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Lt. Governor Dan Forest in Support of March 22, 2016 Presidential Primary Date

Today Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest issued the following statement of support for moving the North Carolina Presidential primary election date to March 22, 2016.

"I understand the original intent of moving up our Presidential primary to the first Tuesday after South Carolina. However, circumstances have changed. If we stay where we are, our state delegation will be decimated at the National Convention. All our voting strength will be negated and smaller states will play a greater role in determining the nominee for our party.

I also understand the efforts behind those who would move our primary to March 1st, which would protect the size of our delegation at the national convention to its full voting strength. However, I believe it would be a greater benefit to the voters of North Carolina to hold our primary on March 22, 2016. Although the March 1st date would protect our delegation at the convention, it means our state would not qualify for 'winner take all' status. In other words, our state would be worth a fraction of its true value to the ultimate winner, because with the crowded primary field, no one candidate would win a large majority of the vote. In addition, we would be marginalized by the sheer number of states competing on that same day, which currently stands at eight states.

By setting our primary date at March 22, 2016, North Carolina would position itself as the largest ‘Winner Take All’ state at stake on that day, with only three states currently positioned to hold primaries at that time. This positioning would correspond to a narrower field of candidates, as several will have dropped out by that point. However, North Carolina would find itself as a must have state for serious candidates still in the hunt. In my opinion, the March 22nd date captures the intent of the original effort to move up our primary to make our state more relevant in selecting a future President of the United States.

If this reasoning makes sense to you, please call your state senator or representative and ask them to vote to move the primary to March 22, 2016."

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Iran Divestment Act

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest and Senator Rick Gunn Announce Iran Divestment Act 

Today, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest and Senator Rick Gunn announced legislation to sanction investment in Iran’s energy sector by North Carolina companies. On March 25, 2015, Senator Rick Gunn filed the “Iran Divestment Act of 2015” as the bill’s primary sponsor. The Act prohibits the State of North Carolina from doing business with companies tied to Iran’s energy sector.

In 2010, President Obama signed the “Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010” (H.R. 2194) into law. This federal law authorizes state and local governments to prevent investment in companies operating in Iran’s energy sector.

Under the proposed bill, the State of North Carolina will be responsible for developing, using credible information available to the public, a list of companies that engage in investment activities in Iran.

According to the proposed Iran Divestment Act, a person engaging in investment activities in Iran is ineligible to contract with the State of North Carolina or any political subdivision of the State. Neither the North Carolina Retirement Systems, nor the State Treasurer, may invest funds with a person that is identified on the list created under the bill.

“Just this Saturday, Iranian Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, in the middle of Iran negotiating a nuclear deal with America, publicly stated ‘Death to America,’” said Lt. Governor Dan Forest. “As long as Iran continues to promote an anti-American and anti-Israel hatred, we cannot consider it a credible negotiating partner. Let’s stand with Israel and make sure North Carolina is not sending the Iranian government a nickel of our money.”

“The Iran Divestment Act reaffirms North Carolina’s support for our nation’s ally, Israel,” said Senator Rick Gunn. “This bill will prevent any direct or indirect contribution from the State of North Carolina toward the Iranian government’s efforts to achieve nuclear weapons capability.”

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Upcoming Events

Hal Weatherman Speaking Schedule

Halifax County GOP Convention

March 21, 2015

Ag Center of Courthouse Complex

359 Ferrell Lane, Halifax, NC 27839

Meeting: 11:00 AM

Craven County Republican Women

March 25, 2015

New Bern Golf & Country Club

4301 Country Club Road, Trent Woods, NC 28562

Meeting: 11:30 AM

Lower Cape Fear Republican Women’s Club

April 2, 2015

City Club of Wilmington

23 South 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Meeting: 11:30 AM

Johnston County Republican Women’s Club

April 16, 2015

Venue: TBD

Dinner: 6:00 PM

Meeting: 6:30 PM

 Buncombe County GOP Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner – Master of Ceremonies

April 18, 2015

Details TBD

Greater Greensboro Republican Women’s Club

April 28, 2015

Starmount Forest Country Club

1 Sam Snead Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410

Meeting: 12:00 PM

 Forsyth County Republican Women’s Club

May 28, 2015

Details TBD

 Sweet Union Republian Women’s Club

September 22, 2015

Details TBD

If you would like Hal Weatherman to speak to your local GOP group on conservative grassroots strategies, submit a request to Rebekah Bradley via email at rebekahbradley422@gmail.com for scheduling.

Jamey Falkenbury Speaking Schedule

Western Wake Republican Club

Danny's BBQ, 311 Ashville Ave # G, Cary

March 23, 2015

6:00 -8:00 PM

Sweet Union Republican Women's Club

Golden Corral, 2507 W Roosevelt Blvd, Monroe, NC 28110

March 24, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 PM

 As we know from the previous Senate election, there is a lot of misinformation out there pertaining to our education system.  Jamey Falkenbury, Lt. Governor Forest’s education adviser, is headed back out on the road again to give an update on all things education in our state.  Email Jamey at jfalkenbury@gmail.com to schedule a date for him to speak to your group about the facts of what’s going on in North Carolina. 

For more information on Dan Forest and how you can be a part of our team, visit www.danforest.com. You may also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@danforestnc) for more frequent updates on news and events.


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March Images


Top Left: Ms. Evelyn Langston was recently honored by the State Board of Education for her 63 years of service as a public school teacher. She stopped to give Lt. Governor Forest a hug and thank him for his leadership on her way out.

Top Right: Lt. Governor Forest spoke last week at the Johnston County Friends of Scouting dinner.

Bottom Left: This photo was taken at the Onslow County Lincoln Reagan Dinner. Senator Brown and Representative Millis were both in attendance. Onslow Co. is fortunate to have such strong representation.

Bottom Right: Bath, NC, our state’s oldest town, celebrated its 310th anniversary on March 8th.  Be sure to check out its historic district next time you’re around Beaufort County.


Top Left: Lt. Governor Forest with Donna Williams, Chair of the Wake County GOP. This photo was taken before his speech at the Wake Co. GOP precinct meeting.

Top Right: Lt. Governor Forest had the opportunity to sit down with Roger Wiggs of WRAY-TV to discuss his legislative agenda for 2015.

Bottom Left: We took advantage of the winter weather and got creative with #ForestFriday. Send us your #ForestFriday pictures from around the state.

Bottom Right: Congratulations to Dianne Layden, who was re-elected as Chair of the Perquimans County GOP. Thanks for your leadership, Dianne.  


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Common Core in North Carolina

Common Core: We can do better in North Carolina

In case you missed it, Lieutenant Governor Forest issued an op-ed on Common Core that was published by EdNC last month. As you are likely aware, Lieutenant Governor Forest has been outspoken with his desire for North Carolina to have the highest standards for our students, and he truly believes that Common Core is not the right fit. It is developmentally inappropriate at lower grade levels and not strong enough at the high school level to prepare students for a STEM career. Lieutenant Governor Forest’s op-ed addresses six major concerns that he has regarding Common Core. Click here to view the full op-ed.

 “After months of questions about the challenges of the standards from parents and educators, few answers have been revealed. Two things are now clear to me. Common Core is not a partisan issue. And, no matter where one stands on the Common Core spectrum, everyone can agree that we all want what is best for our children in North Carolina.”

-Lt. Governor Dan Forest 


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NC Education Endowment

North Carolina Education Endowment

Have you contributed to the North Carolina Education Endowment yet? This special fund, championed by Lt. Governor Forest in 2014, was established to supplement teacher pay raises that directly relate to student achievement. Show your appreciation for North Carolina teachers today by purchasing an “I Support Teachers” specialty license plate or by donating a portion of your state tax refund to the Endowment. For information on how to order an “I Support Teachers” license plate, visit www.isupportteachers.com. To learn more about contributing to the Endowment through your state tax refund, click here. Join Lieutenant Governor Forest in rewarding our best teachers for their professionalism and high performance by participating in this initiative today.

“This innovative framework for supplementing teacher pay is essential to showing teachers, students, and parents that we cannot settle for an average public education system in North Carolina…”

Lt. Governor Dan Forest


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Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinners

Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinners

Special thanks to Pitt and Onslow Counties for hosting Lieutenant Governor Forest as the keynote speaker at their Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinners. In his presentations, Lieutenant Governor Forest outlined the achievements Republicans have made since gaining control of the legislative and executive branches. North Carolina is experiencing a friendlier business climate, lower unemployment rates, a modernized tax code, increased education funding, and many more positive reforms due to conservative statewide policies. You won’t hear it from the media, but North Carolina is on the fast track toward recovery and prosperity.

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NCHE Legislative Day

Lieutenant Governor Forest Speaks at NCHE Legislative Day

Lieutenant Governor Forest presented to a standing-room only crowd at the North Carolinians for Home Education Legislative Day on March 3rd. He discussed his role as Lieutenant Governor and the importance of education choice. Later he took questions from the audience and met with students and parents. Lieutenant Governor Forest appreciates the NCHE hosting him and is always encouraged to see so many students taking an active role in civic engagement.

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Senate Bill 2

Lieutenant Governor Forest Issues Statement of Support for Senate Bill 2

RALEIGH—This past Wednesday, Senator Phil Berger filed legislation to protect public officials’ religious freedoms. Senate Bill 2, Magistrates Recusal of Civil Ceremonies, allows magistrates and register of deeds employees to opt out of performing marriage ceremonies or issuing licenses on grounds of religious objection. Under the provisions of SB 2, individuals who recuse themselves may not officiate in any lawful marriages and may not be criminally charged for recusal.

 Lieutenant Governor Forest issued the following statement regarding the proposed legislation:

“Senate Bill 2 will ensure that religious freedoms for North Carolinians are preserved through state law. While the federal court decision in October overstepped the Constitutional balance of power and violated principles of federalism, Senate Bill 2 will establish a reasonable accommodation that protects the sincerely held religious beliefs of our magistrates and assistant and deputy registers of deeds.

Article I, Section 13 of the North Carolina Constitution recognizes that ‘All persons have a natural and inalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and no human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.’

Many magistrates resigned upon being notified by the Administrative Office of the Courts that they could be subject to criminal prosecution for failing to perform marriages to which they had a sincerely held religious objection. Senate Bill 2 restores the recognition of the religious rights of these employees and was carefully written to establish safeguards for public officials while also guaranteeing that all eligible couples are able to receive licenses and marry if they so choose.

I applaud Senator Berger for introducing this legislation and I hope to see its passage in the new session.”


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Dan Forest's January "On The Road Report"

Welcome to the “On The Road Report,” a monthly glimpse of the images and activities of Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest as he travels North Carolina.


The 2015 General Assembly convened on January 14th at 9:00 AM, marking the beginning of a new legislative biennium. Lieutenant Governor Forest presided over the Senate as members were sworn in and leadership positions were established. Senator Phil Berger was elected to a third term as President Pro Tempore and Senator Louis Pate will serve as the Deputy President Pro Tempore. On the House side, Lieutenant Governor Forest is proud to congratulate Representative Tim Moore on his new role as Speaker of the House.

In his remarks, Lieutenant Governor Forest commended the legislature and its success in lowering unemployment, offering tax cuts to businesses and individuals, providing one of the largest pay raise to teachers in state history. He also stressed the importance of incorporating a digital learning plan in our school system and shared his vision for NC becoming the first state in the Union with every classroom wired with broadband and every child in possession of a one-to-one device. Through technology and innovation, students will have access to a wide variety of resources, tools, and information to prepare them for higher education or a career. Click here for more information on the digital learning plan.



Lieutenant Governor Forest recently met with Former Governor Beverly Perdue, Michael McShane of the American Enterprise Institute, and Chair of the Florida Senate Education Committee, Senator John Legg, for a panel discussion on Common Core. The Education Writers Association hosted the seminar at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism. Lieutenant Governor Forest shared his concerns with Common Core and highlighted many uncertainties that have not yet been addressed by the NC Department of Public Instruction. The education standards implemented by the former administration are developmentally inappropriate at lower grade levels and not strong enough at the high school level to prepare students for a STEM career. Lieutenant Governor Forest is supportive of the Academic Standards Review Commission that was established pursuant to Senate Bill 812. The members, which are comprised of North Carolina parents, business leaders, educators, and curriculum experts, will review and make suggestions on the Common Core in order to develop new standards specific to the needs and interests of our students.



Lieutenant Governor Forest participated in the NC Human Trafficking Commission’s award ceremony on January 9th. As the keynote speaker, he addressed law enforcement officers, government officials, non-profit leaders, and citizen activists that have worked tirelessly to stop human trafficking. Lieutenant Governor Forest took the opportunity to thank and encourage those groups and individuals that are combatting human trafficking, which is prevalent in North Carolina along our major highway corridors. 




Images From Around the State


 Top Left: January 11th marked Dan Forest’s second full year serving as Lieutenant Governor. This photo was taken at his swearing in ceremony. 

Top Right: Lieutenant Governor Forest championed an initiative to supplement teacher pay through the NC Education Endowment. It is partially funded through specialty “I Support Teachers” license plates. Download your application here.

Bottom Left: Congratulations to our Carolina Panthers on a successful season. The team took home the title of NFC South champions.

Bottom Right: Hal Weatherman, Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Forest, spoke to the Wake County Republican Women on January 15th. A full schedule of his upcoming presentations is listed below. 


Top Left: This photo was taken this past October at the USO of NC’s annual Salute to Freedom Gala. Alice Forest served as the Honorary Chair of the event.

Top Right: North Carolina: First in Flight thanks to the innovation of these two brothers. Lieutenant Governor Forest snapped this shot during his last visit to the Outer Banks. 

Bottom Left: Lieutenant Governor Forest posed for a picture at the Duplin Winery after tour this past fall. Duplin Winery is the oldest and largest winery in the state.

Bottom Right: A special thanks to Lynn Smith and Jennifer Greene from the Western part of the state for donating one of North Carolina’s best fraser firs to our office for the annual Christmas Open House. 



Hal Weatherman Speaking Schedule:

Pitt County GOP

January 27, 2015

Seahorse Restaurant

2301 Stantonsburg Road, Greenville, NC

Meeting: 6:00 PM

 Apex Rotary Club

February 5, 2015

Carrabba's Italian Grill

1201 Haddon Hall Drive, Apex, NC 27502

Lunch: 12:30 PM

Meeting: 1:00 PM

Mecklenburg Republican Women’s Club

February 10, 2015

Northstone Country Club

15801 Northstone Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078

Registration: 6:00 PM

Dinner:  6:30 PM

Meeting 7:00 PM

Randolph County Republican Women’s Club

February 12, 2015

Randolph County Republican Headquarters

122 Sunset Ave. Asheboro NC 27203

Registration: 6:45 PM

Meeting: 7:00 PM

Moore County Republican Women’s Club

March 2, 2015

Pinehurst Members Club

1 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Registration: 11:30 AM

Lunch: 12:00 PM

Meeting: 12:45 PM

Greater Greensboro Republican Women’s Club

April 28, 2015

Venue details TBD

Halifax County GOP Convention

March 21, 2015

Ag Center in Courthouse Complex

359 Ferrell Lane, Halifax, NC 27839

Meeting: 11:00 AM

If you would like Hal Weatherman to speak to your local GOP, submit a request to Rebekah Bradley via email at rebekahbradley422@gmail.com for scheduling. 

Jamey Falkenbury Speaking Schedule:

Greensboro Republican Women’s Club

February 27, 2015

Meeting: 12:00 PM

Venue details TBD

For more information on Dan Forest and how you can be a part of our team, visit www.danforest.com. You may also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@danforestnc) for more frequent updates on news and events.


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