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The Daily Signal – Younger Judicial Nominees Give Trump Chance for Legacy in Courts

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

From The Heritage Foundation

Fred Lucas / / /

“This will be an important way [for Trump] to leave his stamp,” The Heritage Foundation’s John Malcolm says of President Donald Trump’s picks for federal court vacancies. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom)

President Donald Trump will begin to leave his mark on the lower courts of the federal judiciary with 10 nominees named Monday, many of them judges still in their 40s.

“The president followed the principles that were used to guide that list to select the additional eight individuals,” @PressSec says.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday, the White House formally announced Trump’s nomination of five judges to federal appellate courts and another five judges to lower federal courts.

“They all appear to be bright, young, capable conservatives who promise to be outstanding judges; some are already judges,” John Malcolm, a legal scholar who oversees the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal earlier in the day.

Two of the appeals court nominees—Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, 48, nominated to the 6th Circuit, and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, 44, nominated to the 8th Circuit—were on a list of 21 contenders for the U.S. Supreme Court that the Trump campaign released months ago.

Trump’s campaign combined lists of strong candidates for the Supreme Court compiled separately by scholars at The Heritage Foundation and The Federalist Society. [Heritage did not develop its list at the candidate’s request, as previous wording suggested.]

Trump also nominated Amy Coney Barrett, 45, a law professor at Notre Dame and former law clerk for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for the 7th Circuit, and Louisville lawyer John K. Bush, 53, for the 6th Circuit.

Rounding out the appeals court nominees is Alabama’s former solicitor general, Kevin Newsom, 44, who clerked for Justice David Souter, nominated for a seat on the 11th Circuit.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during the Monday afternoon briefing:

These 10 individuals the president has chosen were chosen for their deep knowledge of the law and their commitment to upholding constitutional principles. Two of the nominees today came from the list of potential Supreme Court nominees that the president released during the campaign. … The president followed the principles that were used to guide that list to select the additional eight individuals.

Spicer said more judicial and other nominations are on the way.

“I think you will continue to see a very robust amount of announcements on not just the judicial front, but on several fronts,” he said.

Most Supreme Court justices previously served as appeals court judges. Also, the high court can take only a limited number of cases. So, circuit court nominees are highly important.

Trump previously nominated U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar to serve on the 6th Circuit. He is awaiting Senate confirmation.

With more than 120 vacancies, the nominations can’t come too soon, said J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department attorney who now is president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group.

“I’m in federal courts all the time. There are too many vacancies,” Adams told The Daily Signal. “So, we can’t have too many nominees.”

A Democratic  majority in the Senate eliminated that chamber’s filibuster for nominees to the district and circuit courts in 2013.

“With a Republican Senate, now is the best time to nominate solid judges,” Adams said. “There is no reason to wait.”

Trump seems to have his eyes on the future with these nominees, said Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice and a constitutional lawyer with FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group.

“It’s clear that the administration is looking at young nominees,” Levey told The Daily Signal. “Being an appeals court judge, if not on the short list, it puts you on the long list for the Supreme Court. … This administration seems to be making a bigger factor of age than previous administrations.”

Trump also nominated Damien Schiff, a lawyer with the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group, to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

The White House said the president made two district court nominations and intends to make two more:

  • Scott Palk, with the University of Oklahoma College of Law, to the Western District of Oklahoma.
  • Idaho state Judge David Nye to the U.S. District Court for Idaho.
  • Dabney Friedrich, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and a former associate White House counsel under President George W. Bush, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (pending).
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Terry Moorer to the Middle District of Alabama (pending).

The nominees build on Trump’s success in getting another appeals court judge, Neil Gorsuch, confirmed to the Supreme Court just weeks ago, said Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, who posted brief biographies of each of Monday’s nominees on National Review’s website.

“The nominees have stellar qualifications and a record of courageous commitment to the rule of law that will make them excellent additions to the federal bench,” Severino said. “When it comes to fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint strong, principled judges, Trump is knocking it out of the park.”

For the rest of this great article and others, see: http://dailysignal.com/2017/05/08/younger-judicial-nominees-give-trump-chance-legacy-courts/

National Day of Prayer May 4, 2017 – 11 AM on Highlands County front courthouse lawn

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

2017 National Day of Prayer

Bring a lawn chair if possible to ensure that you will have a seat!


Republican Round-Up Victory Party Thursday May 11, 2017 at the Sebring Civic Center

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Are you pleased with the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Purchase tickets today and join the celebration of all Republican victories at the county, state, and national level! Make plans now to attend the Republican Roundup Victory Party Thursday May 11, 2017 at the Sebring Civic Center beginning at 5:30 PM. Commissioner Don Elwell will emcee. Our Special Guest Speaker is a very well-known central Floridian from Wauchula with extensive knowledge of the Florida agriculture industry. Purchase tickets by mail or online http://www.highlandscounty.gop Under “Upcoming Events”

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Happy Easter

Saturday, April 15th, 2017


Happy Easter from the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee.

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Friday, April 14th, 2017


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Friday, April 14th, 2017

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Happy Passover from the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee!


Guest Editorial – Governor Rick Scott in USA Today

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Republicans cannot give up on health care: Rick Scott


Failing is one thing. But failing and then quitting is unacceptable.

Repealing the failure of Obamacare and replacing it with a plan that actually provides affordable and quality health care for families is something that I focused on long before I became governor. In 2009, when I was a private citizen, I launched Conservatives for Patients’ Rights because I was concerned about the ramifications Obamacare could have for our nation. What I fought hard against immediately came true. Under Obamacare, costs have skyrocketed and families cannot keep the doctors they like. Obamacare was sold on a lie, plain and simple.

In the wake of the demise of the House Republican health care reform effort in Washington, some are saying we should quit trying to do anything about our nation’s health care system. Abandoning the effort to improve our nation’s health care system is not an option. A political party that controls both houses of Congress and the White House must be able to make changes that will improve health care in America. If not, then what’s the point?

I applaud President Trump for wasting no time and demanding action on tax reform and regulatory reform. If I were the president, I would be utterly frustrated with the failure of the health care bill. But the simple fact is this — we should be able to expect that Congress can work on more than one thing at a time. Surely they can do two things at once.

First, stop believing in the grand bargain: Washington has to stop fixating on getting a grand bargain done on health care. All these comprehensive and grandiose schemes in Washington are useless. As governor, I have learned that sometimes the best way to get something done is to do it incrementally. Ultimately, taking small steps will lead you down the right path to achieve your goal. There are steps that can be taken in Congress that are no-brainers and can immediately start the process of getting rid of this onerous law, including:

  • Remove Obamacare’s excessive mandates and taxes … NOW
  • Allow insurance to be sold across state lines to encourage competition
  • Protect those with pre-existing conditions and let young adults stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26
  • Allow families to buy the health care they want.

Second, give states flexibility to run our own Medicaid programs: Obamacare encouraged a massive expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied adults — even as nearly 600,000 individuals with disabilities nationwide sit on waiting lists to access treatment through Medicaid. This expansion has gone far beyond caring for those who truly need it. The truth is Obamacare was a new entitlement program that we could never afford, and it was a dramatic expansion in welfare spending that discouraged work.

States need greater flexibility from the federal government in running our statewide Medicaid programs, and I know Florida can deliver high-quality care without layers of government bureaucracy. My goal is to turn the top-down, Washington-knows-best approach of the Obama administration on its head. Last month, I requested flexibility from the Trump administration to manage our own Medicaid program based on the needs of Florida families. Other states should follow Florida’s lead and fight to get rid of the burdensome, duplicative and costly federal requirements put in place by the Obama administration.

While efforts such as tax reform are important to strengthening our national economy, our country will never see the kind of growth we need as long as Obamacare is in place. Our businesses and entrepreneurs will never fully thrive as long as they are burdened by the costs of Obamacare. Washington needs to stop worrying about getting a grand bargain done, and start delivering on their promise to help American families by repealing Obamacare.

I spent many years building businesses. In business, sometimes things don’t work out. Whenever I had a setback, I made adjustments and tried again. That’s what Congress must do now. In the real world, you cannot just give up and go home. No, you have to stand in the arena and battle until you get it right. Failing is one thing. But failing and then quitting is unacceptable.

Rick Scott is the Republican governor of Florida. He founded Columbia/HCA.

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RPOF Congressional District 17 Caucus held a productive workshop in Sebring Saturday

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Republican Party of Florida Congressional District 17 Caucus members met for a very productive workshop Saturday at Inn on the Lakes in Sebring, Florida.  Chairmen, State Committeemen, State Committeewomen, Precinct Committeemen, and Precinct Committeewomen, from the nine counties that Congressman Tom Rooney serves, were invited to participate in the workshop  by newly elected Congressional District 17 Caucus Chairman, Kathy Rapp.  Topics of interest on the agenda included: growing REC members, conducting effective fund-raising events, keeping Trump volunteers engaged, helping President Trump succeed at implementing his agenda, and engaging minorities and young people.  Approximately 20 caucus members discussed these topics and shared meaningful ideas being used effectively in their counties.

Guest Speaker Brooke Renney, Director of Party Development for the Republican Party of Florida shared information about the new Project Majority Red that the RPOF will present in more detail at the Spring Quarterly Meeting in Tampa April 28-29, 2017.  She also shared other ideas and provided valuable comments.  Caucus Chairman Kathy Rapp expressed appreciation to Brooke for traveling from Tallahassee to speak and participate in our workshop.


Many shared that they learned a lot to take back to their REC’s and were very pleased to have made the effort to attend and participate in the four hour workshop. Chairman Rapp thanked everyone for attending and indicated that the next CD 17 Caucus workshop will be held in about three months.


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From The Daily Signal March 27, 2017 – The Myth of an Unbiased Mainstream Media

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley recently said of President Trump that “Today we learned the length of the president’s fuse—28 days.” (Photo: James Borchuck /Zuma Press/Newscom)

The attention on The Daily Signal’s Fred Lucas’ role as occasional White House pool reporter has made one thing very clear: For many, the illusion still remains that the mainstream media is unbiased.

“It’s concerning that news organizations with a clear and stated bias are serving as the eyes and ears of the White House press corps, regardless of their political leaning,”  Andrew Seaman, chair of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ethics Committee and a Reuters reporter, told The Washington Post for an article questioning the appropriateness of Lucas’ role as a pool reporter. “In a perfect world, only news organizations with editorial independence and proven track records of reliability should be able to provide pool reports for the White House or any other government agency or official.”

Yet while many mainstream media outlets may not be “clear”—that is, transparent with their readers—about their perspective, there’s no doubt they indeed have a perspective.

First, let’s just look at the data about journalists:

For the rest of this excellent article and others, see: http://dailysignal.com/2017/03/27/the-myth-of-an-unbiased-mainstream-media/

Picture Summary – FFPC Pro-Family Days at the Capitol March 13-14 in Tallahassee

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Three members of the Highlands County Republican Executive Committee traveled to Tallahassee Monday and Tuesday  to attend the Florida Family Policy Council Pro-Life and Pro-Family Days at the Capitol.  The very well-planned event with record attendance this year began at the Tucker Civic Center and included information and training sessions Monday afternoon on pending pro-life and pro-family bills.

The Keynote Speaker for the Third Annual Pro-Life and Pro-Family Days dinner Monday evening was Kellie Fiedorek, Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom.  Kellie’s keynote speech entitled “The Attack on Religious Liberty and How We Can Respond” received a standing ovation. The special Guest Speaker was Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist and owner of Arlene’s Flowers, who has been sued by the Attorney General of Washington State and stands to lose her business, her home, and life savings for simply standing for her religious beliefs.  Her personal story of injustice in Washington state also received a standing ovation!


Special Guest Speaker Charlene Cothran followed Barronelle Stutzman and also addressed the group.  She shared  her own very moving personal testimony and received another standing ovation.  (See Charlene’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/charlene.cothran).


The evening concluded with several receiving the coveted Champion of the Family Awards  from the FFPC including our own Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.  Several remarked that it was one of the better dinners they had ever attended.

The Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning included speeches by Governor Rick Scott, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Speaker of the Florida House Richard Corcoran,  Senator Greg Steube, Representative Kim Daniels, Representative Jamie Grant and prayers for each of our state leaders by Bill Bunkley and others (https://www.ferlc.org/who-we-are/) .   Several members of the Legislature including our own Senator Denise Grimsley received the coveted Champions of the Family Awards from the Florida Family Policy Council.



The day also included the opportunity to attend key Senate and House committee hearings and scheduled meetings with the attendees’ legislators from their districts.  Our Highlands County delegation met with Senator Denise Grimsley immediately after the Prayer Breakfast and then attended a House Careers & Competition Subcommittee meeting.  We also attended an Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee meeting with Representative Ben Albritton (R-District 56) and had opportunity to meet with him briefly after the meeting.  We then  had an excellent afternoon meeting with Representative Cary Pigman (R – District 55) and his new Legislative Assistant Brandon Miller in Representative Pigman’s office.  Concerns were shared about the single worst piece of pending legislation, the intentionally misnamed “Florida’s Competitive Workforce Act” , HB623 and SB666. It was a bill similar to this that the Washington State Attorney General used to sue Barronelle Stutzman and Arlene’s Flowers, her small florist shop. https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2017/02/16/washington-supreme-court-punishes-barronelle-stutzman.-what-now#


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    Kathy Rapp
Vice Chairman
    Susan Beder
    Kathy Hill
    Penny Kocarek

State Committeeman
    Earl Claire

State Committeewoman
    Sally Claire