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Wednesday
Nov252015

Daily Signal - Lawyers Suing Farmers for Refusing to Host Same-Sex Wedding Compare Case to 'Race Discrimination' 

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Nov. 25, 2015

Good day before Thanksgiving from Washington, where France’s leader appealed for President Obama’s help in the war against the Islamic State. Kelsey Harkness caught up with the couple fined for declining to host a same-sex wedding. The Obama administration rushed out 144 major regulations as most Americans prepared for turkey day. And tasty commentaries examine how progressivism is at odds with giving thanks and what’s wrong with the president’s call for talking politics at the dinner table. Morning Bell will pause for the holiday and return to your inbox Monday.

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Lawyers Suing Farmers for Refusing to Host Same-Sex Wedding Compare Case to ‘Race Discrimination’

Cynthia Gifford, owner of Liberty Ridge Farm, told The Daily Signal she felt the arguments from the New York Civil Liberties Union were “one-sided,” and didn’t take into account her constitutional rights.

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Obama Administration Announces 144 Big Regulations Right Before Thanksgiving

President Barack Obama is nothing if not predictable. Required by law to release plans for new regulations twice a year, the administration has consistently done so just before major holidays, when few are paying attention.

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Why George Washington Thought the Practice of Gratitude Was Essential for the American Character

National days of reflection are required to unify the American public in common sentiment. Washington had this in mind in issuing his rightly famous Thanksgiving Day proclamation of 1789.

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How Will Downing of Russian Plane Impact Campaign Against ISIS?

As President Barack Obama and French President François Hollande announced that the U.S.-led coalition would intensify its airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the two leaders suggested their efforts are limited by Russia’s lack of cooperation.

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What This Formerly Homeless Man Does for the Homeless on Thanksgiving

Jeff Tooles is looking forward to working a 12-to-14-hour-long shift on Thanksgiving Day. He’ll cook roughly 70 “nice, pretty, golden brown” turkeys for those city dwellers that, as he says, “don’t have anywhere to go.”

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Once Again, Obama Wants You to Push Liberal Views During a Holiday Dinner

Should the White House really be urging that a holiday be the time for political debates? After all, Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to give thanks, not swap statistics and battle over government control.

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Wednesday
Oct212015

American Unity Fund to Continue Campaign to Reform National Republican Party Platform on Marriage 

Inspired by the Coalition of Voters Across the Country Calling For Reforms to the Republican Platform to More Fully Reflect Conservative Principles

 

Washington, D.C. - American Unity Fund, the 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom for LGBT Americans, announced it will continue the effort to reform the national Republican Party platform on marriage originally launched by Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry. The $1 million Platform Reform campaign aims to strike five different anti-gay sections of the Republican Party platform and replace them with more inclusive and welcoming language to reflect the differing views on marriage within the Party.  

Tyler Deaton, Senior Advisor at American Unity Fund, was a founding member of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, and helped launch the Platform Reform campaign. "I am pleased that we can build on the momentum this campaign has built over the past year. It is crucial that the Platform Reform campaign continue in order to engage the Republican Party to coalesce around conservative core values such as freedom, family and limited government and to agree that divisive, anti-gay language is not consistent with these beliefs."

Freedom to Marry, which introduced the Young Conservatives campaign in 2012, will cease operations after having achieved its goal to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. The new American Unity Fund Platform Reform campaign will focus on recruiting state delegates and working with state Republican Party leadership to ensure that the 2016 platform will better represent the diverse views on marriage and amplify the many voices around the country who are in agreement that the GOP platform does not fully reflect conservative beliefs.

"I couldn't be more thrilled that we will be sponsoring the Platform Reform campaign," said Margaret Hoover, President of American Unity Fund. "The values of smaller government, individual liberty and strong, stable families coincide with the fundamental right for every American to be free to marry the person they love. As conservatives, we can respect differing views on marriage."

Jerri Ann Henry will continue in the role of campaign manager, having seen, in Young Conservatives' site visits, the groundswell of support from conservatives in many states including New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada - states crucial in the presidential nominating process. "The reception we received over this past year has been incredible.  While traveling around the country meeting with Republican leaders, we heard the call loud and clear from grassroots advocates that there is a desire to reform the platform and build a stronger, more inclusive party that focuses on economic freedom, national security, and a commitment to strong families.  It is time for a more honest platform that reflects conservative ideals such as the Golden Rule - to treat others as we would want to be treated."

Jo Deutsch, Federal Director at Freedom to Marry, led in founding the Young Conservatives campaign and has been a valuable advisor to the effort. "I am thrilled to see the work we started over a year ago to reform the platform continue into the future. Even before the historic Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex couples the right to marry the person they love, national sentiment had shifted rapidly, and many Republicans around the nation made it clear they support the freedom to marry. Now that all couples are protected under the law, reforming the Republican Party's platform is the logical next step to reflect freedom and equality for all."

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Saturday
Sep262015

NHDP - MEMO to New Hampshire Students RE: Rand Paul 

 

 

 

 

To: New England College Students

From: Lizzy Price, NHDP Communications Director

 

It’s a great year to be a student in New Hampshire. You have the opportunity to hear from presidential candidates and ask them, specifically, about issues that matter to you. I encourage you to do so. But just in case Rand Paul doesn’t get to your question, here are a few things he’s said before that directly affect you and your future.

 

Student Loans

Do you have student loans? Me too. Rand Paul wouldn’t be much help there. In fact, he wants to slash Pell grants, which are a financial lifeline for many low-income students. And Paul has even said that students shouldn’t be able to refinance their loans because of the “danger” that comes with “overturning contracts.”

 

Choice and Women’s Health

Rand Paul says he’s a fan of individual liberties, but he seems to hold many exceptions, especially if you’re a woman. Paul is an original sponsor of the Life at Conception Act, which would reverse Roe v. Wade, taking away a woman’s choice and could ban some common forms of birth control. In addition, Paul said he’d favor shutting down the government rather than provide funding for women’s health services to Planned Parenthood.

 

Marriage Equality

In addition to limiting those individual rights for women, Paul also holds an exception for LGBT people. A lover of all things traditional (like marriage), he’s even elaborated on his backwards views, saying that same-sex marriage “offends myself and a lot of people.” I wonder if he got the memo that marriage is now legal for everyone.

 

So, a quick recap: Rand Paul is opposed to refinancing student loans, a woman’s choice over her own body, funding women’s health care, gay marriage, and wants to cut Pell grant funding. But what are his solutions? Good question.

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Tuesday
Sep222015

Daily Signal - The Pope Is at Odds With Liberals, Too. Just Don't Expect the Media to Report It. 

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Sept. 22, 2015
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The Pope Is at Odds With Liberals, Too. Just Don't Expect the Media to Report It.

When it comes to Pope Francis, the media are quick to pick up on his more liberal views—and are mostly silent about his views on abortion and gay marriage.

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Seattle School District Concedes to Union, 53,000 Kids Return to School

Under the agreement, test scores will no longer be tied to teacher evaluations and salaries will increase 9.5 percent over three years, paid for by the district.

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Oregon Judge Who Won't Officiate Gay Weddings Fights to Keep His Job

An Oregon judge is fighting an investigative panel's accusation that by declining to perform same-sex weddings on religious grounds, he violated both the state's constitution and code of conduct for judges.

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5 Cases to Watch in the Supreme Court's Next Term

Voting rights, public employee unions, racial preferences in college admissions, and sentencing in death penalty cases are just a few of the big issues coming up in the 2015-2016 term.

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9 Photos of Past Popes' Visits to the US

Pope Francis' visit will be the tenth time a pope has made an apostolic journey to America.

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Pennsylvania Democrat Attorney General Has License Suspended

The suspension stems from a grand jury investigation that resulted in Attorney General Kathleen Kane's arrest in August on charges that she disclosed grand jury materials and then committed perjury by lying about it under oath.

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Wednesday
Sep092015

Daily Signal - Millions Seized From Property Owners Who Were Never Charged With Crimes 

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Sept. 9, 2015
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In 12 Oklahoma Counties, Millions Seized From Property Owners Who Were Never Charged With Crimes

In recent years, law enforcement agencies have come under fire for "policing for profit," which describes a trend of police using civil asset forfeiture to pad their budgets. The tactic allows them to seize cash or property that may be related to a crime.

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5 Key Points on Europe's Refugee Crisis

Europe's refugee crisis cannot be separated from the broader failure of Obama's disastrous approach to the Middle East. Four million Syrians have been forced to flee their country after years of civil war and the relentless rise of ISIS.

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Watch Ryan Anderson Talk About Kim Davis Release

The Heritage Foundation's Ryan T. Anderson appeared on CNN to discuss the release of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed over her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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Thanks to Federal Assistance, Low-Income Americans Live in Luxury Apartments in Chicago

A voucher holder living at 500 Lake Shore Drive has access to 30,000 square feet of amenities including a landscaped roof terrace with outdoor pool, sundeck, private cabanas, grills, a fire pit, and a luxury Equinox gym with views of Lake Michigan.

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Obama Issues Executive Order Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

The Labor Department said the costs to companies would be offset by reduced attrition rates and greater worker loyalty, but the Associated Press noted the administration has not provided evidence to support this.

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Atheist Group Says Football Team Chaplains at Public Universities Are Unconstitutional

Alliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit legal organization that advocates religious liberty, sent letters to universities in response to the atheist group's claim.

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