North Carolina Republican Party
|Republican Party of North Carolina|
|Senate leader||Phil Berger|
|House leader||Thom Tillis|
|Headquarters||1506 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27605
|National affiliation||Republican Party|
|Seats in the Upper House|
|Seats in the Lower House|
|Politics of the United States
The North Carolina Republican Party is the affiliate of the Republican Party in North Carolina. Robin Hayes was elected Chairman of the party on January 15, 2011, to serve the five months left in the unexpired term of Tom Fetzer.
The elections of 2010 led to Republican control of both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time since 1896. In 2012, Republicans retained control of the legislature and elected a Republican, Pat McCrory, as Governor. Most of the Council of State offices still remain under Democratic control.
- 1 History
- 2 Party platform
- 3 Current elected officials
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Although Republicans first nominated a candidate for President of the United States, John C. Fremont, in 1856, the party was not established in North Carolina until after the Civil War, in 1867. With the help of the newly enfranchised freedmen, Republicans were briefly successful in state politics, dominating the convention that wrote the North Carolina Constitution of 1868 and electing several governors. After Reconstruction, Democrats returned to power. Republicans did have success in the 1890s when they joined forces with the Populist party in an "electoral fusion".
Little progress was made for North Carolina Republicans during the first half of the twentieth century. Only in 1928 did Republicans carry the state's electoral votes for president (for candidate Herbert Hoover).
In 1972, Republicans became competitive in statewide elections for the first time since 1900, when James Holshouser was elected Governor of the state, and Jesse Helms was elected to the U.S. Senate.
The most recent version of the North Carolina Republican platform was released on June 3, 2011. It contain ten planks and was formed by 13 district representatives and 3 Republican chair members.
The Republicans of North Carolina support two parent male-female family values. Same sex marriage is not supported by North Carolina Republicans and amendments to the constitution are supported to limit the definition of marriage to a man and woman.
The party supports free enterprise economics with little government regulation and taxation. North Carolina is the top tax payer in the southeast United States.
The party believes that all citizens of the United States should be treated fairly regardless of age, sex, religion, disability, country of origin, or political stance. Sexual orientation however does not apply.
The party also supports second amendment rights to bear arms by law abiding U.S citizens.
Sanctity of life
The party does not support the use of abortion for any means. Doctors have the full support by party to refuse any treatment having to do with abortion.
Also, the use of human cloning or the research of human cloning is opposed by the party.
The party also supports transparent government where all Government spending is made public, including compensation of employees.
The party opposes all forms of gambling and state lottery.
Citizens should have access to campaign finance records according to the party .
Elected officials should not to appear in public service ads during their election.
The party believes:
- In the right to pray in school and public events privately.
- Tax credits should be given to citizens using the public school system.
- Tenure should be done away with and teachers promotions based on merit and quality.
- Patriotism should be encouraged in public schools. Curriculum should include information on the founding of the country and the United States Declaration of Independence. Economics should be taught as well in order to form well rounded citizens.
- Sex education should not be taught: abstinence should be taught in its stead and the bulk of sexual education be left to the parents.
- Vocational education should be expanded.
The party supports the death penalty in cases of murder. Also wait time for the death penalty should be cut as much as possible according to their 2011 justice plank.
North Carolina Republicans have come under fire for their support of the death penalty. In an effort to repeal the Racial Justice Act, North Carolina Republicans introduced a bill that would essentially veto the act voted on in 2009. In June 2013, North Carolina's governor Pat McCrory signed the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, saying that the law was essentially a ban on capital punishment in the state.
The party supports all forms of energy production research. The continued production and availability of cheap energy is of concern.
The party believes that English should be the official language of the United States.
The party supports Social Security, but also supports alternative financial retirement options.
Current elected officials
The party controls four of the ten statewide Council of State offices and holds a majority in both the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate. Republicans also hold one of the state's U.S. Senate seats and 9 of the state's 13 U.S. House seats.
Members of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
- NC-2nd: Renee Ellmers
- NC-3rd: Walter B. Jones, Jr.
- NC-5th: Virginia Foxx
- NC-6th: Howard Coble
- NC-8th: Richard Hudson
- NC-9th: Robert Pittenger
- NC-10th: Patrick T. McHenry
- NC-11th: Mark Meadows
- NC-13th: George Holding
- Governor: Pat McCrory
- Lieutenant Governor: Dan Forest
- Commissioner of Agriculture: Steve Troxler
- Commissioner of Labor: Cherie Berry
North Carolina General Assembly
- President Pro Tem of the Senate: Phil Berger
- Senate Majority Leader: Harry Brown
- Speaker of the House: Thom Tillis
- House Majority Leader: Paul Stam
- http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13850189[dead link]
- North Carolina's Civil War Story: War’s End and Reconstruction
- NC History Project: Fusion Politics
- NC Election of 1898
- Election of 1972
- Matt Smith (June 21, 2013). "'Racial Justice Act' repealed in North Carolina". CNN. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- North Carolina Republican Party
- NC Republican Senate Caucus Website
- NC Federation of Republican Men
- NC Federation of Republican Women
- North Carolina Federation of Young Professional Republicans, formerly the NC Young Republicans
- NC Teenage Republicans
- Links to county parties
- Oral History Interview with Jack Hawke (chair from 1987-1995) from Oral Histories of the American South