NCGOP: 2014 Platform hijinks? Yanking, Watering-down Tea Party stuff? | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's note: Brant Clifton keeps North Carolina's U.S. Senate race on the 'front burner' in his "bare knuckles" Conservative online publication known as The Daily Haymaker.

    A committee is quietly working away on a draft of the North Carolina Republican Party's 2014 platform. A well-connected source — and loyal reader — of ours managed to get us a copy of the current working draft. (My source got it from someone on the committee who shared it with about a dozen or so associates to obtain feedback.)

    My source pointed out two very interesting differences between the 2013 document approved at the party's state convention and this year's draft. First, the word "toll" is nowhere to be found in this draft. A group of grassroots activists fought hard and successfully at the convention last year – over the objections of Speaker Thom Tillis — to insert language in the party platform voicing opposition to toll roads.

    My source said some acquaintances inquired about the disappearance of the toll road language:

    "They were told that the language was removed because the whole toll road thing really has to do with one county. The party platform, the leadership said, is a statewide document."

    One county? That's not exactly true. It just went public recently that Gov. Pat's DOT board is seriously considering toll roads, among other options, for financing new road construction. Anti-toll road language would hamper the agenda of the state's Republican governor and certainly cause problems for the clients of a certain Massachusetts law firm with big-time connections in Raleigh.

    Something else conspicuously missing from this platform draft is any discussion of amnesty or immigration reformonkeym. Republican House leaders in DC are pushing for "comprehensive immigration reform" that will likely lead to amnesty for illegal aliens. Two of North Carolina's GOP Members of Congress, Renee Ellmers and Robert Pittenger, are suffering political damage as a result of their support of the leadership's immigration reform plans.

    In 2013, we had:

    Border security is essential to national security. In an age of terrorism, drug cartels and criminal gangs, unidentified persons who enter this country pose grave risks to the sovereignty of the United States. Furthermore, the Federal government should enforce its immigration laws.

    This year, the closest thing we get is this:

    [...]Strength only exists when our borders are secure and our enemies deterred.[...]

    My source got some clarification on this from sources close to the platform committee:

    "The change was defended by suggesting that they were saying the same thing, in only fewer words. Also, it was suggested that the party should avoid doing anything to alienate the Latino vote."
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