February 26th Publius Huldah is still on for tonite.

publius-200x200Publius is on the road to Asheville.

Publius Huldah is Lawyer, philosopher & logician. Strict constructionist of the U.S. Constitution. Passionate about The Federalist Papers (Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay), restoring constitutional government.

Location: Skyland Fire Dept. 9 Miller Rd E, Asheville, NC 28805

Date: February 26th

Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm.

Please, RSVP to Fremont if you plan on attending.

For more info on an Article V Convention click here.

Landmark Internet rules approved

internetThe Hill – Federal regulators voted Thursday to impose sweeping net neutrality rules that supporters say are critical to protecting the freedom of the Internet.

In a party-line 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission moved to embrace an approach advocated by President Obama to treat Internet service like a utility in order to prevent major companies such as Comcast or Verizon from slowing, blocking or creating “toll roads” for people’s access to the Internet.

“The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet; it’s simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat.

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Tiny Tweak to NC Election Law Has Major Implications

SpecialeVIP – Yesterday’s surprise snowstorm in most of North Carolina will seem like a minor inconvenience when the storm erupts in some dark places after certain parties learn about a minor one-page bill, filed by Representative Michael Speciale, late that afternoon. The simple measure will apply the same anti-partisanship staffing rules at early (or “one-stop”) voting locations as the law already requires for Election Day voting precincts.

“Nobody I talked to at the Legislature realized that people working the one-stop sites were exempt from those rules,” he said. “Most people just assume the election Judges are not from same party when they vote one-stop, but the law never required it.”

The democratic spirit of election law is to create a system so transparent that both sides can see that it was a fair election and then agree to support the winner. It’s a guiding concept behind the “consent of the governed” clause in our Declaration of Independence; but staffing rules for one-stop voting violated that principle.

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The Hill’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: Panel to vote on AG nominee February 25, 2015

bureaucrats-you-can-run-but-they-will-find-and-regulate-youTHE BIG STORY

Barring anymore setbacks, a Senate panel will vote Thursday morning on the nomination of President Obama’s pick to serve as the next attorney general.

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation has been held up by a few Republicans who are concerned about her stance on immigration and her role in a money laundering case. http://bit.ly/1DK8bVt

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) delayed the committee vote early this month to get more answers from Lynch on these contentious issues. He’s unlikely to do so again.

Democrats say they are frustrated by the delay. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) pointed out that Lynch’s nomination has been pending for 109 days.

“Loretta Lynch is a superb prosecutor who has earned the respect and admiration of both Republicans and Democrats,” Leahy said Wednesday. “Now she is set to finally receive a vote in committee. Rather than seeking to score political points for their next election, senators should consider Ms. Lynch’s long and laudable record of public service. Our nation’s top law enforcement officer deserves no less.”

Lynch enjoys universal support from Democrats and only needs two Republicans to vote her out of the committee and send her to the Senate floor for confirmation. http://bit.ly/1Aw6gVh

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) intends to vote for Lynch, while Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and even Grassley have had positive things to say about her.

If Lynch is voted through the committee, the entire Senate will vote on whether to confirm her. … Read more…

IRS to let taxpayers keep cash from Obamacare tax mistake

count moneyThe American Thinker – About 50,000 taxpayers who had filed their returns before an error in an Obamacare tax form was discovered will be able to keep the money, the IRS said yesterday.

The erroneous forms went out to 800,000 taxpayers. Most of those citizens will have to wait for the IRS to mail them a corrected form before they can file their taxes.

Treasury said people who did not pay enough in taxes because of the glitch will be allowed to keep the money. If they paid too much, then they have the option of filing an amended return to get their money back.

The administration has not provided a breakdown of how many people paid too little and how many paid too much.

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Animal Rights: Virginia PETA Shelter Has a ‘Kill Rate’ of 81 Percent

petakills-newstopTownhall – During last weekend’s Oscars, one particular commercial that aired featured young animals somberly saying things like, “I’ll never learn to fetch” and “I won’t ever get to play with my best friend.” Why? Because “PETA killed me.” The seemingly strange spot, produced by the Center for Consumer Freedom, was a spoof on the laughably bad Nationwide Super Bowl commercial earlier this month and was designed to expose People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ hypocrisy. It turns out, however, that unlike the Nationwide commercial, this anti-PETA ad is actually pretty accurate.

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Conservatives Reject McConnell Plan to End Immigration, Homeland Security Stalemate

Rejection Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Dramatic Storm Clouds and Sky.The Daily Signal – As the Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security nears, House Conservatives are fighting a new Senate plan for preventing a partial shutdown of the agency.

Under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal, his chamber would vote first on a measure to fund Homeland Security and then hold a separate vote on a bill to undo the immigration executive actions President Obama took in November.

By untying the immigration legislation from the Homeland Security funding bill, McConnell, R-Ky., hopes to make it harder for Democrats to oppose.

But very quickly, it became clear the strongest resistance to that plan will come from his own party.

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The Solution Is the Constitution, Not Article V

the new american“The federal government … can do most anything in this country.”

— Representative Fortney Hillman “Pete” Stark (D-Calif.), July 24, 2010

Back in the tumultuous days of ObamaCare town hall meetings in the summer of 2010, a constitutionally astute attendee at a Hayward, California, town hall asked her congressman, Pete Stark, a very pointed question: “If this [ObamaCare] legislation is constitutional, what limitations are there on the federal government’s ability to tell us how to run our private lives?”

After a long pause, the congressman haltingly answered, “I think that there are very few constitutional limits that would prevent the federal government from rules that could affect your private life.”

His questioner interrupted, saying, “The Constitution specifically enumerates certain powers to the federal government and leaves all other authority to the states or the people…. So my question is, how can this law be constitutional? But more importantly than that, if they can do this, what can’t they?”

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Amendments Proposal Convention of States, N.C. HB 48

Please, call the members on the Judiciary I committee your opinion on HB 48 Amendments Proposal Convention of States tomorrow.

Link to bill:  http://ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=hb48&submitButton=Go

Judiciary I
  • Meets Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in 415 LOB
  • Bills in Committee: H48
Members
Chairman Rep. Daughtry
Vice Chairman Rep. Burr
Vice Chairman Rep. Jackson
Members Rep. Arp, Rep. L. Hall, Rep. Hardister, Rep. Howard, Rep. G. Martin, Rep. McNeill, Rep. Robinson, Rep. Steinburg

For info on why you may not wish HB 48 to pass the House see: http://tarheelteaparty.org/?page_id=1186

Taking Orders for Possible 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.  *Orders for Custom or Personalized plates will not be accepted.

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**The above art is an approximate sample of the Gadsen 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.

No Child Left Behind Reauthorization

schoolHeritage Action Sentinels – Debate on H.R. 5, a bill that would reauthorize NCLB, will begin this week.  It is anticipated a floor vote will occur this Friday, February 27th.  Heritage Action opposes H.R. 5.  Supporters claim that the bill restores autonomy to states, eliminates programs, allows local schools to make their own funding decisions, and limit[s] the federal role to ensuring parents have the information they need to judge the quality of their children’s schools.”  None of these claims are accurate.  The bill actually mandates the following:

  • Yearly testing in grades 3-8 and once again in high school (the same testing mandate as NCLB).
  • A single statewide curriculum.
  • Same-level funding for programs, merely consolidating many programs instead of eliminating them.
  • A statewide accountability structure with “a system of school improvement interventions to be implemented at the local level for…schools the state determines to be poorly performing.”
Sentinels are encouraged to contact their member of Congress and urge him or her to oppose H.R. 5.
 
An approach known as A-PLUS is an important component of any conservative reform.  A-PLUS would allow states to opt-out of most federal regulations by submitting a plan to the Secretary of Education.  In return, states would receive complete autonomy to allocate federal funds as they saw fit, substantially reducing federal control of education policy.  A-PLUS would also eliminate federal testing requirements and allow local school districts to choose their own curriculum.

Heritage Action supports the inclusion of A-PLUS as an amendment to H.R. 5.

The Political Assimilation of Immigrants and Their Descendants

13-ImmigrationCATO – Many skeptics of immigration reform claim that immigrants and their descendants will not politically assimilate and will consistently vote for bigger government for generations.1 Political survey data suggest that this fear is unwarranted, as the political differences between immigrants and native-born Americans are small and, in most cases, so small that they are statistically insignificant. In the cases where the differences are significant, the descendants of immigrants rapidly assimilate into America’s political culture by adopting mainstream ideologies, political party identifications, and policy positions held by longer-settled Americans. The policy and political views of immigrants and their descendants are mostly indistinguishable from Americans whose families have been here for at least four generations. As a result of these small differences in opinion and the subsequent rapid assimilation of immigrants, they and their descendants are unlikely to alter America’s aggregate political attitudes.

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High-Profile Dispute Between Farm, Green Group Yields Property Rights Bill

no farms no foodThe Daily Signal – After clashing with a non-profit land trust over the terms and conditions of a conservation easement that sits on her property, Martha Boneta saw no alternative to litigation.

That’s because the Piedmont Environmental Council, which serves as a co-holder of the easement, had overstepped its authority to the point where it was trespassing across her property without any meaningful oversight, Boneta alleged in an interview with The Daily Signal.

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THE HILL’S OVERNIGHT REGULATION: DC poised to legalize pot February 24, 2015

THE BIG STORY

Smoking pot in the nation’s capital will be legalized Thursday — as long as you light up in your home and not in public places like restaurants and bars.

Washington, D.C., becomes the latest place to legalize recreational marijuana use, even as a legal battle looms with Congress.

The District joins states like Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon in approving the use of recreational marijuana.

This comes after District voters approved a ballot measure last November legalizing pot.

According to the mayor’s office, District residents who are 21 years of age and older will be allowed to smoke and grow small amounts of marijuana in their homes. They will also be allowed to invite their friends over for “pot parties.”

But renters would need their landlord’s approval to smoke pot in their home.

Meanwhile, it will still be illegal to sell pot or drive under the influence of marijuana, the mayor’s office says.

But the legal challenges over the District’s new marijuana laws are raging.

Congress passed a spending measure last December intended to block marijuana legalization, but District officials say they have found a loophole. Ultimately, it could be up to the courts to decide. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1BnASIY.

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UN Plan for 2015 Climate Summit Would Shackle Planet With Energy Restrictions

no-unThe New American – The draft text of the United Nations’ proposed global climate agreement was released Friday, February 13 in Geneva, Switzerland. The document, which proposes to impose draconian controls on all human activity and all energy production and consumption, has ballooned from the 38-page document that was negotiated last November-December at the UN climate circus in Lima, Peru, to 98 pages.

“Although it has become longer, countries are now fully aware of each other’s positions,” said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), acknowledging that the more than doubling of the text’s length would make the next negotiating session “a little bit more difficult.”

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Oppose BATFE’s Expansion of the Federal “Armor Piercing” Ammo Ban and Tell Congress to Act

5.56NRA-ILA – President Obama insisted that if Congress would not enact his gun control agenda, he would do so on his own, through executive action. Whatever else can be said of the president’s track record, he is doing his utmost to keep that promise. Having failed to enact a federal ban on the AR-15, America’s most popular rifle, he’s now using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to do the next best thing. BATFE is now proposing to ban a whole class of common rifle ammunition used in that overwhelmingly popular firearm. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning of BATFE’s latest move.

On Friday, we reported on breaking news that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) had issued a “framework” for when bullets which would otherwise be classified as “armor piercing” ammunition under federal law qualify for the law’s exemption for projectiles “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”

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Bad Bill of the Week: Billion Dollar Gas Tax Hike

Gas-StationCivitas – Significantly lower gas prices at the pump the last several months have put more money in the pockets of NC motorists. But because of the adjustable portion of the state gas tax, lower gas prices would also mean less money to state government coffers. Apparently, some state legislators can’t accept that.

Senate Bill 20, IRC Update/Motor Fuel Tax Changes, sponsored by Sens. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) and Jerry Tillman (R-Moore), would alter the state’s gas tax formula, with the net impact over the next four years of costing North Carolinians an additional $1.2 billion in taxes.

North Carolina’s state gas tax is comprised of two portions: a specific set amount combined with an adjustable amount that varies according the average price of gasoline. As gas prices rise, so too does the adjustable portion of the gas tax, increasing the overall state gas tax. And vice versa when gas prices drop. The variable portion is adjusted every six months based upon the average gas prices of the previous period.

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Bad news for warmists: Sun has entered ‘weakest solar cycle in a century’

sunAmerican Thinker – The conceit that human production of carbon dioxide is capable of driving the earth’s climate is running smack into the sun. CO2 accounts for a mere 0.039% of the atmosphere, while the sun accounts for 99.86% of all of the mass in our entire solar system. And Ol’ Sol is not taking the insult lightly. Vencore Weather reports:

For the past 5 days, solar activity has been very low and one measure of solar activity – its X-ray output – has basically flatlined in recent days (plot below courtesy NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center). Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots.

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N.C. Appeals Court says state must pay landowners in the path of the Northern Beltway

property-rightsWinston-Salem Journal – In a ruling that could force sweeping changes in how the state builds highways, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the state must pay a group of landowners whose properties are in the designated path of the Northern Beltway, even though work on the parts of the beltway in their neighborhoods could be many years away.

Chief Appeals Court Judge Linda McGee, writing for the three-judge panel, said the N.C. Department of Transportation had “exercised its power of eminent domain when it filed the transportation corridor maps for the Western and Eastern loops” of the Northern Beltway around Winston-Salem.

McGee said that Forsyth Superior Court erred in January 2013 when it declined to hear the 11 landowners’ claims of inverse condemnation.

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ATF Trying to Ban AR-15 Ammo Under Guise of “Law Enforcement Safety”

2ndAmendment_s640x427Townhall – In its never ending goal to ban modern sporting rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has proposed new regulations banning common AR-15 ammunition, arguing it’s necessary to protect the safety of law enforcement officers. The NRA sounded the alarm late last week:

In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.

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Mike Rowe is asked if Scott Walker finishing college is important, BEST response you’ll ever see

Dixon-Ticonderoga-Woodcase-Pencil-HB-2-Yellow-BarrelYoungcons.com – Kyle Smith writes…

Howard Dean recently criticized Gov Scott Walker for never finishing college, stating that he was “unknowledgeable.” What would your response be on college as a requirement for elected office?
Hi Kyle

Back in 1990, The QVC Cable Shopping Channel was conducting a national talent search. I had no qualifications to speak of, but I needed a job, and thought TV might be a fun way to pay the bills. So I showed up at The Marriott in downtown Baltimore with a few hundred other hopefuls, and waited for a chance to audition. When it was my turn, the elevator took me to the top floor, where a man no expression led me into a suite and asked me to take a seat behind a large desk. Across from the desk, there was a camera on a tripod. On the desk was a digital timer with an LED display. I took a seat as the man clipped a microphone on my shirt and explained the situation.

“The purpose of this audition is to see if you can talk for eight minutes without stuttering, blathering, passing out, or throwing up. Any questions?”

“What would you like me to talk about,” I asked.

The man pulled a pencil from behind his ear and rolled it across the desk. “Talk to me about that pencil. Sell it. Make me want it. But be yourself. If you can do that for eight minutes, the job is yours. Ok?”

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Do you wish for your county government to fund NON-Government groups?

buncombe co 3Update: Buncombe County Commissioners meeting on budget requests canceled

Mountain Xpress – UPDATE: The Buncombe County Board of Commissioner’s workshop for 9 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 17, has been canceled due to the potentially dangerous weather expected through the night. The workshop will be rescheduled. Check here for updates on the meeting’s status or follow the Board on Twitter at @BuncombeGov.

Forty-five local nonprofits are scheduled to present budget requests before the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Feb. 17, for the 2016 fiscal year. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. rather than 4:30 p.m. to budget time for thorough discussion.

The combined list of requests — which, if approved as-is, would cost the county $4.2 million — must be finalized and approved by the Board before the start of the fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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How much debt did each president leave for the country?

debt_woesWashington Examiner – As we observe President’s Day, let’s take a look at how much debt each President left the country.

President Franklin Roosevelt, who presided over most of World War II, left the country with more debt than every other president to date. Public debt as a share of GDP was at 95.7 percent in 1944, his last full calendar year in office.

President Obama is the second-worst president in this category, with public debt at 74.1 percent of GDP in 2014. Even under President Obama’s budget proposal, public debt would still be 74.3 percent of GDP in 2016, his last year in office.

There was no public debt in 1836, President Andrew Jackson’s final year in office. Presidents Van Buren, Tyler and Pierce are the only other presidents to leave office with debt at 1 percent of GDP or less.

President William Howard Taft was the last president to leave office with public debt in the single digits. Since World War II, President Richard Nixon left office with the least public debt.

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