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How Conservatives Can Attack Obama’s Immigration Plan Without Alienating Hispanics

November 24th, 2014

From The Daily Signal

 

Sen. Ted Cruz with other members before a joint session of Congress. (Photo: Newscom)

At stake in the fight over President Obama’s executive action on immigration could be the future voting patterns of Hispanics—not just of the 5 million or so illegal immigrants he expects to legalize, but also the 46 million or so potential voters who are here legally.

If Obama can assimilate all of them into his vision of a new America that accepts greater reliance on public assistance and government interference, then it’s game over for the conservative cause.

This is why it’s crucial for conservatives to do two things that may seem contradictory but are in fact complementary. The first is to fight executive amnesty through all means available. The second is to not allow the issue of illegal immigration to control the Right’s message to Hispanic Americans.

Rhetorically, it should not be hard to fight executive action. There are upward of five videos of the president himself telling crowds (mostly Hispanic, in fact) that it would be illegal for him to act on his own. That Obama has the impudence to do it now and risk putting the country through a damaging constitutional crisis shows he knows how high the stakes are.

Conservatives of all parties must remain united and single-minded in action and message. They should not fall for the Obama trap of passing “a bill that I can sign.” Everyone knows that means a “comprehensive” immigration package—which would suit the president, but not the country.

Appeal to Hispanics Who Immigrated Legally

As conservatives fight adding these 5 million future voters, they must court the other 46 million Hispanics.

Enlisting these Hispanics in the fight for an America of traditional values, intact families and communities, a strong military and a government that’s off our backs and not lying to us is key. It’s also easier than people think.

Consider Kansas as Exhibit A. The Hispanic vote there is certainly not negligible, and growing at 6 percent annually. A tax-cutting Gov. Sam Brownback won this Hispanic vote outright. The president is no doubt aware that the GOP did very well with Hispanics two weeks ago, and doubling down on illegal immigration may be his response.

The GOP improved vastly on Mitt Romney’s 2012 performance among Hispanics, winning 36 percent of the vote against 62 percent for Democrats, according to exit polls. But the numbers are even better than that. If you exclude the non-competitive states of California (where Brown got 76 percent of the Hispanic vote) and New York (where 69 percent voted for Cuomo), the numbers get far better.

In the battleground states of Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada—the states that do count—the GOP did very well. Florida Gov. Rick Scott took a respectable 38 percent of his state’s Hispanic vote, winning Cuban-Americans by a huge margin. In the Cuban districts of Hialeah, Westchester, and Tamiami, he won between 65 percent and 73 percent.

In Nevada, Brian Sandoval won 47 percent of the Hispanic vote. In New Mexico, Susana Martinez seems to have done well. In Colorado, Hispanics constitute 20 percent of the population, and Cory Gardner made a point of reaching out to them. While statewide numbers are not in yet, he pulled about even in heavily Hispanic Pueblo County. Bear in mind that President Obama took 75 percent of the Hispanic vote in Colorado in 2012.

Texas is not exactly a battleground, but the Hispanic vote there is huge. The GOP’s Greg Abbott took 44 percent of the overall Hispanic vote and won Hispanic men outright in the gubernatorial race. And Republican Sen. John Cornyn won the Hispanic vote. Period.

Hispanics Are Not Single-Issue Illegal Immigration Voters

While some of the Democrats’ most ardent Hispanic supporters may have stayed home to punish the president for not using executive action earlier, it is unlikely that such retribution accounts for all these results. In fact, in a Pew survey two weeks ago, illegal immigration ranked only fourth (barely ahead of the Middle East) among issues of concern to Hispanic voters. The three top-ranked issues—education, the economy, and healthcare—are perennial issues that concern all Americans.

Even as they fight the president’s illegal action, conservatives must assiduously communicate with Hispanics, presenting their solutions to all these traditional issues. For example, surveys show that Hispanics love school choice, making it the ultimate wedge issue because leftist teachers unions stand in the way. It’d be a great mistake to limit the conversation to illegal immigration.

Above all, conservatives must not confuse “Hispanics” with “illegal.” Any off-tone comment will be seized upon by the White House and played on Univision all night. Then the president will pose as the champion of all Hispanic Americans and try to ensure that for generations they will vote for policies that will make our country all but unrecognizable.

This is the transformation of our country that conservatives must fight. We are a country of shared experiences, experiences we must share with Hispanics. Those who adhere to traditional values will not be used as shock troops to help Obama “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” as the president promised to do when he was a candidate in 2008.

The stakes are high.

 

For the rest of this article and other great articles, see: http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/23/conservatives-can-attack-obamas-immigration-plan-without-alienating-hispanics/

Sebring’s downtown Sadie Kahn Park dedicated

November 22nd, 2014

Congratulations to HCREC members Marvin and Elsa Kahn!  Very well done!

From Highlands Today By Jay Meisel

JAY MEISEL/STAFF WRITER Marvin Kahn helps cut the ribbon during the dedication of the Sadie Kahn Memorial Park in downtown Sebring. The park was named after Kahn’s mother, a pioneering resident of Sebring.

SEBRING — Decades ago, Sadie Kahn, who along with her husband, Mike Kahn, were pioneer residents of Sebring, allowed the city to use a small plot of land near the Nan-ces-o-wee Hotel as a park area, provided that it was maintained.

“They didn’t take care of it very well,” recalled Marvin Kahn, a son of Mike and Sadie Kahn.

On Thursday evening, that all changed with the dedication of the Sadie Kahn Memorial Park. The effort to maintain and enhance the project was supported by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. More than 100 people attended the event and packed the park area.

Included in the park are artsy benches, decorative lighting, a sculpture, landscaping and a large mural showing Mike and Sadie Kahn in an agricultural setting.

“I just don’t have words for it,” said Marvin Kahn when asked about what the completion of the park means to him.

Kahn said the impetus for seeking to upgrade the park came from Bob Hummel, a Sebring resident who noted the unkempt appearance of the park.

He said Hummel asked to meet him at the park. When he arrived, Hummel talked about the need to begin working on a project to upgrade the area.

“I was concerned this park did not look sharp,” said Hummel, who attended the dedication.

Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell, who was the emcee for the dedication, said it was around 1923 when the Kahn family immigrated from Lithuania and traveled to Pelham, Ga. Eventually, they went to Avon Park and then decided to go further south to Sebring, Elwell said.

When the Kahns arrived in Sebring in 1923, they were instrumental in the creation of Temple Israel of Highlands County.

They also arrived at a time when downtown Sebring was expanding. Both the Nan-ces-o-wee and the Santa Rosa hotels were built that year. While the Kahn family became major citrus growers in the area, they also owned Kahn’s Department Store, located in the ground floor of the Nan-ces-o-wee.

The Kahn family has become one of the great families in the history of Sebring, Elwell said. Elwell and Sebring Mayor John Shoop said the Kahn family has contributed a lot over the years to the community. Marvin Kahn served as a Sebring City Council member in 1960.

Ken Triester, a nationally and internationally known architect and sculptor, designed the park and its features. Other projects have included the The Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach.

Triester said he got to know the Kahn family over the years and said, “They are fabulous, polite, kind, gentle people.”

Others noted for their support contributions to the project included Chad Clouser, the landscape architect, Ronnie Fuertes, who did the art on the park benches, Rob Horne, the contractor and Catherine Blumenthal who owns the wall where the mural is located.

For the rest of this article and others, see: http://highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/sebrings-downtown-sadie-kahn-park-dedicated-20141122/

 

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What You Need to Know About Obama’s Executive Move on Immigration

November 20th, 2014

From The Daily Signal

Josh Siegel / @JoshDailySignal /

Photo: Newscom

President Obama tonight announced he will begin to fix the nation’s “broken” immigration system by allowing millions here illegally to stay.

Obama did not specify a number, but the White House put it at about 5 million of the estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants.

Obama said he decided to allow certain unlawful residents with established roots to “come out of the shadows” because mass deportation of illegal immigrants “would be both impossible and contrary to our character.”

“I know some of the critics of the action call it amnesty. Well, it’s not,” Obama said sharply, responding to Republicans and others who use that word to describe a process, including his unilateral actions, under which lawbreakers do not have to face the consequences.

“Amnesty is the immigration system we have today,” the president said. “That’s the real amnesty, leaving this broken system the way it is.”

>>> Watch the President’s Immigration Speech Here

The Obama administration intends to begin accepting applications for legal status this spring. The next president can undo the program.

“I know the politics of this issue are tough,” Obama said in his 12-minute address from the East Room of the White House (transcript here). “Most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight, but I understand the disagreements held by many of you at home.

“I hear those concerns,” he added in a speech that quoted both Moses and George W. Bush, but “immigrants are a net plus for our economy and our society.”

Here is the skinny on the president’s plan.

So, Mr. President, what’s the deal?

“If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up,” Obama said.

He insisted his actions are about “accountability,” not “amnesty.”

Who gets deportation relief?

Two groups.

First, illegal immigrant parents of U.S. citizens who have been in the country more than five years with no criminal record.

Obama didn’t specify, but the White House indicates this population could be granted deportation relief for three years “at a time” and be eligible for work permits after background checks and paying fees. They also must pay taxes.

Second, Obama intends to expand his existing 2012 program called DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, for certain so-called “DREAMers” who were brought into the country illegally as children.

He will remove the age cap and expand eligibility to those who arrived in the U.S. as minors before 2010, instead of the current cutoff of 2007. He also will remove the requirement that applicants be under 31.

Highly skilled workers will be eligible for visas.

Who won’t be eligible for legal status?

Illegal immigrant parents of those who qualify under DACA and agricultural workers who are in the country illegally. Both groups had been rumored to be part of Obama’s plan.

What won’t these protected illegal immigrants get?

Access to Obamacare, food stamps or other federal benefits, the White House has suggested, nor a guaranteed pathway to citizenship.

>>> DeMint on CNN: Obama’s Immigration Action Is ‘Unfair’

What else is involved?

  • Directing “more resources” to the nation’s southern border.
  • Setting deportation priorities to focus on those suspected of terrorism, violent crime, gang members and recent border-crossers.
  • Streamlining the process in immigration courts to more quickly adjudicate cases and clear a massive backlog.
  • Replacing the Department of Homeland Security’s “Secure Communities” program with a “Priority Enforcement Program” to deport those convicted of criminal offenses.

The Rebuttal

Obama challenged Congress to pass a bipartisan immigration bill to replace his actions and “fix the whole system.”

The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican president and every Democratic president for the past half-century. To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.

The Republican National Committee posted its own rebuttal video just hours before the speech.

Obama’s Unilateral Amnesty Really Will Be Unprecedented – and Unconstitutional

November 20th, 2014

From The Heritage Foundation    

Photo: Newscom

According to the Associated Press, as well as House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.,  President Barack Obama’s plan to provide executive amnesty to more than 5 million illegal immigrants is no different than unilateral actions that were taken by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

However, this claim plays a bit fast and loose with history and fails to explain the significant difference between Obama going against the will of Congress, which considered and rejected the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act on several occasions, including when both houses of Congress were controlled by the president’s party, and Reagan and Bush, who made administrative corrections designed to carry out congressional intent.

Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress exclusive authority to “establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization ….”  And it is the president’s constitutional duty, under Article II, Section 3, to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed ….”

In 1986, Congress passed the Immigration and Reform Control Act, which provided a general amnesty to almost 3 million illegal immigrants.  According to the Associated Press, Reagan acted unilaterally when his Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner “announced that minor children of parents granted amnesty by [IRCA] would get protection from deportation.”  In fact, in 1987, then-Attorney General Ed Meese issued a memorandum allowing the INS to defer deportation where “compelling or humanitarian factors existed” for children of illegal immigrants who had been granted amnesty and, in essence, given green cards and put on a path towards being “naturalized” as citizens.  In announcing this policy, Reagan was not defying Congress, but rather carrying out the general intent of Congress which had just passed a blanket amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

As the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website itself explains, the children of individuals who become citizens through naturalization have a relatively easy process for also becoming naturalized citizens to avoid breaking up families. And as Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies points out, the INS was, as a practical matter, going to “look the other way under certain circumstances with regard to minor children both of whose parents received amnesty.”  This was well within the authority delegated to the executive branch and a “legitimate exercise of prosecutorial discretion.”

The Bush administration relaxed these technical requirements under a “Family Fairness” policy to defer deportation of the spouses and children of illegal immigrants who were allowed to stay in this country and seek naturalization through the IRCA amnesty. Shortly thereafter, Bush worked with Congress to pass the Immigration Act of 1990, which made these protections permanent.  Significantly, the Bush policy and the 1990 act affected only a small number of immigrants–about 180,000 people–in comparison to Obama’s past (his 2012 implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program) and anticipated unilateral actions that will affect millions of immigrants.

Some supporters of Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration have also pointed to other actions by past presidents that allowed immigrants such as Afghans and Nicaraguans to stay in the U.S. But those limited actions were based on very special circumstances such as the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, the Communist-driven civil war in Nicaragua or the Chinese massacre of students in Tiananmen Square that led Bush to grant deferred departure to threatened Chinese nationals.

Moreover, our immigration laws contain exceptions permitting temporary protected status when an illegal alien’s home country is beset with civil strife or recovering from a natural disaster. America’s generous asylum policies also give safe haven to aliens who if returned to their home countries would face persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.  The special circumstances that prompted Reagan and Bush to act compassionately, but also within the legal boundaries set by Congress, simply do not exist here.  They are a far cry from granting what is in effect a general amnesty complete with benefits that legal immigrants must wait years to obtain.

In short, while Reagan and Bush worked closely with Congress to implement the comprehensive legislation that Congress had passed (in the case of Reagan) or would pass shortly thereafter (in the case of Bush), Obama is bypassing Congress entirely. He is unconstitutionally revising existing law and, without congressional approval, imposing new ones  that have been explicitly rejected by Congress time and time again, thereby setting himself up as a kingmaker (or king) on immigration policy.

By doing so, the president is establishing a dangerous precedent that violates fundamental principles of separation of powers that serve as a bulwark to protect our liberties and that established a government of laws and not of men.

For the rest of this article and others, see: http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/19/obamas-unilateral-amnesty-really-will-unprecedented-unconstitutional/

 

All of Jonathan Gruber’s Controversial Comments in a Single Two-Minute Video

November 19th, 2014

From The Daily Signal

 

Can’t keep up with all the Jonathan Gruber videos? American Commitment, the organization that discovered the first Gruber clip, has released a new video compiling all of the Obamacare architect’s controversial comments

 

For the rest of this article and other great articles, see: http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/18/jonathan-grubers-controversial-comments-single-two-minute-video/

Letter to the Editor “Forced agenda” as published in Highlands Today Sunday November 16, 2014

November 17th, 2014

Letters to the editor

Forced agenda

They got the votes, but did they get the message? The Republican “wave” had barely passed when the media “spin” began. They obviously want us to believe the root cause of the wave was failure on the part of Congress and the administration to work together and get things done. No explanation for the cause of the wave could have been more misleading or downright dishonest.  We did not vote the way we did because our elected officials were not working together or getting things done. We voted the way we did to stop an agenda that is being forced upon us against our will – an agenda that will destroy our country if not stopped. If failure to work together and get things done has thwarted Obama’s agenda in any way, it has been a good thing.  Only time will tell if Washington and the media really got the message we attempted to send them. If we look back in a few years and find that Obamacare still exists, our borders are still open, amnesty has been granted to millions of illegals and our Constitution has been further weakened in other ways, we can only conclude that our wave was a failure and we need to either 1. try again, or 2. adjust to life in a socialist republic.

David Humble

Avon Park  -

See more at: http://highlandstoday.com/hi/list/news-opinion-letters/letters-to-the-editor-20141116/#sthash.4B2oCeEu.dpuf

Reminder – Highlands County Republican Meeting Thursday 20 Nov 2014 – Guest Speaker Penny Ogg, Highlands County Supervisor of Elections

November 17th, 2014

 

Revised AGENDA – November 20, 2014

Highlands County Republican Executive Committee Meeting

Elk’s Lodge Sebring 6:30 PM, Optional meals & beverages 5:30 PM

 

Call to Order                                                                Kathy Rapp, Chairman

Invocation                                                                    TBD

Pledge of Allegiance                                                   TBD

Welcome guests                                                           Kathy Rapp Chairman

Recognize Elected Officials / Candidates              Kathy Rapp Chairman

Roll Call by Precinct                                                   TBD

Request Motion to approve absences                      Kathy Rapp Chairman

Request Motion to approve minutes 10/30/14     Kathy Rapp Chairman

Treasurer’s Report                                                      Penny Kocarek, Treasurer

Vice Chairman’s Report                                             Virgil Beato, Vice Chairman

New Business

Nominations of officers for new 2 year term        Virgil Beato & Kathy Rapp

State Committee Woman Report                            Joan Hartt

State Committee Man Report                                  Chuck Oakes

HRWN Report                                                             Kathy Rapp, Chairman

Webmaster Report                                                     Earl Claire

Volunteers for the Lincoln Day Dinner Committee  Kathy Rapp

Program:

Elections update from the Supervisor of Elections, Penny Ogg

Announcements:

Our December HCREC Meeting will be one week early and will be held on Thursday 18 December.  Please mark your calendars and save the date now!

 

Reminder – Memorial Service for Ted Romer on November 22, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

at TempleIsrael of HighlandsCounty, 1305 Temple Israel Drive, Sebring (863)382-7744

Reminder – Memorial Service for Theodore (Ted) Romer Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 16th, 2014

Memorial Service for Theodore (Ted ) Romer

Date:

Saturday, November 22, 2014 Time: 11AM

Place:

Temple Israel of Highlands County 1305 Temple Israel Drive Sebring, FL 33870

Thank you from the RPOF Chairman Leslie Dougher

November 6th, 2014

 

Leslie Dougher

Good Morning-

What a night! And what an amazing win for Florida – because that’s what this is – a win for Florida and for our families.

I want you all to know how incredibly close this race was and that it’s the grassroots who pushed Governor Scott across the finish line. We could not have been successful without the grassroots army who tirelessly chased down absentee ballots, knocked on doors, recruited volunteers, and helped put the infrastructure in place across the state.

There are many parts of a campaign that work in unison to achieve victory, and that’s exactly what happened last night. From fundraising to messaging, to great events and a powerful paid TV effort – we had a great campaign team across the state. While all of those things are an important piece of the winning pie, the most important piece comes from the thousands of grassroots volunteers who actually got the votes to the polls – whether it was by absentee ballot, early, or Election Day voting. You got votes to the polls and that’s why we were successful.

I hope you will take some time over the next few days to reflect on what a tremendous accomplishment this is and what part you personally played in winning this election. We certainly weren’t perfect, and we’ve learned things over the last year that will help us be even stronger in 2016, but we accomplished something that political pundits just a year ago said was nearly impossible.

Thank you for your hard work.

Sincerely,

Leslie Dougher

Republicans Swept the Midterm Elections. Here’s What Comes Next.

November 6th, 2014

From The Daily Signal

 

Photo: Molly Riley/Newscom

Republicans’ heady win on Election Day, in which they regained control of the U.S. Senate and increasing their majority in the House, soon will give way to sober reality.

While awaiting their newly elected colleagues’ arrival in January,  GOP lawmakers will be faced with a “lame duck” session that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has designs upon.

They know the Nevada Democrat is sure to have his own ideas about how to usher in the final two years of President Obama before Republicans take charge of the  Senate.

Republicans picked up seven seats Tuesday night, decisively shifting the balance of power in the upper chamber. They could gain two more seats, as races in Virginia and Alaska have yet to be officially called and Louisiana will be determined after a Dec. 6 runoff.

In the House, the GOP netted 14 seats for the largest GOP majority since the 1920s.

But as Republicans revel in their sweeping victory, Democrats — including ousted representatives and senators — are preparing to return to Washington for their last two months of legislating. Known as a lame duck session, the last few weeks of the 113th Congress provide an opportunity for spending bills and contested measures to be brought before the House and Senate.

“All sorts of controversial issues and massive bills could be brought up when We the People think it’s safe to turn our attention away from Washington and enjoy family, fall and football,” Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint wrote in a commentary. The former Republican senator from South Carolina said of the outgoing majority leader:

“Harry Reid has been clear in his desire to preserve corporate welfare for big ‘green’ energy companies by tying it to good, ‘must pass’ tax provisions, instead of waiting until next year to consider them separately.”

>>> It’s a Wave: Republicans Take Senate, Build Majority in House, Grab Governorships

With roughly five weeks left to the end of the session, the House and Senate have some unfinished legislative business. A bill to fund the government likely will top the list of priorities, since the stopgap spending measure lawmakers passed before returning home to campaign is set to expire Dec. 11.

The Senate has yet to act on several presidential nominations as well as the National Defense Authorization Act and a bill that would allow states to collect an additional sales tax from online retailers. In September, Reid announced that lawmakers would tackle those issues in the final weeks of the year.

“We have a lot to do in the lame duck,” Reid said. “I don’t want to limit it to this, but these things are on my mind.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who won re-election and is poised to take over as majority leader, said around the same time that he didn’t believe the Senate would attempt to pass controversial legislation during the lame duck session because Republicans control the House.

Fresh from victory, the Kentucky Republican yesterday said there still is much for the Senate to tackle.

“The Senate hasn’t been doing anything, so there’s a whole lot of things just sitting there,” McConnell said at a press conference in Louisville.

Conservatives, though, aren’t resting on their laurels.

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Dan Holler, spokesman for Heritage Action for America, the advocacy arm of The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal:

Lame duck will be the first test for an understandably jubilant Republican Party. Allowing defeated and retiring lawmakers to make substantive decisions in a post-election session would be a slap in the face to voters who sent a very clear message to Washington last night.

In January, though, Republicans will be in control of the Senate for the first time in eight years, and McConnell said he looks forward to moving Congress forward.

“We are going to function,” he said. “This gridlock and dysfunction can be ended. It can be ended by having a Senate that actually works.”

Conservatives see openings for bold measures in energy independence, school choice, transportation and higher education.  For example, the HERO Act, introduced early this year by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is designed to widen opportunities for higher education.

Reid sounded a conciliatory note yesterday in the wake of his party’s resounding defeat at the polls.

“The message from voters is clear,” Reid said in a prepared statement. “They want us to work together. I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class.”

In Louisville, McConnell told reporters the GOP will tackle Obamacare at the start of the 114th Congress, since many members have pushed for repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He said he wants to get rid of the health care law, but that lawmakers will decide on a course of action  once they return to Washington.

“We will be addressing that issue in a variety of ways,” he said.

President Obama, however, said shortly afterward at the White House that he would not sign a repeal of his signature legislative achievement if Congress were to pass it next year.

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McConnell also addressed signs that the president intends to effectively stop deportations of illegal immigrants — a move the Senate’s top Republican said would be a “big mistake.”

“It’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull,” McConnell said. “It would poison the well.”

In his own press conference, Obama signaled he would take executive action on the immigration system before year’s end. He told reporters:

What I’m not going to do is just wait. I think it’s fair to say that I have shown a lot of patience and have tried to work on a bipartisan basis as much as possible, and I’m going to keep on doing so. But in the meantime, let’s figure out what we can do lawfully through executive actions to improve the functioning of the existing system.

Despite continuing to indicate he will bypass Congress to move illegal immigrants toward citizenship — what opponents consider amnesty for lawbreakers — the president said he expects  to work with Republicans. He will welcome Republican and Democratic leaders to the White House on Friday:

“I’m eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible. I’m committed to making sure that I measure ideas not by whether they are from Democrats or Republicans, but whether they work for the American people.”

For the new Republican Congress, Holler said, 2015 will offer a chance for the GOP to get back to Main Street roots.

“Come January, there will be an opportunity for the Republican Party to shed it’s negative, party-of-big-business image,” the Heritage Action spokesman said, adding:

“By putting forward an agenda that promotes opportunity for all, the party can potentially score some policy victories. But even more important, though, will be demonstrating an agenda that can unite Americans around conservative principles. The details matter, but the opportunity is tremendous.”

>>> The 3 Most Important Takeaways from Election 2014

Infographic by Kelsey Harris of The Daily Signal

Infographic by Kelsey Harris of The Daily Signal

For the rest of this story and other great articles, see: http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/06/republicans-swept-midterm-elections-heres-comes-next/

Officers

Chairman
    Kathy Rapp
Vice Chairman
    Virgil Beato
Secretary
    Olivia Scott
Treasurer
    Penny Kocarek

State Committeeman
    C. A. "Chuck" Oakes

State Committeewoman
    Joan Hartt