Chatham County News Letter Volume 2 Issue 2








Welcome to the latest issue of your Chatham County GOP newsletter. We will publish this regularly to keep you up to date on conservative news and issues impacting our county, state, and country. Feel free to share this with your friends and neighbors.

Upcoming Events

Reagan Day Dinner - March 25

Please join us for our spring get-together and fundraiser. We have a great speaker lineup this year, including Phil Berger (North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem) and Tim Moore (Speaker of the NC House of Representatives), and a young woman who interned in the Governor’s office, along with Beecher Gray (NC Superior Court Judge) and Congressman Mark Walker. To attend an evening of superb food and outstanding discussion, register on our website here. Registration closes on March 21.

6th District GOP Convention - April 8

Congressional redistricting last year moved Chatham County from the 2nd and 4th Congressional Districts to be completely in the 6th District. The 6th District GOP Convention will be held on April 8th in Guilford County at Williams High School in Burlington. Convention registration begins at 10:00 AM.

NC State GOP Convention - June 2–3

The 2017 North Carolina State GOP Convention is on June 2 and 3 in Wilmington. See to register and for more information. Early registration ends on April 3rd!

Chatham County

Chatham County Convention The Chatham County GOP 2017 convention was March 4 in Pittsboro. Thanks to Becki Gray, Senior Vice President from the John Locke Foundation for a stirring keynote address. Additional thanks to guest speakers Walter Petty, Chatham County Commissioner, and John Grimes, Mayor of Siler City. Our special thanks to the professionalism of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department for the Pledge of Allegiance by Major Charles Gardner, the National Anthem by Nick Keifer, and their always outstanding color guard. Convention delegates elected the following officers for a two-year term of office:

Chair: John Palermo
Vice Chair: Linda Arnold
Secretary: Sue Edwards
Treasurer: Gayle Daniel

State and National

Representative Mark Walker

Mark Walker [R-NC6] is our 6th District representative to Congress. Rep. Walker’s staff holds office hours at the Historic Courthouse in Pittsboro the third Wednesday of each month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. His February session garnered a large contingent of protestors loudly complaining about President Trump’s policies. Hopefully in the future, our Democrat neighbors will be more respectful of those who may need assistance from Rep. Walker, and not attempt to intimidate congressional staff or any others who are working in the Courthouse.

President Trump’s Cabinet

Cabinet confirmations remain at a historic slow pace from a deliberate attempt by Senate Democrats to impede the Trump administration. As of this writing, Agriculture (Sonny Perdue), Labor (Alexander Acosta), National Intelligence (Dan Coats), and Trade Representative (Robert Lighthizer) positions remain to be confirmed. Andrew Acosta replaces Andrew Puzder who withdrew from consideration.

Supreme Court

Judge Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from the Tenth Circuit, is President Trump’s selection to fill the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. Confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin in the US Senate in March 2017.

Nuclear Option. Most of us have heard of a parliamentary technique in the Senate called the ‘nuclear option’, but what does that term mean? Normally the Senate requires 60 or more votes to end debate on any given topic. Senators can filibuster, or continuously speak, to prevent debate from ending. Once debate in the Senate is closed, a simple majority (meaning only 51 votes, not 60 votes) of the Senate can approve Presidential appointments. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-NV] reduced from 60 to 51 the votes needed to end debate on President Obama’s federal appointees, but that change did not apply to Supreme Court judge nominees. The ‘nuclear option’ would allow debate to be ended on Supreme Court nominees with 51 votes just like other presidential appointments. Most observers suspect the minority Democrats will make every attempt to hold up Supreme Court nominees, and the nuclear option may be one method to overcome partisan objections.

Our government representatives.

Position Name Contact Information
US Senator Richard Burr [R]
US Senator Thom Tillis [R]
US House Mark Walker [R]
Governor Roy Cooper [D]
NC Senate Valerie Foushee [D] Valerie.Foushee
NC House Robert Reives [D] Robert.Reives
Chatham Co. Commissioners Jim Crawford, Chair [D] Jim Crawford
  Diana Hales, Vice Chair [D] Diana Hales
  Mike Dasher [D] Mike Dasher
  Karen Howard [D] Karen Howard
  Walter Petty [R] Walter Petty

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