Harry Reid Invokes Nuclear Option

Democrats trigger nuclear option to eliminate many filibusters

 

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Democrats trigger ‘nuclear option’ to eliminate many filibusters

Senate Democrats on Thursday used the so-called “nuclear option” to change the chamber’s long-standing rules and eliminate filibusters of presidential nominees, in a move that could further erode whatever cooperative mood was left in Washington.
Republicans feverishly objected, warning Democrats that the chain reaction they set in motion would fundamentally change the Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the GOP forced his hand over the last month by blocking three of President Obama’s nominees to sit on the federal appeals court in Washington.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/21/democrats-prepare-go-nuclear-eliminate-filibusters/#ixzz2lIxwqoGp



Fighting a hostile takeover of freedom’s party

by Matt Kibbe

"Learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.”

Those were the words of advice given by senior Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to junior Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) during last May’s debt ceiling debate. It’s a provocative suggestion, considering that traditional congressional business practices have led us into almost $17 trillion in debt, unfunded liabilities several times that amount and a congressional approval rating that hovers around 9 percent.

Business as usual in Washington has failed the American people, and it’s time to clean house.

In the corporate world, a “takeover” is the act of correcting dysfunctional business practices and replacing failed management. It’s an attempt to salvage a company in distress, driven into the ground by complacent bureaucrats and growing debt.

A takeover is not instigated by a small minority of outsiders but, rather, by a majority of the shareholders. The transition of power turns “hostile” when the entrenched management regime strikes back, more concerned with preserving its own power than advancing a vision to produce something of value.

Sound familiar?

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/fighting-a-hostile-takeover-of-freedoms-party-99750.html#ixzz2kZlH4ogg


#Obamacare Navigators Encouraging Fraud


Cuccinelli Only the Latest Conservative Candidate Targeted by G.O.P.

By Lee Cary

The Republican establishment continues to undercut the campaigns of conservative candidates.  Ken Cuccinelli was just the latest.

In early 2013, a Texas-based Tea Party website posted a series of articles that documented how the G.O.P. establishment, at the county, state and national levels, had worked against six candidates supported by Tea Party organizations -- five running for House seats, and one G.O.P. nominee for a U.S. Senate seat.

A seventh case detailed how the Chair of the Illinois State Republican Central Committee was chosen. It illustrates the "Illinois Combine" - the bipartisan collaborative formula going national these days.

The introductions for each installment, plus portions of the conclusions, are posted below beneath the links.
In three of the seven cases (2, 3, & 4) the real names of the candidates were withheld at their request.

I wrote all of the articles after speaking with the candidates and/or their campaign chair.

Read more on American Thinker


The GOP Declares War On Conservatives

Since the this summer a low level civil war has been simmering within the GOP between conservatives who have grown tired of the lack of desire on the part of the Establishment to resist the radical statism that has epitomized the regime of Barack Obama and the Establishment that seems more than happy to go along with Obama so long as they are kept in champagne and caviar. Many solid conservatives have insisted that the division is overblown and that a big tent is necessary to win elections.

To anyone remaining that thinks a reasonable accommodation may be made with the GOP Establishment, today’s op-ed by Michael Gerson (The GOP’s new reality) should serve as a wake up call. In fact, it is apparent from Gerson’s op-ed that the Establishment views conservatives, not the Democrats, as the existential threat to their place at the trough.

http://www.redstate.com/2013/11/05/the-gop-declares-war-on-obamacare-conservatives/


Virginia

Ken Cuccinelli is a friend and I am sorry he lost.

In 2009, the Republican National Committee spent $9 million to win Virginia by a big margin. For the past 48 hours, the party bosses have been screaming to everyone about how much money they poured in this time in Virginia. We’ve had a few diarists at RedState document it and suck it up as gospel truth that the RNC did all it could this time.

The RNC spent $9 million in 2009 to win and spent $3 million this time, pulling money out of Virginia, to lose by a hair. The RNC truly screwed up in Virginia this time and no amount of spinning can distract from that screw up. It was Election Day itself when someone finally noticed the 3rd party candidate, Sarvis, had been funded by a major Obama donor. Election Day the GOP finally notices this!

Cuccinelli had all the insiders aligned against him. He was the outsider. The gays hated him, the Chamber of Commerce hated him, the kid killers hated him, the GOP establishment hated him — all the insiders hated Cuccinelli and his campaign made the strategic blunder to try to work their way inside instead of dancing with the folks who got him to the dance. The campaign manager was fired too late and the campaign fell behind by double digits. Compounding that, the Democrats massively outspent him, Governor McDonnell is involved in a scandal, and the GOP voted to raise taxes with Cuccinelli struggling to distance himself from both.

http://www.redstate.com/2013/11/06/virginia/



America’s First Openly Marxist Big City Mayor

If you think Barack Obama has gotten a free ride from the press, consider the case of Bill de Blasio.
The New York Post revealed at the last minute that the Marxist frontrunner for mayor of New York City visited Communist Russia in 1983. But the paper’s bizarre cover headline, “Back in the USSR,” complete with a hammer-and-sickle, seemed to make a mockery of the discovery.

International communism, which claimed more than 100 million lives, is not a laughing matter, nor just the subject of a 1968 song by the Beatles. 

Described by CNN as the “unabashed liberal,” de Blasio is actually to the left of Barack Obama, in the sense that de Blasio didn’t disavow his communist background once it came to light. At least Obama tried to cover up his ties to communist Frank Marshall Davis.

De Blasio had scrubbed the Marxist connections from his campaign website, an omission that momentarily captured the attention of The New York Times. But once these connections and controversies came to light, he embraced his sordid history. He still embraces liberation theology and his work for the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua. 

Nobody believed the purpose of his “honeymoon” to Cuba was actually a honeymoon, but the media didn’t even bother to check into how he made the illegal trip and whether the FBI had developed a file on the candidate.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/59048


Exclusive: Libertarian PAC Admits 'We Probably Wouldn't Have Spent $11,000 on Sarvis' Without Democratic Donor

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday, Wes Benedict, co-founder and President of the Libertarian Booster PAC that spent $11,454 to circulate petitions necessary to get Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis on the ballot in Virginia said "[w]e probably wouldn’t have spent the $11,000 on Sarvis if we had not received the $150,000 from him [major Democratic donor Joseph Liemandt].”

Benedict told Breitbart that Liemandt, a software entrepreneur from Texas who had a net worth of $1.5 billion in 2000, gave the Libertarian Booster PAC $150,000 in January 2013. Breitbart News searched Federal Election Commission records and discovered that Liemandt donated $4,090 to the Virginia Democratic Party just three months earlier on October 17, 2012.

In addition to his donation to the Virginia Democratic Party, Liemandt has also donated to several other state Democratic committees, most notably in Colorado, where a network of behind the scenes donations to liberal activist groups by wealthy donors has helped transform the state from Republican to Democratic control over the past decade, as documented in the book, The Blueprint.
In his home state of Texas, Liemandt has donated heavily to extremely liberal Democratic politicians including incumbent Congressman Lloyd Doggett and failed gubernatorial candidate Bill White.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/05/Exclusive-Libertarian-PAC-Admits-We-Probably-Wouldn-t-Have-Spent-11-000-on-Sarvis-Without-Democratic-Donor


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Kibbe: Why are White House, Homeland Security, IRS, others scoping site FreedomWorks.org?

Forty years after Watergate, a scandal about a president’s men breaking into and bugging opposition, often under the cover of a national security imperative, Americans in opposition to the country’s current trend lines are still subject to political surveillance.

The latest example of President Barack Obama’s administration stop-and-frisk attitude is aimed towards the Internet.

The organization that is the national support and logistics hub for the Tea Party announced Oct. 30 that its website has been repeatedly cased by several federal agencies, including the executive office of the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service.

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said, “After the flurry of scandals and abuses coming out of the intelligence collection agencies of the federal government this year, it’s curious that the DHS would frequent the FreedomWorks website.”

The website visits by government agencies were discovered during a routine internal audit of FreedomWorks.org over the last two years. The federal bureaucrats and agents spent most of their time reading blog entries and staff biographies.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/59031


McAuliffe narrowly defeats Cuccinelli in Virginia, ObamaCare troubles loom over vote

Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday, in a surprisingly close victory over Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli -- who was heavily outspent and trailed in the polls for much of the race.

With nearly all precincts reporting, McAuliffe was ahead with just 48 percent of the vote, to Cuccinelli’s 45 percent. Though McAuliffe previously held a double-digit lead, exit polls showed voters opposed to the federal health care law overwhelmingly backed Cuccinelli, helping him narrow the gap on Tuesday.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/11/05/democrat-terry-mcauliffe-projected-to-win-va-governor-race-in-surprisingly/


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Guilty verdict brings Grisham $2,000 fine

With a guilty verdict on Tuesday, punishment of a $2,000 fine was the sentence passed down Wednesday – eight months after C.J. Grisham, a U.S. Army Master Sergeant, was arrested and ultimately charged with interfering with a peace officer while performing a duty.

Read more…. http://watchdogwire.com/texas/2013/11/20/tx-guilty-verdict-brings-grisham-2000-fine/


‘Guilty’ Verdict Returned in Grisham Retrial

‘Guilty’ was the unanimous verdict delivered Tuesday afternoon by a Bell County jury in the Class B misdemeanor retrial of C.J. Grisham, the U.S. Army Master Sergeant charged with interfering with a peace officer while performing a duty. The retrial centered on a March 16 encounter during which Grisham reacted to Temple Police Officer Steve Ermis drawing his gun and holding it to the former combat veteran’s head while responding to a non-emergency call of a couple walking west on Airport Road, one specifically exhibiting non-aggressive behavior though reportedly carrying a gun.

Read more…… http://watchdogwire.com/texas/2013/11/20/guilty-verdict-returned-grisham-retrial/


Republican Challenger for Texas State Senate, District 2, files complaint against Navigators with Texas Department of Insurance

Today, Robert Lee “Bob” Hall, a challenger in the Republican primary for District 2, Texas State Senate, filed a complaint with the Texas Department of Insurance concerning ObamaCare Navigator organizations working in Texas under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Hall’s complaint comes in the wake of two videotapes recently released on the internet that document multiple Navigators counseling Texas insurance consumers to continue to under-report their income to the Internal Revenue Service.

Hall’s complaint also noted that the videos suggest that Navigators, and other persons representing organizations under HSS contract, are coordinating their efforts with partisan groups associated with the Democrat Party, potentially constituting illegal activities.

Hall suggested that the TDI investigate the Navigator organizations to determine if they are violating state law, and if found to be doing so, forward that information to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Read more http://www.teaparty911.com/blog/republican-challenger-for-texas-state-senate-district-2-files-complaint-against-navigators-with-texas-department-of-insurance/


People's Petition to Repeal Obamacare

This Petition is Sponsored by Texans for Bob Hall.

WHEREAS the American people were promised, time and time again, that:

...they would retain the right to keep their health care plans under Obamacare,
...they would retain the right to keep their doctors under Obamacare,
...their premiums would be reduced by thousands of dollars under Obamacare,
...Obamacare would expand access and coverage,
...Obamacare would reduce the cost of medical care, and
...Obamacare would not raise taxes on individuals;

WHEREAS these promises have not been kept, and as a result:

...Americans clearly do not have the right to keep their health care plans under Obamacare,
...millions of Americans are losing the health care coverage and access to resources they previously had,
...Americans are losing the right to keep their doctors under Obamacare,
...millions of Americans are learning that their insurance premiums will be substantially higher under Obamacare, and
...the Obama Administration openly admits that Obamacare raises taxes on individuals;

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Grisham retrial starts Monday, Bell County response on AG Abbott’s dashcam release order still pending

C.J. Grisham, the U.S. Army Master Sergeant charged with interfering with a peace officer while performing a duty, will be back in a Bell County court Monday as a second trial for his Class B misdemeanor charge begins. Three motions heard over two days last week were either denied or withdrawn. Monday’s retrial comes four weeks after Grisham’s first trial ended in a mistrial.

Read more... http://watchdogwire.com/texas/2013/11/17/tx-grisham-retrial-starts-monday-bell-county-response-ags-dashcam-release-order-still-pending/


Mary Huls Endorsed by TEAParty911.com

Conservative activist and longtime Friendswood resident Mary Huls has officially declared her campaign for the Republican nomination for Texas State Representative in House District 129. Huls has received endorsements from key Texas conservative leaders including JoAnn Fleming (Executive Director, Grassroots America — We the People), Alice Linahan (Founder, Voices Empower), and Julie McCarty (President, NE Tarrant Tea Party).

http://www.teaparty911.com/candidates/mary_huls.htm


Obamacare Navigator Fraud Rampant, Not "Isolated Incident"



Sarah Palin Comes to Texas!

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Cruz: President Obama Should Take His Broken Promises Tour Elsewhere

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding President Obama's trip to Texas:

"President Obama's trip to Texas brings nothing with it but broken promises. He promised that Americans could keep their health care plans. We were told premiums would go down, that jobs would be created. And we now know these are all false promises.

"Texas' economy is strong and our population is young and growing because our leaders embrace limited government, restrained spending, and competition. But in spite of all Texas has done to resist the biggest entitlement program of this generation, Obamacare is reducing health care options, increasing costs and hurting jobs. It has no place in Texas and must be repealed so we can empower Americans and their families by offering real health care choices rather than a government-written menu of plans they don't want and can't afford.

"President Obama should take his broken promises tour elsewhere so Texans can continue focusing on the solutions that have allowed our state to become and remain the nation's economic and job creation powerhouse."


More Political Doublespeak from Senator John Cornyn


Texas GOP Poll: ‘Tea Party’ challenger beats Cornyn 46% to 33%

A generic “Tea Party” candidate beats Sen. John Cornyn III  (R.-Texas) in a Oct. 26 Human Events/Gravis poll of Republican voters in Texas 46 percent to 33 percent for the GOP’s number two senator.

The poll clearly shows Cornyn is trouble, especially when you see that in the poll Sen. R. Edward Cruz (R.-Texas) has a job approval rating of 73 percent among Republicans and Cornyn 46 percent, said the pollster Doug Kaplan, who founded Gravis Marketing in 2010 and whose polls were included in the Real Clear Politics basket of polls during the 2012 campaign.

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/10/28/texas-gop-poll-tea-party-candidate-beats-cornyn-46-to-33/


Champions of Freedom Dinner with Sen. Ted Cruz & Congressman Gohmert

Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Louie Gohmert will be honored by Grassroots America-We the People at the Champions of Freedom Dinner on Friday, December 6th in Tyler. Will you join them in honoring Sen. Cruz and Congressman Gohmert?

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TxDOT to hijack I-35: Proposes tolls on new & existing lanes

When a local San Antonio TV reporter goes on a rant over a toll lane proposal, you know the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has hit a nerve. TxDOT is proposing to add two elevated toll lanes on Interstate 35 each direction from Loop 410 in Bexar County to Schertz in Comal County, approximately 15 miles. The insanity doesn’t stop there.

Transportation Commission Chairman Ted Houghton, self-proclaimed as ‘the most arrogant commissioner of the most arrogant state agency in the state of Texas,’ announced at this week’s commission hearing that it wants to convert ALL existing free lanes on I-35 through Austin into toll lanes, and turn the failing State Highway 130 tollway into a freeway. The move would force those who can’t afford tolls into driving approximately 30-35 miles out of their way to get on SH 130 to travel north-south, not to mention Austinites and anyone who needs to travel I-35 for local travel would be double taxed and possibly priced off their own previously free highway in perpetuity.

http://www.examiner.com/article/txdot-to-hijack-i-35-proposes-tolls-on-new-existing-lanes


First foreign-owned toll road in Texas downgraded to junk bond status

Hate to say it, but we told you so.

Texas’ first foreign-owned toll road financed through a controversial public private partnership just got downgraded to junk bond status by Moody’s Investors Service. The Spain-based firm, Cintra (65% ownership), and San Antonio-based Zachry (35% ownership), known as SH 130 Concession Company opened the southern leg of State Highway 130 last November.

Concerned citizens with Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) immediately launched a boycott of SH 130. Since then, the anemically low traffic levels signaled trouble from the beginning and Moody’s downgraded the concession company’s rating in April warning of the risk of default. The downgrade this week warns of default unless the company can restructure its debt or attract a substantial increase in traffic.

Moody’s predicts Cintra will be unable to meet its June 2014 debt service payment: “Thus, absent a sponsor injection of equity, a debt restructuring, or some other method of generating significantly more revenues, there is a high likelihood of a payment default in June 2014.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/first-foreign-owned-toll-road-texas-downgraded-to-junk-bond-status


Katrina Pierson Challenges Pete Sessions for Congress

Texas 32nd Congressional District

Katrina Pierson is a grassroots conservative Republican candidate for Congress and is well known across Texas and the nation as a passionate advocate for freedom.

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Conservative Stalwart Wayne Christian Running for Railroad Commissioner

Wayne Christian has fought the EPA from Al Gore to Obama and brings to the table two decades of fighting for conservative causes and winning. As your next Railroad Commissioner, he will use his experience as both a legislator and a businessman to ensure the Texas Miracle is alive for generations to come. Click here to read more about Wayne's proven conservative record.

Now more than ever, Texas needs an experienced conservative fighter to stand up for the Texas Miracle and defeat Obama in his war on Texas. Whether it is Obamacare and its detrimental effects on healthcare, the push to usurp our Second Amendment rights, or mountains of regulations from Washington -- especially the EPA -- that are crippling economic growth, President Obama has repeatedly proven there is not a line he will not cross to push forward his liberal agenda.

Wayne Christian is the experienced fighter you want defending Texas's most vital resource. Conservatives can rest assured everything will be done to kick the Obama Administration out of the Texas Oil & Gas industry.

Read more: http://www.christianfortexas.com/



Empower Texans Releases Their Fiscal Responsibility Index Rating Texas State Legislators

Empower Texans Must See Fiscal Responsibility Index RatingThe Fiscal Responsibility Index is a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility uses exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators’ governing philosophy.

TEA Party 911 Editor's Note: This is an excellent tool to gauge how your State Representative or Senator rated on fiscal issues. An example is District 10 Representative Jim Pitts who rated an abysmal 29.7 out of a possible 100. If I was in District 10, I would be diligently seeking a replacement for Pitts.

See how your Representative or Senator rated at Empower Texans: http://www.empowertexans.com/index/


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