Meadows, Johnson Introduce Bill to Eliminate Failed Obamacare Program

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the Repeal Insurance Plans of the Multi-State Program Act (RIP MSP Act) on Tuesday — an effort to terminate Obamacare’s failing Multi-State Plan program.

Section 1334 of the Affordable Care Act requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to contract with at least two national health plans, one of which must be a non-profit plan, to compete directly with private plans in every state. These plans are called Multi-State Plans, or MSPs — and under current law, they are required to be available in all 50 states, as of 2017.

Multi-state plans were intended to drive competition on the health care exchanges. However, the program has failed to meet the Obama administration’s 750,000 enrollment projection or the 50-state statutory requirement. Only one state, Arkansas, has agreed to offer a MSP option in 2018, and it is likely that fewer than 2,000 Arkansans will participate. But the federal government is still funding the program at $10 million per year.

“This mandate is the definition of government waste. The program has failed to meet statutory requirements and is diverting necessary resources from what should be the OPM’s priorities, such as retirement and security backlogs. Congress needs to let the OPM focus on its job, eliminate this failed program and work to ensure health care is more affordable for all Americans,” – Sen. Ron Johnson.

“Multi-state plans were a poorly conceived provision of an even more poorly conceived bill, Obamacare,” Rep. Meadows said, “and repealing these plans would be a good step toward getting our health care system back on track. It makes no sense for the OPM to dedicate its finite resources toward the creation of government plans that clearly do little, other than stifling the competition our health insurance market so desperately needs. The OPM should not be in the business of contracting health insurance plans. I’m grateful to work with Senator Johnson on this bill as we seek to restore common sense, market-based principles to our health care industry that will bring premiums and overall costs down and help make quality care affordable for all Americans.”

Millennials Get It Wrong about Socialism

FEE – Most Millennials have a positive view of socialism and communism, but they don’t have all the facts.

Last month’s 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution is an appropriate occasion to remind us of the human atrocities committed by communist regimes. But we also should take time to reflect on the progress that has occurred since the fall of the Soviet Union and its socialist economic system in 1991.

A recent poll of Millennials found that 51 percent of them identified socialism as their favored socioeconomic system, with an additional 7 percent identifying communism as their favored system. Only 42 percent favored capitalism.

Socialism Kills, Always

A socialist system naturally selects leaders willing to exercise coercion to see that the plans are carried out.

Most Millennials I’ve met—and I meet quite a few as a college professor—are nice enough people. Most have no desire to see their fellow humans suffer. So I’m left to conclude that they have no appreciation for how socialism actually works in the real world.Socialist regimes—through executions, intentional starvation, and brutal prison-work camps—killed more than 100 million of their own citizens in the 20th century. In places such as Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela the atrocities continue.

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HR38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is just another infringement of our 2nd Amendment Rights.

We ALREADY have the right to CARRY ANY WHICH WAY (see below).   When will the infringements stop???   When will our Governments follow the CONSTITUTION?   By doing this Congress admits it can and quite correctly override a Unconstitutional State law. 

About Unconstitutional Federal Arms laws, regulations and rules.

Oath of Office: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3

Oath of Office  – U.S. Senators and Representatives

I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God” (5 U.S.C. §3331).

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Note: the people form the Militia, so the right is of the people, NOT the Militia.

The Second Amendment protects the rights of all citizens of the United States and its territories. And puts limits on the powers of the Federal and State Governments, plus EVERY other government in the United States. No Government can violate a citizens rights guaranteed to them under the U.S. Constitution.

Therefore, any and ALL Federal and State including any governments within a State, whose laws concern ARMS are infringements and are ILLEGAL under the U.S. Constitution and are therefore Null and Void as they are Unconstitutional. And this is the point of this paper. In order to be in compliance with they oath of office, our Senators and Representatives need to repeal all laws, regulations and rules concerning Arms. Please, keep in mind that the insane and criminal do not obey laws.

Unconstitutional Official Acts

16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256:

The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be In agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows:

The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it’s enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.

Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it…..

A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it is superseded thereby.

No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.

The Senate Voted to Kill Obamacare’s Individual Mandate. Why That Was a Wise Call.

The Daily Signal – Obamacare’s individual mandate to buy federally standardized health insurance is a tax, courtesy of the Supreme Court’s elaborate exercise in creative writing: National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (2012).

Legislators should judge a law by its results, not by good intentions. The record is clear: This particular tax is both unworkable and unfair. The Senate’s decision last week to repeal it is thus sound policy.

The individual mandate tax is not working. Its policy objective is to increase enrollment in private coverage and deter un-insurance.

To accomplish this goal, the law says that any person who does not buy an Obamacare plan would pay an annual tax penalty equal to 2.5 percent of their household income or $695, whichever amount is greater.

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DACA Is Not What the Democrats Say It Is. Here Are the Facts.

The Daily Signal – Some members of Congress are threatening to block government funding unless Congress provides amnesty to so-called Dreamers—the illegal aliens included in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump is ending.

Responsible members of Congress should not give in.

Such an effort would be fundamentally flawed and would only encourage even more illegal immigration—just as the 1986 amnesty in the Immigration Reform and Control Act did.

Democrats portray the DACA program as only benefitting those who were a few years old when they came to the U.S. illegally, leaving them unable to speak their native language and ignorant of their countries’ cultural norms. Therefore, the reasoning goes, it would be a hardship to return them to the countries where they were born.

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Congress Stalling Trump Ambassadors, Harming U.S. Effort to Combat N. Korea, Conduct Diplomacy

The Washington Free Beacon – Trump administration insiders are becoming increasingly concerned that a congressional holdup of key ambassador posts is beginning to interfere with critical American foreign policy efforts, particularly those to rally the international community against North Korea and its contested nuclear program, according to Trump administration insiders and congressional officials familiar with the situation.

Amid a global showdown over North Korea’s repeated and increasingly dangerous nuclear tests, Republican leaders in the Senate have declined to hold a vote on several of President Donald Trump’s picks for U.S. ambassador, most notably Richard Grenell, the former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations who was tapped in September to serve as the next American ambassador to Germany.

Click here to read more. Are you mad yet?

Trump Admin Orders Withdrawal From UN Migrant Accommodating Agreement

On Saturday, December 2, the Donald Trump administration alerted the office of the United Nations secretary-general that the United States of America is withdrawing from a UN agreement aimed at handling migrant and refugee issues.

“Today, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration,” the U.S. mission to the United Nations announced in a press release.

In September 2016, the UN General Assembly unanimously agreed on a resolution — the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants — that the organization’s member states would be committed to the document, which “reaffirms the importance of the international refugee regime and represents a commitment by Member States to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move,” as described in a UN statement on the goals of the policy. Click here to read more.

In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

The Daily Signal – The House and Senate have now each passed different versions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Both bills are a big improvement to America’s out-of-date tax code and could boost the economy by almost 3 percent, leading to more jobs and higher wages for working Americans.

Both bills cut taxes for individuals and businesses, largely repeal the state and local tax deduction, and allow businesses to invest more in the American economy through temporary expensing.

The bills now head to a conference committee where a unified bill will be crafted. Here are some of the major differences you need to know about: Click here to view chart.

Election protests could cause problems without an election board

  Carolina Journal – Municipal elections came and went, largely without issue. But the newly created Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement remains in limbo, and the potential for complications persist every day the board isn’t operating.

The General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper are embroiled in a legal fight, which began with the passage of Session Law 2017-6 in April, otherwise known as Senate Bill 68. The governor has long argued the merger of the election board and ethics commission into one bipartisan board is unconstitutional, but the General Assembly contend it’s within its power to merge the boards.

The law requires Cooper to appoint all eight members of the election board — four Republicans and four Democrats — but the governor has refused while the case is pending. The issue is expected to go before the N.C. Supreme Court.

Despite the continuing legal fight, the election board staff conducts day-to-day business.

“By statute, in single-county contests, the results are certified by the county boards of elections,” said Patrick Gannon, spokesman for the election board. “In multi-county contests, the State Board office has conducted all of its usual post-election audits and plans to issue letters to winning candidates in those contests.”

Certain functions are reserved for the board.

“One issue we are dealing with presently is the fact that there is no board to hear appeals of county board decisions on election protests,” Gannon said.

Without a board in place, election protesters wishing to appeal county board decisions must take their complaints to the Wake County Superior Court.

Another legal battle — this one involving the legislative redistricting — may affect upcoming state and local elections. The court case may continue past the February 2018 filing date for candidates, potentially delaying or disrupting the primary election.

“This agency, as it has up to this point, will continue to keep the courts and legislators aware of the time lines necessary to ensure elections are conducted lawfully and fairly,” Gannon explained. “The court is aware of the 2018 filing deadlines.”

Source: https://www.carolinajournal.com/news-article/election-protests-could-cause-problems-without-an-election-board/

Audit finds excessive use of state vehicles by DMV workers

Carolina Journal – A state Division of Motor Vehicles inspector violated agency policy by improperly collecting pay for a 3 ½-hour daily commute, costing the state $85,000. He attributed his misdeeds to working for “a paramilitary organization,” according to an investigative report released Tuesday by State Auditor Beth Wood.

Auditors called on the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General to perform a review of all assigned state vehicles to identify other potential commuting violations.

Responding to the audit, the state Department of Administration said its motor fleet management staff is installing GPS tracking systems in state-owned vehicles to increase monitoring. The computerized telecommunications devices should be in all vehicles by the end of the fiscal year.

The tracking devices are expected to eliminate unauthorized vehicle use, track fuel and miles driven, improve driver safety and liability concerns, decrease maintenance costs, help prevent vehicle theft, and increase accountability.

The Office of State Controller amended its policies in response to that situation, and the case of another DMV employee who received $5,616 in improper personal benefits from private use of a state car. The policy revision is to ensure management and supervisors know what daily activities an employee performs before approving their work time.

According to the audit, Tim McLawhorn of Washington, a DMV inspector in the License and Theft Bureau, was assigned to a duty station in Greenville.

But he drove to Raleigh daily, totaling 91,000 miles from January 2014 through December 2016, to work on special projects for the former DOT commissioner and deputy commissioner, neither of whom was named in the report. Kelly Thomas was commissioner during that time. Randy Dishong was deputy commissioner.

That commute violated a policy requiring employees assigned a state vehicle to live within 50 miles of the county line of their work station. McLawhorn was paid for commute time from Beaufort County to Raleigh. Combined with wear and tear on the vehicle, costs totaled $85,000, the audit said.

“When somebody tells you to do something, you just go do it. It’s a paramilitary organization, you don’t question people,” McLawhorn told auditors when asked about the infraction.

When his supervisor was asked why he approved the improper work time, he told auditors “you don’t really ask too many questions” when an employee is assigned to the commissioner’s office.

In the other case, Stacy Wooten of Winston-Salem, a DMV Central Regional Zone chief, used a state vehicle to commute from her home to the Winston-Salem office from January 2014 through January 2017. That violated state policy requiring employees to reimburse the state for personal use mileage through payroll deduction. Auditors called for Wooten to repay those costs.

In response, DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup said “it appears inequitable to require reimbursement after such a long period of time,” but the money either would be repaid or the employee’s W-2 statement amended to reflect the additional taxable income.

DMV issued a statement Tuesday acknowledging the “thorough audit of vehicle usage in the previous administration. As a result of this audit, we are working to strengthen our policies and procedures to ensure this does not happen again.”

Buncombe County Republican Men’s Club Meeting, 12/9

I am happy to announce that Mr. Brad Overcash will be the guest speaker for our December monthly breakfast meeting at 9:00 a.m. on December 9 at Ryan’s Restaurant 1000 Brevard Road in Asheville. He is a candidate to be the Chairman of the District 10 Republicans and we are glad he was able to fit a visit to Asheville into his undoubted busy schedule. We hope that you and your invited guests will be able to join us for our last meeting of the year.

Bill Gainer
BCRMC President

Failed megaport site still vacant and is losing value

Carolina Journal – N.C. Ports Authority bought land in 2006 and after megaport project collapsed still has no plans to use it

The 600-acre waterfront property in Southport set aside for a state-run “megaport” remains vacant and the N.C. State Ports Authority has no plans to develop or sell it. The property’s most recent tax appraisal also shows the land is worth half its original purchase price.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported in mid-November that the property, bought in 2006 by the Ports Authority for $30 million, was appraised at $15 million in 2013. The state also spent $10.2 million to develop the site before abandoning the megaport project.

In 2012, Carolina Journal noted the proposed megaport had three major problems: It is located adjacent to Progress Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant; there is significant organized local opposition to the project; and a new port had little support in the General Assembly.

Caswell Beach resident Toby Bronstein, a former spokeswoman for Save the Cape, a group opposed to the megaport, still wonders why the authority is hanging on to the land. “The authority should let this property go. Sell it or develop it into a park. But I am not sure the authority has abandoned the dream of a megaport,” she told CJ this week.

The CJ story noted that in the early 1980s, Progress Energy Carolinas opposed a potential coal handling facility on the same site that had been proposed by Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Companies.

For the site to work, Williams needed an agreement with Progress Energy, then known as Carolina Power & Light, to share the company’s rail line that wrapped around the nuclear plant. After a brief study, Progress officials decided not to cooperate, citing a significant safety concern: During an emergency at the plant, a long train on the rail line could block access to the site, delaying evacuation or containment efforts. Williams then abandoned interest in the site.

As the CJ story pointed out, freight trains servicing the proposed megaport typically would be a mile long, posing a similar safety concern for Progress.

The land along the river adjacent to the nuclear plant was vacant until the early 1970s, when the pharmaceutical company Pfizer bought part of it to manufacture citric acid. The facility was built in 1973, but did not occupy all the land Pfizer purchased.

By the early 1980s, Pfizer offered to sell some of the land, including the site the Ports Authority eventually acquired. In 1990, Pfizer sold its citric acid plant to agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland while retaining ownership of several undeveloped adjacent properties.

In early 2005, after learning the 600-acre tract was for sale, Ports Authority CEO Tom Eagar took measures to acquire it even though he had no feasibility study for the site justifying the development of a new port.

The sale closed the following year, but the project went nowhere.

“There is no way this project will fail. There is no way we can allow this project to fail,” Eagar told CJ during a break at a Ports Authority board meeting in May 2010. He said the state-owned ports at Morehead City and Wilmington were not adequate to meet the economic development mission of the authority.

With no imminent plans to use the site, the state continues to hang onto vacant, untaxed waterfront property that has declined in value.

Reception and Dinner for NC House Representative Mike Clampitt

Mike Clampitt

You are Cordially Invited to Attend a  Reception and Dinner for NC House Representative Mike Clampitt

 

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 5:00 – 7:30pm

 

Quality Inn,  2807 Highway 74 EAST   Sylva, NC

 

 

 

Special Guest The Honorable Tim Moore, Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives

 

Prime Rib Dinner, $45 per person  /  $80 couple

 

RVSP no later than Jan 2, 2018:

Patricia Chambers  (tgchambers13@yahoo.com)  OR

David Sawyer (dasawyer13@msn.com)

 

If you cannot attend, please send a Donation Check, Payable to “Mike4House” to:

Rep. Mike Clampitt   POB 386    Bryson City, NC  28713

 

Paid for by “Mike4House”

Not Printed or Mailed at Taxpayer Expense

Starting in January, 9 States Will Require Passport for Domestic Flights

– Starting January 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will need a passport for domestic flights.

Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will require travelers to present a passport for traveling within the United States. A military ID or permanent resident card will also be accepted.

The change was made because of unmet federally mandated “security standards” in those states. Click here to read more.

National apprenticeship week highlights company-based education options

Businesses beginning to fill gaps left when grads don’t have workforce skills.

Carolina Journal – RALEIGH — Blum Inc. had a problem.

In the 1990s, the international company’s North Carolina operation was running short of workers. Machinists. Technicians. Most of all, the company needed young employees who could expand the business and its bottom line.

So Blum opened an apprenticeship program.

“The idea was very simple,” Andreas Thurner, Blum’s apprenticeship manager, told Carolina Journal. “We wanted to do the same thing that we did in our Austrian [operation].”

Thurner went on to help found Apprenticeship 2000, a Charlotte-based organization that recruits apprentices for a number of businesses in the area.

In a country with a growing “skills gap,” Blum’s story is all too familiar. Universities are struggling to keep up with changing technologies, Thurner said. The lag means college graduates are unprepared for manufacturing and engineering jobs.

If companies can’t find skilled workers, Thurner said, there’s just one solution. Recruit and train them yourself.

click here to read more.

N.C. retains onerous occupational licensing burden, study says

Carolina Journal – North Carolina has some of the country’s broadest and most onerous licensing laws, resulting in a ranking of 17th-worst, a new report says.

The second edition of the Institute for Justice’s License to Work study looks at the occupational licensing laws of 102 lower-income jobs across the United States.

North Carolina ranks 41st for the most burdensome licensing laws. But because it licenses 67 of the 102 lower-income jobs surveyed, North Carolina jumps to the nation’s 17th most onerously licensed state.

North Carolina — on average — requires $199 in fees, 234 days of education and experience, and about one exam to enter into a number of job fields. Barbers, sign language interpreters, cosmetologists, opticians, and athletic trainers are just a few of the jobs requiring licenses.

A number of jobs regulated by occupational licensing aren’t even strongly connected to public safety, as IJ notes. Becoming a barber in North Carolina requires $270 in fees, 722 days for education and experience, and three separate exams. On the other hand, EMTs require only 43 days — 166 hours of education and 24 hours of experience — and two exams to become licensed.

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Schools Ban Textbooks That Don’t Promote LGBT

1963 Communist Goal #26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

The New American: From FreedomProject Media:

Government K-8 schools in California recently became the first in America to start demanding pro-homosexual and transgender propaganda in history textbooks, sparking celebrations among those who would indoctrinate children. In fact, history textbooks that refuse to push the party line on the so-called LGBT agenda will be banned from government schools in the state.

The decision to ban books that do not dishonestly celebrate homosexuality and alleged homosexuals, taken this month, was made pursuant to the 2011 “Fair Education Act.” The scheme mandates that history and social studies curricula promote the “accomplishments” of LGBT types, even if claims that a historical person was a homosexual are disputed or outright bogus.

“This long fought victory is the next step for California students to learn about the contributions and history of LGBTQ people,” Rick Zbur, executive director of the pro-LGBT group “Equality California,” was quoted as saying. “Equality California applauds the State Board of Education for this historic decision.”

Textbook publishers that refused to identify individuals whom LGBT activists claim were homosexuals were banned. Among them was Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The company agreed to some of the LGBT movement’s demands, and even claimed, falsely, that homosexuals are “central to both United States history and culture.”

But the globalist publisher refused to identify poet Langston Hughes as a homosexual, saying there was not enough evidence. And apparently, for the militant LGBT movement, that means children may not read those books at school.

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Antarctica Was Once Covered in Forests. We Just Found One That Fossilized.

National Geographic – The ancient trees were able to withstand alternating months of pure sunlight and darkness, before falling in history’s greatest mass extinction.

It was summer in Antarctica, and Erik Gulbranson and John Isbell were on the hunt.

Bundled up in parkas to brave negative temperatures, fierce winds, and blinding days of 24-hour sunlight, Gulbranson, Isbell, and an international team of researchers searched for fossil fragments. Between November 2016 and January 2017, they scaled the snow-capped slopes of the McIntyre Promontory high above the ice fields and glaciers, sifting through the Transantarctic Mountain’s gray sedimentary rocks for clues. By the end of the expedition, they had uncovered 13 fossil fragments from trees dating back more than 260 million years, around the time of the world’s greatest mass extinction event.

The fossil discovery hints at the coldest, driest continent’s green and forested past.

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National Day for the Victims of Communism

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

National Day for the Victims of Communism

Today, the National Day for the Victims of Communism, marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life.

Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation. These movements, under the false pretense of liberation, systematically robbed innocent people of their God-given rights of free worship, freedom of association, and countless other rights we hold sacrosanct. Citizens yearning for freedom were subjugated by the state through the use of coercion, violence, and fear.

Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.

To learn more about the Victims of Communism CLICK HERE

IEA: United States to Dominate World Energy Market Within Eight Years

The New American – According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the growth of energy production in the United States, doubling as it has in just the last eight years, is expected to double again in the next eight. Authors of the IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook report released on Tuesday could hardly contain their surprise: “A remarkable ability to unlock new resources cost-effectively pushes combined United States oil and gas output to a level 50% higher than any other country ever managed; already a net exporter of [natural] gas, the U.S. becomes a net exporter of oil in the late 2020s. In our projections … the rise in US tight oil output [fracking] from 2010 to 2025 would match the highest maintained period of oil output growth by a single country in the history of oil markets.”

The U.S. production increase makes up an astonishing 80 percent of the increase in oil production expected from all oil-producing countries combined. This, according to IEA, will have the beneficial effect of keeping oil prices “lower for longer … within a $50-70/barrel range [all the way out to] 2040.”

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NC Representative Larry G. Pittman Update

November 16, 2017
UPDATE ON INTERIM ACTIONS

It has been several weeks since I have given you an update.  Interesting things have happened so far during the interim, especially in our special sessions.

On October 5, the House passed HB 717 Judicial Redistricting & Investment Act with a vote of 69-43.  This bill addresses the need for correcting imbalances and lack of resources that have resulted from population increases and a general lack of attention to the efficiency of judicial districts across the State for about sixty years.  Rep. Justin Burr of Stanly County worked diligently on this bill, traveling all across the State to meet with judges and District Attorneys to learn their concerns and needs for a more efficient judicial system in the State.  His work should be appreciated.  Of local concern to my constituents, I worked with Rep. Burr to add one Superior Court Judge, one District Court Judge and two new Assistant District Attorneys to the Cabarrus district through this bill.  I really appreciate Rep. Burr’s willingness to hear from our judges and District Attorney Roxanne Vaneekhoven, as well as from us Legislators in the district, and to address our concerns as he has done.  I was glad and proud to support this bill.  Now, we are waiting for the Senate to act on it in the next special session, which will convene on January 10.

Under Republican leadership, we have been working for the last several years to reduce bureaucratic red tape on businesses in our State through regulatory reform.  SB 16 Business Regulatory Reform Act of 2017 was another step in that process.  It had passed the House 94-19, and Gov. Cooper had vetoed it.  The Senate and House both overrode the veto.  The vote in the House on Oct. 5 was 70-42.  I was one of the 70.

There has been an ongoing effort to free local governments from having to put certain public notices in newspapers and simply publish them through electronic media.  There is no consensus on this; so it has been difficult to do.  So a local bill for Guilford County, SB 181 Electronic Notice – Guildford County, was offered this year.  The House passed this bill by a close vote of 58-87 on October 5.  I voted for it.  It is now law in that county.  We’ll see how that goes and possibly move the effort forward elsewhere in the State later.

The Electoral Freedom Act of 2017, HB 656, was one with which I had some problems because I felt it lowered standards too much.  I did not vote for the bill originally.  The conference report made it even worse, in my estimation, by reducing the percentage required to avoid a primary runoff from 40% to 30%.  I vehemently disagree with this provision.  So I voted no on the conference report on Oct. 5. However, we were told that we will have an opportunity to correct this in the January special session, and a lot of my constituents wanted the original bill to be passed.  So on October 17, I voted to override the governor’s veto, and it was overridden in the House by a vote of 72-40.

In addition to these matters, I am serving as an Advisory Member on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Education and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Emergency Management.  There are some very serious matters for both of these committees to consider.  I’ll try to tell you more about that later, but there may be some things I cannot discuss.

The matter of Legislative Redistricting within the State is still a bit uncertain.  We are waiting on the courts to finish their rulings on the maps adopted by the Legislature.  I voted against these maps because they are unconstitutional.  Our State Constitution calls for us to redraw the maps after each census.  This year is four years early.  There are other objections being raised by the Democrats.  I particularly object to the changes made in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties because the lawsuit against the existing districts did not mention those.  Therefore, there was no justification for changing them.  It remains to be seen where all of this will end.  For now the court has ordered that a master map maker from California should redraw our maps.  I have heard that he has completed that redrawing, but I have not yet seen the result.  I’ll let you know more about this as the matter progresses.

For now, I wish you the Lord’s great blessings and a very Happy Thanksgiving.

God bless,

Rep. Larry G. Pittman

North Carolina General Assembly, House of Representatives, 1010 Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601-1096 919-715-2009 larry.pittman@ncleg.net

France: Escalating Muslim Anti-Semitism. Which non-Muslim peoples are next?

Gatestone Institute – “My mother said that Arabs are born to hate Jews.” — Abdelghani Merah (brother of Mohamed Merah, a French Muslim terrorist who murdered seven people), speaking on French television.

“I heard with my own ears, Mohamed Merah’s mother saying: “in our religion it is permitted to kill Jewish children.” — Mohamed Sifaoui, journalist and director of a documentary on the Merah family, on Canal+ TV.

Incidentally, while Abdelkader Merah’s trial was underway, the headstone of Ilan Halimi — a Jew tortured to death in 2006 — was desecrated and broken. By whom? Guess.

In France, any public mention of Muslim anti-Semitism can lead you to court. In February 2017, the scholar Georges Bensoussan was sued for “incitement to racial hatred” because he mentioned in a radio debate how vastly widespread anti-Semitism is among French Muslim families.

Click here to read more.

Climate Change: Science versus Politics

Dr. Dan’s Freedom Forum – For centuries, human beings, inquisitive by disposition and design, have sought to understand the workings of the natural world in which they live. Scientists, observing these same events, are driven by the demands of scientific inquiry to study natural events and explain how they occur so that this knowledge can be used to improve the human condition.

Scientific ExperimentTo begin the process of scientific investigation, scientists make an “educated guess,” or hypothesis, to explain the observed activity. It is, however, not sufficient to propose the explanation without proving its accuracy. An experiment must be carefully designed so that the results will either support or disprove the truth of the “educated guess.” As the experiment proceeds, data is collected, analyzed, and conclusions are reached in an orderly process.

Critical and essential steps to the scientific method include verification that the experimental process was conducted objectively, and the overall outcome must be derived from unbiased analysis of the raw data, free from prejudicial influence. Upon completion of the experiment, the raw data must be available for scrutiny by all, and other scientists must be able to reproduce the process and conclude the same result.

Initially, “global warming” was the term used for human induced increases in Earth’s temperature. When it became common knowledge to the rest of the world that plant Earth warmed and cooled in cycles, it wasn’t long before global warming enthusiasts found themselves defending their position. Behind closed doors, a new name was conceived, and, today, the human race faces the same theory under a different name, “climate change.”

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