|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.
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, email@example.com
The New American – The Supreme Court announced Monday that it has agreed to hear a case challenging a California law requiring crisis-pregnancy centers, under the threat of heavy fines for noncompliance, to tell their clients how to obtain state-subsidized abortions.
The case, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, charges that the Golden State’s Reproductive FACT Act violates the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and religion by forcing pregnancy centers to disseminate information that violates their religious beliefs.
The law passed the California legislature in 2015 on a party-line vote — Democrats yea, Republicans nay — and was signed by Governor Jerry Brown, also a Democrat. As The New American reported at the time, the act mandates that pregnancy centers offering medical services either post or distribute to their clients the following notice:
California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].
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Washington, D.C. – On Sunday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) appeared alongside Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. The two members discussed the new GOP tax reform proposal, which is going through the committee amendment process beginning today.
“It’s a work in progress,” Meadows said, but “preliminary numbers look very good in terms of economic growth. As I have looked at this particular bill, it appears that we should be able to get a 3.5 to 3.6 percent bump in GDP growth. When we do that, it means higher wages and a stronger economy.”
Meadows once again addressed the concern on increasing the deficit in the short run, reiterating that while he would prefer to cut both spending and taxes, the economic growth and relief for working families is worth the short-term exposure.
“Over a longer period of time, some 10 to 15 years, we believe that the economic growth will outweigh any short-term deficit increase that we see,” said Meadows, “so even though we’re looking at increasing the deficit in the short run, over a 15-year period, we could have these tax cuts paid for because of economic growth.”
The information below is from http://www.dsausa.org/
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics.
At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people. For example, we support reforms that:
- decrease the influence of money in politics
- empower ordinary people in workplaces and the economy
- restructure gender and cultural relationships to be more equitable.
We are activists committed to democracy as not simply one of our political values but our means of restructuring society. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism — a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.
In this web site you can find out about DSA, its politics, structure and program. DSA’s political perspective is called Where We Stand. It says, in part,
We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.
We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.
DSA has a youth section, Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA). Made up of students from colleges and high schools, the Youth Section works on economic justice and democracy and prison justice projects. It is a member of the International Union of Socialist Youth, an affiliate of the Socialist International. The Youth Section meets several times during the year..
To learn why Collectivism/Communism/Socialism/Statism are VERY BAD IDEAS click here.
WASHINGTON, N.C. – Executive Committee Members of the North Carolina 3rd Congressional District Republican Party met last month on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in Washington, North Carolina. By a unanimous vote, the Executive Committee adopted a resolution in support of President Trump’s plan to advance North America’s energy independence by starting the process of opening offshore areas to job-creating energy exploration.
“We applaud President Trump’s plan to spur our economy by tapping into North Carolina’s abundant energy resources. Opening up the outer continental shelf to exploration with responsible production will bring new and good paying jobs to our state. In fact a study completed by Moffatt and Nichol, a global infrastructure advisory firm, estimated that offshore drilling could potentially provide a total annual economic impact of 3,983 jobs and $203.0 million just to Dare County, which is only one of the eight counties bordering the Atlantic,” said Carl Mischka, Chairman of the N.C. GOP 3rd District.
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Canada Free Press – By Publius Huldah —— Bio and Archives–October 17, 2010
1. With the U.S. Constitution, We The People created the federal government. It is our “creature”, and has no powers other than those We granted to it in The Constitution.
Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language (1828), says re “constitution”:
…In free states, the constitution is paramount to the statutes or laws enacted by the legislature, limiting and controlling its power; and in the United States, the legislature is created, and its powers designated, by the constitution.
If you, dear Reader, will study this paper and read the Constitution, you will know more about it than most State & federal judges, most law professors & lawyers, most who spout off on TV & radio, and anybody in Congress (except for Michele Bachmann and perhaps a few others). And you will certainly know more than anyone currently occupying any office in the executive branch of the federal government.
2. The federal government * has three branches: Article I of the Constitution creates the legislative branch (Congress) & lists its powers; Article II creates the executive branch & lists its powers; and Article III creates the judicial branch & lists its powers.
In this paper, we will consider only the enumerated powers of Congress. But the powers of the other two branches are likewise strictly limited and enumerated.
3. Congress is NOT authorized to pass any law on any subject just because a majority in Congress think the law is a good idea! Instead, the areas in which Congress is authorized to act are strictly limited and defined (“enumerated”). Article I, § 8, grants to Congress the powers:
To lay certain taxes;
To pay the debts of the United States;
To declare war and make rules of warfare, to raise and support armies and a navy and to make rules governing the military forces; to call forth the militia for certain purposes, and to make rules governing the militia;
To regulate commerce with foreign Nations, and among the States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish uniform Rules of Naturalization;
To establish uniform Laws on Bankruptcies;
To coin money and regulate the value thereof;
To fix the standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting;
To establish post offices and post roads;
To issue patents and copyrights;
To create courts inferior to the supreme court; and
To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the Laws of Nations.
Other provisions of the Constitution grant Congress powers to make laws regarding: Click here to read more.
The New American – “This Nightmare Must End: THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO!”
So declare the opening lines of a full-page advertisement in the New York Times promoting mayhem and insurrection for this Saturday, November 4.
“Nov. 4 It Begins,” the ad continues. “Join with the thousands who will gather in cities and towns across the country. A movement of protests that continue every day and night, growing until we become millions… determined now to stop until this regime is driven from power.” (See the full ad below.)
The advertisement directs readers to go to RefuseFascism.org, “To Find a Protest Near You.” At the website, information on planned Nov. 4 “protests” can be found for Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Austin, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, New York City, Omaha, and other cities.
The New York Times, of course, knows — even if many of its readers do not — that Refuse Fascism is a front group founded and run by the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), a violent Marxist-Leninist group that idolizes China’s Communist mass-murderer Mao Zedong. Which makes the Refuse Fascism appeal to “humanity” doubly ludicrous and doubly offensive. “NO! IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY WE REFUSE TO ACCEPT A FASCIST AMERICA!”, the ad declares.
(The article continues beneath the ad.) Click here to read more.