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CHQ - Nikki Haley Is The Most Dangerous Woman In South Carolina 

Nikki Haley Is The Most Dangerous Woman In South Carolina

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Nikki Haley Is The Most Dangerous Woman In South Carolina - Erick Erickson blogs on who he believes is the most 'dangerous' woman in South Carolina (Nikki Haley), but the only ones who will be in trouble are those Republicans who refuse to concede the status quo and tried to defeat her by smearing her with falsehoods.  Erickson says the old guard is slowly dying out in the Palmetto State, and the fact that they'll be supporting a TARP-voting establishmentarian in the runoff contest in two weeks won't be enough to stop Haley.

With Tea Party Support , Angle Scores in Nevada GOP Senate Primary
Daily Caller - Nevada GOP U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle pulled off what some consider an unlikely victory in her state's primary yesterday, and now will pit her conservative grassroots support against Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.  Angle's race has been watched closely for months, and her rise in recent polls is certainly attributable to the exposure she's received through the dedicated work of the grassroots in Nevada as well as backing from national conservative groups.

Fiorina wins big in California
Sacramento Bee (blog) - Some conservatives were worried about the fact that two conservatives were running opposite RINO Rep. Tom Campbell in the California GOP U.S. Senate race, fearing they'd split the conservative vote and open an avenue for Campbell to sneak by - but it didn't turn out that way, as the Gov. Sarah Palin-endorsed Carly Fiorina ended up winning convincingly on Tuesday.  The 'other' conservative in the race, Chuck DeVore, conceded defeat and immediately threw his support behind Fiorina in her upcoming battle against arch-liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Nikki Haley and the New Conservatives
American Conservative - South Carolinian Jack Hunter writes on the just concluded GOP governor's race in his state, which turned out to be a particularly ugly affair because the entrenched Party establishment did everything it could to discredit and try to derail the 'real' conservative in the race, Nikki Haley - and they basically lost.  Haley nearly won the nomination (with 49%, will be in a runoff), and Hunter says it's a new day for conservatives who are starting to differentiate between the real conservative candidates and the fakes who merely claim to be conservative.

Sarah Palin's endorsements paid off on Tuesday
Politico - It's safe to say that Gov. Sarah Palin's endorsement alone isn't enough to win victories for Republican candidates, but Tuesday's elections proved that it gives those fortunate enough to win her backing a better chance to prevail in their races.  Three out of four of Palin's chosen candidates either won or forced a runoff yesterday - and all are giving a good portion of the credit to Palin for providing them a boost with the grassroots.

Tea Party-backed Graves wins in Georgia's 9th district
Atlanta Journal Constitution - National and local Tea Party groups claimed another victory on Tuesday, as Republican Tom Graves prevailed in Georgia's 9th congressional district special election to succeed Rep. Nathan Deal.  Graves had the backing of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks as well as financial backing from the Club for Growth, and his win should definitely be counted as a plus for the Tea Party movement.  One note - Graves and his main opponent will be on the state primary ballot once again on July 20th for the next full term in office.

Is Mitch Daniels feeling his presidential moment?
Washington Examiner (blog) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is drawing a lot of attention these days as a possible presidential candidate, and it's not because he overwhelms people with his sparkling personality or political good looks.  On the contrary, Daniels would seem to be the anti-politician, a man who's succeeded simply because he's solved problems with principled conservative solutions - something the country should be very interested in come 2012.

Rebranding the GOP and closing the gender gap
The Hill (blog) - John Feehery blogs on what he sees as a new phenomenon in the Republican Party - women candidates who are finding success by highlighting conservative-themed issues and de-emphasizing their gender at the same time.  Feehery uses a heavy identity-politics focus for his analysis, yet he makes several interesting points about how female voters are perhaps starting to see the GOP in a new way - and that will be a positive development for the Party.


NHDP - Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on the House and Senate's Work to Keep the State Budget Balanced

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement applauding the House and Senate's work to keep the state budget balanced.
"I applaud Democrats in the House and Senate, and Governor Lynch, for their leadership in balancing the state budget without any new tax increases.  Our Democratic majorities continue to be responsible stewards of the state budget during these difficult economic times.
"Although significant cuts were made, essential services New Hampshire's for most vulnerable citizens were protected.
"This is in stark contrast to the Republican leadership, who once again wasted taxpayer dollars playing childish political games and refused to propose real solutions to the serious challenges facing the Granite State.  Their actions today are yet another reminder of why we can't afford a return to reckless Republican budgeting."


NHDP - Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on Sen. Harold Janeway's Retirement 

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement about Senator Harold Janeway's decision to retire at the end of his current term.

"Senator Janeway was a tireless advocate of equality for all citizens and staunch defender of New Hampshire's precious natural resources.  During my time in Democratic politics I can remember few individuals who have been as passionate about those core Democratic issues, as Senator Janeway.  And fewer still who achieved as much as he did. 

"Senator Janeway also played a pivotal role in the commission addressing problems with New Hampshire's retirement system.  His wealth of experience on finance and investment issues was indispensable as Democrats worked to reform the health care benefit system for retired state employees. 

"I want to thank Senator Janeway for his service to the state of New Hampshire and to the voters of the 7th District.


SAMHSA - Alternatives 2010: Early Bird Registration, Scholarship Deadline

Register Now - See You in Anaheim!
Early Bird Registration ends July 1
Alternatives 2010, taking place September 29 - October 3, is shaping up to be a phenomenal conference, featuring over 100 inspiring and thought-provoking workshops and institutes on a variety of themes.
In addition, the conference committee will be drawing on the tremendous local talent in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas to provide a variety of engaging arts events throughout the conference. You won't be disappointed!
Anaheim is promising to be a fantastic conference destination. 
Early Bird registration ends July 1. [Click here to register.]

Scholarships and Funding
Federal Scholarship Deadline is June 14
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), through a contract with Westover Consultants, Inc. (Westover), and AFYA, Inc. (AFYA), is providing financial support to consumers of mental health services who wish to participate in Alternatives 2010 Annual Conference. The purpose of this scholarship is to foster the transformation of mental health care to focus on recovery. Please Note: To be eligible for this scholarship, a completed application must be received by U.S. Mail, postmarked on or before the deadline of June 14, 2010. NO FAXED OR E-MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
You are encouraged to be creative and persistent in your efforts to fund your attendance at Alternatives. You may find some ideas and resources for use in your search for funding by downloading Alternatives Funds Search. We hope you find these useful.

Alternatives 2010 Flyer Available in Spanish, Vietnamese
The Alternatives 2010 flyer is now available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Please click here to download the English versionclick here for the Spanish version, and click here for the Vietnamese version. Please post these flyers wherever you can to help spread to the word. Thank you!

NHDP - Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on Sen. Kathy Sgambati's Retirement 

NHDP Chair applauds Senator's years of service and commitment to improving the state of New Hampshire
Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement about Senator Kathy Sgamabti's decision to retire at the end of her current term.
"Senator Sgambati has been a strong voice for New Hampshire's working families.  In the midst of one of the worst economic recessions in history, she helped start and expand innovative programs like Healthy Kids and HealthFirst, while at the same time ensuring we kept the state's budget balanced.
"Throughout her decades of service as a top official of the state Department of Health and Human Services and her four years in office, Senator Sgambati was a tireless advocate for children, seniors and all of our state's most vulnerable citizens.  Her insightful approach and years of experience will be deeply missed on the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee, which she chaired. In 2008, Senator Sgambati was named "Legislator of the Year" for her leadership on health care issues.
"I want to thank Senator Sgamabti for her service to the state of New Hampshire and to the voters of the 4th District."