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God Bless President Donald J. Trump

Now Let Us Not Be Content to Wait and See What Will Happen, But Have the Determination to Make the Right Things Happen
By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
January 20, 2017

The late great Presbyterian minister and former chaplain to the United States Senate, Peter Marshall, once prayed: “Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”

With the inauguration of our new President Donald J. Trump, let us, the people of God, commit to personal involvement in our nation’s affairs, willing to raise high the banner of right living.

Let us be informed citizens, knowing the issues, knowing who represents us in our state and federal legislatures, as well as our courts. Let us pray for them, our President, and Vice-President, and our Governor – regularly and earnestly. Let us support our leaders when they are in the right. Let us respectfully rebuke and resist them when they are in the wrong. Let us see no sacrifice too great for our country.

God bless President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. God bless the great state of North Carolina. God bless the United States of America.

Gambling Interests File Suit to Declare North Carolina Education Lottery ‘an Unlawful Monopoly’

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
January 20, 2017

ALAMANCE CO. – A lawsuit has been filed in Alamance County Superior Court, Thompson v. State of North Carolina that declares the North Carolina Education Lottery “constitutes an unlawful exclusive privilege” in violation of the North Carolina Constitution. It advocates by operating a State lottery and denying other forms of gambling, the State has created “an unlawful monopoly.”

The suit (filed December 29, 2016) is being brought by various persons and gambling interests, more specifically, electronic sweepstakes. Sweepstakes gaming essentially replaced video poker machines, which were banned in 2006. Recognizing sweepstakes gaming was inherently the same as video poker, lawmakers decided to ban it in 2007.

Plaintiffs include Janice Thompson, N.C. Citizens for Free Enterprise, Inc., Moore’s County Store, LLC, Pirates Loot Headquarters, LLC, Crazie Overstock Promotions LLC, Artificial Gravity, Inc., and Dennis Stines. Read the rest of this entry »

Watauga County Commissioners Call for Public Hearing on Sunday Hunting Ban

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
January 20, 2017

BOONE – The Watauga County Board of Commissioners has called for a public hearing to discuss a request in that county to ban Sunday hunting.

North Carolina banned the practice of hunting on Sunday for 145 years until the ban was repealed by state lawmakers in June of March 2015.

Today hunters are still prohibited from hunting during the hours of 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Hunting on Sunday is also prohibited in counties with a population of more than 700,000 people.

Hunters are not permitted to hunt their prey within 500 yards of a church or residence not owned by the landowner. Hunting migratory birds or deer chased by dogs is not permitted either.

Starting October 1, 2017, counties are allowed to prohibit Sunday hunting by ordinance. Read the rest of this entry »

Speaker Moore Names NC House Committee Chairs

By Jeff Moore
North State Journal
January 20, 2017

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RALEIGH – Speaker of the N.C. House Rep.Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced standing committee chairs on Tuesday for the 2017 legislative session of the N.C. House preceding the General Assembly’s return on January 25.

“I want to thank my colleagues for their assistance in the committee assignment process and wish each chair a successful session presiding over deliberations and making decisions to improve the lives of North Carolinians,” said Speaker Moore in a press release. “The House is fortunate to return experienced chairs to many committees and add new leaders with fresh vision to other key roles.”

“I have the highest confidence that each chair will work successfully with their committee members to fix complex policy problems, pass historic reforms and find solutions for the most important issues in our state,” added Moore.

With committees in place the legislature can get up to speed quickly with budget legislation and alternative Republican priorities such as continued regulatory reform.  Read the rest of this entry and see the Speaker’s Appointments

Lt. Governor Dan Forest Fields Questions in “What Matters” Interview about Efforts to Repeal HB 2

“What Matters”
January 20, 2017

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest

If you are 50 years-old or older you might not know what a Podcast is these days. But it seems it could be the future of talk radio in the 21st Century. You don’t have to tune in on your “squawk box.” Instead, you just access a link on your personal computer at your convenience and listen to a pre-recorded broadcast.

One up and coming Podcast is “What Matters,” hosted by Mark Shiver. Shiver has nearly 20 years of broadcast media experience as a host, producer and on-air talent for several different music formats. Shiver is also a writer and he’s been involved in politics and government for much of his adult life.

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said, “The thing I like about Mark’s program is that he’s trying to keep you in the loop about what really matters in the Tar Heel state from Manteo to Murphy. He’s closely watching what’s happening in the legislature while interviewing key figures who are “in-the-know.” His purpose is the get you engaged in the process. But best of all, Mark’s a believer and his broadcasts are laced with a Christian worldview.”

This week, one of the figures Shiver interviewed was N.C. Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, a beloved public servant among conservative evangelicals. Shiver asked Forest about some of the legislation that could be expected in the 2017 legislative session, as well as the relationship between a Republican-controlled legislature and Governor Roy Cooper.

Most interesting is the discussion Shiver has with Forest about the NCGA leadership’s willingness to repeal HB 2. It’s a great interview. Listen to it by clicking here.

Stam: The Breathtaking Hypocrisy of the Sports World

By Paul Stam
North State Journal
January 15, 2017

Reporting on the H.B. 2 sports “boycott” has been endlessly repetitive but rarely accurate. Here are a few facts that may add perspective:

The NCAA apparently forgot that the 2016 Final Four was played in Texas (same laws on discrimination as North Carolina) in the city of Houston, which by referendum had rejected the Charlotte-type ordinance only a few months earlier. When the ACC joined the NCAA boycott, four championships were relocated from Greensboro to cities where the laws relating to discrimination are the same, virtually the same, or even less “protective” of LGBT claims than those now in effect in Greensboro: the Men’s NCAA Regional Basketball Tournament went to Greenville, S.C.; the ACC Women’s Golf Championship went to Pawley’s Island, S.C.; the ACC Women’s Basketball Championship went to Conway, S.C.; and the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships went to Salem, Virginia.

Greensboro has provisions for non-discrimination in government employment at the state, county, and city level that include the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity. These policies for government employees are expressly not preempted by H.B. 2.

Left-wing groups claim that Religious Freedom Restoration Acts are discriminatory for legalizing denial of service. Remember Indiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. North Carolina has no Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Both South Carolina and Virginia do. Read the rest of this entry

Newly Elected and Re-Elected Lawmakers Take their Oath of Office in Opening Ceremonies

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
January 13, 2017

Picture by Don Carrington, Courtesy of Carolina Journal

RALEIGH – Newly elected lawmakers, along with those who were re-elected, made their way to Raleigh on Wednesday to take their oath of office. One hundred and seventy members that make up both the House and Senate were present at the Legislative Building on Jones Street.

There was the usual pomp and ceremony.

Long-time Principal Clerk, Denise Weeks brought the session into order for the House Chamber, which was followed by Rep. Phil Shepard’s offering of the Opening Prayer.

Afterward, there was the presentation of colors by the North Carolina National Guard’s Honor Guard. Read the rest of this entry »

Charlotte Catholic High School Sued by Gay Teacher

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
January 13, 2017

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Catholic High School is being sued after firing a substitute teacher who announced his impending same-sex marriage on social media.

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union claims that Lonnie Billard is the victim of workplace sex discrimination based on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

A full-time Charlotte Catholic teacher from 2001 to 2012, Billard sought work there as a substitute after retiring. But when school officials learned of his marriage announcement, they informed him that he had violated the morality clause in the diocese’s personnel policy and would no longer be employed.

“We cannot and will not employ a substitute teacher who opposes Church teaching,” Diocese of Charlotte spokesman David Hains told the media. Read the rest of this entry »

GOP Confident Federal Justices will nix 2017 NCGA Elections

With case set for Jan. 19 conference, Republicans say justices are likely to hear appeal, making special elections this year impossible
By Barry Smith
Carolina Journal
January 11, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary halt to a three-judge panel’s order to hold special legislative elections later this year, and the top election official in the N.C. House thinks the justices eventually will toss out the off-year election plan.

Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, said he was delighted by the Supreme Court’s stay. Lewis is chairman of the House Rules Committee and co-chairman of the House Elections Committee.

“We believed in 2011 and continue to believe today that we followed the law in drawing legislative districts,” Lewis said.

“Only one court has ruled against us,” Lewis said, referring to the three-judge panel. “It went as far as to say that we would have to cut recently elected members’ terms short, spend millions of dollars to hold elections for members of the General Assembly in 2017, instead of letting them complete their terms in 2018. I think the Supreme Court recognized how absurd this was and stood up to an activist judge.”  Read the rest of this entry

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Fires Back at Critics of “bathroom bill”

By Patrick Svitek
The Texas Tribune
January 12, 2017

Executive Director’s Note: Texas Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick is now championing a bill very much like HB 2 in North Carolina. Just as North Carolina’s legislation was badly maligned and opposed by a leftist media, Texas is now suffering from the same kind of challenges. While we continue to pray for the survival of North Carolina’s “bathroom bill,” let’s also pray for the passage of such legislation in the Lone Star State. The fight for common sense and decency must go on.

-Dr. Mark Creech

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continued to fire back Wednesday at criticism of the so-called “bathroom bill” he has championed, saying its opponents are concentrated in the media and denying that Texas could experience the same economic — and political — fallout North Carolina did when it passed similar legislation.

“Every report of North Carolina shows that they have the second-strongest economy in the country or the second-best place to do business, the second best-place where executives want to move their companies to,” Patrick said in an interview with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. “It’s having no effect.”

Texas business leaders are warning such legislation could cost the state up to $8.5 billion and over 100,000 jobs. But Patrick and his allies have challenged those figures, saying they are based on flawed data, and pushed forward with Senate Bill 6, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on “biological sex.” Read the rest of this entry