NC Assembly Moves on Pro-Gun Bills…

GRNCTwo important pro-2A bills have been introduced by both the NC House and Senate, and are under committee consideration.

NC Senate Introduces Preemption Bill Supported by GRNC

As you know, GRNC followers have worked hard to repair the confusing patchwork of carry restrictions enacted by misguided municipalities across the state. These often conflicting laws make it difficult for law-abiding gun owners to travel without unintentionally violating obscure local ordinances.

This type of patchwork of conflicting laws is a gun control tactic designed to make lawful carry as difficult and legally risky as possible, in an effort to discourage exercise of Second Amendment rights.

GRNC has successfully pushed several bills through the NC Assembly in recent years that have increased the uniformity of NC gun laws.

Despite these successes, some anti-gun municipalities have gone to absurd lengths to circumvent the clear intent of state preemption. Examples of abuses include redefining dog parks as “playgrounds” and lakes as “swimming pools” to enact bans.

Click here to read article.

The Hill’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: Feds outline payday loan rules March 26, 2015

THE BIG STORY

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a framework for the payday loan rules under consideration.

Director Richard Cordray said CFPB is considering allowing the payday lenders to choose between two sets of rules – debt trap prevention and debt trap protection.

The debt trap prevention rules would force lenders to verify a lender’s ability to repay a loan up front and force lenders to give borrowers taking out consecutive loans a 60-day cooling off period.

But advocacy groups and lawmakers say they are concerned with loopholes in the proposal.

Under the rules, a lender could waive the 60-day cooling off period after the first and second loans if a borrower proves they’ve had a change in circumstances that would make the new loan affordable. After three consecutive loans, however, there would be no exception.

If a lender chooses to follow the debt trap protection rules, CFPB said they would not be required to do an upfront analysis of a borrower’s ability to repay a loan.

For borrowers wanting to rollover a loan, CFPB is deciding whether the debt protection rules would require a lender to structure the loans so a borrower is paying down the principal or make lenders switch borrowers to a no-cost extended payment plan after the third loan.

The rules would require all loans to be limited to $500 with one finance charge, prohibit a lender from holding a car title as collateral, include a 60-day cooling off period for three consecutive loans and cap how long a consumer can be in debt in a 12-month period at 90 days.

National People’s Action called the proposal a major step forward in protecting families and their hard-earned money, but said it gives predatory lenders, which have a track record of abuse, the ability to chose how they’re regulated.

“This combined with an option that allows up to three back-to-back loans with triple-digit interest rates and no underwriting standards are loopholes more than large enough for predators to waltz through,” the organization’s Policy Director Liz Ryan Murray said in a statement.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Subcommittee is urging CFPB to resist efforts to weaken what he called “badly needed rules” for payday lenders.

“Payday lending is an abusive industry that traps working families in an endless cycle of debt, and it’s well past time to break that cycle,” he said in a statement.  “The notion that lenders should have to take into consideration a borrower’s ability to repay a loan is just common sense.” … Read more…

Academic center: Reform licensing to help people in poverty find work and opportunity

john-lockeSuppose there was an academic center focused on issues of poverty, work, and opportunity. Suppose this center pledged to “examine innovative and practical ideas” for moving people out of poverty. Suppose its leadership was interested not in raising their own profiles, but in honestly upholding the center’s mission.

Would not such an academic center have produced a report like this one? It is by Stephen Slivinski, a senior research fellow at the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Economic Liberty.

Slivinski’s report explores an innovative and practical idea: “How State Occupational Licensing Hinders Low-Income Entrepreneurship.” He uses research findings to argue that entrepreneurship can be a ladder out of poverty for low-income individuals as well as a boon to low-income neighborhoods.

Here is an excerpt (with emphasis added):

Click here to read article.

Meadows Introduces the Federal Transit Modernization Act

m meadowsCongressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the Federal Transit Modernization Act on Thursday, which would allow transit agencies to partner with the private sector and save taxpayer dollars.

The Federal Transit Modernization Act would repeal section 5333(b) of 49 U.S. Code, which currently makes it difficult for transit agencies to engage in competitive contracting with the private sector. Under current law, if a transit agency engages in competitive contracting that results in public sector employee layoffs, that transit agency could be forced to pay the terminated employees’ salaries for up to 6 years.

“Transit agencies across the nation are in dire financial straits, yet they are prevented from enacting cost-cutting measures because of an outdated provision of federal law. Instead of being used to cut costs, spur innovation, and contribute to small business growth, taxpayer dollars are being misused to fulfill union interests,” Meadows said.

“The Federal Transit Modernization Act will allow transit agencies to more freely engage in competitive contracting and decide how to best allocate federal grant funds in order to ensure that taxpayers get what they are paying for,” Meadows said.

Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Steve Pearce (R-NM), David Rouzer (R-NC), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), and Ted Yoho (R-FL) joined Rep. Meadows as original cosponsors of the bill.

House passes Boehner-Pelosi Medicare deal in resounding vote

the-hillThe House on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to repeal automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, endorsing a rare bipartisan deal that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) negotiated with Democrats.

The bill, which passed by a vote of 392-37, puts Congress on the precipice of ending a nearly two-decadelong fight over a formula known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

Since 2003, lawmakers have put off cuts under the Medicare formula 17 times, perennially punting the solution through short-term “fixes” that, over time, ran up the cost of abolishing the formula to nearly $200 billion dollars.

Facing a new deadline for the cuts at the end of March, Boehner said he decided it was time to make a deal.

“We’ve had a patch of this problem 17 times,” Boehner said in a rare speech on the House floor. “And I decided about a year ago that I had had enough.”

Click here to read article.

Question: How many people have had enough of Boehner?

THE CONVENTION OF STATES BILL IS A BAD IDEA. WE NEED TO STOP HOUSE BILL 321 AND S 398.

A bill to call a Convention of States (COS) also called an Article V Convention or a Constitutional Convention has been introduced in the NC State legislature.  It was filled and introduced as a house joint resolution and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee I.  This week it was introduced in the NC house and Senate as HB 321 and S398.

Many celebrities have come out in favor of the COS because at first glance it seems to be a good way to get our runaway federal government under control.  But other credible persons such as Chief Justice Berger, JD Joe Wolverton II, VA State Senator Bob Marshall, Phyllis Schlafly, and Dr. Thomas Woods, Jr., who advocates Nullification, instead, say it would be a disaster.

First and foremost: It would not solve the problems that it purports to solve.  If politicians can ignore the language of one Constitution, then they can ignore the language of another. People who break rules don’t start obeying them just because you write some new ones.  Our main problem in Washington is that our legislature ignores the Constitution we have.  They have gone way beyond the 18 Enumerated Powers and ignored the prohibition against any laws made by anyone but the Congress.  We have an alphabet soup of agencies making our laws and the COS will not change this.  It may exacerbate it.

There is the great danger in this COS is that the Amendments proposed by Mark Levin such as #6, “Subject federal departments and bureaucratic regulations to reauthorization and review,” would legitimize such currently unconstitutional departments such as the EPA and the Education department.  By writing laws to control them you say that you can ignore the Enumerated Powers, as they have been doing,  and allow the federal government to create and oversee any such departments. It would create legitimacy for them rather than relying on twisting the meaning of the Interstate Commerce Clause (Art. I, Sec. 8, clause 3), the General Welfare Clause (Art. 1, Sec. 8, clause 1), or the Necessary and Proper Clause (Art. I, Sec. 8, Clause 18).  Such perversions of the clauses can be challenged and corrected.  We want to address one problem at a time instead of trying to fix the whole mess in one fell swoop.  Trying to do too much at one time gives you legislation like Obamacare, full of hidden earmarks and compromises.

The scariest reason to avoid a COS is that the Constitution is just as likely to be remade to serve the liberal agenda as the conservative one.  George Soros is pumping a lot of money into the cause.  If you read Article V and the text of the actual bill, both below, you will find that there is no rule included in either as to how the delegates to the convention would be chosen.  It could be that the very lawmakers that are currently ignoring our current Constitution would be in charge of the next.  Proponents say that since the states have to ratify any amendments that are proposed, we are safe.  However, if the delegates at a COS come up with a new Constitution – that new Constitution could have its own new method of ratification. [That would be the new Constitution’s counterpoint to our existing Article VII.] That new method of ratification could be anything the delegates want. It could be majority vote in Congress. It could be approval by the President. Whatever they want!

Remember the only other time in our history that a COS was called, the delegates were given strict instructions to simply amend the Articles of Confederation and, instead, those honorable and wise men came up with a whole new Constitution.  The rascals we have around now could do the same thing.  All we really need to protect us from metastasizing government growth and spending is to demand that our beloved Constitution be obeyed as written.  Putting honest constitutional conservatives like Mark Meadows into office in Washington and in our Statehouse, and standing firm in nullifying overweening federal mandates will do the trick.  Nullification occurs when states refuse to obey a federal mandate when it is deemed unconstitutional by the states.  The Supreme Court is not the only body that can define a law as unconstitutional.  More will be written about nullification in a later edition…  We need to obey the constitution we have now, not risk losing it.

Who to write or call:

NC Senate – Senator Tom Apodaca, 16 West Jones St., Rm. 2010, Raleigh, NC 27639

919-733-5745, info@senatorapodaca.com

Local: 1504 Fifth Avenue West, 828-696-0574

NC House of Representatives, District 117

Chuck McGrady, 300 N. Salisbury St., Rm. 418A, Raleigh, NC 27603

919-733-5956, chuck.mcgrady@ncleg.net

Local: PO Box 723, Hendersonville, NC 28793, 828-692-3696

NC House of Representatives 113

Chris Whitmire, 300 N. Salisbury St., Rm. 537

919-715-4466, chris.whitmire@ncleg.net

Local PO Box 931, Rosman, NC 28772, 828-862-4273

Office of Lt. Governor – Daniel J. Forest, 20401 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

919-713-7350, ltgov.nc.gov  This is a website where you have the choice to contact Schedule, Press Requests, or Staff Directory, where there is no choice of Dan Forest.  It is best to phone or try info@danforest.com.  Dan is pushing the COS hard under the mistaken impression that it will make the TEA partiers happy.

Article. V. of the US Constitution:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

The COS bill in the NC General Assembly:

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA SESSION 2015 H 1 HOUSE BILL 321

Short Title: Convention of States. (Public)

Sponsors: Representatives Jones, Millis, Riddell, and Pendleton (Primary Sponsors).

For a complete list of Sponsors, refer to the North Carolina General Assembly Web Site.

Referred to: Judiciary I, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

March 24, 2015 *H321-v-1* A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1

AN ACT APPLYING TO CONGRESS FOR AN ARTICLE V CONVENTION OF THE 2 STATES WITH THE PURPOSE OF PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED 3 STATES CONSTITUTION. 4

Whereas, the Founders of the Constitution of the United States empowered State 5 Legislators to be guardians against actual or potential abuses of power by the federal 6 government; and 7

Whereas, the federal government has increasingly usurped legitimate roles of the 8 States; and 9

Whereas, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through 10 unsustainable budgeting and spending; and 11

Whereas, it is the solemn duty of the States to protect freedom and opportunity for 12 our citizens, including the generations to come; and 13

Whereas, Article V of the United States Constitution authorizes a process to propose 14 amendments to the Constitution of the United States through a Convention of the States to 15 place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power; Now, therefore, 16

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 17

SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly hereby applies to Congress, 18 under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a 19 convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United 20 States that (i) impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, (ii) limit the power and 21 jurisdiction of the federal government, and (iii) limit the terms of office for its officials and for 22 members of Congress. 23

SECTION 2. The application set forth in Section 1 of this act constitutes a 24 continuing application in accordance with Article V of the Constitution of the United States 25 until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have made identical or 26 substantially similar applications as the one set forth in Section 1 of this act. 27

SECTION 3. The application set forth in Section 1 of this act expires September 28 30, 2015, if the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have not made identical or 29 substantially similar applications as the one set forth in Section 1 by that date. 30

SECTION 4. The Secretary of State shall transmit copies of this act to (i) the 31 President and Secretary of the United States Senate; (ii) the Speaker and Clerk of the United 32 States House of Representatives; (iii) each member of the North Carolina delegation to the 33 United States Senate and United States House of Representatives; and (iv) the presiding 34

General Assembly of North Carolina Session 2015

Page 2 H321 [Edition 1]officers of each of the legislative houses in the several states, requesting their cooperation with 1 the purposes of this act. 2 SECTION 5. This act is effective when it becomes law.

pam danzPam Danz 2/24/15

Lisa Baldwin’s BUNCOMBE SCHOOL BOARD WATCH, March 23, 2015

lisa baldwinOnce again the Buncombe County school board demonstrated that capital projects take precedence over academics. The entire focus of the March meeting was on construction and athletic facility spending in spite of documented academic problems. Last month, 30 of 39 Buncombe schools graded by the state, scored below a 70. An artificially inflated grading scale gave these schools C’s and D’s but by any other measure they are failing to meet student academic needs.
Buncombe School Board Refuses to Address Poor Academic Performance

Look at poor academic performer, Erwin High School, which received a school performance grade of 55. No strategies for increasing academic achievement were mentioned at the school board meeting. Instead, the school board approved an increase in spending for Erwin’s soon to be constructed state-of-the-art running track. A contract for $525,497 had already been approved to replace the track; at last week’s meeting, the Board unanimously approved an additional $147,000 to meet N.C. Athletic Association standards and enhance spectator viewing, bringing the new total to $672,000. These upgrades will allow the track to be utilized for regional State-sanctioned track and field events. Students will be able to set state records for track and field while barely meeting state graduation standards.

Click here to read report.

The Hill’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: High court divided on EPA air rule March 25, 2015

THE BIG STORY

The Supreme Court appeared split Wednesday over a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by power plants, slated to take effect next month for some plants.

The court is tasked with determining whether EPA unreasonably refused to consider costs in deciding whether it was appropriate to regulate hazardous air pollutants emitted by electric power plants under the Clean Air Act.

Though some on the court – Justices Kennedy and Roberts specifically – seemed skeptical of EPA’s rule, agency supporters believe the regulations will ultimately be upheld.

“The initial decision to regulate is based on public health,” said Sean Donahue, counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund. “We think EPA got it right and we think the court will decide that as well.”

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with EPA, but twenty-three states and more than two-dozen industry and labor groups argue that the agency unreasonably refused to consider costs before imposing the mercury regulations on coal- and oil-fired electricity generating units.

Chief Justice Roberts seemed concerned about the reported compliance costs, calling the benefit “disproportionate” and saying it “raises a red flag.”

The EPA estimates the rule would cost $9.6 billion and produce between $37 billion and $90 billion in benefits, preventing up to 11,000 premature deaths annually.

But challengers say the benefits of controlling the utility emissions of mercury, which ends up in fish that’s eaten, only amount to $4 million to $6 million annually.

Other justices dismissed those concerns. Justice Sonia Sotomayor acknowledged that the agency did not consider costs when listing electric generating units as a source of hazardous air pollution, but she said the rulemaking process does not permit the agency to consider the cost of technology in creating subcategories for those units.

Aaron Lindstrom, the attorney representing Michigan – one of the challenging states – said EPA made those categorizations without considering cost.

“All right. Then how would you do that without considering cost?” Justice Stephen Breyer asked.

“I don’t know how they did it, but they’ve said throughout that we’re not considering costs,” Lindstrom said. … Read more…

Congressman Meadows Poll: Vote on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

Tomorrow, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which aims to address issues within our nation’s Medicare physician payment system. The bill would repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for reimbursing doctors and instead implement a new system with the goal of giving doctors who accept Medicare patients more certainty and stability in the payments they receive. The legislation also includes a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a two year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program utilized by rural counties. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the legislation will result increase our nation’s budget deficits by $141 billion over the next ten years.

Do you support this bill?

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Bill Barring Pornography from Federal Agencies Advances through Committee

mark meadows and tom gravesThe Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act, H.R. 901, which would prohibit federal employees from accessing pornographic or explicit material on government computers and devices, advanced through the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday.

Last year, an Inspector General report revealed that one Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee was viewing as much as 6 hours of pornography a day in his office on his government computer. The same federal employee was found to have downloaded as many as 7,000 pornographic files onto his government computer. To date, this employee has yet to be fired and we continue to learn of similar bad actors.

“Over the last several months it has become far too obvious that the type of behavior that was first highlighted at the EPA has been discovered over and over again, across a host of agencies. To ignore this issue would not only condone an abuse of taxpayers’ dollars, but also embrace an unhealthy workplace. Today’s action should send a clear message that it is time for zero tolerance of this kind of behavior,” Meadows said.

“While there are rules in place at most agencies to ban this kind of unprofessional and unacceptable workplace behavior, it continues to take place. There is absolutely no excuse for federal employees to be viewing or downloading pornographic materials on the taxpayers’ dime,” Meadows said.

“I’m grateful to Chairman Chaffetz for helping advance this important legislation and his continued leadership on improving accountability at federal agencies,” Meadows added.

Congressman Mark Meadows serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee where he chairs the Subcommittee on Government Operations.

The Hill’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: Big day in court for EPA March 24, 2015

THE BIG STORY

The Supreme Court is gearing up to hear arguments in a case Wednesday that could send the Obama administration’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards back to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Though the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the EPA in a 2-1 ruling, 23 states and more than two dozen industry and labor groups argue that the agency unreasonably refused to consider costs when enacting the first-ever limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Proponents of the rule, however said, say the standards are vital clean air protections that will reduce the toxic emissions coming from power plants found in more than 40 U.S. states.

“Air pollution emitted by coal-fired power plants contains 84 of the 187 hazardous pollutants identified for control by the Clean Air Act,” the American Lung Association said in a statement.

“Many of these pollutants, such as, dioxins, arsenic, and lead, can cause cancer and cardiovascular disease; harm the kidneys, lungs, and nervous system; and even kill.”

EPA estimated the compliance costs to be $9.6 billion annually and estimated yearly benefits to be $37 and $90 billion in annually. The rule, EPA said will also prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths each year, but opponents have widely disputed these benefits.

In an amicus brief, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said manufacturers will experience increased costs that they will pass on to the consumer.

“EPA, however, declined to weigh the potential costs of the rule against its very limited benefits with respect to reductions in hazardous air pollutant emissions when determining whether regulation of those pollutants from electric generating units was appropriate,” the chamber said in its brief.

Log onto TheHill.com in the morning for the full story. … Read more…

Road Worrier: Legislation could make NCDOT pay more when it takes land

pripropNews & Observer – Two bills before state House committees this week would give property owners more rights and more money when the state takes their land – or even thinks about taking it.

Rep. Rayne Brown, a Republican from Lexington, wants to repeal a 1987 law designed to keep right-of-way costs low for the state Department of Transportation. DOT invokes the Map Act to restrict development indefinitely, sometimes for decades, on land it might one day want to buy for a new road.

Jim and Carol Deans once hoped to finance their retirement by selling or subdividing part of the 21 acres they own near Apex. They lost that option in 1996 when DOT, invoking the Map Act, included their property on its corridor map for an extension of the 540 Outer Loop.

“Fourteen years after I have retired, we’re watching trees grow,” Jim Deans, 79, told the House Transportation Committee last week. “We’re paying taxes on it. But we cannot develop it, and we cannot sell it.”

Click here to read article.

Click here to read: N.C. Appeals Court says state must pay landowners in the path of the Northern Beltway.

VIDEO: N.C. Medicaid Expansion Could Lead to $6.4 Billion Hit in Personal Income Growth

Carolina Journal – Countering arguments that Medicaid expansion would benefit North Carolina’s economy, a new report from the national group State Budget Solutions estimates that expansion actually would lead to a $6.4 billion hit in future personal income growth.

That’s the equivalent of $1,638 in personal income loss per household or 120,395 lost jobs, according to report author J. Scott Moody, State Budget Solutions chief executive officer and chief economist.

Moody offered details of his report during a presentation Monday to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below, Moody explained how he calculated his estimates.

Click here to watch video.

A Simple Question

Hillary ClintonTownhall – It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished.

The two Democrats immediately sidestepped the question and started reciting their talking points in favor of Hillary. But O’Reilly kept coming back to the fact that nothing they were talking about was an accomplishment.

For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a Senator and then a Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has nothing to show for all those years — no significant legislation of hers that she got passed in the Senate, and only an unbroken series of international setbacks for the United States during her time as Secretary of State.

Before Barack Obama entered the White House and appointed Mrs. Clinton Secretary of State, Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq had notified their higher ups, stationed in Pakistan, that their cause was lost in Iraq and that there was no point sending more men there.

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Taking Orders for Possible NC Gadsden Flag License Plate

The Tarheel Tea Party, LLC is taking orders for a possible NC Gadsden Flag License Plate.

500 orders and payment of $30.00 needs to be received by March 27th in order for this possible plate to be issued during 2015, If the legislation (bill will direct funds to vocational text and supplies) authorizing the plate passes.  If, a total of 500 orders is not received by March 27th, 2015 it may be possible to issue the Gadsden Flag License Plate in 2016 if, enough orders are rec’d by February 15th, 2016.  If,  you order the NC Gadsden Flag License Plate once it is issued it will replace your existing NC License Plate.   *Orders for Custom or Personalized plates will not be accepted.

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**The above art is an approximate sample of the Gadsden Flag License Plate we are pursuing; actual plate art may look different.

Please, print mvr-27ppa and fill out all of the form but the top section and mail form and check for $30.00 to: Tarheel Tea Party, LLC, Attn: Fremont V. Brown III, 1434 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806 (Phone 828-777-5326) so we receive them by March 27th, 2015 (SOONER IS BETTER!).

***If, for some some reason the NC General Assembly does not authorize the Gadsden Flag License Plate your money will be returned.

****The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words “Dont tread on me”.  The flag is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden (1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag. – from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_flag

No Convention of States North Carolina

nocosNC H.J.R. 48, a Joint Resolution “applying to Congress for an Article V Convention of the States with the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution,” was filed in the North Carolina General Assembly on February 4, 2015 by Representative Jones, Millis, Riddell, Pendleton, and Brody. The Resolution’s purpose is to empower State Legislatures to reign in the increasing abuses of the federal government. The guiding force behind the Resolution is the non-profit organization, Convention of States Project (COSP), headed by Mark Meckler and Dr. Michael Farris, who claim that they have “A Solution as Big as the Problem” of reigning in an out-of-control federal government. Actually, they have created a problem that didn’t exist.
Recognizing that their solution is the problem, an ad hoc committee named No Convention of States North Carolina has been formed.

It is incomprehensible that any good American would want to risk our great U.S. Constitution in these perilous times by asking Congress for a Convention of States (which is the latest brand of a constitutional convention [Con–Con] repackaged). Such an action could upend the U.S. Constitution, plunge us into years of conflict and fundamentally weaken or destroy the foundation upon which rests the sovereignty of the American people.

Click here to read complete news release.

Liberty Amendment Distortions

jbs “Desperate times call for desperate measures” must be the mantra of some of those organizations working to get a constitutional convention. Their desperate measures include whipping their supporters into a frenzy to malign JBS as their main enemy, responsible for all evils that have befallen this great Republic. Their wild claims include blaming JBS for abortion, the massive U.S. debt, and partnering with George Soros!

Their latest claims are typical of what you would see when a fighter is on the ropes: to try anything and everything to get out and ahead. Distorting history must be an art form to them as they are making it appear that JBS has supported a Con-Con during our support for the Liberty Amendment, as formulated by Willis Stone.

Stone’s Liberty Amendment called for further clarification of keeping government out of any business, professional, commercial, financial or industrial enterprise except as specified in the Constitution. Any existing entities that violated this would be liquidated within three years.

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Congressman: Government Should Pay for Damage Done by Fracking Ban

h frackThe Daily Signal – New York had more electoral votes than any other state in every presidential election from 1812 to 1948. It has lost electoral votes in every redistricting since 1950. It stands at 29 now and has fallen behind California, Texas and soon Florida. Upstate has borne the brunt of the population loss.

Washington can’t figure out why this is happening, and neither can Albany, our state capital. But Neil Vitale knows. Vitale is a farmer in Steuben County in New York’s Southern Tier. He was my personal guest to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech. And it is obvious to him what happened. “What I’ve seen in our area is farmers going out of business often because of regulation and with the unemployment rate so high,” he told me. “People just can’t find work to support themselves, let alone a family. They are leaving in droves.”

Click here to read article.

Lawfare

Voter_Integrity_Project_NC(Mar 23, 2015) “Lawfare” is another term for the costly lawsuits and legal harassment being waged against North Carolina for daring to clean up their fraud-friendly, 100-year-old, election laws. Seeking judicial nullification of election-integrity reforms, groups like the US Dept. of “Justice,” the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and the ACLU have desperately issued subpoenas and commanded depositions from people who supported the badly needed reforms.

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The Hill’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: House weighs federal rules for GMO labels March 23, 2015

THE BIG STORY

The House Agriculture Committee will examine the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws at a hearing Tuesday morning.

Lawmakers are pushing for a federal law that would require manufacturers to label all genetically engineered foods and any food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.

The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced in the House and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced in the Senate, would direct the Food and Drug Administration to enforce the new rule.

Some industry groups like the Snack Food Association say they support a federal mandate because complying with a patchwork of state laws would dramatically increase costs for manufacturers and consumers.

“The entire supply chain from sourcing to production to transportation would be negatively impacted,” SNA CEO Thomas Dempsey said in an email to The Hill Monday afternoon.

“SFA does not have a single member company that manufactures, distributes, and sells in just one state, which would make a patchwork of state labeling laws incredibly complex to implement.  Small, family-owned companies with just one plant or a single line of production would be hit the hardest.”

Dempsey will be a witness at the hearing Tuesday along with Joanna Lidback, owner of The Farm at Wheeler Mountain in Westmore, Vt.; Lynn Clarkson, president of Clarkson Grain Co. Inc. in Cerro Gordo, Ill.; and Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’ Lakes Inc.

Though the Boxer-DeFazio bill aims to inform consumers about what they are eating, opponents say it fails to create a national labeling standard.

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food has said that the bill would exacerbate the labeling conundrum by adding a federal mandate and penalties to an already existing patchwork of state laws and regulations. … Read more…

Do you think Ted Cruz is a “Natural Born Citizen” and therefore can run for President?

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Bad News For The Islamic Tribunal In Texas, Muslims Furious

no shariaMad World – The first Islamic Sharia Court in the U.S. just got some very bad news, and Muslims are not happy.

In a close 5-4 vote, the city of Irving ruled to back the Texas state bill banning foreign law from the state. It basically would slam the door in their faces, preventing them from spreading Sharia throughout the country. Now they are accusing the city council of unfairly being targeted.

All four of the “voluntary” court’s lawyers were unlicensed in the state of Texas, a third degree felony. Mayor Beth Van Duyne received several phone calls on the matter. It seems that the Islamic Tribunal not only was unlicensed, but they failed to notify the city of their illegal court being operated in city limits. She promised to get to the bottom of it,

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The Global Vat Craze

WSJ- It’s the hottest trend among tax collectors, raising a gusher of revenue for spendthrift governments worldwide. We refer to the value-added tax (VAT), and a new report from accounting firm Ernst & Young says that VAT “systems are spreading” around the world and “rates are rising.” Americans, be warned.

The VAT is a sort of turbo-charged national sales tax on goods and services that is applied at each stage of production, not merely on retail transactions. Politicians love it because it is the most efficient revenue-raiser known to man, and its rates can be raised gradually to finance new entitlements or fill budget holes. The VAT is typically introduced with a low rate but then moves up over time until it swallows huge chunks of national economies.

E&Y finds that rates have been rising again, especially since the financial panic and recession. E&Y says standard VAT rates now average a knee-buckling 21.6% in the European Union, up from 19.4% in 2008. Average standard rates in the industrial countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have climbed to 19.2% from 17.8% in 2009.

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VIDEO: (Exclusive) Sen. Lee: ‘Excessive federal land ownership a bad deal for all’

Conservative Review – This week, as part of his “Laudable Pursuit” newsletter and video given exclusively to Conservative Review®, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) highlights the shocking truth behind federal land ownership, revealing the unfair monopoly the federal government has on land in the West, and how this not only affects landowners in those states but all Americans.
Just how bad is it? A few facts Lee highlights:

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