NCGOP Chair Hayes statement on Republican legislature

What an exciting time it was for Republicans last week in Raleigh!

2010 proves elections do matter as we Republicans worked so hard to elect the new, conservative leadership in Raleigh that is already moving our state towards a new direction and a better future. After being sworn-in, our Republican leaders are already working to cut spending, lower taxes and create jobs. They started laying the groundwork for creating a more business-friendly environment in North Carolina, challenging Obamacare and ending charter school limits. Click here to watch Senator Berger discuss the Senate’s priorities in the upcoming legislative session.

Governor Perdue started off the session by backtracking that she might extend the “temporary” tax increases on all North Carolinians. A Greensboro News-Record editorial stated this week that “(t)he people have done their part, paying the higher taxes despite their own financial hardships.” It’s time for the Governor to do her part – work with the Republican leadership to balance the budget without raising taxes.

Also this week, I was able to speak to a group of conservatives and tea party activists. I told the group I am committed to giving CPR to our Republican Party: Conservative Principles Restored. To grow our party, we must continue to stand on the principles on which our Party was formed. Click here to watch the rest of my speech.

In the last Chairman’s Corner, I asked for your ideas how the NCGOP can better serve in 2011 and 2012. One thing that stood out was a lot of Republicans are aware of the tough task facing our candidates in the next election. In 2008, President Obama had 21,000 volunteers working to turnout voters. Be assured that Obama and his machine are desperate to hold on to power that they will do almost anything to win again.

We need to start now! February and March is full of county precinct meetings, Reagan Day Dinners and other ways to get involved. Go to www.NCGOP.org/calendar to find events in your area and let’s start getting organized.

Via email and the NCGOP Facebook page, your ideas and suggestions poured in and here are a sample of those that were submitted:

· Be truthful and down to earth with the voters
· GOP must stand for higher morals and strong conservative beliefs
· Actively involve more grassroots people
· Make NCGOP website more cohesive and easier to navigate
· Utilize social media to effectively communicate
· We need more outreach to the youth and college voters

Thanks again for all the great suggestions, and be sure we will make these priorities moving forward in 2012. Please keep sending suggestions, questions, and concerns to Hayes.

Remember, the 2010 Elections are not over, I just sent a personal contribution to Greg Hassell! Please go to www.greghassell.com and contribute to Greg’s legal defense fund. Greg is in a legal battle over irregularities occurring in the Washington County Sheriff’s election and needs our help!

As you are asking your neighbors, friends and colleagues to become Republicans and support our candidates, I wanted to share something from a recent church lesson.

Last Sunday, my pastor asked our congregation to fill in the blank on the following statements and it really resonated.

Our tongue indicates our ____________ level.
Our tongue indicates the ____________ of our _____________.
Where our _________ goes, our ______________goes.

Our words have consequences so take a step back and ask, “Where is your tongue taking you?”

Please fill in the blanks on your own and share this thought with others. Next Chairman’s Corner, I will share my answers with you.

Remember – recruit, motivate, activate and let’s give CPR to North Carolina and America!

Sincerely,

Robin Hayes

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