Reason-Rupe Poll: ‘Millennials Aren’t Liberals, They’re Social Liberals and Fiscal Centrists’

“Since 2004 millennials have been voting increasingly Democratic in presidential elections” says Reason-Rupe polling director Emily Ekins. “But, despite all this, millennials are no more likely than Americans over 30 to say they are Democrats. Instead they are three times as likely to say they are independent and half as likely to say they are Republican.”

This is new information from the most recent Reason-Rupe poll that took a magnifying glass to the millennial generation’s voting habits and thoughts about politics.

“Millennials aren’t liberals, they’re social liberals and their fiscal centrists and their social attitudes are what is largely defining their political identities and driving their voting behavior,” says Ekins.

Watch the video to hear Ekins delve deeper into these results:

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo is courtesy of Forbes.

Florida: Pinellas County Commissioner Roche Stands with Voters on Term Limits

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Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche.

Distinguishing himself from his corrupt peers, Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche is launching his first re-election campaign with a promise to abide by the county’s voter-approved 8-year term limits.

As reported earlier, Pinellas is the only county in Florida that refuses to enforce its county commission term limits, even after the unanimous 2012 Supreme Court decision that such limits are constitutional.  While term-limited Pinellas Commissioners Susan Latvala, Karen Seel, John Morroni and Ken Welch continue to battle the people in the courts, they also continue to serve on the commission.

Roche, on the other hand, told the Tampa Bay Times in their 2014 candidate questionnaire that he promises to “to honor my pledge to adhere to the will of the voters on term limits and only seek two terms.”

Pinellas County commission term limits were approved by 72 percent of the voters in 1996. Per the county charter Article VI Sec. 6-02 (3): “If approved by a majority of those electors voting on the amendment at the general election, the amendment shall become effective on the date specified in the amendment, or, if not so specified, on January 1 of the succeeding year.”

While a court can invalidate an amendment, there is no leeway here for the commissioners to do so by themselves. Recognizing this, Roche deserves credit for adhering to the people’s clearly expressed will even at his own expense.

True The Vote files motion for Restraining Order Against Mississippi Republican Party et. al.

Destruction of Absentee Ballot Documents, Double Voting and Discarded Legal Votes Found Statewide.

True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed a motion with the Jackson Division of the U.S. District Court, requesting temporary restraining order and injunctive relief be issued against the Mississippi Republican Party and all defendants to prevent further tampering, redaction, or destruction of voter records by Defendants or their agents.

“Defendant county commissioners have continued to violate federal law by preventing access to election records. Now, we think we know why,” said True the Vote founder, Catherine Engelbrecht. “If the affidavits we now have regarding the destruction of election documents and other similarly stunning findings are true, then no Mississippian, no American, can trust the results of this election.”

True the Vote will be providing the Court with dozens of full detailed affidavit reports, containingstunning evidence of election subversion, including:

  •   Destruction of voters’ absentee ballot applications and mandatory envelopes;
  •   Illegal alteration of poll books;
  •   Cross-over and double voting;
  •   Absentee ballots marked “Accepted” but unopened.

“Based on all we have seen — and all we have not been allowed to see — we now believe that unless the Court steps in, illegal voting will go unchallenged, voters’ rights will be diluted, voters’ trust will be violated – and an unlawful and inaccurate election may be certified by the State of Mississippi,” said Engelbrecht.

TTV’s motion was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division.

A copy of the motion has been made available here.

ABOUT TRUE THE VOTE

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

GOP’s Reverse ‘Southern Strategy’

Last week’s election results infuriated me and not for the reasons you might suspect. My anger has less to do with the outcomes of the various elections, but more to do with the means of getting to the outcome.

The most watched election of this year was the Mississippi Senate race between Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel and six term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran. Cochran was forced into a run off last week, which typically doesn’t bode well for an incumbent.

According to Professor Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, “In 37 of 40 Senate primary runoffs conducted since 1980, turnout had decreased from the initial primary to the runoff. In these 40 races, the combined turnout dropped by about a third from the primary to the runoff. And yet, this time [Miss. senate race], turnout went up by 18 percent, jumping from about 319,000 in the initial primary to about 375,000 in the runoff.”

Astonishingly, there were more votes cast in the runoff than in the June 3 primary. McDaniel went from 155,000 votes to 184,000 votes; Cochran went from 153,654 votes to 191,508 votes. Without question, the Black vote saved Cochran. There is universal consensus on that point – liberal and conservative; Black and White; Democrat and Republican. But the analysis of how the Black vote led to Cochran’s win has been totally misunderstood.

Make no mistake about it, Haley Barbour was the brains behind Cochran’s resuscitation. Haley is like a son to me. He is the former governor of Mississippi and former head of the Republican National Committee. A political genius, Haley knows how to win; and is a helluva guy to get a drink with. Haley knows how to operate without leaving fingerprints. But his DNA was all over Cochran’s campaign. He is definitely ol’ school.

What saved Cochran was the Republicans use of the “reverse Southern Strategy.” The Southern Strategy was created by Kevin Phillips, a former Nixon aide, in the 1960s to sacrifice the Black vote (who were staunchly Republican) in order to pick up the vote of the White Southern Democrats opposed civil rights. To this day, that keeps Blacks aligned with the Democratic Party.

The Cochran campaign did the exact opposite. They sacrificed the conservative White Tea Party vote to pick up the Black vote. They made a political calculation that they had maxed out on their White support and their only way of winning was to expand their base of support.

The only option was to go after Black Democrats who had not voted in the 3 primary. It was a stroke of genius.

What angered me about this last-ditch effort when, in fact, it should have a conscious development. Why did it take desperation to get the party and the campaign to do what was and has always been in its own best interest—cultivating the Black vote?

I was further angered that prior to the runoff, there was absolutely no mention of the Black vote by either candidate. Neither campaign had any Blacks on their campaign staffs or as consultants in decision making positions.

Normally, I blast the Republican Party for doing the right thing even if it’s the wrong way (Rand Paul’s visit to Howard University); but in this case, they did the wrong thing the right way. The Cochran campaign has spent more time and spent more money with Black Democrats than they have with Black Republicans. Go figure.

Over the years, I have had heated discussions with conservative and Tea Party members of the Republican Party over the issue of race. I have been told that sometimes I can be “hyper-sensitive” on the issue of race; I am “overreacting;” or “we just have a different view on this issue than you.” Really?

Some unknown group created a robo-call targeting Black voters that said in part, “Hello neighbors. It’s time to take a stand against the Tea Party. The time has come to say no to the Tea Party. No to their obstruction, no to their disrespectful treatment of the first African American president… If we do nothing, Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel wins and causes even more problems for President Obama…” Both campaigns deny any involvement in the making and distribution of the recorded call.

The McDaniel campaign and the Tea Party are furious about the robo-call. Now that you have experienced the race card being played against you, maybe, just maybe you will be more understanding of my views the next time we have a discussion about race.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo is courtesy of the Associated Press.

GOPFaith.com launched: But will Republicans truly stand with people of faith?

The Republican Party has launched a new outreach focused on Christians and Evangelicals its “biggest, most reliable voting bloc.”. In the 2012 Presidential election 1 million Christians did not vote in Florida, President Obama won Florida by less than 80,000 votes. Question: Is GOPFaith.com politically compatible with GOProud.org? Some think not.

The new website GOPFaith.com was announced in the below press release on July 4th, 2014. Danita Kilcullen, TEA Party Fort Lauderdale, forwarded the press release and commented on it to TEA Party members. Kilcullen’s comments are all [IN CAPS]:

To increase the voter turnout among evangelicals and seek support from conservative believers, the Republican Party has launched a new initiative to mobilize its “biggest, most reliable voting bloc.”

“This website is designed for faith voters like you,” says GOPfaith.com, which was launched Friday.

GOPFaith.com is built to keep pro-faith voters up to date with how the Republican Party is fighting for religious freedom, learn how to register voters at your place of worship and mobilize them on Election Day,” says Chad Connelly, Faith Engagement Director of the Republican National Committee.

It’s “an online home for all of our efforts, all around the country,” he says in a video posted on the website, which seeks to “build an army of conservative pro-faith activists [THIS EVANGELICAL REPUBLICAN ACTIVIST WILL NOT STAND WITH REPUBLICAN SHERIFFS, COMMISSIONERS, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, MAYORS, ETC., WHO ENDORSE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND MARCH IN GAY PARADES] to make the difference in the coming elections.”

“This shouldn’t be outreach, this should be who we are – it is who we are,” Connelly tells The Washington Post, describing evangelicals as “are our biggest, most reliable voting bloc.”

Connelly points to surveys that show only a third of the 89 million Americans who identify themselves as evangelical Christians voted in the 2012 election. There are “millions of pro-faith conservatives all across American who are not politically engaged,” the initiative says.

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It seeks to “identifying 100,000 pro-faith conservatives who will help identify, register, inform and mobilize America’s faith-based community to get them engaged and to vote their values.”

“The GOP’s longtime commitment to traditional values with a platform that doesn’t mind placing those values front and center has made it the natural political home for people of faith,” Connelly wrote in an op-ed in The Christian Post Friday. [REALLY? GOP WITH A TRADITIONAL VALUES PLATFORM? DOES THAT INCLUDE TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE, OR WILL THE GOP CAVE TO THE NEW HOMOSEXUAL NARRATIVE OF, “WITHIN THE TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE STRUCTURE THERE IS A HIGH DIVORCE RATE,” WHICH I AM HEARING FROM ‘REPUBLICAN’ ELECTS WHO PROUDLY MARCH IN HOMOSEXUAL PARADES.]

Up for grabs on the Election Day are 435 U.S. House seats, 36 U.S. Senate seats, 36 governorships, [GOV. SCOTT NEEDS CHRISTIAN SUPPORT FROM PASTORS AND REAL CHRISTIAN REPUBLICANS. ENORMOUS PRESSURE IS BEING PUT UPON HIM BY THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY TO CAVE TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE] 89 state legislative chambers with over 6,000 seats, and “important pro-life legislation, [TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE PROTECTION?], protecting religious liberties and getting rid of ObamaCare.”

The party is aiming at pastors, Connelly says, adding they shy away from talking about political issues.

Federal law requires that houses of worship must not endorse candidates if they want to retain their tax-exempt status. [ALL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES ARE SUCCINCTLY COVERED IN THE SCRIPTURES. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS REITERATE TO THEIR CONGREGATIONS].

“Let’s overcome that myth of the IRS saying you can’t talk about this from the pulpit,” Connelly says. “Look, if there’s no freedom of speech in the pulpit, there’s no freedom of speech. Now is the time of righteous indignation.”

It’s a time to be the “turn-the-tables-over Jesus” and not the “meek, turn-the-other-cheek Jesus,” he adds.

“Registering to vote and preaching about Biblical values in the pulpit aren’t ‘political talk’ at all. They are imperatives that help ensure that the spiritual values that built our country live on in the political institutions that give us the laws that we live by,” Connelly wrote for the CP.

Evangelicals care about issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, which might be seen as divisive by some Republicans but are still important for the party to maintain the support they receive from the bloc.

“Many Republican leaders are tired of losing, they see some real opportunities to win, and that means they have to fire on all cylinders, if you will. And this is a key constituency,” says John Green, head of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, according to Religion News Service. “They don’t have to woo them to the party as much as they need to woo them to the polls.”

EDITORS NOTE: An earlier version of this column wrongly attributed the quotes in the press release to Peter Feaman, Florida National Committeeman. That was an error. We apologize to Mr. Feaman for this error in reporting. The revised article properly attributes those comments.

The Congressional Black Caucus Has No Conscience

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.” According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives. Notice that the root of the word conscience is the word “con,” which is exactly what the CBC has turned out to be.

They have conned the American people into believing that they represent the values of the Black community; and nothing could be further from the truth. They have sat silently by as President Barack Obama has put forth policies that have decimated the very people they claim to represent – the Black community.

This con was put on public display last week in the aftermath of the senate election in Mississippi. Incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran’s successful reelection was credited to Black Democrats crossing party lines to vote for the six-term Republican incumbent.

This led to the headline in online site Politico: “Congressional Black Caucus to Thad Cochran: You owe us.” I was flabbergasted. The article contained several quotes by members of the CBC demanding that Cochran reward the Black voters of Mississippi by pushing forward their liberal agenda in the U.S. Senate.

According to the article, “The wish list is filling up with ideas like maintaining funding for food stamps, beefing up programs that help poor blacks in Mississippi and even supporting the Voting Rights Act.”

CBC members were adamant.

Rep Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio and chairman of the CBC) that some CBC: “Absolutely we have expectations. Mississippi is the poorest state in the union. I think he [Cochran] is a very decent man. I also think there comes a point in time where every single elected official has to do what’s best for the people he represents, and his state is 35 percent minority and poor.”

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.): “My hat is off to Sen. Cochran for being as desperate as he was, to actually go out and, up front, go out and ask for those votes. Those votes were delivered, and I’m hopeful he will be responsible and responsive to the voters that pushed him over the top.”
Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.): “What I hope happens is that he [Cochran] comes to the realization that African-Americans are the reason I have this final six years and therefore I’m going to try and be more responsible than I have been.”

And NAACP Mississippi State President Derrick Johnson added, “Two things that we think should come immediately after the election [are] his support of the Voting Rights Act … free of any provisions that would allow for voter ID and, second, to get the presidents of the Black colleges to ask for his offices for help to make sure the [missions] of those institutions are carried out.”

As “Pookie” in the ‘hood would say, let’s keep it real. Blacks are 36 percent of the electorate in Mississippi and accounted for about 10 percent of the vote for Cochran; but yet members of the CBC are “demanding” concessions from Cochran.

But they don’t hold Obama to the same standard. In 2012, Blacks were 15 percent of the national electorate and Obama received 93 percent of that vote. In 2008, Blacks were 11 percent of the national electorate and gave Obama 96 percent of that vote.

Despite these numbers, the CBC has never demanded anything from Obama that would be of special interest to the Black community. They have made feeble suggestions to Obama, they have sent nice letters to Obama, they have even sent White people to inquire of Obama on their behalf (because he frequently refuses to meet with them); but they have never found the guts to “demand” anything from him.

Why? Because he is Black.

Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo. and then-chairman of the CBC) said in 2011,”If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem [Black unemployment], we probably would be marching on the White House… As the chair of the Black Caucus, I’ve got to tell you, we are always hesitant to criticize the president. With 14 percent (Black) unemployment, if we had a White president we’d be marching around the White House. … The President knows we are going to act in deference to him in a way we wouldn’t to someone White.”

In another interview, Cleaver was asked what he would say if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, instead of Obama, had been elected president and the Black unemployment was double digits? He said, “As much as I love Sen. Clinton, I would have been all over her on 14 percent unemployment for African-Americans. I would have said, ‘My sister, I love you, but this has got to go.’”

Let’s back up a moment. Cochran, a Republican, gets 10 percent of the Black vote. So, the CBC demands action from him, even if that means offending the 90 percent vote total Cochran received from conservative White s in Mississippi. Yet, Obama, a Black Democrat, gets nearly 100 percent the Black vote, and feels he doesn’t “owe” African Americans anything. Even worse, Black leaders don’t demand anything from him.

This pulls back the cover on the so-called ‘conscience” of Congress. This race-based hypocrisy on the part of the CBC proves they have no conscience.

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate threatens Florida Press Association and Florida Association of News Editors

The Florida Press Association (FPA) and the Florida Society of News Editors (FNSE) will be hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on July 10th, 2014. However, not all candidates have been invited. It appears that at least one candidate for governor will not be attending the forum and he is not happy. He has threatened the FPA and FNSE, but is that a good political move?

Given the public’s growing wariness and outright distrust of the media at new highs, this candidate may be on to something.

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Graphic contained in email sent to supporters. For a larger view click on the image.

In an email to supporters Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian candidate for Florida Governor, writes, “As the only third-party candidate for Florida’s governor, I am extremely disappointed in your failure to include me in your upcoming gubernatorial candidate forum at the 2014 FPA/FSNE Convention. Your exclusion of a viable third-party candidate is unacceptable, and exposes an entrenched bias in the FPA/FSNE approach to political coverage.”

“The criteria you have created make it absolutely impossible for any minor party candidate to participate, by its very definition. According to your stated rules, in order to be included, ‘a candidate must belong to a party that has at least 5% of the registered voters in Florida.’ The legal definition of a minor party in Florida is one that has less than 5% of the registered voters in the state. Therefore, your criteria guarantee that only Republican and Democrat candidates can participate,” Wyllie notes.

Wyllie concludes with, “Therefore, I refuse to accept your rules, and I present you with the following ultimatum. I will attend the FPA/FSNE Gubernatorial Forum on July 10th in Coral Gables. You may either allow me to participate in the forum, or you may have me arrested. You have no third option…As you have denied the people of Florida a third option. Govern yourselves accordingly.”

It would appear that Mr. Wyllie has a point. Florida law defines a viable party candidate. I for one would like to hear what Mr. Wyllie has to say. In politics the more the merrier and is makes for great news stories afterwards.

Florida: Black GOP Congressional Candidate Endures Racist Attack

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Glo Smith and family. For a larger view click on the image.

Florida Republican congressional candidate Glo Smith has been the target of a racist attack in Jacksonville, Florida, as one of her yard signs–which features a picture of her– was vandalized by someone who “whitewashed” her face.

Of course the left-leaning mainstream media has paid little mind to this attack, probably because she is a Republican, and not a Democrat.

Smith is the former aide to Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, and is challenging the ever colorful Democrat congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Yes, the same Corrine Brown who called the entire city of Jacksonville, Florida, racist because of a plan by the city to move a voting location out of the minority-heavy area of her district.

In my opinion, the message that was sent to Smith was that she was an “Uncle Tom,” and a phony black person for running as a Republican against a black Democrat incumbent.

 EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The Shark Tank. Follow The Shark Tank on Facebook and Twitter.

True The Vote Files Suit Against Mississippi, State Republican Party

OXFORD, MS. — July 1, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed suit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the State Republican Party, asking the Court to immediately order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA)).

True the Vote and associated plaintiffs argue that the defendants failed to properly abide by federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Records made partially available to the plaintiffs indicated “double-voting” from Democratic to Republican primaries — potentially diluting votes in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

“All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.”

“This isn’t about personality, party, or politics. Senators come and go,” Engelbrecht continued. “What must withstand the test of time is the integrity of the process by which we elect our representatives and establish our government. No candidate or party should ever be allowed to twist election laws or subvert voters’ rights in the interest of political ambition.”

True the Vote has closely followed developments surrounding the Mississippi Republican Primary Runoff from the beginning. On June 21, TTV released figures demonstrating unusual voter turnout patterns based on historic data. On June 25, the organization formally requestedthat MS Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef delay certification of the election and share voting records for independent review. Finding no assistance from the state party, TTV and the collected 13 plaintiffs were left no option but to pursue the matter in federal court.

True the Vote’s lawsuit consists of three counts:

Count One: Violation of NVRA’s Public Disclosure Provision. Shortly before the Republican Primary Runoff Election, True the Vote, via its volunteer base, made a valid and timely request to review voter rolls and poll books under the NVRA, but it was denied access to those records.

Count Two: Individual Plaintiffs Allege a Violation of NVRA Based on Conflict with State Laws.Plaintiffs seek a declaration that the NVRA preempts any state requirement calling for public election information to be redacted at the cost of the requestor.

Count Three: Individual Plaintiffs Allege an Equal Protection Violation. Discovering potential instances of “double-voting” between Democratic and Republican primaries are unlawful dilutions of individual votes.

True the Vote engaged legal representation with the firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons L.L.P. TTV’s complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division.

A copy of the complaint has been made available here.

ABOUT TRUE THE VOTE

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

Lenar Whitney: Global Warming is a Hoax

Conservative for Congress Lenar Whitney denounces “Global Warming” as a myth, designed to give more power to the executive branch, while increasing taxes in a progressive’s dream to regulate every aspect of American life ­ from our light bulbs to our thermostat.

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Our Guy Lost, But the Battle is Not Over

I was alone in a Biloxi Mississippi hotel room when a TV reporter named Cochran the winner over Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel in the extremely close GOP runoff election. Losing is always heartbreaking. And yet, I strangely felt a peace about the situation.

Chris McDaniel was an excellent candidate; good looking, bright, articulate and a bold, strong, rock-solid advocate for conservatism. He has also been blessed with that certain “it factor” which all born leaders possess. McDaniel is only in his early forties. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, he’ll be back! Next time, Chris McDaniel will win!

Patriots, thanks to your support, financial and otherwise, McDaniel had a real shot at winning. The combo of the Tea Party and McDaniel scared the heck out of the GOP which is why they poured tons of money and organizational resources into the race.

After the Dave Brat remarkable upset victory over Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the closeness of this runoff sent a powerful message to the GOP establishment. They MUST deal with us in the Tea Party.

I think one reason for my peace about the situation is knowing that my Conservative Campaign Committee team and I did everything we could possibly do; leaving no cards unturned. We traveled to Biloxi from our various homes across America and set up our war room. We rallied for McDaniel. We produced and ran ads and organized a small army of volunteers to make get-out-the-vote phone calls.

We endured the Mississippi humidity waving McDaniel signs on a street corner. My wife Mary was bitten several times on her feet by ants. So folks, like all of you, we did our part. Beyond that, everything else is in God’s hands.

Cochran and his GOP deep-pocket power brokers won this round. Doing a despicable dance with the devil to win the runoff, Cochran even reached out to Democrat voters. But, the battle to send conservatives to DC is far from over.

Mary and I will drive home to Florida; pet Sammy our greyhound and maybe spend a day at our favorite beach. Then, we will focus on helping Tea Party candidate Joe Carr for U.S. Senate Tennessee. I hope we visit Nashville!

Hillary won’t run in 2016

Clinton inadvertently admits she may have violated law over Benghazi.

I’ve publicly stated I do not believe Hillary Clinton will be running for president in 2016. Her recent performance during the book rollout evidenced someone incapable of standing up to scrutiny. She certainly didn’t comport herself in a professional manner.

And so this recent Wall Street Journal article by Victoria Toensing builds that case even more, writing, “In her recent interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Hillary Clinton said “I was not making security decisions” about Benghazi, claiming “it would be a mistake” for “a secretary of state” to “go through all 270 posts” and “decide what should be done.” And at a January 2013 Senate hearing, Mrs. Clinton said that security requests “did not come to me. I did not approve them. I did not deny them.”

Well, it seems the former Secretary of State may have just admitted she either didn’t follow, or intentionally broke the law — but then again, if you’re a liberal progressive socialist, laws are just recommendations.

As Toensing says, by statute, Clinton was required to make specific security decisions for defenseless consulates like Benghazi, and was not permitted to delegate them to anyone else. The Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999, or Secca, was passed in response to the near-simultaneous bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Aug. 7, 1998.”

The similarities of history are disturbingly coincidental.

In 1999, Bill Clinton was president. Patrick Kennedy, now the undersecretary of state for management, was then acting assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security. Susan Rice, now the national security adviser, was then assistant secretary of state for African affairs. As with the Benghazi terrorist attacks, an Accountability Review Board (ARB) was convened for each bombing.

Their reports in January 1999 called attention to “two interconnected issues: 1) the inadequacy of resources to provide security against terrorist attacks, and 2) the relative low priority accorded security concerns throughout the U.S. government.”

Just as U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens did in 2012, the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, Prudence Bushnell, had made repeated requests for security upgrades in 1997 and 1998. All were denied.

It’s not certain whether George Santayana said, “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”, but we know for certain Hillary said, “what difference at this point does it make?”

In 1998 to ensure accountability in the future, the review boards (ARB) recommended “[f]irst and foremost, the Secretary . . . should take a personal and active role in carrying out the responsibility of ensuring the security of U.S. diplomatic personnel abroad” and “should personally review the security situation of embassy chanceries and other official premises.” And for new embassy buildings abroad, “all U.S. government agencies, with rare exceptions, should be located in the same compound.”

So Congress quickly agreed and passed Secca, a law implementing these (and other) recommendations. It mandated that the secretary of state make a personal security waiver under two circumstances: when the facility could not house all the personnel in one place and when there was not a 100-foot setback. The law also required that the secretary “may not delegate” the waiver decision.

What difference does it make? Well, Benghazi didn’t house all U.S. personnel in one building. There was the consulate and an annex, one of the two situations requiring a security waiver by the secretary of state, which could not be delegated.

However, here is the doozy: the “home cooking of the books.” Recognizing that the Benghazi consulate (like the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam embassies) was a previously nongovernmental building, the 2012 Benghazi review board — co-chaired by Amb. Thomas Pickering (Ms. Rice’s supervisor in 1998) and Adm. Michael Mullen — reported that this “resulted in the Special Mission compound being excepted from office facility standards and accountability under” Secca.

I don’t smell a rat. I smell a Clinton — but then again they may be synonymous.

Mrs. Clinton either personally waived these security provisions required by law or she violated the law by delegating the waiver to someone else — take your pick, they both suck!

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on AllenBWest.com.

Florida: Why was Chip LaMarca the only Republican to march in the gay Twilight Parade?

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Stonewall Pride Street Festival participants. For a larger view click on the photo.

I reported on the The Broward County, FL Twilight Parade was held on June 21st at followed by the Stonewall Pride Street Festival. Well guess who came to the parade? None other than Republican County Commissioner Chip LaMarca of Broward County. LaMarca is up for reelection and is facing a primary race.

According to BrowardBeat.com, “… LaMarca’s redrawn district now contains about 10,500 more Democrats than Republicans.” Is that why LaMarca was the lone Republican marching in a parade that glorifies “sodomy and  debauchery” in Wilton Manors on June 21, 2014. LaMarca was the only one of the nine county commissioners to participate. LaMarca was accompanied by his wife.

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For a larger view of the Broward visitor log click on the image.

Red Broward of The Daily Broward in August 2013 wrote:

Broward County Commission Chip LaMarca and Democrat House Leader Perry Thurston discussed a board appointment just minutes before a County Commission meeting. The Broward County Commission visitor log [image on the right] shows LaMarca and Thurston discussed the appointment over the telephone. No further information was provided.

Thurston is the Broward Democrat under investigation for telling tall tales about where he sleeps at night. Lori Parrish’s investigators said Thurston “violated the law” by taking a homestead exemption on his Plantation home. Thurston is facing another investigation by the Florida Bar.

This is the same Perry Thurston that is trying to embarrass Governor Rick Scott into holding a special session on the Stand Your Ground law. This is the same Perry Thurston rumored to be considering a bid against Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. This is the same Perry Thurston that was working for firms involved in the airport financing plan.

So why is “Republican” LaMarca taking Perry’s phone calls?

Read more.

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Chip and Eileen LaMarca with His Eminence Giovanni Cardinal Lajolo, President of Vatican City.

LaMarca also considered a Republican primary run for Congress in 2012 against Adam Hasner, a strong conservative. Last year Tom Lauder from MediaTrackers.com reported:

Broward County commissioner Charles “Chip” LaMarca is facing foreclosure on his Broward County home, court records show. In May of 2012, Wells Fargo Bank initiated court proceedings in an attempt to collect more than $385,000 from LaMarca and his wife. A Media Trackers Florida review of court records reveals how lobbyists, professional sports franchises, and the proliferation of campaign cash have played a role in this case.

Court records show LaMarca failed to make payments on a line of credit issued by Wells Fargo bank in June of 2006. Bank statements show LaMarca stopped making payments in August of 2010, just before winning the 2010 county commissioner election. As the lone Republican on the Broward County Commission, LaMarca often touts his fiscal responsibility and business experience. LaMarca is running for re-election in 2014.

BTW, LaMarca represents Broward County on the Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors and Finance and Audit Committee.

So is LaMarca a say one thing and do another Charlie Crist Republican? Is he a sheep in strange clothing? Is he someone who will be loyal to the Republican Party platform and support marriage as between one man and one woman? Does he deserve reelection?

EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo of Chip LaMarca and his wife Eileen (right) marching in the homosexual Twilight Parade by Anthony Man/Sun Sentinel.

BREAKING NEWS: Bill Clinton headed to Florida — Hide your daughters and cigars

The Florida Democrat Party is getting ready for a big shindig with cigars at their big Inaugural Leadership Blue Weekend Gala. This monster fest redistribution of trans fatty acids and calories event will be held with key note speaker William Jefferson Clinton this coming Saturday June 28th, 2014 at the Westin Diplomat Hotel.

Breaking news on the dinner

The Democrats have just now changed the name of the event from the Jefferson – Jackson dinner to the Inaugural Leadership Blue Weekend Gala.  Maybe Harry Reid pulled the trade mark on the name to honor any slaves left in the Democrat Party’s caucus.

Apparently the Communist’s,  I mean the Democrats finally decided not to honor President Jackson  who was a substantial planter, owning many slaves, and while he insisted that they be treated “humanely,” he showed no disposition to disturb the legal and constitutional arrangements that maintained the slave system.

Then there was the other guy Jefferson,  one of the wealthiest slave owners in Virginia on paper during 1788–1789, owning more than 200 slaves.  Jefferson the great guy that he was did formally free two of his 200 slaves during his lifetime.  I am not sure but I think Michelle Obama’s second cousin 5th returned was one of the lucky gals… But times change and thanks to the Republican Party’s opposition to slavery  Michelle now gets to live rent free in government housing  in Washington DC.  President  Lincoln we salute you.

Also, good news. If you want to meet the Chairman of the Florida Democrat Party she too will be in attendance but hide the adult brewages from this Progressive Pinocchio. She just claimed Florida had  dramatic May job losses.

Ref: Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant made the following statement: “Floridians deserve a governor they can lean on in these difficult economic times. Rick Scott promised Floridians 1.7 million jobs, but he has failed to deliver.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Florida was at a 6.3% unemployment in May 2014. Under Charlie Crist we were at over 11%. Florida overall has added nearly 193,000 jobs in the last year. That’s the third highest in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Florida trailed Texas and California.

So  the progressive propaganda machine trundles along unchecked by the sheeple and the liberal dope heads and the Senior Chief types away  bringing good cheer and solid facts to the underground Communist Party. It pisses them off to no end.

The Florida Democrat-Progressive-Communist Party are people of principle. According to their website they:

“Stand for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.”

So let me see, did we start putting up military  check points and barbed wire fences around the ballot boxes during elections cycles?  Perhaps access to ballot boxes is difficult for Democrats because they cannot speak English and have a hard time with directions on maps.  Maybe plugging in a GPS coordinate is just too hard for these folks?

Hmm, insurance rates on health insurance premiums are sky rocketing and will soon be out of reach for middle class Americans.  Civil Rights ?  Really.  The Democrat Party created the Klu Klux Klan.  These people are so full of  crap I have to laugh and wonder why people join this club.  Its more of a cult actually.  Common core in our  schools is a centralized Communist – United Nations backed dumbing down of our kids to teach them to be compliant Marxist’s not individual thinkers.

Anyway boys and girls if the Tea Party would like to welcome President Long Legged Mack Daddy cigar boy Clinton with Gadsden Flags and Go Home Commie he will be at the Westin Diplomat Hotel. Hollywood Florida this Saturday the 28th of June. At  7 pm he starts his speech. Hillary wont be tagging along so I am sure his hotel room will have a King size Pacifica with surrounding candles and bevy of Mexican house maids vice two single Queens.

Come on Tea Party have a damn rally. Line the streets and welcome Billy Boy this Saturday evening at the Westin Diplomat Hotel.

Dress up as secret service agents if you want but be polite and respectful. No egg throwing. Bring your signs and line the streets with a big WELCOME message.

Enough! They MUST Be Stopped!

It has become a daily frightening occurrence, hearing politicians, commentators, pundits and stunned Americans say, “That’s outrageous!” “He can’t do that!” “No way!” “It’s against federal law!” “They have no legal authority to force us to do that!” These comments are in response to the daily unprecedented out-of-control tyranny handed down by Obama and his operatives. We are talking arrogance with a capital “A” coming out of the Obama Administration.

For example. The GOP was moving too slow in caving to Obama’s amnesty scheme, so Obama said, screw it, I’ll bypass everyone and make it happen. Obama sent a clarion call interpreted around the world to mean if you can get your kids to the U.S., the kids can stay. In essence, Obama has made illegal aliens winners of his Open Borders Lottery; free food, health care, legal assistance and education – winning more free goodies than are available to American kids. Like a game show announcer, I expect an Administration official to enthusiastically say to illegals, “But wait, there’s more….A NEW CARRRR!!!”

Around one thousand illegals arrive daily. Over 47 thousand have arrived thus far, an estimated 90 thousand to arrive by September 30th. Everyone and anyone (gang members, drug dealers and other criminals) are illegally moving to America greeted with open arms by the Obama Administration. Americans who are paying attention are well aware of the impending devastatingly negative impact Obama’s “y’all come” policy will have on our structure as a nation, economy and national security.

Like every other extremely arrogant action by Obama from blatantly lying about Obamacare to releasing the Taliban five, while everyone expresses disbelief, outrage and concern, nothing happens. The same is the case concerning the disaster happening at our border. Despite bipartisan outrage, the tsunami of illegals continues.

Then, there is the absurd lie from the IRS that Lerner’s emails related to the targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups were lost due to a computer crash. Does this Administration believe they can say and do anything they please and get away with it? The answer is yes. As I stated, the remarkable arrogance of this Administration is becoming legendary.

However, what I find most extraordinarily arrogant and insidious is this Administration’s relentlessly focused efforts to mandate political correctness and implement their socialist/progressive agenda via government overreach. The feds have stepped in to try to force the Washington Redskins to change their name; talk about focusing on the minor while ignoring the major.

Think about that folks. Iraq is falling apart. A gazillion illegals are invading our country. Terrorism is back on the rise. Food prizes are through the roof. Forty-seven million Americans are on food stamps. Ninety million Americans are unemployed. Obamacare is a job killing and health care disaster. And what does the Obama Administration focus on; taking extraordinary measures to force the Redskins to change their name. Unbelievable.

My fellow Americans, when is enough enough from this horrifyingly deceitful, conniving, anti-American and evil bunch in DC who are holding our great nation hostage? The mainstream media will never place the best interest of America above Obama. The first black president is their best hope for ramming their dreamed socialist/progressive agenda down the throats of the American people. I get that.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the GOP, Democrats and the MSM are in solidarity with the concept of an ever-increasing big government America.

Obama and his operatives are so emboldened to lie and do whatever they please because there has been no major push back or effective effort to politically stop them.

Therefore, the last hope for America as founded is us; you, me, the Tea Party. We MUST vote out GOP traitors and Obama operatives and replace them with conservatives. Period!

And another thing — along with supporting conservatives such as Chris McDaniel in his June 24th runoff in Mississippi, we MUST continue rallying around, supporting and encouraging our hand full of fighters in DC, Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, Congressman Trey Gowdy and others.

Mary and I are driving from Florida to Biloxi Mississippi to meet up with our Conservative Campaign Committee team. We will help push Chris McDaniel over the top.

Folks, together, we can do this.