NC GOP Faithful Meets In Wilmington For Convention

North Carolina's Republicans are gathering this weekend to elect a leader and get inspired by speakers as the 2012 elections draw closer.

The North Carolina Republican Party expected 1,300 delegates at its convention starting Friday afternoon in Wilmington.

The party will select a chairman. Former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes has been the only announced candidate. The state GOP's executive committee selected him in January to serve out the last five months of departing Chairman Tom Fetzer.

The convention comes as North Carolina Republicans are still taking pride in winning majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time since 1870.

Scheduled speakers include first-term U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, likely gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory and conservative activist Andrew Breitbart.

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  • by Casey Location: Wilmington on Jun 4, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    I certainly hope that those who will vote for the first time this year can to weigh the difference between the righteous ideals presented by the Republican Party and the reality of further dumbing down our education system through budget cuts while promoting charter schools for those that can afford them.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2011 at 09:14 AM in reply to Casey
      I hope first-time voters will see the Republican goal is to de-fund public education, whatever the costs or consequences. They have been crying "starve the beast" for thirty years now and apparently are close to achieving their goal.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jun 6, 2011 at 07:49 AM in reply to
        You could use a good breath of fresh air....
  • by Willie on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    Another waste of time. Everyone lock your doors, thieves are afoot. What on earth did Wilmington do to deserve this punishment?
  • by Uh oh! on Jun 3, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    Republican legislators having a private meeting today to discuss strategy left a microphone on and broadcasted the meeting to the press room. They talked about making a half-hearted effort to ban gay marriage (to keep certain conservative groups energized), and how to blame everything on Bev Perdue, but not a word about jobs or schools. You know, helping the people of North Carolina, didn't seem to care about that.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2011 at 03:45 AM in reply to Uh oh!
      At minute 39 they talked about their bill to stop teachers from joining NCAE by not allowing dues to be taken out of pay. They think not has many people will join if they have to simply write a check for dues. They think this will shut us up....WROMG. They said on the recording (that they didn't know was being recorded) "this is going to make them mad...but oh well". Well I say.."you won't be voted for again..oh well."
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    Glad I'm not in Wilmington this weekend. They should enjoy that pride now because they won't have it long after they slaughter education in NC!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Lubba Location: Highsville on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    Well at least they have 1 goal that is the same as the democrats......Reem out the middle class working person.....
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      by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 at 11:47 AM in reply to Lubba
      You need to learn more about politics. Democrats aren't trying to destroy schools, first responders, Social Security, and Medicare.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Jun 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM in reply to
        So the ponzi scheme the DNC has run in Raleigh finally matures and you blame it on the GOP? Brother, I am a democrat and I paid attention to what is going on. Where have you been? All the new environmental jobs that have been added are astronomical yet dems go after teachers, the old and their medical...Ok, you telling me that starving babies, old people and killing puppies...we get it man. That is why they are doing it to save those environmental jobs the GOP would slash. Do not be a fool and bear a fools message.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 at 02:14 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          The GOP has gutted the tax base. They've given billions in tax breaks to corporations and millionaires who then invest in moving jobs overseas. We have had the "job creating" Bush tax cuts for TEN YEARS now, WHERE ARE THE JOBS???
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          by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:39 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          You are so full of it, the GOP are the ones who want to as you say "go after teachers, the old and their medical." Have you not been paying attention? The Republicans are being recalled in record numbers. Look what happened in the NY-26, People are tired of the propaganda BS from the Republicans, its starting to happen all over the United States, not just New York.

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