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Dear Jackson GOP,

Remember no monthly meeting of Jackson County GOP this month!

Happy July ALL.  Instead of saying Happy 4th of July, from here on out, let's all get people to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!  Rainy weather on the 4th, but it didn't stop the fireworks and celebrations.  
PEARL shot off  too!!

Friday, July 21:  Rep Mike Clampitt Town Hall in Bryson City 4-6pm  at Swain County Administrative Bldg  101 Mitchell Street 

Monday, Aug 14:  District 11 Exec Committee Meeting.  All welcome to attends.  Ryan's in Asheville on Hwy 191  5:30 dinner, 6:30 mtg

Tuesday, Aug 15: 
 Faith and Freedom Annual Rally with Mark Meadows      6pm  WNC Ag Center    click this link to get tickets http://bit.ly/2sMCKw2   Sean Hannity will be Speaker!!

Monday, Aug 21:  ECLIPSE at 2:30pm   

Friday, Sept 1:  Apple Festival in Hendersonville begins

Saturday, Nov 11:  NC Exec Committee Meeting in Cary.  Details to follow.  That evening the Hall of Fame Dinner

Golden Elephant Dinner has been postponed until sometime in 2018.  Further details will follow
Photo of the Milky Way taken June 26 in HAYWOOD COUNTY!!
A prelim to the Eclipse
COMMUNITY NEWS around Jackson County

Article written by our very own Diann Catlin:

Who Stole America’s Spirit of Unity?  diann catlin
The white sign stood right behind home plate rigidly alone, as if declaring a clear summation of the day’s purpose. “I trust in God. I love my country and will respect its laws. I will play fair and strive to win. But win or lose, I will always do my best.”
We were attending our grandson’s first Tee Ball game at NAS Jacksonville. The day was sunny if chilly and a dozen coach-like fathers were herding and encouraging several dozen five year olds to hit the ball and run that huge distance to first base. Each base had a coach because after all, not everyone knew the rules, and honestly not everyone was completely focused on the game at hand.
My eyes kept noticing the sign behind home plate. “I love my country” it said. Although two teams in different Jerseys were playing, the scene was void of real competition because the coach-like fathers had the same goal: unite and teach for the common good.
My mind drifted to America, realizing someone had clouded and then stolen America’s own spirit of united common good.  When our forefathers came together to craft the Constitution, they came from different states, different backgrounds, equipped with different ideas of what they felt important. Somehow they had to focus on the future, find compromise and establish a document which would forever bring unity to the United States of America.
Some came from small states, so they established the Senate to give equal voice of two representatives per each state. The House of Representatives would protect larger states with valid representation per each 30,000 residents. Thirty four Americans brainstormed, created and compromised over a four month period of time to produce the most distinguished man-written document in all of history. Yes they compromised and yes they listened. Why can that not happen today?
Because today our leaders do not desire to craft a product to benefit all Americans, they can’t get their eyes off themselves and their petty partisan bickering long enough to simply work together.
Our founding fathers were motivated by three drivers: respect for others, a desire to be of one mind, and a clear intent of purpose. And those are the drivers we lack in our country today.
As long as government leaders demonstrate no respect and value for others, no voracious desire for the common good, and a soupy wishy washy idea of purpose, we will be forever fractured, because these are the villains who have stolen our unity.
Respect and collegiality have left the country, being replaced by vitriol, outbursts of anger and even head lowering, eye glaring enunciated rudeness. Believe me, Americans are tired of watching it!
Respect shows itself in individuals valuing others more than themselves. Respect listens twice as much as it speaks. Respect does nothing from selfishness. Instead it looks at another placing incredible priceless value on that one who it would be much easier just to dismiss. Respect comes from an adult not a child, because respect comes from an other-centered person who is not puffed up with conceit but instead one who is consumed by humility. Respect regards another as that needed ingredient to complete the team.
Congress is the team Americans elected because of their differences. Differences united around the common good are like an excellent board of directors who actually care about those they represent.
Today we have elected leaders blinded by their own agendas, and even their own press reviews. Social media has fanned the flame of argumentation using poorly chosen words toward many we will never know. We push our own opinions in CAPS, and plug our ears, unable to listen to another point of view. Because of cable news, talk radio and clear bias in reporting, we don’t even have to form our own opinions, we simply click on a channel and sleep with theirs.
We are Americans, can we not love our country sincerely enough to look to the future by finding the common good ?  
The sign read “I love my country and will respect its laws. I will play fair and strive to win. But win or lose, I will always do my best.”
Loving country, striving to win and doing ones best in government takes compromise. That will require a hunger for reaching the goal of betterment for all Americans, an accomplishment which will only come about with hearing and seeing and even tasting the diverse but delicious meal best served by and for all Americans.
Different peoples, even peoples of two political parties can be of one mind, but the team we elected must put away their pettiness, choose to listen and set their minds firmly on unity for our incredible UNITED states.
The founding fathers did not deliver our remarkable Constitution by grinding their opinionated heels in the ground or stomping off like children taking their beloved balls home with them. No, they chose to stay and work until they accomplished the goal. They were intent on one purpose of grounding, rooting, and planting a nation which would flourish forever.
 Our grandson’s game ended without either side in anyway aware of the score. The real victory-reward seemed to be in the line of handshakes, high fives and the camaraderie with five year olds learning good sportsmanship!
 As a Navy jet took off far behind us, I glanced back over at the sign “I trust in God. I love my country and will respect its laws. I will play fair and strive to win. But win or lose, I will always do my best.” Today America deserves its leaders to also do their best: to have a healthy respect for others, a desire for the common good, and a clear intent of purpose. Anything less is childish and will always steal our unity.
diann catlin is a writer, former Magazine Editor and Etiquette consultant. Her book “Whatever Happened to Nice?” was published in 2009.       
Highlands phone: 828.526.5961

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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.... Ian Fleming, where is James Bond when we need him to make this garbage all go away!!  Enough already!!

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A government ought to contain in itself every power requisite to the full accomplishment of the objects committed to its care, and to the complete execution of the trusts for which it is responsible, free from every other control but a regard to the public good and to the sense of the people.
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 31, January 1, 1788

State Superintendent Mark Johnson should have more control over public education operations as allowed under a new law, a three-judge panel ruled Friday. 

The judges ruled against the State Board of Education in its lawsuit trying to hold on to powers that give it control of high-level hiring and spending at the state Department of Public Instruction.

In its lawsuit, the board said the legislature was trying to take away responsibilities conferred by the state constitution and give them to the superintendent. 

In its ruling, the panel of Superior Court judges said the board had failed to prove that any part of the law was unconstitutional. The ruling said the law does not transfer power to Johnson, but lets him manage daily operations with board oversight. The law puts limits on the superintendent’s powers, and maintains the board as the ultimate authority to supervise and administer the public school system, the ruling said. 

The judges anticipated appeals, so they put on hold for 60 days any actions based on the ruling.

Bob Orr, the board’s lawyer, said the board has scheduled a meeting next week to discuss a possible appeal. In some ways, the judges affirmed the board’s position, Orr said. 

Johnson hailed the ruling. 

“For too long, the lack of clarity about DPI leadership has fostered a system of non-accountability,” Johnson said in a statement. “While this system is great for shifting blame and avoiding responsibility, non-accountability at DPI hurts North Carolina students. Last December, the General Assembly addressed this problem by clarifying the parameters set forth in the NC Constitution. Their efforts offered greater transparency to educators and parents across the state seeking to engage with DPI and greater accountability at DPI.

“Today, the Superior Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the General Assembly’s actions and I look forward to, belatedly, working for more and better change at DPI.”

Senate leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, said in a statement that the judges are right. 

“Voters elected Superintendent Mark Johnson based on his platform of strengthening our state’s public schools, and I’m pleased the court recognized the constitutionality of the law and that our superintendent should be able to execute the platform voters elected him to do,” Berger said. 

The fight over the new law was an inter-party disagreement, with the Republican-dominated board disagreeing with a law passed by the GOP-controlled legislature that gives more powers to Johnson, a Republican in his first term. 

The law gives Johnson the power to hire and fire top staff. The board has been approving some new hires, and some high-level staff members report to both Johnson and the board. 

In an affidavit, Johnson said he was not able to hire people he wanted for top jobs, and that the board took too long to find new staff.

Conflicts over divisions of power between the state board and the superintendent go back decades.

The constitution says the state board “shall supervise and administer the free public school system,” and the superintendent is the board’s “secretary and chief administrative officer.”

In 1995, the legislature passed a bill sponsored by state House Republicans that put the board in charge of the Department of Public Instruction. Republicans controlled the House and Democrats held a majority in the state Senate. Democrat Jim Hunt was governor and Democrat Bob Etheridge was state superintendent.

In 2009, former Superintendent June Atkinson, a Democrat, sued Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and the board over Perdue’s appointment of then-board Chairman Bill Harrison as education CEO. Atkinson won in Superior Court and Perdue did not appeal.
2017 NC Legislative Wrap-Up

On June 30th, the last day of the fiscal year for the State, the General Assembly wrapped up its “long session” for 2017, adjourning in the wee hours of the morning.  Our lobbying team has been there in the halls of the General Assembly since January reviewing hundreds of bills, sifting through the ones that impact the values we share, and lobbying to make sure the good ones are passed and the bad ones die. Overall, the 2017 session was a success, although we suffered a set-back with the repeal and replacement of HB2, North Carolina’s Bathroom Privacy and Safety Act. Here are the pieces of legislation that impact the values we seek to advance:


HB2—Bathroom Privacy and Safety

After a year of bullying and economic boycotts from liberal groups, LGBT activists, sports organizations like the NBA and the NCAA, and business leaders, legislative leaders finally found the votes to repeal North Carolina’s Bathroom Privacy and Safety law—HB2.  They put together a coalition of Republicans and Democrats to pass HB 142, which repealed HB2 completely and replaced it with a simplified law that says:

(1) State agencies and other branches of government “are preempted from regulation of access to multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities, except in accordance with an act of the General Assembly.”

(2) Until December 1, 2020, no local government can regulate private employment practices or public accommodations.  

While reserving to itself exclusively the power to regulate bathroom access, the General Assembly failed to adopt a policy for bathroom access, leaving an ambiguous situation that will surely lead to more litigation and the unintended consequence of little girls encountering grown men in their bathrooms and locker rooms.  Additionally, the General Assembly “kicked the can down the road” on the issue of expanding LGBT special rights into the areas of private employment and public accommodations, guaranteeing that there will be another battle about this issue during an important election year—2020.  If, however, the General Assembly allows the moratorium to expire, they will expose business owners and individuals to frivolous lawsuits just for exercising their religious beliefs.  That would facilitate violations of First Amendment protections and would force business owners to choose between their livelihoods or their religious freedoms.  NC Values Coalition opposed the so-called “re-set” for those reasons.

Free Speech on College Campuses

HB 527, the Campus Free Speech Act, will do a great deal to decrease political correctness at the University of North Carolina System and North Carolina Community College System.  By providing greater protection for free speech on campus, it will advance academic inquiry, which should be at the heart of education.   It puts into law the right to free association and the right to hear speakers chosen by any student group for all public college students in North Carolina.  It also prohibits “free speech zones,” recognizing that free speech is a constitutional right that cannot be limited to certain spaces on college campuses.  One of the biggest advancements of the law requires institutional neutrality, which means that a university cannot take an official policy position on political issues. This will be a powerful tool for pushing back against the extreme politicization of the universities, like the many cries for repeal of HB2 we heard over the last year from professors and administrators at our public universities.  We applaud Lt. Governor Dan Forest for recognizing the need for this legislation, and for working with Representatives Chris Millis and Jonathan Jordan and Senators Dan Bishop and David Curtis to pass it into law.  Now, it awaits the Governor’s signature.

Pro-Life Funding

The State Budget includes several provisions funding pro-life initiatives.  First, it appropriates $2.6 million ($1.3 million for each of the next two years) to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, a statewide association of pregnancy care centers focusing on networking and training.  Of the amount appropriated each year, $800,000 goes toward the purchase of ultrasound machines, $30,000 toward administrative expenses, $170,00 to training staff on the use of ultrasound machines, and $300,000 to the Human Coalition (a Texas-based pregnancy resource group) to develop and implement a 2-year Continuum of Care pilot program at its Raleigh clinic to provide care and medical support to women experiencing crisis pregnancies.

In addition, the budget provides $6.6 million ($2.2 million each year for the next three years) to the Department of Health and Human Services to study the effects of in-home prenatal care and a hormone medicine on reducing pre-term births.  The study is being conducted, because pre-term birth is the major driver of infant mortality and the leading cause of long-term neurological disabilities in children.  In North Carolina, counties with the highest infant mortality rates also have high incidents of pre-term births, high rates of poverty, and are disproportionally composed of racial minorities. 

Finally, an additional $400,000 was appropriated for the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship for each of the next two years, and $100,000 was appropriated to the Coastal Pregnancy Center located in Beaufort County.

Human Trafficking

North Carolina is now rated the 8th worst state for human trafficking in the country.  SB 548, sponsored by Senator Shirley Randleman (a Wilkesboro Republican) and championed by Lt. Governor Dan Forest, will help to curb this reprehensible activity.  First, it requires that the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline Number— 1-888-373-7888 — be prominently displayed on signs in adult entertainment businesses, businesses that sell alcohol, hospitals, massage and bodyworks therapy establishments, and highway rest stops. The requirement helps victims of sex trafficking, who may frequent the places where the signs must be posted, to find help and possible rescue. The bill would also make human trafficking a higher-level felony, meaning convictions would result in longer prison sentences, and institute new regulations for massage and bodyworks therapy businesses to prevent them from being used as a front for human traffickers.  HB 548 is on the Governor’s desk for him to sign into law, but the funding for signs displaying the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline Number has already been provided in the state budget.

Expansion of School Choice

Legislators continued to expand Opportunity Scholarships both for lower-income children and children with disabilities. This budget appropriates $44.8 million for 10,700 scholarships during the 2018-2019 school year and $54.8 million for 13,100 scholarships during the 2019-2020 school year.  According to Parents for Educational Freedom (PFEF), “Lawmakers have remained steadfast in their support of expansion, despite the governor’s proposed budget seeking to shrink the Program. Demand from North Carolina families for these private school scholarships is at an all-time high this year, as nearly 10,000 new applications have been submitted in just four months. In total, North Carolina families have submitted over 33,000 applications since the Program was established.”

In addition to the two Opportunity Scholarships programs, the budget includes a new school choice initiative—Educational Savings Accounts, which are funded at $3,450,000 to expand support for special needs families.


The $23 billion budget delivers $530 million in tax relief, reducing the personal income tax rate from 5.499 to 5.25 percent in 2019, raising the standard deduction for married couples to $20,000, and reducing the corporate income tax rate from 3% to 2.5% in 2019.  It also provides nearly $700 million more for public education and increases teacher pay 3.3% this year and 9.6% over two years and substantially increasing school principal pay.  It provides $100 million in disaster relief assistance to victims of Hurricane Matthew and adds $363 million to the state’s rainy-day fund – bringing the savings reserve to its highest total ever. Although Democrat Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the state budget, legislators quickly overrode the veto so that the spending plan could go into effect on July 1stas the Constitution requires. 

Continuing Business

Although the legislature adjourned on June 30th, they plan to return to Raleigh on August 3rd and September 6th.  The Adjournment Resolution listed veto messages from the Governor, redistricting bills, pending conference reports, and bills received from the other chamber for concurrence that were not addressed prior to adjournment as matters that could be considered during those two special sessions.

It is our honor and privilege to represent you in the halls of the General Assembly, but this is a partnership!  We appreciate your immediate responses to our Action Alerts during the legislative session.  Our efforts at lobbying the members of the General Assembly are dependent on you making phone calls, sending emails, meeting personally with legislators, and showing up for rallies to let your elected representatives know that you care about what they do in Raleigh and are going to hold them accountable.  We can all be thankful for a successful legislative session that has advanced the values we hold near and dear—life, marriage and family, and religious freedom!

 Matt Walsh: The left wants to turn your child into a sexual deviant. Don’t let them.
(this article subject may be offensive to some readers, take care)

Many parents are not aware of some of the content that is being taught in their children's classroom anymore. Often times, it is concealed or disguised as anti-bullying material or under another name. However, schools even here in Charlotte, North Carolina, are using books that teach children about transgender and homosexual issues. 

While this is not fun to read about, our goal is to expose this practice and make parents aware of what their children are being taught in the classroom. 

Read more from The Blaze:

Teen Vogue, a publication designed for kids, published an article this week about the wonders of anal sex. I won’t provide a link. You can look it up for yourself. But don’t.

“A Guide to Anal Sex,” goes the headline. “How to do it the RIGHT way.” I confess that I didn’t read the entire piece, but I can report that it is quite lengthy, and it goes into extremely specific detail. Whether you want to try sodomy with a girl or a boy, the article, written by a sad pervert named Gigi Engle, outlines the procedure and gives some helpful tips to get you going.

The writer prefaces this how-to session with something of a moral defense of sodomy. As is always the case when anyone on the left attempts to morally defend something, she comes off like a cliched middle schooler trying to convince her friends to smoke cigarettes. “Come on, everyone is doing it,” she says, creepily. She points out that some people in the Greek and Roman empires had anal sex, which obviously means we should have anal sex, too. I guess we should resurrect the gladiator games while we’re at it. And God forbid this scholar of history ever finds out what people in the Aztec empire used to do. One can only imagine what that Teen Vogue article will look like: “A Guide To Ripping The Heart Out Of A Human Sacrifice And Consuming His Flesh. How to do it the RIGHT way.”


Let's end the nations news with GOOD NC news...
Study: North Carolina is best state for starting a business

As if you needed more evidence that North Carolina's bathroom laws have not hurt North Carolina's economy, a new study conducted by Fit Small Business, shows that North Carolina is the best state to start a business. Many left wing activists attempted to cultivate fear that these laws would make our state lose business, but there is simply no evidence to back those claims. 

More from Triangle Business Journals:

Entrepreneurs and business owners need look no further than the Tar Heel state to set up shop — North Carolina came out on top in a new study of the best states to start a business.

The study, conducted by Fit Small Business, cited the state's labor market and taxes as driving an ideal environment for business owners. Fit Small Business, out of New York City, says it provides research to help small business owners make wiser decisions.

The researchers used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Kauffman Foundation and the Small Business Administration to rank states on seven categories — access to capital, startup activity, taxes, cost-of-living, labor market, quality of life and cost of starting a business.

The study took corporate, individual income, unemployment insurance, property and sales taxes into account, ranking North Carolina 11th nationally for tax rates. At 3 percent, North Carolina's corporate tax rate is the lowest of any state levying a corporate tax, according to the Tax Foundation, and is set to be reduced to 2.5 percent beginning in 2019 after to the North Carolina General Assembly's latest budget.

Interview with Dale Folwell, NC Treasurer

Crab Orzo Salad

1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
1 pound cooked crabmeat
4 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip For the One of a Kind Taste 
3 tablespoons chili sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 drops hot pepper sauce

Makes 6 Servings
Prep: 25 m
Ready In: 1 h 25 m

Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo, and cook 11 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and place in the refrigerator about 1 hour, until chilled.
In a large bowl, toss together orzo, crabmeat, tomatoes, carrot, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and green onions.
In a small bowl, blend mayonnaise, chili sauce, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Pour over the orzo mixture, and toss to coat.

Oregon Legislature Passes Bill for Free Abortions for All, Including Illegal Aliens!!  
(we can't make this stuff up ) 

Last week, the Oregon state legislature passed a bill that forces taxpayers to pay for the abortions of not only Oregon residents, but illegal aliens as well. As the article below points out, there are zero restrictions on abortions in Oregon. The Oregon state legislature has gone too far. 

This outlines why the NC Values Coalition's work in the North Carolina legislature is so important. There are many state reps and senators in this country, including some in our own state government, who would pass this same bill if they could. NC Values is a safeguard against the attack on the lives of the unborn and those concerned about their religious liberties. 

Read more from Life News:

A bill headed to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s desk would force health insurers and taxpayers to pay for free abortions for residents and illegal immigrants.

The radical pro-abortion bill passed the state Senate on Wednesday on a party-line vote, the AP reports. The state House pushed through the bill earlier this week.

The pro-abortion bill would require health insurers to provide free abortions to patients without a co-pay. It also would set aside $10.2 million tax dollars for abortions, contraception and other reproductive health services for 2017 through 2019 in Medicaid, much of which pro-life advocates say will go to Planned Parenthood, the report states.

“This bill is wrong on so many levels,” said Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life. “Fundamentally, HB 3391 is morally reprehensible because it will take the lives of even more innocent Oregonians. Sadly, even the barbaric practice of late-term abortion will increase as abortion is legal in Oregon through all 9 months. This is not to mention that many Oregonians are opposed to the use of their tax dollars to fund abortion.”

(the wall can certainly extend to exclude Oregon too!!)
Oregon has become the first state to allow men and women to identify their gender as "not specified" on their driver licenses. Local and state governments continue to inch closer and closer to the radical LGBT agenda that reaches far beyond marriage equality. We must not allow political correctness to govern or make our laws.  

More from The Stream:

Oregon has become the first state in the U.S. to allow residents who don’t identify as male or female to mark their gender as “not specified” when they apply for a driver’s license, learner’s permit or identity card.The rule went into effect Monday. It comes after the mayor of Washington, D.C., said the district was the first jurisdiction to offer the option late last month.
Oregon’s Driver and Motor Vehicle Services said the new rule emerged after a judge last year allowed a Portland resident to legally change to “non-binary” gender.
Trinity Lutheran StatementPosted by Jim Quick · June 26, 2017 1:00 PMThe SCOTUS ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church is a victory for all people of faith and for religious freedom!

NC Values Coalition Statement:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church in a landmark religious liberty case, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia Inc. v. Comer, ruling that states cannot deny a public benefit to a church simply because of its religious status. Trinity Lutheran Church was denied government funds for its community preschool playground due to a Missouri provision that prohibits state funding for religious entities. The church’s contention that the government funds were used for a secular purpose—ensuring preschool children’s safety—was persuasive to the Court.

"The SCOTUS ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church is a victory for all people of faith and for religious freedom! It upholds a longstanding Constitutional principle that government programs should be applied equally, in spite of the religious status of some recipients. Religious institutions should be treated equally in the public square, and it is not an “establishment of religion” to allow them to receive the same benefits as everyone else. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have been at the forefront of serving their communities. Many of our nation's greatest hospitals, universities and charitable organizations were established by the church, and today's ruling confirms that —whether religious or not—no one should be disadvantaged simply because of what they believe." 

"In addition to today's ruling, NC Values Coalition also applauds the Justices’ decision to hear the Masterpiece Cake Shop case over a Christian baker's freedom to exclusively bake wedding cakes for ceremonies between one man and one women."

THE DAILY WIRE: ORWELLIAN: Canadians Can Now Be Fined Or JAILED For Using Wrong Gender Pronouns· June 22, 2017 3:15
(again, cannot make this stuff up)

The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and legislature have yet again bended their knee to the radical LGBT community's agenda to silence free speech. The bill, C-16, passed the Senate on Thursday, makes it illegal to use gender pronouns that do not match with the person's identity. In fact, Canadians may face fines and even jail time if they violate this law. The LGBT community's campaign for "equality" has become increasingly aggressive in nature and potentially threatens speech and religious liberties in the United States. 

From The Daily Wire:

Taking a page out of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, Canada passed a new law that opens Canadians up to fines and even jail time if they use gender pronouns that do not correspond to a person's subjectively determined "gender identity."

As noted by The Daily Caller, Bill C-16, which was passed by Canada's Senate on Thursday, puts so-called "'gender identity' and 'gender expression' into both the country’s Human Rights Code, as well as the hate crime category of its Criminal Code by a vote of 67-11." All the bill needs now is a stamp of approval from the governor general.

Critics of the legislation say the bill will target conservatives who cling to reality and science and refuse to adhere to progressives' gender theory, which is rooted in mere feelings, for potential hate crimes; potential consequences for refusing capitulation are monetary fines, "anti-bias training" and jail time. 


Pro-Life Efforts In Last Election Reaping Benefits ·
June 20, 2017 

The pro-life movement, led by Susan B. Anthony List in Washington, DC, is achieving some of its pivotal long-term goals—making Hyde Amendment prohibition on taxpayer funded abortions permanent, appointing pro-life justices to the US Supreme Court, prohibiting late term abortions, and de-funding Planned Parenthood. Instead of locking itself out of Presidential circles of influence by shunning Donald Trump as a candidate for President, Marjorie Dannenfelser, the leader of SBA, joined arms with Donald Trump by getting his written promise to bring about these four major policy initiatives for the pro-life movement. Now, the movement is reaping the benefits of its support for Donald Trump after the Iowa caucuses. The NC Values Coalition partnered with SBA List in North Carolina, knocking on 390,000 doors of pro-life voters to urge them to vote in the general election for Donald Trump. The two organizations together, made a significant impact on the election of Trump to the Presidency.

Now, the pro-life movement is exerting its influence on the re-write of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to block taxpayer funding of abortions through the healthcare plan and to de-fund Planned Parenthood. As reported in The Hill, “SBA has a big interest in seeing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed, because it would fulfill two goals: banning people from using healthcare subsidies on insurance plans that provide abortions and defunding Planned Parenthood by blocking its facilities from receiving Medicaid reimbursements.

From The Hill:

After eight years of essentially being locked out of the White House, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, has high hopes for the Trump administration — and the 2018 midterms.“Things have certainly started turning in our favor,” Dannenfelser told The Hill in an interview at the anti-abortion rights group’s downtown office last month. “Walking into the White House the night of the [Justice Neil] Gorsuch announcement was quite a feeling. It was as if the whole pro-life movement was walking in after having been barred for eight years, and now we’re coming back in after a lot of work to start making this a pro-life country again.”

LIFE SITE: Harvard Legal Journal Just Shattered Arguments For Legal Abortion June 21, 2017
"Unborn babies are constitutional persons,” says the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the nation’s “leading forum for conservative and libertarian legal scholarship,” according to its website. The article concluded that the Fourteenth Amendment does in fact protect unborn children.

Looking at the meaning of the word "person", anti-abortion laws, and the drafters' statements at the time the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted, the author found that the Amendment includes the unborn. Therefore, the Amendment guarantees that government cannot "deprive any person (including the unborn) of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" or equal protection of the laws.

This article challenges traditional thinking of both pro-abortion and pro-life sides of the debate by examining the historical context of the Fourteenth Amendment.

More from Life Site:

 “Unborn babies are constitutional persons,” the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy stated in a remarkable release last month.

The nation’s “leading forum for conservative and libertarian legal scholarship,” according to its website, said in its report that unborn children do in fact fall under the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections.

The Fourteenth Amendment, adopted in 1868, holds that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Detailed Tax Payer tries ANYTHING!!....

Dear PEARL: Are birth control pills deductible? — Gertie
Dear Gertie: "Only if they don't work."

Bob Penland recovering from Cardiac By-Pass Surgery.  Call or text him 828-778-5226
Due to work limitations and family obligations, our newly elected Jackson County CHM, Bob Carpenter, has resigned from his chairmanship.  We are sad to see him go, but work and family DO come first.  Former CHM Ralph Slaughter will fill in until a new CHM is found.  Jackson County GOP will not suffer!!
Students on summer break. 

Chair - Benjamin Snedegar
Vice Chair- Ashley Sheek
Secretary- Kayce Lancaster
Treasurer- Wyatt Jones

Our Phyllis Foxx needs prayers.  She's been at Duke and had surgery but is back now in Skyland Nursing Home in room 14.  Please go visit if you can.  She is no doing well at all and needs our love!

Jenni Gardner still needs our prayers for her recovery

Clark Sheffield also needs prayers. More knee surgery was done in Hendersonville. Call him at 828-399-9883

Before our next meeting in August, please bring ideas for the following question:
We know WHY Moderate Republicans won't vote to cut back the Obama's ridiculous increase of medicaid citizens (they want re-election), but the question is... WHERE ARE THE LAWMAKERS WHO WILL CHOOSE AMERICA'S SURVIVAL OVER THEIR OWN SELFISHNESS and start the cuts that are so badly needed in the budget?
THAT'S ALL FOLKS!! Til Next Month...

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Hope to see you in Swain County Friday, July 21 for Rep Mike Clampitt's TOWN HALL

NEXT JACKSON COUNTY monthly meeting Monday, AUGUST 27 Ryan's in Sylva 5:30pm to eat, 6:30pm meeting

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