AFP’s Bryson: Support Economic Freedom

Donald Bryson is President of the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity
Donald Bryson is President of the NC Chapter of Americans for Prosperity

We must get out there and push our message, seemed to be the overall message at the Friday morning session.   That goes along with the official theme of this Conservative Leadership Conference, “Unleashing Freedom”.

Donald Bryson, NC Director of the Americans for Prosperity (AFP), said his group is the largest grassroots organization in the nation.  In North Carolina, they have over 192,0oo activists, he said and they know how to push the message.

Bryson said AFP doesn’t “do drugs or guns” but they support economic freedom.  One such issue is Educational Freedom, and this was repeated by many speakers throughout the day.

Bryson told his audience,

in 2013 we brought in a new Governor, a new Lt. Governor, and continued with our conservative state legislature.  Thanks to them and to the AFP activists, we now have the state’s first voucher program.   That means more educational freedom for children and more choices for parents.”

Bryson did not mince words when he said that they his group will “hit an elected official over the head”, proverbially speaking, when they make a poor decision.

He added that the “middle way is no way.”

Those who waffle about in the middle, Republicans included, are not popular with AFP  The non-partisan group is thrilled educational partnership that teaches the issues so people can speak to their elected officials.

By appearing at town halls, and writing letters, grassroots can stop bad legislation or encourage their elected  officials to support AFP causes.

He closed by urging the audience to work to stop the “Certificate of Need” in North Carolina.

Raleigh, for example,  has used it as a way around voting for an unpopular bond issue to build or purchase something the citizens do not want.  That way they can use a law that was meant to purchase emergency equipment, like fire engines, to get their liberal agenda accomplished..

Conservative Leadership Conference Starts Strong

CLC has started off strong.  Photo: K. Benningfield

If you live in North Carolina and enjoy seeing the best conservative speakers, the Conservative Leadership Conference is the place to be.

Presidential Candidate, Rick Santorium and South Carolina Atty Gen. Alan Wilson gave rousing talks  Photo: K Benningfield
Presidential Candidate, Rick Santorium and South Carolina Atty Gen. Alan Wilson gave rousing talks Photo: K Benningfield

The 10th annual gathering, sponored by the Civitas Institute sold out, so it’s too late to attend this year.

There is so much press here that there was no room for the NC Beagle Watchdog‘s television camera.  Plus the Friday morning session, was packed.

With speakers such as presidential candidate Rick Santorum, state director of Americans for Prosperity Donald Bryson, NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest, and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.

We’ll have more on each speaker in our next post.

Outside the conference is where much of the action is.  I’ve run into people working for candidates Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.  I’ve watched live shots on Time Warner Channel 14 and seen many old friends, while meeting a lot of new people.  I’m thrilled to have these new people in our movement.

Tammy Fitzgerald
Tammy Fitzgerald

Also good to hear were social conservatives.  Tammy Fitzgerald, state director of the NC Values Coalition met with officials and was a large presence.

Others weren’t afraid to talk about how government has ruined the family by legalizing gay marriage, allowed gender confusion to continue, and by allowing abortions late into a pregnancy.

I even ran into my old pal,political columnist,  John Fund   Good to have here also is probably the world’s nicest person, Don Irvine.  Don is the runs Accuracy in Media and it’s great to have him down from the DC area.

Meanwhile, I’d like to personally thank the Civitas Institute’s Director of Technology and Outreach, Bill Gilbert, and Communications Director Jim Tynen  for all of their help.

Additionally, I appreciate the help of two special volunteers and I regret I didn’t get their names.  Kudos to these young men who are hardworking high school students and the future of our movement!

More to come….

NC Americans for Prosperity Announces Legislative Agenda

AFP-NC is promoting their 2015 Legislative Agenda
AFP-NC is promoting their 2015 Legislative Agenda

Thursday, the day after the opening of the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFPNC) announced their priorities for the session.

They are:

  • Passage of a repeal of North Carolina’s Renewable Portfolio Standard;
  • Passage of legislation seeking to push back and limit the EPA’s overreach of power into North Carolina’s electrical grid;
  • Patient-centered health care reform through reform of the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws and Right to Try legislation;
  • Defeat of any legislation seeking to expand Medicaid;
  • Medicaid reforms that will prevent the risk of cost overruns by state government;
  • Continuing the path of comprehensive tax reform by reducing the tax burden on North Carolinians and eliminating corporate welfare;
  • Repeal or reform of the state’s capital gains tax;
  • Passage of legislative spending limits that could include a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR);
  • Increasing educational freedom for North Carolina families by expanding the Opportunity Scholarship Program and removing barriers to entry for charter schools;
  • Eliminating barriers to entry for small businesses by reforming North Carolina’s occupational licensure laws; and
  • In general, greatly reducing the regulatory burden on businesses and citizens.

This legislative agenda is being promoted in conjunction with the national AFP’s Reform America 2015.

State director Donald Bryson stated that AFPNC works year round to advocate for good policy, not just during election cycles.

AFPNC uses six region field directors in North Carolina to drum up support for its legislative agenda and then has citizens make their views known to their members.  This grassroots effort is something AFP has been successful with since its founding.  AFPNC has also done well with its national agenda, following the lead of the American’s for Prosperity.

Background:

The group has been so successful that it drew the attention of President Obama.

In a speech at a Democratic finance event in 2009, President Obama insulted the members of AFP thusly:

Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates all across the country.  And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are.  You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation.  You don’t know if it’s a big oil company, or a big bank.  You don’t know if it’s a insurance company that wants to see some of the provisions in health reform repealed because it’s good for their bottom line, even if it’s not good for the American people.

Later in the speech, the Obama added:

They don’t want you to know who the Americans for Prosperity are, because they’re thinking about the next election.  But we’ve got to think about future generations.  We’ve got to make sure that we’re fighting for reform.  We’ve got to make sure that we don’t have a corporate takeover of our democracy.

At every national event, the group runs this video to great cheers.

AFP, with its sound fiscal policy ideals, is working for the future.  Just not in the way Obama imagines it.

If you get a call from AFPNC to volunteer or to contact your legislator, please do!  It’s our future to lose.

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Welcome back to the North Carolina Beagle Watchdog.

Between retiring my former blog, Katy’s Conservative Corner, and starting the North Carolina Beagle Watchdog,  I continued to tweet and write about political issues in other capacities.  I also started a radio station, WKKM-DB, the DB standing for Digital Broadcasting, instead of AM or FM.  The station is online only and broadcasts to the world.  There are other political media in the works for me but that is  down the road.  Stay tuned.

Also, I’ve been an active mom at my son’s school.  It’s important to help with your children’s education and keep the children informed about the activities of their government.  School choice is a vital issue, with charter schools and home schools a must.

Currently, I’m at the Defending the Dream Summit in Dallas, Texas and we are having so much fun 0n Blogger’s row.  I thank the Washington Times for sponsoring us.  The Americans for Prosperity puts on this conference yearly and I’ve been to nearly every one.  It’s always a great time to connect with fiscal conservatives from all over the United States.

If you were not able to make it, you can watch it online here.

I’m currently covering the speakers and activities at this special event.  Thus far, Rick Perry, Dr. Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Marsha Blackburn, and David Koch have awed the crowd.  Hope you enjoy!.

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I’m Katy, the founder and main writer and I plan on continuing much of the work I did while writing Katy’s Conservative Corner (KCC). For the better part of 16 years, that was my baby and I was the first statewide blogger in North Carolina.  Fellow activist, Frank Williams, had started NC Republican Roundtable, but it wasn’t quite a blog and it wasn’t quite statewide.  But thanks to him, I got the idea and the blog took off.

Today, there are many imitators and there are a few excellent blogs.  There are also groups that have moved in to fill the niche.  I appreciate the NC Civitas Institute, NC Americans for Prosperity, the John Locke Foundation and others for doing the heavy lifting (research) and sharing it with we bloggers and activists.

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