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Former Executive Director and President of the Christian Action League, Coy Privette Has Died

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
March 25, 2015

Coy Privette

Coy Privette

A well-known pastor and Baptist leader who served the Christian Action League as executive director for 15 years and president for 5 will be remembered Saturday at a 2 p.m. service at North Kannapolis Baptist Church. Coy Privette, 82, died Monday in Thomasville.

“He was a man of incredible achievement and was a giant for the cause of Christ in his day,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, who took the helm as executive director in 1999.

A native of Iredell County, Privette went to Wake Forest College on a football scholarship and later graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He excelled in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring as a colonel with a Meritorious Service Medal for his service as a chaplain and also pastored four Baptist churches over the years: Faith and New Hope in Statesville, First Baptist of Ellerbe and North Kannapolis. He served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives and spent a dozen years on the Board of Commissioners for Cabarrus County. Read the rest of this entry »

More Alcohol Bills: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 20, 2015

AlcoholRALEIGH – Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said he warned that this year may prove to be a challenging legislative session for alcohol initiatives. “We’re seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly now,” he said.

Dr. Creech was referring to two alcohol measures filed this week in the North Carolina House and another bill introduced in both the House and Senate that the League had yet to report on.

The Good

“The good,” said Dr. Creech “is HB 290 – Prohibit Powdered Alcohol.” Powdered or crystalline distilled spirits is a powder that when mixed with water becomes an alcoholic beverage. HB 290 would prohibit the sale of powdered alcohol in the Tar Heel state. Read the rest of this entry »

Legislative Judiciary Panel Votes Down Lottery Confidentiality Proposal

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 18, 2015

LotteryRALEIGH – Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake) made his best case for HB 30 – Name/Address of Lottery Winner/Confidential before the House Judiciary III Committee on Wednesday. The legislative panel, however, rejected the bill siting concerns about transparency.

Jackson’s proposed measure would have allowed winners of the lottery to keep their names confidential. State law currently says winners and their winnings must be made public. He said his intentions were simply to provide an option of protection for winners. Because of today’s technology, Jackson argued, the current policy makes winners vulnerable to their personal information being tracked down.

During a ten minute power point before the committee, Jackson pointed to a Raleigh News and Observer article quoting Carl Stent, deputy director of legal services for the South Carolina Education Lottery who echoed his concerns, saying, “It only heightens the debate when you have banks and hospitals getting a breach in their data. It’s an issue that I am sure other states will continue to battle with.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Seeks to Clarify in State Ethics Code, Sex and Romance Between Lawmakers and Lobbyists is a Conflict of Interest

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 18, 2015

image002RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Ethics Commission ruled in February that sexual favors or sexual acts between lobbyists and government officials do not need to be reported as “a gift” or a “thing of value” in disclosure forms under the state’s lobbying laws.

“Consensual sexual relationships do not have monetary value and therefore are not ‘reportable expenditures made for lobbying’ for purposes of the lobbying law’s expenditure reporting provision,” the commission’s ruling stated.

The ruling came after an inquiry from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s lobbying compliance director, Joal Broun, in December.

Some interpreted the ruling as a green light for lobbyists to offer sex to government officials as a means of getting what they wanted. A Beaufort Observer op-ed asked, “Has the State’s Ethics Commission Made Prostitution Legal in North Carolina?” But the advisory ruling was really in response to a hypothetical request by Broun and failed to go into any particulars about the ethics of exchanging sex for influence. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. Lawmakers Mull-Over Two Lottery Bills

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 13, 2015

LotteryRALEIGH – Someone once said that there are two ideas about a secret: it’s either not worth keeping or it’s too good to keep. That seemed to be something of the sentiment this week as lawmakers in the state’s House mulled-over one of two lottery bills.

HB 30 – Name/Address of Lottery Winner Confidential, a measure proposed by Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake) would allow winners of the lottery to keep their names confidential. State law currently says winners and their winnings must be made public.

Jackson says that because of today’s technology the current policy makes winners vulnerable to their personal information being tracked down, and winners are being used to generate lottery ticket sales. He says whenever winners win a large jack-pot it can cause a lot of unwanted attention for them. “It seems like we are using their good fortune to advertise the lottery, and I don’t think that’s fair.” He believes it should be the decision of the winner whether or not they want their name and winnings made public. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. House Passes Tougher Penalties for DWI Offenses

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 12, 2015

DWIRALEIGH – According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in the latest statistics available, 2013, more than 10,000 people lost their lives and 290,000 were injured in a drunk driving incident. “Each crash, each death, each injury impacts not only the person in the crash, but family, friends, classmates, coworkers and more.” The annual tab for Americans, even for those not touched directly by drunk driving is $132 billion.

AlcoholAlert.com notes that in 2012, North Carolina had 1292 traffic fatalities and 460, 36% were alcohol related, while in 402 cases, 31%, someone was driving with a BAC of more than the legal limit of 0.08.

Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake) is a practicing attorney who understands the devastation caused by drunk driving. He knows the state’s drunk-driving laws and he’s represented a number of clients who were victims. Read the rest of this entry »

Forsyth County Commissioners Approve Prayer Policy Allowing Prayers in ‘Jesus Name’

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
March 13, 2015

Forsyth CountyWINSTON-SALEM – In November of last year, a victory was won for religious liberty when a federal District Court lifted its 2010 injunction against the prayer policy of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

The board had been sued by the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State on behalf of three individuals who claimed to have been offended by references to Jesus Christ in prayers offered before county commission meetings.

During the ensuing five-year legal battle, the commissioners had opened meetings themselves with either a moment of silence or a generic, non-sectarian prayer.

The injunction against Forsyth’s prayer policy had been upheld by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Rep. Don Davis, Long-time Associate, Friend, and Board Member of the Christian Action League Dies

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 10, 2015

 Former Rep. Don Davis

Former Rep. Don Davis

ERWIN – Former Rep. Don Davis (R) of Harnett County, long-time associate, friend and former Board member of the Christian Action League passed away at his home, Saturday, March 7th. Davis was 85.

Davis retired as a US Army Major in 1966. After retirement he founded a successful retail food distribution business.

In 1990 and 1992 he was the Republican nominee for Congress in the second and 3rd Congressional Districts. He would be elected to serve in the North Carolina House in 1995 until he retired from office in 2002.

Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) currently holds the seat once held by Davis.

Davis was also a devout Christian, who served in various capacities at Heritage Bible College in Dunn. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for 25 years and 5 years as the Bible College’s finance director. In 1995, Heritage presented Davis with an honorary doctorate degree in humanities. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. House Judiciary Panel Hears Public Comment Concerning Opt-Out for Magistrates and Register of Deeds with Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 6, 2015

JudiciaryRALEIGH – Flanked by the news media, a House Judiciary Panel heard public comment Wednesday on SB 2 – Magistrates Recusal for Civil Ceremonies. The measure, which allows magistrates and register of deeds to opt out of performing any marriages whenever they hold a sincerely held religious objection, passed the Senate last week.

There were nine speakers. Five spoke against the measure, two spoke in favor, while two declined to take a position and wished only to express concerns about the law’s logistics on county offices if passed.

Committee Chairman, Rep. Leo Daughtry (R-Johnston), introduced the speakers and urged each to come to the podium to accommodate the media.

Opponents of SB 2 argued similar themes. Lorraine Ljunggren, an Episcopalian Priest from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, Rev. Terrance Leathers, a black Baptist minister from Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Clayton, Sarah Preston, from the American Civil Liberties Union, and Chris Sgro, from Equality N.C. – all said they believed the measure discriminated against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. Read the rest of this entry »

Sex Between Lobbyists and Lawmakers ‘Has No Monetary Value’ Doesn’t Need to Be Reported as Gift, Rules NC Ethics Commission

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post
March 4, 2015

NCThe North Carolina Ethics Commission has ruled that sexual favors or sexual acts between lobbyists and state government officials don’t need to be reported as a gift or “thing of value” in disclosure forms under the state’s lobbying laws.

Under North Carolina law, lobbyists are required to report any gift or “thing of value” given to a state government official that exceeds the value of $10. Although sex is something that is often purchased illegally through prostitution throughout the world, the ethics commission ruled in mid-February that sex doesn’t hold an official value, therefore there’s no need for lobbyists to disclose sex they might’ve had with a government official.

“Consensual sexual relationships do not have monetary value and therefore are not ‘reportable expenditures made for lobbying’ for purposes of the lobbying law’s expenditure reporting provisions,” the commission’s advisory opinion states.

The commission’s opinion comes in response to an inquiry from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s lobbying compliance director, Joal Broun, sent on Dec. 15. Read the rest of this entry »