump, Senator Tillis, and every conservative everywhere for the grasshopper’s fate.
Finally, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners enacts an ordinance to prevent excessive storing of food, increases taxes on private property, and funds a committee to study how to help the grasshoppers in our community.
The ant moves out of Chatham County.

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90 days to election

In 90 days we hold our elections.

  • If you believe not being offended is more important than Freedom of Speech, then don’t vote.
  • If you don’t like guns and therefore believe no one else should have them, then don’t vote.
  • If you want your taxes to go up, then don’t vote.
  • If you want more activist judges who ignore the Constitution, then don’t vote.
  • If you want to see China gain increased power in the world, then don’t vote.
  • If you want to defund the police and see more violence in our cities, then don’t vote.
  • If you believe ‘fairness’ is more important than freedom, then don’t vote.
  • If you believe ‘equal outcome’ is more important than ‘equal opportunity’, then don’t vote.
  • If you want your children and grandchildren to grow up in a socialist nation, then don’t vote.

If you want to save our country - then VOTE. If you are not registered to vote, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here and register. If you have not yet requested an absentee ballot, stop everything, here right now, and do so. Go here now. If you later decide to vote in person, you do not have to vote absentee, but now you have a backup plan. Ballots will start to be mailed on September 4.

If you want to help save our country, please volunteer with the local Republican Party. We are all volunteers; we need your help in making phone calls, staffing the local headquarters, putting out signs, knocking on doors, handing out literature at the polls, and talking to our friends and neighbors. Please consider being a volunteer, and sign up at  https://www.chathamncgop.com/volunteer_2020 .

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Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

One of the members of the Chatham County Republican Party is a victim of child sexual abuse. She wanted to personally tell her story and advocate for abuse survivors but is afraid for her family’s safety given verbal and physical attacks from across the country on those who oppose the Democratic Party. This letter comes from her experience.

The current North Carolina Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and her Democrat majority recently decided a case in favor of two convicted child sex predators. For details, see the July 2020 Carolina Journal article titled “Competitors for top court position take opposing sides in sex predator case”, by Mitch Kokai. That article highlights voting differences between Governor Cooper’s appointed Chief Justice Beasley (D) and Senior Associate Justice Paul Newby (R). Both convictions were reversed by the Democrat majorities on the North Carolina Supreme Court.

According to the website Lauren’s Kids, one-fourth of all girls and one-fifth of all boys will be victims of sex abuse before the age of 18. Twenty percent of the victims are solicited on the internet. Plus there are those that go unreported. Statistics show that one child sexual predator can offend an average of 117 times in their lifetime. Once is too many.

As a survivor of long-term child sexual abuse, who has kept silent for over 40 years, our colleague wants to speak to those who have suffered from this crime on their bodies, hearts, minds and souls that they will forever carry. She has this message: educate yourselves and decide for whom to vote. Please consider voting for Justice Paul Newby for the North Carolina Supreme Court, and all the conservative candidates running for judicial positions. We must change our supreme court to one that follows the law to protect our children, not the predators. We have three months, North Carolina. Use your voice to vote.

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100 days to election

In just 100 days we will elect a President, Congress, Governor, Council of State, Supreme Court justices, legislators, county commissioners, and school board members.

If you are not registered to vote, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here and register.

If you have not yet requested an absentee ballot, stop everything, right now, and do so. Go here now. If you later decide to vote in person, you do not have to vote absentee, but now you have a backup plan. Ballots will start to be mailed on September 4.

Here is a video that explains the importance of re-electing President Trump, and says it much more eloquently than I can in an email.

Do you think that the left is not planning an entirely different country should they win? Read this; it lists the demands of leftist organizations: release all criminals, defund the police, pay everyone for doing nothing, raise taxes, support radical social agendas. And then look at the list, towards the bottom of this document, of those organizations supporting this agenda. You may belong to some of those organizations. Do you want to reconsider your support for them?

If you have not yet decided that the socialists are coming for you, now is the time to educate yourself on the left's agenda, and to educate yourself on the conservative candidates. Here is a link with photos, backgrounds, and their websites.

If you want to save our country - VOTE. If you have time or the means, consider contributing to a candidate, writing a letter to the editor, posting on Facebook, talking to your neighbors. Donate money to candidates or to the Republican Party if you can. Chatham County Republicans, all volunteers ourselves, can use your help in making phone calls, knocking on doors, handing out literature, staffing the polling places, working in the headquarters, and many more activities. You can sign up here.

If not you, then who? If not now, then when. We need to be brave in the face of an existential threat to the nation our founders envisioned.

And finally, for some encouraging words, watch this video from President Trump.

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Happy Independence Day 2020!

This weekend we remember the 244th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. May everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

If you have not yet watched President Trump's speech at Mt. Rushmore, you must do so. It may be the best speech he has given, both in content and presentation. To see it in full go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6cLl_hHm7Y.

From his speech:
It is time for our politicians to summon the bravery and determination of our American ancestors...we must protect and preserve our history, our heritage, and our great heroes. Here tonight before the eyes of our forefathers, Americans declare again, as we did 244 years ago, that we will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people.

In just 120 days we will elect the next President of the United States. Here in Chatham County we will also elect a Governor, Cabinet of State, Supreme Court and other justices, county commissioners and school board members.

This election will, like all elections, determine the fate of our country, our lives, and those of our descendants. There is a clear difference between the conservative approach and that of the socialists, leftists, and anarchists who would destroy the system of government for which so many have fought and died, and for which we owe our gratitude.

Americans could once be defined as a nation of people who held Liberty to be more important than their own lives. They pledged their Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor to achieve Liberty, or to die in the attempt. Not for their own sake, but for the sake of their posterity. We who dare call ourselves Americans have big shoes to fill.

I'm asking of you a few things.
First, if you are not registered to vote, do so now. Right now! Go to https://www.chathamncgop.com/register

Second, request an absentee ballot. https://www.chathamncgop.com/absentee_ballot We cannot predict the future about how conditions in October and November will impact our ability to vote. One can always choose vote in person, but one cannot vote by absentee if that request has not been made. You do not have to vote absentee even if you have a ballot, but that gives you an opportunity to do so. Then learn about the candidates and make your selections. Here is a link for more information: https://docs.google.com/document/u/3/d/e/2PACX-1vRoIfaSh-8euWEAh_5V5lprpgnm1PyxW6bB98i7bkXZ3SaXZbwncvyMyZhWzLte1qThxNQoFw3bLFC8/pub.

Third, please consider how you can help. We need volunteers to work in our campaign headquarters, to make phone calls, to knock on doors, to sit outside voting locations, to observe ballot counting, to write letters, to provide advice, to donate funds. If you are able, please let us know at https://www.chathamncgop.com/volunteer_2020.

Lastly, pray for our Country, for our Leaders, for our military, and for our law enforcement officers.