CPAC To Host Great Speakers, As Usual

194d8776fcb64ce99bd2e82238dc6fc5Amb. John Bolton.  Sen. Ted Cruz.  Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Donald Trump.  Carly Forna.  These are a few names appearing at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Organized annually by the American Conservative Union, the event is probably the largest event of its kind in the country.  In addition to the big name speakers in the main room, there are always great breakout sessions to gather information.  In the evenings, screenings for conservative movies and other events keep attendees busy.  Plus, there are the dinners, including the Ronald Reagan event.

As in years past, we will be there to cover it, so we can share information that could help you be a better activist. Mark your calendar for March 2-5.

For more information on the speaker lineup, click here.  To register and attend, click here.  Hurry, as hotel space is going fast!  Reserve your hotel by Feb. 3!

CPAC needs volunteers and interns.

NOTE: If you are from North Carolina and you attend CPAC, be sure to send me a tweet at or tweet to @katys   We may want to chat with you to see how you are enjoying the experience..

Rubio In Raleigh On Saturday

logo-emailPresidential candidate, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is coming to Raleigh on Saturday.

Here are the details in brief:

What: North Carolina Rally with Marco Rubio
When: Saturday, January 9 2016 at 4:30pm EST
Where: North Carolina State Fairgrounds – Governor James E. Holshouser Building. 1025 Blue Ridge Boulevard. Raleigh, NC 27607

If you support Senator Rubio or are interested in hearing him speak, the campaign asks that you RSVP by clicking here.  Fill out the necessary details.  Tickets are free, but limited..

Durham GOP To Hold Gala Fundraiser on Saturday Eve

4ecdc7_89088a3e5f23458da4faf8f09d955ed1The Durham County Republican Party is having a gala on Saturday evening at 7 p.m and the NC Beagle Conservative Watchdog will be there.

Watch for a full report on the happenings at the gala and look for interviews with candidates for statewide office.  State and local races are often lightly covered, especially in big election cycles, like 2016.  That’s where we come in.

To learn more about the event, click here and register to attend. Tickets start at $45.


NC Beagle Watchdog To Report from CPAC 2016

194d8776fcb64ce99bd2e82238dc6fc5If you can’t make it to the next CPAC, not to worry.  The NC Beagle Watchdog will be reporting live, via video and the written word.

Organized annually by the American Conservative Union, this year’s event will be held right outside of Washington DC, from March 2-6, 2016.

If you are interesting in attending, check it out for yourself.  The lineup of speakers is outstanding and attendance will break records..

Nix takes the Vice Chairman’s Race

Michelle Nix of Kinston, NC, handily won the Vice chairman’s race.  She defeated longtime NCGOP and Guilford County volunteer, Marcus Kindley and candidate John Lewis.

Nix picked up 645 raw votes.  Kindley drew 209, and Lewis gathered 163.  With the weighted vote total in, Nix has 62%.

Congratulations to Michelle Nix!   We look forward to working with you as our party grows..

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….


Ambassador John Bolton
Ambassador John Bolton

The 2015 edition of CPAC is upon us and speakers are beginning to be announced. As a veteran of more than 20 CPAC conferences, this is the big year as every single Republican and conservative candidate will be there. If they aren’t asked to speak, they will make their rounds of the parties and make certain to shake many hands.

We at the North Carolina Beagle Watchdog, will be bringing you the action from the main ballroom, as well as from strategic breakout sessions. If you cannot make it, we will be certain to have updates for you here.

This blog is an update of Katy’s Conservative Corner, the first conservative blog in North Carolina, and it appeared on two other platforms before setting down on WordPress. This time, it’s being co-written by other bloggers.

Speakers Currently Announced:

John R. Bolton – Attorney, diplomat, Fox News contributor and former Ambassador to the UN. Currently with American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Mark Levin – Radio Talk Show Host

Carly Fiorina – Former CEO of HP and who is rumored to be floating the idea of a presidential run in 2016.

Rand Paul – United States Senator (KY-R) and a favorite of those in the libertarian wing of the Republican Party and is said to be running for President.

Dr. Ben Carson retired Pediatric Neurosurgeon and rumored candidate for President.  Popular among social conservatives.

Ted Cruise United States Senator (TX-R) and popular amongst traditional conservatives (social and fiscal).

Laura Ingraham – Talk show host and frequent Fox News contributor

SC Senator Tim Scott
SC Senator Tim Scott

Tim Scott – United States Senator (SC-R) from our neighboring state to the south, lots of fun to be around, firebrand traditional conservative, and a favorite of mine.  Should run for president but probably doesn’t have the name ID.  Scott spoke to the NCGOP convention a few years back, in Wilmington, while a Member of the U.S. House.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-R) Popular speaker from my home state of Tennessee.  She is  especially well-liked among women’s organizations.

Rick Santorum – United Stated Senator (PA-R) and founder of Patriot Voices. Grassroots oriented.

Click on the name of the speaker for detailed information about him or her.  Watchdog’s opinions are presented here.  More information speakers can be found here.

Looking forward to this event-of-the-year.   Hope to see you there, but if not, we will bring it all to you.

CPAC will be held February 25-28, 2015.  Registration is open until February 11, and after that, you may pay at the door.  For full details and to register, click here.





CPAC Memories

CPAC is coming!
CPAC is coming!

As a blogger and earlier as an attendee, I’ve been to many editions of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).    These are videos that I’ve taken in recent years to give you a nice reminder of how much fun the conference is.

I hope to attend, but don’t have my ducks in a row just yet.  (I’ve been too busy getting my new business off the ground and it just hit me today.)

Join me in jumping in the wayback machine and remember the days with these videos:

2010 Phyllis Schafly Discuss how conservatives defeated the moderate “RINOs” and her suggestions for the future of the conservative movement

In 2011, someone appeared dressed as Sarah Palin, and doing a pretty darn good job of it.  Her fans were not happy but at first, people followed her around like she was the real thing:



Also in 2011, I caught up with Herman Cain at a CPAC Party and asked him about his position on jobs. This originally appeared on my former blog, Katy’s Conservative Corner.



In 2012, Rick Perry visited the Blogger Room yet said he had too much going on in Texas to run for the Presidency:



The late Andrew Breitbart discussed his participation in “Occupy Unmasked” with Citizens United and gave kudos to the right-wing media:



Here’s the entire Breitbart Presentation shot by another blogger with a tripod:



Wow, I need to get back to CPAC and I hope you attend, too!.

Welcome and Watch the Live Stream of AFP’s Defending the American Dream Summit


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!.