Chatham County News Letter Volume 2 Issue 8

Volume 2, Edition 8 – June 30, 2017 


Chatham County GOP

Welcome to the 8th edition of your Chatham County GOP Newsletter. As always, we hope you are enjoying this publication. If you have any thoughts on how to make it more relevant to you, please let us know, and share this with your friends and neighbors!

Happy Independence Day!

On July 4, 231 years ago, our founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Enjoy the holiday, but we must remember and appreciate their sacrifices, that this nation remains long on the earth.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Preamble to the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, July 4, 1776

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is upon us. Forecasts for 2017 range from fewer than normal to greater than normal amounts of storms. Any storm is one storm too many. Are you  ready to take care of your family and to help out your neighbors? Good websites with checklists and helpful plans is at and The time to get ready is before the storm warnings are issued.

Local News

Listen First Round Table

A few weeks ago the Chatham County GOP hosted a ‘Listen First’ roundtable discussion for liberal and conservative young adults to hear their opinions about important issues facing our nation. Discussion topics ranged from the role of government in society, to climate change, to education policy. Over the summer we will provide links to video recordings from that session as they become available. Plan on watching the videos from this remarkable evening.

Chatham County Budget

Our county commissioners approved the FY2017-18 Chatham county budget. Since the initial draft budget proposal, another $595,000 in additional money was ‘identified’. What did the commissioners do with that money? Why, spend it , of course! See for yourself at this link.

State and National

Rep. Scalise status

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, wounded in an attack on Republican lawmakers on June 14, is out of the intensive care unit. He remains hospitalized in fair condition, and will need to work through an extended period of healing and rehabilitation. Please keep Rep. Scalise in your thoughts and prayers.

Cuba Policy

President Trump recent announced changes to the United State policy towards Cuba, reversing the previous administration’s relaxing of constraints on the oppressive communist regime. Those changes include (1) requiring complying with existing US law, (2) holding the Cuban regime accountable for human rights abuses, (3) furthering U.S. foreign policy, and (4) laying the groundwork for greater economic and political liberty in Cuba. 


The U.S. Supreme Court supported the majority of President Trump’s executive order restricting refugees from terrorist-controlled  countries. You can read the entire order here.

Chairman’s Corner

Earlier this week, Governor Roy Cooper veto’d the North Carolina budget that the Senate and House leaders worked so hard to get right.  It has now been over ridden, and put into law.  Message here is that this budget is good for North Carolina, and puts the state of North Carolina on a good financial footing for years to come, while increasing items like teacher pay, lowering taxes that makes the state more attractive to business’s and also attracts people to move to North Carolina, and puts away money that is needed for when a rainy day comes along.  Our Governor should learn that tax and spending approaches he proposes are not successful for the long term.  Just look at states that have had similar approaches, i.e. Connecticut.

Its also fairly obvious that the approach the other team is using is not going to go away.  They are angry that they lost on a National level, and will be working hard to try to take away our majority in the NC Senate and House, and in Chatham, to keep their commissioners in place.  If it wasn’t for the efforts of Walter Petty, we would have seen a local tax increase.  For this reason, we have to start working on the blue moon election coming up in 18 months now.  We have to help Walter out locally so that he is not the loneliest number: “One”.

We are working on putting up a new “volunteer” page on our website … its in construction and coming soon … and we can always use your financial support.  There is a new donate button … “20.18” … check it out by going here:

We are going to need your support, in both volunteer hours, and in donations.  Please also help spread the word by sending out our messages to your friends.

Enjoy your summer,

John Palermo

Chair Chatham County Republican Party
phone: 919 533 6215


The Chatham County GOP is an all-volunteer organization of your neighbors who are interested in smaller and more effective government that follows conservative principles. We need your help! There are many opportunities for you to assist with short or longer time commitments: fundraising, organizing and running events, meeting voters, writing articles and designing graphics, managing databases, and many more opportunities. To volunteer, sign up here.

Stay Informed!

Political awareness and involvement does not begin and end at the voting booth. It is OUR responsibility to remain informed about the issues impacting our families, our communities, our beliefs, our liberties, and our nation. Chatham County GOP publishes information and updates on our website and social media pages:


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