Sen. Rob Portman Discusses CARA in Weekly Republican Address

TWITTER_CARASenator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) discussed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery (CARA) Act  in the Saturday Weekly Republican Address.

Just over a week after the legislation was signed into law, Sen. Portman laid out the importance of this legislation that is designed to fight a nationwide opioid and prescription drug epidemic.

Portman, the lead sponsor of CARA, stated:

“Here’s the good news: earlier this month Congress passed a law that will actually make a difference. It is not a Republican or Democratic approach: we wrote it over three years based on real-world evidence of what works and what doesn’t work.”

Following are excerpts of his address:

“I’m Senator Rob Portman. I’m here … to talk to you about an epidemic in my state: the growing problem of addiction to heroin and prescription drugs. But it’s not just in Ohio. Sadly, it’s everywhere.

“With an average of more than 120 Americans dying every single day from overdoses, it’s now the number one cause of accidental death in the country, surpassing car accidents. And it’s getting worse. It’s only July, and already, in some Ohio cities, we’ve had more people die from overdoses than in all of 2015.

“And as tragic as that is, it’s only part of the problem. In addition to those we’ve lost to overdoses, there are millions more across the country who are suffering—who have lost a job, broken relationships with their family and friends, or turned to crime to pay for their drugs. In Ohio alone, some 200,000 people are struggling with addiction. The numbers are overwhelming. And behind the numbers are shattered dreams.

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“I have heard too many of these heartbreaking stories from grieving moms and dads everywhere. This epidemic is at crisis levels and it knows no ZIP code or walk of life. It’s everywhere. Fighting it is going to require all of us to work together.

“Here’s the good news: earlier this month Congress passed a law that will actually make a difference. It is not a Republican or Democratic approach: we wrote it over three years based on real-world evidence of what works and what doesn’t work. We took ideas from people in recovery from addiction, from treatment counselors, prevention experts, law enforcement, doctors and nurses, and – yes – from family members who testified before Congress about our bill.

“It’s called CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, and it makes the federal government a better partner with states and local communities and non-profits in the fight against this epidemic. It starts by recognizing that addiction is a disease—and must be treated that way. By helping end the stigma that has surrounded addiction for too long, we can encourage more people to come forward and get the treatment that they need.

“CARA will increase our investment in federal opioid programs by $181 million a year. In total, we’re on track to more than double what we invested just a couple of years ago. Just as important, CARA will make those investments more effective by targeting them toward the programs that work.

“CARA improves prevention by expanding educational efforts, including a new national awareness campaign about the link between prescription painkillers and heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs. It expands treatment, including giving prescribing authority to nurse practitioners and physician assistants for medication-assisted treatment. It expands drug courts. It increases the availability and training for a miracle drug called naloxone, or Narcan, that can actually reverse a drug overdose instantly. And CARA is the first federal law to support long-term recovery.

“More than 250 groups from around the country in the public health, law enforcement, criminal justice, and drug policy fields have endorsed CARA, and it passed both Houses of Congress with strong bipartisan votes.

“It’s an example of how, by working together to find common ground, we can address the big issues that face our country.

“But our work here is not over. Through CARA, Congress has decided to spend significantly more taxpayer dollars to address the epidemic and changed how the money is spent so it is more effective. Now we need to fight for this every year in the annual spending bills. I welcome the White House’s engagement and support in that effort.

“Ultimately, the addiction epidemic will be solve by our families and in our communities. But CARA makes the federal government a far better partner in that effort.

“With CARA now law, I believe that we can begin to turn the tide on this epidemic, save lives, and help restore hope for millions of our fellow citizens. Thanks for the part you’ll play in that.”

Photo Voter ID Overruled by Activist Court

Democrats required a Photo ID at their national convention in Philadelphia this week.
Democrats required a Photo ID at their national convention in Philadelphia this week.

A liberal, activist court sided with Hillary Clinton, Roy Cooper and George Soros by striking down North Carolina’s common sense voter ID law. They didn’t even look at the evidence before making a decision! This is a disgrace to all law-abiding North Carolinians.

The law required that one show an approved Photo Voter ID and was approved by the North Carolina General Assembly to stop illegal voting activities.

Even the Democratic National Committee required photo Voter ID at their convention this week in Philadelphia. (see photo, left)

The topic is now trending on Twitter and other social media.  Liberals, of course, are crowing about this, while conservatives are unhappy with what was  a very fair law.

Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) had this to say:

“Photo IDs are required to purchase Sudafed, cash a check, board an airplane or enter a federal court room. Yet, three Democratic judges are undermining the integrity of our elections while also maligning our state. We will immediately appeal and also review other potential options.”

Dallas Woodhouse, NCGOP executive director added:

Photo courtesy of the Raleigh News and Observer.
Photo courtesy of the Raleigh News and Observer.

“Today, Roy Cooper and North Carolina Democrats were successful in overruling the will of the people who vastly support North Carolina’s protections against voter fraud.”

“The voter ID law has already been put into place and was successful in its implementation this year, despite the false predictions from the left. Preserving integrity at the ballot box is just plain common sense, but

Roy Cooper and his liberal allies used endless lawsuits to throw our citizens under the bus.The people of North Carolina deserve a system that ensures every voter is who they say they are as they rightfully cast their vote.”

Thankfully, conservative organizations are vowing to fight on!

We can prevent decisions like this in the future by refusing to elect Hillary.  The President handles federal judicial appointments like the one on the 4th Circuit.  We have seen eight years of Obama’s liberal cronies do his bidding at federal agencies such as the FCC, the Dept. of Educations, and more.  We simply cannot afford to continue this.

We must keep Gov. McCrory in office  as it’s clear that Attorney General Roy Cooper will not ever fight for NC law and order.  Cooper is running for Governor against McCrory.

Update:  The three judges that ruled against Photo Voter Id were all Democrats.  Two were appointed by President Obama and one was appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

 

 

The Goldwater/Reagan Eras – Why America’s Greatest Days Are Still Ahead

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday at the age of 94.
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday at the age of 94.

The death of former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, brought up memories.  On Sunday, Mrs. Reagan passed away Sunday, at age 94, seemingly putting a final stamp on the end of an era.  Sadly however, the Ronald Reagan Era ended long ago. What’s next for the conservative movement?  To find the answer, one must look to the past.

Today’s generation of students, (K-12, and even Millennials) only know the Reagan Presidency via the history books or by oral history passed down by their parents or often, the liberal media. But those of us from the generations who came of age in the 1960s and the 1980s must teach them what it was like to be a true conservative, rather than solely an economic conservative, or a so-called “libertarian/conservative”.   They are our children and grandchildren.

Two generations of young people were lucky enough to cut their political teeth during these eras.  The Baby Boomers, who reached high school, college age, and young adult hood during the early 1960s, and their children, the Generation Xers, who did the same during the 1980s.

We Gen Xers were fortunate enough to have the experience of the conservative Boomers as our teachers and our guides.  Now we must guide the next generation, who are ready to hear something good, instead of the negative.

Brief Overview of the Modern Conservative Movement

The modern conservative movement in the Republican party started in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

2016-logoIn 1960, 90 young conservatives came together to draft the Sharon Statement,  which set down a series of principles for the conservative movement. The also founded Young Americans for Freedom, to serve as an organization for conservative activists.  Phyllis Schafly, William F. Buckley, George Dunlop (later aide to Sen. Jesse Helms), conservative fundraiser Marvin Liebman, Brent Bozell, M. Stanton Evans, and so many others were key players of the era.

The young conservatives considered forming a third party and drafting a Presidential candidate, but instead chose to fight the “establishment” in the Republican Party at the time, and drafted Barry Goldwater as their man.  Though Senator Goldwater did not win, the movement continued as the YAF’s membership grew into adulthood and continued with their careers.  It was a heady time to be a conservative.

Ronald Reagan was working for General Electric during this era, and working what he termed “The Mashed Potato Circuit”, as he traveled the nation, giving a series of speeches.  He often spoke to businessmen’s luncheons (only men in those days) and Republican Party dinners.  His name ID grew and gave a nationally televised speech on Goldwater’s behalf, A Time for Choosing.

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 1988, file photo President Ronald Reagan waves to onlookers as he arrived in Palm Springs, Calif. If your're a fan of former President Ronald Reagan and you live in Wisconsin, you'll get a new day starting next winter to celebrate. A provision in the state budget that takes effect July 1, 2011, establishes Feb. 6 as Ronald Reagan Day. It's a symbolic measure to celebrate the Gipper's birthday and has no impact on state spending. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
President Ronald Reagan: Dec. 29, 1988 (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

Reagan become a two-term Governor of California, first elected in 1966.  By 1976, he was ready to run for the highest office in the land, but the nation was not quite ready for him.  In 1980, his time came and he was elected in a landslide over sitting President Jimmy Carter.  The Reagan Era had begun and young conservatives like me were ready for him.

Because President Reagan brought hope and optimism to the American people, young people couldn’t help but be carried along.  Membership in conservative groups soared.  The College Republicans became a force to be reckoned with, even being lead nationally by a young North Carolinian, David Miner.  Generation Xers came of age in a time of great hope that America’s best days were ahead.  We worked hard, fought off the moderates, and elected conservatives.  Then, eight years later, Mr. Reagan’s second term ended and he left office.

Today, it seems that Millennials and students don’t have a lot of hope for.  We’ve had the non-smiling President Barak Obama as President for over 7 years.  The nation seems to be in a fog.  Our military has shrunk. Welfare roles have increased.  The role of the family has been de-emphasized and  we tell our enemies our plans via the media.  Government is larger than ever in it’s history. The FCC, like other Executive Branch Departments, has overreached its authority with Net Neutrality.  Debt continues to add at an alarming rate.  We are no longer a force for good in the world, or at home.

It’s a sad time…or is it?

The Hon. George Dunlop
The Hon. George Dunlop

At the Conservative Leadership Conference, (sponsored by the Civitas Institute), I was fortunate enough to hear a Baby Boomer-age leader speak.  George Dunlop discussed the 1976 Reagan-Ford primary, and North Carolina’s importance in it.  He also talked about the conservative movement, it’s future, and why there IS hope.

The self-described right-hand-man of the late Senator Jesse Helms brought up a topic from the bible that made me reconsider that America’s Best Days are behind us.  Normally, conservatives are optimists and tend to be generally happy people, but our current president has managed to squish the last bastions of it from me, and others like me.

While in the U.S. Senate, Jesse Helms never gave up, even when he was alone in his beliefs.  Today, we must use the example of Sen. Helms and President Reagan to motivate us to rally, work hard, and share conservative visions with high school and college students.  We must encourage them to work hard, and share this vision with their peers.  We also must work to bring home now-forgotten evangelical vote, just as Helms did.

Mr. Dunlop then stated something profound:

The Lord never fails to preserve a remnant of the people.  He will always preserve a remnant so that conservatives can rise up and become conservative again, just like the Israelites did.  We don’t need everyone.  Just a remnant.

Get these people to work hard.  Recruit people as delegates to the conventions that are true conservatives, not these libertarian/conservatives or moderate conservatives.  We must go to our county conventions, district conventions, and our state convention with people who are like ourselves.  “Spend the time and effort to get credentialed” and others like us credentialed.

That’s how we win.  That’s why we have hope.  The Lord preserved a remnant.  While many were running away to become libertarian/”conservative”, the remnants didn’t.  It’s time.  It’s time for us to rise up and re-energize the conservative movement.

 

Note: My own parents are boomers who cast their very first vote for President for Barry Goldwater in 1964. (The voting age was 21 back then.)  I was fortunate enough to go through high school and college during the 1980s.)

Coming soon – BeagleCasts

beaglecast-logoWatch out for a new feature on the North Carolina Beagle Conservative Watchdog.

We are currently setting up BeagleCasts to discuss subjects of interest to our readers. That’s right, BeagleCasts, a specialty type of podcast that may even include our current mascot, Buffy Beagle.

They won’t be produced on a regular schedule, at least at first.  They will come out when the mood strikes and we feel strongly about an issue, a candidate, or politics in general.

We hope to have guests on to tell us their stories.

We run a couple of online radio stations, and most people that know me from politics, assume that they are about politics.  They are not and it’s expensive to start a new one, so we figured a podcast (i.e. BeagleCast) would be the way to go.

We especially appreciate the encouragement of Joe McLaughlin.

 

Trump Debate Debacle – University A Sham

FoxNewsDebate-300x169Thursday night’s Republican Presidential debate devolved into a a rowdy atmosphere, according to those in Detroit’s Fox Theater.

The audience cheered and booed during the question and answer session which seemed to grow out-of-control as the candidates began interrupting one another.   It was one step short of a free-for-all.

The hall was so beautiful that it was too grand for the low-life debate.

Normally, Republican candidates are good about sticking to the issues, with a few cleverly contrived jabs tossed in.

Thursday’s debate was no-holds-barred.

Moderators at the Fox News Debate. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters
Moderators at the Fox News Debate. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters

The camera panned to moderators Bret Baier and Megan Kelly catching them with looks of confusion at one another.

The name calling was beyond low.  Mothers usually teach their children always not to  resort to name calling.  When name-calling begins,  you have reduced yourself to the other person’s level.   In this case, Marco Rubio fell prey to Donald Trump‘s school yard bully type insults.  Rubio looked frustrated but managed a few  clever comebacks.

For example, Trump repeatedly called Rubio “this little guy”, and “little Marco”.

Presidential candidate, Marco Rubio Photo courtesy Red State
Presidential candidate, Marco Rubio Photo courtesy Red State

Rubio replied “Donald Trump has basically mocked everybody with personal attacks.  If there is anyone who has ever deserved to be attacked that way, it’s Donald Trump.

Trump called Ted Cruz “lyin’ Ted” and constantly said “You are a liar”.  At one point, Cruz shot back “breathe”.  Another was “Donald, learn not to interrupt.  Count to ten  ”

At one point, it seemed that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio verbally tag-teamed Trump.  Planned or not, this tactic was long overdue. Many feel they should team up, decide who will head either  a Rubio/Cruz or Cruz/Rubio ticket, and together, take down Donald Trump.

Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Photo by Richard Ellis, Getty Images
Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Photo by Richard Ellis, Getty Images

A large part of the debate involved the “Trump University” lawsuits.

At the former Trump University, students were offered access to Trump’s hand-picked real estate experts.  In exchange for roughly $1,500 students attended classes that were actually “taught” by a non-experts from a contact company.    Students were not mentored by real estate experts as promised by Trump.

During the classes, little was taught yet the instructors constantly implied that a visit from Donald Trump himself was imminent.  Additionally, students received high pressure sales pitches for more expensive course packages.

Donald Trump Photo courtesy of Business Insider
Donald Trump Photo courtesy of Business Insider

Trump never picked any instructors and a third-party company created the curricula and materials.  This company, which shall go unnamed, normally developes materials for motivational speakers and time-share rental companies.  That’s a far cry from real estate experts.

Trump University has changed its name and is still operating, but now faces three lawsuits.

During and after the debate,  conservative and liberal discussion groups on Facebook, generally agreed that a Trump nomination would lead to certain defeat at the hands of Hillary Clinton.

Rob Benningfield contributed to this report.

Tillis: WOTUS Expands Govt, Regulations

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US Sen Thom Tillis (R-NC), courtesy of the Charlotte Observer

This week, Senate Democrats blocked a vote to override President Obama’s veto of legislation disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which would enforce crippling regulations on local communities and small businesses across the nation.

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) remarked:

“The Obama Administration’s WOTUS rule is the latest federal government land grab that will expand the scope of federal authority over land and water at the expense of farmers, ranchers, landowners and business owners across the country. Under this rule, virtually every nook and cranny of the country will be subject to EPA control, and

I am disappointed with this Administration’s never-ending attempts to add layer upon layer of bureaucratic red tape for hard-working Americans to deal with.”

Senator Tillis spoke on the Senator floor about the WOTUS rule in November:

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Roy Cooper Complains Again…

images-3As if he hasn’t complained enough about Governor Pat McCrory, Democrat Roy Cooper is harping on North Carolina’s updated voter laws.

In an e-mail to supporters, Cooper moaned that Photo Voter ID and fewer early voting days “can’t be fair”.

He whined that this means that “eligible voters are denied their rights to vote”.

Cooper, the likely Democrat nominee, did not support the reforms made to voting laws in 2014 by the NC General Assembly and supported by Gov. McCrory.  Those laws  take the fraud out of North Carolina elections.

Liberal groups such as the NAACP and Democracy North Carolina fought against the law.

Beginning this year, Voters must show a photo Voter ID at their polling place.  Photo IDs are available FREE at your local NC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)..

Moral Monday Union Backs Roy Cooper, Others

images-2It’s true, the so-called “Moral Monday” backers, the AFL-CIO, have issued endorsements.  Shamefully, they have endorsed Roy Cooper for Governor.

Cooper has never stood up for North Carolina values, instead preferring to bury his head in the sand over issues like Obamacare. Cooper is the probable Democrat nominee to run against Governor Pat McCrory.

According to the Civitas Institute, The Moral Monday agenda would cost taxpayers $10 billion, forcing a tax increase of $4,000 on every family of four.

“Estimates now reach an eye-popping $10 billion to pay for the “people’s agenda.” That would mark a whopping 50 percent increase in the state budget. To fund the “Moral Monday” demands would cost every man, woman in child in North Carolina roughly an additional $1,000. That amounts to adding another $4,000 in taxes to the tax bill of each family of four.” (“Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion,” Civitas Institute, 6/10/2014)

Ricky Diaz, Pat McCrory for Governor spokesman, said, “Roy Cooper’s backing by the unions is no surprise, given they have bankrolled protests and relentless attacks against Governor McCrory to obstruct his efforts to rebuild North Carolina since day one.

But now that they have formally endorsed him, Roy Cooper completely owns their radical, pro-union Moral Monday agenda, which seeks to end the state’s right-to-work laws, increase the size of the state budget by 50% and increase taxes on each family in North Carolina by $4,000.”

The AFL-CIO has also endorsed Deborah Ross for US Senate, and Charles Meeker for Labor Commissioner..

NC Republican Party on MLK, Jr

ncgop_logo_reddf7691763d7dThe North Carolina Republican Party issued a brief statement today, noting the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Today we honor the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said NCGOP Chairman Hasan Harnett.

“A man of true character and integrity, Martin Luther King, Jr. fought unceasingly to make our country better for all of its people. His legacy is a constant reminder that we must work every day to see that each American has boundless opportunity.”

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