All Hands on Deck
Rarely have the goals of the two political parties in Washington been so clearly defined and so sharply opposed as they have appeared over the last several weeks. On one side, with control of the Senate and the White House, the Democrats want to preserve and to expand the incredible increase in government expenditure directed by the Pelosi Congress. On the other side, the Republicans are trying to turn back the tsunami of red ink. Because the Republicans only hold the House, their tools for restoring fiscal sanity are limited. Debt ceiling legislation may be too crude an instrument for this job; we will see. As frustrating as it has been to witness the battle, I hope you are as encouraged by the big picture as I am.
One of the main reasons why it has taken so long to strike a deal is the Tea Party Caucus digging in its heels. Many in Washington have voiced frustration at these representatives for their failure to budge on what these Tea Partiers consider to be a major point: the inclusion of a balanced budget amendment. A balanced budget amendment would never pass the Senate given its current makeup, and President Obama would surely veto the bill. Therefore, many think the inclusion of such a provision is simply a moot point. Continue reading
By Michael Hale Gray
July 30th, 2011 One opinion of the world around us
President Obama said, several times recently, that the inability to raise the debt ceiling means that Grandma may not get her Social Security check on August 2nd. Millions of senior citizens were rightfully worried, frightened, and downright scared that their principal (or at least a goodly chunk of their) income would be cut off, due to Congress reneging on its promise to pay them, in a sacred bond made way back in 1935 by Franklin Roosevelt and the 74th Congress. (Regretfully, every politician who voted for that law [74-271] has passed away without putting a dime into it from their public service.)
But for that to actually happen (no Social Security checks), what must really occur? One of three scenarios has to take place, but I will be eager to hear any other possibilities (government being so easy to understand and all that.)
First scenario – Grandma (or in my case, my mother-in-law) Continue reading
The 2011 municipal election schedule is posted here.
Filing for Durham Mayor and City Council began Monday, 7/25/11 and ends Friday, 8/12/11 at noon. You still have time to throw your hat in the ring.
If a (nonpartisan) primary is required One Stop no excuse absentee voting will be held
Saturday, 8/27/11, Saturday, 9/3/11, Saturday, 9/10/11, and Wednesday, 9/14/11.
One Stop (early) voting begins Thursday, 9/22/11 at 9:00 AM and ends Saturday, 10/8/11 at 1:00 PM.
The Municipal Primary voting day is Tuesday, 10/11/11 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM.
For the Municipal Election One Stop voting begins Thursday, 10/20/11 at 9 AM (or
ASAP after Primary when ballots available), and ends Saturday, 11/5/11 at 1:00 PM.
The date of the Municipal Election is Tuesday, 11/8/11 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM.
Special Guest Speaker: Fred Barnes
Topic: The 2012 Election, What To Expect and How To Be Ready
September 10, 2011 – 6:30 PM
The Governors Club
11000 Governors Drive
Chapel Hill, NC
Reservations for cocktail reception, dinner and evening with Fred Barnes are $100 per person. Continue reading
Today the legislature has released revised maps for proposed North Carolina
congressional districts. In round 2, Durham has been split into 4 districts:
1,4,6, and 13.
The proposed District 1 is 69.80% Democratic, 14.23% Republican, 15.87% unaffiliated, and 0.10% Libertarian.
The proposed District 4 is 55.12% Democratic, 18.57% Republican, 26.10% unaffiliated, and 0.21% Libertarian.
The proposed District 6 is 41.68% Democratic, 35.90% Republican, 22.27% unaffiliated, and 0.15% Libertarian.
The proposed District 13 is 40.20% Democrats, 35.80% Republicans, 23.84% unaffiliated, and 0.16% Libertarian.
Proposed Districts 1 and 4 voted for Perdue over McCrory for Governor by enormous margins. Proposed Districts 6 and 13 supported McCrory over Perdue by 4-8%.
The July Durham County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, July 19th at 7:00 pm. We will meet at
Healthy Start Academy
807 West Chapel Hill Street,
All registered Republicans are invited to attend.
Republicans offer tips for choosing commissioner
The Herald Sun
By Theodore Hicks
In a move wildly expected by the politically astute, Becky Heron announced she would resign at the end of August. Since her replacement will only serve until a new commissioner is elected in November 2012, it would be appropriate for the commissioners to select a Democratic replacement that the entire county can agree on. Continue reading
The proposed new North Carolina House and Senate Maps are available. Note that each page in the above links has a subheading ‘Individual District Maps’ where you can find more detailed maps of your own district. There is also a temperamental interactive map.
Join the Durham Republican Party
Friday, August 19th at 6:00 pm
as we welcome home one of Durham’s Most Prominent Republicans,
Mary Katharine Ham.
Triangle Republican Women
Meet: Monday, July 11
New Time: 12:00 Noon
New Location: Rick’s Diner – next to Post Office
(corner of Old Chapel Hill Rd. and Shannon)
Come and join us for a Ladies Summer Luncheon!!
(We welcome men too!)