Who says there’s Voter Fraud in Durham?
This past Tuesday, the Durham Republican Party Executive Committee convened for our monthly meeting. As this was the first meeting since the Primary, we reviewed the election results and discussed what we need to do to improve. The topic that drew the most attention was the anomalies in the voting process witnessed by our Republican poll workers. Continue reading
If you missed the 2012 Lincoln Douglass Day Dinner, you can see some or all of the speeches by going to this website. A big thank you to Keith Johnson of Carolina Reprographics and founder of NC Media.org for volunteering his time and expertise.
Disinformation and What Can You Do?
Last week, I received an email from a lady who was clearly confused on the Marriage Amendment. She was either simply misinformed or a victim of the misinformation tactics by the left. The very next day, I received an email from another Durham resident who was asking for help understanding the Marriage Amendment. I’ll tell you about these emails because I want you to be aware of the disinformation that’s out there and I hope you will emulate the lady who wrote the second email.
First, let’s discuss the misinformation.
We are hearing reports that the NAACP is going around to Black Churches throughout the state telling people that a vote FOR the Marriage Amendment is a vote FOR gay marriage. This is simply not true. The opposition is simply resorting to lies in an effort to confuse the electorate. Continue reading
Last year, we had a fair number of people coming to the convention for the first time. As rookie convention goers, they did not know that we had to go through the exercise of approving the Plan of Organization. Unfortunately, there were a couple of people who wanted to debate some of the changes within the plan. As a result, this process went on so long that we almost lost some of the first time convention goers.
While approving the Plan of Organization is certainly a part of the process, I want to eliminate as much of the debate as possible at this year’s convention. One of our goals for this year’s convention is to attract new convention goers so as to help us find volunteers for the many roles that we have to fill in this very big election year.
As a result, you’ll find the proposed proposed Plan of Organization with the few changes that have been suggested by clicking on the link above. Please review the document and reply back with any proposed changes that you’d like to see. It is important that we hear from as many of you as possible so as to limit the number of proposed changes that we hear while at the convention. The goal is to approve the Plan of Organization in less than 5 minutes!
Furthermore, at the convention we will be voting on a resolution supporting the Marriage Amendment. The The draft resolution is attached here. If this resolution passes, the official position of the Durham Republican Party will be to support the Marriage Amendment. So please review this draft in advance of the convention. Please also feel free to provide feedback to me in advance of the convention.
If you haven’t registered for the convention, please register today by going to the website. There are no registration fees this year … though we welcome donations to cover the cost.
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Don’t Pick Up Your Ball And Go Home
Earlier this week, one of our hard working volunteers emailed me to announce his exit from active participation in the party. He indicated that while he believed that the Republican Party in Durham is the best hope to affect change in Durham, he was offended by the state and national Republican Party. So this volunteer decided to abandon the field. A day or two later, a different activist threatened to quit because he was upset with what he was witnessing on the state and national scene. While neither activist said anything about the marriage amendment, I suspect that it is their opposition to the amendment that drove them away. Continue reading
If we simplified my role as Chairman down to two functions, those two main functions would be leading the party and organizing the party. For much of 2011, a lot of my time was spent leading the party; organizing the Executive Committee and filling out the various sub-committees, and then representing the party’s positions to the news media. Continue reading
The Durham County Republican Party is starting 2012 off with a bang!
Just a few days ago, I received word that James P. Cain, former Ambassador to Denmark from 2005 – 2009, has accepted my invitation to be our featured speaker for our Lincoln-Douglass Day dinner. Stay tuned for the exact day and time of the event (most likely late February, potentially early March), but once those details are announced, I strongly recommend that you make plans to attend. Continue reading
We the People
Earlier this week, Erin Hartness from WRAL-TV called me. She wanted to come by my office to film a brief interview for a story she was putting together regarding the raises that the Durham County Commissioners recently gave to County Manager Mike Ruffin among others. One of the most important things that I said didn’t end up in her story. I wish it had because every American needs to completely comprehend this concept.
As citizens in this fine republic, it is our duty to hold our elected officials accountable. We should do this in a respectful fashion, but do it nonetheless. Continue reading
Now that the November elections are behind us, it’s time for us to take a critical look at both our efforts and the results of those efforts. What can we learn? Continue reading
We Can Defeat the Tax Increases
As you know, this year’s ballot has two tax referendums. You also know where the Durham Republican Party stands on these initiatives. (In case you need a reminder, click here for our information sheets.)
However, did you know that as of the end of the early voting period only 5,139 votes had been cast? This represents a turnout of 3.2%. If the Durham Republicans turn out on Tuesday, we can defeat these two tax increases! So if you haven’t voted yet, please make every effort to get to the polls on Tuesday. … And reach out to a friend or two and encourage them to do the same.
The conservative movement in Durham is growing. Continue reading