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Harry Reid: Tea Party Members Are the Real Anarchists

Posted May 3, 2013

Eric Holder Threatens Kansas in Letter on Gun Control Nullification Law

Posted May 3, 2013

On Thursday, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback received a letter from Federal Attorney General Eric Holder threatening action against the state should it enforce SB102 which Brownback signed into law last month.

The new law states, in part:

Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas

The bill also provides for criminal penalties against federal agents who attempt to enforce specific federal laws on guns manufactured in the state of Kansas and sold within the state – as the state takes the position under the new law that the federal government does not “interstate commerce” authority over such items.

In his letter, Holder didn’t take too kindly to such a proposition.


Eagle Scout faces expulsion and arrest for bringing shotgun to school

Posted May 3, 2013

Authorities have arrested a North Carolina high school student and Eagle Scout who says he accidentally brought a shotgun onto school property.

The student, David “Cole” Withrow, told reporters that he was skeet shooting over the weekend, and forgot to take the unloaded gun out of his truck before driving to Princeton High School. When he realized his mistake, he used the office phone to call his mother for help. But administrators overheard, and took action.

A local news channel reported that Withrow had been expelled immediately, but Johnston County Schools issued a statement saying the student’s fate was still up in the air pending a hearing.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/02/eagle-scout-faces-expulsion-and-arrest-for-bringing-shotgun-to-school/#ixzz2SEbfgEnc

Rubio Concedes Immigration 'May Struggle to Pass the Senate'

Posted May 3, 2013

After recently saying the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill would not pass the House of Representatives in its current form, group member Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) conceded on Wednesday that the bill might not even pass the Democrat-controlled Senate.

On Sean Hannity’s radio program on Wednesday, Rubio said the bill “quite frankly, may struggle to pass the Senate” because it does not effectively enforce border security as originally promised.


Rep. Paul Ryan Now Backs Adoption of Children by Homosexuals

Posted May 3, 2013

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, used to oppose adoption of children by homosexuals but now says it is okay for gays to adopt kids and that he would vote to support such a policy.

The Catholic faith, which Ryan professes, teaches that such adoptions “are contrary to the divine plan” of God and Pope Francis has said that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children.


Bill Clinton to Democrats: Forget 1994, Gun Control Is a Winner

Posted May 3, 2013

When former President Bill Clinton spoke at Georgetown University on April 30, he told Democrats to keep pushing gun control because it's a winner.

This is strange advice coming from a man who watched his party endure a loss of historic proportions in 1994; a loss attributed in large part to the fact that he and his fellow Democrats pushed an "assault weapons" ban onto the American people.

Clinton spoke of this loss while at Georgetown, telling the audience, "The fact that we had majority support didn't amount to anything, it's always the intensity of support that you have to measure." That "intensity of support" was with gun owners and gun rights advocates in 1994.


Baby's Head Found Inside Patient of Michigan Abortionist

Posted May 3, 2013

A Michigan abortionist whose clinic was shut down in 2012 faces allegations from a doctor who found a severed infant's head inside the body of one of his patients.

In an email read by Michigan state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton), a Muskegon OB/GYN has urged the state to revoke the medical license of abortionist Dr. Robert Alexander. The physician observed that he has treated several of Alexander’s patients in the emergency room, including one woman in her second trimester whose uterus Alexander allegedly perforated during an abortion.

“Dr. Alexander perforated the woman’s uterus so badly that it was hanging on by two blood vessels,” the physician wrote. “The decapitated head of a fetus was in the woman’s abdomen and the large intestine had been grasped and pulled away from its blood supply and into the vagina. The woman required a hysterectomy, colonoscopy, and several units of blood to save her life.”


GOP's Ron Meyer Announces Bid to Become Nation's Youngest Congressman

Posted May 3, 2013

Conservative spokesman and communications professional Ron Meyer, 23, has filed to run for U.S. Congress in Virginia’s 11th District.

Meyer, who in the event of winning would meet the legal age requirement for Congress by the time of his swearing in, is among the youngest ever to run for the House of Representatives.

Former Republican Congressman Tom Davis and former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis have both endorsed Meyer in his bid against incumbent Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA). 

“Ron is a rising star in the Republican Party,” said Davis. “He has the ability to connect with ethnic voters, young people, and Independents as well.”


Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

Posted May 2, 2013

The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...”. 

The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. 


We Can Win. But Only if We Fight to Win.

Posted May 2, 2013

I would submit that Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul are not the problem, but the solution. And I would further submit that those on the right who attack and assail them for daring to fight for their beliefs while in the Gomorrah that is our nation’s capital are the problem. The American people’s anger at Washington is at an all time high. These three are the three most likely to fight Washington on all fronts. They are as easily caricatured now as being on the wrong side of history, reactionary, and fringe as Ronald Reagan was back in the 1980′s fighting commies. But they are, as Reagan was, right.

Since the election of George W. Bush, there has been a serious tension between establishment Republicans who just want to have a majority of Republicans in power to enact “better” government programs and constitutional conservatives who question the wisdom of massively expanded government. Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, trillions of dollars of debt, the corrupting force of earmarks and the rapid acceleration of the regulatory state.

The simple fact of the matter is the establishment doesn’t want to fight. What exactly have House Republicans accomplished this year? They kicked off the new Congress with a massive tax hike, they adopted a $60 billion Sandy “emergency” appropriation that was loaded with unrelated spending, they passed a budget balanced on the back of higher Obamacare and fiscal cliff taxes, and they passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which violates states’ jurisdiction over criminal law.

But it’s far worse than that. John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy won’t even pretend to fight. Boehner basically plays a game of chicken by stepping aside and saying “you win.” And, he has publicly said he won’t shut the government down. The House “leadership” is running scared from the debt ceiling… and was dead set against Obamacare de-funding. Today, the House “leadership” is telling folks on the Hill it won’t fight the Farm bill. And on immigration – forget it… everyone is running around listening to consultants saying this is the way to win Hispanic votes.


Militia Hired by State Dept. Warned It Wouldn’t Protect Stevens’ Movements in Benghazi

Posted May 2, 2013

(CNSNews.com) - The February 17th Martyrs Brigade, a Benghazi-based militia with Islamist elements that the State Department hired as a “quick reaction force” (QRF) to protect the department’s mission in Benghazi, warned the State Department that it would not protect the movements of Amb. Chris Stevens when he visited there last September.

That warning was relayed to the regional security officer (RSO) at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli--the top security adviser to the ambassador--in an internal State Department email dated Sept. 9, 2012.

That was one day before Stevens departed Tripoli for Benghazi--for what was scheduled to be a four-day visit.



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Yes, this actually happens in the legislature

Posted May 3, 2013 ~ Rep. David Simpson

It has been said — wisely, I might add — that "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe when the Legislature is in session."

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder how it is that we let things go the way we do. For instance, one day earlier this month, the House "recessed" instead of "adjourned" so that when we convened again the following morning it would still be the "same legislative day" and we could avoid some deadlines and legislative restrictions. Yes, that actually happened. It reminds me a little of when Nancy Pelosi asked that Congress simply "deem" ObamaCare passed, even when the vote hadn't been won. Things are or they are not...except in the Legislature where we can make our own rules.

Another example. This past week, bills were being read and voted on so fast that we voted on one bill while thinking it was a different bill. A bill was read and voted on, then the Representative who had moved passage on the bill came forward and apologized, saying that we had voted on one bill while thinking it was actually a different bill! But, instead of reconsidering that vote and allowing Representatives to actually know the vote they were taking, we just kept right on going... In fact, there was an average of just 45 seconds between votes on major bills, including a bill that appropriated $1 billion.

Among other things, we continue to pass vague mandates disguised as other things, continue to pass statewide and controversial bills on the "local and consent" calendar, and continue to expand the police powers of the state.

Texas State Rifle Association Legislative Update

Posted May 3, 2013

Pro-Gun Bills Come to a Floor Vote

Thanks to House Leadership, Committee Chairmen, House Members and many thanks to the patience of TSRA members!

First of all, we thank Chairman Abel Herrero (D-Corpus Christi) and members of House Jurisprudence Committee for dropping HB 3773 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) and failing to hear this harmful bill in committee.  HB 3773 attempted to strip the personal protection safe-guards, known as "Castle Doctrine", from Texas Law.  

HB 3773 may not come up again this session.  Thank you, members, for making those calls and sending email to committee members.

This Saturday, May 4th, the Texas House will take up and consider a long list of pro-gun issues, several including HB 972 by Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-Tomball) are priority issues that have been struggled with for several sessions.  HB 972 would allow personal protection on Texas College and University Campuses.  

HB 47 by Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) would lower the required number of hours for the initial CHL theory course, not including the range proficiency time, and make the license more available for busy, working Texans.

HB 508 by Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) would place financial sanctions on governmental entities such as cities, counties, and others for the improper, unenforceable posting of the PC 30.06 sign in inappropriate locations and refusing to remove such signs.

HB 698 by Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) would make available digital fingerprinting, within reasonable distances, for Texans who require such services particularly to obtain a Texas CHL.   Digital fingerprints and their transmission would still be a requirement. This continues to be a serious problem for rural Texans.

HB 1304 by Rep. Kenneth Sheets (R-Dallas) clarifies in statute for CHLs the unintentional display of a firearm.

HB 1421 by Rep. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) would allow firearms confiscated by law enforcement and not returnable to a rightful owner to be sold at a public sale to a person with a federal firearms license.  The funds would return to that law enforcement agency.  

These pro-gun bills and others, plus the entire calendar for Saturday can be viewed at this link

If you're not going to be in Houston at the NRA Convention, you may want to watch the live proceedings from your computer on line.   Click on the Texas Legislature on Line  and check it out. 

Also, use the link above to read the bills, review the bill history, the author, joint author, and co-author list.  

May 27th is the last day of session but there's time to get this done.

Call TSRA's headquarters to upgrade or renew your membership: 512-615-4200 or come by the TSRA booth at the NRA exhibit hall in Houston.   Sorry, I'm busy in Austin!

Please don't forget PAC donations.  The election cycle is just around the corner.

Keep the Faith,

Alice Tripp 
Legislative Director 

Kim Strassel Again Serves as the Senate GOP’s Stenographer

Posted May 3, 2013

Kim Strassel somewhat diplomatically lashes out at Senator Ted Cruz in the Wall Street Journal. Her subtitle sums up her point, which really isn’t worth delving too far into. The subtitle is, “The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.”

Got that?

So Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz want to make points and the Senate Republican leadership wants to make progress. Nevermind that Cruz and company are the only ones putting points on the board for the GOP and, but for them and despite the spin, the GOP would have gone wobbly on gun control and Obamacare in the Senate.

As I noted yesterday, establishment Republicans complain about Rush Limbaugh and now Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul, then run off to the Wall Street Journal editorial page to seek vengeance.


SOLD: Lawmakers vote to sell-off Texas roads to private corporations

Posted May 2, 2013

Yesterday [April 30], the Texas House joined the Senate in voting for SB 1730 to hand 20 Texas highways to private corporations in controversial contracts called public private partnerships (P3s) or comprehensive development agreements (CDAs) despite public opposition. These sweetheart deals are designed to extract exorbitantly high toll rates, as high as 75 cents per mile, and guarantee profits, using taxpayers to socialize losses and privatize profits.

This crucial vote will effect the next three generations of Texans since P3s grant private, even foreign, entities government-sanctioned monopolies for 50 years. By limiting the expansion of free roads and, in effect, guaranteeing congestion on free routes through non-compete agreements, P3s hamper future transportation needs of the public -- for up to 30 years in Texas. P3s also erode property rights taking land in the name of 'public use,' but turning it into a private purpose for private gain.


In defense of Ted Cruz

Posted May 2, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz caused an uproar this week after calling some of his Senate Republican colleagues “squishes” for their votes in favor of stricter gun control measures. Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment notwithstanding, it’s hard to see why this created so much controversy.

The media has typically toasted any Republican who is willing to criticize fellow Republicans. This has been true, at various times, of John McCain, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Richard Lugar, Jon Huntsman, Charlie Crist and Bob Bennett, among others. Of course, in such cases, it’s okay, because those politicians have criticized the Republican Party for being too extreme. They were attacking conservatives and fighting conservative ideas. So, when they were criticizing members of their party, they were truth tellers and reasonable Republicans.

So, Cruz’s sin wasn’t criticizing fellow Republicans. It was the fact that he was a conservative daring to criticize more moderate Republicans.


True the Vote CALL to ACTION: Support HB2372, HB2512, HB2475 & SB160 TODAY

Posted May 2, 2013

True the Vote Call to ActionTime is running out in Austin to make real reforms in our elections. A number of True the Vote NOW proposals have survived the committee hearings and even passed one chamber in some cases. If you haven't made your voice heard in Austin yet, the time is now.

In a matter of minutes, you can help secure reforms that keep fraud at bay and power in citizens' hands. Here's what you need to know:

HB 2372 allows Texas to securely verify its voter rolls with dozens of other states to spot duplicate and fraudulent registrations. ACORN's felon lobbyists have fought hard against this bill. Tell Calendars Chair Rep. Todd Hunter that he must give the bill a vote on the House floor. Email him now.

HB 2512 allows the Secretary of State to verify voter rolls with DPS records. This not only helps keep our records clean, but assists future implementation of our voter ID law. Tell your Representative to vote for HB2512 on May 3rd.

HB 2475 was just sent to the Senate after passing the House. This bill prevents union representatives from "assisting" voters and keeps voter intimidation and thug tactics in check. Tell Senators Duncan, Deuell, Fraser, Nichols and Williams to support HB2475.

SB 160 is now in the House after Senate passage. The bill requires a poll watcher to identify themselves with official badges in the polling place. Representatives Morrison, Klick, Miller and Simmons need to know you support SB 160.

There's big money being spent to change the politics of Texas. These common sense reforms keep the playing field fair and accountable to voters.

Stand up for your rights as a voter - tell Austin to support all of these bills TODAY!

The left’s attack on Ted Cruz

Posted May 2, 2013 ~ Judson Phillips TPN

Have you noticed the attacks on Ted Cruz lately?

Why is the left so anxious to attack Cruz?

It is simple.  Cruz is probably the most effective conservative Senator out there.  Therefore the left and the moderate “squishy” Republicans have decided he must be knee-capped.

First there was Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post’s conservative impersonator that attacked Cruz, then there was MSNBC’s faux conservative Joe Scarbrough. 



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