It is time for us to fire Congress

December 12, 2017 in Blog Posts

I’m running for Congress because now, more than ever, we need new blood in Washington. The people in Congress can’t get anything done because they’re too busy scoring political points or helping themselves and their cronies. In business, that type of performance gets you fired. It is our responsibility to see that Congress is held to the same standard.

We need leaders who have real life experience making a difference. I’ve started four companies in 25 years, employing hundreds of people across North Carolina. Our companies were successful because we identified opportunities, we listened to new ideas and we built an atmosphere of teamwork that solved problems instead of creating them. I want to apply those principles to Congress to get it working for all Americans again.

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Romley Makes the Rounds: Jan. 14, 2018

January 16, 2018 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

Congress is still trying to avoid a government shutdown. If they can’t come to an agreement before next Saturday, then money will stop flowing to many vital services. Republicans control both Houses of Congress and the White House, so if we see this level of dysfunction, we know who to blame.

In the White House

Donald Trump is at it again. He insulted immigrants moving here from Africa and Haiti in a meeting this week that drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. He asked a group of lawmakers meeting with him why we have to take immigrants from “s***hole countries.” His comments are racist and damaging to our credibility with other nations.

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Offshore Drilling: Not good for North Carolina

January 16, 2018 in Blog Posts

The Trump Administration and his lackeys in Congress like George Holding are putting one of North Carolina’s most valuable resources at risk by allowing offshore drilling off of our beautiful and vulnerable coast.

We must act to stop this NOW! Tell Donald Trump and George Holding to protect our coast. Sign our petition to stop offshore drilling.

The North Carolina coastline is a state treasure. Millions of people vacation at our shores each year and tens of thousands of Tar Heels rely on tourism, fishing, and related industries for their livelihoods. The Trump administration just granted an exemption to Florida, acknowledging the potential risks of offshore drilling to that state’s economy.

George Holding has said that he supports offshore drilling off of our coast. Let’s send a message to George and let him know that North Carolina deserves the same protections afforded to Florida.

Sign the petition today and protect our coasts!

Romley Makes the Rounds: Jan. 7, 2018

January 8, 2018 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

A little good news, at least in the Senate: Doug Jones was sworn in as the Senator from Alabama. Republicans now have a narrow 51-49 advantage.

In the White House

Donald Trump and the White House were in an uproar with the release of Michael Wolff’s scathing depiction of the Trump White House. Trump’s lawyers tried issue a cease-and-desist order against the publisher but they released the book early instead. The book also caused what looks to be a permanent split between Trump and his former political advisor, Steve Bannon. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier…

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Romley Makes the Rounds: Dec. 17, 2017

December 18, 2017 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

The House and Senate came to an agreement on a tax reform bill. They will likely pass it this week and send it to the White House for Trump’s approval. The bill is a huge tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. Their tax cut stays permanent while the middle-class tax cut expires. Whose side do you think they’re on?

In the White House

The Trump administration is using Orwellian censorship in government agencies. They’ve banned the Centers for Disease Control and other health agencies from using certain common words. Among the banned words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” and “fetus.” That’s not only bizarre, those are scary authoritarian directives.

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Romley Makes the Rounds: Dec. 10, 2017

December 12, 2017 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

Well, Al Franken and John Conyers resigned from Congress for sexual harassment allegations after a chorus of Democrats called for their resignations. Meanwhile, Republicans doubled-down on their support for Alabama Senate nominee and accused child molester Roy Moore when Mitch McConnell backed off his criticism of Moore and the RNC began sending Moore money again. If ever there was a time for a new class of Congressmen…

In the White House

Donald Trump faces new allegations of sexual harassment when a former Fox News anchors says he tried to kiss her on the lips while the two were in an elevator in Trump Tower. She adds to the 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or abuse. Republicans refuse to comment on the matter.

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Romley Makes the Rounds: Dec. 1, 2017

December 1, 2017 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

The Senate is passing a tax bill that’s been written on the fly. Even they don’t know what’s in it. We do know that it will slash taxes for the richest Americans and those tax cuts will be permanent, while tax cuts for the middle class will expire, leading to most Americans paying higher taxes by 2027. It’s a sorry way to lead a government. Angus King, the Independent Senator from Maine, said, “To call this (push to pass the tax bill) a circus would be an insult to circuses.” The bill will add $1.5 trillion to the national debt. According to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the GOP pay for the tax cuts with huge cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

In the White House

Uh, oh. Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn flipped. Flynn has pled guilty to lying to the FBI and is reportedly going to testify that he made contact with the Russians at Trump’s request.

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Romley Makes the Rounds: Nov. 19, 2017

November 19, 2017 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

The House passed their version of tax reform. It’s little more than a bait-and-switch with middle class tax cuts expiring while those for the rich and big corporations stay permanent. It also raises taxes on graduate students. You read that right—graduate students, that bastion of disposable income. In an area full of universities, that’s bad for our district and our state.

In the White House

Donald Trump came back from his trip to Asia where he met with Vladimir Putin in Vietnam. He told the press he believes Putin when he says Russia didn’t meddle in US elections. To put that in perspective, he’s taking the word of a hostile dictator over his own intelligence community.

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Romley Makes the Rounds: Nov. 12, 2017

November 13, 2017 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

Congress is still trying to put together a tax reform plan that doesn’t cost them the election in 2018. They’re having trouble figuring out how to give huge tax cuts to the rich without either sticking it to the middle class or dramatically increasing the deficit. They probably need a refresher course in elementary school math.

In the White House

Former KGB agent Vladimir Putin told Trump he didn’t interfere in the US elections. Trump says he believes him. To put that into context, the President of the United States is taking the word of a former spy over the findings of his own intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

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On This We Agree

November 11, 2017 in Blog Posts

While there are many views across the political spectrum, there are some things on which we can all come together. The racial attacks on Zainab Baloch, a candidate for Raleigh city council, are unacceptable.

We should all applaud Charles Hellwig, chairman of the Wake County Republican Party, who said, “The Wake County Republican Party wants Ms. Baloch to know that this reprehensible act does not represent anything other than the twisted lunacy of some disgusting individual.” We need to give credit where credit is due. (More at News & Observer, Racial Slur …)

The people I know, across the political spectrum, condemn this act of bigotry. We started our country with “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, …” While the United States has not always lived up to this ideal, it is the goal we strive for. Attacking people because of their race or religion is the opposite of this fundamental value. It is un-American, and every effort should be made to see that it is stopped.