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Wednesday
Jul082009

ALG Urges Senate Committee to Reject Valenzuela Nomination to State Department 

Americans for Limited Government wanted to specially bring your attention to a nominee that deserves the mutual, editorial condemnation of journalists across the nation and around the world: Arturo Valenzuela, Barack Obama's nominee for Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Why?

 

According to a former colleague, "He had also loudly defended Venezuela's narcissist-leninist Hugo Chavez on press freedom in previous meetings at Freedom House." This is no small matter, and should be cause for concern for anyone that values the freedom of the press.

 

Hugo Chavez's record on press freedom is atrocious. Just this year, Chavez has threatened to shut down Globovision because the television station criticized the Venezuelan dictator. Globovision is the only channel left in Venezuela where citizens can hear criticism against Chavez.

 

Valenzuela is on the wrong side of this and other issues critical to liberty in the Americas, and ALG urges you to take a sharp line against this very poor nomination to the State Department.

 

ALG News Bureau

 

Wednesday
Jul082009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

VFW calls on members to do more to prevent Military Suicides but is SILENT about endless deployments
"Look [young troops and Vets] in the eye and say, everything is going to be alright." VFW Commander-in-Chief Glen M. Gardner Jr.

by Bob Hanafin, Staff Writer

In an open letter, VFW Commander-in-Chief Glen M. Gardner Jr. urging his 1.6 million members to help OEF/OIF veterans cope with the stresses of war but remained silent on one of the major causes of combat stress and suicide the never ending operations tempo of multiple deployments. Commander Gardner mentions that "after incurring 11 suicides since the beginning of the year, the 101st Airborne Division commander at Fort Campbell, Ky., ordered a three-day stand down of activities this week so that his soldiers could refocus on the mission of healing themselves and each other."

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Wednesday
Jul082009

CHQ - Al Franken, the Constitutional Scholar?

VIGUERIE: Franken May be Intelligent, but He is No Constitutional Scholar
Viguerie Blog - Al Franken, the ultra-liberal comedian recently sworn in to the U.S. Senate, has been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee that will conduct hearings on all of President Obama's judicial nominees. For Democrats determined to approve judges who will work outside the democratic process, an intense ideologue trumps a Constitutional scholar. This should be a warning sign for Republicans. [read the full blog here]

 

Articles in News From The Front:

Obama, Sotomayor, and the Political Limits of Personal Experience

Video: Mark Sanford and the Right

Kathleen Sebelius' Mixed Message on Abortion

Hot Dogs And Fireworks, Or Unalienable Rights?

Reasons to Expect More from Palin in the Future

 

All of these articles and many others can be accessed through http://conservativehq.com.

Wednesday
Jul082009

DSCC - The Hill: GOPers not yielding to Ayotte yet  

GOPers not yielding Ayotte

The Hill

July 7, 2009

Aaron Blake

http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2009/07/07/gopers-not-yielding-to-ayotte-yet/

 

New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte's (R) potential Senate primary opponents aren't backing down.

 

Former Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) emphasized Tuesday that Ayotte is his friend, but he said that her candidacy for Senate wouldn't necessarily force him to look elsewhere.

 

Ayotte announced her resignation Tuesday to look into a potential Senate campaign, and she is expected to run.

 

"We'll be watching each other's work, if you will, and probably talk to each other," Bass said. "But it's so early. At least for New Hampshire, it is."

 

Bass said he and Ayotte would "certainly try" to avoid running for Senate against each other. When asked if it was true that he wouldn't necessarily yield to her, he said, "That's correct."

 

Bass is also looking at running for the House seat he lost in 2006.

 

Former gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne (R) also indicated he wouldn't be stepping aside for Ayotte.

 

In a voicemail, Lamontagne didn't say what he would do if Ayotte got in, but he said the fact that she's resigning to consider the race doesn't sway him at all.

 

"The factors that bear most directly on that decision are my family, my firm and whether this is the right time for me to be a candidate for office and to represent New Hampshire in the United States Senate," he said.

 

A third potential candidate, Fred Tausch, seems likely to run for the seat but has yet to return a request for comment.

 

Former Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney has also shown interest in the race.

 

 

Wednesday
Jul082009

DSCC - The Hill: Ayotte "Can Be Blessing Or Curse"  

"There's always a question when you go from one role to another role," Rath said. "It's never as smooth as people think, and politics is a rough business. ... Until you actually get out there, you just don't know."

The Hill: Aiming for Gregg's open seat, Ayotte is unknown big name
Aaron Blake 7/7/09
http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/aiming-for-greggs-open-seat--ayotte-is-unknown-big-name-2009-07-07.html <http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/aiming-for-greggs-open-seat--ayotte-is-unknown-big-name-2009-07-07.html>

It took awhile, but Republicans are finally getting their Senate candidate in New Hampshire.

The question now is: What kind of candidate are they getting?

Five months after Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) announced he would vacate his Senate seat, state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) announced Tuesday that she will resign her current office to explore a run for Senate.

When it becomes official, Republicans will have a Senate candidate with no elective experience who has never run a campaign before. (In New Hampshire, attorneys general are appointed by the governor, not elected.)

That can be a blessing, or it can be a disaster. Only time will tell.

"She's got very positive favorability numbers, but that's largely because if you're attorney general, you're arresting people and putting them in jail and not in a position to annoy people," said Andy Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire's Survey Center. "Her big potential negative is the fact that she hasn't run before."

Former Republican National Committeeman Tom Rath said he thinks Ayotte will do well, but that the jury will be out for a while.

"There's always a question when you go from one role to another role," Rath said. "It's never as smooth as people think, and politics is a rough business. ... Until you actually get out there, you just don't know."

Finding out what Ayotte is made of politically is still a couple weeks away; she said in a statement that she won't talk about politics until she's out of office July 17.

At the same time, her candidacy is a foregone conclusion now that she has resigned.

"After discussing this matter with my husband, Joe, and our family, I have decided to resign as attorney general in order to explore a campaign for the United States Senate," Ayotte said in a statement.

It is rare for a party to run a candidate in a major race despite his or her never having sought political office. When it happens, though, the candidates often come from the ranks of law enforcement.

The GOP is also running former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie as its nominee in this year's New Jersey governor's race.

Like Christie, Ayotte has a good, bipartisan reputation as a nonpartisan official. She was appointed to that post by both a GOP and Democratic governor.

Ironically, that situation has also led to her first political challenge.

Gov. John Lynch's (D) office has put out word that when she was reappointed to her office this year, Ayotte pledged to serve out a full term. Ayotte told the Manchester Union Leader on Tuesday that it was her intention to serve out the term, but circumstances changed.

Lynch did not address that pledge following Ayotte's resignation, but Democrats point to the publicity over the situation and Ayotte's resignation as evidence that she can be rattled.

"When it comes to electoral politics, Kelly Ayotte is unproven and untested," said Eric Schultz, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). "And considering her first move out of the gate is to break a pledge she made to the people of New Hampshire, she also seems unprepared."

Democrats have a few other arrows in their quiver, including when Ayotte argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of New Hampshire's law requiring doctors to notify a girl's parents prior to an abortion. The law was never enforced and was repealed two years ago, but Ayotte pushed, against Lynch's will, for its defense.

Ayotte has never weathered such political attacks and has never raised money for a political campaign.

Despite never having been on the ballot, though, Ayotte led likely Democratic nominee Rep. Paul Hodes in a UNH poll released last week. She was at 39 percent, compared to Hodes's 35 percent.

Ayotte's favorable rating stood at 45 percent, with just 8 percent unfavorable, while Hodes had 32 percent favorability and 23 percent unfavorables. Democrats believe they can bring Ayotte's numbers closer together once her honeymoon is over, thereby aiding Hodes's candidacy.

But Smith noted that Ayotte has an advantage as a female Republican running in the Northeast. He likened her to neighboring Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who turned away a spirited challenge from Rep. Tom Allen (D) last year in a tough atmosphere.

"The electorates in New Hampshire and Maine are similar," Smith said. "Somebody like a Susan Collins or maybe Kelly Ayotte - it remains to be seen - can hold the Republican vote and pick up 3 or 4 percent of the women's vote just because she's a woman."

Ayotte was appointed by Republican Gov. Craig Benson and then reappointed by Lynch despite her political affiliation and despite having opposed Lynch on the parental notification law.

Amber Wilkerson, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), said the committee is happy Ayotte "is considering opportunities that many could not have anticipated even months ago. Clearly, Kelly Ayotte will be a formidable candidate for the U.S. Senate if she decides to run."

New Hampshire is the final open-seat race in which the GOP does not have a candidate, and it has been the lone vacancy for months. Ayotte should be the GOP front-runner in the race, but she is not expected to be alone.

Former Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) told The Hill on Tuesday that he wouldn't necessarily yield to Ayotte, and former gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne and businessman Fred Tausch are also weighing the race.

Tausch is a particularly good bet to enter the race, having launched an ad campaign this year on fiscal responsibility and having hired some of former Sen. John Sununu's (R-N.H.) staff. Tausch is largely unknown, though, and trailed Hodes 45-25 in the UNH poll. Bass trailed 40-38.

Sununu said last week that he will not seek a return to the Senate in 2010.



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