NC Youth Legislative Assembly Scholarship Contest Update

The application window for the Youth Legislative Assembly has now open. You can go to the application page by clicking Click here.
Essay Competition
The scholarship will cover hotel accommodations, meals, t-shirt, and participation in the General Session. Here are the contest rules:
1)      One student from each of the three counties will be selected as scholarship winners, based on the essay contest.
2)      The theme of the essay must be “My Biggest Legislative Proposal.”
3)      The essay should include what type of legislation the student would propose, what their bill would do, and why it is necessary.
4)      We would start accepting essays on October 1, with the closing date of November 10th.
5)    Essays can be sent to my legislative assistant, Ed Stiles, at
6)      After November 10, Justice Newby will evaluate the essays solely on content and quality.
7)      Once three finalists have been chosen, I will announce the winners via press release, and their online application can be completed, and Ed will gladly assist in facilitating that process.
Please feel free to contact my office at (919) 715-3005 if you have any questions.

Raleigh, N.C. – Leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly invite North Carolina high school students to apply for the 47th Annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA).

“North Carolina’s Youth Legislative Assembly offers students a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the legislative process and to develop leadership skills that will help them succeed in life,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore. “We are proud to continue this long tradition of helping prepare our state’s future leaders.”

The Legislative Services Office, under the North Carolina General Assembly, is now accepting applications for the conference to be held March 31 – April 2, 2017, in Raleigh. Applications will be accepted through March 10, 2017.

The YLA teaches high school students about the laws governing North Carolina’s citizens as well as the lawmaking process. Students draft, debate and vote on mock legislative bills while developing skills in research, interviewing, group facilitation and policy writing. As the bills are debated, the students get a chance to practice communicating their ideas, opinions and experiences in a team-building environment. At the conclusion of the three-day program, the participants have a better understanding of the lawmaking process as well as enhanced written and oral communication skills.

YLA provides the opportunity for North Carolina’s youth to engage with peers from across the state in a structured, positive, youth-focused environment. The YLA program is open to students in North Carolina who are in good standing at a public, private, charter or home school.

Donors of Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Group Revealed

The Washington Free Beacon – The hidden donors to a prominent anti-Trump “resistance” organization are revealed in unredacted tax forms obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Center for Community Change Action, a Washington, D.C.-based progressive community organizing group that does not reveal its donors, has been involved in direct action against President Donald Trump and Republicans before and after the November elections. The organization’s members sit on the boards of other prominent liberal activist groups.

The Free Beacon has obtained the group’s unredacted 2015 tax forms that shed light on its funders, who provide millions of dollars in assistance. The group appears to rely heavily on a few major liberal foundations, organizations, and unions.

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San Franciscans Pissed To Learn Their Liberal Policies Caused A Wave Of Restaurant Failures

ZeroHedge – In a note that we’ll file away under the definition of ‘irony’, Bloomberg wrote today that the fun-loving, free-spirited socialists of San Francisco are suddenly really pissed off that their liberal economic policies have resulted in a wave of restaurant failures, making it nearly impossible to find good food at an ‘affordable’ price.

We would be pissed too... who could have guessed that artificially raising wages well above market supported rates would result in business failures?

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A message from NC Rep. Cody Henson, District 113

It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve you, the people of House District 113, in the NC House of Representatives over this past year.  I am humbled by the support we have received from you as we have lowered taxes for hard working North Carolinian’s, invested in public education and fought to protect and defend our state and federal constitutions.  Of the 73 pieces of legislation that I have been the author or cosponsor of, 12 were enacted into law and 21 passed the House and await action in the Senate during the upcoming short session of the General Assembly. 

My staff and I were able to secure funds for the 113th District in this year’s budget that will be used to create jobs and provide emergency response training for our National Guard and military members.  While, with a lot of your help, we have been able to accomplish many things this past year, there is still much to do.  There are still numerous burdensome regulations that are preventing many small businesses from growing, right here in WNC.  We still have a long way to go to ensure every child in NC receives the tools they need to achieve his or her God given potential. There is still much to do to ensure that the hard working men and women in this district and across the state are able to keep more of their hard earned money to spend and invest in a manner that they see fit.

On day one I promised to fight everyday on your behalf with the fighting spirit and mountain values instilled in me from growing up in these mountains.  I promised that I would always vote my conscious and never compromise our mountain values.  With that said, I humbly ask for your support and your prayerful consideration to continue to fight and work on your behalf as your representative in Raleigh for another term.  Together we can continue to make Transylvania, Southern Henderson and Polk Counties the best place in NC to live, work and raise a family.  Thank you and God bless you.








Cody Henson, Republican, NC House District 113

2017 The Wall That Heals Tour , Burnsville, NC , Yancey County Schools, 10/12/17-10/15/17

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 400 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions.

Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.

The main components of The Wall That Heals are The Wall replica and the mobile Education Center.

Click here to learn more about the wall and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF).

Host: Yancey County Schools

Location: Mountain Heritage High School   Baseball field
333 Mountain Heritage High School Rd
Burnsville, NC 28714

Wednesday, October 11

Escort The Wall That Heals – Meetup Location: Big Lots Parking Lot, 364 US 70 W, Marion, NC 28752

09:00   am                       Meet – up
09:30   am                       Ride Briefing
09:50   am                       KSU- depart
11:00   am                       Arrive at site

11:30     am                     Media Briefing

12:30   pm                      Set-up The Wall

6:00     pm                      Volunteer training

Thursday, October 12

The Wall open 24 hours for visitors

6:00 pm                           Opening Ceremony

Friday, October 13 – The Wall open 24 hours for visitors

6:00 pm                          Memorial Ceremony

Saturday, October 14 – The Wall open 24 hours for visitors

6;00 PM                          Ceremony

Sunday, October 15 – The Wall open until 3:00 pm

3:00   pm                         The Wall closed

3:30  pm                           Break down The Wall

Representative Chuck McGrady, North Carolina House of Representatives District 117, October 6, 2017

A Tale of Two Bills

The recently completed two-day session resulted in the passage of several noteworthy laws and bills on regulatory reform, judicial redistricting, electronic notice and the budget.   My focus is going to be on only two of those bills, but I’ll cover those other bills in future blogs.

S 16 [Business Regulatory Reform Act of 2017] and H 56 [Amend Environmental Laws] were two regulatory reform bills that have now become law, following the legislature’s overrides of Governor Cooper’s vetoes.  The override vote on S 16 was 70-44 in the House and 31-15 in the Senate, and the override vote on H 56 was 70-42 in the House and 30-9 in the Senate—in both cases the requisite three-fifths votes.

In each session since 2011 when Republicans became the majority party in both chambers, bills have passed that rolled back a range of laws and regulations that were viewed as unnecessary or unduly burdensome to business interests.  Many of these bills have focused on environmental regulations.  S 16 and H 56 were this session’s versions of those bills.   Because of the way these bills moved through the General Assembly, S 16 which started in the Senate was actually the House’s regulatory reform bill while H 56 which started in the House was actually the Senate’s regulatory reform bill.

In recent years because of my expertise on environmental issues, I have served on most of the conference committees that resolved differences between the House and the Senate (and sometimes the differences with whoever the governor was), and I served on both conference committees for S 16 and H 56.  When the vote was taken on S 16 and H 56, most legislators voted the same way on both bills, but I didn’t and here is why.

S 16 amended several State laws related to State and local government regulation, business regulation and environmental legislation.   It also provided for various studies of issues.   The bill summary for S 16 provides all of the details, but what is most interesting is how the bill changed over time.  In the end, S 16 became a mixture of the original S 16 and H 374 [Business Freedom Act].  The most controversial provisions on these two bills were removed leaving noncontroversial provisions or provisions that reflected not only compromises between the House and the Senate but also compromises between the legislature and the Cooper Administration.

The contested cases provision in H 374 (Section 12) was one of the most controversial provisions since it would have restricted who could contest the issuance, denial or modification of certain permits issued pursuant to the Clean Water Act.  In the final version of S 16, that provision was largely stripped out so it didn’t restrict the ability of people to challenge agency action on clean water permits.   Similarly, the provisions related to stormwater laws were changed to reflect compromises between the views of certain legislators and the views of the Department of Environmental Quality.

Whole sections of S 16 as passed by either the House or the Senate did not appear in the final bill.   For example, provisions relating to health benefit plans, coal ash reuse, pet boarding facilities, and Onslow vehicle inspections were cut.   Other sections dealing with issues like eminent domain were modified.  Again, all of these changes reflected compromises.

Having strived to strike the most controversial provisions of the S 16 and H 374 and having garnered bipartisan support for the conferenced S 16, my surprise came when Governor Cooper vetoed the bill.   As I explained to the Governor after his veto, it will make it difficult to negotiate compromises if the end result is going to be the same:  a veto.  Why would my colleagues want to change their bills to accommodate concerns of the Governor if he’s still going to veto the bill?

For me, overriding the Governor’s veto of S 16 was an easy vote, since I’d largely been successful in striking or modifying all of the provisions which I viewed as problematical.  Having worked with my colleagues to reach consensus, I couldn’t renege on those agreements to now support the Governor.

Governor Cooper has been very specific in most of his veto messages about various bills that he has vetoed.  That wasn’t true with respect to his veto message on S 16.  My suspicion is that his veto of S 16, which wasn’t sought by environmental groups, really reflected his desire to not draw criticism for weakening environmental laws when the legislature and the Administration were fighting over responsibility for the GenX pollutants in Wilmington’s water.

H 56 was a different matter.  Just like S 16, I served on the conference committee and I sought to reconcile differences between the House, the Senate and the Administration.  Again, the bill summary can give one a sense of the breadth of bill dealing with issues as diverse as the rule for pool lighting to hazardous waste regulation.  Included in last minute additions to the bill were several measures designed to address the GenX issue, including an appropriation of monies to UNC-Wilmington and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority for water monitoring and further studies.

One of the high profile provisions in the bill was the repeal of the plastic bag ban on the barrier islands of the Outer Banks.  Another high profile provision, opposed by the NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) [see attached letter], was a provision affecting the ability of counties to restrict the flow of solid waste, basically prohibiting a county from requiring solid waste generated in the county to go to the county’s landfill or transfer facility.  This provision was opposed by the county commissioners association because counties may lose tipping fees used to operate their landfills or transfer stations.

On H 56, I’d gotten myself comfortable with all of the various provisions, even the plastic bag provision, but still opposed the bill because of the solid waste flow provision.   I was one of three Republicans who voted against the bill when it came to the floor during the August session, but I was the only Republican who voted to sustain Governor Cooper’s veto.

It is always uncomfortable to be the only legislator to vote against a bill or the only legislator in one’s party to vote some way on a bill, and I haven’t done that often during my years in the legislature.  However, I’d clearly stated my concerns about the flow control provision, and I ignored the politics and voted against the bill and to sustain the veto for the reasons fully articulated by the NCACC.   Had all the Democrats been present and voting and the two Republican legislators not changed their votes, Governor Cooper’s veto would have been sustained.


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Canada Wants a “Progressive” NAFTA to Promote Agenda 21/2030

Sure this is a great idea if, you love Communism and ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT!

The New American – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (shown) will meet with President Trump next week for the fourth round of NAFTA talks scheduled for October 11-15, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

As previously reported in The New American, Canada is pushing for progressive changes to NAFTA, which President Trump has previously labeled as the “worst trade deal” ever signed, and has even threatened to withdraw from unless he could renegotiate a “better” deal.

“Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal because we have been so badly taken advantage of,” President Trump said at a rally in Phoenix on August 22 regarding the renegotiation of NAFTA. “They [Canada and Mexico] have made such great deals — both of the countries, but particularly Mexico — that I don’t think we can make a deal. So I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point.”

Canada’s far-reaching progressive demands include strengthening existing labor standards and safeguards, abolishing U.S. right-to-work laws, adding new chapters on the rights of indigenous peoples and gender equality, toughening environmental standards, and addressing global warming/climate change.

Regarding the new “gender” chapters that Canada seeks to add to NAFTA, Canada’s ruling Liberal Party wants, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News, a “feminist North America Free Trade Agreement.”

Although the text of this proposed gender chapter remains secretive, it is said to be “modeled after the gender chapter the Liberal government added to its free trade deal with Chile,” according to the CBC News report. This refers to the 1997 bilateral free-trade agreement between Canada and Chile known as the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA).

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Click here to read: UN Agenda 2030: A Recipe for Global Socialism.

Click here to read a food for thought article:The United Nations 2030 Agenda decoded: It’s a blueprint for the global enslavement of humanity under the boot of corporate masters.

Click here to download PDF directly from the UN. They claim: This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom, We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. By reading it you can make up your mind.

We just thought we got rid of him and his plans for America. How wrong we were.

OFA a.k.a. Organizing for Action

Wikipedia – Organizing for Action is a nonprofit 5014 organization and community organizing project that advocates for the agenda of former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Founded: January 18, 2013
Executive Director: Katie Hogan
Chairperson: Jim Messina
Affiliation: Barack Obama
Founders: Jim Messina, Michelle Obama
Headquarters: Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL

We aren’t the first to fight for progressive change and we won’t be the last. With more than 250 local chapters around the country, OFA volunteers are building this organization from the ground up, community by community, one conversation at a time—whether that’s on a front porch or on Facebook. We’re committed to finding and training the next generation of great progressive organizers, because at the end of the day, we aren’t the first to fight for progressive change, and we won’t be the last.

To visit their website click here

Link to the OFA appears on Ex-Presidents Obama’s website at Office of Barack and Michelle Obama website.

Click here to read: Obama’s Organizing for Action Partners with Soros-Linked ‘Indivisible’ to Disrupt Trump’s Agenda by Breitbart.

Senator Thom Tillis – The SUCCEED Act

Last week, I introduced the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation (SUCCEED) Act, a solution to address the legal uncertainty facing undocumented children who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own.


The SUCCEED Act provides a fair but rigorous track for undocumented children to qualify for conditional permanent resident (CPR) status, requiring them to follow one or a combination of three specific pathways to earn and maintain their status once they become adults: being gainfully employed, pursing postsecondary or vocational education, or serving in the U.S. military.


On Monday, I held a held a press conference with Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to introduce the SUCCEED Act.

Watch the video HERE.

Bipartisan Praise

The SUCCEED Act is earning bipartisan praise for its reasonable and realistic approach, and has received positive feedback from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, IBM, Former Democratic Governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean, Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario H. Lopez, New American Economy President John Feinblatt, Niskanen Center President Jerry Taylor, TechNet President & CEO Linda Moore, National Immigration Forum Executive Director Ali Noorani,, and the LIBRE Initiative.

Editorial Board: Can’t we get this one thing right? 

Under the measure, known as the Succeed Act and co-sponsored by GOP Sens. Thom Tillis (N.C.) and James Lankford (Okla.), dreamers would be granted what amounts to a 15-year pathway to citizenship, during which they would be required to graduate from college, serve in the military or maintain steady employment. After 10 years, they’d be eligible for permanent legal residence, though it would come with a significant asterisk: Unlike other green-card holders, they could not sponsor foreign-born relatives for entry into the United States. That doesn’t strike us as too high a price to settle the dreamers issue once and for all…”

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House panel approves $10B for border wall

The House Homeland Security Committee approved Wednesday a border security bill that includes $10 billion for a border wall.

The Border Security for America Act, proposed by committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), was passed along party lines, 18-12.

The bill now heads to the House floor amid debate over whether border security provisions should be attached to potential legislation to protect recipients of the rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. P<>Click here to read more.