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.

 

 

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.

Roy Cooper Endorses Hillary Clinton?

Unknown-2Unknown-3North Carolina Democrats generally RUN from their national counterparts, but not Roy Cooper.  The Democrat candidate for Governor appears in a video endorsing liberal Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton represents the same failed policies of the past and would love nothing more than to bring North Carolina backwards, something she has in common with 30 year Raleigh insider Roy Cooper,” said NCGOP Chairman Hasan Harnett.
“Will Roy Cooper and former Charlotte mayor turned D.C. Democrat Anthony Foxx‘s lead and throw their support behind Hillary Clinton? Together, these Democrats would take North Carolina back to the days of higher taxes and stagnant economic growth.”
Cooper is vying for the Democrat nomination for Governor.  If he wins, he faces likely Republican nominee, Governor Pat McCrory.
Listen closely to the video below:

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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.

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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..

NCGOP Happy With Campaign Filings

ncgop_logo_reddf7691763d7dLeaders at the North Carolina Republican Party appeared thrilled with the slate of candidates they are proposing in 2016.   In this election cycle, they say:

“The NCGOP has filled all the 2016 Council of State and Appeals Court races, while contesting 44 races in the State Senate (up from 41 in 2014), compared to just 38 for the Democrats. The NCGOP will also have candidates running in 90 House races.”

The party stated that “the impressive slate of candidates across the state to continue the record of economic success and oppose the Obama-Clinton-Cooper agenda.”

Hassan-gives-rousing-speech-980x1024Republican leadership has helped create more than 230,000 jobs, implemented historic tax reform and is making North Carolina a top state for both business and employment. It’s no wonder there’s a draw for more Republican leadership in North Carolina,” said NCGOP Chairman Hasan Harnett.  (left)

“We are already hard at work with Republican candidates in 2016, like Lt. Governor Dan Forest, who could become the first Republican in North Carolina’s history  re-elected to the post.

“We’re hitting the ground running to elect Republicans in 2016”.

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..

Opening Session at the NC Republican State Convention

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Chairman Claude Pope called the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention (NCGOP Convention), to order Friday afternoon.

Outgoing State Chairman, Claude Pope
Outgoing State Chairman, Claude Pope

Much of the early afternoon was procedural with committee reports given by their respective chairmen.

One moment of special note was a special tribute to outgoing Chairman Pope.  National Committeewoman Dr. Ada Fisher, presented a specially made cuff link holder.  Made in South America, Dr. Fisher engraved it with thanks.

After the last committee report, Pope banged the gavel for the last time and stepped away from the podium.   Appearing to have a feeling of relief on his face, he handed the gavel to longtime Convention Chairman, Billy Miller (Mecklenburg).

Billy Miller, NCGOP Convention Chairman
Billy Miller, NCGOP Convention Chairman

Miller is always a fantastic hit at NC GOP conventions, as he deftly welds humor with his expert knowledge of parliamentary procedure.

Late this afternoon, Ambassador John Bolton will speak and we will have the coverage here, on the North Carolina Beagle – Conservative Watchdog.

NOTE: The convention agenda is here.

Ambassador John Bolton
Ambassador John Bolton
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NCGOP State Convention, 2nd Afternoon Session

NC GOP State Convention 2015
NC GOP State Convention 2015

Updated: After a break to gather the reconcile the credentials committee report with the delegates actually in attendance,
Convention Chairman Billy Miller (Mecklenburg) reconvened the group with a message from U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (NC-R).

The pre-recorded message provided a hilarious salute to former 6th District Rep.Howard Coble. Hopefully, the NCGOP will post this on its website, as it would be impossible to adequately describe what the delegates and guests saw.

Former Congressman Howard Coble
Former Congressman Howard Coble

Next, the chairman of the credentials committee presented delegate report from each county. Over 2000 delegates registered to attend the weekend and 800 delegates registered to take part on Friday afternoon. Friday is generally the lesser attended day.

While people milled about inside and outside the convention hall, the candidates for party chairman and vice chairman pressed the flesh, trying to gather votes for the Saturday elections.

More to come..