|By Olivia Neeley, The Wilson Daily Times, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"2013 was really a historic year for Republicans," Rep.
'DESTROYING THIS NATION'
Tillis told the
But a year ago, Tillis said, he was going to go back to the private sector and leave politics. Instead, he opted to get in the
Tillis said the time now reminds him of when he was 20 and
"Our prestige in the world was at an all-time low," he said. "When we would let
He said what solved his problem was hard work and education, which led him to the American dream. But Tillis said that opportunity doesn't exist today.
"I don't think if
Tillis said if he's elected he will tell
He said he would also hold Republican leaders in
"I will not only talk about the good things we are going to do, but do them," Tillis said.
EDUCATION, TAXES AND REGULATIONS
Brown, the keynote speaker for Thursday's convention, said the Republican leadership "went hard and fast the whole session."
He said while choosing not to expand
The unemployment insurance reform bill put
Brown noted the unemployment rate went from 10 percent to less than 7 percent.
"I honestly believe a lot of people who were satisfied collecting unemployment decided they may have to go back to work," he said.
Brown also said they plan to continue to look at how they can change rules and regulations to make it easier on businesses. He said while they were able to reform taxes last year, they are not through. He said Republican leaders would work on more tax reform during next year's long session. Brown said they are working on trying to find money to help beginning teachers start out at a better salary. He said they are also trying to find money for other teachers as well.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND SHERIFF
"Control of that board would be essential," said Lucas, who represents
They also said communication between all board members, both Republicans and Democrats, has enabled them to get a lot accomplished. Piner will face
Hill, who represents
"We have to address our turnover rate at the sheriff's office," he said. "We are losing a lot of men and women."
Gardner said there is a lot of work to do before the election, but he's ready.
"We've got to get the word out," he said.
Martin, who represents
Several other state and federal candidates also attended the convention.
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