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NRSC - GOP dodges primary in New Hampshire

GOP dodges primary in New Hampshire

The Hill, By Reid Wilson

Posted: 07/22/09 09:46 AM [ET]


New Hampshire Republicans may have averted a bruising Senate primary after a wealthy businessman declined to challenge a former attorney general for the GOP nomination.


Businessman Fred Tausch (R), who has blanketed the state with advertisements bashing increased federal spending, said he would not be a candidate for office in 2010 and would instead focus on his growing grassroots organization.


That leaves former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte as the clear favorite for the nomination. National Republicans put pressure on Ayotte to get into the race, and she resigned last week in anticipation of a bid.


“Many Republicans have encouraged me to be their voice as a candidate for office next year,” Tausch said in a statement. “.It was an honor to be approached and I gave the prospect serious consideration. But after careful deliberation, I've decided not to enter public service at this time.”


On Monday, Ayotte filed papers to form an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission.


She may still face a competitive primary, as former state Board of Education chairman Ovide Lamontagne (R) is considering a bid. Lamontagne ran as the GOP's nominee for governor in 1996.


The eventual winner of the GOP primary will face Rep. Paul Hodes (D) in the race to replace retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R).


Daily Grind: Tea Party Censorship -- The Truth Stinks 

Editorial: Thomas Perriello's Dirty Politics
One Congressman tries to censor teaparty activists who are standing up against government-run health care and cap and trade.


The Truth Stinks
While the Obama Administration rushes through legislation that will surely bankrupt America, they take their time on telling us by how much.


Barstool Economist: The Unseen Losses of Entrepreneurship
How politicians and lobbying dampens the very entrepreneurial activities that drive economic growth.


ALG in the News: Hate crimes bill disregards blind justice
The Washington Examiner features Americans for Limited Government's Communications Director Carter Clews' Op-ed.



ALG Applauds DeMint Hold on "Errant, Arrogant threat to freedom" Arturo Valenzuela 

Jim DeMint is to be commended for standing

against this arrogant and errant Ivy Tower elitist."

Bill Wilson, president ALG


ALG Applauds DeMint Hold on "Errant, Arrogant

threat to freedom" Arturo Valenzuela


Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today commended Sen. Jim DeMint for putting a hold on the nomination of Arturo Valenzuela to be "Western Hemisphere Czar," terming the nominee, "a dangerous threat to democracy throughout Latin America."


Valenzuela, nominated by Barack Obama to the post of Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, would exercise broad powers over U.S. policy throughout Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. In the recent past, Valenzuela has argued for "dialogue and opening" towards Cuba, defended Hugo Chavez' crackdown on press freedom in Venezuela, and denied that violence was a major issue in Mexico.


Most recently, Valenzuela vigorously defended impeached president Manuel Zelaya of Honduras after the strong-arm ruler was impeached for violating the nation's Constitution. Under tough questioning by DeMint In hearings on the Honduras crisis, Valenzuela claimed that his 40 years as a college professor had made him an expert on "military takeovers." [SEE ATTACHED Washington News Observer VIDEO]. DeMint reminded the nominee that the Honduran military was acting under orders of the legislature and courts and at no time assumed power.


"Arturo Valenzuela has never met a Marxist dictator that he didn't embrace," said ALG's Wilson. The very thought that he would be in a position to push his despotic agenda throughout Latin America is an anathema to all who value freedom.


"In fact, it seems that the only governments Mr. Valenzuela has problems with are those that adopt democratic constitutions and then embrace and defend the freedoms they assure," Wilson said. "As long as Manuel Zelaya was violating Honduras' democratic safeguards, Arturo Valenzuela was nodding in silent consent. But, the moment the courageous people of that country rose up to defend freedom, Valenzuela was suddenly outraged. That's appalling."


The controversial Valenzuela first came to national attention in November, 2008, when widely respected journalist Martin Edwin Andersen resigned from Freedom House to protest the nominee's being an "apologist" for corruption in Argentina and throughout Latin America. Valenzuela at the time was a Freedom House advisor.


"When it comes to Latin America," Andersen wrote, "I truly hope the Obama team will give a pass on including former Hillary Clinton supporter Arturo Valenzuela on its foreign policy team. Not only is Valenzuela's dandyish personal style both boorish and pedantic; he has been proven dead wrong on several issues critical to democracy in Latin America and to U.S. security."


Said Wilson of the Valenzuela nomination, "Barack Obama has appointed scores of 'czars' with extra-legal powers to work outside of the normal channels of government to enforce his will. But, the nomination of Valenzuela is one of the most chilling of all.


"He, and he alone, will have nearly dictatorial powers to determine U.S. policy towards Latin America. And his open support for Marxist tyranny – whether in Cuba, Venezuela, or Honduras – proves him to be a clear and present threat to freedom. Jim DeMint is to be commended for standing against this arrogant and errant Ivy Tower elitist."



Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 17 Senators with attached Charges against Zelaya, and Supreme Court Order to Arrest Zelaya, July 8th, 2009.


Legal Background, "Legal situation of the transition government in Honduras," June 29th, 2009.


Arturo Valenzuela Background, Americans for Limited Government, July 2009.



CHQ - 2010 Primaries - Once in a Lifetime Opportunity 

Finally: Good News for Conservatives
Target- Rich Opportunity in 2010 Primaries and General Election

Conservatives have been justifiably and understandably discouraged, not only in 2009 but for years, as Washington, D.C. politicians engaged in a major expansion of government.

However, because President Obama--Nancy Pelosi--Harry Reid Democrats have moved so fast and far reaching in a massive expansion of government, it appears that conservatives will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make major gains in the November general election, as well as in Democratic and Republican primaries.

All House and Senate members who are associated with Obama (including Republicans and Democrats) should be prime targets in primaries. Then if we fail, we have another bite at the apple in November.

The 2010 election almost certainly will be a referendum on Obama, Pelosi, and Reid policies.

Connecting the popularity polling dots on Obama, Pelosi, and Reid points to them having significantly lower poll numbers in 2010 - which means they will be a major drag on any candidate associated with their policies.

This election needs to be a referendum on whether politicians support Obama's radical socialist agenda, including:

a. Sotomayor and other Obama "empathetic-feeling" judicial nominees
b. Government takeover of health care (including rationing, tax increases, etc., etc.)
c. Cap and Trade: the tax increase and job destroyer
d. The unions' job-killing agenda
e. Depression-causing tax increases (including voiding Bush/GOP tax cuts)
f. Trillion-dollar bail out of Wall Street and car companies
g. Trillion-dollar Stimulus Bill for big business and Democratic Party machine politicians and patrons

Conservatives need to be engaging in candidate recruitment now. Candidate recruitment should also definitely include articulate candidates in Democratic-held seats. If our candidates beat the Democratic incumbent in primaries, great: We'll have two conservatives to choose from in November.

At a minimum, by challenging Democrats in primaries they will have to spend money, time, and other resources to defend their votes for the agendas of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, thereby significantly weakening them in November. And Republicans who failed to oppose Obama-Pelosi-Reid socialism - or worse, aided and abetted it - should be prepared to be seriously challenged.

Now let's all go forth and recruit candidates to oppose Obama-supporting Democrats and Republicans.

The 2010 election could dwarf the conservative successes in 1994.


Danville VA - TEA Party leaders ask Attorney General to investigate use of state police, county sheriff's deputies to harass Perriello critics 

DANVILLE, Va. – Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., may beusing the state police and local law enforcement to harass and intimidate citizens who have publicly expressed opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trillion-dollar health care reform legislation, a local TEA Party leader charged Tuesday in a letter urgingstate Attorney GeneralBill Mims to conduct a formal investigation.


Danville TEA Party chairman Nigel Coleman told Mims that Virginia State Police officers Monday came unannounced to the home of another member of the group to question him about attending a town hall meeting Saturday in Blairs which featured Perriello and two Obama cabinet secretaries.

"All Americans should be concerned when a congressman uses the state police to intimidate citizens and suppress dissent against a government takeover of our health care.," Coleman said."No American should have to fear that the police will show up at his door because he's dared publicly disagree with some politician's political agenda."

Saturday, Colemanand other TEA Party leaders were refused an opportunity to ask Perriello a question during the event, and then were instructed by a plainclothes police officer to leave the property when they attempted to display signs urging the congressman to follow the Constitution and oppose Pelosi's "socialized medicine scheme." Coleman said he and the others peacefully complied, but were followed to a restaurant by an officer in an unmarked car, who then exited his vehicle, walked over to the activists' cars, and called in their license plate numbers over the phone.

Coleman said he contacted Perriello's Danville office Monday to request a meeting with the congressman to protest the police intimidation tactics used at the event and to ask why he and other TEA Party activists were told to leave.

Perriello's staff refused the request for a meeting, Coleman said, while assuring him that the office understood that he and other local TEA Party activists pose no threat to the congressman.

"First, I was disappointed at Saturday's event that Congressman Perriello refused to take hard questions from his constituents about where he stands on Nancy Pelosi's trillion-dollar socialized medicine scheme," Coleman said. "But I am outraged by the police intimidation tactics that have only escalated since."

"Now, as of Monday, Rep. Perriello refuses to even meet with us, while the police treat constituents who are simply exercising our Constitutional free speech rights as if we're terrorists," Coleman said.

"Citizens have the right to schedule a meeting with our elected officials whose salary we pay. Rep. Perriello needs to stop refusing to meet with us to answer the tough questions, and help us stop local and state police from suppressing our First Amendment free speech rights," he said.

Coleman organized two recent TEA party rallies, one on July 4th and another on July 17th at Perriello's Danville office to protest the upcoming socialized healthcare bill.

Coleman noted that at a similar TEA Party protest outside Perriello's Charlottesville office Friday, police appeared to order an estimated 60 local taxpayers to leave the parking lot. As reported Friday on the blog of The Schilling Show, a Charlottesville talk radio program:

"Approximately forty minutes into the event, Charlottesville police were called to the parking lot area. Unconfirmed reports from the scene tie at least one of the complaining phone calls directly to Congressman Tom Perriello's office staff. While the attending police officers (professionally and politely) compelled the gathered crowd to disperse, rally attendees grumbled at the prospect of their own congressman's office terminating their First Amendment free speech protest."



Letter from Nigel Coleman to Attorney General of Virginia, July 22, 2009.