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It's Official: Presidential and General Primaries To Be Held March 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 October 2015 06:03

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina primary voters will cast votes to decide party nominees on March 15, 2016, two months earlier than in the past. The change was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday.

All contests will appear on the ballot.

The legislation also created affiliated party committees that allow a vehicle for supporting candidates outside the traditional Republican or Democrat state parties.

Supporters of moving up the primary say it will help North Carolina have a say in choosing the presidential  nominees and that waiting until May would push the state onto the sidelines of what is thought to be a highly competitive race.

House Bill 373 can be found at http://ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=h373&submitButton=Go

House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam Will Not Seek Re-Election PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 05:13

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Wake County Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam ended the long legislative session early Wednesday morning by telling his colleagues he will not seek another term in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he serves as Speaker Pro Tem.

Stam has served for 16 years. He will serve out his term, which ends after the short legislative session in 2016.

Stam is a lawyer known for his support of conservative fiscal and social policies, and for his dogged efforts to expand parental choice in education.

New Biography Of Former Gov. Jim Martin Looks At Rise Of North Carolina Republican Party PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 06:06

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The governor who helped set the stage for today's Republican Party leadership is the focus of a new biography.

Written by author John Hood, "Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans" focuses on Martin's role in turning the state from solidly blue to a battleground state where Republicans control the General Assembly and governor's seat.

Martin served as governor from 1985 to 1993.

"His blending of pro-growth tax policies with a coherent strategy for improving core public services -- an approach Martin called 'constructive conservatism' -- served to give an entire generation of Republicans the tools they needed not only to win elections for local and state offices later on but also to govern effectively," writes Hood.

Martin and Hood will travel the state this fall making joint appearances to discuss the book, which is published by Blair Publishing.

Dallas Woodhouse Chosen Executive Director of N.C. GOP PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 September 2015 06:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Veteran conservative activist Dallas Woodhouse has been chosen to lead the daily operations of the North Carolina Republican Party.

The Central Committee of the party voted Woodhouse into the post this weekend. He joins Chairman Hasan Harnett as the leadership at party headquarters.

The Jonesandblout.com blog reports that Woodhouse has the support of key Republican leaders, including Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate Leader Phil Berger, and House Speaker Tim Moore.

Woodhouse formerly led the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity and is currently head of Carolina Rising. He is known for being a dogged and outspoken defender of conservative policies.

Woodhouse begins his tenure at a key time for Republicans: a presidential election year. Gov. McCrory is up for re-election, as is Sen. Richard Burr. All U.S. congressional seats and all General Assembly seats will also be on the November 2016 ballot.

North Carolina's primaries have been moved up from May to March 15.


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