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Values Voter Summit: The first major 2016 presidential straw poll

Update: Ted Cruz wins big in 2016 presidential straw poll 

Values Voter Summit Straw Poll
Straw Poll Ballot to Feature Possible Presidential Candidates

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Saturday one of the first major presidential straw poll events of the 2016 election cycle will be held at FRC Action’s eighth annual Values Voter Summit. The ballot will feature the following possible presidential candidates, several of whom will be speaking at the Summit:

Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Susana Martinez, Governor Mike Pence, Governor Scott Walker, Governor Sam Brownback, Congressman Eric Cantor, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Chris Christie, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Bobby Jindal, Congressman Paul Ryan, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Mike Lee, Governor Rick Perry and Senator Rick Santorum. There will also be a spot for a write-in candidate.

A vice presidential straw poll is also included, and includes the same candidates. The straw poll winners will be announced tomorrow, Saturday, October 12, at 3 p.m. Eastern, followed by a press conference to discuss the results.

Senate Immigration Bill Delivers Amnesty and Cheap Labor, but Not Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013  — As expected, the Gang of Eight’s long-anticipated immigration plan offers sweeping amnesty for illegal aliens, even greater access to low-wage labor for business interests, and more worthless promises of border security and workplace enforcement, charged the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Senate leadership is now poised to rush this voluminous piece of legislation to the floor with minimal hearings and little opportunity for members to offer amendments. “Having spent months working on this bill in secret, there is now a clear effort afoot to make sure that the American people do not find out what is in it until after it becomes law,” said Dan Stein, president of FAIR.

What is in the bill:

  • Amnesty for virtually all illegal aliens within six months of enactment.
  • A directive to the Obama administration to create a five-year plan to secure the border—a core function of the executive branch that Congress should not have to dictate.
  • Empty promises of border security based on measures already required by law.
  • Hundreds of thousands of new skilled and low-skilled workers each year, despite historically high levels of unemployment and the lowest labor force participation rate in more than three decades.

“Simply put, Congress has no business even introducing amnesty legislation until the Obama administration secures the border, sets forth clear and transparent metrics to measure its success, and demonstrates to the American people it is serious about enforcing our immigration laws across the country. Border security and the rule of law should not be held hostage to amnesty for illegal aliens. The fact that Congress has to legislatively order the Obama administration to develop a plan to secure the border should be an embarrassment for this president, not something to be welcomed with pride,” Stein stated.

“Nevertheless, the Senate Gang of Eight has finally announced a bill, one that will rob American workers and taxpayers—all to please special interests. This legislation is all about satisfying the demands of illegal aliens and their advocates for amnesty and providing business interests access to low-wage foreign labor.

“Through this bill, the Senate Gang of Eight is offering the American people nothing except recycled promises of better enforcement far in the future. And from the details available, we can be certain that these promises will not be kept either. The programs that grant amnesty to illegal aliens and a steady supply of low-wage labor will be implemented, regardless of whether the border is secure,” continued Stein.

“The Washington and Wall Street elite have the bill they want. Now it is time for the American people to have their say,” Stein noted. “Over the coming weeks, FAIR and other groups dedicated to immigration reform that protects the interests of Americans will be mounting a full-scale effort to educate the public about this bill’s blatant attempt to favor special interests at their expense and to mobilize opposition.

“At a time when the American people are deeply concerned about their jobs, the state of our economy, and dangerous government deficits, we are likely to see the public respond negatively to this expensive and unnecessary legislation. Over the coming weeks and months, every member of Congress will have to explain to angry constituents why the interests of illegal aliens and cheap labor employers are being given precedence over the most essential interests of American workers and taxpayers.

“Congress will have a hard time justifying this special interest sell-out to the American people,” Stein predicted.

No-Bid Defense Contract Wastes Billions in Tax Dollars to Benefit Foreign Corporations

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A sole source U.S. Army contract was awarded to an Australian based company, Lend Lease, despite a Congressional GAO Report stating it would cost U.S. taxpayers an additional $75 million annually to implement the contract. Lend Lease obtained a 50 year lease of federal U.S. military land, and it sub-contracted to U.K. based InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to run the hotel operations on 42 U.S. Army bases.

Steve Howard of PAL Exposed noted: “The Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program was a no-bid contract which is unnecessarily costing U.S. taxpayers tens of billions of dollars over the next 50 years. It has also affected minority and U.S military veteran owned businesses which are now struggling to stay open. Since we launched the PAL Exposed website in August 2012, there have been repeated hacking attempts to take our website down.”

PAL Exposed was recently notified that hospitality businesses near Fort Huachuca, Arizona have had dozens of Soldiers pulled back to the IHG Army Hotel on base instead of remaining with the original contracted lodging provider. This move is costing the government an additional $100,000 over a two month period. The main reason behind this move was that IHG has a guarantee of occupancy under an exclusive In-License Agreement with the Army. Soldiers may only stay off base once the IHG hotel on post is 100% full. It took a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to produce documents related to this In-License Agreement which was never available in open source documents.

Howard added: “The legality of this In-license agreement is highly questionable. The PAL program stated that IHG would have to compete for business like everyone else, but Lend Lease could not raise sufficient funds in the private bond market; two top credit rating agencies rated the bonds as below investment grade because there was no guarantee that Soldiers would choose to stay at the private hotel on base over a hotel in town. Within weeks of this rating, and without notice to Congress or an official notice though Department of Defense contracting channels, an In-License Agreement between the Army and Lend lease was signed. This amounts to a guarantee of occupancy, and a monopoly, for Lend Lease and IHG.”

Howard went on to note: “In essence, this is no different than the Army forcing soldiers to eat at a Burger King on base. It is a private, for-profit company, and not allowing competition goes against the free market system. Lend Lease and IHG are both foreign based, private, and for-profit companies. Forcing soldiers to stay in their facilities at a higher cost to the U.S. taxpayer is un-American.”

This is a follow up to a previous Press Release regarding the Privatization of Army Lodging issued on August 13, 2012. In the near future, we will be issuing another press release about how small business owners, including veteran owned companies, near these 42 Army bases have been severely impacted or put out of business. Local business groups near a handful of these installations have also banded together and contacted PAL Exposed in the interest of bringing this issue to light. PAL Exposed has engaged the offices of Senator John McCain and Senator Carl Levin through a Congressional Letter but has yet to receive any official comment or position.

Romney Wins! Predicts Novel That Also Predicted Ryan as Running Mate

HINESVILLE, Ga., Nov. 5, 2012 —The White House Games (https://www.libboo.com/read/the-white-house-games), the novel that accurately predicted the choice of Paul Ryan as a vice presidential candidate, has done it again.

The novel predicts that Romney will win this election, and more.

Author Say Dozeman made his predictions using computational mathematics. “I used a statistical technique known as the Bayesian Information Criterion,” he explained. “It is, as far as I’m concerned, a headachy piece of mathematics, but one that yields almost unerring predictive results if one is willing to traumatize oneself enough with the effort.”

All the data showed that Paul Ryan was the best fit as Romney’s vice-presidential pick. So, in his novel, Dozeman named a character holding a similar position, Paul-Mark Rubyan, a minor alteration of the actual candidate’s name.

“If anyone thinks that I changed the character’s name after Ryan had been selected, they’re welcome to check my novel’s date of registration with the Library of Congress,” Dozeman stated. “I registered it months before Ryan was selected, when even the closest associates of Romney had no idea who would be chosen, and at a time when I suspect that even Romney himself wasn’t sure.”

Dozeman firmly believes that his calculations have also revealed the identity of the winner of this presidential election: Mitt Romney.

Dozeman states that he’s willing to reveal these two predictions from his novel because according to him, these are the most trivial predictions in the novel. He states that the biggest bombshell predictions in the book will shake America to its core, that they involve rebuilding a new version of America in a way that even the Founding Fathers had not foreseen, but would be happy to endorse.

“You’ll have to read the book to find out what those bombshells are,” he said.

The first in a planned series of political novels, The White House Games tells the story of a group of former Navy SEALs who fight to change the direction of American politics. Taking a leaf from the Arab Spring movement of 2011, the SEALs embark on a once-in-a-lifetime mission. Using special-forces tactics and social-media power, the SEALs launch a battle against the powers-that-be in a high-stakes game to create America version 2.0.

“The story is a combination of The Hunger Games, Survivor and Celebrity Apprentice, in a political context,” said Dozeman.

The White House Games is available through www.Libboo.com, a digital platform for discovering hot new authors such as A. B. Bourne (The First Secret of Edwin Hoff), Steve Berkowitz (CHOCROTES and the World Without Question), and Say Dozeman (The White House Games).

The White House Games is also available for download at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/The-White-House-Games-ebook/dp/B009EWQX4W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1351972504&sr=1-1&keywords=the+white+house+games) and at Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-white-house-games-say-dozeman/1111590376?ean=2940015604290)

Dozeman has also created a game called “The White House Ops.” Downloadable for free from the Apple App Store, the game features a fast-paced race combined with a fight for survival as players steer major characters from the novel through a dangerous experience in the Amazon jungle, followed by Hell Week at the Navy SEALs training facility in Coronado, California, and culminating in an MMA tournament in Las Vegas.

Christian organization launches Hurricane Sandy volunteer site

BOSTON, Oct. 31, 2012  — Families affected by Hurricane Sandy can post their needs and service opportunities online at www.HurricaneSandyVolunteer.org. The website was launched by TechMission, a Christian nonprofit organization based in Boston, which also runs one of the largest online volunteer matching websites, ChristianVolunteering.org.

The goal of HurricaneSandyVolunteer.org is to match needs of families with resources of church members.

  1. Individuals can post requests for assistance on the website in areas such as tree removal, neighborhood cleanup, and home repair.
  2. Churches can post needs for members, or upload a spreadsheet of resources, needs, and volunteer opportunities.
  3. Volunteers can search a comprehensive list of resources, needs, and volunteer opportunities related to Hurricane Sandy. These needs can also be viewed on a map. The site also pulls in feeds of volunteer opportunities from AllForGood and Serve.gov, in order to have a comprehensive list.

The site offers volunteer opportunities in numerous areas, including:

  • distributing food at American Red Cross food pantries
  • assessing disaster recovery needs with Red Cross Disaster Services in eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania
  • supervising at shelters in New Jersey and New York State
  • helping with hurricane cleanup with Serve Rhode Island
  • providing training on emergency preparedness

In explaining the vision of the site, Andrew Sears, Executive Director of TechMission, said, “Just like the Internet can connect millions of buyers and sellers, our goal is to connect needs with resources of churches in response to Hurricane Sandy.”

HurricaneSandyVolunteer.org was funded by the Cecil B. Day Foundation and is being provided by the Christian non-profit, TechMission (www.techmission.org).

Obama Trumps Romney in Social Media Battle, Google Survey Finds

WINDHAM, N.H., Oct. 3, 2012  — When it comes to being savvy at social media and online persuasion, Barack Obama is better than Mitt Romney — at least according to the results of a recent Google Survey: “Who’s Better at Social Media and Online Persuasion: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?”

Querying 2,500 Internet users nationwide, a little over 64 percent of those polled chose the incumbent president over the Republican candidate, the exception being within the category of Americans over the age of 64. What’s so significant about this latest factoid?

According to Terry Dean and Dr. Glenn Livingston, the two internationally esteemed marketing experts who orchestrated the survey, it could be useful in assessing candidate popularity and scrutinizing the election probabilities. But that’s not all — the survey itself, when tied to other social media and marketing tools, is excellent for creating “buzz,” which matters because, particularly nowadays, generating buzz generates business.

“Capitalizing on Google Surveys can really get people to pay attention, engage and become interested in a subject — or even you, the one conducting the research,” says Livingston, who heads several marketing firms, including BigTrafficMonster.com (http://www.BigTrafficMonster.com) that combined have provided more than $20 million in consulting to clients big and small. “The survey can help build qualified leads for your brand. Consequently, your business can just skyrocket.”

However, surveys alone aren’t a silver bullet for success. A more comprehensive online marketing campaign will help. With this recent Obama vs. Romney poll, Livingston and Dean constructed a “media website” which contains (among other things), an illustrative 35-minute YouTube video: (http://www.totalconversioncode.com/ObamaVsRomney). The video reviews the candidates’ online campaigns and gives expert opinion on why people voted nearly two-to-one in Obama’s favor.

“When people watch this video, they learn about the poll, but more importantly to us as business owners and marketing consultants, a subset of the curious go farther to explore our businesses and expertise,” says Dean, the project’s co-creator. “This ultimately boosts qualified website traffic, business growth and the bottom line.”

That said, after surveying, developing the media website, and posting the educational YouTube video, there’s still one more step: promoting it all online through an effective press release. Do this, they say, and you’ll really raise the volume of the buzz.

“When the news goes live, that’s when the online hits heat up, search engine visibility rises, pay per clicks pay off, and your entire online marketing strategy generates good ROI,” Livingston says. “Now that’s the buzz you want!”

Tell Obama to ‘Move Out’ with an Empty Moving Box that Feeds Hungry Children

Intended as a charitable form of peaceful protest, a new website allows Americans to send President Obama a message that it’s time to move on, while their purchase will provide a contribution to feed at least six starving children a meal

DALLAS, Sept. 11, 2012  — With November’s election looming, many are telling Obama that it’s time to go. Some choose to trash landmarks, shout propaganda in the streets, occupy Wall Street and public parks across the country. However, one new online movement, www.moveon-out.com, is taking their message directly to the White House, in the form of parody moving boxes, which provide for a contribution to the Kids Against Hunger Program.

MoveOn-Out.com, founded by a conservative voter who is committed to trying to make a difference, is providing an outlet for peaceful protest that helps feed children along the way. Those visiting their website can purchase a box that is mailed directly to President Obama, with the message that it’s time for him to move out.

“People concerned about their freedom, the economy, taxes, bailouts, immigration, corruption, etc. can vent a little, have a little fun and also help fund meals to starving children through donations to the Kids Against Hunger Program,” says Kyle Gibson, who recently started themoveon-out.com and the bootoutbarack.com websites.

He continues, “Each box ordered will be sent directly to the White House by first-class mail. The boxes are shipped as empty as the Obama Presidency. In addition, each box purchased will provide a donation to the Kids Against Hunger program, which will feed six starving kids a nourishing meal.”

Intended to be both a parody and a protest, the boxes serve as a gentle prompt that it’s time for Obama to go.

“We don’t like his policies, lack of leadership, traveling the globe and trashing America and feeding tax dollars to his cronies and unions. We are not protesting in the streets, trashing private property, occupying city and state parks or rioting. We’ll protest peacefully and help others as we do so,” Gibson adds. Again, it will show what people can do without the help of Government. “It’s definitely time for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to start rebuilding America and working to undo the damage caused by the failed Obama policies.”

In fact, if the group reaches their goal of sending at least 1,000 boxes from each state, (50,000 boxes to the White House), over 300,000 meals will be provided to starving children.

To find out more, visit the site and send a box today, please visit: http://www.moveon-out.com

Retirement Planning at 40-Something – Halftime of the Big Game

LUBBOCK, Texas, Sept. 11, 2012  — If you started retirement planning early in your career, it’s good news by the time you hit your 40s. But for those 40-somethings just thinking about retirement – it’s like halftime in a football game.

Since football season is upon us, we’ll use the gridiron analogy. Let’s face it; working in your 40s really is like halftime in the big game. Your career is about half over, and it’s time to stop the game, assess where you are and make any necessary adjustments to your plan. You have 20 years of work behind you, and roughly 20 years of work ahead. If you haven’t been saving for retirement, it’s time to get started. If you’ve been socking money away for years, then it’s a good time to reassess where you are, and what you need to do over the next 20 years.

“Now more than ever, it’s important to have both an offensive and a defensive game plan,” said Brian Pitaniello, a partner with PFG Advisors. “In your 40s, you still need to have an offensive strategy to continue building dollars for the future. On the flip side, a defensive strategy is still just as important to have in place for the possibility of premature death, disability, economic crises and other unforeseen financial needs.

“Just like any football game, you have to have that half-time ‘locker-room talk’ about preparing for the worst but hitting the field with the mentality – and the tools – for ultimate success.”

Pitaniello explained that if you’ve been ignoring retirement for some reason, or delayed facing the reality that you may one day be retired, then now is the time to act. It’s halftime. It’s time to regroup and prepare yourself for the second half of your career. No matter the age you begin, Pitaniello and PFG Advisors recommend the following checklist in creating a retirement strategy:

  • Plan – At this point in your career, you should have an excellent feel for when you’d like to retire, how much you need in those retirement years, and where your current career is likely to take you. For that reason, you should be able to create a very accurate retirement plan.
  • Do – At 40-something there is simply no time to waste. Once you’ve figured out what you need to do; just do it.
  • Check – If you’re playing catch up, then you’re going to need to check your retirement plan every two years or so. Because of the relatively short time between now and when you retire, you need to pay close attention to things such as the return on your investments to make sure they agree with your planning assumptions.
  • Act – As you check your plan, you may need to make adjustments to things such as retirement age and your rate of savings. Since you have half your career behind you, during each of these cycles you should only be tweaking your retirement plan.

Worst of Global Slowdown Occurring Now, According to BNY Mellon’s Hoey

NEW YORK and LONDON, Aug. 15, 2012 — BNY Mellon Chief Economist Richard Hoey said the worst of the global slowdown is occurring right now and he continues to expect a global growth recession in 2012 with global GDP to grow at three percent.  Hoey also expects a moderate strengthening of global economic indicators in late 2012 and 2013, according to his most recent Economic Update.

Hoey states that European policymakers do recognize that it is cheaper to support the basic integrity of the euro than to absorb the severe losses which would be generated by its sudden dissolution.  “For that reason, we do expect the euro to survive,” says Hoey.  “The euro should continue to include most of its current members.”

While Hoey expects the euro to survive, he believes it is too late to avoid the European recession.

“We believe that Europe is currently in the worst phase of the European recession and the stronger countries can exit recession in late 2012 or early 2013,” Hoey concludes.  “We disagree with the disaster scenarios for Europe. However, even after the current European recession ends, we expect a multiyear period of sluggish economic activity, given unfavorable demographics, competitiveness challenges and legacy debt issues.”

True The Vote Hosts Colorado State Summit August 18, 2012

HOUSTON, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — True the Vote and Colorado Voter Protection will hold a Colorado State Summit to discuss election integrity within the state. The summit, held just weeks before Labor Day, will feature outstanding speakers and experts on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Speakers include:

  • Catherine Engelbrecht, Founder and President of True the Vote
  • Cynthia Coffman, Colorado Chief Deputy Attorney General
  • Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler
  • John Fund, Senior Editor of Commentary Magazine & author of “Stealing Elections” and “Who’s Counting?”
  • Christian Adams of Election Law Center
  • John Buckley, Buckley Law, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Jeff Kelly, Leader of Colorado Voter Protection
  • Others to be announced

“We have a remarkable line up of speakers who understand the need to protect and defend election integrity in Colorado,” said Engelbrecht. “Ten counties in Colorado have more voters on its registration rolls than actual live, eligible voters. In any state, this is unacceptable, but in Colorado – a swing state in the 2012 election – there can be no room for doubt. True the Vote’s program will inform and equip citizens to serve in our electoral process and help ensure free and fair elections.”

WHAT: Participants who attend and media who cover the Colorado State Summit will gain access to the latest research findings, legislative updates and training methods that can help interested citizens and inspire activists across the country to strengthen the election process.

John Buckley will discuss possible irregularities in El Paso and Pueblo counties in 2008 as well as the importance of vigilance in elections.  Secretary of State Gessler will discuss his recent act to prevent voter fraud with the ballots of inactive military personnel. All speakers will shed light on the importance of ensuring voter integrity in the swing state of Colorado.

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2012. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. (Lunch Provided)

REGISTRATION: To register, visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/colorado-state-summit/event-summary-c84b0d62f0d8493cb2629ef342703741.aspx
The registration fee is $20.
**Media who wish to cover the summit can register at  [email protected] 
NOTE: Official media credentials and photo ID will be required upon check-in.

WHERE: Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 South Clinton Street, Denver, CO 80112

WHY: True the Vote is an initiative developed by citizens for citizens to ensure fair and legal elections. The organization strives to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of the electoral process. True the Vote promotes ideas that actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. Learn more at www.truethevote.org/.

U.S. National Debt is a Threat, Veterans Say

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff said last year that, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt…” and a new poll sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America and conducted by The Winston Group, reveals that the majority of military voters agree with his statement and believe debt is a growing and insidious threat to our national security.

Pete Hegseth , CEO of Concerned Veterans for America said the following:

“It’s not surprising that the majority of military voters are aware of Admiral Mullen’s powerful statement. Our warfighters and veterans understand that our military might comes from economic strength. That’s why we’re fighting for policies here at home that will preserve the precious freedom and liberty we risked our lives to defend.”

Key findings:

  • Concern about the future of the U.S. economy is reflected in military voters’ views that economic threats are greater dangers to national security than terror threats.

    Greatest threats to national security (combined first and second choices):

    •      Economy – 42 %
    •      Debt – 30 %
    •      Cuts to the military – 30 %
    •      Traditional powers like China, Russian and Iran – 30 %
    •      Foreign terror groups – 29 %
    •      Cyber terror – 14 %
  • 54% of military voters were aware of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen’s statement the national debt was the most significant threat to our national security. There was a clear agreement with his statement in that 71% agreed and only 20% disagreed.  Among those who agreed, 46% strongly agreed.
  • There are serious concerns about where the U.S. is headed both longer term and with economic threats to the future of the country. In thinking about the U.S. economy in the next 20 years, 54% believe the economy will either be weaker (34%) or about the same as it is now (20%).
  • Takeaway: Military voters view the economy and fiscal issues as part of the overall security of the country, are clearly interested in the national discussion about the economy, and are looking for solutions to address the economy and debt.

This survey was conducted  July 18-22, 2012  and the results noted above are from 800 military voters both veterans and active duty.

FreedomWorks Presents ‘Freedom Platform’ For Adoption at 2012 GOP Convention

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — FreedomWorks, a grassroots service center serving more than 2 million members of the conservative movement, today released the Freedom Platform, a crowd-source proposal outlining 12 of the boldest, most important solutions for the nation in 2012. Grassroots activists from around the United States will petition the Republican National Convention platform committees to include the Freedom Platform in the GOP’s official 2012 platform.

“The conservative grassroots movement has shown in recent years that they are a force to be reckoned with,” said Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks. “In order to earn their support, Republicans will have to demonstrate a strong commitment to conservative philosophy, accountability, and the kind of bold reforms needed to save America. Incorporating the Freedom Platform into the 2012 Republican Platform is a great place to start.”

The Freedom Platform presents the 12 boldest, most important solutions for the nation in 2012 as judged by the conservative grassroots through crowd sourcing and face-to-face meetings. In June and July 2012, more than 1 million votes were cast at www.my2012platform.com, where voters were asked to choose between randomly selected pairings from an extensive list of policy proposals. The survey’s special technique, combined with input from on-the-ground activists across the country, has produced an agenda that is truly reflective of grassroots opinion.

“The 12 proposals in the Freedom Platform cover four broad policy categories – health care, energy, taxes and spending, and size of government – but are unified by common themes of smaller, constitutionally limited government and more freedom,” said Russ Walker, vice president of political and grassroots campaigns for FreedomWorks. “These 12 proposals are sure to generate high levels of enthusiasm from the conservative base in November.”

The “12 for ’12” are:

  1. Repeal Obamacare; Pursue Patient-Centered Care
  2. Stop the Tax Hikes
  3. Reverse Obama’s Spending Increases
  4. Scrap the Code; Replace It with a Flat Tax
  5. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment
  6. Reject Cap and Trade
  7. Rein in the EPA
  8. Unleash America’s Vast Energy Potential
  9. Eliminate the Department of Education
  10. Reduce the Bloated Federal Workforce
  11. Curtail Excessive Federal Regulation
  12. Audit the Fed

The Freedom Platform’s commissioners, who are charged with promoting the document among members of the RNC’s platform committees, represent a broad cross-section of the conservative grassroots, including members from important swing states such as Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, as well as states that have already felt the impact of the Tea Party in the 2012 election cycle, including Indiana, Texas andUtah. The commissioners are:

  • Gena Bell, Hills Community Tea Party and Our Turning Point, Ohio
  • Konni Burton, NE Tarrant Tea Party, Texas
  • Ken Clark, Loveland 9/12, Gang of 12, Colorado Liberty Group Leadership Coalition, Colorado
  • Vicki Dooling, Las Vegas Valley Tea Party, Nevada
  • Donna Driskell, FreedomWorks, Georgia
  • Laura Freed, Bucks County Kitchen Table Patriots, Pennsylvania
  • Dan Hauser, FreedomWorks, Utah
  • Joyce Krawiec, FreedomWorks, North Carolina
  • John Kuzmanich, Oregon Tea Party
  • Kristin Minor, America Refocused, Indiana
  • Debbie Wilson, Tampa Tea Party and Tampa 9-12, Florida
  • Tom Zawitowski, Ohio Liberty Coalition, Ohio

“In this crucial year, the Republican Party needs a bold platform that will offer a real, fundamental alternative to President Obama’s liberal agenda,” said Freedom Platform Commissioner Laura Freed of theBucks County (Pennsylvania) Kitchen Table Patriots. “The Freedom Platform offers a bold limited government conservative vision and offers commonsense reforms that most Americans will support.”

Freedom Platform Commissioner Dan Hauser, who represents FreedomWorks in Ohio, added, “The Tea Party movement grew because both political parties failed to listen to the people and their demands for real policy change in Washington, D.C. Our economy is crumbling and very little is being done to effect lasting, pro-free market change. The Freedom Platform is the next step for conservatives to save our economy and have our voices heard.”

Copies of the Freedom Platform will be delivered to RNC platform committee members ahead of its meetings to develop the 2012 Republican Platform, the document that guides the party’s policy efforts for the campaign and the legislative years that follow. Freedom Platform Commissioners will follow up directly with committee members to discuss the merits of the “12 for ’12” plan and urge them to include the Freedom Platform in the official 2012 Republican Platform, which will be unveiled at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27-30.

Missouri: Sarah Palin endorses Sarah Steelman

ROLLA, Mo., Aug. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —  Governor Sarah Palin addressed over one thousand people at the Steelman Surge BBQ at The Berry Patch in Cleveland, Missouri (pop. 592) yesterday, despite the heat and short notice. Gov. Palin emphasized that Steelman was the only candidate who had the backbone to do what’s right and stand up to the establishment and special interests that lurk in Washington, DC, stating, “She’s the candidate in this race who scares them because she won’t go to Washington to just go along, to get along. You have that choice to choose, results over rhetoric. Convictions over consultants and Missouri over Washington.”

Governor Palin pointed to Steelman’s conservative record and her ability to follow through with commitments, some of which can be found here: http://www.sarahsteelman.com/pages/sarahs-contract-with-missouri. Among the legislative items Steelman commits to sponsoring or cosponsoring are a balanced budget amendment, a cap on federal spending, repealing Obamacare and protecting life and liberty.

“A lot of candidates talk in vague terms about their plans and refuse to give specific details about how they’d vote or what they’d do. But that isn’t good enough anymore. From the beginning of this campaign I have offered details about whatWashington programs I’d cut and what legislation I’d sponsor or support. This contract offers voters a clear vision; it is a check list and is something they can use to measure my performance,” declared Steelman.

The BBQ was advertised as a way for the Steelman campaign to thank supporters and lasted past its allotted time due to the overwhelming response. Steelman and Palin stood side by side serving BBQ to close to 1000 supporters. Since Governor Palin’s endorsement, the campaign has seen an overwhelming increase in fundraising, website visits, calls to the office and, most importantly, the recent surge in the polls. This, coupled with Brunner’s collapse, proves that an endorsement from Governor Palin has a powerful impact.

Polling shows about 20% of voters still undecided, however the recent surge in the polls has shown that Palin’s voice and presence has the ability to rise above other political advertising and reach the undecided voters in an already saturated race.

“I’m grateful for Gov. Palin’s endorsement,” said Steelman, “She knows what it takes to fight for what’s right in politics, and that is why she can relate to me. She knows that I have a history of standing up to the powerful and not backing down. She knows that I’ll continue to be a fighter for what this country needs: a balanced budget, less spending and a greater respect for life and freedom.”

Ms. Steelman is a former State Treasurer and State Senator, a strong supporter of limited government, individual responsibility, and sound fiscal policy. She is also a staunch advocate of life, the Second Amendment, repealing Obamacare and strengthening our military. Steelman has been endorsed by over 50 conservative Missouri State Representatives, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), the Susan B. Anthony List, the Tea Party Express, Missouri Right to Life, National Right to Life, View Pac, ShePAC and Maggie’s List.

Bishops Urge Congress To Act On Religious Liberty Crisis In Obamacare

Cardinal DiNardo highlights problems for religious institutions, individuals

Sees Administration policy’s approach to religious freedom most grudging, arbitrary ever

Congressional action defending religious freedom long overdue

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called on Congress to address the crisis in health care sparked by the Obama administration’s contraceptive/sterilization coverage mandate in an August 3 letter to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

The mandate, which was announced a year ago by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he said, “would forbid Americans to provide or purchase health coverage unless it includes female surgical sterilizations, all FDA-approved prescription drugs and devices for preventing pregnancy – including drugs and devices which can destroy a human life at its earliest stages – and ‘counseling and education’ to promote these to all women and girls of childbearing age.”

His letter can be found at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/upload/Cardinal-DiNardo-s-August-2012-Letter-to-Congress-Regarding-Conscience-Protection.pdf.

Cardinal DiNardo called the mandate “unprecedented and misguided federal policy.” He added that “most of those who initiate or renew employee health plans as well as student plans at educational institutions after August 1 must comply with this mandate, notwithstanding their moral or religious objections, or drop their health coverage altogether as some colleges have now begun to do.”

“For our part, the Catholic bishops of the United States continue to advocate for life-affirming health care for all, especially for poor and vulnerable people. We do not see this policy as a step in that direction,” he said.

“Despite widespread opposition to this coercive policy by religious organizations, lawmakers and the general public, Congress has still taken no action to counter it. The time for such action is, to say the least, overdue,” he said.

“The fundamental importance of the religious freedom issue at stake demands a timely congressional response,” he said. “Through this mandate, the Administration is promoting an approach to religious freedom that is more grudging and arbitrary than any yet seen in federal law.”

He added that a minority of religious employers – those which, among other things, engage primarily in prayer and preaching – are said to be exempt from the mandate. “By contrast, religious organizations which live out their faith by reaching out to all in need with health care and other humanitarian services are deemed ‘not religious enough’ for the exemption. Many, though not all, of these organizations will qualify for a one-year delay in enforcement, after which partial control of their health plans will be handed over by the government to others willing to implement the mandate.”

Cardinal DiNardo highlighted the plight of employers who may have moral or religious objections to some or all of the mandated services, people who are “devout individuals and families who own and operate businesses, who without any word of protest from employees have been offering health coverage that does not violate their moral convictions.” With the mandate “their longtime practice will be contrary to federal law, punished by a tax of $100 a day per employee and other penalties,” he said. “In court, the Administration has insisted that these companies are entirely ‘secular’ with no claim on religious freedom. In effect, if an organization is ‘for profit,’ it is not allowed to be ‘for’ anything else. The owners who have imbued their companies with faith-based commitments to employee well-being, community service and social responsibility strongly disagree. And at a time of grave concern over business and banking scandals, does anyone think that rewarding businesses obsessed solely with company profits is sound government policy?”

Cardinal DiNardo noted several current lawsuits opposing the mandate brought by institutions and individuals.

“Vindication of the fundamental rights of these individuals and organizations may take years of litigation,” he said.

“The validity of the religious freedom claim against the contraceptive mandate is clearer than ever – even for those supposedly ‘secular’ companies whose rights are completely ignored under that mandate,” he said. “Yet timely and uniform protection of these rights cannot be expected from the current lengthy judicial process. Therefore the Catholic bishops of the United States and many others fervently hope Congress will address this urgent and fundamental issue before it completes its business this year.”

Corporate Profits Not a Dirty Word for the Majority of Americans

PRINCETON, N.J., June 22, 2012  — A new ORC International survey continues to find that Americans have historically been in favor of letting Corporate America make all the profit they can.

Today, almost two-thirds (65%) of US adults say companies should be allowed to make all the profit can.   ORC International’s CARAVAN® omnibus survey updated a question first asked 1946 and last asked in 1976. Historically, a majority of Americans have generally been supportive of unlimited corporate profits since the question was first asked in 1946 (when 61% of Americans agreed) with the exception of 1975 and 1976 when support for unlimited corporate profit fell to 36% and 39% respectively.

The 1975 and 1976 findings stand out as an anomaly in the historical data from ORC’s archives. Speculation was that a cap on profits would help ensure the money was returned back into the economy and not put into the pockets of corporate bonuses/salaries. Historically, ORC’s polling has found low levels of support for government limits in the years following a recession when profits would be on the rise.  For instance, in 1955 support for limits was only at 28% and in polling done in other post-recession years – including 2012 – support for limits is relatively low:  1962: 25%, 1971: 33% and 2012: 30%.

**Poll conducted using ORC International’s CARAVAN® service from June 9-10, 2012 The poll interviewed 1005 US Adults by telephone.  Prior polls cited conducted using a variety of methodologies consistent with best practices during their respective time periods.

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