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DOJ Says Native American Reservations Free to Legalize Pot: Will the Eastern Band of Cherokee Pursue Legalization?

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
December 19, 2014

MarijuanaWASHINTON, D.C. – Thursday of last week, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) said it would no longer prosecute federal laws regulating the growth or sales of marijuana on the reservations of Native Americans.

According to a recent article by the Associated Press (AP), some advocates for the legalization of marijuana said it “could open new markets across the country and give rise to a rich new business on reservations, not unlike the advent of casino gambling. Others said it was too early to tell; many tribes oppose legalization, and only a handful of tribes have expressed any interest in the marijuana business.”

The decision by the DOJ comes after Native American tribes inquired about how the legalization of marijuana in states such as Oregon, Washington and Colorado applies to their sovereign lands. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. Supreme Court Says Applications for Opportunity Scholarships May Proceed for 2015-16 School Year

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
December 19, 2014

CourtRALEIGH – Friday of last week, the North Carolina Supreme Court granted a petition that allows the North Carolina Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) to process Opportunity Scholarship applications for the 2015-16 school year.

The Opportunity Scholarships program was enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. The program earmarked $10 million to provide grants of up to $4200 for some 2,000 low-income students (those who qualify for reduced price lunches) to be used at a private school of the parents’ choosing.

More than twice the number (5,500) applications for the 2000 Opportunity Scholarships to be given were filed in the first year, the fall of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Congressional Budget Agreement Would Defund Washington, D.C. Marijuana Legalization Vote

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
December 12, 2014

image002WASHINGTON D.C. – During the mid-term elections, Alaska and Oregon passed referendums making recreational marijuana legal in those states. Voters in Washington, D.C., also passed a referendum by a 2 to 1 margin that allows adults to possess up to two ounces of pot and six plants for recreational use.

But on Tuesday night, U.S. Senate Democrats and House Republicans agreed on a deal that will fund the federal government through September of next year. The House voted on the agreement and passed it Thursday night. At the time of this report, the Senate had yet to take it up, but was expected do so quickly.

The primary purpose of the Budget bill, should it pass both chambers and be signed by the President, is meant to avoid a government shut-down. However, within the measure’s finer points is a provision barring implementation of the marijuana referendum passed by the D.C. electorate. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Republicans Choose to Keep Berger as President Pro-Tempore

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
December 12, 2014

Senate President Pro-Tempore, Phil Berger

Senate President Pro-Tempore, Phil Berger

RALEIGH – During the last week in November, the Christian Action League reported that House Republicans had selected Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) to serve as the next House Speaker. Thursday, North Carolina Senate Republicans selected Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) to continue as the Senate President Pro-Tempore during the next legislative biennium.

Because Republicans hold 34 of the State Senate’s 50 seats, the decision by Republicans is virtually guaranteed to give Berger the victory when the Legislature reconvenes on January 14th.

“We’re seeing the North Carolina General Assembly’s leadership taking shape now,” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “The Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro-Tempore hold the power to direct the consideration of bills – what will be heard and when – whether it will be heard or not – and sometimes even whether a measure will receive sufficient or insufficient support if heard.” Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. DHHS Proposes New Abortion Clinic Rules

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
December 12, 2014

AbortionRALEIGH – Last week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released their proposals of new regulations for abortion clinics. The proposed rules come more than a year after the North Carolina General Assembly passed landmark pro-life legislation meant to prohibit abortion clinics from operating under substandard conditions.

The legislation in its original form would have required clinics to be regulated as stringently as ambulatory surgical centers – something consistent with recommendations resulting from the Gosnell clinic case in Pennsylvania. But opponents of the measure at that time were loud and livid, arguing abortion clinics were already highly regulated and the bill would effectively shut down all but one clinic and lead to “back alley abortions.”

In keeping with a campaign promise not to do anything to further restrict a woman’s access to abortion, Governor McCrory threatened to veto the legislation as it was originally proposed. Therefore, new legislation allowing DHHS to set regulations for the clinics, imposing the ambulatory surgical centers standard only when applicable, was crafted, passed, and signed by the Governor. Read the rest of this entry »

The Christian Action League Needs a Christmas Miracle

By Dr. Mark H. Creech
Christian Action League
December 9, 2014

Christmas MiracleIn December 1940, Mrs. A.E. Gadsby of Niagara Falls, Canada, mailed a Christmas parcel to her daughter in Prestwick, Scotland. The ship carrying the mail was torpedoed off the west coast of Ireland, but a favorable tide floated the package and remarkably cast it ashore on the beach of Prestwick. The contents were intact and perfectly usable. The address was still legible and reached the addressee on the holiday. It was something of a Christmas miracle.

Over and again, we have sent word to the churches of our need for financial assistance. Many have graciously responded. We’ve picked up some new donors. Nevertheless, as we approach the end of this year, we still find ourselves behind. Read the rest of this entry »

Governor McCrory Joins Multistate Lawsuit over President’s Executive Action on Immigration

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
December 5, 2014

LawsuitRALEIGH – A multistate coalition of governors and state’s attorneys generals are suing the United States Government and immigration agencies in order to stop the President’s executive action to provide amnesty for nearly 5 million people living illegally in the country. Governor Pat McCrory’s press office announced Wednesday he was joining the legal challenge.

“The president has exceeded the balance of power provisions clearly laid out in the U.S. Constitution and his unilateral expansion of power must be challenged,” Governor McCrory said. “In North Carolina, the 10th most populous state, the president’s actions are likely to put even more financial strain on our state’s government services.  It’s disappointing that the president has shown little regard for states which must shoulder the costs of his actions.” Read the rest of this entry »

Statewide Campaign to Combat Underage Drinking Officially Launched

Gov. McCrory Lends His Presence and Support
By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
December 5, 2014

Underage DrinkingRALEIGH – The Christian Action League reported in October that the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (NCABC) was planning to launch a state-wide campaign to address the problems of underage drinking. That plan came to fruition on Wednesday when Governor Pat McCrory, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, and Chairman of the NCABC, Jim Gardner, and other state leaders met at Daniels Middle School in Raleigh to give the new $2.5 million program its official kick-off.

The Governor told the media and hundreds of eighth graders who assembled in the school’s auditorium: ”I’m not accepting this concept of a rite of passage where everybody gets their time to get ripped, to get drunk. That rite of passage that my generation helped start – including me – is no longer acceptable.” Read the rest of this entry »

Samson County Commissioners Unanimously Say “NO” to Sweepstakes Gaming

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
December 5, 2014

Sweepstakes GamingCLINTON – Sampson County Commissioners voted unanimously at their December meeting on Monday evening not to allow sweepstakes gaming in unincorporated areas of the county.

The Christian Action League had previously been contacted about the matter a month ago and was providing direction for opponents regarding a proposal that would have amended the county’s zoning ordinance to remove electronic gaming as a special use in C-Commercial districts. The Board of Commissioners had included such forms of gaming as a special use several years ago. Moreover, a proponent, Mr. Sawan Rcom, had petitioned the the Commissioners to rezone 1 ½ acres at 1935 Autry Highway in Clinton, formerly known as the Blue Diamond property, from I-Industrial to C-Commercial to allow for a sweepstakes gambling parlor at that location. Read the rest of this entry »

Informed Consent Law Leads to Higher Standards

North Carolina Family Policy Council
December 5, 2014

AbortionCHAPEL HILL – North Carolina’s informed consent for abortion law has led to higher standards for abortion providers, according to a new study released by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

The results of an examination of the 2011 Woman’s Right to Know Act (WRTK) on both women and abortionist lay to rest many of the objections raised by abortion proponents, who argued that the WRTK law would present significant obstacles to North Carolina women seeking abortions. Instead, the law seems to have had the intended consequence of holding abortion providers to higher standards of care in their dealings with abortion-minded women. The study, which was presented at the American Public Health Association Conference in New Orleans in November, involved in-person interviews with “31 abortion providers and clinic managers” about the impact of House Bill 854-Woman’s Right to Know Act. Read the rest of this entry »