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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Rushed to Hospital with Chest Pains

Via MSNBC

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to a hospital with chest pains on Wednesday, a Honolulu television station reported.

Paramedics responded to a call at 2:41 p.m. from the Kahala Hotel and Resort where Limbaugh is vacationing, KITV reported. The station, citing unnamed sources, said Limbaugh was taken to The Queens Medical Center in serious condition.

Queens spokeswoman N. Makana Shook says the hospital is unable to comment on the report.

NE-SEN 2012: Nelson trails Heineman by 31

Via Rasmussen Reports

NE-SEN 2012
Dave Heineman (R) 61%
Ben Nelson (D-inc) 30%


If this isn't proof that the HealthCare Reform vote isn't hurting Senators and Congressmen that voted for this, then I don't know what is.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

The Gospel of Luke 2:1-20

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

BREAKING: Rep. Parker Griffifth switches to the GOP

Via Politico:

POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

According to two senior GOP aides familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place this afternoon in Griffith's district in northern Alabama.

Griffith’s party switch comes on the eve of a pivotal congressional health care vote and will send a jolt through a Democratic House Caucus that has already been unnerved by the recent retirements of a handful of members who, like Griffith, hail from districts that offer prime pickup opportunities for the GOP in 2010.

The switch represents a coup for the House Republican leadership, which had been courting Griffith since he publicly criticized the Democratic leadership in the wake of raucous town halls during the summer.

Griffith, who captured the seat in a close 2008 open seat contest, will become the first Republican to hold the historically Democratic, Huntsville-based district. A radiation oncologist who founded a cancer treatment center, Griffith plans to blast the Democratic health care bill as a prime reason for his decision to switch parties—and is expected to cite his medical background as his authority on the subject.

While the timing of his announcement was unexpected, Griffith’s party switch will not come as a surprise to those familiar with his voting record, which is one of the most conservative among Democrats.

He has bucked the Democratic leadership on nearly all of its major domestic initiatives, including the stimulus package, health care legislation, the cap-and trade energy bill and financial regulatory reform.

He was one of only 11 House Democrats to vote against the stimulus.

“Look at his voting record – he’s had substantial differences philosophically with the Democratic agenda here in Congress,” said an Alabama ally who is familiar with Griffith’s decision. “It’s something that’s been discussed for the last several months… talking to people in his family. And it genuinely is a reflection of where he feels. It’s his own personal conviction.”

The Obama administration’s decision to scrap plans to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe further frustrated Griffith, according to GOP sources, because his district contains the base for Boeing’s ground-based missile defense research.

Ironically, a National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman called Griffith a “woefully ineffective advocate for Tennessee Valley jobs” after the decision was announced in September.

Signs of Griffith’s dissatisfaction with his party began to surface publicly during the summer recess, when he received an earful of criticism from constituents.

In August — one month after Republicans picked up his former state legislative seat in a special election — Griffith told a local newspaper that he wouldn't vote for Nancy Pelosi to remain as House Speaker because she's too divisive. He joked that if she didn’t like it, he’d provide her with a gift certificate to a mental health center.

He added that if the Democratic leadership wouldn't commit to working in a more bipartisan manner, "perhaps we should look at altering that."


This is a huge blow to the Obama Administration. One would hope that more follow suit.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Glenn Beck's Thanksgiving Message

So…here it is, another Thanksgiving. I hope this day finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying the bounty of good food, surrounded by those you love. I know it can be cliché to talk about what you’re “thankful” for on this day, but maybe some clichés exist for good reason; considering the year you’ve had, with all of the challenges facing this country, what could be a better idea than taking time to count the blessings you do enjoy?

This has been the absolute craziest, most hectic and jam-packed year of my entire life…and I’m incredibly thankful for that. Granted, I could use a bit more sleep (OK, a lot more sleep), but the fact that I’m working so much means that what I believe…what we believe…is resonating across the country. I’m connecting with you, and you’re connecting with one other, and together I believe we can and will inspire a “refounding” of America. But none of this would be possible without the unwavering support of my staff and friends, the unconditional love of my family, the unstoppable spirit of people like you. “Thankful” is hardly the start of it…

Most of all, though, I’m thankful for…time. I had another health scare this year, and while I’m happy to say it was a minor one, it was a sobering reminder that you only get so much time in this world and there is none to waste. By getting myself healthy, I believe that’s given me a bit more time, and through your efforts with the tea parties and the 9/12 Project, and taking an active, vocal role in reclaiming our country, I believe that America has been given more time, too. That’s something we can all be thankful for, today and everyday.

The question we should all ponder during the holiday season is what do we do with the time we've been given. This is a historic period--history will record our answer because our individual answers will lead to our collective destiny.

Whether we like it or not transformative change is upon us. Join me next year in my effort to be worthy of the change we deserve.

Now can someone pass me some pie?

Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you,

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Deep Thought of the Day

It has become clearer to me every day that the media thinks so highly of Obama that pretty soon, they're gonna sing this sing in his honor:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

(Editors note: I thought that since there is a movement afoot to refound our country for the better, I thought I would chronicle the life of a person who helped found this country in the first place)

Benjamin Franklin, who would later become one of the first great Americans and inventors, was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachussets. He was the 15th out of 17 children. His father made soap and candles and was married twice.

Benjamin Franklin went to school for a short time, but he dropped out and became an apprentice to his brother James, a printer. James cuffed Ben each time he made a mistake and whacked him if he thought Ben was impertinent. While working for his brother, he played jokes, and he wrote columns in the newspaper under an assumed name criticizing Harvard boys and other things, all the time using the pen name "Silence Dogood". When his brother found out that he had been tricked, he was displeased. At a young age, Ben Franklin quit his job and ran away. He had a great interest in reading even before he ran away. He would buy any book that he could afford to buy, and he would also borrow as many books as he could, staying up all night reading the books. Ben learned how to write by reading books like Addison and Steele's "The Spectator". He would take notes on what he had read and try to rewrite the Books like the authors' version. If he had made any mistakes, he would go back and correct them.

Ben Franklin's careers started when he became a local printer who set up the first printing press, and he molded type from lead forms. He started his own printing shop where he printed newspapers, books, and magazines. He won a contract to print all official notices and records for the Pennsylvania Assembly. Ben Franklin was also a community organizer and local businessman. He started the first circulating library in America along with a volunteer fire company, the first hospital, and the first academy in America. His ability made him a marked man among people. He was appointed Secretary of the Pennsylvania Assembly and later Postmaster of Philadelphia. He was the man who stopped the money loss on unclaimed mail by printing in his newspaper the names of people who had mail waiting for them. When he was 24, he married Mrs. Deborah Read and they had one child, but that did not stop him from becoming the man that he was. After that, he developed a simple, accurate way of keeping post office accounts. Ben Franklin was still very interested in reading, but he was also an inventor and scientist. He wrote and published the book Poor Richards Almanac. He often scorned his own advice about going to bed early because he was a busy man.

Ben Franklin had long hated the discomfort of homes half heated by the drafty fireplaces; he therefore invented an iron stove. The back of this stove stood in the fireplace, but its grate extended out into the room. The Governor of Pennsylvania urged Ben to get a patent for his inventions, but he didn't. He wanted the stoves to be made cheaply so that many people could buy them. Another one of his scientific interests, along with his friends, was the force of electricity. Not much was then known about it. When a European scientist found a way to store electricity in jars or tubes, Ben ordered some of the tubes and set up a lab in his house As he experimented, he suddenly realized that lightning could be a discharge from the clouds. In 1752, he sent an account of his idea to scientists in London and France. He and his son William went out into a meadow during a thunderstorm, then flew a kite into the air, and brought a charge of electricity down the kites wet string. He then stored the charge into a jar of water and hooked a wire to the jar. Next he hooked the wire to a bell, making it ring. He had proof that he had electricity from the sky when the bell rang. Because of that, he was awarded honorary degrees from Yale, Harvard, and the College of William and Mary. He next invented the lightning rod to protect buildings from lightning bolts. In 1753, he was made Deputy Postmaster for all 13 colonies. At once, he began to visit Post Offices and to improve the service. He put his bookkeeping system into every Post Office, hired more post boys, and made them feel that carrying mail was important. Instead of delivering letters from town to town only twice during the winter, he had mail delivered every week.

When the French and Indian War started, Ben Franklin had aroused Pennsylvanians to their danger. He started volunteer companies of soldiers drilling on the green and had guns placed on the Delaware River to keep off French vessels. When the British troops landed in Virginia in 1753, Franklin gave them important aid by hiring wagons to carry supplies. All taxpayers in Pennsylvania were helping to pay for the expensive defense work except for the owners of large tracts of land. To persuade the Penns to pay their share, Franklin was sent to London. He was in London when he heard about the British victory in the French and Indian War. He returned home, only to find that a new quarrel had broken out between Pennsylvania and the Penn family. In 1765 after he landed in England again, Parliament had passed the Stamp Act. A fury of protests broke out, and Americans refused to buy the stamps. He was called over to the English House of Commons for questioning. He presented the case so clearly and reasonably that he was influential in convincing England to repeal the Stamp Act. For ten years, he was America's most important representative in England. He teased the British about their ignorance of America by writing funny, exaggerated stories in newspapers. In Germany and France, he was welcomed, not only as a scientist, but as a champion of liberty. In 1775 Franklin returned to Philadelphia just after the battles of Lexington and Concord. He then became the Postmaster of the thirteen colonies and a member of the Second Continental Congress and was appointed to a Committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence and was one of its signers. Before he left for France in 1776, he lent Congress 4,000 pounds of his own money. From the moment he entered the French capital Paris, "The Doctor Franklin", as he was called there, was swarmed by admiring visitors, and his simple dignity appealed to everyone. He worked very hard. First he secured formal recognition for his country. Then he had to persuade the French of the advantages of an alliance. His wisdom and affectionate understanding of the French people made him a successful diplomat. The Treaty of Alliance was signed on February 6, 1778, and he was the outstanding person at the celebration at the royal palace on March 20, 1778. King Louis XVI told everyone that France was America's friend and would help fight for America's freedom. Five years later, the war was over, and Ben Franklin, among others, signed the Peace treaty. When he came home in 1785, he brought tender farewell messages from the French and a gift from the King.

In Philadelphia when Ben Franklin landed, a tremendous crowd swamped him. Old and frail as he was, he became President of the Pennsylvania State Assembly and a member of the Constitutional Convention. When members of the convention would disagree, a word from Mr. Franklin would calm them. When the Constitution was drafted, Franklin was one of the signers. Over the years, people like George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, and other Americans visited Mr. Franklin. They enjoyed his books, the rockers he had made for his armchair, and a chair which would turn into a stepladder for reaching books. Even though he was often too ill to get around, he loved his friends and wrote newspaper articles and his famous autobiography. His last public act was to carve his signature onto a memorial to the State Legislature as President of the Penn State Society for the abolition of negro slavery. When Ben Franklin died on April 17, 1790, at the age of 84, the world knew that one of the sons of liberty had passed away.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Election Day 2009 Results Thread

Here are some sites for returns in key races in tonight's election:

Virginia:VA SoS

New Jersey: NJ SoS

Georgia: GA SoS

New York: NY SoS

Maine: ME SoS

California's SoS site will have to come later. Sorry.

7:01 update: Polls have closed in VA and GA.

7:13 update: 71-29 McDonnell, 70-30 Bolling, 68-32 Cuccinelli.

7:20 update: 67-33 McDonnell, 65-35 Bolling, 67-33 Cuccinelli.

7:26 update: CSP projects that Bob McDonnell has been elected Governnor of VA, Bill Bolling has been re-elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, and Ken Cuccineli has been elected AG of VA. the results are 67-33 McDonnell, 65-35 Bolling, and 68-32 Cuccinelli.

7:44 update: No updates until 8:00, when NJ's polls close.

8:01 update: NJ polls have closed.

8:19 update: 62-29 Christie.

8:28 update: 51-40 Christie.

8:45 update: 55-38 Christie.

9:01 update: NY-23 polls have closed. 52-41 Christie.

9:10 update: 50-43 Christie, 52-44 Bloomberg.

9:21 update: Christie 52-41, Norwood 46-37-15, Bloomberg 64-32, Owens 57-38.

10:04 update: 49-48 Bloomberg, 51-43 Owens, 50-44 Christie.

10:09 update CSP projects Chris Christie the next Governor of New Jersey. Christie up 50-44.

10:18 update: I'm off. 51-44 Owens, Bloomberg 49-47.

Monday, November 2, 2009

VA-GOV Polling Trends

Here's some polls from September onward I decided to post just for fun. Draw your own conclusions as to how this one goes down. Hope you enjoy.

September:

9/1/09 Rasmussen Reports: 51-42 McDonnell
9/1/09-9/3/09 Survey USA: 54-42 McDonnell
9/10/09-9.14/09 Clarus Research Group: 42-37 McDonnell
9/16/09 Rasmussen Reports: 48-46 McDonnell
9/14/09-9/16/09 Research 2000: 50-43 McDonnell
9/14/09-9/17/09 The Washington Post: 51-47 McDonnell
9/23/09 Insider Advantage: 48-44 McDonnell
9/26/09-9/28/09 Survey USA: 55-41 McDonnell
9/25/09-9/28/09 Public Policy Polling: 48-43 McDonnell
9/29/09 Rasmussen Reports: 51-42 McDonnell

October:

10/2/09-10/4/09 Survey USA: 54-43 McDonnell
10/4/09-10/7/09 The Washington Post: 53-44 McDonnell
10/6/09-10/8/09 Mason Dixon: 48-40 McDonnell
10/12/09 Rasmussen Reports: 50-43 McDonnell
10/8/09-10/13/09 Christopher Newport University: 45-31 McDonnell
10/16/09-10/19/09 Public Policy Polling: 52-40 McDonnell
10/18/09-10/19/09 Clarus Research Group: 49-41 McDonnell
10/17/09-10/19/09 Survey USA: 59-40 McDonnell
10/21/09-10/25/09 Virginia Commonwealth University: 54-36 McDonnell
10/22/09-10/25/09 The Washington Post: 55-44 McDonnell
10/25/09-10/26/09 Survey USA: 58-41 McDonnell
10/23/09-10/26/09 Public Policy Polling: 55-40 McDonnell
10/21/09-10/27/09 Roanoke College: 53-36 McDonnell
10/27/09 Rasmussen Reports: 54-43 McDonnell
10/26/09-10/28/09 Research 2000: 54-44 McDonnell
10/28/09-10/29/09 Mason Dixon: 53-41 McDonnell
10/27/09-10/30/09 YouGov Polimetrix: 53-40 McDonnell

November:

10/30/09-11/1/09 Survey USA: 58-40 McDonnell
10/30/09-11/2/09 Public Policy Polling: 56-42 McDonnell

2009 Predictions

What are your predictions as to tomorrows election? Mine are:

VA: McDonnell 64-36
Bolling 69-31
Cuccinelli 77-23

NJ: Christie 49-45-6

NYC: Bloomberg 63-37

NY: Hoffman 54-43-3

CA: Harmer 51-49

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Former US Senator Clifford Hansen has died

Via AP:

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Former Wyoming governor and U.S. Sen. Clifford Hansen has died at his home in Jackson. He was 97.

Peter Hansen says his father, who suffered from ailments including respiratory problems, died Tuesday.

According to his son, the elder Hansen had returned home Monday after receiving hospital treatment for a broken pelvis.

Clifford Hansen, a Republican, was born in Jackson Hole and lived most of his life there while not serving in government in Cheyenne or Washington, D.C.

Hansen was elected governor of Wyoming in 1962. He won election to the U.S. Senate in 1966, was re-elected in 1972 and stepped down in 1978.

Hansen is survived by his wife of 75 years, Martha Hansen, son Peter Hansen, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


RIP.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RedState must reads

Here are some links I found on RedState that, IMO, are must reads:

http://www.redstate.com/achance/2009/10/12/this-is-what-is-wrong-with-government/
http://www.redstate.com/realityunwound/2009/10/10/nothing-is-irreversible/
http://www.redstate.com/gamecock/2009/10/14/how-limbaughs-embodiment-of-mlks-dream-changed-my-life/
http://www.redstate.com/erick/2009/10/14/is-robert-wexler-under-criminal-investigation/
http://www.redstate.com/suzieq/2009/10/12/i-am-still-a-conservative-republican/

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Abolishing the IRS starts here

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Senate votes 83-7 to strip ACORN of Federal Funding

Or as MSNBC reported, "GA Congressman compares Obama to Hitler". Via Hot Air:

Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced an amendment to the HUD and Transportation appropriation bill to strip ACORN of all federal funding. A week ago, Johanns wouldn’t have gotten the amendment to the floor. Today, however, after three straight days of BigGovernment.com’s video exposés of ACORN offices in Washington DC, New York City, and Baltimore offering assistance to pimping, tax evasion, and trafficking in underage Salvadorean girls, Johanns not only got his vote — but he got an impressive bipartisan showing. The Senate passed the Johanns amendment 83-7.


The nay votes:

Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Roland Burris (D-IL)
Robert Casey (D-PA)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Well, it appears that there are at least seven selfish sleazebags that didn’t care that federal money was going to a corrupt organization. I mean, look at that list. Not very impressive accomplishments from any of them, with the possible exception of Leahy’s ability to get into Batman movies or Durbin's frequent appearances in that annoying "Cookie Jar" Weight Loss Commercial.

Your thoughts.

Democrats lack votes to pass Health Care

The House Republicans have been passing around the information below. I got a copy of it and wanted to post it for y'all.

The Democrats lack enough moderates to pass H.R. 3200 with the government option and if they ditch the government option, the Democrats would lack enough liberals to pass it. Sucks to be them.

Here is what the GOP is circulating:

At least 44 more moderate Members of the Democrat Caucus have gone on the record in opposition to the current health care bill in the House. Likewise, at least 57 liberal Members of the Democrat Caucus have gone on the record saying they will vote against a health care bill without a strong public option. In other words, unless multiple Democrats flip on their stated position on health care, Speaker Pelosi lacks the votes to pass a bill through the House on the strength of Democrat votes alone. How will the President address this intra-party squabbling during his speech tonight?

WHIP COUNT

44 Democrats Opposed

1. Rep. Altmire
2. Rep. Adler
3. Rep. Barrow
4. Rep. Boren
5. Rep. Boucher
6. Rep. Boyd
7. Rep. Bright
8. Rep. Carney
9. Rep. Childers
11. Rep. Cleaver
12. Rep. Cooper
13. Rep. Costello
14. Rep. Cuellar
15. Rep. Dahlkamper
16. Rep. Davis
17. Rep. Driehaus
18. Rep. Ellsworth
19. Rep. Gordon
20. Rep. Griffith
21. Rep. Halvorson
22. Rep. Hill
23. Rep. Holden
24. Rep. Kanjorski
25. Rep. Kaptur
26. Rep. F Kratovil
27. Rep. Marshall
28. Rep. Massa
29. Rep. Melancon
30. Rep. McIntyre
31. Rep. Minnick
32. Rep. Murtha
33. Rep. Oberstar
34. Rep. Ortiz
35. Rep. Perriello
36. Rep. Peterson
37. Rep. Polis
38. Rep. Pomeroy
39. Rep. Ross
40. Rep. Shuler
41. Rep. Stupak
42. Rep. Tanner
43. Rep. Taylor
44. Rep. Titus

57 Liberal Democrats to vote no on a bill without a strong public option

On July 31, 2009, the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi expressing their opposition to a weakening of the public option. The letter on behalf of 57 Progressive Democrats concludes, “In short, this agreement will result in the public, both as insurance purchasers and as taxpayers, paying ever higher rates to insurance companies. We simply cannot vote for such a proposal.”

1) Rep. Woolsey
2) Rep. Grijalva
3) Rep. Kilpatrick
4) Rep. Nadler
5) Rep. Hare
6) Rep. Roybal-Allard
7) Rep. Ellison
8. Rep. Blumenauer
9) Rep. Watts
10) Rep. Edwards
11) Rep. Olver
12) Rep. Kucinich
13) Rep. Richardson
14) Rep. Waters
15) Rep. Conyers
16) Rep. Chu
17) Rep. Hinchey
18) Rep. Johnson
19) Rep. Watson
20) Rep. Spier
21) Rep. Pascrell
22) Rep. Doggett
23) Rep. Kaptur
24) Rep. Hirono
25) Rep. Filner
26) Rep. Sanchez
27) Rep. Fudge
28) Rep. Lee
29) Rep. Carson
30) Rep. Jackson Lee
31) Rep. Honda
32) Rep. McDermott
33) Rep. Clay
34) Rep. McGovern
35) Rep. Clarke
36) Rep. Massa
37) Rep. Pingree
38) Rep. Jackson, Jr.
39) Rep. Cummings
40) Rep. Thompson
41) Rep. Moore
42) Rep. Payne
43) Rep. Stark
44) Rep. Towns
45) Rep. Brown
46) Rep. Hastings
47) Rep. Valezquez
48) Rep. Gutierrez
49) Rep. Napolitano
50) Rep. Sires
51) Rep. Tierney
52) Rep. Capuano
53) Rep. Fattah
54) Rep. Serrano
55) Rep. Farr
56) Rep. Delahunt
57) Rep. Johnson

BACKGROUND:

Rep. John Adler (D-NJ): “Isn’t good for America.” But dissatisfaction extends beyond Blue Dogs. Rep. Rick Boucher (Va.), a conservative Democrat but not a Blue Dog, says he doesn’t like the public option. Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.) told an audience, “The bill that’s coming through the House, with or without the public option, isn’t good for America.” (Mike Soraghan and A.B. Stoddard, “Dem Split On The Public Option Casts Doubt On Reform Of Healthcare,” The Hill, 8/31/09)

Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA): Voted Against The Health Care Bill In The Education And Labor Committee. “Two key House committees moved along Democratic healthcare legislation on Friday, only days after the bill was introduced. … The Education and Labor Committee approved their portion of the bill by a 26-22 vote. Democratic Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.), Dina Titus (Nev.) and Jason Altimire (Pa.) voted against the bill.” (Michael O’Brien, “House Committees Advance Healthcare Overhaul,” The Hill, 7/17/09)

Rep. John Barrow (D-GA): “I still voted against the bill.” Barrow said he does not believe that the changes they made are permanent or adequate.“I still voted against the bill, even after we had gotten these amendments passed, not because I didn’t think they made it better, but because I didn’t think they made the bill good enough,” he said. (Sandi Van Orden, “Barrow Offers Why He Voted Against Health Care Bill,” The Effingham Herald, 9/3/09)

Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK): “The House Bill That’s Out There, I Can’t Support.” “Second District Congressman Dan Boren said Monday that health care reform rests largely on President Barack Obama’s willingness to accept bipartisan compromise on the issue. ‘If health care reform is going to happen it will have to happen in a bipartisan way,’ Boren told the Tulsa Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. ‘It’s really up to the president.’ Boren, a Democrat, said he is trying to keep an open mind but said, ‘The House bill that’s out there, I can’t support.’” (Tom Gilbert, “Boren: Bipartisanship Key To Health Care,” Tulsa World, 7/20/09)

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA): I have a problem with this government option plan,” Boucher said. “I’m troubled that the government option plan could become very popular and if it became sufficiently popular it could begin to crowd out the other” private insurance companies. Furthermore, he said, the public option could “financially destabilize” rural hospitals. (Sarah Bruyn Jones, “Boucher Unconvinced On ‘Government Option’ For Health Care,” The Roanoke Times, 8/19/09)

Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), who belongs to the moderate Blue Dogs group, said at a town hall meeting yesterday that “the public option is off the table.” When asked whether it would be a good idea to “scrap everything” and start the process of reforming health care over, Boyd reportedly said, “I think that is an excellent idea … we may end up there.”

Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL): U.S. Congressman Bobby Bright announced recently he opposes the current draft of United States House of Representatives health care legislation. “I am hopeful that when Congress returns in September, the process will be more bipartisan and we will be able to produce something that works for the American people,” Bright said. “I continue to believe that the current direction of health care reform relies too heavily on taxes on individuals and small businesses, and the overall cost of health care legislation remains too high. Moreover, though changes have been made to how the public option will work, the overall bill does not represent my belief in a free-market approach to health care reform.”
(“Bright Questions Health Care Reform,” The Southeast Sun, 8/26/09)

Rep. Chris Carney (D-PA): “I Would Not Vote In Favor Of It At This Point.” “Carney said he could not support a plan crafted by House Democrats because of the way the plan would impact small- to medium-sized businesses, rural areas and small hospitals. ‘There is a 1,000-page template out of the House, but it’s very fluid and being negotiated as we speak,’ Carney said. ‘There is not unanimous agreement on the initial version. Guys like me - the blue dog Democrats - are firm on our disagreement with certain aspects of the bill.’ ‘As it is now, and realizing it is extremely fluid and changes daily, I would not vote in favor of it at this point,’ he said.” (David Thompson, “Carney: More Time Needed For Proper Health Care Reform,” Sun Gazette, 7/24/09)

Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS): Would Not Vote for a House Health Care Reform Bill. During a town hall teleconference Tuesday night, Rep. Travis Childers, D-Miss., said “he would not vote for a House health care reform bill in its current form,” a Memphis TV station reports. http://www.wreg.com/sns-ap-ms–childers-townhall,0,6705422.story

Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO): “I’m willing to Push the Reset Button.” “Cleaver willing to start over on health care bill. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver told reporters this morning he’s willing to start from scratch on a health care reform bill, as many Republicans have suggested. “I’m willing to push the reset button,” Cleaver said, although he appeared skeptical about the prospects for any new legislation from a restart of the process. The Missouri Democrat also said health care reform is “too important” to be passed with only Democratic votes, as White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has recently suggested. Cleaver also said if health reform isn’t passed by year’s end, it won’t happen. That, he agreed, effectively gives the GOP veto power over any legislation for the next 90 days or so, once Congress returns after Labor Day. (Dave Helling, “Cleaver Willing To Start Over On Health Care Bill,” The Kansas City Star, 8/19/09)

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN): “Is Not Good Enough to Earn the Support of Nashville-Area Voters.” I want to vote for health-care reform. Every American deserves comprehensive health care. It is a moral imperative. But the House bill, at least as I have closely reviewed the June 19th and later drafts, is not good enough to earn the support of Nashville-area voters. http://www.cooper.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=278&Itemid=73

Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX): “Am I In Favor Of This Bill As It Is Written? I Am Not.” “‘We have the more conservative folks and the more liberal folks pushing me both ways,’ Cuellar noted. ‘Do I believe in health care reform? Yes I do. But I also believe in insurance reform. Am I in favor of this bill as it is written? I am not.’” (Ron Maloney, “Somewhat Rowdy Crowd For Cuellar Visit,” The Gazette-Enterprise, 7/26/09)

Rep. Kathleen Dahlkamper (D-PA): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN): “I Was Not Prepared, Nor Would I Have Voted For, the Proposed Bill on August 6th.” “I’m really glad we were able to postpone the legislation,” Ellsworth said. “I was not prepared, nor would I have voted for, the proposed bill on August 6th” when the summer recess began, he said.
http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_story_247222034.html

Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN): “I Cannot Support The Bill.” “On Thursday, Gordon and the other six Blue Dogs on the committee demonstrated their concerns about the bill by reading nearly identical opening statements. ‘I am thoroughly reviewing the bill. However, as currently written, I cannot support the bill,’ Gordon said after the hearing.” (Bill Theobald, “Health Bill Faces Fight From Tennessee Blue Dogs,” Tennessean, 7/19/09)

Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Al): Rep. Parker Griffith, D-Al., who opposes the public health care option, says he needs more details before he can sign off on the co-op notion being floated by the Senate. “It depends on how it’s worded and how it’s structured,” Griffith said Monday, according to the Huntsville Times. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/08/back-in-home-districts-muchwooed-blue-dogs-not-barking-for-health-care-reform-legislation.html

Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL) “My message right now is we don’t have a bill”: While health care proposals are changing by the minute, Halvorson said her primary concern is cost. If the final draft increases the federal deficit, she’ll vote against it, even though President Barack Obama’s administration repeatedly has said he is “not open to deficit spending. Health reform will be paid for and it will be deficit neutral over 10 years,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote in submitted testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “My message right now is we don’t have a bill,” Halvorson said. “In fact, the moderate Democrats are the ones holding off so we wouldn’t have to vote on this before we left. Health care is a big issue, but just because I ran on health care doesn’t mean I’m going to vote for a bill that doesn’t work and costs too much money. True reform brings costs down. True reform is not what this bill is yet.” (Kristen McQueary, “Dodge In, Halvorson On The Defensive,” The Southtown Star, 8/20/09)

Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN): “Said This Morning He Would Not Vote For The Health Care Reform Bill In Its Present Form.” “Congressman Baron Hill said this morning he would not vote for the health care reform bill in its present form, primarily because he believes it lacks effective health care cost controls. … ‘There are seven of us blue dogs on the committee opposed to the bill in its present form,’ Hill said. ‘We met the last two days drafting amendments to the bill that address the issue of accountability and cost controls.’ Hill said he wants the bill to control costs by shifting the system away from the fee-for-service model, which he says financially rewards doctors and hospitals in direct proportion to the number of procedures they perform. ‘We need to create a medical system that makes sure the patient comes first instead of a system that rewards doctors for overutilizing services,’ he said. ‘That means getting rid of fee-for-service.’” (Dann Denny, “Baron Hill Wants Health Care Bill Modifications,” Herald-Times, 7/16/09)

Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Frank Kratovil Jr. (D-MD): Opposes current legislation in the House, but remains open to public option. He opposes the measure currently under consideration in the House and will vote against it unless there are significant changes. Among his objections: the price, which would add $239 billion to the deficit over 10 years, according to a preliminary estimate by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. He’s also concerned, he says, that the measure is too generous to the poor, at the expense of the middle class, and potentially harmful to rural areas of Maryland, like the Eastern Shore, which already have trouble attracting and keeping doctors. At the same time, Kratovil speaks with evident passion about the need for change. He said in an interview that he “absolutely” would support a more “reasonable” plan, though he acknowledges that he doesn’t know how to close the cost gap. Unlike many of his fellow Blue Dogs, he’s not against including a public insurance option. He said he would favor one that creates an “equal playing field” and legitimate competition with private insurance companies. “I don’t follow the fear that having a public option means the beginning of a single-payer system,” he said, sitting in a windowless conference room at his Salisbury district office. (Paul West, “A Blue Dog Democrat’s View From The Middle,” The Baltimore Sun, 8/23/09)

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA): “As the Bill Stands Right Now, I Would Have to Vote ‘No.’” “As the bill stands right now, I would have to vote ‘no’ until we get a better handle on the costs. I am adamantly opposed to throwing more money at the current system.” http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/main.asp?SectionID=17&SubSectionID=116&ArticleID=63041&TM=231.214

Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY): “But I Will Not Vote For A Bill That Gets It Wrong, And If I Had To Vote Today For The Current Piece Of Legislation In Front Of Congress, I Would Not Be Able To Support It.” “U.S. Rep. Eric Massa said if he had to vote today on America’s Affordable Health Care Choices Act, he would probably vote against it. ‘We all know that one in six don’t have health insurance. We all know that we pay more per capita for health care than any other nation in the world. These things need to be addressed, and doing nothing, which is what so many want to do, is simply not an option,’ said Massa, D-Corning. ‘But I will not vote for a bill that gets it wrong, and if I had to vote today for the current piece of legislation in front of Congress, I would not be able to support it,’ he said Tuesday during his weekly teleconference with the media.” (Ray Finger, “Massa Wary Of Health Care Reform Bill,” Star-Gazette, 7/22/09)

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC): I am not convinced that we should have the public option. I know there’s been a lot of debate about that, but I’m not convinced that we should do that, so as it stands now, I would be a no on the public option. With regard to the coops, I think there’s room for debate there on how that’s done, and I’m not in favor of just dumping federal money into it, I think that’s the essence of his question. http://www.wwaytv3.com/node/17942

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)
Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID): Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Id., is described in the Idaho Mountain Express as flatly opposing the Democrats’ health care reform bill. “The government should set the rules of the road and then let private business do the work,” he said. http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005127388

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Salomon Ortiz (D-TX): “We Cannot Support Any Health Care Reform Proposal Unless It Explicitly Excludes Abortion From The Scope Of Any Government-Defined Or Subsidized Health Insurance Plan.” “We believe in a culture that supports and respects the right to life and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of families. Therefore, we cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. We believe that a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan, should not be used to fund abortion.” (Letter To Speaker Pelosi, 6/25/09)

Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA): Perriello said he does not currently support any of the three proposals in congress. He said he won’t support a program that funds abortions, but he said it’s starting to sink in with people that the feds aren’t trying to do away with private insurance. “You still hear concerns about it being a public mandate rather than a public option. People are going to be given a wide range of choice between private insurance and maybe, or maybe not, a public option. I think people are starting to understand that,” Perriello said. (Brian Damewood, “Locals Sound Off Over Health Care,” wset.com, 8/18/09)

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN): I have not found a bill I can support yet. “I’m not here to sell you anything,” he said. “I have not found a bill yet that I can support” — interrupted by applause — “I am here to listen and to learn. I believe we have problems in our health care system. We are not spending our money wisely, so I believe we have to do something.” (Bob von Sternberg, A Kinder, Gentler Town Hall Meeting. The Minnesota Star Tribune 8/15/09)

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO): Voted Against The Health Care Bill In The Education And Labor Committee. “Two key House committees moved along Democratic healthcare legislation on Friday, only days after the bill was introduced. … The Education and Labor Committee approved their portion of the bill by a 26-22 vote. Democratic Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.), Dina Titus (Nev.) and Jason Altimire (Pa.) voted against the bill.” (Michael O’Brien, “House Committees Advance Healthcare Overhaul,” The Hill, 7/17/09)

Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND): Voted Against The Health Care Bill In The House Ways And Means Committee. “The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation early Friday to overhaul the health care system and expand insurance coverage after a marathon session in which Democrats easily turned back Republican efforts to amend the bill. … In the Ways and Means vote, three Democrats — Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and John Tanner of Tennessee — joined Republicans in voting against the bill.” (Robert Pear, “House Committee Approves Health Care Bill,” The New York Times, 7/17/09)

Rep. Mike Ross (D-AL): “I have been skeptical about the public health insurance option from the beginning and used August to get feedback from you, my constituents,” he wrote in a statement his office released publicly. “An overwhelming number of you oppose a government-run health insurance option, and it is your feedback that has led me to oppose the public option as well.” http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2009/09/blue_dog_ross_comes_out_agains.html

Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC): In the Tarheel State, Rep. Heath Shuler, D-NC, said during a telephone town hall meeting, per the Citizen-Times, “that he opposes the House health care reform legislation because it would increase the deficit, doesn’t reduce the overall cost of health care and doesn’t do enough to promote people living healthier lives… ‘I do not support HR3200 at the present time,’ Shuler said…emphasizing that the current legislation does not do enough to promote wellness, prevention and disease management. Nor is enough being done to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid, he said.” http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090814/NEWS01/908140330/1200

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI): “I Cannot Support This Bill In Its Current Form.” “‘I cannot support this bill in its current form,’ Democrat Bart Stupak said, adding it did not provide real competition for the insurance industry and could hike costs for consumers.” (Kim Dixon, “Obama Looks For Republican Healthcare Backing,” Reuters, 7/16/09)

Rep. Stupak (D-MI): “You’ve Got A Broken System. We Are Perpetuating A Broken System.” “Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) cast himself as one of eight opponents of the bill as written on Energy and Commerce. ‘You’ve got a broken system. We are perpetuating a broken system,’ Stupak said. ‘They’ve got to address our concerns, or the other option is a “no” vote.’ He also said opponents might try to block a bill by defeating the House rule on the floor.” (Jeffrey Young, “House Leaders Cheer Healthcare Progress Amid Infighting,” The Hill, 7/17/09)

Rep. Stupak (D-MI): “Why Would We Give You More Money For A System That’s Broken?” “Stupak’s concerns are varied, but they include his desire for a prohibition on federal funding for abortions as part of the public insurance option under consideration, as well as a demand for deeper cost cuts and dealing with regional disparities under Medicare. Fundamentally, the bill does not fix the broken health care system, he said. ‘Why would we give you more money for a system that’s broken?’ he asked.” (Steven T. Dennis, “Stupak Warns Of Democratic Defections On Health Bill,” Roll Call, 7/17/09)

Rep. John Tanner (D-TN): Said Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn., according to the Commercial Appeal, “most reasonable, sensible people realize that we’ve got some holes in the current delivery system that are resulting in inefficiency, duplication, nonproductive … provider-to-patient expenditures, and what I’ve been telling people is we need to figure that out before we start overturning the entire system…I think we need to take a deep breath and go at this thing incrementally.” http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/aug/19/tanner-listens-to-care-concern/

Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS): Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., at a town hall meeting in Moss Point Monday night, said, per the Associated Press, “I would hope that everyone in this room knows by now that I am not going to vote for the health care plan.” http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20090819/NEWS/908190330/1002/news01/Taylor-rejects-Obama-plan

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV): Voted Against The Health Care Bill In The Education And Labor Committee. “Two key House committees moved along Democratic healthcare legislation on Friday, only days after the bill was introduced. … The Education and Labor Committee approved their portion of the bill by a 26-22 vote. Democratic Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.), Dina Titus (Nev.) and Jason Altimire (Pa.) voted against the bill.” (Michael O’Brien, “House Committees Advance Healthcare Overhaul,” The Hill, 7/17/09)

Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO): Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, is among the unwavering on the public option. In a statement to Political Fix, Clay asserted today that a public insurance plan “is the only way to force insurance companies to control costs, treat their customers fairly and spur competition. (Bill Lambrecht, “Clay: Public Option “Only Way” To Control Costs, Spur Competition,” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/18/09)

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI): It is clear that real reform means injecting real competition into the insurance market to improve affordability and drive down health-care costs. “The centerpiece of this reform is a robust Medicare-like public health insurance plan tied to the Medicare provider system. Like many of my colleagues in both the House and Senate, I will oppose any health-care reform bill that lacks such a plan. (Rep. John Conyers, “Conyers: Public Option Is A Necessary Component Of Health-Care Reform,” Press Release 9/9/09)

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN): Sixty members of the Progressive Caucus have “drawn a line in the sand,” saying they will NOT support anything short of reform that includes a public-option health insurance program. The concept of co-ops supplanting the public option plan is not good enough, those signing the letter have said. Ellison, a passionate Obama supporter, admitted following the news conference that he believes it’s necessary for the president to again make it clear that the public option plan is the only acceptable solution. “There are a lot of people who think that Obama and [Secretary of Health Kathleen] Sebelius made a tactical mistake by seeming to back off. … He can’t hand it [the public option] away without a political price to pay. That’s not a bad thing. He might think he can walk away and say, ‘I brought more reform than we’ve had in 60 years.’ But we [in the progressive caucus] are saying, ‘That’s not enough.’ ” (Doug Grow, “Congressional Progressive Caucus ‘Pep Rally’ Is Still Pushing Public-Option Health Care Reform,” Minnpost.Com 8/20/09)

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY): “I’d have to think long and hard, I’d have to see if it moved health care forward,” New York Rep. Eliot Engel told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “…I think it would be a terrible miscalculation if we didn’t have a public option.” Engel called nonprofit health cooperatives, or “co-ops” — which are being proposed as an alternative — “untested,” and said that he needs proof that they would help to lower costs. (Lauren Kornreich, “House Democrat: ‘Terrible Miscalculation’ To Skip Public Option,” CNN.com, 8/18/09)

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA): “There is no option when it comes to reforming America’s ailing healthcare system. We must do it. And there is no option for inclusion of a public plan. We must have it. Real reform requires real choice. A public option provides consumers a critical alternative to private plan. (Rep. Chaka Fattah, “Healthcare: Public Option Mirrors Other Government Insurance Plans,” Press Release, 8/21/09)

Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL): “….in recent days there have been some reports that the President may reconsider requiring a strong, robust public option that competes directly with private insurance companies. That would be a mistake. Health care reform without a public option is a like a car without a motor. It may look nice, but it isn’t going anywhere.” (Ed Tibbetts, “Hare To Biden: Don’t Drop Public Option,” The Quad City Times, 8/20/09)

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL): Jackson held a town hall meeting last night - with CNN cameras present - that he described to King as civil before laying down a marker for his friend, the president. “A hundred and sixty members of Congress have already signed a letter indicating that without a strong public option, from their perspective, including my signature, that this bill is a non-starter,” Jackson said. (Steve Rhodes, “Prescription For Debate,” NBC Chicago.com, 8/20/09)

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA): Liberal Democrats are terrified that he will jettison their Holy Grail, while conservatives fear that a vote for a public option - characterized by opponents as leading to government-run health care - could doom them in tough re-election fights. “This is not a sliver of health care reform, this is essential,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, an Oakland Democrat, one of 60-plus House liberals who vow to vote against any plan without a public option. Lee said she hopes Obama will clearly state his support. “This is really a moral imperative,” she said. “This is a huge issue.” (Carolyn Lochhead, “Dems Pin Health Reform Hopes On Obama’s Speech, The San Francisco Chronicle, 9/8/09)

Rep. Jerrod Nadler (D-NY): “We are making clear to the leadership that we insist on a robust public option and our votes won’t be there if there isn’t a public option,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.), a senior member of the House Progressive Caucus. Whether they would actually vote no is unclear. Some working to pass the measure find the threat unpersuasive. The Progressive Caucus has 82 members, enough to defeat a health bill, since virtually all 178 House Republicans are likely to vote no. (Laura Meckler and Naftali Bendavid, “Liberals Fear Losing Public-Plan Option,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/29/09)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL): Meanwhile, Jan Schakowsky, a leading progressive Democratic lawmaker, said liberals were not prepared to climb down. “I will support nothing short of a robust public health insurance plan upon implementation – no triggers,” she said. “I believe Congress will pass and the president will sign such a bill.” (Edward Luce, “Obama Seeks To Quell Healthcare Revolt,” The Financial Times, 9/3/09)

Rep. Peter Stark (D-CA): “Well, the only co-op I know about is when I used to milk cows and we sold the milk to Golden Guernsey. And I think there’s only one co-op left,” said Stark, who considers the co-op idea a non-starter. “There aren’t many of you listening who remember the co-ops of the ’30s, which was a - just kind of a Roosevelt outgrowth of rural electric co-ops, phone co-ops.” (David Lightman and William Douglas, “Health Care Debate Exposes Regional Rift For Democrats,” McClatchy Newspapers, 9/3/09)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA): Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) agreed with Conyers’s ominous analysis and warned that House liberals will not settle for the kind of compromise that might be necessary in the Senate. “You’re asking whether or not we will support some other alterative to public option, and I want to be very, very clear,” she told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “We’ve got to have a public option. I will not vote for anything that doesn’t have a public option.” (Eric Zimmermann, ”Black Caucus Members: It’s Public Option Or Nothing,” The Hill 9/9/09)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY): Reform proponents like Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) say he won’t have the votes for one that doesn’t. “Having a plan that doesn’t have a public option is worse than having doing nothing at all,” he said. “Leaving the insurance companies in charge of this is kind of like leaving a pyromaniac in charge of the fire department. (Don Dahler, “No Public Option Is A Mistake,” wcbstv.com, 8/17/09)

Rep. Lynn Woosley (D-CA): Woolsey said she will vote against any measure that lacks a “robust public option” based on the Medicare model and intended to compete with private insurance. Without it, health care remains “business as usual,” Woolsey said by phone from an education conference in Banff, Alberta. “It’s not reform without the public option.” (Mike Coit, “Woolsey, House Liberals Demand ‘Public Option’ Health Plan,” The Press Democrat, 8/18/09)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

GRAVES OUTLINES FREE-MARKET RECORD AND VISION AT DALTON FORUM

(DALTON, GA) – 9th District congressional candidate and State Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field at a candidate forum today at the North West Georgia Trade and Conference Center in Dalton. More than 100 individuals attended the forum, which was sponsored by the Carpet and Rug Institute. Graves demonstrated command of the issues facing business owners and outlined a vision less government and free market solutions.

This was the first political forum of the election for Graves and the other candidates in the race.

Graves said Washington is falling into the habit of bailing something out when it isn’t working. He is against the stimulus and the power grab coming out of Washington of the private sector and said it’s easy to blame the Democrats and oppose their agenda. “It’s easy to be the candidate of ‘NO.’ What I’ve heard all across the 9th District is we need leadership to take on the difficult issues and put forth common sense solution that bring results. We need a leader willing to step forward to restore and reclaim liberty and free market principles that have made this country great,” said Graves.

“I’ve done just that in the Georgia legislature. My JOBS Act was a common sense proposal that empowered the private sector to create jobs. Your industry will benefit from the elimination of the inventory tax that was part of this proposal. Growing the private sector is what will get us through these challenging days not growing the government. Congress must focus on empowering the taxpayer instead of taking over car companies, banks and nationalizing our health care system,” continued Graves.

The Jobs Opportunity and Business Success Act, HB 481 and 482 which Graves received national attention and was awarded the “2009 Legislator of the Year from the American Legislative Exchange Council,” was a common sense proposal that empowered the taxpayer instead of empowering government. The JOBS Act was focused on helping small businesses and creating, expanding and attracting jobs through a series of tax credits, cuts, and incentives for businesses to hire Georgians.

Graves is supportive of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions “Jobs Here, Jobs Now, Jobs First” as an example to create jobs through private industry. Graves said the proposal would generate jobs by cutting the payroll taxes in half for two years, abolish the capitol gains and death tax and reduce the corporate income tax, instead of using taxpayer dollars to stimulate the economy.

Graves said Patient Centered Patient Driven reforms are needed in health care and we must find ways to insure those who can not afford health insurance, but he opposes the Democrats takeover of our health care system. “We need to focus America on reforms that make health care more affordable, portable and accessible.” He said reforms and savings could be achieved by increasing competition through allowing health plans to be purchased across state lines, allowing consumers to own their own policy and the reduction of insurance mandates.

He also believes the doctor patient relationship must be preserved and any reforms must include liability reform.

Graves said he is opposed to the $846 billion Cap and Trade energy tax that passed Congress earlier this year and signed the Americans for Prosperity’s “No Climate Tax” pledge last month.

He also pointed out that the secret ballot must be preserved and opposes attempts by labor unions to enact “card check” legislation, which would make it easier for labor to organize.

Graves’ campaign seems to be on a roll following this weekend’s successful corn roast in Tate, which was the largest political event for a 9th District congressional candidate and one of the largest events in the district this election cycle, an indicator that he has the conservative support throughout the district.

Graves announced earlier this year he would seek the 9th District Congressional seat, which is currently held by Congressman Nathan Deal who is running for Governor.

From Gerry Purcell, GOP candidate for GA Insurance Commissioner

Dear Facebook Friends:

Georgia has a bloated bureaucracy. It is costing taxpayers, both our citizens and businesses, millions of dollars annually. Part of the problem is that we have outdated laws, some of which are over 100 years old and have never gone through a structured audit and review process.

Conservative columnist, Kyle Wingfield, nailed the problem in yesterday's AJC. He pointed out that Georgia has 133 state agencies, offices, departments and commissions compared to Texas, which has around 150. Considering that the population of Texas is two and a half times larger than Georgia, we have some opportunities to streamline Georgia's government, eliminating both outdated laws and un-needed layers of bureaucracy.

Some areas of government like the Secretary of State and Insurance Commissioner's offices have already gone through streamlining processes with good results. We need a global mechanism, though, to identify overlap between all of the 133 offices. We need a flatter, leaner government and the first step is to require that every state office and every state law be substantiated and re-justified minimally every ten to twenty years.

Over the last six months on the campaign trail, I have been pointing out the need for sunset laws and an audit of the Georgia Code. Texas is a good model to look at, having saved as much as $700 million through these efforts.

We can start by asking our legislators to support the Georgia Government Accountability Act (H.B. 236) introduced by Rep Charlice Byrd.

With tax revenues down by as much as 20%, we will have some hard choices over the next few years. Let's make these decisions in a business like fashion with a structured process to guide our efforts.

Join me in calling for smarter, more streamlined and more efficient government.

Your servant,

Gerry Purcell

2009 Governors Races

We have just about moved into the fall of 2009 and with that, Election day 2009 is coming closer and closer. So far, Republicans have a reason to be optimistic about making two Gubernatorial pickups in states that Obama won. Here are my race ratings:

NJ-GOV:

This race was over once NJ Democrats couldn't get any strong primary challengers to take out embattled incumbent Governor Jon Corzine (D) in the Democratic primary earlier this year. Corzine is in the same position here that former KY Governor Ernie Fletcher was in in 2007. Corzine is deeply unpopular, NJ is facing the reality of a bad economy. Former US Attorney Chris Christie (R) has a good chance of getting somewhere around 27-35 percent of the African American vote, and maybe even 43 percent of Latinos, therefore cutting into the NJ Democratic base of minority voters. It will be an uphill fight. I say Christie wins 59-41.

September Rating-Likely Republican

VA-GOV:

Deeds is in the same position here that McCain was in in October of last year. Deeds is running against a bad economy and anger against his party. It will be an uphill fight. National Democrats and the White House are definitely concerned though. Former Virginia Governor and Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder recently talked about how he was approached by a White House official to come out publicly in favor of the Democrat Deeds. According to Wilder, the White House said it would be devastating if the party lost the Governorships of both New Jersey and Virginia. Wilder has indicated that he is none too pleased with the standard bearer of his party and has even had some kind words to say about McDonnell. A meeting between McDonnell and Wilder is said to be in the works, and if the former Democrat Governor were to actually endorse him, it would probably seal Deeds's fate. Recently, Republicans received a huge boost when McDonnell was endorsed by Sheila Johnson, who, along with her ex-husband, founded Black Entertainment Television, and who claims to be the nation's first ever black female billionaire. Johnson has typically supported Democrats, so many people like myself feel that this endorsement will be significant in helping McDonnell make inroads in Northern Virginia and among African-Americans. I say McDonnell wins 55-45.

September rating-Likely Republican

Your thoughts.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Human Events on the new Gun Control Legislation

HOUSE RESOLUTION 45
Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing
and Record of Sale Act of 2009


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The Congressional Plan to Disarm Americans

No legislator in their right mind would vote for this bill now but you need to be aware of what is going on in Congress regarding gun ownership. I'm sorry; did I assume our House of Representatives were in their right minds? The Blair Holt Act is sweeping legislation that forces you to take extensive and numerous actions in order to own a gun or you will be criminalized.

Bill: House Resolution 45

Sponsor: Rep. Bobby Rush, Democrat from Illinois

Referred to: House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security

1. Everyone will need a firearms license to own a gun and there will be a fee paid to the Attorney General.
2. You will be required to turn your guns into a firearms dealer for any transfers. Transfers include passing down your firearms to family members.
3. Report any address change to the Attorney General within 60 days.
4. Restrict you from having access to a loaded gun if there is someone under 18 in your home.
5. Fine and imprison you for failure to comply with any of the regulations.


These points are just the tip of the iceberg. You can get your PDF copy of the bill from the House of Representatives website. Read it and see how it decimates the rights enumerated in our 2 nd Amendment, and worse, makes following the law nearly impossible.

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Let's Talk Personal Defense

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Putting more criminals on the street and cutting cops is beyond reckless. What about cutting welfare? No, that won't happen. So if you choose to carry a gun do so with all the knowledge you can get.

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Your thoughts.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

AR-SEN: All tied up

Via PPP:

Blanche Lincoln (D-inc): 40
Gilbert Baker (R): 42

Blanche Lincoln (D-inc): 40
Curtis Coleman (R): 41

Blanche Lincoln (D-inc): 40
Tom Cotton (R): 39
(MoE: ±3.5%)


Wow. I expected the numbers to be bad for Senator Lincoln, but not this bad. This is very telling of an anti-Democratic sentiment nationwide. In fact, Dick Morris recently stated that with the way the economy is going, Democrats could lose 100 seats. Your thoughts.

(H/T: RedState)

For Georgia FairTaxers

Here's something I received in my inbox today:

Georgia FairTaxers!!!

We have reserved space at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival October 8 - 18 at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

We will have 2 pre-fair meetings – Aug 31, the last Monday in August, and September 28th, last Monday in September, with a follow up meeting October 26th, the last Monday in October.

The meetings will be at the Golden Corral in Cumming. They are located at Buford Dam Rd and Market Pl. Blvd. one long block east of Hwy 9 and one long block north of Hwy 20 which is exit 14 off 400. Physical address 2025 Market Pl. Bl., ph. 678-965-2273

From 400 go east to the first intersection (Market Pl. Blvd.) (a B P station, Carwash and Starbucks) go left through the second light at Buford Dam Rd. and turn left into the driveway. They are in front of Best Buy.

The meeting will start at 7:00.

Please come early. This is a buffet all you care to eat. Drinks are extra.

If you are not prepared to have dinner at Golden Corral ($9.69 adult, $9.09 Sr.), we will have water and coffee in the meeting room but you will be expected to leave a tip for the wait staff.

Let them know at the door that you are coming for the FairTax meeting and they will direct you to the meeting room.

Please let me know if you are going to be able to attend the August meeting so we can be sure to have enough space.

Bring a friend, relative, significant other, older kids. Everyone can get involved.

We will have a few shirts and hats, bumper stickers for a small donation. We are a non-profit and do not sell anything.

We will have a sign up list for those who want to come out and help "man the booth" for a couple of hours. We will assist you with all the training needed to "man the booth" and we have shown that anyone can do it.

If you want to be involved but can not attend the meeting let me know what day, days, hours you would be available. We will have gate passes for those manning the booth. More on that later when we know the booth location.

Dave Andrews, Retired

Cell 404-510-2306


I don't intend to work for them at the fair, however, this could give me a reason to go to the Cumming fair this October. Your thoughts.

Senator Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009

Statement from the Kennedy family:

"Edward M. Kennedy -- the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply -- died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port.

"We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.

"We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all.

"He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it.

"He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it's hard to imagine any of them without him."


RIP.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

NH-SEN: Ayotte leads by 2

Via Now Hampshire:

US SENATE - NEW HAMPSHRE (Populus Research)
Kelly Ayotte (R) 51%
Paul Hodes (D) 49%


Wow, no undecideds. Wasn't this supposedly the Democrats best chance for a pickup? I say we keep this. Your thoughts.

(H/T: The Hedgehog Report)

DSCC National Finance Chair arrested for Bank Fraud

Via Dow Jones Newswires:

A New York man was charged with allegedly defrauding Citigroup Inc. (C) out of $74 million in loans.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan and the Federal Bureau of Investigations say Hassan Nemazee, with residences in Manhattan and Katonah, N.Y., fraudulently applied for the loans for Nemazee Capital Corp., of which he is chairman and chief executive.

Federal prosecutors contend Nemazee obtained the money by giving the banking giant "numerous documents that purported to establish the existence of accounts in Nemazee's name at various financial institutions containing many hundreds of millions of dollars," the Justice Department said in a statement. "In fact, those were fraudulent and forged documents."

According to an FBI report, Nemazee first contacted Citigroup's Citibank in December 2006 to borrow $25 million, and later raised the sum to $80 million.

Nemazee paid back more than $74 million Monday, after being questioned by federal agents Sunday as he was checking in to board a flight from Newark International Airport in New Jersey to Rome.

He was charged with one count of bank fraud, which carries a maximum prison term of 30 years and a fine of $1 million, or twice the gain or loss resulting from the alleged crime.

Nemazee, arrested Tuesday morning, is due to enter a plea later in the day in Manhattan federal court.


Truly amazing. Liberals seem to be the only people capable of pulling this kind of shit on people. Your thoughts.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

KY-SEN: Grayson Leads, Paul close

Via Survey USA:

US SENATE - KENTUCKY (Survey USA)
Trey Grayson (R) 46%
Dan Mongiardo (D) 40%

Trey Grayson (R) 44%
Jack Conway (D) 37%
Dan Mongiardo (D) 43%
Rand Paul (R) 41%

Jack Conway (D) 43%
Rand Paul (R) 38%


In the primaries, Mongiardo and Grayson lead their respective parties, but not as large as either would hope to be.

US SENATE - KENTUCKY - DEM PRIMARY (Survey USA)
Dan Mongiardo 39%
Jack Conway 31%
Lillie Johnson 4%
Darlene Price 3%
Maurice Sweeney 1%

US SENATE - KENTUCKY - GOP PRIMARY (Survey USA)
Trey Grayson 37%
Rand Paul 26%
Roger Thoney 5%
Bill Johnson 2%
Brian Oerther 0%


Wasn't this the Democrats top pickup opportunity after their hopes of winning NH-SEN were completely dashed. Well, nice to see the Democrats imploding, again. GO GOP!!!

(H/T: The Hedgehog Report)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Robert Novak dies

Via CNN:

Conservative columnist and former CNN "Crossfire" co-host Robert Novak has died after a yearlong battle with cancer, his family said Tuesday. He was 78.
Robert Novak was a syndicated columnist who was a regular on CNN for 25 years.

Robert Novak was a syndicated columnist who was a regular on CNN for 25 years.

Novak died at home, over a year after doctors diagnosed him with a malignant brain tumor in August 2008.

He was dubbed "The Prince of Darkness" by friends for his pessimistic persona, and he used the nickname as the title of his 2007 memoir.

However, Sam Feist, CNN's political director, said the dour visage masked a "warm-hearted guy" who "cared a lot about the people who worked for him." Video Watch how Novak will be remembered »

"If you were a friend of Bob Novak's, you couldn't have a better friend," Feist said.

Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide, said the network was saddened by the death of "a journalist of the old school, hard-working, practical and passionate about our profession."

"From its earliest days and for some 25 years, Bob shared generously with CNN and with CNN viewers his authority, credibility, humor and towering presence," Walton said in a statement. "We're grateful to have worked alongside him and send our respect and sympathy to his family."

Novak was a veteran columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a regular commentator for CNN for 25 years, beginning when the network launched in 1980.

For most of that time, he was a co-host of the political debate program "Crossfire." But he also hosted a show with his longtime column co-author, Rowland Evans, and appeared as a panelist on shows like "The Capital Gang" and on PBS' "The McLaughlin Group."

Novak got his first newspaper job in 1948, when he was still in high school.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Novak had "the kind of keen insight that can only be gained through years and years of dedication to a craft."

"He was a Washington institution who could turn an idea into the most discussed story around kitchen tables, congressional offices, the White House and everywhere in between," McConnell said in a written statement.

Novak served in the Army during the Korean War before turning to the news business, eventually starting his column with Evans at the now-defunct New York Herald-Tribune in 1963.

In 2003, he found himself at the center of the scandal over the exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, when he published a column revealing her CIA status days after her husband challenged a key Bush administration justification for the invasion of Iraq.

While staunchly conservative, Novak opposed the invasion and was frequently critical of the Bush administration. He cooperated with prosecutors and was not charged in the leak case.

The scandal ultimately led to the conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators probing the leak.

Novak later testified that the leak began with then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and was confirmed by Karl Rove, who was then President George W. Bush's top political adviser. Both men cooperated with the investigation, and neither was charged.

Novak was born to a Jewish family in Joliet, Illinois, on the outskirts of Chicago, but later became a devout Roman Catholic. He took up skydiving in his early 70s and was a passionate sports fan. He also once appeared as an extra in a Washington opera production.

In an editorial published with news of Novak's death, the Sun-Times said Novak's columns "were marked by his determination to dig out new information."

"He combined that with sharp analysis, insightful commentary and passion about the issues facing the nation to emerge as a brawling contestant in the great national debates of his era," the newspaper said.

Veteran Democratic consultant and on-air sparring partner James Carville said Novak "had the best sources in the Republican Party," making his weekly column a must-read for political insiders.

"What you saw on television was an ideological guy, a fire-breathing right-wing guy," Carville said. But Novak "still had the sort of ethos of the reporter."
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Novak left the network in 2005 after an on-air blowup with Carville, who had been needling him over the CIA leak case. CNN suspended Novak, who apologized for using the word "bullsh*t" on air, and he resigned at the end of the year.

"I want to thank CNN for making this network available to me for 25 years," he said at the time. "Never censored me once, ever, and I said some outrageous things. And it was a wonderful opportunity for me."


RIP.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Interesting Tidbit from Redstate about the TX-GOV race

I agree with it:

About the only campaign that comes close to the disaster that is Creigh Deeds’ campaign in Virginia is the craptacular spectacle of Kay Bailey Hutchison running her Texas gubernatorial primary.

The campaign has thus far been a disaster. Most recently, this morning, KBH showed up an hour late to her own kick off event.

Then, when she got there, she started bashing Rick Perry for being Governor for ten years. She said, “We need results, not politics. And that starts with term limits for Texas governor. For any governor, eight years is enough.”

The befuddling irony is that Kay Bailey Hutchison has been a United States Senator for seventeen years. Pot meet kettle.

Then of course, there is this:


When she first ran for Lloyd Bentsen’s vacated seat in 1993, she pledged to serve only two terms.

I get it with Perry and serving another term. But on the other hand, if a company is doing well, would you ever toss the CEO just because “eight years is enough”? That’s not smart business sense.

Lastly, and put more plainly, Texas has a choice — does it want a conservative or a Republican first?

Kay Bailey Hutchinson is defined by her party. She is notorious in Congress for throwing conservative staffers out of meetings. She is notorious for undermining pro-life legislation because she did not want to deal with. She is notorious for being a capitulating compromiser.

For Kay Bailey Hutchinson, it is all about the party and, consequently, all about holding on to power.

Rick Perry is a conservative before he is a Republican. His foundation, unlike KBH, is not the acquisition of political power, but the application of principles grounded in our Declaration of Independence, i.e. life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Texas voters in the Republican Primary may be tired of Rick Perry, but do they want to throw him out for an unprincipled member of the Republican Party establishment? If so, they will get no better than the same Republican Establishment the nation coldly rejected in 2008.


Your thoughts

IL-SEN: Kirk leads the Democrats

Via Rasmussen:

US SENATE - ILLINOIS (Rasmussen)
Mark Kirk (R) 41%
Alexi Giannoulias (D) 38%

Mark Kirk (R) 47%
Cheryle Jackson (D) 30%


This would be a sweet pick up for the GOP if Kirk can pull it off.

(H/T: The Hedgehog Report)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Gun Shows, Breakfasts, and Town Halls

Via Facebook message from the Oxendine Campaign:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday

Gun Show in Gainesville
GA Mountain Center,
301 Main Street SW,
Downtown Gainesville, Ga

11:00PM - 4:00PM

Even if you can only come out for an hour or two, I am really needing folks to help us cover this. Respond to this, letting me know which shift you can take.


Union GOP Breakfast
Copperhead Lodge
171 Copperhead Pkwy,
Blairsville, GA 30512

9:00AM - 10:00AM


Americas Town Hall
Centennial Olympic Park

11:15AM - 3:00PM

I really need volunteers for this event as well. Several of our opponents are using this as their last stand and are rallying their troops to come out in masses. Please lets not them out do us, they haven't yet and now is not the time to let them start.



Sunday

Gun Show in Gainesville
GA Mountain Center,
301 Main Street SW,
Downtown Gainesville, Ga

12:00PM - 4:00PM


As always call me for more information or to request t-shirts for the events. Priority ones are the Gun Show and the Town Hall.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Upcoming State Legislature Special Elections

After our surprise victory in the special election earlier this week in Delaware, I decided to look for a place that listed all the State Legislature Special Elections. I know that these special elections at the state level normally do not generate a lot of news in national news and, unless you know about them ahead time, you don’t hear about it until after it happens and, usually, only if there is a big upset. Turns out The Hedgehog Report had a full rundown of all the State Legislature Special Elections. To summarize, here are the upcoming special elections at the state level:

Kentucky * Senate District 18 (August 25, 2009)
Louisiana * Senate District 20 - (Runoff August 29, 2009)
Iowa * House District 90 (September 1, 2009)
Alabama * House District 65 (Primary - September 15, 2009)
New York * Assembly District 38 - (September 15, 2009)
Pennsylvania * Senate District 24 - (September 29, 2009)
Oklahoma * House District 55 - (October 13, 2009)
Tennessee * House District 62 - (October 13, 2009)
Tennessee * Senate District 31 - (October 15, 2009)
Washington * House District 16 - (November 3, 2009)
Washington * House District 9 - (November 3, 2009)
Washington * House District 15 - (November 3, 2009)
Michigan * Senate District 19 - (November 3, 2009)
Georgia * House District 58 - (November 3, 2009)
Georgia * House District 129 - (November 3, 2009)
Georgia * House District 141 - (November 3, 2009)


Of course, while these may not get the news Federal races get, these elections will help shift votes when it comes to redistricting in the future.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tell your Congressman to vote no on ObamaCare

The August recess is almost over, and Congressional Democrats have vowed to bring ObamaCare up for a vote. Call the members of Congress below. Ask each one to vote against ObamaCare. Several BlueDogs are caving on ObamaCare.

Let us know in the comments what each one says.

Melancon, Charlie (LA-03)-202-225-4031

Shuler, Heath (NC-11)-202-225-6401

Altmire, Jason (PA-04)-202-225-2565

Arcuri, Mike (NY-24)-202-225-3665

Baca, Joe (CA-43)-202-225-6161

Barrow, John (GA-12)-202-225-2823

Berry, Marion (AR-01)-202-225-4076

Bishop, Sanford (GA-02)-202-225-3631

Boren, Dan (OK-02)-202-225-2701

Boswell, Leonard (IA-03)-202-225-3806

Boyd, Allen (FL-02)-202-225-5235

Bright, Bobby (AL-02)-202-225-2901

Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18)-202-225-6131

Carney, Christopher (PA-10)-202-225-3731

Chandler, Ben (KY-06)-202-225-4706

Childers, Travis (MS-01)-202-225-4306

Cooper, Jim (TN-05)-202-225-4311

Costa, Jim (CA-20)-202-225-3341

Cuellar, Henry (TX-28)-202-225-1640

Davis, Lincoln (TN-04)-202-225-6831

Donnelly, Joe (IN-02)-202-225-3915

Ellsworth, Brad (IN-08)-202-225-4636

Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)-202-225-2542

Gordon, Bart (TN-06)-202-225-4231

Griffith, Parker (AL-05)-202-225-4801

Harman, Jane (CA-36)-202-225-8220

Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (SD)-202-225-2801

Hill, Baron (IN-09)-202-225-5315

Holden, Tim (PA-17)-202-225-5546

Kratovil, Jr., Frank (MD-01)-202-225-5311

McIntyre, Mike (NC-07)-202-225-2731

Marshall, Jim (GA-03)-202-225-6531

Matheson, Jim (UT-02)-202-225-3011

Melancon, Charlie (LA-03)-202-225-4031

Michaud, Mike (ME-02)-202-225-6306

Minnick, Walt (ID-01)-202-225-6611

Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05)-202-225-2190

Moore, Dennis (KS-03)-202-225-2865

Murphy, Patrick (PA-08)-202-225-4276

Nye, Glenn (VA-02)-202-225-4215

Peterson, Collin (MN-07)-202-225-2165

Pomeroy, Earl (ND)-202-225-2611

Ross, Mike (AR-04)-202-225-3772

Salazar, John (CO-03)-202-225-4761

Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47)-202-225-2965

Schiff, Adam (CA-29)-202-225-4176

Scott, David (GA-13)-202-225-2939

Shuler, Heath (NC-11)-202-225-6401

Space, Zack (OH-18)-202-225-6265

Tanner, John (TN-08)-202-225-4714

Taylor, Gene (MS-04)-202-225-5772

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