By A.P. Dillon

Hello Da Tech Guy readers! It’s been several months since I left Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7 writing team and I wanted to drop in with some political updates from North Carolina.

Redistricting Chaos

A lawsuit threw North Carolina’s districts into chaos just prior to the March 15th primary election. A court struck down the voting district maps that had previously been ruled valid by the North Carolina Supreme court.

This forced the legislature to redraw maps and threw dozens of races into chaos. It also made it necessary to push congressional race voting to June and eliminated run-off elections.  In short, the fix was in by those drawing the map.

In particular this affected a hotly contested race in the original District 2 — where Rep. Renee Ellmers was being challenged by three other Republicans.  As it turns out, the redistricting puts her and Rep. George Holding up against one another now.  Dr. Greg Brannon has also thrown his hat into that race.

An appeal was made to the Supreme Court, who refused to hear or stay the ruling and differed to the lower court’s order. This turn of events is unprecedented in United State history. It has set a dangerous precedent, which basically allows any court to hit a reset button on any given election and disenfranchises voters by basically throwing their votes out.

Give Daniel Horowitz’s article at Conservative Review a read; he addresses North Carolina specifically.

Bathroom Chaos

In February, the Charlotte City Council passed an incredibly dangerous and overreaching policy regarding public facilities like bathrooms, lockerrooms and showers.  The ordinance, as written, made it legal for anyone to use any facility they wanted to in any location — including forcing private businesses. The ordinance also, as written, banned single sex facilities entirely.

This ordinance opened up a can of worms for sexual predators and pedophiles to now have full legal entry to places they did not have before. The ordinance also violated the North Carolina Constitution as well as city  licensing and policing authority.

The General Assembly did not sit on its hands. The Republican leadership, supported by both the Governor and Lt. Governor, called for a special session which was held on March 23rd.  At that session HB 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, sailed through both houses and the Governor signed it that same day.

The House vote was mostly along party lines, however ten Democrats voted in favor of the bill. It is interesting to note that in the North Carolina Senate, not a single Democrat voted. All of them either walked out or were ‘excused’. Clearly, they were not interested in doing their job nor protecting those they represent in any way.

Go read my run-down on this turn of events and see why passing HB2 was so crucial. HB2 is particularly important from the standpoint of protecting our schools.  The U.S. Department of Education has been engaging in lawfare under Title IX to force schools and districts to allow anyone ‘self-identifying’ as the opposite sex to use whatever facilities they feel like at any given time.

NC GOP Leadership Chaos

Finally, there has been some very strange goings-on in the NC GOP.  I admit to not being as up on this battle as I should be. The Daily Haymaker has been covering it in-depth, however, for those who want to read the saga.

Hasan Harnett was overwhelmingly elected to lead the NC GOP by the grassroots conservatives last year. Harnett was the first African-American to hold the post to my knowledge.

Since taking office, the establishment powers that be have done little to aid Harnett and have, in fact, thrown up substantial roadblocks to keep Harnett from being successful.

The most recent shenanigans involved shutting off Harnett’s official email account. Twice.  Now the Central Committee is is rounding up the votes to oust Harnett via a “A Resolution of No Confidence, Censure and Restriction”.  All of these appears to be orchestrated in part by Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse and 9th District Chair, Dee Steward.

And that’s all I have at the moment from North Carolina for now. I promised to check in now and again going forward.

AP DillonA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.

Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, Civitas Institute, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

 

 

By A.P. Dillon

It’s been just over two years since I joined Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7 team and I can barely believe how fast the time went. I’ve written an article a week on topic ranging from exposing far left networks to Obamacare and Common Core to key political races.

The time has flown, indeed.

Looking back at my previous Thanksgiving articles from 2013 and 2014, both are just as relevant this year as they were when I wrote them. Perhaps even more so as we watch the Special Snowflake Olympics unfolding in campuses across the nation and an agency within our federal government has gotten into the business of dictating where students can and cannot go pee.

Back in the day and over the course of history in many places, people often sought refuge from the woes of everyday life by going to the movies.  However, even that refuge has been taken away to an increasing degree with celebrities on political soap boxes and films weaving in various politically correct themes instead of actual plot lines.

Social media is littered with half-baked narratives, political leaders trash each other and the public, television has become a modern outlet for newspeak and even our schools are substituting social justice over actual academics at an alarming rate.

Where does one turn to for refuge these days?

The home. That’s where you find it. The home is the first and original refuge.

The home is more than just a refuge, though — it’s where lives are created, fostered and nurtured. The home should be defended, honored and respected. The home is the family. The home and the family are what we all should be giving Thanks for every single year.
The home and family extend beyond our own more often than not. Most of us probably don’t realize that or see it in that light.

Well, I do.

liberty miniI give thanks for my own home and family, but also for the one I found here at Da Tech Guy. I give thanks to Peter Ingemi for taking a chance on me two years ago and for the collection of people he brought together as his Magnificent 7.  I will always be your Bernardo – wanted for crimes against Liberalism, Peter.

It has been a privilege to be a part of this refuge and I humbly thank everyone who has read or inspired my columns here at Da Tech Guy over the years.

God Bless and be Thankful.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, Civitas Institute, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

From the instant the news broke there was an attack going on in Paris, I knew it was them. Everyone in the world knew it was them.

Whereas I and the rest of the world seem to be able to say the words, Islamic Terrorist’, the 2016 Democratic candidates and President Obama refuse to. And this is a big part of why the world is where it is today with regard to ISIS.

The President says he has a strategy and, like a petulant child, told the world he won’t change it. He was more than petulant actually, at the G-20,  Obama was visibly disdainful that anyone would question him about it at all as he described Paris as a “terrible and sickening setback“.

It’s now known that at least one of the ISIS terrorists was using a phony passport that allowed him to slip into Greece and then on to Paris. The terrorist hid in plain sight, entering the country among  Syrian refugees.

President Obama has ordered that the United States now take in 10,000 of these refugees. That’s up from 2,000 earlier this year. How many ISIS terrorists will be hiding among them?

Some states are not willing to find out. Yesterday, over half of the states requested the President stop sending refugees to their respective states. Only seven states have stated they will continue to take these Syrian refugees.

My home state of North Carolina was among those requesting President Obama stop sending Syrian refugees to the state.

Governor McCrory said yesterday, “My primary duty as governor is to protect the citizens of North Carolina, which is why I am taking the steps I have outlined today.”   If only we had a President who reassured the people that they were his primary duty.

Governor McCrory made it clear that the federal government was not sharing information about these refugees, including who they are, where they are residing and how they are vetted. McCrory said that North Carolina had received 59 refugees so far and “do date, we have received little or not security information about those refugees… on their backgrounds and even possibly their names in certain circumstances.”

What was interesting and frankly frightening about Governor McCrory’s press conference wasn’t the revelation the federal government was withholding details about the refugee vetting process, but rather how easily state governments are being nearly entirely circumvented.

McCrory broke it down a bit in the Q&A of the press conference and said that the refugees are brought in by the U.S. government, handed off to a non-profit in a given state and then the state only finds out about them when the non-profits bills the state for services.

Do you see the horror here? The Governor’s can request all they want from the Obama administration but unless his administration agrees to halt, the program continues and the governors are powerless.

The only thing that will truly stop refugees from flooding into the states is if they are stopped at the federal level — because the states apparently don’t have the legal authority to do so. The Refugee Act of 1980 gives Obama, or any president for that matter, the ability to do this.

Do people fully understand what this means? The states have no control over who is being sent to them nor can they stop it.  If that doesn’t scare the Holy Hell out of you, nothing will. Given the current situation, this is a suicide note written by the Fed for the States.

The states will likely have to sue to get this administration to stop it, which will take too much time to be a viable option. Another way is for Congress to cut the funding to the program. A letter from Florida’s Governor Scott to Paul Ryan asks for just that very thing to happen.

But let’s get real, we all know how good Congress is at cutting funding.  Obama is fond of doing all he can without Congress, perhaps it’s time the states tried that too.

The states shouldn’t wait for Congress; they should refuse to cooperate and pull the plug on their end.  If they are getting billed for these refugees by non-profits, it’s time to reverse engineer the process: find out who they are, where they are and then refuse to be a pass through for the bills.

ISIS scares me, but the idea that the states are now actively having to protect themselves from the potential of terrorism because of the actions of our own federal government? Well, that scares me more.

Quick side note: Next Thursday is Thankgiving and I will give thanks in a final article, which comes just past my two-year anniversary  at Da Tech Guy as a member of his Magnificent Seven. 

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

 

By A.P. Dillon

There are a lot of stories running about the latest GOP debate, this is not one of them. Well, not really.  I want to talk about when snowflakes melt.

Everyone knows snowflakes melt. Temperatures change and ice turns to water. This is a basic truth. Even the littlest child knows this – most experience it first hand when they catch one on their tongue.

At the debate this week, we saw two snowflakes melt by their own words. We’ve been told no two snowflakes are the same, yet these two candidates disprove that notion. This debate proved that John Kasich and Jeb Bush’s time in this election cycle snow flurry is over. They melted.

Switching gears slightly, melting is what is going on in Missouri and at Yale. Snowflakes of another kind are finding out their own special ‘truth’ is melting, yet the students at these institutions seem unaware they are the ones actually responsible for their own melting.

As these special student snowflakes melt, what is left is a puddle that exposes what they were made up of. So far, that’s been unsubstantiated claims of ‘poop swastiksa’ and false statements about the KKK.

Newsflash: There is no ‘safe space’ for snowflakes. They fall from the sky, land and melt.

I’d like to quote a bit from Professor Mike Adams, a criminology professor at UNC Wilmington.  Adams employs reality as a heat source to aspiring new snowflakes.

“Let’s get something straight right now. You have no right to be unoffended. You have a right to be offended with regularity. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. If you don’t understand that you are confused and dangerously so.”
– Mike Adams via Townhall, Get Out of  My Class and Leave America

Do read the whole thing.

I’ve printed it out to read to my children when they are older. Some might call that extreme or an overreaction, but I don’t. Given the increasing trend of social issues being promoted over actual academics in our K-12 system right now coupled with the Democrats actually running campaigns on social issues,  it would be foolish to think the special snowflake showers are going away anytime soon.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Recently Billionaire Bill Gates made some comments on Climate change and ‘saving the planet’.  The comments were, shall we say, the kind of dumb we’ve come to expect from someone who thinks that because they are rich and famous, that their mess doesn’t stink.

We see this type of ‘my mess doesn’t stink’ syndrome play out quite often with the rich and powerful. No where does the syndrome present itself on a constant and nauseating basis like it does in Hollywood.

That syndrome is thinking that by virtue of having a lot of money, every thing they do, think and say is golden. With panderers, agents and fans around them, the Hollywood star types think they must be a higher power. Their opinion is the opinion.

Inevitably, when one reaches a point where their money and power are so overwhelming, that person begins to believe everything they do, say and think is absolute, irrefutable truth. They know all. They see all. Their thoughts and beliefs are law.

Bill Gates is in that place and has been for quite some time now.  Having said that,  it would be naive to think that the people who whisper in Gates’ ear and plant ideas that he adopts as his own are not just as dangerous as he is.

Getting back to The Atlantic comments,  clearly, Mr. Gates was not employing the  ‘critical thinking’ he promotes so ardently in the experimental Common Core Standards.  To be specific, Mr. Gates told The Atlantic that representative democracy is standing in the way.

“When I sat down to hear his case a few weeks ago, he didn’t evince much patience for the argument that American politicians couldn’t agree even on whether climate change is real, much less on how to combat it. “If you’re not bringing math skills to the problem,” he said with a sort of amused asperity, “then representative democracy is a problem.”

What Mr. Gates arguably goes on to lay out  is a case that socialism will save us from climate change.

This from the man whose education reforms over the years have largely failed; the most recent example being Common Core known for it’s ridiculously convoluted math strategies.

Gates went on to complain about government and at the same time seemed to be stamping his foot that they weren’t doing it fast enough and doing it his way.

Gates has built a massive empire – he is a very successful capitalist. I am not saying the man is dumb, far from it.  But I am saying something similar to what Hot Air has concluded about Gates’ climate change remarks. Hot Air has two key lines that really rebut Gates’ flawed logic:

“Gates in a smart guy, however he’s horribly wrong and misguided on this.”

The government is the one setting up the regulatory framework, not the free market.”

I don’t think the question should be, ‘will Bill Gates save the world or not?‘.

I think the question is, who is going to save the world from Bill Gates?

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

If it looks like a political stunt and smells like a political stunt, then it stands to reason it is a political stunt.

President Obama’s big shift in rhetoric on testing this past week comes at a politically convenient time.  In a total course reversal, Obama wants a cap that limits the testing on children to 2% or less of their class time. That 2%sounds great, but really it’s not changing anything if one realizes that 2% of a school year’s class time translates to somewhere between 20 to 24 hours worth of testing. Like I said, this is a stunt.

This administration has beaten the drum of ‘test and punish’ for seven years right alongside tying test scores to teacher evaluations — a move that has had teachers unions up in arms nationwide.

What better way to quell the powerful, big donors like teachers unions just prior to a Presidential election year than to offer a ‘testing cap’?

It’s bait in an election cycle where education is taking the main stage with voters.

Likewise, it’s an opportunity for this administration to subtly hit Hillary Clinton over the head again, as she has come out supporting Common Core, which has been anchored to two testing consortia and ‘testing accountability measures’.

This isn’t just about hitting Hillary over the head. It’s also about beating Congress over the head. Again.

Remember, the House pushed forward with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, which strengthens over testing instead of stemming it. The reauthorization also solidified Common Core. It’s a nightmare.

A recent article at Front Page Magazine by Mary Grabar points this out. Here’s an excerpt, but do read the whole thing:

In a smooth move, the Obama administration called on Congress to fix a problem that had been foisted on the people without the consent of Congress—namely the national Common Core standards, even as the widely hated name was scrupulously avoided.  The Obama administration also told teachers to fix tests that they had not devised and were forced to administer.    

In an even smoother move, the New York Times summed up the blame this way:

The administration’s move seemed a reckoning on a two-decade push that began during the Bush administration and intensified under President Obama. Programs with aspirational names — No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top — were responding to swelling agreement among Democrats and Republicans that higher expectations and accountability could lift the performance of American students. . . . .”

Alas, the push began “during the Bush administration.”

Shorter: If JEB! needed a final coffin nail, here it comes.

Meanwhile, in Obama’s backyard of  Washington, D.C.,  only 1 in 10 DC students score ‘college ready’ on the new Common Core math tests.  The scores dropped in neighboring Maryland as well.  Let’s not even get into the results for Hispanic students; Obama has that one covered with a forced touchy-feely outreach program.

But for educrats like William Bushaw, who is the director of the agency overseeing the NAEP (Nations Report Card),  the narrative remains the same: Common Core is not to blame.

William Bushaw, executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees NAEP, tried to discourage connecting this year’s test results and Common Core in a telephone call with reporters Tuesday.

NAEP exams, while overlapping with the Common Core standards, are not tied to any specific curriculum or material used in public schools, Bushaw said.

He added that states might not have used Common Core in the same way.

We should not assume the Common Core has been evenly or persistently implemented in the country,” he said.
News and Observer 10/27/15

That’s an AMAZING admission right there, folks.  For the last 5 years, supporters of Common Core have maintained that the standards would be the same — everywhere.

About every five or so years, Educrats and Ed Reformers roll out some shiny new reform. None of these amazing reforms have moved the needle for our kids, nothing has changed for them.  Nothing has changed in the way these reformers window dress the failure of their amazing reform either; perhaps they took deck chair rearranging lessons in a past life.

It was vital kids be able to transfer from state to state and learn the exact same thing, even though the transient student population is less than 2% of the overall student population in the United States.

So not only was Common Core not being implemented the same way, it’s now clear the other major platform of Common Core has crumbled. That platform is consistent comparison of tests from state to state.

But don’t blame Common Core.  It’s the implementation. It’s the tests. It’s anything but the flawed and experimental standards that were rolled out rapid fire in order to yoke states into using them via the Race To The Top grant.

Having said all of that, Obama’s ‘test cap’ is an insulting band-aid on a machete wound that this administration has allowed to fester for the better part of his Presidency.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Hillary was in front of the Benghazi panel. Her avowed enemies sat on the other side, asking the questions. But what difference does it make?

As we saw with the first Democrat debate, there was a lot of yelling, socialism and talk of ‘free stuff’.  I’m going to go ahead and say the second debate will be more of the same and will feature Hillary Clinton trying to one-up Bernie Sanders on just how far Left she can really go. Someone ought to bring a limbo bar.

On October 20th, we saw Jim Webb drop out of the Democrat pack. On his way out the door, he sent off a parting shot at Hillary Clinton who during the debate called Republicans ‘the enemy’. Webb said,  “The other party’s not the enemy. They’re the opposition.”

Biden out the windowThe very next day, Vice President Biden ended his annoyingly long period soul-searching on whether or not to run. Biden pretty much repeated what Webb said.  Sensing a theme here?

Here’s part of his remarks announcing his non-candidacy:

“I believe we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart. And I think we can. It’s mean-spirited. It’s petty. And it’s gone on for much too long. I don’t believe like some do that it’s naive to talk to Republicans.

I don’t think that we should look at Republicans as our enemies. They are opposition, they’re not our enemies. For the sake of the country, we have to work together.”

This, from the Vice President of the most divisive administration in our country’s history, with a President who has refused to work with Republicans from day one.

‘We have to work together’
Right. Divisive VP, heal thyself.
Joe, in 2014 you said ‘there is no Republican party’ and ‘Democrats would benefit from having a viable negotiating partner’.  This is just one of dozens of examples.

Biden went on to talk about “compromise“, the emphasis added is mine:

“As the President has said many times  before, compromise is not a dirty word. But look at it this way, folks – how does this country function without consensus? How can we move forward without being able to arrive at consensus? Four more years of this kind of pitched battle may be more than this country can take.  We have to change it.”

‘Compromise’ 
I’m old enough to remember Obama’s Sequester.

‘Four more years’
Wait, did Joe just slam Obama (and himself) with the POTUS standing right next to him?
I think he did. We re-elected ‘Hope and Change‘ and received more of the same eternal ‘crisis’ du jour and divisive rhetoric. In August,  71% of Americans were saying they are unhappy with the direction the country is going in.

Biden running would ensure another four years of that wrong direction and that  ‘pitched battle’, so he’s tossing the hot potato to Hillary. Po-tay-toe, Po-tah-toe.

‘We have to change it’  
So, not getting in the race to stop Hillary from being four more years of Obama style divisiveness is the answer? Don’t forget all the racial healing this administration promised us yet delivered the exact opposite.  Where’s that YES WE CAN, Joe?

So, now the Democrats have lost the one candidate who is probably best suited to actually do what Biden is suggesting needs to be done. That figured.

What we’re left with is a Socialist and a Serial Liar in the top spots. There’s also a pompous,  Ivory Tower Elitist, and two reasonably ineffectual Governors. One of which had only 10 people considered major donors to his campaign.

YES THEY CAN!

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

This past Tuesday was the first 2016 Democrat Candidate debate. It was held on CNN and was conveniently moderated by Clinton Global Initiative member, Anderson Cooper. Clinton and Sanders had the most talking time. Gee.

To summarize the debate, there was a lot of yelling, socialism, talk of ‘free stuff‘ and more yelling.  One could easily say the big take away is that America’s Democrat party is now openly socialist.

Most of the country might not know that, however.

The ratings for the debate are being billed as the ‘highest in Democrat history’ with preliminary numbers showing that only 11% of Americans tuned in. Based on that math, this debate looks to garner around half of the viewership for the first GOP debate.

For an alleged ‘substantive debate’, education and Common Core were basically ignored. Perhaps that is because all of the Democrat candidates back Common Core and would rather Jeb Bush take that toxic heat.

There was also quite a bit of complaining about the economy, the subtext of which was a hilariously sad assault on the failed policies of Barack Obama. Moreover, a bunch of rich, old white folks up on stage tried to convince us that they know what is best for our lives and, specifically, our money.

The field was old, white and weak, which lent itself to making Hillary Clinton look appealing in the way that the last sandwich on a heavily picked over buffet might. The majority of applause points came from rhetoric that is more applicable to the 2008 election cycle than this one.

A little recap.

Sanders: Went full socialist. You never go full socialist.
I kept waiting for him to yell, ‘MIC CHECK!” before each of his responses.
bernie and hillary debate oneSucked up to Hillary by providing cover on her email scandal, yelling “I think the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”   Um, Bernie? According to Google, they’re not sick of it.
Every answer he gave inevitably circled back to climate change and some version of  ‘the common good’. You know who else was all about the ‘common good‘?

Hillary: ‘I’m a woman. That’s all the qualification I need.’
Favorite quote of the night: “I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone.”  Err, what?
Also, ‘nothing is my fault’ and ‘I’ll make an arch-villain out of the NRA’. Can’t wait to see her poll numbers slide, but that will be due to the vast right-wing conspiracy.
She’ll likely be sending Anderson Cooper a fruit basket for letting her get out of answering some of the questions posed to her.  Bernie will get a basket too.

O’Malley: Hulk smash.
Highlights included ‘Baltimore was awesome when I was there’ and NRA is eeeeeevil!  Except when he gets cash from them.

Chaffee: Opening, middle and closing were all awkward as you can get. I imagined Chaffee asking himself, ‘Alright, whose arm is up my backside making my mouth move?’
Key bits out of Chaffee included, “I have no scandals” and I have no idea why I voted the way I did.  Also, he hasn’t changed on any issues, but party hopped anyway. What a hot mess.

Webb: The only one to say ‘All Lives Matter‘ and the only candidate who came across as reasonably rational on most issues. Also the only candidate to nail the ‘biggest current threat’ question by including cyber attacks. This of course means that you can hit Twitter to see the liberal feeding frenzy taking place on his political corpse.

Winner: Socialism.
Loser: The American People.

To round out the night, a response to Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

 

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Back in April, I took a look at the 2016 GOP challengers for a few districts in North Carolina. Today I’d like to zero in on one in particular.

North Carolina’s 2nd House Congressional District is currently occupied by Renee Ellmers, who defeated Democrat incumbent, Bob Etheridge, in the 2010 election.

During the 2010, Ellmers was touted as a Tea Party candidate. She beat Etheridge by nearly 64,000 votes.

Granted, Ellmers had a little help in 2010 with momentum from the Tea party and well, from Etheridge himself when he was caught screaming at and arguably assaulting a student journalist on camera outside a Nancy Pelosi fundraiser.

Once elected, Ellmers seemed to stick to her campaign promises – at least for part of her first term. It wasn’t long until Ellmers was seen to be in a comfortable spot in John Boehner’s little army, complete with committee appointments.

In the 2012 election, Ellmers saw 2 challengers. One reason for multiple challengers might have been redistricting that occurred, however the bigger reason was Ellmers had fallen flat on keeping the promises that put her in office.  One big reason at the time was her 2011 vote in support of raising the debt ceiling.

After 2012, her positions and votes just got worse and that led to Ellmers getting Frank Roche as a primary challenger in 2014. Roche was defeated and then Ellmers went on to defeat the Democrat candidate and American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken.  I covered a bit of the NC-02 race here at Da Tech Guy, if one wants to see what happened at that circus.

In 2014, Ellmers had her own caught on camera debacle when she insulted citizens who came to her office to confront her on Amnesty. Ellmers was caught on video yelling at them, “You don’t have any damn facts!”.  Ouch. Definitely not a great moment for the Congresswoman and an ironic one, given the video of Etheridge raging at a camera person assisted in his downfall.

Now here we are in 2015, with 2016 around the corner. Ellmers this time around has not one, but three primary challengers. They include Frank Roche, who is giving it another go, Jim Duncan and Kay Daly, a sketchy late comer to the race.

The voters who put her there didn’t do so in order for her to vote yes on things like Amnesty for Illegals, for the Reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank and on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind.  Also, her squishy maneuvering around abortion issues, like the pain capable bill, doesn’t help her at all.

Flash forward to 2015 and Rep. Ellmers has earned herself  truly terrible conservative ranking with Heritage Foundation. Actually, if you look at it, it’s really a liberal ranking. Heritage awarded her a 60% out of 100 score. She’s 3rd from the bottom of the list of North Carolina Republicans.

Her record has gotten so bad, that one of her opponents has managed to populate an entire website with her failures.  The site is really pretty brilliant. It’s called AskHerWhy.net and it hits Ellmers on everything from Illegal immigration to Abortion.

With voter outrage building, it is  not hard to see why momentum is building to unseat Ellmers in 2016.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Yesterday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, the Planned Parenthood mask of ‘women’s healthcare’ fell.

Hearing Key Points & Other Relevant Information

Despite NY Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s attempt to rescue Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards during the proceedings, it was made clear that the group does not do mammograms. Richards herself stated that to “the best of her knowledge” that none of the Planned Parenthood facilities even had a mammogram machine. (Free Beacon)

When questioned on making statements that Planned Parenthood did indeed do mammograms, Ceclie Richards stated, “we’ve never stated that we did”. Well, yes, they did say that they did mammograms. In fact, Richards said it herself in a 2011 interview. (Weekly Standard)

According to the Planned Parenthood annual report, 327,653 abortions were done in 2013 alone. (Free Beacon)

Of those 327,653 abortions, 36% were black babies according to the CDC. That’s apparently 1,000 times more than blacks killed by law enforcement.  (SooperMexican)

Richards was asked about the Center For Medical Progress (CMP) videos exposing monetary gain through the illegal trafficking of human organs labeled by Planned Parenthood as ’tissue donations’.  Richards said the videos were “deceptively edited” and “heavily doctored.” Her statements seem to imply she’s seen some or all of the videos.
However, just before Richards’ testimony, evidence was provided by a digital security and forensics firm called Coalfire that the full length CMP videos were “authentic and have not been manipulated”. (Daily Signal)

Abortions make up 86% of revenue for Planned Parenthood. Only 3% of their revenue comes from other services. (Twitchy)

There was the revelation of “exorbitant travel expenses,” incurred by Planned Parenthood. Included in the “exorbitant” list was $622,706 for “blowout parties” with celebrity guests. Also included was $34.8 million for its NYC corporate office space and the sale of a 72k square foot condo “to Brookfield Property Partners for $69.6 million.”. (The Hill)

“Richards also said, under oath, that no baby had ever been born alive and then aborted at a Planned Parenthood facility, a claim that was directly contradicted by recent witness testimony in front of the same committee.” (The Hill – there’s a lot more at this link worth your time.)

The question is raised yet again, why does Planned Parenthood need taxpayer dollars if “Planned Parenthood gets about $700B in nongovernmental funds…”? (Hot Air)

Richards is paid over $500,000 a year. She got a big raise of $240,000 in 2013. Rep. Chaffetz’s documentation showed Richards making $590,000. Richards argued she only makes $520,000. Poor baby.  Apparently, Richards also received $31,000 from  allocated time to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.”  (The Blaze)

Planned Parenthood’s Blood Money Goes To Democrat Defenses

Legal Insurrection noted from the hearing testimony that Planned Parenthood raised $127 million above its expenditures last year.

The question then becomes, what does Planned Parenthood do with their overage?

The answer is, they give it to Democrats or spend it attacking Democrat opponents.

Legal Insurrection also notes:

Outside of abortions, Planned Parenthood’s primary function is filtering money to and from Democratic organizations, giving in excess of $574,000 to candidates seeking federal office alone.

The Planned Parenthood Action fund has spent over $74,000 in 2015 – on attacking Clinton opponents. Dark Money, anyone?

Planned Parenthood’s Action fund ranks 22 in the list of top political non-profit spending. The Action Fund’s total spending reported to the IRS is $42,192,016. Of that, $8,250,439 was political spending. Only $6,634,390 was reported to the FEC.

A valid question to be posed to Democrats now is, are our children “just a matter of line items” in their campaign finance reports?

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885