2015 SENATE CONVENES
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.
DAN FOREST PARTICIPATES IN COMMON CORE PANEL
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.
NC HUMAN TRAFFICKING COMMISSION AWARDS BANQUET
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling.
Jamey Falkenbury Speaking Schedule:
Greensboro Republican Women’s Club
February 27, 2015
Meeting: 12:00 PM
Venue details TBD
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