July 4th Celebration

Lincoln County Republicans,

Join us, Lincoln County Republican Party and Lincoln County Republican Women, for a 4th of July ice cream social and then celebrate the 4th with activities taking place in Downtown Lincolnton and Lincolnton High School Football Stadium!!! Don’t miss the parade, we have a parade entry.

Bring your yard chair!

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Ice Cream Social
Lincoln County Republican Party Headquarters
417 E. Main St.
Lincolnton, NC

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Kid’s Zone
100 and 200 blocks of East Main featuring bounce houses, face painting, games and Lincolnton Fire Department Engine sprinkler to cool off!

8:30 pm – Parade
Starts at Cedar Street (5/3 Bank) and goes to Lincolnton HS student parking lot.

9:30 pm – Fireworks
Lincolnton High School Football Stadium (Entertainment and concessions open for snacks/drinks. No outside food/beverage, no coolers, no chairs.)

Fred Jarrett, Chairman
Lincoln County Republican Party

Results vs. Rhetoric: Gov. Cooper’s Team Gets It Wrong

From record unemployment to countless magazines naming North Carolina as one of the best places to work and live, every day we see the proof that Republican-led tax reform are working.

Yesterday, we saw even more evidence that our policies are working.

“Extraordinary growth” in year-over-year final tax payments during April means the state ultimately may collect over $700 million above what budget-writers projected last summer to pay for the current year’s budget, General Assembly economist Barry Boardman told legislative leaders. Collections usually pegged to the April 15 tax deadline are historically considered the most unpredictable.

Source: Gary Robertson, AP News

Just two years ago Governor Cooper’s office had this to say:

Thus, the tax structure as enacted in this budget will, in just two years, leave North Carolina unable to meet the same level of service as is delivered to citizens today. Conservatively, we anticipate this budget would blow a $600 million hole just to meet current service levels.

Source: Office of State Budget and Management

While Gov. Cooper’s team insist that our policies would bankrupt the state, the truth is North Carolina’s economy has never been stronger thanks to our conservative fiscal policies.

Will Governor Cooper sign Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act?

Governor Roy Cooper faces a tough political decision, but a simple moral question.

The NC House of Representatives approved legislation banning post-birth abortion of living, breathing children in a bipartisan vote.

Senate Bill 359 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires healthcare practitioners to provide the same duty of care to every infant born alive in North Carolina, whether it was born alive despite an abortion.

For clarity’s sake, this legislation only applies when a living, breathing infant is completely removed from a mother’s womb and showing signs of life like a heartbeat.

Contrary to anti-life critics claims, this legislation contains provisions regarding pre-birth abortion procedures.

“This bill has nothing to do with a woman’s decision to abort her baby. Nor does it have anything to do with the abortion procedure itself. This is about the baby that is born alive when the abortion fails to kill the baby. This bill just does the right and just thing for these little babies, human beings, living and breathing, and they’re worthy of this protection. ”

Rep. Pat McElfraft, (R-Carteret)

Rep. McElraft pointed to laws recently passed in New York and proposed in Virginia to allow post-birth abortions that she called “barbaric” and “infanticide.”

Dr. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt), the legislature’s only medical doctor, expressed support for the measure in the debate on Tuesday.

“This bill is not to debate the legality of abortion. This bill just speaks to the mere fact that if a child is born alive, they’re alive. Their life is not to be taken, regardless of what was the anticipated desire at the beginning of the delivery. The child is alive.”

Dr. Greg Murphy, (R-Pitt)

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Teacher Pay: A step in the right direction

A few weeks ago, Governor Roy Cooper delivered his State of the State address to the people of North Carolina.  Unfortunately, Governor Cooper relied on old statistics before presenting his case to the people and more recently when publicly releasing his “theoretical” budget. 

Yesterday, the National Education Association, which is one of the largest teacher unions in the nation, released its annual report on the status of education funding across the country, including North Carolina. 

First, the report released last year was adjusted upward. The validity of the methodology could be questioned, but the media commonly cite the NEA report, especially if it can be used as “spin” against conservatives.

North Carolina has jumped several spots to an estimated ranking of 29th in the nation in average teacher pay, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Education Association.

The new NEA salary report estimates that North Carolina’s average teacher pay is $53,975, up from $51,231 last school year. The NEA projects that North Carolina jumped five spots from its final 2017-18 ranking of 34th in the nation.

The new NEA rankings continue a trend where state pay raises over the past several years have sharply increased both North Carolina’s average salary and national ranking. North Carolina had fallen to 47th in the rankings in 2013 after the recession.

Raleigh News & Observer

While the ranking is a step in the right direction, and second in the Southeast is a great accomplishment, we must and will do more.  Our goal is and has been to reward teachers for their hard work while ensuring our children are getting the best education possible to prepare them for the future.  

Since the Great Recession, our state has faced many challenges.  We have made progress. We will continue to prioritize our state’s sound fiscal footing.  We will continue to save for the unexpected rainy day.  Lastly, we will continue to make strategic investments for our future. 

Representative Jeffrey Elmore 

Chairman of House Education K-12 and Education Appropriations 

Teacher, Wilkes County Schools

Cheers to cutting burdensome government regulations and red tape

Ever wondered what Republicans mean when they campaign on cutting burdensome regulations and bureaucratic red tape?

Here is an excellent example of how Republicans are working on your behalf to promote the free market and allow small businesses to thrive by cutting government red tape.

Is Hardister dogs’ best friend? ‘It should be up to taprooms to decide whether to allow pets inside their facility,’ he says, filing new bill

The dog days could continue unabated at Joymongers Brewing Co. in Greensboro and other breweries in North Carolina under a bill unveiled Friday by state Rep. Jon Hardister.

Hardister, R-Guilford, is co-sponsoring legislation that would put breweries that have taprooms on a par with wineries when it comes to state health laws governing whether pets can be present in tasting rooms.

“It should be up to taprooms to decide whether or not they want to allow pets inside their facility,” Hardister said.

Joymongers, on North Eugene Street in Greensboro, recently ran afoul of Guilford County health inspectors who determined that its policy of allowing dogs to accompany their beer-sipping owners inside violated state health laws banning critters from food service areas.

Hardister said in a news release Friday afternoon that he had worked with the Guilford County Health Department, state health officials and the Craft Brewers Guild in fermenting the bill.

“If a taproom serves drinks but does not prepare food, then they should not be subjected to the same standards as a restaurant,” Hardister said in the news release.

He said it comes down to “promoting the free market and allowing business owners to do what is best for their customers.”

And their customers’ canine buddies.

Rep.
Jon Hardister and his fellow Republicans will continue to promote the free
market and end burdensome regulations on small business owners and our citizens.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s 2019 Budget Proposal: “Wrong Direction of Wasteful Spending”

Governor Cooper’s 2019 budget proposal is the wrong direction of wasteful spending for North Carolina taxpayers since it would saddle North Carolina with 200% more debt than recommended by the Debt Affordability Advisory Committee.

Below are what the Senior House Appropriations Committee Chairs had to say about the Governor’s budget proposal.

“I didn’t think Governor Cooper’s budget proposals could put the state in graver financial danger than the $500 million deficit he proposed in 2018, but this year’s recommendation to borrow more than double our consensus debt capacity does just that. I invite the governor to submit a revised proposal to the General Assembly that shows he is as serious about balancing budgets as North Carolina families and businesses have to be, instead of using his recommendations as a political game.”

Senior House Appropriations Committee Co-Chair Jason Saine (R-Lincoln)

“The people of North Carolina need leaders willing to make the hard choices like they do at the kitchen table, so we can continue to fund core priorities and have critical savings reserves when natural disasters or economic recessions occur. The governor’s insistence on spending as much taxpayer money as financially possible every year is the wrong approach. By raiding our state’s annual commitment to the State Capital Infrastructure Fund, for example, his budget proposal actually threatens our long-term commitment to North Carolina’s key construction needs and betrays our duty to the people expecting a responsible state government.”

Senior House Appropriations Committee Co-Chair Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth)

“The governor’s budget proposal threatens our unanimous AAA credit rating, revenue surpluses, savings reserves, and tax relief for families. North Carolinians are enjoying the prosperity of a thriving economy that is the direct result of responsible state government reforms and spending. Returning to days of broken programs and overspending is the wrong approach for schools, taxpayers, and future generations.”

Senior House Appropriations Committee Co-Chair Linda Johnson (R-Cabarrus)

Legislature, not the governor, does the real work of helping farmers

The following is a guest column by Rep. Jimmy Dixon, House District 4, representing Duplin and Onslow counties.

Gov. Cooper has been on several farms in Eastern North Carolina over the last few months attempting to show concern for the plight of our farmers as a result of the recent hurricanes.

He goes around saying that there is more for government to do to help our farmers. The $240 million of your hard-earned money that the General Assembly appropriated is the largest disaster amount ever appropriated to individual farmers in the history of our state.

That is a substantial amount of financial assistance that will help more than 7,000 individual farmers recover a portion of their losses from Matthew and Florence.

But like all tax-and-spend liberals, he wants to raise your taxes and spend more of your money. The fact is that he and other liberals had very little to do with the ability of the General Assembly to provide this relief.

To the contrary, he and many other liberal pundits aggressively criticized the majority for passing the fiscally responsible budgets that have now enabled them to appropriate, from the rainy day fund, some of your money — which they saved — to be used in this time of serious need; and they did it without raising taxes!

Go back and read the liberal news reports. Gov. Cooper and other tax-and-spend progressive liberals said the majority was irresponsible for building our rainy day fund to $1.8 billon instead of spending that money on other things they wanted.

The majority in the General Assembly was not enticed by his irresponsible spending request, and they overrode his budget vetoes.

Aren’t you glad they were not foolish enough to spend all the money they had collected from you? Aren’t you glad they could dip into the reserves and provide a total of about $700 million for disaster relief?

The farming community and all of us need to thank the majority in the General Assembly for their efforts to build up our reserve funds.

Also, much credit is due to the folks at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the North Carolina Extension Service and the Farm Service Agency. These folks who gathered the data and made the recommendations in record time are to be commended.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau and 100 percent of the legislators in both the House and Senate who supported helping our hard-working farm families are to be commended.

While the governor is having his photo taken on our farms, we know who really “stands up for farmers.”

Sadly, on occasions when it really counts, it is not the governor!

Where was he when the greedy lawyers from Texas started suing our dedicated livestock farmers? Oh, why of course, he was in his mansion hideaway vetoing the Farm Act that was designed to help save our farmers!

How many livestock farms has he visited for a photo? Does he know that livestock accounts for 67 percent of our farm gate sales revenue?

If he does, then we are left to conclude that he doesn’t care.

What is obvious is that he is in full campaign mode which started, interestingly enough, in New York City during the same week that their legislature celebrated and applauded the passage of a law which allows an abortion even after the birthing process has started — which is at that point the murder of an innocent child!

Gov. Cooper has a wonderful family and a noble rural heritage, but he continues to turn his back on our economically vital livestock farmers.

We, the people, should arm ourselves with facts and good memories when we go into the voting booths in the future.

Legislature, not the governor, does the real work of helping farmers

The following is a guest column by Rep. Jimmy Dixon, House District 4, representing Duplin and Onslow counties.

Gov. Cooper has been on several farms in Eastern North Carolina over the last few months attempting to show concern for the plight of our farmers as a result of the recent hurricanes.

He goes around saying that there is more for government to do to help our farmers. The $240 million of your hard-earned money that the General Assembly appropriated is the largest disaster amount ever appropriated to individual farmers in the history of our state.

That is a substantial amount of financial assistance that will help more than 7,000 individual farmers recover a portion of their losses from Matthew and Florence.

But like all tax-and-spend liberals, he wants to raise your taxes and spend more of your money. The fact is that he and other liberals had very little to do with the ability of the General Assembly to provide this relief.

To the contrary, he and many other liberal pundits aggressively criticized the majority for passing the fiscally responsible budgets that have now enabled them to appropriate, from the rainy day fund, some of your money — which they saved — to be used in this time of serious need; and they did it without raising taxes!

Go back and read the liberal news reports. Gov. Cooper and other tax-and-spend progressive liberals said the majority was irresponsible for building our rainy day fund to $1.8 billon instead of spending that money on other things they wanted.

The majority in the General Assembly was not enticed by his irresponsible spending request, and they overrode his budget vetoes.

Aren’t you glad they were not foolish enough to spend all the money they had collected from you? Aren’t you glad they could dip into the reserves and provide a total of about $700 million for disaster relief?

The farming community and all of us need to thank the majority in the General Assembly for their efforts to build up our reserve funds.

Also, much credit is due to the folks at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the North Carolina Extension Service and the Farm Service Agency. These folks who gathered the data and made the recommendations in record time are to be commended.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau and 100 percent of the legislators in both the House and Senate who supported helping our hard-working farm families are to be commended.

While the governor is having his photo taken on our farms, we know who really “stands up for farmers.”

Sadly, on occasions when it really counts, it is not the governor!

Where was he when the greedy lawyers from Texas started suing our dedicated livestock farmers? Oh, why of course, he was in his mansion hideaway vetoing the Farm Act that was designed to help save our farmers!

How many livestock farms has he visited for a photo? Does he know that livestock accounts for 67 percent of our farm gate sales revenue?

If he does, then we are left to conclude that he doesn’t care.

What is obvious is that he is in full campaign mode which started, interestingly enough, in New York City during the same week that their legislature celebrated and applauded the passage of a law which allows an abortion even after the birthing process has started — which is at that point the murder of an innocent child!

Gov. Cooper has a wonderful family and a noble rural heritage, but he continues to turn his back on our economically vital livestock farmers.

We, the people, should arm ourselves with facts and good memories when we go into the voting booths in the future.

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“Liberal judges hijack redistricting to abet a Democratic House,” writes WSJ Board

Raleigh, N.C. – The editorial board at the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece on Friday decrying an activist federal court’s attempt to “enshrine a Democratic Congressional majority” by using “partisan judges to make political decisions instead of lawmakers elected by ‘the People’” of North Carolina.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit forecast cancelling North Carolina’s Congressional elections this week until it can impose its own district map drawn by a “special master” to benefit Democrat candidates on the ballot.

Notable excerpts from the editorial emphasize that the panel’s Judge James Wynn “has a history of imposing his liberalism from the bench and twice lost elections to the state supreme court before President Obama chose him for the Fourth Circuit.”

The editorial board criticized Judge Wynn for overstepping – and sidestepping – key holdings of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The Supreme Court has long held that political considerations are permissible and even intrinsic to legislative redistricting,” the board writes. “The question the Court has been grappling with over the last three decades is how much partisanship is too much.”

“Judge Wynn joined by liberal colleague Earl Britt side-stepped this question and ruled that any political considerations are unconstitutional if judges say so.”

According to the Wall Street Journal editorial board, “the judges conflate partisanship, past voting, and political views,” in a decision that is “long on case history and short on legal analysis.”

The ruling is an attempt to “create election confusion in the extreme” by allowing “liberal judges to pose as legislators,” the editorial board concludes, “and they are doing so.”

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Build N.C. Infrastructure Investments Approved by State Lawmakers

The state House of Representatives approved the Build N.C. Bond Act of 2018 on Tuesday to accelerate investments in transportation infrastructure projects across North Carolina. 

Senate Bill 758 Build N.C. Bond Act of 2018 provides the state Department of Transportation (DOT) a new financing mechanism to invest up to $300 million each year over the next ten years to speed up the completion of vital projects, many in rural North Carolina. 

“This new approach to funding transportation projects will accelerate the seamless movement of people, goods, and services to create jobs and attract industry to North Carolina.”Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston)

The Build N.C. funds would be repaid using revenues from the state’s Highway Trust Fund.

“Build N.C. is another important step to get politics out of highway funding and address the strain put on our infrastructure by a rapidly growing population. As our state’s population expands, shifts, and diversifies, North Carolina remains committed to an objective transportation formula that provides transparency and increases economic development opportunities.”Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick)

The financing mechanisms in the legislation require prior approval of the state treasurer and contains safeguards to protect taxpayers, preserve transparency, and ensure accountability in transportation infrastructure investments.

The legislation requires investments in infrastructure projects for which there is the greatest need based on the data-driven formula in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). 

“Improving connectivity in North Carolina’s infrastructure systems is essential to our long-term economic success. Build N.C. and the Strategic Transportation Investments law are models for reaching consensus and investing in projects that will improve citizens’ quality of life. Through smarter spending on transportation investments, the state General Assembly has made highways, railroads, ports and airports – the arteries of commerce in North Carolina – more accessible and of higher quality for taxpayers and businesses.”Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland)


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