The Highlands County Fair will take place between Friday February 6 and Saturday February 14. We are looking for volunteers to man our Republican Party fair booth! This is your opportunity to represent the party to our community, and even recruit new volunteers or members! Below is the schedule. Please sign up for a slot by replying to Virgil Beato at email@example.com…
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (FL-17) today was named Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats.
“Our nation faces dangerous threats from around the world, and this subcommittee plays a vital role in ensuring our intelligence community has the tools and resources to identify, track and defeat these threats,” Rooney said. “I look forward to working with Chairman Nunes and Subcommittee Ranking Member Quigley to conduct thorough oversight of our intelligence programs and promote policies that will keep our nation safe.”
Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said, “Having served with Rep. Rooney on the Intelligence Committee for four years, I am familiar with the many contributions he’s made to the committee, to our national security, and to our ability to track down dangerous terrorists. He is an excellent choice to serve as chairman of the Emerging Threats Subcommittee, and I look forward to working with him.”
The Emerging Threats Subcommittee is responsible for oversight of the policies, activities and budgets of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, including the National Counterterrorism Center, the National Counterproliferation Center and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center; the national security components of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Intelligence Community-wide integration and information sharing programs; and the intelligence elements of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Departments of State (DOS), Homeland Security (DHS), Energy (DOE), and Treasury (DOT).
For the full press release, see: http://rooney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rooney-named-chairman-of-intelligence-subcommittee-on-emerging-threats
Marvin Kahn has been invited by Congressman Tom Rooney (R) to be his Congressional District 17 guest and to sit in the Gallery for the upcoming address to a Joint Session of Congress by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu This is quite an honor as each Congressman can invite only one guest for the Gallery for a Joint Session of Congress. The address is now scheduled for March 3rd at 11 AM. Speaker John Boehner extended the invitation to the Prime Minister of Israel back on January 21st.
Marvin is a lifetime resident of Highlands County and a long-time member and former Vice Chairman of the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee, and is also CEO of Kahn Citrus Management, LLC in Sebring.
Boehner’s tweet stated that the scheduling change was meant to accommodate Netanyahu’s request to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, D.C. The new date — March 3 — is also two weeks before the Israeli election. The meeting with Congress was originally scheduled for Feb. 11.
Peter Feaman who was the keynote speaker for our 2014 Highlands County Lincoln Day Dinner will be the guest speaker for our Highlands County Republican meeting tomorrow evening, 29 January 2015. Mr. Feaman is a trial attorney from Boynton Beach, FL. He is an outstanding speaker and the author of several books including The Next Nightmare and Wake Up America. He is currently serving as our Republican National Committeeman from Florida. He previously served as Palm Beach County State Committeeman. Please make plans to attend Thursday evening with dinner (optional beginning at 5:00 PM) and the meeting starting at 6:30 PM at the Sebring Elk’s Lodge.
Let’s continue to build on the momentum of the huge Republican victories last November! Please plan to attend this month’s meeting and invite family and friends to attend with you. We have openings in most precincts for new members on the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee. Contact any officers or members for additional information on membership. See the contact information on our web-site. You can send an e-mail to Chairman Kathy Rapp at firstname.lastname@example.org, Vice Chairman Virgil Beato at email@example.com or contact the Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org
The current administration has been the most divisive in the history of our country. Contact your Democrat neighbors, co-workers, and family members and encourage them to leave the party that has long since left them and switch their registration to Republican this week. They can go to the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Web-site http://www.votehighlands.com/Important-Voter-Info/Application-Form-Online.aspx to change their registration or to register for the first time.
Help us reach a much larger segment of our county and build on the November election victory momentum. You can actively help to expand our outreach by taking action to:
For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House.But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful.Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10 GOP presidential hopefuls.
“Carly Fiorina, whom most people had never heard of, got the best response. She came across as a highly intelligent woman and a strong leader as the ex-chief executive of the biggest tech firm in the world,” said former Oklahoma GOP Chairman Gary Jones, who flew from his home state to the Iowa event. “She did herself the most good.”
Mr. Walker, who has won two election battles in the swing state of Wisconsin since taking on public unions, also did plenty to dispel perceptions he was an under-stated speaker lacking in charisma.
“Scott Walker was the other one who most improved his position, walking from one end of the stage to the other, with sleeves rolled up and no teleprompter, talking substance — what he would actually do as president,” Mr. Jones added. “We had heard he can be a lackluster speaker. He wasn’t.”
West Des Moines caucus chairman Richard Rogers agreed: “Walker and Fiorina helped themselves most.”
Beyond the candidates’ performance, the enthusiasm of voters who stayed for an event that started at 9 a.m. Saturday and ended at 7 p.m. also impressed veteran election watchers, who saw an electorate hungry to learn the specifics of where candidates stand.
“It was all that and actually informative — truly amazing in my experience,” said former Iowa GOP chairman Kayne Robinson, who claims 54 years of political experience in Iowa and nationally.
Mr. Rogers agreed. “We thought most people would head home after a few hours and watch the rest on TV, but the candidates were surprisingly all on their game and people stuck” around.
“My wife said she was afraid to go to the restroom for fear of missing something — it was almost all that good,” he added.
Meanwhile, almost 1,000 miles due south of Des Moines in Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal, a born-again Catholic, skipped the Iowa presidential beauty pageant to throw an event catering to evangelicals.
He teamed with California-based religious conservative organizer David Lane to bring 200 evangelical pastors from around the country to Baton Rouge for a training session in how to run for political office — believed to be a or a first-time-ever in American politics.
Mr. Jindal sent letters to 49 other governors inviting them to participate in his spiritual renewal event in Baton Rouge or hold their own in their states’ capitals.
“There are limits to our own influence as governmental leaders,” he told his fellow governors. “Lasting change does not come only from laws and legislation, but from the changing of hearts produced by spiritual revival.”
The Jindal-Lane initiative signaled what may be the biggest, most organized push to politically enlist the 65 million or more evangelicals in the United States, most of whom are thought to be philosophically more aligned with the Republican national platform than with the Democratic one.
“Our goal in 2016 is to have 1,000 pastors running for city council, county commissioner, school board, mayor, Congress — who attract an average of 300 Christian volunteers per campaign,” Mr. Lane explained.
“That would amount to a total 300,000 grassroots, evangelical, precinct-level conservatives — from the bottom up — in 2016,” he added. “It would change America for good, a step toward restoring the nation to our Judeo Christian heritage and reestablishing a Christian culture.”
In all, about 6,000 born-again Christians attended the Jindal-Lane event in Baton Rouge, Mr. Lane said.
Several tea party and religious conservative activists along with Republicans who are Iowa government officials volunteered that Mr. Jindal’s presence was missed in Des Moines and that he has done himself some good in past visits to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state.
Among the crowd, attendees were eager to learn about candidates other than Mr. Bush and Mr. Romney, encouraged in that pursuit by the ever-flamboyant Donald Trump who used his speech to warn that picking either establishment candidate would be a disaster.
“Trump made it easier for many to openly discuss potential difficulties of Romney and Bush, which was commonly discussed in private before Trump said it aloud,” explained Mr. Robinson, the former Iowa chairman.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used his opportunity on stage to directly confront what many conservatives have whispered privately: that he can’t win the GOP nomination. Mr. Christie declared that that anyone who claims he doesn’t share the audience’s conservative values is lying. Looking fitter and trimmer, Mr. Christie mostly read his prepared speech.
By contrast, Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke without benefit of TelePrompters, darted back and forth on the stage, gesticulated and overall was his old energetic pre-2012 campaign self, attendees said.
Not so with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who was uncharacteristically subdued in his delivery even though he had won the 2012 Iowa caucuses, beating out Mr. Romney by a thin margin.
Always popular with GOP audiences, Ben Carson, the first neurosurgeon to separate twins conjoined at the head, brought the Des Moines audience to its feet with several rhetorical flashes, including his proclamation that the next president must finally secure the border.
“I think Rand hurt himself by not showing,” said Mr. Jones, the former Oklahoma GOP chairman. “He tends to make more sense, to be more substantive, to deliver his message a little better than most. Iowans didn’t get to see that.”
Mr. Rogers said he and his fellow Republicans missed Mr. Jindal’s presence in particular. “We talked about him not being there. He missed exposure to a broader audience in this hall and on television.”
Mr. Jindal told friends he thinks what he did back in Baton Rouge over the weekend ultimately will be more beneficial to the spiritual health of the nation. The question remains whether it will affect his own appeal at the ballot box.
The Obama administration reportedly is fuming over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to address Congress in March regarding the Iranian threat, with one unnamed official telling an Israeli newspaper he will pay “a price” for the snub.
House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu — and the Israeli leader accepted – without any involvement from the White House.
In public, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest politely describes this as a “departure” from protocol. He also says the president will not meet with Netanyahu when he visits in early March, but has attributed that decision only to a desire not to influence Israel’s upcoming elections.
But in private, Obama’s team is livid with the Israeli leader, according to Haaretz.
“We thought we’ve seen everything,” a source identified as a senior American official was quoted as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don’t do.
“He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”
The anonymous quote was a throwback to when, last year, Atlantic magazine quoted another unnamed senior administration official calling Netanyahu a “chickenshit.”
Administration officials, including Earnest, did not deny the quote at the time, though the White House stressed the criticism did not reflect how the rest of the administration views Netanyahu.
On Friday, Earnest once again was asked about tensions with the Israeli government. Asked if the decision to speak to Congress was a slap at the Obama administration, he said, “I certainly didn’t interpret it that way.”
As for the decision for Obama not to meet with his Israeli counterpart, he stood by the earlier explanation.
“This administration goes to great lengths to ensure that we don’t give even the appearance of interfering or attempting to influence the outcome” of democratic elections abroad, he said.
Meanwhile, Haaretz also reported that Obama had directly warned Netanyahu to stop urging U.S. lawmakers to back legislation teeing up new sanctions against Iran.
Obama has threatened to veto such a bill, saying it could derail delicate talks over Iran’s nuclear program – and Netanyahu’s visit to Washington could give him an opportunity to further encourage sanctions legislation.
Haaretz reported that Israel’s ambassador already has been urging members of Congress to support the measures. The newspaper reported that Obama told Netanyahu to stop during a Jan. 12 phone call.
On Friday, Earnest acknowledged that Obama and Netanyahu have a “fundamental disagreement” about the diplomatic talks with Iran.
“He doesn’t share [the administration’s] view,” he said. But Earnest also said the “differences of opinion” do not undermine America’s commitment to Israel’s security.
As Obama officials often do, he described that commitment as “unshakable.”
For the rest of the article and others, see: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/24/there-will-be-price-obama-team-reportedly-fuming-over-netanyahu-visit/?intcmp=ob_article_footer_text&intcmp=obinsite
Democrats and Republicans alike brushed off President Obama’s threat to veto stiffer Iran sanctions, insisting Wednesday that the White House is being bamboozled by the ayatollahs, and it’s up to Congress to stiffen the administration’s spine as it negotiates over Tehran’s nuclear program.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said he’s invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — a firm critic of the administration’s negotiations with Iran — to speak to a joint session of Congress next month to lay out the dangers an assertive Iran and the growing militant Islamic threat pose to stability in the region.
Senators, meanwhile, said they’re pushing ahead with legislation despite Mr. Obama’s veto threat, and warned that if the administration doesn’t cooperate, the president could find himself facing the first veto override of his tenure.
“I want you to ask me for permission, and I want you to present the agreement to us, and I want you to present an agreement we all like,” said Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. “You’re not going to get everybody, but I think the vast majority will vote for a reasonable thing.”
Mr. Obama’s negotiators are part of an effort, along with Russia, China and European allies, to try to get Iran to halt and roll back its nuclear program, which Iranian leaders say is peaceful but which international arms control experts say appears aimed at producing nuclear weapons. The negotiators have set a March deadline for producing the outlines of an agreement and a June deadline for a final compromise.
The president has asked for flexibility in the negotiations, saying that while previous sanctions imposed by Congress have helped bring Iran to the table, any further moves could spook Iranian leaders or upset the other partners who are part of the negotiations.
His pleas have not swayed lawmakers on Capitol Hill, where Democrats and Republicans say he’s hurt his own case by cutting secret deals with other world leaders in the past and seems to be too weak in dealing with Tehran.
Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, told top State Department officials Wednesday that the administration’s defense sounded like Iranian talking points, and said it appeared the U.S. was doing all of the giving in the negotiations.
The U.S. went into negotiations with the goal of shutting down the nuclear program, but it now appears the best the Obama team can win is a permanent freeze, where it would take Iran about a year to rekindle its full weapons program and build a nuclear bomb.
Senators said that was unacceptable and would destabilize the region.
Israel in particular could feel pressure to act, and Mr. Boehner said hearing Mr. Netanyahu’s thoughts on Iran is one reason he asked the prime minister to speak to Congress.
The White House called the invitation a breach of protocol, saying it is usually told ahead of time when a world leader will be coming to Washington. But spokesman Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama wasn’t annoyed by the breach, and Mr. Boehner said he didn’t “believe I’m poking anyone in the eye” with the invitation.
“There is a serious threat that exists in the world. The president last night kind of papered over it,” Mr. Boehner said. “There needs to be a more serious conversation in America about how serious the threat is from radical Islamic jihadists and the threat posed by Iran.”
The House in the last Congress passed stiffer sanctions, and both Mr. Boehner and House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Edward R. Royce, California Republican, said they’re already working on a new bill.
Senators, meanwhile, are pondering a number of options. One of those is to impose stiffer sanctions but to attach a trigger so that they only go into effect should the sides in the nuclear negotiations not be able to agree on a deal by June.
Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, meanwhile, has floated the idea of forcing Mr. Obama to come back to Congress for approval if the president decided he wants to suspend the current sanctions that are already biting.
Mr. Paul and Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, are working on a separate proposal that wouldn’t impose any new sanctions now but would set rules for Congress to move quickly should the negotiations eventually falter. That bill would not give the U.S. a stiffer negotiating position right now, but it would quell the fears of some that getting new sanctions in place could take months — time that Iran could use to finish its nuclear program and therefore be tougher to negotiate with.
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Senate that current sanctions are already working, and if Congress moves ahead with new penalties it will fracture the international coalition and could give Iran an excuse to withdraw from talks and rekindle its full nuclear program.
“Iran is well aware that a sword of Damocles hangs over its head,” Mr. Blinken said. “New sanctions at this point are not necessary, but we also believe their passage now would put at risk getting to a final deal over the next several months.”
He said input from Capitol Hill is welcome, but said Mr. Obama must retain final say, and even allowing Congress to vote on suspending the earlier sanctions it imposed could upset the international coalition.
Senators disputed that, saying they’d talked with key foreign leaders and didn’t get any pushback. Mr. Menendez said it was striking that Iran’s negotiators have said they’ll have to run the final deal by their parliament but Mr. Obama was refusing to do the same with Congress.
“Why is it possible that Tehran will treat its parliament better than the administration in the greatest democracy is willing to treat its Congress? It just boggles my imagination,” the New Jersey Democrat said.
The administration is suffering for past botches as well.
Members on both sides of the aisle said Mr. Blinken last year promised to consult with them before the administration struck any deals with Cuba. But just weeks later, the president announced a sweeping diplomatic deal without checking in with key lawmakers.
“I regret that I did not live up to the standard I set,” a chastened Mr. Blinken said.
Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican who grilled Mr. Blinken over his conduct, said it mattered because Mr. Blinken was once again promising to keep senators in the loop over negotiations with Iran.
“We’re being asked to trust that we’re going to be fully consulted while the use of the word consultation, as it’s been defined by the administration … is problematic,” Mr. Rubio said.
For the rest of this article and other great articles, see: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/21/boehner-invites-netanyahu-address-congress/?page=all#pagebreak
Peter Feaman who was the keynote speaker for our 2014 Highlands County Lincoln Day Dinner has agreed to be the guest speaker for our Highlands County Republican meeting on 29 January 2015. Mr. Feaman is a trial attorney from Boynton Beach, FL. He is an outstanding speaker and the author of several books including The Next Nightmare and Wake Up America. He is currently serving as our Republican National Committeeman from Florida. He previously served as Palm Beach County State Committeeman. Please save the date and make plans to attend our next meeting on 29 January 2015 with dinner (optional beginning at 5:00 PM) and the meeting starting at 6:30 PM at the Sebring Elk’s Lodge.
RPOF prayer devotional January 17, 2015 by State and National Committeeman Peter Feaman. Unity in the Spirit. Unity after decisions.