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Sen. Ted Cruz Delivers First Major Floor Speech Offering an Amendment to Defund Obamacare

Posted March 14, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Offers Amendment to Defund Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today gave his first major floor speech, offering his amendment that defunds Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution, the “Restore Growth First” amendment. He was earlier joined at a press conference by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Rand Paul (R-KY) to discuss the importance of passing this legislation.

“Economic growth should be our first priority and if we implement Obamacare now, it is certain to be destructive to economic growth,” Sen. Cruz said. “We have already seen more and more small businesses reducing jobs, dropping healthcare coverage or forcing employees to work fewer hours in order to avoid the burdens and costs of Obamacare. Every elected official should be united in preventing a policy which will lead to further job losses and make it more difficult for young people, Hispanics, African Americans, single moms and others who are struggling. To implement Obamacare now, when the economy has flat lined, has potential to do enormous harm and enormous damage to the economy.”

More: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=341007


New Pope: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians

Posted March 14, 2013

In the Aparecida Document, a document that represents a joint statement by Latin American church leaders but presented by Francis in 2007, the leaders stated, “we should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence,’ that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortions, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”

Francis is also anti-euthanasia: “Today,” he wrote, “elderly people are discarded when, in reality, they are the seat of wisdom of the society. The right to life means allowing people to live and not killing, allowing them to grow, to eat, to be educated, to be healed, and to be permitted to die with dignity.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/03/13/Francis-no-communion-abortion


U.S. Sen. Cruz Statement on Vote to Defund Obamacare

Posted March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statement on the Senate’s vote on his amendment to defund Obamacare:

I am proud that Senate Republicans stood united today and voted unanimously to defund Obamacare. While I'm disappointed that the amendment did not pass, we will not give up. And today's vote demonstrates that the fight to repeal Obamacare is far from over.

Every Democrat voted in lockstep today to continue Obamacare, despite the significant harms it is already inflicting on seniors, on young people, on Hispanics and African-Americans, on single moms, and on everyone else struggling to climb the economic ladder. And every Democrat voted for continued costs, burdens, and regulations on small businesses, which will kill even more jobs. Our economy is gasping for breath--last quarter, it grew just 0.1%--and implementing Obamacare now could well force us into a full recession. And yet, unfortunately, every Democrat voted to do just that.

Democrats and Republicans should work together on what should be our very top priority: restoring economic growth and expanding the opportunity for everyone to achieve the American dream. Unfortunately, today at least, the Senate did not do so.

More: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=341015


Rand Paul: GOP Should Fight to Keep 'Government Out of People's Lives'

Posted March 14, 2013

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul swung back at critics within his own caucus in a Wednesday morning op-ed, saying his fight via old-fashioned filibuster is one the American people wanted.

“Last week, a Senate colleague of mine said that when I questioned whether or not the President could order a drone strike on American citizens on American soil, that I was just catering to ‘libertarian kids in their dorm rooms,’” Paul wrote in the Wednesday op-ed, published on PolicyMic. “Standing up for the Bill of Rights and the Fifth Amendment was not a political stunt designed to appeal to certain audiences. I took an oath to protect the Constitution and it is an oath I intend to keep.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/12/Rand-Paul-GOP-should-fight-to-keep-government-out-of-people-s-lives-as-much-as-possible


True the Vote: This week in voter ID news...

Posted March 14, 2013

ARKANSAS
House Speaker Says He's Reviewing Voter ID - Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he's reviewing constitutional concerns that have been raised about a bill to require voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot.

NEBRASKA
Nebraska Voter ID Debate Rages in Committee Hearing - Opponents of a voter identification bill threatened a lawsuit Thursday if Nebraska lawmakers approve it, while supporters cast the measure as a preventive effort to protect against voter fraud.

Elections Chief Backs Study of Voter ID Bill - Nebraska's elections chief is recommending an interim study to determine whether the state needs legislation that would require government-issued photo identification to vote.

NORTH CAROLINA
Voter ID Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday - House Speaker Thom Tillis promised a deliberative approach, saying last week that the public hearings would allow lawmakers to "arrive at a policy that is fair and that takes into account legitimate reasons why voters may not have an ID and puts into effect a way in which those IDs can be issued." 


Liberty Institute Readies for Increased Assaults From FFRF

Posted March 14, 2013

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has proven it will stop at nothing to completely eliminate religion from public view, going after school districts, churches, Christmas displays, and now even our own national currency. Read more.


Carney Rejects Questions on Cost of Presidential Travel, Golf Outings

Posted March 14, 2013

(CNSNews.com) – The White House would not answer a question about the cost of security for President Barack Obama’s golf outings or the president’s trip to Illinois this week when compared to the cost of the recently cancelled White House tours.

During the press briefing Wednesday, a reporter asked about the cost of Obama’s trip this Friday to Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill., compared to the $74,000 per week cost of Secret Service security for White House tours.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/carney-rejects-questions-cost-presidential-travel-golf-outings


Ron Meyer, Age 23, Explores Run for Congress

Posted March 14, 2013

Conservative spokesman Ron Meyer, 23, announced on Wednesday that he is forming an exploratory committee for a possible 2014 run for Congress against Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA). If elected, Meyer, who will turn 25 just prior to the election, would be among the youngest persons ever elected to the U.S. Congress.

"It's easy to yell at Washington politicians about how they're stealing from the next generation,” said Meyer in an interview with Breitbart News. “I'm done yelling--it's time to act. President Obama and my congressman, Gerry Connolly, think we should never balance the budget. They believe in eternal deficits."

A former spokesman and public relations officer for Young America’s Foundation and American Majority Action, Meyer has appeared on numerous national television programs, including: Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and Fox Business. Meyer says he plans to use his communications skills to help stop runaway spending in Washington.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/13/Ron-Meyer-Age-23-Explores-Run-For-Congress


Mark Levin ‘convinced’ GOP leadership ‘has a Republican death wish’ [AUDIO]

Posted March 13, 2013

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/12/marl-levin-convinced-the-gop-leadership-has-a-republican-death-wish-audio/#ixzz2NQClsuxP


 
   

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Grassroots coalition calls on Perry, Dewhurst, & Straus to lead the way on a new vision for roads

Posted March 14, 2013

Sensible bills should not be held hostage to promote special interests, more road debt, tax hikes, and budget-busting tolls that will only burden small businesses, families, seniors, and young adults on limited income!

TURF Lobby Day with Terri Hall(Austin, TX, March 12, 2013) - On Tuesday morning, Texans from across the state converged at the capitol to stress the need for Texas Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus, and House and Senate budget writers to prevent the most fiscally sound, long-term road funding solutions from being held hostage to more tolls, debt, and tax hikes.

Activist leaders Terri Hall (TURF) and JoAnn Fleming (TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee Chair and Grassroots America director) sounded the alarm to Texans that soon every major road will be tolled, and foreign corporations can take over our  roadways, driving up the cost of daily travel with unfettered tolling.

"Texans don't take kindly to unelected boards and commissions raising taxes on them, and that is just what these toll agencies can and will do if we don't change course now," warned TURF's founder and director, Terri Hall.

More at: http://www.texasturf.org/press/95-texas-state-wide/299-texans-ask-for-leadership-to-enact-new-vision-for-road-policy


Mark Levin calls for ouster of John Boehner [VIDEO]

Posted March 14, 2013

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/14/mark-levin-calls-for-ouster-of-john-boehner-as-house-speaker/#ixzz2NW0bdekk


How To Pass A Second Amendment Resolution In Your Town

Posted March 14, 2013 - Heidi Thiess

People have asked how to go about passing a Resolution to protect the Second Amendment in their town or city. First of all, let me say that we shouldn't have to do this, but the federal governm ent started this fight a very long time ago, and now we're in the 11th hour. It's up to us to finish it. The big government politicians and activists have made their true intentions very clear, so don't accept the rhetoric that all they want is a few tin y, inconsequential restrictions here or there. NOT TRUE! Their ultimate goal is CONFISCATION & PROHIBITION. Read more...


Senator Dan Patrick: CSCOPE & State Board of Eduction Review

Posted March 14, 2013 - by Donna Garner

Concerns have been raised by parents and educators about the CSCOPE curriculum management system. CSCOPE was created by 19 regional education service centers and is now used by more than 800 public school districts and private schools in Texas. The system’s lesson plans, like all lesson plans, are not under the authority of the State Board of Education (SBOE). However, in response to growing public concern, legislative leaders have asked the SBOE to review CSCOPE content.

As a result, SBOE Chair Barbara Cargill has appointed an ad hoc committee to include SBOE members Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo; Mavis Knight, D-Dallas; Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth; and Tom Maynard, R-Florence. She has also named three members of the CSCOPE governing board to the committee: John Bass, Region 16 in Amarillo, Clyde Steelman, Region 11 in Fort Worth and Elizabeth Abernethy, Region 7 in Kilgore. Marty Rowley will chair the committee. The first organizational meeting will occur in late March. All meetings will be posted as open to the public.

More at: http://educationviews.org/sen-dan-patrick-cscope-and-state-bd-of-ed-review/

See also: List of Anti-CSCOPE Resources


Take Action for School Choice in TexasTAKE ACTION: Contact your legislator and encourage them to support SB 1575 and HB 3497

Posted March 14, 2013 - Texas School Choice Coalition

Last week Senators Donna Campbell and Ken Paxton showed great leadership by introducing Senate Bill 1575. Additionally, Representative Scott Turner filed a companion bill, House Bill 3497. We need your support NOW to thank these legislators and encourage other elected officials to get behind the boldest education reform proposal in the country!

Show Your Support: Contact these school choice champions
Senator Donna Campbell 
* Phone: 512-463-0125
* Tweet: @DonnaCampbellTX
Senator Ken Paxton 
* Phone: 512-463-0108
* Tweet: @SenKenPaxton
Representative Scott Turner 
* Phone: 512-463-0484
* Tweet: @ScottTurnerTX


Cruz on CPAC

Posted March 14, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday offered some pointers to conservative activists preparing for their annual confab in Washington.

A day before the kick-off of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, at which Cruz will deliver the closing speech, Texas' junior U.S. senator headlined the annual Weyrich Awards Dinner last night in Washington. At the event, as Politico reports, Cruz spoke of the future of the Republican Party, Sen. Rand Paul's recent filibuster and the reputation he has earned in his first three months in office.

"It is wonderful to be among friends or, as some might say, fellow wacko birds," Cruz said, alluding to Sen. John McCain's recent jab at him and Paul. "If standing for the Constitution, standing for liberty, standing for values makes one a wacko bird … then I am pleased that birds of a feather flock together."

More: http://www.texastribune.org/2013/03/14/brief-top-texas-news-march-14-2013/


The Texas Demographics Chart That Will Excite Democrats, Scare Republicans

Posted March 14, 2013

Republicans generally understand that if Texas ever turned blue, the GOP would have an extremely difficult time winning a national presidential election.

While the Lone Star State is still happily conservative, Democrats and progressives are hoping that the state’s booming Hispanic/Latino population coupled with the diminishing young white population will help make the state a toss up in the future.

As Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal points out, a demographics chart based on U.S. Census data shows that the Latino population among younger generations — future voters — is growing rapidly. However, whites are still the majority among people aged 45 and older.

Nonetheless, Republicans will likely have to find a way to appeal to Latino and Hispanic voters in order to keep Texas a Republican state over the long term. In 2012, Hispanic voters voted for President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney 71% to 27%.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/13/the-texas-demographics-chart-that-will-excite-democrats-scare-republicans/


Fed-Up Texas Restaurant Owner and Repeat Burglary Victim Fatally Shoots Suspected Robber

Posted March 14, 2013

After three recent break-ins at his restaurant in Edinburg, Texas, the fed-up owner of Pumpjack Mexican Restaurant began staying inside his business overnight to personally defend his property from intruders.

At around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, history again repeated itself. The business owner shot and killed a suspected burglar who forced his way into the restaurant. Police have identified the suspect as 46-year-old Gibert Medina, Jr., according to KGBT-TV.

Medina was confronted by the restaurant owner and, following a confrontation, was shot in the torso, according to police. At least three shots were fired.

Officials also confirmed that the Pumpjack Mexican Restaurant had been broken into three separate times in recent weeks, with criminals making off with TVs and cash.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/12/fed-up-restaurant-owner-and-repeat-burglary-victim-takes-an-armed-stand-against-suspected-robber/


 
   

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