Romley Makes the Rounds: Feb. 25, 2018

February 25, 2018 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

In the wake of the shooting in Parkland, some folks in Congress are hoping for quick action on gun violence. Don’t count on it. The NRA is entrenched and the dysfunction in Washington will likely prevent anything from happening anytime soon. More reasons we need new people in Congress.

In the White House

The Mueller investigation keeps rolling out indictments. Last week, it was against Russian companies and people in the US. This past week, it was more indictments against Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates. Every time new indictments come down, Trump’s Twitter feed goes nuts. I wonder why? Continue reading »

Romley Makes the Rounds: Feb. 18, 2018

February 18, 2018 in Romley Makes the Rounds

On the shooting in Parkland, Florida

The school shooting in Florida this week should remind us that we are failing our children. Politicians who say there’s nothing we can do should get out of the way of those of us want to try. The student who are speaking out are far more eloquent the adults who have let them down. There’s one thing we should all be able to agree on: We need research into how to prevent more carnage. Unfortunately, the NRA has blocked any government funding for research into gun violence. That must change. That’s just a first step, but it’s one that should be enacted immediately.

In Congress

Congress again showed its dysfunction. This time, they couldn’t come together to pass a fix for the DREAMERs despite overwhelming support from the American public. This failure is another sign that we need a new Congress to get anything done.

In the White House

Donald Trump released his budget busting budget to huge criticism. The proposed budget would add billions to the deficit and more than a trillion dollars to the national debt. It would also cut Medicare by more than $500 million. It’s largely considered dead-on-arrival, illustrating more dysfunction at the highest reaches of government. Continue reading »

Romley Makes the Rounds: Feb. 11, 2018

February 11, 2018 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

Well, Congress passed a spending deal that will fund government for the next six weeks and sets spending priorities for the next two years. The deal also increases the deficit substantially. So much for anybody being the party of fiscal responsibility.

In the White House

The #MeToo movement reached into the upper echelon of the White House staff this week when White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned because of charges of domestic violence from two of his ex-wives. Donald Trump wished Porter well and reminded reporters that Porter denied the allegations. The whole affair had shades of Trump’s defense of Roy Moore in Alabama. When it comes to abusers and abuse victims, we can count on the president to side with the abusers. Continue reading »

Congressional Candidate Romley Refuses PAC Money

February 9, 2018 in Blog Posts, Press Release

Congressional candidate Ken Romley announced today that he will refuse to accept campaign donations from political action committees, better known as PACs. The candidate cited the outsized influence of special interest money on the American political system and the need to give power back to the citizens as reasons for the decision. Romley is running in North Carolina’s second congressional district.

“The corrupting influence of special interest money on our political system must be stopped,” said Romley. “PACs represent a serious threat to American democracy. I am proud to announce that I will not be beholden to special interest groups, but will answer only to the people of North Carolina.”

In contrast, 2nd district incumbent George Holding has raised over $140,000 from PACs in the 2017-2018 fiscal year according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Major donors included Altria Group, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, and Pfizer Inc, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Romley stated that this is a sign that corporations believe they can influence Holding’s decision making.

“When tobacco companies, big pharma, or any special interest gives to a candidate, they are expecting a return on their investment,” said Romley. “Every citizen of North Carolina should question if Mr. Holding has their best interests at heart.”


Ken Romley is running in North Carolina’s Second Congressional District for the seat held by Rep. George Holding. He is high-tech entrepreneur who has founded four companies in Wake County over the past 25 years that have employed hundreds of people. Romley lives in Wake County with his wife, Di, and has two adult children.

Romley Makes the Rounds: Feb. 4, 2018

February 4, 2018 in Romley Makes the Rounds

In Congress

The memo written by House Intelligence Committee Chair, Republican Devin Nunes, got released this week and turned out to be a case of nothing. The memo was full of speculation and may even have undermined, not strengthened, Trump’s argument against Robert Mueller’s investigation. I suspect when the dust settles from the memo release, not will have changed in the investigation.

In the White House

Trump gave his State of the Union address on Tuesday to mixed reviews. Republicans applauded it. Democrats criticize it. The main takeaway was that Trump didn’t stick his foot in his mouth while speaking for a full 80 minutes. In Republican politics today, that’s what passes for a victory. Sad! Continue reading »