Thursday, March 8, 2012

2012 REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION AND PRECINCT MEETINGS


The Watauga GOP County Convention and annual Precinct Meetings will be held MARCH 10th at the Watauga County Court House. Registration will open at 9am and CLOSE at 10am.  

Precinct meetings will be held from 10-10:30am. The County Convention will begin at 10:30am and will conclude around noon. All registered Republicans encouraged to attend.

NC House Speaker Pro Tempore and Lt. Governor candidate Dale Folwell will be the Keynote speaker. There will also be comments from your elected officials and candidates.  

28 comments:

guy faulkes said...

This should go on the next vent page. It came form another blog. Any thoughts?

"Remember folks, there is nothing racist about this ...

President Obama Announces the 2012 Launch of African Americans for Obama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdjoH...ature=youtu.be

.... Can you IMAGINE the RUCKUS that would be stirred up if one of the Republican candidates held a "Candidate X Announces the 2012 Launch of White / European Americans for Candidate X" ??!!?!! Holy Moly !

Remember ... never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers. "

Sarkazein said...

Guy Faulkes- I couldn't get the link to work, but I am guessing it is more of Obama's dividing of America. Racial, economic, religious... which ones am I leaving out?

guy faulkes said...

Try this sark. It is merely Obama playing the race card. You pretty much nailed it.

Try this link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdjoHA5ocwU&feature=youtu.be

Sarkazein said...

Guy Faulkes- He contradicts himself through out the reading.

guy faulkes said...

The point is not even his playing the race card, but the double standard of which the person on the other blog commented.

guy faulkes said...

I have been to these meetings several times. To tell the truth, not much ever seems to happen. I do not know what needs to be done to try to get the party energized and back to it conservative roots.

We need a bigger presence on campus for one thing. How do we get it?

Nobody said...

If college students coud be better edcated regarding the economically ruinous policies of this administration in particuar and liberalism in general then they would be more supportive of conservatives. College instructors make it seem that intellectuals must be liberals. I believe a lot of college students vote democrat because it is the expected thing for "intellectual progressives" without making the connection that the policies they support may make it more difficult for them to actually find a job after graduation.

guy faulkes said...

I understand the Republicans do not have a candidate to run for Deal's seat on the County Commission.

Surely this is not correct. Why would the Republicans seed the Democrats a seat?

NewGuy said...

guy....you can register to run up until the end of the month. Sometimes a potential candidate wants to see who else comes out of the woodwork before he/she files.

guy faulkes said...

I hope you are correct, New Guy. A friend said the chairman of the Republican party said they had no candidate in this district. I do not know if he heard it from the elephant's mouth or it is merely a rumor.

NewGuy said...

Guy, I expect you will see a Republican candidate come forward today or tomorrow.

Also, I would NOT be surprised to see another Dem file. I understand the Dems aren't entirely thrilled with at least one of their current candidates.

Anonymous said...

Well, the 3rd district will still have NO representation on the BOC, as has been the case for too many years. Both these men will represent the powerful special interest groups with destructive agenads and the small controlling faction that resides in the Boone area. The county districts need to be redrawn so that the district lines are not directly adjacent to Boone's controlling influence. The manner in which the district lines are presently drawn has always insured that the Boone, ASU, and urban special interests are always unfairly represented against the rural areas, especially the 3rd district.

NewGuy said...

anon...care to explain that? How does the drawing of the District Lines change the impact of the Boone/ASU influence on the county commission?

Tommy Adams is a pretty conservative guy. The fact that he lives in the third district doesn't mean that he will be any more influenced by the close in factions than if he lived in the farthest reaches of the county.

You do understand that all BOC candidates are elected on a county wide basis, don't you?

Anonymous said...

Yes, New Guy, I knew you would answer and in that condescending vein. The unfortunate fact that the entire county has a hand in choosing each district's commissioner should be stopped and only the district's people should be the ones who decide who will represent them. For two decades, the third distict has had no representation. It is certainly no accident that the district lines, in their relationship to Boone, are drawn as they are.

New Guy, Mr. Adams is as much a true conservative as I am from Alpha Centauri. And his background definitely adheres to his special interest agenda, which includes Boone and ASU. What does Mr. Adams know about the people in the third district? How does he relate to the people in Beaver Dam, Cove Creek, or Mountain Dale, etc? Just like Jimmy Hodges, Jim Deal did and Billy Kennedy would--none whatsoever. The agenda is already set, and it is not to benefit rural people.

NewGuy said...

anon. Sorry you read my response as condescending. I'm afraid I just don't quite get your point, though on how the third district is somehow not properly "represented".

Perhaps you could clarify how the drawing of the district lines somehow deprives the third district of representation?

If you live in the third district, couldn't you run? Are you more or less conservative than Mr Adams? What actually constitutes a "conservative" on Alpha Centauri?
And is it your opinion that graduating from ASU disqualifies one from being a "conservative"?.

Finally, why do you insist on posting under an anonymous ID?

I expect there are some inquiring minds out there that would like to know.

Anonymous said...

New Guy, the Watauga Republican Party does not represent the best interests of the rural people in the county anymore than the Watauga Democrat Party.

I truly wish we could find a more qualified person to run to represent the 3rd district. Indeed, there are very good qualified people, but they are so repulsed at the corruption, the predeterminded conclusions, the tremendous debt, the power of the special interests, they are overwhelmed and want nothing to do with it. Most are just trying to make a decent living in this county where the economy is controlled by a comparative few.

As for your other remarks, you prove that you are a rather immature and arrogant person who does not know how to address people who are not taken in by your disingenuity.

How anyone chooses to identify themselves is their individual choice, and no one's business.
You can 'inquire' all you want, New Guy, but why don't you take a good guess?

Anonymous said...

New Guy, the Watauga Republican Party does not represent the best interests of the rural people in the county anymore than the Watauga Democrat Party.

I truly wish we could find a more qualified person to run to represent the 3rd district. Indeed, there are very good qualified people, but they are so repulsed at the corruption, the predeterminded conclusions, the tremendous debt, the power of the special interests, they are overwhelmed and want nothing to do with it. Most are just trying to make a decent living in this county where the economy is controlled by a comparative few.

As for your other remarks, you prove that you are a rather immature and arrogant person who does not know how to address people who are not taken in by your disingenuity.

How anyone chooses to identify themselves is their individual choice, and no one's business.
You can 'inquire' all you want, New Guy, but why don't you take a good guess?

NewGuy said...

anon..I am still curious as to how you think that the way district lines are drawn is somehow depriving you of a candidate that "represents" the third district. I think you pretty much are saying that there just isn't anybody or any party anywhere that will actually represent "your" particular interests, and I am inclined to agree with you.

With all due respect, I hope you continue to post here but I personally am going to return you to my "ignore" list.

Anonymous said...

Typical of you.

Fine with me.

Deborah Greene said...

School Board Finance Committee Budget Meeting 3-8-2012

The Board of Education Finance Committee met this morning. The Committee had already met with County officials and was told to keep the local expense level. The Committee is submitting a budget at the April meeting to the Board of Education. A meeting has been set up with County Manager for April 23rd. After the dust settled, the Committee has arrived at a budget for the County with a 0% increase. However, to balance the budget, $520,000 will have to be transferred from the School's fund balance. There is an unconfirmed rumor that the State may give school employees a 2% raise. This has not been factored in the employees paid out of the local budget. And, the Finance Director was unable to tell the Committee how much the raise would increase the local budget. The Committee agreed that the commissioners should be alerted that they may have to increase the budget if the 2% raise is given at the State level. Deborah Miller said that if the employees didn't get a raise in the upcoming year, that it would be 5 years, if she was not mistaken, that the employees had received a raise. The Finance Director confirmed such. (An increase in the local supplement is ready provided for in the proposed budget.)

The Committee reviewed and discussed every item that had increased and decreased. Superintendent Dr. Jones asked if there was anything that was requested and not budgeted for that might present a future problem. The Finance Director could not think of anything.

Mountain Alliance made a pitch for funding of the transition program for 8th, 9th and 10th graders which included a 1/2 day program designed to introduce 8th graders to the high school, 9th grader "Healthful Living/Adventure Program" which included electives such as caving, climbing and New River service projects. The Committee discussed the program at length. Because the Committee was unable to fund $9,000 in teacher needed resources for the new Common Core curriculum/testing that takes effect this year, the Committee could not justify spending $18,000 on the proposed transition program. The Committee discussed other options available for helping with the transition.

The Maintenance Department director provided an overview of capital needs. The Finance Director said that there was not any "lottery money and the County didn't have the money either". The Committee discussed the need for 2 maintenance trucks that was described as "rusted heap of metal held together with wire". The Committee discussed the need for 1 activity bus and 2 yellow buses (which the State is supplying this year; the provision of future buses unknown). We were told that the buses have a life of 20 years or 200,000 miles (and then they attempt to use them 1 more year if they pass inspection). There was discussion about the dire need to exterior paint; if not done within the next 2 years, they would need to replace windows. They discussed buying paint and having the PTO and teachers paint if necessary. They also discussed the need for a buffer to clean the new tile floors, cost $5,000. After suggesting that the need was so great that one of the bathrooms scheduled for repair at Green Valley could be put off; the Committee agreed to budget $2,500 for the buffer and to ask the PTO to do a fundraising to pay for the other half.

To be continued.

Deborah Greene said...

The Committee discussed the provision for 5 teacher assistants. They also discussed the replenishment of laptops. The budget item includes additional laptops for 8th graders because there are more 8th graders coming in than 12th graders graduating. They also discussed IPads. Avery County, an Apple Site, is able to get IPad at $150 each which is considerably less than laptops. The Committee asked the Finance Director to print a detailed schedule of membership fees for the Committee's review. There was some question as to whether they could find some cuts in that area.

John Welch asked why the Board of Education member compensation was increased. The Finance Director explained that, this current year, Deborah Miller had not taken compensation; and, that they had to budget for 5 members instead of 4. One Committee member asked why the AP line item was $0. The Finance Director said that the students paid for their own testing and the principal said the high school had enough money and didn't need it.

In closing the Committee was pleased with the budget pointing toward a bad economy. The Finance Director is revising the budget, based on the minimal changes provided for during the meeting for presentation to the Board of Education.

My personal observation: Some Committee members performed better than others; others need Budgeting 101. And, all of the Board of Education members should be involved in this process? Unfortunately, I was not informed of the initial meeting where the school requests were reviewed and either approved or disapproved, or cut. It appears that the County set the budget limit and the Committee decided that they could operate within that limit. School and PTO fundraising is turned for $2,500 while we have witnessed lack of accountability for thousands of dollars. For example, paying the Board of Education attorney tens of thousands to act as the real estate agent on the old WHS property. And, paying the Board attorney to review a letter to the editor (days before it was published). And, then the millions lost because the Board of Education failed to sale the old WHS when they had offers of $30, $32 and $33 million (while holding an appraisal for $15 million); speculating with millions of education resources and now can't find $2,500. And, the County doesn't have it. May I remind the Board that the County hold title to the old WHS that they gave to them for a $1 to be used, according to the resolution, to pay for the new High School. And, now the County is going to demolish the building because and is considering a business park. Where are the proceeds for the sale of the old WHS required to go? Media did not attend.

Anonymous said...

I love that Tim Wilson is still running. When is he going to get the message that no one wants him to represent them, in any office!?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, because Mr. Wilson lives in a county where too many sheeple are conditioned to love Big Brother Wolf, and because the Republican Party officals and elected Republcan officals are stabbing him and other county citizens in the back.

inquiring mind said...

Tim Wilson ran for Town Council. Of course the he couldn't get elected for a position on the Town Council;he has way too much common sense, more than the position is accustomed to. However, the Town has put Mr. Wilson on the water committee where he is an invaluable resource. Say whatever you want, Tim Wilson is the best out of the three the Republicans have running.

Anonymous said...

All three Republican commissioner candidates and all 3 Republican Board Of Education candidates are better than ANY of the alternatives!

It looks like another Republican year for Watauga County. From the governor to the BOE.

Anonymous said...

I heard this morning on the radio that Wilson was involved in a felony hit and run last night. Is this true? Is this the same Tim Wilson?

Anonymous said...

There are only two names I have confidence in on the entire slate of candidates, Dems or Repubs or Unaffilitated:

That's Tim Wilson and Deb Greene

The rest belong to the same ole controlled status quo.

Deborah Greene said...

Unfortunately, I just heard that Tim Wilson was arrested for Driving While Impaired (DWI). While I was looking forward to Tim's conservative influence on the Board of Commissioners, Tim has shown lack of judgement in operating a vehicle while impaired. This is a serious personal issue that Tim needs to place all of his focus on. Someone has been injured; someone could have been killed. As a mother, this is one of my worst fears. I wish Tim the best in seeking the help he needs; however, we must hold anyone who runs for public office accountable. And, I have a zero tolerance for DWI.