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Tuesday
Aug042009

WFI To Take "Messaging Fight To The Union Bosses Over The Course Of The Congressional Break" 

“A compromise on ‘card check’ legislation is no better than the original proposals in the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), one key group opposed to ‘card check’ legislation will emphasize over the August recess.

 

The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) will look to go on the offensive in the coming month, launching messaging seeking to block any compromise on EFCA. ‘As we head into the August recess, pro-EFCA Senators are no closer to securing passage of the job-killing legislation than they were before news reports of a so-called “compromise,”’ the group’s August recess memo says. ‘While there are not enough votes to pass EFCA or “compromise” legislation that includes mandatory, binding arbitration, we can not lose sight of the strategic goal of taking the messaging fight to the union bosses over the course of the Congressional break,’ the memo reads.

 

For WFI, there seems to be little room for compromise. ‘The only way for the conversation to move forward is to take [EFCA] completely off the table, meaning both the elimination of the secret ballot and mandatory, binding arbitration are no longer part of the discussion in any form,’ the group’s memo says.” (Michael O'Brien, “Little Love For Compromise In Anti-‘Card Check’ Group’s Recess Plans,” The Hill, 8/1/09)

Tuesday
Aug042009

CHQ -The Town Hall Rebellion 

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Town Hall Rebellion Should Flourish During Recess

The recent surge of grassroots activism at town hall meetings across the US is a great sign that Americans are tired of the failures of our elected officials to stop Obama's radical socialist agenda. Activists should take advantage of Congress' August recess with a new wave of protests at town hall meetings as Congressman seek to reach out to constituents. Take these three simple steps to join in this "Town Hall Rebellion." Even if your elected officials are with the "good guys," they still have an obligation to step up to the plate and vocally come out against Obama. So far, very few have done this.

 

News From The Front:

Residents raise their voices on health care

The Four Democrat Blue Dogs Who Sold Out America

Why We Must Oppose the Expansion of Government Healthcare

Defending Freedom in the Age of Obama

 

 

Tuesday
Aug042009

AFP - Does Obamacare make Americans "Feel Guilty for Wanting to Live?" 

Dear Friend,

 

It happened last week in the small town of Gate City, Virginia.

 

Your Americans for Prosperity team was wrapping up a Patients First bus tour event opposing the Obama/Pelosi health care takeover. Out of the corner of my eye I saw an elderly lady struggle to her feet. She gestured toward me and I walked over to her.

 

She was stooped from osteoporosis. She looked up into my eyes and said...

 

“It makes me feel guilty for wanting to live.”

 

You see, we had just detailed the “end of life” mandatory counseling provision of the Obama/Pelosi health care takeover for the crowd. Dr. Larry Hunter had just explained that on page 425 and 426 the House bill states that if you are a Medicare recipient you will receive counseling to learn about “end of life” options, including hospice and palliative care.

 

This has seniors worried. End-of-life decisions are intensely personal, and most Americans agree that they should be discussed with your family and your doctor. But do we need a government mandate for that?

 

If the government moves to control our health care dollars – by taxing us more to pay for government-run care – then the government will have its say in how those dollars are spent and which patients get the benefits.

 

Click here for the link that takes you directly to the language in the bill and see for yourself.

 

Then, I’m asking you to click here to give financially so that together we can defeat this outrageous legislation that expands government’s reach into our personal lives.

 

No American should ever “feel guilty for wanting to live.”

 

That sweet elderly lady in Gate City, Virginia is someone’s mother, someone’s grandmother, someone’s wife.

 

And, you and I should pledge today that on our watch she – and every other senior – will make end-of-life decisions with their family members and personal doctors, free of government intrusion.

 

You’ve been active with Americans for Prosperity for some time now. You know we seldom ask for financial help. We know the key is grassroots action – working with you to put pressure on these Washington, D.C. politicians through calls, e-mails, rallies, and petitions like our Patients First effort.

 

But, there are times when we need funds to pay for these rallies and bus tours. Last week, our Patients First bus tour made 27 stops in Virginia in 1 week. In fact, we hit my hometown of Leesburg on Friday (Pictures here).

 

This week we are holding two bus tours: one in Nebraska with 9 rallies and one in North Carolina with 30 stops. In addition, our national television advertising is running full bore in key states. All this effort costs money and a lot of it – millions in fact.

 

So, I’m asking you to step up and help us defeat this legislation by giving financially.

 

Will you help at this crucial time – just as Congress heads back to their districts and we attempt to turn up the pressure even higher?

 

Tuesday
Aug042009

DSCC - The Hill: Republicans in NH scoff at D.C.'s role in Senate race 

“It’s a mistake for her to be holding events with lobbyists in Washington, presumably offering them assurances that she hasn’t offered people in New Hampshire,” said one veteran Republican consultant who has not picked a favorite candidate.

 

 

Republicans in New Hampshire scoff at D.C.’s role in Senate race

http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/republicans-in-new-hampshire-scoff-at-d.c.s-role-in-senate-race-2009-08-03.html

 

By Reid Wilson

Posted: 08/03/09 05:30 PM [ET]

 

Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) has given the GOP a top-tier candidate in an open Senate seat, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) quick embrace has angered some in the Granite State.

And that’s left a number of conservatives to rally to Ovide Lamontagne, a former state Board of Education chairman who won the 1996 gubernatorial primary.

In July, Ayotte resigned her office to begin exploring a run for retiring Sen. Judd Gregg’s (R-N.H.) seat. Even though the NRSC has not formally endorsed her, the committee will host a fundraiser for her Sept. 22 at its D.C. headquarters. Both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) are listed as special guests on the invitation.

 

Word of the Washington fundraiser led to an angry op-ed in Monday’s Manchester, N.H., Union Leader, a conservative-leaning paper that will play a role in the Republican primary. Political observers said the paper has been a fan of Lamontagne’s in the past.

The Union Leader’s outrage may be the tip of a Republican iceberg. In hand-picking a candidate, the NRSC runs the risk of insulting a highly passionate, highly engaged set of New Hampshire Republicans.

The home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, the Granite State’s voters are fiercely protective of their image as seasoned political observers, and some who are remaining neutral in the race say the national GOP’s involvement could have an impact that Ayotte doesn’t expect.

“Washington, D.C., told us that we had to vote for Bob Dole, and New Hampshire Republicans voted for Pat Buchanan. They told us we had to vote for George W. Bush; we voted for John McCain. They told us to vote for Mitt Romney; we voted for John McCain,” said Patrick Hynes, a Republican consultant and Granite State veteran. “New Hampshire Republicans have a reflexive desire to be left alone.”

Ayotte’s campaign does not see her as a Washington candidate, and they say her early focus on calling Republican activists around the state will pay off.

“Taking a person who has never run for political office and trying to turn her into a Washington candidate is a huge mistake,” said Brooks Kochvar, Ayotte’s campaign manager. “She is a through-and-through New Hampshire candidate.”

Some neutral Republicans say they do not see Ayotte’s slow start as a problem, given that New Hampshire is consumed by races for mayor of Manchester and other municipal elections.

“There haven’t been a lot of forums to see. Right now, it’s about getting out there and meeting folks and maybe giving a couple of speeches,” Republican strategist Mark Sanborn told The Hill. “I haven’t heard anything from the other folks running for Senate either.”

Former Gov. John H. Sununu, a legend in Republican Party politics and the current state party chairman, is likely to play an outsize role in the primary, even though he has pledged neutrality. That pledge, which activists on both sides have said he is sticking to, is a message in itself.

“I hope the NRSC understands that New Hampshire doesn’t really respond well to having candidates designated from outside the state, and I don’t think it would be in Kelly Ayotte’s best interest to have something like that happen,” Sununu told The Hill.

“I’m just going to make sure it’s a positive Republican primary with all the candidates focused on the shortcomings of the Democrats,” Sununu said.

But before the race gets to a point at which the GOP nominee can focus solely on the likely Democratic candidate, Rep. Paul Hodes, Ayotte — the early front-runner — has questions to answer.

Conservatives worry that Ayotte has not enumerated her positions on a number of issues important to them, including abortion and same-sex marriage. While the New Hampshire Republican Party is not the most right-leaning in the country, those issues will matter in a primary.

And many detractors wonder just where the former attorney general has been since leaving office. Ayotte has not held any public events yet, and news that she would benefit from a Washington fundraiser emerging before any New Hampshire stops were confirmed did not go over well.

“It’s a mistake for her to be holding events with lobbyists in Washington, presumably offering them assurances that she hasn’t offered people in New Hampshire,” said one veteran Republican consultant who has not picked a favorite candidate.

Ayotte is set to embark on a tour throughout the state over the next month and a half, beginning next Tuesday at a summer social hosted by the Winnipesaukee GOP. She will attend GOP events in Strafford County, Manchester, Rockingham, Salem, Milford, Nashua and Bedford in coming weeks.

And even though she may take heat for holding a fundraiser in Washington, some neutral observers say now is the time to scoop up campaign cash.

“If there was a time to do some of this D.C. stuff, she’s chosen wisely,” Sanborn said.

The race will not consist entirely of conservatives making up their mind about Ayotte. Though Lamontagne has not run for office in 13 years, he has a well of good will among conservative activists, and when he did run in 1996 he upset the prohibitive front-runner in the Republican primary.

Private, third-party polling has shown Lamontagne has surprisingly high name identification — north of 50 percent — though few people say they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him. That indicates people recognize his name, though both his supporters and detractors have room to influence how the public sees him.

Ayotte starts with a big advantage financially. She is expected to significantly outraise any other Republican challenger, a key factor in a state that includes the pricey Boston media market.

“She will have the resources she needs,” Kochvar said.

Tuesday
Aug042009

RetakeCongress - G. Edward Griffin Live, 7PM EDT - The Schiffathon continues! 

As part of the mass donation (MoneyBomb) day on August 7th, the RetakeCongress.com team is happy to announce our interview with G. Edward Griffin.

Ed Griffin is the author of "The Creature from Jekyll Island", which is considered by many to be the best source for the history behind the Federal Reserve System.

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