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Wednesday
Aug202014

Smith For US Senate - Bob Smith Calls on Harry Reid to Bring Bill Seeking to Defund Obama’s Executive Amnesty Plan to the Senate Floor 

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Bob Smith Calls on Harry Reid to Bring Bill Seeking to Defund 
Obama’s Executive Amnesty Plan to the Senate Floor

 

Bedford (August 17, 2014) – Senator Bob Smith released the following statement today regarding efforts to halt President Obama’s promise to implement amnesty via executive action:

I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who is leading the fight to bring a House bill to the Senate floor that would defund DACA amnesty and as well as new attempts by the President to expand amnesty for immigrants who have come to our country illegally.

Such a bill, if passed the Senate, would stifle the President’s ability to abandon the rule of law and reshape our country’s immigration policy without the consent of the American people by way of their representatives in Congress.

I call on Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring this bill before the Senate and I urge my fellow Republican U.S. Senatorial candidates Scott Brown and Jim Rubens to join me in doing the same.

Wednesday
Aug202014

CEI Today: Republicans + online gambling, an auto loan mess, Solar Solution, and more 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
In the News Today

 


ONLINE GAMBLING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

Townhall: Republicans Seek to “Restore” an Online Gambling Ban that Never Existed

Republicans generally oppose federal encroachment on policy matters traditionally left to the states. SO why is Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex) alone among his GOP House colleagues in opposing a federal online gambling ban that would preempt state laws, reward special interests, and curtail an otherwise lawful pastime enjoyed by many Americans? 
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton
 

AUTO LOAN MESS - JOHN BERLAU

 

Newsmax: Govt Meddling Creates Auto Loan Mess

 

Should we worry about a crisis in subprime auto loans? While there are important differences in the auto and mortgage markets, there are similar government interventions that have the potential to fuel a bubble in car loans the same way they did for home loans. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau
 

SOLAR 'SOLUTION' - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

The Not-So-Free Market at Work


In the mail, I recently received a brochure from a firm called Solar Solution LLC, claiming to be the District of Columbia’s #1 solar installer. Included was the following table showing the initial estimated cost and then, in subsequent columns, the multiple layers of subsidies one might obtain. These include the 30 percent federal tax credit, the D.C. solar grant, and the Solar Renewable Energy Credit.
> Read more

> Interview Fred Smith



> See also: Are Fossil Fuels the Past, Renewables the Future?

 

 

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Tuesday
Aug192014

DNC - Why the Perry indictment matters 

ICYMI – as Perry prepares to head to NH, here’s the latest from DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee on his indictment and why it matters.

 

-Ian

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Hey Folks –

 

Late Friday, news of Rick Perry’s two count indictment for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant generated headlines across the country.

 

Rick Perry, his allies and the broader GOP quickly circled the wagons around their embattled governor and hit back. They quickly tried to spin that Perry’s indictment was the result of partisan politics.

 

Nothing could be further from the truth – here are the top 3 reasons why you should take this seriously…

 

1. The Investigation into Perry’s Conduct Was Not Partisan

 

Perry claims he’s the victim of a partisan witch hunt. That’s simply not true. An non-partisan, good-government group filed the original complaint against Perry for abusing the power of his office.

 

Officials from Travis County who are Democrats recused themselves from the case entirely. Billy Ray Stubblenfield, the presiding judge in the case, is a Republican and was appointed by Perry himself. Judge Stubblenfield picked a Republican judge and Bush appointee, Bert Richardson, to preside over the case. He in turn, selected the special prosecutor, Michael McCrum.

 

McCrum began his career as a federal prosecutor during George H.W. Bush’s administration. In 2009 McCrum was recommended for the job of U.S. attorney by Texas’ two Republican Senators.

 

The individuals who led the investigation into Perry’s misconduct and those presiding over this case have strong Republican bonafides – hardly a partisan group intent on taking down a Republican Governor. And for the record, there’s nothing partisan about those citizens who sit on a grand jury.

 

2. Perry Had Reasons to Derail the Public Integrity Unit’s Work

 

Perry claims he wanted to gut funding to the Public Integrity Unit because of a DUI. If that’s the case, why didn’t Perry say anything when two Republican District Attorneys were arrested during his tenure. Nor did he demand the resignation of state legislators that found themselves in the same predicament.

 

The fact is that Perry could have had another motive for gutting the Public Integrity Unit.  The PIU was investigating the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), a multi-billion dollar state funded institution with a record of misconduct and graft. 

 

In 2012 two Nobel laureates resigned from the cancer institute, amid concerns about the integrity of the institution’s grant procedures, suggesting politics were at play after funding was disbursed without review by the appropriate panel.

 

Last year, a former high ranking CPRIT official was indicted for improperly awarding an $11 million grant to a company that happens to have large investor who is also a Republican donor – a donor to Perry.

 

As The New York Times described it, the PIU happened to be “conducting a potentially damaging investigation into a medical research institute that has been one of Mr. Perry’s favorite avenues for grants and jobs." This investigation was underway when the Governor called for the head of that investigative unit to resign.

 

Perry pushing Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign was a win-win. Lehmberg either resigned and he appointed her successor or he vetoed the PIU’s funding. Both would have the same effect: stopping the investigation into the CPRIT its tracks.

 

What’s more, Perry’s aides actually offered Lehmberg another government job if she just resigned from her post. If that sounds suspicious to you, you’re not alone. 

 

3. Perry’s Threat Was More Than Hardball Politics

 

No one disputes that Rick Perry – and all Texas Governors – have the power to line-item veto legislation. That’s not what this case is about: it’s about Rick Perry’s overreach and abuse of power.

 

A Governor using a veto to affect the legislative process or policy is one thing; using a veto in attempt to force an elected official to resign and possibly stymie a politically damaging investigation, is another.

 

During Friday’s press conference, Perry exclaimed, “We don’t settle political differences with indictments.” He’s right – we don’t, we settle political differences at the ballot box.

 

But that begs the question, why did he try to force out the Travis County District Attorney, a duly elected post instead of just waiting until the next Election Day to campaign for a new District Attorney? Why is he pushing her ouster when he made no resignation calls against other District Attorneys who found themselves in similar situations? Why did his aides offer her another job given his vitriolic rhetoric against her?

 

Perry’s actions are much more than just hardball politics and there are many more questions to be answered. Was it illegal? Well a grand jury of Perry’s peers thought so but we’ll see. 

 

Does it merit further investigation? Absolutely.

 

It’s  been nearly a century since a Texas governor has been indicted and this one will get his day in court. But until then, this deserves a serious look.

 

Tuesday
Aug192014

BostonGlobe.com Political Headlines - August 18, 2014 

The Boston Globe

 

 

 

 

Here are the top political headlines from BostonGlobe.com today:

     
Tuesday
Aug192014

ALG's Daily Grind - Rick Perry and the left's politics of destruction 

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August 18, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

Rick Perry and the left's politics of destruction
The left is so desperate to obtain and maintain power that they will do anything, say anything and destroy anyone who gets in their way.  These abuses of the public trust tear at an already heavily frayed fabric of society, where the public assumes that the law itself will not be abused. 

E-cigarettes a tobacco product?
FDA says so, even though they don't contain any tobacco. Huh?  

EPA goes from Environmental Protection Agency to Extremist Political Agenda
The countries with the best human health and the most material wealth are those with the highest energy consumption. America needs energy that is abundant, available, and affordable.

Fiscal Times: Farmers and consumers seeing spike in food prices
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture has forecast that prices across the board will rise from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent over 2013 levels – with some products like meat, poultry and eggs far more costly."

  

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