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Senate Democrats Block Ted Cruz Bill Revoking U.S. Citizenship of Terrorists

September 21st, 2014

 

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday ripped U.S. Senate Democrats for blocking his bill that would revoke the U.S. citizenship of those who join the ISIS terrorist organization, noting that they are abandoning something Hillary Clinton supported when she was Secretary of State.

The Democrats blocked Cruz’s bill on Thursday, a bill that would revoke citizenship from Americans who join ISIS. Cruz’s bill is very similar to one that then Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)—who is now running in New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)—and then Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) offered a couple of years ago.

“As then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said concerning the Brown-Lieberman legislation — quote — ‘United States citizenship is a privilege, it is not a right. People who are serving foreign powers or in this case foreign terrorists are clearly in violation of that oath which they swore when they became citizens.’ The Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014 is only a very modest change to current law. It’s one small step in a larger and necessary effort to refocus our ISIS strategy that I urge President Obama to consider immediately.”

On the campaign trail last week in New Hampshire, Brown endorsed Cruz’s bill.

“When people are in ISIS and they’ve left their citizenship at the door, they made it crystal clear when they went there planning on fighting—they’re not coming back for a house with a picket fence, they’re coming back potentially using and hiding behind that citizenship,” Brown said in a press scrum at an event where Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) endorsed him.

“I agree with Sen. Cruz. I’m glad he filed [that bill] and I filed twice already because they should not be able to hide behind the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Constitution, especially when they’re looking to hurt and kill our citizens,” Brown added.

Cruz had made an effort to seek unanimous consent to have his bill considered, and Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii objected on behalf of the Senate Democrats on the Senate floor. Cruz said then:

It seems only prudent to address this threat, and I am therefore going to be asking for unanimous consent for the Expatriate Terrorist Act or ETA of 2014, which will make fighting for ISIS, taking up arms against the United States, an affirmative renunciation of American citizenship—and I should note here that the ETA is very similar to the bipartisan legislation proposed by Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown in 2010 to address Americans who were joining al Qaida overseas, notably the radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki, or here at home, like Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to blow up a car bomb in Times Square.

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How Obamanomics Harms Obama Voters the Most

September 20th, 2014

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Politics is often filled with paradoxes, and here is one that nearly defies explanation. The demographic groups that voted most heavily for Barack Obama in 2012 have suffered the most from this president’s economic policies. Maybe the people in these demographic groups — blacks, Hispanics, single women and young people — are economically uninformed, or maybe for these groups, when it comes to voting, it’s not the economy, stupid.

Whatever the explanation, the facts speak for themselves: Obama voters have not benefited from his policies.

I looked at the most recent Census Bureau data as analyzed by statisticians from Sentier Research. Last month, Sentier released “Household Income on the Fifth Anniversary of the Economic Recovery: June 2009 to June 2014.” This report found, depressingly, that five years into an “economic recovery,” real median household income “is now 3.1 percent below that of June 2009 when the ‘great recession’ officially ended.” In dollar terms, real median household income fell by $1,698. So much for the Obama claim on Labor Day that “by nearly any measure, the economy is doing better.” Well, actually, for more than half of Americans, their personal financial situation is worse.

The poor and unskilled that Obama says he cares so much about saw their incomes fall by 7.4 percent for those with less than a high-school diploma

Now let’s look at who the Obama voters were in 2012 — and the numbers weren’t a whole lot different in the “hope and change” election of 2008. The demographic groups that were crucial to his victory were: young voters 60 percent (for Obama), single women 67 percent, Hispanics 71 percent and blacks more than 90 percent.

Here’s how these groups have fared economically since Obama became president. According to the Sentier research, single women with and without children present saw their incomes fall by roughly 5 percent. Those age 25-34 experienced an income decline of 4.4 percent. Black heads of households saw their income tumble by 7.7 percent, while the income of Hispanic heads of households fell 5.6 percent. In other words, many of these groups experienced double the income fall than the average voter.

Crystal Caballero, who said she needs a job so she can get off welfare, holds her son, 2 1/2-year-old Lah-Johndre (cq) Pardue, as she waits in line outside Chukchansi Park to apply for seasonal work. / © Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee/ZUMAPRESS.com

Crystal Caballero, who said she needs a job so she can get off welfare, holds her son as she waits in line to apply for seasonal work. (Photo: Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee/Newscom)

Oh and by the way, the poor and unskilled that Obama says he cares so much about saw their incomes fall by 7.4 percent for those with less than a high-school diploma and 8.2 percent for those with only a high-school diploma.

In dollar terms, between the time the Obama recovery began in June 2009 and June of this year, median black household income fell by nearly $3,000, Hispanic households lost nearly $2,500, and female-headed households lost roughly $1,500.

The jobless numbers show pretty much the same pattern. July’s Bureau of Labor Statistics data (the most recent available) show a national unemployment rate of 6.2 percent. The highest jobless rates by far are for key components of the Obama voter bloc: blacks (11.4 percent), Hispanics (7.8 percent), those with less than a high-school diploma (9.6 percent). For teens, it’s 20.2 percent.

In the 1980s and 1990s, it was blacks and women who had the largest percentage income gains. Now that progress in reducing racial and gender income gaps has reversed course under Mr. Obama. The income gains under Mr. Obama have been concentrated in those in the top 20 percent of income.

One reason incomes haven’t risen for most groups is the steady decline in labor-force participation. That number has dropped to 62.9 percent from 65.5 percent five years ago. This means a 6.4 million drop in workers earning paychecks.

Income redistribution isn’t an economic strategy for growth. It’s a lifeboat strategy. It would be hard to point to a single initiative the Obama administration has proposed that would help businesses grow and invest. In fact, as the Burger King fiasco documents, companies are leaving the United States owing to taxes and regulation. The poor and minorities have taken the big hit — and that’s the real injustice of Obamanomics.

Originally appeared in the Washington Times.

For the rest of the story and others, see: http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/20/how-obamanomics-harms-obama-voters-the-most/

What Should U.S. Diplomacy Strategy Be in a Time of Terrorism?

September 19th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Rick Stengel (Photo: State Department/Sipa USA)

Without question, the Obama administration has been slow in coming up with a strategy to counter the threat from ISIS terrorism.

This week, Rick Stengel, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, made the case for soft power. He told a packed audience at the American Security Project his office faces challenges as momentous, but far more complex, than any the United States has seen since the fall of Soviet communism.

Stengel, a former TIME magazine editor who has been on the job for six months, is the eighth person to hold the public diplomacy post since it was created in 1999. Regardless of who serves in the post, U.S. messaging will be only as convincing as the man in the White House, where a gaping international leadership vacuum has developed under President Obama.

Stengel described U.S. leadership in the 21st century as a “gyroscope in a multifaceted world.” Hardly words of comfort for countries in trouble such as Iraq or Ukraine.

In discussing the part public diplomacy can play in the “gigantic global conversation,” Stengel inadvertently made a troubling point. “We need to figure out what to answer when people talk to us,” he said. “We have to explain our policy. We should be the nation that listens.”

This reflects the Obama administration view of the Internet as the key tool for public diplomacy. It is a view that has caused a de-emphasis of other public diplomacy tools such as U.S. International Broadcasting, one of the largest accounts in the public diplomacy budget, but one that is constantly under stress even as countries such as Russia and China beef up their broadcasting capability.

Stengel acknowledged reliance on the Internet can be problematic. “We are seeing a closing off of the Internet and the information space by illiberal autocracies,” he said. “People can close off information space.  We did not expect this.” He also said he was “amazed at the surge” in Russian propaganda “in the Near Abroad,” although growing Internet censorship and other similar Russian behavior have hardly been secrets.

ISIS propaganda is the other main challenge of the moment. Stengel correctly described ISIS as combining savagery with sophistication in the digital space.  Here the main weapon is the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counter Communication—a small, but critical office whose mission is to “coordinate, orient and inform government-wide foreign communications activities targeted against terrorism and violent extremism.” Six weeks ago, the CSCC added English to the languages in which it broadcasts, which also include Arabic, Pashtu and Dari.

Elements of a more serious strategy did appear to be emerging relating to the Middle East. “We need to harden the soft-power landscape,” Stengel acknowledged. He said fighting lies about the United States among Middle East conspiracy peddlers probably would be a wasted effort, but we should “focus on persuading people that being in a coalition with the United States is in their interest.”

But to do that the United States has to be seen as a bedrock of commitment, not a “gyroscope.”

For the rest of the story and others, see: http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/19/u-s-diplomacy-strategy-time-terrorism/

 

Rooney Office Staff holding mobile office hours in Arcadia Friday 19 Sept

September 18th, 2014

News from Representative Thomas Rooney

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This Friday, September 19, members of my staff will be holding Mobile Office Hours in Arcadia. Our office will be on hand to assist all constituents resolve issues with federal agencies on a first-come, first-served basis. All residents of Florida’s 17th district are welcome to attend.
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WHAT:   Rooney Staff Mobile Office Hours
WHERE: Board of Commissioners Conference Room, First Floor               201 E. Oak Street               Arcadia, FL
WHEN:   Friday, September 19               9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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Government Insider Warned of HealthCare.gov Security Risks: ‘I Am Tired of the Cover Ups’

September 18th, 2014

From The Daily Signal

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Government insiders who flagged security issues prior to the launch of HealthCare.gov were right to be concerned. That’s according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office, which concluded that security weaknesses are putting “the sensitive personal information” contained by HealthCare.gov and its related systems at risk.

HealthCare.gov security problems put “sensitive personal information” at risk, @usgao concluded.

As the Obama administration prepared to launch the website last fall, one of those insiders voiced concern about the vulnerabilities and complained about “cover ups” masking the severity of the problems.

The findings run counter to claims by Obama administration officials who have long insisted there’s no reason for any concern regarding the website’s security.

The news comes in advance of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing at 11 a.m. today examining the security vulnerabilities. GAO Director of Information Security Issues Greg Wilhusen will testify. His report concludes, “Until these weaknesses are addressed, the systems and the information they contain remain at increased risk of unauthorized use, disclosure, modification, or loss.”

Missing Information

As the GAO performed its security investigation, it did not receive full information from the government, according to Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. He says that government officials refused to provide GAO with reports on 13 HealthCare.gov security incidents.

“What vulnerabilities to sensitive personal information is CMS still so intent on hiding from an independent government auditor?” said Issa in a statement issued Wednesday.

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (Photo: Getty Images/Newscom)

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (Photo: Getty Images/Newscom)

The GAO found that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs HealthCare.gov, failed to “analyze privacy risks associated with HealthCare.gov systems or identify mitigating control.” The GAO also faulted officials for not performing comprehensive security testing and not ensuring that security plans contained all required information, “which makes it harder for officials to assess the risks involved in operating those systems.”

According to the GAO, the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees CMS, agreed or partially agreed with GAO’s six recommendations “to fully implement its information security program” and “concurred with all 22 of the recommendations to resolve technical weaknesses in security controls, describing actions it had under way or planned related to each of them.”

Warnings Ignored

Serious security problems with HealthCare.gov were exposed in stories I reported for CBS News in November and December of 2013. They revealed that Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, explicitly recommended the website should not be launched Oct. 1, 2013, due to security concerns, but was overruled by her superiors.

“I am tired of the cover ups,” a government security chief said of HealthCare.gov problems.

Fryer said she had warned, both verbally and in a briefing, that the website carried “high [security] risks” and possible exposure to “attacks.” Fryer also said that she refused to put her name on a letter recommending the website be given a temporary authority to operate while the issues were sorted out.

Additionally, Henry Chao, the CMS project manager in charge of building the website, was apparently kept in the dark about serious security failures. Those included “high-risk” issues, flagged by the government’s security testing firm, which indicated “the threat and risk potential [to the system] is limitless.”

‘Tired of the Cover Ups’

Meantime, internal documents newly released by Republicans on the Oversight Committee detail agency infighting and secrecy efforts surrounding the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov.

Fryer indicated that she was frustrated by fellow CMS officials who were not providing a true picture of security testing prior to the launch.

“I am tired of the cover ups,” she emailed a colleague, stating that she intended to give “a truthful update of exactly what was going on” to an official at Health and Human Services who had asked for a status report.

Marilyn Tavenner (Photo: Alyson Fligg/Sipa USA/Newscom)

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner (Photo: Alyson Fligg/Sipa USA/Newscom)

When CMS’ independent security testing prior to launch produced negative results, documents indicate one CMS official sought to have the report changed.

“We need to hit the pause button on this report,” wrote CMS’ Thomas Schankweiler, “and have an internal meeting about it. … It is very possible that this report will be reviewed at some point by [the Office of the Inspector General], and could see the light in other ways.”

In an Oct. 5, 2013, email, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner forwarded a subordinate a complaint from a White House adviser and then instructed, “Please delete this email.” Issa says that instruction violates federal record-keeping rules.

Tavenner is scheduled to testify at today’s Oversight Committee hearing.

The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

September 17th, 2014

From The Daily Signal

 

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LBJ’s War on Poverty. President Lyndon Johnson shakes hands with an Appalachian resident. May 7, 1964. (Photo: Newscom)

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty. This report is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise.

>>> Full Report: The War on Poverty After 50 Years

Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.

One third of the U.S. population received aid from at least one welfare program at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient in 2013.

The federal government currently runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs. These programs provide cash, food, housing and medical care to low-income Americans. Federal and state spending on these programs last year was $943 billion. (These figures do not include Social Security, Medicare, or Unemployment Insurance.)

>>> INFOGRAPHIC: 9 Facts About How the Poor in America Live

Over 100 million people, about one third of the U.S. population, received aid from at least one welfare program at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient in 2013. If converted into cash, current means-tested spending is five times the amount needed to eliminate all poverty in the U.S.

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But today the Census will almost certainly proclaim that around 14 percent of Americans are still poor. The present poverty rate is almost exactly the same as it was in 1967 a few years after the War on Poverty started. Census data actually shows that poverty has gotten worse over the last 40 years.

How is this possible? How can the taxpayers spend $22 trillion on welfare while poverty gets worse?

The typical family that Census identifies as poor has air conditioning, cable or satellite TV, and a computer in its home.

The answer is it isn’t possible.  Census counts a family as poor if its income falls below specified thresholds. But in counting family “income,” Census ignores nearly the entire $943 billion welfare state.

For most Americans, the word “poverty” means significant material deprivation, an inability to provide a family with adequate nutritious food, reasonable shelter and clothing. But only a small portion of the more than 40 million people labelled as poor by Census fit that description.

The media frequently associate the idea of poverty with being homeless. But less than two percent of the poor are homeless.  Only one in ten live in mobile homes. The typical house or apartment of the poor is in good repair and uncrowded; it is actually larger than the average dwelling of non-poor French, Germans or English.

According to government surveys, the typical family that Census identifies as poor has air conditioning, cable or satellite TV, and a computer in his home. Forty percent have a wide screen HDTV and another 40 percent have internet access. Three quarters of the poor own a car and roughly a third have two or more cars. (These numbers are not the result of the current bad economy pushing middle class families into poverty; instead, they reflect a steady improvement in living conditions among the poor for many decades.)

Infographic by Kelsey Harris/The Daily Signal

Infographic by Kelsey Harris/The Daily Signal

The intake of protein, vitamins and minerals by poor children is virtually identical with upper middle class kids. According to surveys by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the overwhelming majority of poor people report they were not hungry even for a single day during the prior year.

We can be grateful that the living standards of all Americans, including the poor, have risen in the past half century, but the War on Poverty has not succeeded according to Johnson’s original goal. Johnson’s aim was not to prop up living standards by making more and more people dependent on an ever larger welfare state. Instead, Johnson sought to increase self-sufficiency, the ability of a family to support itself out of poverty without dependence on welfare aid. Johnson asserted that the War on Poverty would actually shrink the welfare rolls and transform the poor from “taxeaters” into “taxpayers.”

Judged by that standard, the War on Poverty has been a colossal flop. The welfare state has undermined self-sufficiency by discouraging work and penalizing marriage. When the War on Poverty began seven percent of children were born outside marriage. Today, 42 percent of children are. By eroding marriage, the welfare state has made many Americans less capable of self-support than they were when the War on Poverty began.

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President Obama plans to spend $13 trillion dollars on means-tested welfare over the next decade. Most of this spending will flow through traditional welfare programs that discourage the keys to self-sufficiency: work and marriage.

Rather than doubling down on the mistakes of the past, we should restructure the welfare state around Johnson’s original goal: increasing Americans capacity for self-support. Welfare should no longer be a one way hand out; able-bodied recipients of cash, food and housing should be required to work or prepare for work as condition of receiving aid. Welfare’s penalties against marriage should be reduced. By returning to the original vision of aiding the poor to aid themselves, we can begin, in Johnson’s words, to “replace their despair with opportunity.”

For the rest of the story and others, see: http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/16/war-poverty-colossal-flop/

Voting Made Easy – visit MYVOTEFLORIDA.COM to request your mail-in ballot

September 7th, 2014

Many are working very hard on the Get-Out-the-Vote effort for the Rick Scott campaign. As you are aware, the Democrats are offering up Charlie Crist, a candidate that we already know is a failure, and one who has proven  to be untruthful and a “chameleon” who says whatever he thinks will get him elected.  He is now against all the things he promised to be for in past elections. He claims to fully support President Obama. We all need to work together to make sure that Charlie Crist is not elected.   Many of our conservative voters failed to vote in 2012.  We need to make sure that as many as possible vote in 2014.  One way for you to assist is  to urge family and friends likely  to cast a allot for Governor Scott to request a mail-in ballot so that they can vote more easily by mail.  If they change their mind and want to vote in person, they still have that option.  Here’s a good way to request a mail-in ballot regardless of which county in Florida that you live . Please take the time to help by forwarding this to any conservative that you think would help re-elect Governor Scott!

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Republican Party of Florida Releases New TV Ad “He’s Back”

September 5th, 2014

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Republican Party of Florida Releases   New TV Ad “He’s Back”

Charlie Crist’s Record Shows The Only Job He   Cares About Is His Own

Tallahassee - Today, the   Republican Party of Florida released a new TV ad, “He’s Back.” The ad   highlights Charlie Crist’s failed record on jobs and his blatant political   opportunism. Florida’s unemployment rate went from 3.5% to 11.1% while   Charlie Crist was governor, and rather than stay and fix the mess, he tried   to run away to Washington. It’s clear that Charlie Crist only cared about one   job: his own.

The TV ad is   currently running statewide.

STATEMENT   FROM RPOF CHAIRMAN LESLIE DOUGHER: “Four years ago, Charlie   Crist abandoned the governor’s office and tried to flee to Washington, after   losing almost one million jobs. The people of Florida saw through Charlie’s   blatant opportunism and failed record and rejected him. But now, he’s back,   and he wants his old job back, even after failing the people of Florida once   before. One thing remains the same; the only job Charlie Crist cared about   was his own.”

To view the   ad click HERE

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AD FACTS: “HE’S BACK”

THE AD

CHYRON: 2006, Crist Elected Governor, 3.5%   Unemployment

VOICE: 2006. Charlie Crist became Governor.   Unemployment was low. Only 3.5 percent. Good times.

CHYRON: 2010, 11.1%, 832,000 Jobs Lost

VOICE: But then, after four years of Governor   Crist, unemployment up to 11 percent.  Almost a million Florida jobs   lost. Dark days.

THE FACTS

Under Charlie Crist, Florida’s   Unemployment Rate Went From 3.5 Percent (December 2006) To 11.1 Percent   (December 2010). (Bureau   of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/2/14)

Under Charlie Crist, Florida Lost   832,000 Jobs. (Bureau   of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/2/14)

  • In December 2006,        Florida Had 8,033,700 Employees. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,        Accessed 9/2/14)
  • In December 2010,        Florida Had 7,201,000 Employees. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,        Accessed 9/2/14)
  • Difference Between        December 2006 And December 2010 Is Loss of 832,700 Employees. (Bureau        of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/2/14)

THE AD

CHYRON: Charlie Crist Ran Away

VOICE: And Charlie? He fled. Ran away.

CHYRON: Charlie Crist Fled To Washington

VOICE: Tried to get a job in Washington.

CHYRON: He’s Back.

VOICE: But now, he’s back. And he needs a job.

CHYRON: Charlie Crist Only Cares About His Own Job

VOICE: The only job Charlie Crist cares about is   his own.

DISCLAIMER: Paid political advertisement paid for by   the Republican Party of Florida. 420 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL   32301. The Republican Party of Florida endorses and urges you to vote for   Rick Scott for Governor, Jeanette Nunez for State Representative District   119, and Clay Ingram for State Representative District 1. Approved by Rick   Scott, Jeanette Nunez and Clay Ingram.

THE FACTS

Former Florida Democratic Party Executive Director: “When   Florida Really Needed Him To Guide The Ship Of State, He Voluntarily Jumped   Overboard And Proudly Pronounced That He Wanted To Go To Washington,   D.C.” (Barney   Bishop, “Charlie Crist Is Nice Guy, But Can You Believe Him?” Context Florida, 11/22/13)

Lawton ‘Bud’ Chiles In Orlando Sentinel: ”Crist Walked Away From   The Tough Challenges When He Was Governor In Order To Try To Take A Back Seat   In The U.S. Senate.” (Lawton “Bud” Chiles,   “Crist Is No Inspirational Pol Like JFK – My Word,” The   Orlando Sentinel,11/21/13)

Miami Herald Columnist Carl Hiaasen Says Crist Walked   Away From “Hard Job At The Worst Time Just To Elevate His Career.” ”After one term as governor,   Crist left Tallahassee to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010. Back then   Florida’s economy was gasping, as it was nationwide, and Crist looked like he   was walking away from a hard job at the worst time just to elevate his   career.” (Carl   Hiaasen, “Charlie Crist Is Back, But He Doesn’t Deserve Free Pass,”   The   Miami Herald, 11/10/13)

 

Paid   political advertisement paid for by the Republican Party of Florida. 420 E.   Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. The Republican Party of Florida   endorses and urges you to vote for Rick Scott for Governor, Jeanette Nunez   for State Representative District 119, and Clay Ingram for State   Representative District 1. Approved by Rick Scott, Jeanette Nunez and Clay   Ingram.

Message from Governor Rick Scott

September 4th, 2014

 

 

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Friends,
This election is about the future of Florida. It’s about making sure our state is the best place to raise a family and live the American dream. It’s about making sure every Floridian who wants a job can get one. Florida has come a long way in the last four years, but we have more work to do.
I grew up in public housing and watched my parents struggle for work, so I understand the value of every new job created.  To keep Florida working, it is critical that your ballot counts this November.
Visit MyVoteFlorida.com – here, you can sign up to vote by mail with just a few clicks.
We are going to have a great election this year, and you are going to make the difference – so don’t wait to act. Together, we can keep Florida moving in the right direction.
Rick Scott

 

Volunteer Opportunities in Lake Placid and Sebring

September 3rd, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities –

1) Thursday 4 Sept 4:30 PM – You are invited to assist with the Governor Rick Scott Campaign get-out-the-vote efforts (and volunteer recruiting) this coming  Thursday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in Lake Placid.   We will meet at the McDonalds on US #27 S in Lake Placid.  If we can get enough volunteers, we will address both west Lake Placid, Precinct 13 and east Lake Placid, Precinct 17. We have the Rick Scott information and brief instructions.    A brief training summary will be provided by Earl Claire before we go.

2) Sunday 7 Sept 3 PM – Virgil Beato will lead a canvassing effort in Sebring on Sunday afternoon 7 Sept from 3 – 5 PM.   Volunteers will meet at the Highlands County Republican office 2527 U.S. Highway 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870  (863) 402-5456 at 3 PM.

Please RSVP to webmaster@republicanpartyofhighlandscounty.com or call the Highlands County Republican Office at (863) 402-5456 and leave your contact information and indicate your willingness to assist on Thursday 4 Sept and/or Sunday 7 Sept?

Just a reminder that  if we don’t help re-elect Governor Rick Scott, Florida will have to suffer through 4 years of the awful Charlie Crist.  Charlie, in addition to flip-flopping on almost every major issue, has now repeatedly embraced Obamacare and all of Obama’s disastrous policies for weakening our military and national security.

Charlie in his own words

September 2nd, 2014

For those of you who want to volunteer to defeat the Democrat candidate for Governor, Charlie Crist, but are unable to join the canvassing teams here is another great opportunity.   Listen to Charlie in his own words.  Then become an active volunteer on social media and forward this post to all of your family and friends.  Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/highlandsrepublicanparty   and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/highlandsgop/

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Charlie Crist In His Own Words “I’m running as a Republican”

This interview with Chris Wallace occurred on March 28th, 2010.  On April 29th, 2010, Crist flipped and became an Independent Candidate.  Was he lying then?  Or is he lying now? View the rest of Charlie’s videos here

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Tom Lee’s anti-Crist robocalls target of complaint

August 21, 2014 | posted on Miami Herald Naked Politics Blog

Those recent robocalls to Democratic voters, featuring the voice and the conservative views of then-Republican Charlie Crist, have prompted Democrats to file a formal complaint with the Florida Elections Commission. Their target: Republican Sen. Tom Lee of Brandon.

Lee engineered what he said were about two million robocalls to voters, using the same calls Crist used in his successful 2006 Republican campaign for governor, in which he called himself a pro-life, Ronald Reagan Republican who opposed same sex marriage and supported public display of the 10 Commandments — views now starkly at odds with his Democratic philosophy.

Lee has taken responsibility for the robocalls and used an electioneering communications organization (ECO) called The Conservative, headed by Stafford Jones, a Republican activist from Gainesville, and there’s also a site featuring many of Crist’s re-robo’d audio clips at www.charlieinhisownwords.com.

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Sen. Tom Lee is behind those ‘conservative Charlie Crist’ robocalls

August 14, 2014 | posted on Tampa Bay Times by Adam Smith

State Sen. Tom Lee hosted a fundraiser for Charlie Crist at his Brandon home in 1998 when Crist ran against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. When Lee joined Crist in the Florida Senate in 1996, he says, he admired Republican “Chain Gang Charlie’s” gift for public relations and public speaking. Crist introduced Lee to Grover Norquist, the antitax crusader, and tried to persuade his fellow Tampa Bay Republican to sign Norquist’s pledge never to raise taxes.

Today, however, Lee lambasts Crist as the embodiment of why the public distrusts elected leaders. And he is leading a campaign to make sure hundreds of thousands of Democratic and independent voters in Florida hear Crist in his own words tout his rock-ribbed conservatism.

More than 1.2 million recorded calls have already reached voters across the state featuring old recordings of Crist when he was a Republican.

This year’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee can be heard touting his opposition to gay Floridians adopting children, his support for allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public buildings. The “pro-life Ronald Reagan Republican we can trust” is leaving voicemail messages telling Democrats about his admiration for Sarah Palin and reminding them to vote for him “and the entire Republican ticket.”

“I can’t think of a place in modern American history where someone has attempt to make such a mockery of the political process through total transformation like this,” Lee said of Republican-turned-Democrat Crist. “This guy was either lying to us Republicans when he was encouraging us to support him or he’s lying to Democrats now, and somebody needs to hold him accountable.”

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Conservative group uses Charlie Crist to attack Charlie Crist

August 14, 2014 | posted on CNN by Sean Kennedy

Charlie Crist is robo-calling Florida voters, talking about his conservative values as he wages another campaign for governor.

The only problem is Crist is now a Democrat, and the recorded phone message is actually from 2006, when he was a Republican.

Republican state Sen. Tom Lee is resurfacing Crist’s old campaign comments to remind Democratic voters of Crist’s past words and highlight his party switch.

Lee’s Group – “The Conservatives” – is paying for the robocalls across Florida. This particular call is the same one Crist used in the 2006 governor’s race to sway Republican primary voters.

The robocall, one of four that Lee’s group is producing, ticks off a list of conservative stances Crist once held but has since rejected:

“Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I’m pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. It’s sad that in his fourth try for governor my opponent has resorted to distortions and untruths…Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate your vote on Election Day”

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Segment on Crist Robo-Calls

August 14, 2014 | aired on CNN New Day

John King: This one will be for Berman and Kate. If you remember Florida politics at all, Charlie Crist was a Republican governor. He is running now for governor as a Democrat and a Republican wants to make a little mischief found an old Charlie Crist recording when he was trying to win a Republican primary. Listen.

Call: Hi. This is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight, I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, support traditional marriage and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. Floridians need a consistent conservative governor they can trust. I would appreciate your vote on election day.

John King: Mischief but fair mischief, right?

Jackie Kucinich: The entire campaign, you see the Rick Scott people doing this.

Josh Kraushaar: The governor has spent tens of millions of dollars attacking Charlie Crist. Robo call will be effective

John King: He can say, wait, I’ve changed. But life and politics, not fair sometimes. Ouch.

Anchor: Not fair. It’s always tough when your words come back to bite you.

Anchor: Record can be a very difficult things sometimes. Appreciate it, my friend.

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Fla. Dems go nuts! Robo-call of Charlie Crist ‘smearing’ himself in his own words is brilliant

August 13, 2014 | posted on BizPac Review by Tom Tillison

When “Independent Charlie” decided he would run for governor of Florida as “Democratic Charlie,” one of his biggest challenges was going to be avoiding “Republican Charlie.”

Just as the “Ghost from Christmas Past” haunted Ebenezer Scrooge, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat, is being stalked by his own nemesis, in the form of a robo-call that touts his conservative bona fides to Democratic primary voters.

It’s a closely guarded secret that Crist has a primary opponent. Pesky Nan Rich, a true “progressive” candidate who excites the base, has struggled to garner the attention or finances to compete with Crist, but is still in the race.

And this is where a robo-call of Charlie Crist smearing Charlie Crist enters the fray. The call features a voice from campaigns past that is confusing some low information Democratic voters who have little grasp of history.

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