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@SenatorBurr Thinks You’re Dumb. Call Him at (202) 224-3154 & Tell Him Defunding Obamacare is Smart

Posted July 26, 2013

Call Senator Burr to Defund ObamacareDo you think the GOP should hold the line on Obamacare? Do you think the GOP should tell the Democrats no continuing resolution will contain funding for Obamacare? If you do, Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina thinks you are dumb.

Senator Mike Lee’s strategy on Obamacare is very simple. Don’t let the implementation begin. He has gotten a number of senators to sign a letter pleading they will oppose any continuing resolution that funds Obamacare. Yesterday, Senator Burr declared this “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of.”

Dumber than Obamacare itself? Really? He might need to know the base is quite serious on this issue. His phone number is (202) 224-3154.

http://www.redstate.com/2013/07/26/north-carolinas-senatorburr-thinks-youre-dumb-call-him-at-202-224-3154-tell-him-defunding-obamacare-is-smart/


The Consultants Who Brought Us President Romney & The GOP Senate Majority Oppose Obamacare Defunding

Posted July 26, 2013

Polling suggests Republicans drawing a line in the sand over Obamacare funding in the continuing resolution would be unpopular with the American public. Instead of trying to find a way to convince the American public this is the right thing to do, the Republican consultant class wants to run rapidly away from the idea.

They have convinced Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker John Boehner that the GOP must not allow the Democrats to shut down the government by the GOP refusing to fund Obamacare.

http://www.redstate.com/2013/07/25/the-consultants-who-brought-us-president-romney-the-gop-senate-majority-oppose-obamacare-defunding/


A Different Amendment Restricting NSA Spying Was Passed Overwhelmingly by the House – But ‘No One Is Talking About It’

Posted July 26, 2013

While the most talked-about news out of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday was the defeat of the so-called Amash amendment that would have defunded the NSA’s massive data collection program, another amendment related to NSA spying was quietly passed overwhelmingly by lawmakers.

The Pompeo amendment (championed by Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas) passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 409-12. However, “no one is talking about it,” Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) told TheBlaze on Thursday.

The amendment that passed is reportedly intended to “ensure none of the funds may be used by the NSA to target a U.S. person or acquire and store the content of a U.S. person’s communications, including phone calls and e-mails.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/25/a-different-amendment-restricting-nsa-spying-was-passed-overwhelmingly-by-the-house-but-no-one-is-talking-about-it/


‘Not Dead to Me…But in Very Ill Health’: Beck’s Frank Reaction to Michele Bachmann’s Defense of NSA Data Collection

Posted July 26, 2013

Many were surprised when Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) not only defended the National Security Agency’s recently-revealed data-collecting policies, but went a step further and attacked those pushing a “false narrative” about the issue on Wednesday, after voting not to defund the program.

Glenn Beck listened to Bachmann’s comments on the radio Thursday, growing increasingly shocked as he listened to the assertions of his longtime friend.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/25/not-dead-to-me-but-in-very-ill-health-becks-frank-reaction-to-michele-bachmanns-defense-of-nsa-data-collection/


Vote on Amash Amendment Reveals Ruse of Two-Party System

Posted July 26, 2013

For all those who still believe that Republican=Constitutionalist and Democrat=Liberty-hating liberal, something happened on Capitol Hill that might change your mind.

As was reported by The New American, the House of Representatives narrowly defeated an amendment to the defense appropriations sponsored by Republican Congressman Justin Amash (shown) of Michigan and Democratic Congressman John Conyers, also of Michigan.

The Amash Amendment would have revoked authority “for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. It would also bar the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215” of the Patriot Act.

Despite the threat to the Establishment (or perhaps because of it), Amash’s measure failed by a vote of 205-217.

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Judge Stops Lawsuits Against Detroit Bankruptcy

Posted July 26, 2013

A federal judge agreed with Detroit on Wednesday and stopped any lawsuits challenging the city's bankruptcy, declaring his courtroom the exclusive venue for legal action in the largest filing by a local government in U.S. history.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/07/25/Judge-Stops-Lawsuits-Against-Detroit-Bankruptcy


Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

Posted July 26, 2013

Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.

The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57595529-38/feds-tell-web-firms-to-turn-over-user-account-passwords/


College Republicans Denied Admittance to Obama Speech

Posted July 26, 2013

President Obama was bound to receive a warm response from the audience attending his speech at the University of Central Missouri yesterday — because some students who disagreed with him weren’t allowed into the building.

Christopher White of The College Fix reports that students wearing “Tea Party T-Shirts and others who wore patriotic or Republican-inspired clothing” were turned away at the door under the guise of security concerns, despite the fact that they held tickets to the event.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/354434/college-republicans-denied-admittance-obama-speech-nathan-harden


Military Censors Christian Chaplain, Atheists Call for Punishment

Posted July 26, 2013

A Christian chaplain in the military is being officially censored for engaging in free speech, and anti-Christian activists are demanding he be punished.

Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes is a Christian chaplain currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. As an ordained clergyman whose duties are to provide religious instruction and spiritual counseling, he has a page on the base’s website called “Chaplain’s Corner.”

Reyes recently wrote an essay entitled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.” This common saying is attributed to a Catholic priest in World War II, made famous when President Dwight D. Eisenhower said during a 1954 speech: "I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes."

As reported by Fox News’s Todd Starnes, when Reyes referenced this famous line in his essay, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) contacted the base commander, Col. Brian Duffy, demanding he take action on Reyes’s “anti-secular diatribe.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/07/24/Military-Censors-Christian-Chaplain-Atheists-Call-for-Punishment


IRS employee union: We don’t want Obamacare

Posted July 26, 2013

IRS employees have a prominent role in Obamacare, but their union wants no part of the law.

National Taxpayer Employee Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama’s health care law.

The union leaders are providing members with a form letter to send to the congressmen that says “I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.”

The NTEU represents 150,000 federal employees overall, including most of the nearly 100,000 IRS workers.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/irs-employee-union-we-dont-want-obamacare/article/2533520


In Florida, Obama slapped for taking credit for guv's job creation

Posted July 26, 2013

President Obama is being greeted in Florida today with accusations that he is taking credit for remarkable job creation in the Sunshine State that are really the work of the state government and GOP Gov. Rick Scott.

A Republican Party ad in the Florida Times-Union welcoming Obama to Jacksonville reads: "It is flattering you want to take credit for Gov. Rick Scott's success. But it would be better if you learned some lessons from Rick Scott on job growth, too."

http://washingtonexaminer.com/in-florida-obama-slapped-for-taking-credit-for-guvs-job-creation/article/2533475


The White House of Cards Scandal Coverage

Extortion 17

Posted July 25, 2013

Congress to probe lethal crash that killed SEAL Team 6 members

IRS Scandal

Posted July 26, 2013

Senate Democrats Want to Increase IRS Funding by $276.5 Million

Posted July 25, 2013

The IRS Mafia: Hush Money and Politics

Posted July 24, 2013

Records of Christine O'Donnell tax snooping disappear

When will Jeffrey Zients return from South Africa?

Who Is the Savvy William Wilkins?

Lois Lerner's Ace in the Hole

Posted July 23, 2013

Jeffrey Zients is out of the country - A top former Obama Cabinet member who met with IRS officials at the White House during the targeting scandal is currently out of the country, a White House source told The Daily Caller.

Posted July 22, 2013

THE IRS SCANDAL BEATS A PATH TO THE WHITE HOUSE

DOJ Declines to Prosecute Officials Involved in Tax Record Scandal

Benghazi

Posted July 26, 2013

Mother of slain Benghazi victim Sean Smith: 'My son is dead. How could that be phony?'

Posted July 25, 2013

Mark Levin: Boehner "Cut Some Kind Of Deal With Obama" On Benghazi

Posted July 24, 2013

Special Forces Veterans, Members of Congress Demand Special Benghazi Investigation

Senate committee approves promotion for author of Benghazi talking points

Posted July 23, 2013

Pentagon: Marine commander will talk to Congress about Benghazi attacks


Immigration Reform News

Posted July 26, 2013

The Border Fence and Conservatives

Posted July 25, 2013

Menendez: 'Conference' Will Get Amnesty Past House GOP

Exclusive: White House, GOP Leadership Ignore Facts to Attack Steve King

Rep. Goodlatte Open to Salvaging Senate Immigration Bill via Conference

A Plague on Two Political Houses

La Raza President: Path to Citizenship 'Threshold' Issue

Posted July 24, 2013

Why Are Republicans Bent on Pushing Amnesty Now?

Senators Cancel Immigration Strategy Meeting Aimed at Targeting House GOP

Posted July 23, 2013

Pardoned By Obama's Dream, Two Illegal Aliens Gang Rape 13 Year Old Girl - On Wednesday, police in Austin arrested two Mexican nationals who reportedly participated in the gang-rape of a 13-year-old girl on June 29. Both were allowed to be in America under Obama's "Deferred Amnesty Dream" plan where DHS has simply refused to prosecute illegal aliens.

Poll: Latino Illegal Immigrants Favor Dems 8-to-1

George Soros's Former Chief Strategist Joins Zuckerberg Immigration Group

OFA Chair on Immigration Reform: We're Going to 'Force It Through the House'

Border Patrol Officers Demand House GOP Leaders 'Abandon Their Dreams of Amnesty'

Rubio Didn't Know His Own Bill Allows Someone to Forge 2 Passports Before It's a Crime

Why One Lawmaker Doesn't Trust Obama On Immigration Reform

Posted July 22, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz calls path to citizenship ‘profoundly unfair’

Conservatives, Beware the Hatch Effect


Zimmerman Verdict Fallout Coverage

Posted July 26, 2013

George Zimmerman Juror Says He 'Got Away With Murder'

Posted July 23, 2013

George Zimmerman grabs fire extinguisher, pulls family from overturned SUV

AFTERBURNER w/ BILL WHITTLE: The Lynching

You won't believe what teachers plan to tell kids about Trayvon Martin

Posted July 22, 2013

Former DOJ official: Civil rights unit sent to mediate anti-Zimmerman protests has history of advocacy

Dallas Trayvon Martin Rally Coverage

The Obama Administration's Race-Baiting Campaign

'Justice for Trayvon' Protests Draw Small Crowds; Nation Moves On

ACLU Reverses Championing Pursuit of Zimmerman

Legal experts: DOJ's Zimmerman tip line merely gives impression that agency is acting


House Shoots Down Amendment To Ban Funding For NSA Surveillance Programs

Posted July 25, 2013

The House voted down an amendment Wednesday to its version of the Department of Defense’s 2014 budget that would have banned funding to NSA surveillance programs such as PRISM by a slim 12 vote margin.

The amendment, the first major legislative test since the once secret programs were made public by Edward Snowden, was defeated 205-217.

Initially proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) the amendment sought to ban any funds from the Department of Defense’s 2014 budget from being directed to the NSA for surveillance of anyone not actually under investigation by law.

As the two minute vote ran out of time on the floor, House Speaker John Boehner was heard just off the House floor saying loudly, “I like all those no votes.” In an unusual move for any House speaker, especially on an amendment, Boehner voted No.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacobfischler/house-shoots-down-amendment-to-ban-funding-for-nsa-surveilla

Related info:

These Are The 217 People Who Voted To Preserve NSA Surveillance

http://www.zerohedge.com/print/476810
 
   

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(UPDATED: RNC Responds to PJ Media) EXCLUSIVE: RNC Operatives Join Holder's Campaign Against Texas, Several Other States

Special Saturday Update Posted July 27, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department will seek to recapture Texas and return it to federal oversight for approval of all election law changes such as photo voter identification. Holder’s move comes after the Supreme Court in June freed Texas and other states from the requirement that all state election laws be approved in Washington, D.C. Holder’s move prompted outrage from Texas Senators Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Governor Rick Perry.

The three should also be angry with the Republican National Committee. PJ Tatler has learned that staff at the RNC have been spending RNC donations plotting to do exactly what Eric Holder is seeking to do – return Texas and other states to federal oversight.

According to RNC sources frustrated with the race-based effort, paid RNC consultant Tom Hofeller (thofeller@rnchq.org) is spending RNC donations to develop race-based criteria to grab Texas and other states and place them back into federal receivership. The sources tell Tatler that nearly all of the members of the actual committee have been kept in the dark about this effort, and no mention is ever made in RNC fundraising efforts — for good reason, because GOP donors would be furious.

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/07/26/exclusive-rnc-operatives-join-holders-campaign-against-texas-several-other-states/


Texas Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) No Longer Supports Defunding Obamacare. Call Him at 202-224-2934 to Ask Why

Posted July 26, 2013

Call Senator Cornyn to Defund ObamacareSenator Mike Lee has been collecting signatures to a letter pledging to defund Obamacare.

Senator John Cornyn was an original signer of the letter. This has been confirmed by multiple outlets, including the Blaze, and confirmed by multiple Senate sources.

But, after pressure from Senator McConnell’s office and others, Senator John Cornyn has yanked his name from Senator Lee’s letter.

http://www.redstate.com/2013/07/25/texas-senator-john-cornyn-johncornyn-no-longer-supports-defunding-obamacare-call-him-at-202-224-2934-to-ask-why/


Holder Declares War on Texas, Ignores Supreme Court Ruling

Posted July 26, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder has launched a war against Texas, and in doing so is defying the Supreme Court of the United States. The imminent judicial beat-down of Holder highlights that this case is not about the rule of law and instead abuses the federal courts for political purposes to rile up the far left and demonize Republicans.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) was enacted pursuant to the Constitution’s Fifteenth Amendment, making it illegal to deny someone’s voting rights due to race. Under VRA Section 2, if any government official violates your voting rights anywhere in the country, you can sue in federal court.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/07/25/Holder-Declares-War-on-Texas-and-Supreme-Court


TRUE THE VOTE RESPONSE TO DOJ PLANS TO SUE TEXAS

Posted July 26, 2013

HOUSTON, TX. July 25, 2013 - True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters' rights organization, responded today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to launch a wholesale attack against the State of Texas by filing federal lawsuits against Texas' voter ID law and election procedures.

"We will not sit idly by and allow the most politically charged Department of Justice in US history to set aside the US constitution and attempt to bully the people of Texas", True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. "We will meet Attorney General Holder in court and we will do whatever we need to do to advance the cause of voters' rights for all Americans."

"General Holder's announcement today demonstrates just how radical the DOJ has become. The same department that criminalizes journalism and fails to prosecute IRS agents who violate the rights of American taxpayers is promising to sue states with taxpayer dollars to block laws passed by elected legislators such as voter ID and citizenship verification.

"Every American voter deserves to have his or her vote counted - and not diluted by fraud or error. The DOJ just put itself between the voters of Texas and their guaranteed constitutional and civil rights.

"True the Vote has watched as Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly disregarded the rule of law," Engelbrecht continued. "We understand that this Department of Justice does not believe that protection of voters' rights should be colorblind.

"Texas will stand its ground in San Antonio - that's a promise."


San Antonio Looks to Ban Christians From City Government

Posted July 26, 2013

The San Antonio City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Julian Castro, is setting the stage for an unprecedented attack on religious liberty, particularly for Christians.

In early August, the City Council will consider an ordinance to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the discrimination ordinances in the city code. The proposal would ban anyone that has ever opposed (“demonstrated bias, by word or deed…”) homosexuality from being involved in city government and/or performing a city contract/subcontract. The proposed ordinance provides no exemptions for religious beliefs on homosexuality, even beliefs expressed in Church.

http://txvalues.org/2013/07/25/san-antonio-looks-to-ban-christians-from-city-government/


Chart Westcott, crony hopeful

Posted July 26, 2013

If someone ever creates an award for the most lobby-rific new Texas Republican candidate in a political season, it needs to be called the Chart Westcott Award.

Chart Westcott, aka “Richie Rich”, is the 28 year-old son of privilege anointed by the Texas Republican establishment to replace Dan Branch, a lobby star in his own right now running for Attorney General.

Boy, someone has tried to gift wrap this seat for him.

First, it took him roughly 45 days to build up just shy of three quarters of a million dollars in his war chest. Chances are, those aren’t checks from the Lion’s Club.

Next, Westcott started the latest anti-conservative crony Republican PAC called “Conservative Values PAC”. The name is appropriate considering lobby moderates always get their votes by saying they are conservatives.

http://www.agendawise.com/2013/07/chart-westcott-crony-hopeful/


Texas Attorney General’s Office Obtains $1.4 Million Settlement against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast for Medicaid Fraud

Posted July 25, 2013

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast fraudulently billed Texas Medicaid program for products, services either not provided or not necessary

HOUSTON – The Texas Attorney General’s Office today concluded the State’s Medicaid fraud investigation into Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. Under today’s agreement, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast must pay $1.4 million for fraudulently overbilling the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program.

After a whistleblower lawsuit was filed alleging improper billing practices by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, an investigation was opened by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Inspector General. The State’s investigation revealed that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast improperly billed the Texas Medicaid program for products and services that were never actually rendered, not medically necessary, and were not covered by the Medicaid program – and were therefore not eligible for reimbursement.

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With Time Running Out, Lawmakers Scramble on Road Plan

Posted July 25, 2013

With less than a week left in the current special session and Gov. Rick Perry threatening to call them back for another one, the Texas House and Senate are set to meet this afternoon with lawmakers hoping to hash out a transportation funding compromise.

Legislators hope to have something to vote on this afternoon, but as of Wednesday evening, negotiators from the two chambers remained far apart.  

The governor and House and Senate negotiators began openly talking about a possible third special session late Wednesday.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/25/perry-threatens-third-special-session-if-road-plan/


HHS Secretary hopes Texas will reconsider decision not to expand Medicaid

Posted July 25, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today held out hope that Texas would reconsider its decision not to expand its Medicaid program.

“We are still hopeful that the decision about Medicaid can continue to be looked at because the return on investment for Texas is huge — about $90 billion in federal money that could come into the state to help some of the poorest uninsured Texans take advantage of coverage,” she said in an interview.

Sebelius was in Dallas to meet with local leaders to talk about the federal Affordable Care Act and open enrollment for the state-based health insurance exchanges, which will run Oct. 1 through March 31.

http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2013/07/hhs-secretary-hopes-texas-will-reconsider-decision-not-to-expand-medicaid.html/


U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Internship Program

Posted July 24, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz’s Internship Program offers Texas students a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the inner workings of Congress. Each summer, there are two six week sessions as well as full semester internships in both the spring and the fall.

Internships are available in our Washington D.C., Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio offices.

Intern activities include legislative research, administrative duties, communications department support, regional outreach, and constituent relations, including assisting with phones and mail. Interns may also attend committee hearings, conduct Capitol tours, and attend the Senate intern lecture series. At the end of their session, interns will have had the opportunity to see how a Senate office works and better understand the United States government.

Priority is given to students either from Texas or students enrolled in a Texas school who have completed at least their sophomore year of college.

Read more: http://www.teaparty911.com/blog/u-s-senator-ted-cruz-internship-program/


Breaking News: New Defendants Added to True the Vote IRS Lawsuit

Posted July 24, 2013

Late yesterday, True the Vote added six new defendants and another charge of federal law being violated to its high-profile lawsuit with the Internal Revenue Service. The Washington Post reported, "A conservative group suing the Internal Revenue Service on Monday amended its lawsuit over the agency's processing of its request for tax-exempt status to include the agency's chief counsel, William Wilkins." This change to our suit will help expose all those involved in targeting conservative groups seeking recognized nonprofit status. Mr. Wilkins is one of only two people personally appointed by President Obama at the IRS. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. To read the full amended filing, click here.


Battleground Texas: Political activism masking professional opportunism?

Posted July 24, 2013

The left’s Battleground Texas effort positions itself as a people-powered grassroots movement seeking to “turn Texas blue,” but its status as another advocacy project for Steve Mostyn, a Houston personal injury attorney and former president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association also known in political circles both as a Democratic mega-donor and for his hurricane lawsuit specialization, reminds how political activism is sometimes a mask for professional opportunism.

Read more… http://watchdogwire.com/texas/2013/07/22/battleground-texas-political-activism-masking-professional-opportunism/


Are Republicans already dissatisfied with their 2016 field?

Posted July 23, 2013

Some of the complaints: Sen. Marco Rubio has hurt himself by taking the lead on comprehensive immigration reform. Rep. Paul Ryan was on the last losing ticket and might also anger the base on immigration. Gov. Bobby Jindal fails to ignite Republican passions. Sen. Rand Paul can be divisive. Gov. Chris Christie is too willing to work with Democrats (especially the one in the White House). Rick Santorum doesn’t have broad enough appeal. Former Gov. Jeb Bush carries his family’s baggage.

None are crippling weaknesses, and any one of these potential candidates might look much different a year from now. But the fact is, Republicans are in a period of flaw-finding at the moment, and they are finding flaws in most of the politicians who will make up their 2016 field.

And then along comes Ted Cruz.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/are-republicans-already-dissatisfied-with-their-2016-field/article/2533318


GOP Rep. Sarah Davis Op-Ed BLASTS Texas Republicans for Opposing Abortion

Posted July 23, 2013 - David Bellow

GOP Texas State Representative Sarah Davis has slammed Republicans in a Houston Chronicle Op-Ed. Davis says Republicans should not be passing abortion restrictions because it is "not the role of the government" and "the Republican Party should not dictate to women" whether or not they can have the choice to have an abortion (which we know means the choice to kill millions of unborn babies) That, she says, should be decided by a woman and her doctor.

This Op-Ed seems to be a response to the backlash Davis has seen after a recent article that I wrote asking the Texas GOP to follow the wishes of the Texas Republican Platform and NOT give Party money to pro-abortion candidates like Sarah Davis. Many in the Texas GOP were tricked by Davis into believing she was pro-life. I think this Op-Ed should make things pretty clear to all Texas GOP officials that Davis is NOT pro-life.

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Attacks on Gohmert unwarranted; time to stop mudslinging

Posted July 22, 2013

There has been a stream of letters and commentaries in the Longview News-Journal of late taking potshots at Congressman Louie Gohmert. The purpose seems to be to make him vulnerable in the next election due to the many “accusations” that they bring against him.

However, these charges, when looked at in detail are little more than a mudslinging smear campaign against a man who has been the best representative of East Texas values in decades.

The latest such smear attempt comes from James Cogar. Of course, he begins by clarifying that he is not a Gohmert fan and did not vote for Gohmert. He then goes into a philosophical rant about racism and prejudice that sounds valiant and high principled. Who can deny that racial discrimination is a horrible thing?

Mr. Cogar makes several veiled references to things supposedly said by Congressman Gohmert, but never directly quotes Louie in any of his smears.

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Unconstitutional loan guarantee by highway department raises ire

Posted July 22, 2013

With state and federal highway dollars pinched and toll road traffic taking a hit from a sustained economic downturn and high gas prices, states are looking for ways to get projects built with limited resources. Bond documents for the $2.6 billion Grand Parkway (State Highway 99) tollway reveal the bonds issued by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be backed by the state highway fund for all but $200 million of the debt if toll revenues are insufficient. Counting interest, that's an obligation of up to $9.6 billion for Texas taxpayers, without approval or oversight from either voters or the Texas legislature.

There’s a catch to TxDOT’s loan guarantee. The Texas Constitution prohibits the state highway fund from being used to guarantee loans:
"Nothing contained herein shall be construed as authorizing the pledging of the State's credit for any purpose."(Article 8, Sec 7-a)

http://www.examiner.com/article/unconstitutional-loan-guarantee-by-highway-department-raises-ire


Ted Cruz Dismisses Talk of 2016 Presidential Bid While in Iowa

Posted July 22, 2013

In an interview for “This Week” with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz dismissed talk of a potential 2016 White House bid, along with the question of whether he is ready to run for the highest office in the land after having been a senator less than a year.

“We are having a national debate about which direction the country should go…and what I am doing now is trying to participate in that national debate,” Cruz said Friday while in Iowa, a state frequented by those with White House ambitions. “I’m not focused on the politics…the last office I was elected to was student council. So this has been a bit of a whirlwind.”

Karl asked Cruz about his eligibility for the White House, which has been questioned given that he was born in Canada.

“My mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She’s a U.S. citizen, so I’m a U.S. citizen,” Cruz said.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/07/ted-cruz-dismisses-talk-of-2016-presidential-bid-while-in-iowa/


Sen. Ted Cruz calls path to citizenship ‘profoundly unfair’

Posted July 22, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Sunday that a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would be unfair to those who have legally immigrated to the United States.

“I think a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who followed the rules,” Cruz said during an interview for ABC’s “This Week.”
Cruz added that he does not think a bill with such a path can pass the Republican-controlled House.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/21/sen-ted-cruz-calls-path-to-citizenship-profoundly-unfair/


 
   

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