Monday, June 26, 2017
Fifteen of the 40 signed bills repeal Obama-era regulations. Examples of these regulations include a rule that made it tougher for states to drug test welfare recipients and a regulation that imposed permitting requirements on mining sites. These bills signed by President Trump utilized the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to nullify any rule or regulation created in the previous administration’s final six months.
Trump said in a tweet Friday that he’s “gotten rid of massive amounts of regulations.” The president is now hoping to sign an Obamacare repeal bill.
“They” meaning Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, CIA’s Morell, Obama, Rice, Clapper, Comey and Rogers.
Grassley: Schumer Publicly Stated Trump Was Under Investigation … Knowing Full Well It Was Untrue https://t.co/M2aJnYosnJ— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 26, 2017
FBI Won’t Confirm or Deny Existence of Records of Payment to British Trump Dossier Researcher https://t.co/HzVMX6Oml5— Debra Heine (@NiceDeb) June 26, 2017
...“We’re not trying to be willfully assaultive or exploitatively shock people, but there’s nothing here or in the disturbing novel that isn’t happening right now, somewhere around the world: People are being detained without trial, tortured and executed,” said Macmillian. “We can sanitize that and make people feel comforted, or we can simply present it without commentary and allow it to speak for itself.”...
While it has been described as a sit-in, Tatro says the crowd was made up of paying customers and not just “people who were filling chairs.”
“We wanted the staff to see that Trump supporters are just as human as anyone else,” he said. “We live in a diverse city. It’s unacceptable in a modern society to make a customer feel uncomfortable, whether it’s a liberal business mistreating a conservative customer or a conservative business mistreating a liberal customer.”
The Mecklenburg County Republican Party posted on their Facebook page that the event was “a perfect example of a peaceful political demonstration.” The party reported that participants included representatives of the MeckGOP Board, Deplorable Pride (an LGBT Republican group), Hispanics For Trump, Women For Trump and even some independent voters. Republican Rep. William Brawley of Matthews also attended, and spoke to the crowd.
Starbucks has formally apologized for the original incident, which took place earlier this month. Kayla Hart of Charlotte reported she was wearing a shirt in support of President Donald Trump at the Starbucks and was bullied and laughed at by the staff....
Tatro said the Mecklenburg County Republican Party feels the apology was acceptable – as long as the bullying stops. He calls what happened to Kayla Hart “terrible.”
“I think it not only hurt her feelings, but discouraged her from being involved in political process,” he said. “Many Trump supporters are afraid to wear Trump gear for that reason...It’s a shame that some people only feel comfortable when it’s group of 40 people or so.”
Is Senate GOP health care bill Obamacare-lite or progress? https://t.co/IB20pydYLC— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 26, 2017
Scalia called Obamacare ‘SCOTUScare’ and warned it might endure — and he was right https://t.co/p6p50wWoMu— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Another Sunday, another program full of #originalreporting nobody else will have. WATCH SHARYL ATTKISSON FullMeasureNews
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Why the Democratic party is doomed: pic.twitter.com/D3nRzzqgzw— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) June 25, 2017
Why the Democrat party is doomed:
1. The Democratic establishment has vortexes the party's narrative energy into hysteria about Russia (a state with a lower GDP than South Korea). It is starkly obvious that were it not for this hysteria insurgent narratives of the type promoted by Bernie Sanders would rapidly dominate the party's base and its relationship with the public. Without the "We didn't lose--Russia won" narrative the party's elite and those who exist under its patronage would be purged for being electorally incompetent and ideologically passe. The collapse of the Democratic decision making structures by a professional, educated, urban service class and to the shocking decline in health and longevity of white males, who together with their wives, daughters, mothers, etc. comprise 63% of the US population (2010 census). Unlike other industrialized countries US male real wages (all ethnic groups combined) have not increased since 1973. In trying to stimulate engagement of non-whites and women Democrats have aggressively promoted identity politics. This short-term tactic has led to the inevitable strategic catastrophe of the white and male super majorities responding by seeing themselves as an unserviced political identity group. Consequently in response to sotto-voce suggestions that Trump would service this group 53% of all men voted for Trump. 53% of white women and 63% of white men (PEW Research)
2. The Trump-Russia collusion narrative is a political dead end. Despite vast resources, enormous incentives and a year of investigation, Democratic senators who have seen the classified intelligence at the CIA such as Senator Feinstein (as recently as March) are forced to admit that there is no evidence of collusion. Without collusion, we are left with the Democratic establishment blaming the public for being repelled by the words of Hillary Clinton and the Democrat party establishment. Is it a problem that the public discovered what Hillary Clinton said to Goldman Sachs and what party elites said about fixing the DNC primaries against Bernie Sanders? A party elite that maintains that it is the 'crime of the century" for the public and their membership to discover how they behave and what they believe invites scorn....
Friday, June 23, 2017
California AG extends travel ban to 4 more states over what he considers are anti-LGBT laws pic.twitter.com/Anz8DNK1vr— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 23, 2017
So liberals attack Trump for enacting a travel ban to protect us from terrorist, yet applaud Cal. for banning travel to "mean" states???— Hispanics for Trump (@HispanicsTrump) June 23, 2017
Texas responds to California LGBT travel ban, saying Golden State firms 'fleeing over taxation and regulation' https://t.co/e0NglxDyzc— Shrewd Alik ⚡️ (@qkode) June 24, 2017
30 Republican Congressmen Have Been Attacked or Threatened... https://t.co/Dv5XiChcue— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 22, 2017
MSNBC Says Trump Like A 'Suicide Bomber'...— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 22, 2017
11th Hollywood Star to Imagine Violence...— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 23, 2017
ICYMI ==> VIOLENT RHETORIC ALERT! Bernie Sanders deletes ‘ridiculous and indefensible’ tweet — but not fast enough https://t.co/2SDG4iIqKQ— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 23, 2017
‘Screw the racist’! Scalise’s gradual recovery sends haters into feeding frenzy https://t.co/EUWx085Hak— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 23, 2017
30 Republican Congressmen Have Been Attacked or Threatened... https://t.co/Dv5XiChcue— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 22, 2017
UPDATE: Dem Official Caught Saying I'm 'Glad' Scalise Got Shot... https://t.co/WqWHwqi0ce— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 23, 2017
‘I wish he was f*cking dead!’ Neb. Dem official shuns civil discourse after Scalise shooting https://t.co/kbNGs3TCqf— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 23, 2017
Rolling Stone writer says GOP health care bill will kill more than ISIS and al Qaeda https://t.co/5XascAFy7f— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 24, 2017
JOHNNY DEPP JOKES ABOUT TRUMP ASSASSINATION... https://t.co/lNoZYCAdRs— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 23, 2017
ICYMI ==> ‘Only trying to amuse’? Johnny Depp apologizes for Trump assassination ‘joke’ https://t.co/OdeKtp23Kt— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 24, 2017
Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017
Someone tried to murder a bunch of republicans for their politics 9 days ago. https://t.co/4OJazuaYLZ— neontaster (@neontaster) June 23, 2017
Opinion: Want to take back Congress? Flip California’s Republican seats https://t.co/mUn10GeXSR— The Sacramento Bee (@sacbee_news) June 23, 2017
The Democratic loss in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday wasn’t just a heartbreaker, it was a bank-buster, with Democrats dropping over $25 million to make a race of it in a traditionally Republican district in suburban Georgia.
This smarts even more when you consider that this campaign cash would be enough for Democrats to compete in and win all seven of the Republican California congressional seats that Hillary Clinton carried in the presidential election – better known as the California 7....
Who are the California 7? Jeff Denham, CA-10, Turlock. David Valadao, CA-21, Bakersfield. Steve Knight, CA-25, Palmdale. Ed Royce, CA-39, Brea. Mimi Walters, CA-45, Irvine. Dana Rohrabacher, CA-48, Huntington Beach. Darrell Issa, CA-49, Vista.
Democrats are just 24 congressional seats short of ...eliminating the Republican majority in Congress. And the road to Democrats taking back the House runs through California....
Thursday, June 22, 2017
As Breitbart noted:
Soon after the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the draft of the Senate’s healthcare bill on Thursday, Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) blasted the bill for not fully repealing Obamacare.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
ICYMI ==> ‘Just savage’: NRCC’s video summary of BRUTAL day for Dems ‘is glorious’ https://t.co/Hu4QNcVB2s— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 22, 2017
◼ Angry Talk: Not even Barack Obama can save us now. - Stanley Kurtz/National Review
WATCH LIVE: Trump Speaks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa https://t.co/Zp2FZ9Ey8o— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 21, 2017
Thank you Kirkwood Community College. Heading to the U.S. Cellular Center now for an 8pmE MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN RALLY! pic.twitter.com/J0elAr2aKJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2017
CA Court Tosses Out 14 Charges Against Pro-life Journalist Who Exposed Planned Parenthood’s Baby Part Market
CA Court Tosses Out 14 Charges Against Pro-life Journalist Who Exposed Planned Parenthood’s Baby P... https://t.co/GZPhu3GyrM— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 21, 2017
I discussed those charges at length and concluded the only charge that might have some legitimacy was the last charge which addressed Merritt and Daleiden’s use of an expired employee ID to login to the Stem Expresses system.
California’s AG Charges Undercover Reporters Who Exposed Planned Parenthood Baby Part Selling https://t.co/giCZI8cW4B— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) March 29, 2017
I love how Obama timed #Obamacare's implosion for after he left office.— Melissa Mackenzie 🌐 (@MelissaTweets) June 21, 2017
Obvious...it's the way the law was set up. Still, amazing.
DEM OPERATIVE QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We no longer have a party caucus capable of riding this wave. We have 80-year-old leaders and 90-year-old ranking members. This isn’t a party. It’s a giant assisted living center. Complete with field trips, gym, dining room and attendants.”
Boy all that cursing really seems to have paid off for Tom Perez. https://t.co/F3nNfAf67D— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 21, 2017
Left Winger Michael Moore Torches DNC: Democrats Have No Leader, Plans, Or A Message https://t.co/zMhw6OUObO— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 21, 2017
"Illinois will not meet a court-set deadline Tuesday to increase spending on backlogs of Medicaid payments, pushing the problem off until the end of the month as the state’s unprecedented budget impasse is on the verge of entering its third straight fiscal year."
..."Illinois owes Medicaid providers $2 billion for care provided to more than 3 million people"
..."the state's total unpaid bill of $15 billion — or 40 percent of Illinois' operating budget." ..."state’s backlog of unpaid bills will skyrocket to $28 billion by June 2019"
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Attn Dems: If you're going to light $25 million on fire to lose a congressional race, at least have an open bar
Sad panda pic.twitter.com/BxIyBTmijv— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 21, 2017
Key quote from Handel: "We need to finish the drill on health care." An Ossoff win could have rattled GOP bill. She's talking it up.— Robert Costa (@costareports) June 21, 2017
Attn Dems: If you're going to light $25 million on fire to lose a congressional race, at least have an open bar— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 21, 2017
The party that poured a gazillion dollars into Ossoff's campaign wants you to give it control of the U.S. economy again— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 21, 2017
Here are our takeaways from GA-06 and SC-05. Thanks for following our liveblog tonight! --> https://t.co/AcI4tIOk09— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 21, 2017
The democrats could not have put more into this race. They spent the most $ EVER and LOST. Maybe they will start working with POTUS?— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 21, 2017
CNN campaigned for Ossoff for months making this a "referendum" on Trump and his policies #FakeNewsCNN— Mike Ward (@mwardPA) June 21, 2017
Yes, much bigger, the total collapse of the Democratic Party! #MAGA— Herald of the Ogdoad (@GennethKrant) June 21, 2017
4 special elections this year. Dems declared each a referendum on Trump. Trump won all 4. Getting tired of winning yet?— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) June 21, 2017
With losses in Kansas, Montana, South Carolina & now Georgia, the score for Democrats seeking a win against @realDonaldTrump is now 0-4— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 21, 2017
DEMOCRATS - They lose every special election, but make it up on volume https://t.co/xjUKV9JRAd— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 21, 2017
SECRET'S OUT> As long as Hollywood & media control the Democratic Party, as they do, Dems will lose. https://t.co/MJuuLlYIYh— Roger Simon (@rogerlsimon) June 21, 2017
President Donald J. Trump is joined in the Oval Office by participants at the American Technology Council roundtable meeting, June 19, 2017. pic.twitter.com/9VICQlFV39— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) June 20, 2017
APPLE, AMAZON CEOs Gather at White House; Innovation Initiative... https://t.co/n0VO2dQLGM— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 19, 2017
Silicon Valley tech titans visit White House, urge new visa policies https://t.co/RQbTwjpQ9X— The Sacramento Bee (@sacbee_news) June 19, 2017
STOCKS HIT NEW RECORD HIGH... https://t.co/kxrChMWtst— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 19, 2017
Stock Market Sets Seven New All-Time Records in June... https://t.co/1ae9aA5Nw0— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 20, 2017
Market Volatility Has Vanished Around World... https://t.co/fY3eQLFwjN— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 20, 2017
Why did John McCain accept donations to his non profit from George Soros?— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 20, 2017
This warrants a explanation!!
McCain Institute Funded By George Soros... https://t.co/liPJow7C1O— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 20, 2017
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in 2012 turned over nearly $9 million in unspent funds from his failed 2008 presidential campaign to a new foundation bearing his name, the McCain Institute for International Leadership.
The institute is intended to serve as a “legacy” for McCain and “is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom.” It is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation with assets valued at $8.1 million and associated with Arizona State University.
Conservative and liberal critics, however, believe the institute constitutes a major conflict of interest for McCain, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned....
The institute has accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” Teneo has long helped enrich Clinton through lucrative speaking and business deals.
And Bloomberg reported in 2016 on a $1 million Saudi Arabian donation to the institute, a contribution the McCain group has refused to explain publicly.
WATCH LIVE: GA-6 Special Election Results https://t.co/7Ye5cslz3o— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 20, 2017
Excited CNN Pushes Ossoff to Tout Importance of Potential Win https://t.co/7OGmOIFK50— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) June 20, 2017
REPUBLICANS FACE GEORGIA TEST https://t.co/nq9tHMMDvE— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 20, 2017
3 things to watch in the Georgia special election pic.twitter.com/F5LeWalGqs— POLITICO (@politico) June 20, 2017
The Handel-Ossoff Election is a Test to See if the Bay Area Can Buy a Georgia Election https://t.co/jlLvsPQQmR— Daniel Greenfield (@Sultanknish) June 20, 2017
MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSE RACE IN HISTORY https://t.co/wPze9baJAC— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) June 20, 2017
It has been reported for several months that Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate seeking to win the special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District on Tuesday, does not live in the district.
Last month, an Ossoff campaign worker told volunteer canvassers that if asked about their candidate’s residence, they should say that “he lives three blocks from the district.”
Monday, June 19, 2017
Immediately following news last Wednesday morning that a shooting incident in Alexandria, Va., had left many wounded, including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and lobbyist Matt Mika, both of whom are still in critical condition, the president wasted no time giving the nation a somber update.
"We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country," the commander in chief said from the White House.
Trump later paid the wounded Scalise a visit in the hospital. The president then gave another public update on the congressman's health.
The tone of Trump's remarks on this event has been pitch-perfect. He has been calm, respectful and apolitical. In other words, it is exactly what is needed, and expected, in emergencies like this.
In contrast, some of Trump's critics have behaved deplorably, many of them practically rushing to use the event to score cheap political points.
FFS did they REALLY say that?! CBS News asks if Steve Scalise shooting was ‘self-inflicted’ [video] https://t.co/QooOKTwpxT— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 20, 2017
Susan Rice’s great unmasking escape: National Security Council records sent to Obama Library https://t.co/9Hrmm7SeMg— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 20, 2017
Judicial Watch today announced that the National Security Council (NSC) on May 23, 2017, informed it by letter that the materials regarding the unmasking by Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” have been removed to the Obama Library.
The NSC will not fulfill an April 4 Judicial Watch request for records regarding information relating to people “who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.”
The agency also informed Judicial Watch that it would not turn over communications with any Intelligence Community member or agency concerning the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election; the hacking of DNC computers; or the suspected communications between Russia and Trump campaign/transition officials. Specifically, the NSC told Judicial Watch:
Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.
And to think; the Obama Library isn't even built yet. Supposed to be done by 2021. Hmmm.. Something odd about all this.— Dave McWatters (@davemcwatters) June 20, 2017
North Korea, a socialist country, killed an American because he stole a poster— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 19, 2017
Socialism kills humanity. Don't let it come here!!
Social justice practiced by its advocates doesn't resemble justice. More like prejudice. Warmbier the latest example https://t.co/7kFZiOb1Ql— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) June 19, 2017
This is a remarkable piece. Please read it. https://t.co/NmCB6Ak4Lo— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 19, 2017
Father of North Korea prisoner Otto Warmbier: The Obama admin told us to keep quiet, Trump got our son back. pic.twitter.com/wpM7U25VKG— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) June 16, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
The difference between the Obama scandals, and the Trump "scandals" is that the Obama scandals actually happened.— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) May 13, 2017
They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, 'bleached' emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians," nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
State government’s largest union is raising fees on those who want to opt out of funding their political activity.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Please refer to CFRW Bylaws, specifically those cited below for eligibility of candidates:
Article VII—Officers and Duties, Section 1: The elected officers shall be President, three (3) Vice Presidents (one each from Northern, Central, and Southern Divisions), Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, and Treasurer.
Article VII—Officers and Duties, Section 3: the President’s term of office shall be for one term of two years and is limited to one term only. All other elected officers shall serve for a term of two years and may serve for no more than two consecutive terms. [Note: this means that if you already hold an office (other than President) and wish to run again for that office, you must reapply}
Article XI—Nominations and Elections, Section 6: Nominees shall be members in good standing in CFRW and Shall be in accord with the objectives, bylaws, and policies of CFRW
Article XI—Nominations and Elections, Section 7: to be eligible for the offices of CFRW President, and Vice President, a member shall have previously served as President at some level of CFRW, and have been a member of CFRW Board of Directors for not less than one term (two years).
Each candidate should send a resume and/or biographical history, and letters of recommendation via email to ALL MEMBERS of the Nominating Committee, including the alternates, by June 30, 2017.
The CFRW 2017 Nominating Committee:
Chairman: Patricia Welch-Foster patriciawelch at mindspring dot com
Alternate Chairman: Gaylon Kastner gylnkastner at gmail dot com
Elizabeth Hanson lizmports88 at gmail dot com
Pat Scott patriciaj-scott at comcast dot net
JoAn Townsend (alternate) jobiggs at sbcglobal dot net
Sue Blair sblair9821 at aol dot com
Pamela Faulkner faulkner_pam at yahoo dot com
Dee Chavez-Harmes (alternate) dee at cfosd dot com
Betty Scheidt bettyscheidt at comcast dot net
Debora Moore dklmoore at icloud dot com
Margaret Davis (alternate) margaret1688 at sbcglobal dot net
Please have your Regional Directors or County Presidents, depending on your Division, disseminate this information in a timely manner.
Thank you, and thank you all for your dedication and service to the Federation.
"The left didn't care when @HillaryClinton's @StateDept sold the Russians - THE RUSSIANS - 20% of our uranium production."
I was not elected to continue a failed system. I was elected to change it. All of us in government service were elected to solve the problems that have plagued our nation. We are here to think big, to act boldly, and to rise above the petty partisan squabbling of Washington D.C.
Remarks by President Trump on Regulatory Relief
Department of Transportation
June 09, 2017 11:40 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Secretary Chao. Thank you, everybody. This is very nice, by the way. Beautiful. I want to really thank you. You have been so amazing as the leader of this department, and the progress is being made so quickly. Leaders and officials gathered here from across the country have all praised the work that the Secretary is doing to create a safe, modern and reliable transportation system for the United States and for its great, great, great people.
I also want to thank Secretary Zinke for the fantastic job he’s doing at the Department of the Interior to clear the way for new infrastructure and economic development.
Both Secretary Chao and Zinke joined us at the White House yesterday for a meeting with state and local leaders to develop plans to replace America’s decaying infrastructure and construct new roads, rails, pipelines, tunnels, and bridges all across our nation.
We are here today to focus on solving one of the biggest obstacles to creating this new and desperately needed infrastructure, and that is the painfully slow, costly, and time-consuming process of getting permits and approvals to build. And I also knew that from the private sector. It is a long, slow, unnecessarily burdensome process.
Republican Blood has Been Spilled. Are You Happy Now, Liberals? https://t.co/vFfEjoi15V— RedState (@RedState) June 15, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tomorrow, June 15th, is the constitutional deadline to pass our state budget. If the budget is not passed by midnight tomorrow, our legislator’s pay will be rescinded every day until it is passed. The $183 billion spending plan will likely pass along party lines, with Republicans in the super-minority, not a single Republican vote is needed to pass this budget. In what can only be described as a legislative Democrat’s wish list, this budget aims to protect public employee unions, effectively dissolve the state Board of Equalization, and ignores critical infrastructure improvements. The budget includes many provisions that are not even budget related, like refiguring election laws to protect Senator Josh Newman from a recall effort in San Diego. But, more on that later. Let’s start with the Board of Equalization.
Ignoring Prop 54 and the requirement that legislation be in print and available online for 72 hours before a vote, this bill to strip power from the state Board of Equalization and instead create two new tax bureaucracies with no voter oversight has been jammed through and added to the budget deal before California taxpayers could weigh in on it. The BOE is an elected body of government, with four members, who hear appeals from businesses contesting state audits and tax fees. If changes need to be made to the state tax board, they should be done in an open and transparent manner.
Speaking of transparency, this budget does more to protect and solidify public employee union power under the guise of “employee orientation”. The bill included in the budget will allow unions to participate in state employee orientations and allow labor unions to address new state employees to “inform them of their rights”. Right. The “right” to join the union and pay “dues” that go toward political action, with the “right” to refuse joining the union or paying dues towards political action you may not necessarily agree with, without any retribution, right? Right. Any Republican bill aimed at reducing union control in political practices is swiftly defeated. Any Republican bill that seeks to allow employees to opt-out of union dues or “fair-share fees” is summarily killed. And yet, public employee unions overwhelmingly contribute to Democrats and lobby for liberal legislation. It is clear to see where Governor Brown and legislative Democrat’s priorities lie.
Those priorities do not include allocating budget spending for critical infrastructure improvements. There is nothing in this budget that directs money to improving the Oroville Dam spillway, our broken levee system, or securing permanent water storage. Instead, Democrats denied funding requests for these imperative projects, leaving our state in a dangerous position once again.
Tomorrow is judgement day for this budget, which is filled with political promises, lack of oversight and foresight, and creates a potentially dangerous environment when critical infrastructure continues to be ignored. Tomorrow, call YOUR Assemblyman and Senator and ask them to vote NO on this budget, ask them to go back to the drawing board and pass a back to basics budget. Find your representatives ◼ HERE.
Gas Tax Update
Democrats included in the budget a political ploy to protect Senator Josh Newman (D-San Diego) from a recall effort related to his vote for the Gas Tax in April. The bill attached to the budget, also known as a trailer bill, goes into effect immediately, unlike regular session bills. This bill would change election law as it pertains to recalls, allowing citizens to rescind their signatures and requiring the Secretary of State’s office to count and verify EVERY signature, not just a sampling as the current law states, thereby adding weeks to the certification process. These weeks matter, because our governor has 60-80 days to call for a recall election, but if that amount of time falls within 180 days of an election, he can call to consolidate the ballots. Democrats know that they have a better chance of protecting Newman in a primary election than they do in a special election called before it. This deceptive election law change is not the first of its kind. Democrats have a history of changing election laws to protect their interests. Californians need to wake up and pay attention!
It seems that that recently passed Gas Tax has awoken some Californians to action. The recall efforts of Josh Newman are just the beginning. In a recent poll done by UC Berkeley, 58% of likely voters OPPOSE the Gas Tax , including 39% who say they strongly oppose it. The numbers in opposition where high across the board, across geography, race, and age. This is good news for Republicans in districts where Democrats just barely eked out a victory this last election. We must make the passage of the Gas Tax THE ISSUE of 2018. Please visit ◼ www.nocagastax.com to sign the petition, gather signatures, or donate to help repeal the Gas Tax.
Bills On The Move
This late in the legislative session, we are generally working hard to DEFEAT dangerous legislation. This session is no different. Bills are on the move in their second house hearings, and we need to remain on top of the action to OPPOSE these bad bills!
- SB 6 (Hueso, D): Current law requires the State Department of Social Services, subject to the availability of funding, to contract with qualified nonprofit legal services organizations to provide legal services to unaccompanied, undocumented minors, as defined, who are transferred to the care and custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and who are present in this state. Existing law requires that the contracts awarded meet certain conditions. This bill would require the department to either contract with qualified nonprofit legal services organizations, or contract with a nonprofit agency to administer funding to nonprofit legal services organization subcontractors, to provide legal services to individuals in removal proceedings who are not otherwise entitled to legal representation under an existing local, state, or federal program. Location: 6/20-Assembly Judiciary Committee
- SB 29 (Lara, D): Current law authorizes a county board of supervisors on behalf of its sheriff, and a legislative body of a city on behalf of its chief of police, to contract to provide supplemental law enforcement services to private individuals, private entities, and private corporations in specified circumstances and subject to certain conditions. This bill would, commencing on January 1, 2019, prohibit a city, county, or city and county, or a local law enforcement agency from entering into, renewing, or extending the length of a contract with a private corporation, contractor, or vendor to detain immigrants in civil immigration proceedings for profit. Location: Not On Calendar- Assembly Judiciary Committee
- SB 54 (de Leon, D): Current law provides that when there is reason to believe that a person arrested for a violation of specified controlled substance provisions may not be a citizen of the United States, the arresting agency shall notify the appropriate agency of the United States having charge of deportation matters. This bill would repeal those provisions. Location: Not On Calendar- Assembly Judiciary Committee
- SB 562 (Lara, D): Current law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. This bill, the Healthy California Act, would create the Healthy California program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. Location: Assembly Desk, no committee assignment yet
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