Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Battle Continues.... post election

This past election brought undeniable historic changes to the State Legislature. The Republican Party will now control both the Senate and the House for the first time in over one hundred years and that is quite an event in itself. Aside from that, this new majority has the potential to turn the tide in favor of ending forced annexation once and for all. The stage is set for good things that COULD happen with Annexation reform in 2011, but what we get remains to be seen.
This coming year in the Legislature truly is a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to see something actually get done about the forced annexation laws, but good change is NOT a given unless every person can do a little to speak up to these lawmakers encouraging them to do what is right by the people; Restore our Voice! 
It has taken nearly a decade of work and an alignment of other outside factors (indictments, arrests, resignations and the economy and the results of the Nov election) to have this opportunity.
Forces at work on both sides of the aisle, in favor of the status quo for the cities, are already hard at work to railroad legislation that won't change much. Adding your voice and support to pushing for what is right, instead of passing into law a very bad compromise, will be needed.
The message from the people has been so loud and clear that forced annexation was an issue that many of these new legislators ran their campaigns on. Please thank them for that!
Please consider sending a postcard to each of these new legislators to congratulate them on their success and to encourage them to address the annexation issue by restoring the voice of the people being considered for annexation. (I could not obtain their email addresses)Also ask them to support a Statewide Moratorium on FORCED annexation while they debate the issue further. There are a number of areas across the State that are battling in court and the clock is ticking for them. They can't wait for new laws.
The list below includes ALL the new Legislators; Democrats and Republicans.
Cities across the State have gone into panic mode and are making noises about forcibly annexing.
The League of Municipalities is kicking into damage control mode and plan to lobby for a resurrection of the bill they wrote for the Study Commission last year; H524!
Just say NO to the NCLM "20 Point Plan"!!  
Although it would be great to see the legislation that Senator Shaw submitted in 2009 brought back for consideration in both chambers, let's give this new majority a chance to settle in and show us what they will bring forward have for annexation reform legislation.
For now, let's stay true to the important talking points and make sure the legislators know what 'we the people' really want to see them do;
End Forced Annexation once and for all! 
    •  Restore a meaningful voice in the decision when cities initiate an annexation
    • Create meaningful oversight of city initiated annexations by the locally elected County Commissioners whom those being approached for annexation have voted for.
    • Make it a requirement that the city that wants to annex must be providing urban services that are shown to be meaningful and needed in the area being annexed.
New Senators:

Louis M. Pate, Jr. - Wayne (R)
P.O. Box 945
Mount Olive, NC 28365
(919) 658-3637
Don Davis(D)*

William Peter Rabon - Brunswick (R)
404 W. Brunswick Street
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-5110
R.C. Soles(D)* former seat

Thom Goolsby - New Hanover (R)
212 Walnut Street
Suite 100
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 763-3339

Brent Jackson - Sampson (R)
2905 Ernest Williams Road
Autryville, NC 28318
(910) 567-2202

"A" - E. S. (Buck) Newton - Wilson (R)
P.O. Box 2047
Wilson, NC 27894
A. B. Swindell(D)*

Wesley Alan Meredith - Cumberland (R)
113 Great Oaks Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Margaret Highsmith Dickson(D)*

Eric L. Mansfield - Cumberland (D)
P.O. Box 35935
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Rick Gunn, Jr. - Alamance (R)
P.O. Box 308
Burlington, NC 27216
(336) 229-6981
Tony Foriest(D)*

Dr. Gladys A. Robinson - Guilford (D)
P.O. Box 20627
Greensboro, NC 27420
(336) 812-9076

Tommy Tucker - Union (R)
1206 Rose Hill Drive
Waxhaw, NC 28173
(704) 596-8200

Kathy Harrington - Gaston (R)
3324 Lincoln Lane
Gastonia, NC 28056
(704) 460-2998

Warren T. Daniel - Burke (R)
309 West Union Street
Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 439-8075

Dan Soucek - Watauga (R)
313 Williams Ridge Road
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 963-7426
Steve Goss(D)*

Ralph E. Hise, Jr. - Mitchell (R)
P.O. Box 86
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Joe Sam Queen(D)*

**********************(possible recount)
Jim Davis - Macon (R) (likely winner)
37 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-2054

John Snow - Cherokee (D)* (incumbent)
105 Van Horn Street
Murphy, NC 28906
(828) 837-5052

An "A" before the name indicates "friend of the issue"

* Names in red are the incumbents who have been retired by the voters on November 2nd

Important Legislators that need to hear encouragement from the grassroots:

Phil Berger - Senate (R)

Andrew C. Brock (R)

Paul Stam - House (R)

Thom Tillis - House (R)

Ric Killian - House (R)

Nelson Dollar - House (R)
 New Representatives:

Norman W. Sanderson (Pamlico) (R)
269 Bennett Rd. #4,
Arapahoe, NC 28510
*Alice Graham Underhill(D)

Jimmy Dixon (Duplin) (R)
P. O. Box 222,
Warsaw, NC 28398

Bill Cook (Beaufort) (R)
75 Cape Fear Dr.,
Chocowinity, NC 27817

"A" -Stephen A. LaRoque (Lenoir) (R)
P. O. Box 1034,
Kinston, NC 28503
*R. Van Braxton(D)

Phillip R. Shepard (Onslow) (R)
111 Vernon Shepard Lane,
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Susi H. Hamilton (New Hanover) (D)
206 Nun St.,
Wilmington, NC 28401

"A" - Jeff Collins (Nash) (R)
1109 Culpepper Dr.,
Rocky Mount, NC 27803
*Randy Stewart(D)

"A" - Tom Murry (Wake) (R)
P. O. Box 1054,
Morrisville, NC 27560
*Chris Heagarty(D)

G. L. Pridgen (Robeson) (R)
1044 Mercer Mill Rd.,
Lumberton, NC 28358
*Douglas Y. Yongue(D)

Charles Graham (Robeson) (D)
479 Bee Gee Rd.,
Lumberton, NC 28358

"A" - Glen Bradley (Franklin) (R)
144 Ridgewood Rd.,
Youngsville, NC 27596
*John May(D)

Michael (Mike) Stone (Lee) (R)
1123 Winterlocken Dr.,
Sanford, NC 27330
*Jimmy L. Love, Sr.(D)

Marcus Brandon, Jr. (Guilford) (D)
808 Glendale Dr.,
Greensboro, NC 27406

John Faircloth (Guilford) (R)
2332 Faircloth Way,
High Point, NC 27265

Bert Jones (Rockingham) (U)
299 Fairfield Rd.,
Reidsville, NC 27320
*Nelson Cole(D)

Ken Goodman (Richmond) (D)
832 Williamsburg Dr.,
Rockingham, NC 28379

D. Craig Horn (Union) (R)
5909 Bluebird Hill Lane,
Weddington, NC 28104

"A" - Harry Warren (Rowan) (R)
201 Kingsbridge Rd.,
Salisbury, NC 28144
*Lorene Coates(D)

"A" - Rayne Brown (Davidson) (R)
416 Lee Ave.,
Lexington, NC 27295
*Hugh Holliman(D)

Mark W. Hollo (Alexander) (R)
432 Westwood Lane,
Taylorsville, NC 28681

Jonathan C. Jordan (Ashe) (R)
P. O. Box 744,
Jefferson, NC 28640
*Cullie M. Tarleton(D)

Rodney W. Moore (Mecklenburg) (D)
1914 Yaupon Rd.,
Charlotte, NC 28215

Bill Brawley (Mecklenburg) (R)
13612 O’Toole Dr.,
Matthews, NC 28105

John Torbett (Gaston) (R)
210 Blueridge Dr.,
Stanley, NC 28164

Kelly E. Hastings (Gaston) (R)
405 Jane St.,
Cherryville, NC 28021

Mike Hager (Rutherford) (R)
342 Walking Horse Trail,
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Timothy D. (Tim) Moffitt (Buncombe) (R)
3182 Sweeten Creek Rd.,
Asheville, NC 28803

Chuck McGrady (Henderson) (R)
195 Fernbrook Way,
Hendersonville, NC 28791
After this weekend we will know who has been appointed to be Senate Pro Tem and Speaker of the House.
The 2011-2012 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly will convene on January 26, 2011.
In courtesy to the families of the new legislators who would like to have a seat to watch their loved ones be sworn in, I am recommending that we DO NOT plan a trip to Raleigh for January 26. I do think we should plan to go as a large group early in the session, perhaps once we have some good legislation to support. Stay tuned!!
I attended a meeting last Tuesday with Kathy Hartkopf (Freedomworks), Doug Aitken and Tony Tetterton (FAC), and Daren Bakst to discuss the year ahead. The results of that meeting will be forthcoming as soon as more information is put together.
After taking a much needed break, I WILL be updating the website once again to help keep you updated on news in Raleigh and across the State. Thanks for your patience and a very BIG THANK YOU to ALL who sent a contribution recently. It will be needed in the upcoming year.
Please consider helping SNCA do what needs to be done in the upcoming year with a financial donation.
Thank you for all that you have done to move all of us toward success!
Catherine Heath
StopNCAnnexation Coalition


  1. Anonymous9:56 PM

    We do realize that the fight is to END forced annexation all together. But as a moderate compromise could some of the verbiage be changed (written into law) to abolish the 5 mile statute for city's reach and allow those self-sustaining communities to be able to incorporate?

  2. The NCLM lobbied for those tougher restrictions on distances from existing cities for new incorporations. And they put their people on the Board that approves or denies applications.

    So many laws have been based on the false bogeyman of having many separate communities instead of one big monopoly; forced annexation, ETJ, satellite annexation and higher hurdles for a community to incorporate all toward the goal of having consolidated government instead of public choice.

    One battle at a time....keep speaking up against the laws you think are wrong.

  3. no2wilma210:10 AM

    Thanks for your response.

    And thank you for recognizing us and listing our effort on your site! One point though, the address needs correction to properly find us. An additional 2 needs to appear in the address link.

    Will are and will continue to fight for a citizen's voice.


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