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Anti-Common Core Bill Sleight of Hand

After months of back and forth over the wording of the two bills put forth by both the North Carolina House HB1061 and Senate SB812 both purporting to repeal and block the use of Common Core curriculum and standards, SB812 passed the NC House.Sleight of Hand

The problem is that HB1061 was THE stronger bill and passed overwhelmingly in the House and when SB812 came to the House Education Committee it was basically gutted and the HB1061 language was inserted making it an equally strong bill and then that was passed by the House and sent back to the Senate. The Senate gutted SB812 again passed it then sent it to a Conference Committee where it was watered down even more.

And there you have it, the North Carolina General Assembly with just a little sleight of hand can turn something into nothing.

So the question now is, was the effort even worth it, for in the end, all we ended up with is (more…)

Common Core Moving Closer to Repeal in NC with Your Help

For those who say I’m only one person or my one vote doesn’t matter what can I do?

You can if nothing else make phone call as we asked (Bill to STOP Common Core in Jeopardy) and those that did made all the difference.

When on June 19, 2014 the Education Committee Chairman stood to introduce SB812, he mentioned the 350+ calls his office received opposing the bill that would do little to remove Common Core other than, change the name.

As we reported (North Carolina House Passes Bill to Withdraw from Common Core) about the passage of the much stronger bill HB1061 on June 4th we told you the SB812 would be heard in committee and that it needed to be stopped.

In a move, that I hope will not backfire on the committee and HB1061 the committee had prepared an (more…)

Bill to STOP Common Core in Jeopardy

COMMON-CORE-2It has been reported that HB1061 renamed Replace Common Core with NC’s Higher Academic Standards is in jeopardy of being put back on the shelf to make way for SB812 the watered down Senate version that does nothing but rebrand Common Core.

The present plan is for SB812 to be brought to a vote in the House Education Meeting, which is scheduled right after the House adjourns Thursday (6/19/14) afternoon. If The House Education Committee and the House pass the Senate version then there will be no Conference Committee to work out the differences in the two bills. If that happens then we will keep Common Core but under a different name but still a federally directed education system with the loss of state sovereignty and parental rights and THAT is not what North Carolina needs!

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW! It doesn’t matter where in North Carolina you live, take action today! Call the Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs. Strongly, but respectfully urge them to vote against (more…)

North Carolina House Passes Bill to Withdraw from Common Core

Welcome NC Common Core

Raleigh, NC, June 4, 2014 — Today, the North Carolina House passed a bill that would end the state’s involvement in Common Core educational standards, effectively nullifying its implementation within the state. The vote was 78-39.

House Bill 1061 (HB1061) went through two hectic days. On Tuesday, the House Education Committee rewrote the original bill removing a number of sections that Common Core opponents wanted out of the bill. They voted 27-16 to send the bill to the House floor, where it passed today on second and third readings.

Representatives opposing the bill on the House floor were worried that scrapping Common Core would leave North Carolina with no state standards for education. However, both primary sponsors of the bill, Reps. Larry (more…)

ACTION ALERT Medical Marijuana Amendment

HB1161 the Legalize Medical Marijuana/Constitutional Amendment would nullify federal marijuana prohibition in the state of North Carolina and bring relief to those across the state suffering from debilitating diseases. Learn about the bills introduction here and why passage of this constitutional amendment would mean Better Medical Care for Consumers. HB1161 was promptly referred to the Committee on Judiciary where it will need to pass by majority vote before it is moved to the whole House for consideration.

STATUS: HB1161 has yet to receive a hearing in the Judiciary Committee.

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in North Carolina you live, take these actions today.

1. Call the Committee Chairs and respectfully urge them to move this important bill forward to a vote in their committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.

Chairman Rep. Daughtry (R) 919-733-5605
Vice Chairman Rep. Blust (R) 919-733-5781
Vice Chairman Rep. Jordan (R) 919-733-7727
Vice Chairman Rep. McGrady (R) 919-733-5956
Vice Chairman Rep. T. Moore (R) 919-733-4838
Vice Chairman Rep. Stevens (R) 919-715-1883

2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take (more…)

Will the Voters Be Allowed to Decide YES or NO on Medical Marijuana?

On May 20, 2014 North Carolina State Representatives Alexander, CunninghamHamilton, HarrisonMobley introduced legislation that would allow the voters of the state to decide whether medical marijuana should be available in the state. The introduction comes on the heels of marijuana legalization Fo Medical Use Onlyrecently approved by voters in Colorado and Washington and being placed on the ballot in November in Florida.

In a Jan. 21, article Poll finds growing support for legalizing marijuana in NC it was reported that a “recent Public Policy Polling survey found 63 percent believe doctors should have the right to prescribe marijuana for medical use – up from 58 percent a year ago.” The poll also found that “that 53 percent of North Carolina voters think alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, while 12 percent of voters see marijuana as being more dangerous and 23 percent view them as equally dangerous.”

Reflecting the further acknowledgement that the people across the United States want the federal government out of what is and should be a state issue the US House voted 219-189 to “restrict the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to go after medical marijuana operations that are legal under state laws.” (more…)

ACTION ALERT – Block NC Common Core

HB1061 entitled Replace Common Core To Meet NC’s Needs has been introduced this session by Representatives HollowayPittmanSpecialeJ. BellBrodyElmoreHurleyStamWhitmireYounts to nullify the Common Core curriculum in North Carolina. (learn about it here)stop-common-core

SB812 is the Senate version of this bill and it is sponsored by Senators Dan Soucek, Jerry W. TillmanAndrew C. Brock, Bill Cook, Warren Daniel, Neal Hunt, Joyce Krawiec, Shirley B. Randleman, Norman W. Sanderson. However, there are reports out there that these bills will not make it out of committee as they are let alone with the amendments needed to truly strip Common Core from the North Carolina.

STATUS – Both bills were referred to their respective Education Committee’s where they will need to pass by majority vote before moving on the Appropriations Committees.

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW! It doesn’t matter where in North Carolina you live, take these actions today. (more…)

Will North Carolina Block Common Core?

If the goal of the Legislative Research Commission’s Committee on Common Core State Standards was to provideCommon Core Kids for the best education for the citizens of North Carolina and to rid us from federal intervention in the North Carolina education system then their proposed bill (HB1061) should receive an “incomplete” grade. The following wording from the recommendations shows that we are proceeding with the standards and curriculum, or at least parts thereof by just giving it a different name.

SECTION 1.(b) Academic standards adopted by the State Board of Education under G.S. 115C-12(9c) shall continue to be named and referred to as the “North Carolina Standard Course of Study”, reflecting emphasis on North Carolina’s needs and priorities.

In the following section, we are continuing the testing mandated by the Federal government for the sole purpose of keeping the grants. Do we value the education of our children and the sovereignty of North Carolina so cheaply that (more…)

Want to Save the Union Then Think Locally

Refuse to play the Game

I would like to throw out an alternative for those that are truly interested in expanding freedom and saving the union of states and that is for the creators to rein in their creation. By that, I mean that we must face the fact that the former federal now central government will not and I believe cannot fix itself. The sheer size and complexity of our central government is completely out of scale; no one man, woman, or group of them will be able to rein in this Frankenstein monster.

There are very few candidates for political office that have come along that have understood the Constitution, our founders and the role of the federal government and that of the states as well as Dr. Greg Brannon here in North Carolina. Let’s say that Greg Brannon had won the primary and gone on to win in November, would his voice in the senate help spread the message  ̶  absolutely it would.

However, would his one vote have turned the tide? Maybe on a few bills here and there but in the end it would not save the republic. This is not a slam on Greg or for that mater others like Senators Paul, Lee or Cruz or the few good men and women in the US House that are working so hard return the government to its enumerated powers, it is just the fact, it cannot be done even if someone like a Paul, Lee or Cruz were President.

If you think I am wrong then show me where I am wrong. (more…)

Dr. Greg Brannon: NC’s Outspoken Advocate for the Tenth Amendment

As we all know, most of the problems that the country faces right now stem from the fact that the federal government has become a leviathan; that is, it has become too large, too domineering, and too intrusive.  Its many constricting tentacles extend into our lives, our livelihoods, our purses, our bank accounts, and our private and real property.  It has illegally usurped power from We the People and our rightful voices, the States.  Federalism is essentially an outdated and archaic concept that the government had to destroy in order to consolidate its power.  And now people must be so extensively regulated so the exercise of freedom is just like what Emperor Marcus Aurelius talked about in the movie Gladiator. Referring to the dream that was once Rome – its republic – he said that it has become so fragile that people can only whisper about what it used to be.  The exercise of freedom in the United States is barely more than hollow words.  On paper we have liberty; in the real world, taxes and regulations frustrate it at every turn.

The consumption and consolidation of power is what is responsible for almost all our nation’s problems. We know this because of the growing anarchy and the emergence of the Tea Party movement. Bad behavior is on the rise because government policy encourages it… maybe not outright, but in consequence.  Good behavior is on the decline because government punishes it.  At times it appears we are heading in the direction that the New Mexico Supreme Court explained in its Freedom of Speech and Religion case, Elaine Photography v. Willcock (2012):  We are free to pray to the God of our choice, but we must leave Him at the doors or our home or our church, for “there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life…. It is the price of citizenship.”   In other words, the government can compel us, by law, to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire our lives in order that the greater good is served. (more…)