Republicans running for elected office in Buncombe County

US Senate Ted Budd

US House District 11 Chuck Edwards

 

NC Supreme Court Seat 3 Richard Dietz

NC Supreme Court Seat 5 Trey Allen

 

NC Court of Appeals Seat 8 Julee Tate Flood

NC Court of Appeals Seat 9 Donna Stroud

NC Court of Appeals Seat 10 John Tyson

NC Court of Appeals Seat 11 Michael J Stading

 

NC State Senate District 46 Warren Daniel

NC State Senate District 49 John Anderson

 

NC House District 114 Everett D. Pitillo

NC House District 115 Pratik Bhakta

NC House District 116 Mollie Rose

 

BC Board of Commissioners D1 Anthony Penland

BC Board of Commissioners D2 Robert Pressley

BC Board of Commissioners D3 Don Yelton

 

Buncombe County Sheriff  Trey McDonald

 

Buncombe County School Board

****You will be voting for one representative from each district.

Enka District  Kim Poteat

Erwin District  Greg Parks

Reynolds District  Sara Disher Ratliff

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NCFRM Convention

I am pleased to announce that our annual convention will be held on Saturday, July 30th in Raleigh at the new Wake County GOP Headquarters.
The actual location is:
1401 Sunday Dr, Suite 105
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 890-5374
Registration will open at 10 am with the convention beginning at 11 am.
Lunch is still being worked out.
I hope to see you there,
Sincerely,
TyresTatum
NCFRM State President

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

The US Supreme Court finally overturned Roe vs. Wade last week. That is wonderful, but should never have been necessary. Roe was horrid and unconstitutional. The issue should never have been taken out of the hands of the States. It was just one more example of federal overreach.
Unfortunately, a lot of people do not understand the meaning of this new ruling. Many leftists are going bananas, claiming that this ruling makes abortion illegal immediately. If only that were true! Some pro-life people are also overreacting, and claiming that it is a much greater victory than it is. I have seen posts on Facebook from pro-life people who seem to think the battle for life is over. I wish it were so.
Instead, the struggle continues. Some States had the foresight to pass “trigger laws” so that as soon as Roe vs. Wade was overturned, abortion would automatically become illegal or severely restricted in their States. Some States will double down and move to make abortion even more entrenched than it already is.
Sadly, in North Carolina, abortion was legalized in 1969, four years before the Roe vs. Wade decision. With Roe gone, abortion is still legal up to 20 weeks (five months) after fertilization. Even if this restricts abortions after five months of pregnancy, it is still disgraceful. There is also the fraudulent “life of the mother” exception, which will no doubt be used to justify abortions even after the 20-week limit. This situation is entirely unacceptable. Those who actively seek an end to legal abortion still have much work to do.
In 2021, I introduced HB 158 Constitutional Amendment / Life at Fertilization. If this bill were to pass, the citizens of North Carolina would get to vote on this proposed amendment to our State Constitution in the next election. If this amendment were enacted by the voters, the State of North Carolina would finally acknowledge the inescapable fact that the life of a new and separate human person begins at the moment of fertilization and should be protected from that moment until natural death. This amendment would outlaw the willful destruction of any innocent human being at any stage of life and would subject the perpetrator of such an act to the laws against murder already in place. I am not just pro-life; I am an abortion abolitionist. I call on all decent citizens, especially Christians, in our State to join me in this effort to defend God’s gift of life for all innocent human beings.
When I offered this bill last year, Speaker Tim Moore said right away that there was no need to hear it because Governor Cooper would veto it. I had to correct that erroneous statement. The Governor cannot veto a constitutional amendment. It would be up to the citizens of this State.
Speaker Moore refused to let the bill be heard, so I filed a discharge petition to bring the bill immediately to the floor without a committee hearing. The Speaker moved the bill to a different committee. I had to wait ten legislative days and refile the discharge petition. Again, the Speaker moved the bill to another committee. After another ten-day wait, I filed the petition a third time, and asked him not to move the bill again. He did not. This discharge petition is good until the Legislature adjourns sine die this year. I have to have the signatures of 61 members of the NC House on this discharge petition to have the bill come up for a vote. So far, I only have a few. Please contact your Representative in the NC House of Representatives, and urge him or her to sign this discharge petition and support the bill. Please also contact Speaker Tim Moore and express your support for this effort to acknowledge and defend the sanctity of every innocent human life, born and unborn. This is my last chance to get this done, as I will be leaving the NC House at the end of this year. However, if it doesn’t get done this year, I will not surrender the fight for life, the most basic human right of all. Please join me in the struggle.
God be with us all,
Representative 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.gov
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Appropriations
Appropriations – General Government
Education – Community Colleges
Environment
Wildlife Resources

The Supreme Court Stands Up For the Right to Self-Defense

The Supreme Court’s infamous 2007 decision DC vs Heller recognized the Second Amendment established a right to bear arms in self-defense. But in the years since, the high court has hardly taken any gun rights cases further fleshing out this precedent—leaving loopholes states have exploited to restrict citizens’ right to self-defense.

No more.

In a seismic 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court just struck down a New York scheme that heavily restricted citizens’ right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.

The New York policy in question was its “may issue” approach to concealed carry permit applications, which allow citizens to carry a concealed pistol on their person for self-defense. Many states have a permitting process—others have “constitutional carry”—but New York’s was particularly extreme. Not only did it require a basic background check and gun safety certification like many states do, it allowed government officials to deny the application unless the applicant could “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community.”

That’s right: It made a mockery of our rights and treated them as a privilege, only granting permits to celebrities or people who had explicitly been threatened. Living in a high-crime area or generally wanting to exercise your right to defend yourself wasn’t good enough. This was essentially a way the state worked around the Second Amendment to heavily limit our ability to bear arms.

Thankfully, Justice Clarence Thomas just took a flamethrower to this subjective, unjust system. The court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen strikes down the New York scheme and affirms that “the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home” without needing to accommodate the subjective whims of some bureaucrat.

“We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need,” Justice Thomas writes. “That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.”

“New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment in that it prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms,” the majority opinion concludes.

This is a big win for liberty.

The right to life is an inherent human right, and the right to defend your own life from would-be violence is inherent to that right. This is exactly what the Second Amendment was meant to enshrine. It’s great that the Supreme Court is at long last standing up for our inherent right to self-defense—and standing against petty bureaucrats who would leave us at their mercy.

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NC Voter ID at US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a dispute over voter ID laws in North Carolina.

The nation’s highest court announced in a brief that it will hear a case over whether Republican lawmakers in North Carolina can intervene to defend the state’s voter ID law from lawsuits.

Republican lawmakers say the state’s Democratic Attorney General John Stein is not properly defending the law from legal challenges brought by the NAACP and other groups who claim it violates the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

Oral arguments will be in 2023, with a ruling expected by July, 2023. – https://buncombe.nc.gop/nc_voter_id_at_us_supreme_court