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Sarah Palin to Headline RightOnline 2012

June 15-16th

Andrew Breitbart may have left us, but former Governor of Alaska and Tea Party stalwart, Sarah Palin, will be there to rally the troops at Right Online in Las Vegas on June 15th.  She will certainly energize this gathering of conservative bloggers and media types as they prepare for war against the Obama agenda.  The story was picked up on Politico which states:

This year’s meeting is focused on higher-level tactics and strategies than past year’s editions of Right Online, which sometimes had the feel of a crash course on blogging 101. The Vegas conference features training on video exposes to be conducted by guerrilla video journalist James O’Keefe, a session on polling featuring conservative’s favorite pollster Scott Rasmussen and a session moderated by columnist Michelle Malkin entitled “How to Use Facebook & Twitter to Win,” which will include instruction on using social media to drive narratives. It’s an area in which Palin can rightly be considered a pioneer, having mastered a high-impact, communication style that almost completely circumvents a traditional media from which she’s sometimes gotten rough treatment.

(that’s quite an understatement.)

AFP also released a press release today:

AFP Foundation President Tim Phillips said, “Sarah Palin is an expert
at harnessing social media technology and tactics to shape the
narrative. Few others have demonstrated Palin’s prowess at breaking
the rules of the Old Guard Media. We’re thrilled to have her join us
at RightOnline, which already features some of the most influential
figures and publishers of online news in the country.”

Governor Palin will participate in Friday evening’s ‘Tribute to Andrew
Breitbart’ by the Breitbart News team and will introduce Citizen
United’s new film “Occupy Unmasked” written/directed by Stephen K.
Bannon and featuring Andrew Breitbart.

Palin is the latest to join an already impressive lineup of new media
gurus that includes pollster Scott Rasmussen, author Jonah Goldberg,
FOX News contributor Michelle Malkin, Breitbart News editor Dana
Loesch, and many more. For the fifth year in a row, RightOnline is the
can’t-miss event for liberty-loving bloggers and citizen journalists
who want to take their online activism to the next level.

If you’re a blogger, a Youtube wizard, a journalist, a media guru, or just interested in attending to educate or improve yourself with these exciting panel discussions and strategy sessions detailing how to beat the liberal media and take our country back, it’s still not too late to register for this event. Do it today!

AFP On The Ground In Wisconsin

Scott Walker Leads The Way

As the citizens of the badger state prepare to head to to polls June 5th to decide their state’s economic future, it cannot be denied that phone banks, neighborhood canvassing, and other forms of grassroots outreach are helping Gov. Scott Walker maintain his lead over his Democratic opponent Tom Barrett.  The folks at Americans for Prosperity have been on the ground fighting for Wisconsin’s economic freedom and, therefore, our own.  This recall election will vindicate and legitimize Gov. Walker’s agenda of fiscal reform.

Reforms that other Republican governors have strived to emulate where unionized labor and their bloated pension programs have run amok.  In some cases, like in New Jersey, it has incurred tens of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities.  Upon seeing committed conservative organizations, like Americans for Prosperity, stand with Scott Walker, coupled with the positive poll numbers are good indicators that next Tuesday will be a good night for conservatives and Gov. Walker.  Here’s a clip of what AFP has been doing on the front lines.

 

Right Online 2012

It’s finally here! The Fifth Annual Right Online in Las Vegas, Nevada! Join your fellow conservatives as we discuss new media strategies to further the conservative agenda and laid down the groundwork for Barack Obama’s departure this upcoming November.  It’s not too late the register.

Featured speakers include Michelle Malkin, Townhall’s Guy Benson, Scott Rasmussen, and Big Journalism’s Dana Loesch.

Check out these highlights from last year.  2012 is on! Oh…and did I mention it’s in Vegas!

 

Mr. President: Stop Tanking America

Americans for Prosperity’s $6.1 million dollar media campaign has taken no prisoners concerning its message to President Obama to stop tanking America. It has forced the Obama campaign to respond to them twice this year concerning the administration’s record of wasteful spending, exporting jobs overseas and its nonsensical commitment to clean energy initiatives, which led to the Solyndra fiasco.

However, AFP isn’t just hitting the airwaves to spread their message. They have organized various town-hall events and rallies to energize the grassroots support and the conservative base of the Republican Party in key states like Virginia and Florida where energy issues are a highly salient issue. I was fortunate to attend the McLean rally last Wednesday night, despite the inclement weather, which was well attended with two great guest speakers, Robin Millican and Alexandra Liddy Bourne, from The Institute for Energy Research and The American Energy Freedom Center who detailed the failure of clean energy initiatives and the costs that are driving gas prices sky high.

Ms. Millican, Policy Director for the Institute for Energy Research, reiterated the administration’s policy of picking and choosing winners and losers in this economy. More disturbingly, were her comments about the Department of Defense that signed a $12 million dollar contract with two biofuel companies to produce 450,000 gallons of the advanced liquid. It comes out to $26 a gallon, but once blended with traditional fuel, it will be more like $15 a gallon. This ludicrous expenditure is grounded in the words of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus who said “We are doing this for one simple reason: It makes us better fighters…our use of fossil fuels is a very real threat to our national security and to the U.S. Navy ability to protect America and project power overseas.” I’m sure the environmental left wanted to give him a nice kiss on the cheek with a box of chocolates, but as Millican pointed out, the federal government has a portion of land in Alaska called the Naval Petroleum Reserve which is specifically set aside to meet the energy demands of the military. Yet, we are going to pay companies to make fuel for our armed forces that is four times more expensive than standard fuel.

Ms. Millican also delivered some remarks about the the $500 million dollar loan allocated to Solyndra. A company principally financed by George Kaiser who was also a huge bundler for the Obama campaign in 2008. In all, big government breed corruption, crony capitalism, and dependency. She aptly pointed out that these subsidies are not meant to better society, but are goodie bags to the politically connected. She says “look no further than a government funded program that relies on a stamp of approval from a group of unelected bureaucrats who have no technical experience.” The process in determining which system maximizes efficiency is not rigorous and comes down to nothing more than corporate welfare. Continuing on the waste this administration has incurred due to its quest for clean energy initiatives, Millican detailed the Section 1603 program that has allocated $20 billion dollars in cash payment, not loans that need to be repaid, to companies that install solar, wind and geothermal properties. Congress want to extend this program for an additional year at the tune of $3 billion dollars.

Relating to AFP’s media campaign, Ms. Millican discussed the $529 million dollar loan to Fisker which produced the $100,000 dollar Karma automobile that is principally made in Finland. Is this investing in America? Ms. Millican astutely pointed out that renewables only constitute 1.5% of our entire energy consumption, but get the majority share of the funds allocated from Congress. Wind is two times more expensive as traditional coal and solar is three times more expensive and dithering from this administration to accept more traditional forms of energy are hitting fixed and lower income households the most. Lastly, we should follow Europe on this front. Europe is desperate to cut subsidies for clean energy. In Spain, for every one green job created, 2.2 jobs were lost. Does that sound sustainable?

Alexandra Liddy Bourne of The American Energy Freedom Center detailed the paradoxes of American energy policy stating we’re the third largest producer of oil, yet we import 51% mainly to be utilized for transportation. She stated how the ethanol mandate has made gas prices increase due to the fact that our pipeline infrastructure cannot transport ethanol to every part of the country. We need to ship it or put in on trains to get it to their respective destinations. The current mandate, E10, states that gas must have 10% ethanol blended in the fuel. The EPA want to increase it to 15%, which has the oil and car companies going ballistic due to the fact that any car made before 2007 will be ruined since ethanol pulls all the dirt and impurities into the gasoline, therefore, destroying the engine. You’ll be spending more time in the garage than on the road if this mandate is enacted next year. Hence, Americans would have to buy a new car to accommodate the mandate. Is this looking after the middle class Mr. President?

Furthermore, Ms. Bourne refuted the claim that oil companies were the enemy in this fight. Ninety-five percent of the oil is owned by nation-states and gas companies only make a 9% profit at the end of the day. A vast majority of the cost does rest on the price of crude oil, but 14% of the cost rests with local, state and federal taxes on gasoline. This source of price creep that could be tackled immediately by reducing the taxes, but the administration has balked at that suggestion. The Obama administration has continued to fund money to subsidize solar, wind, and alternative fuels with their accompanying jobs being shipped to Mexico, China, and Finland.

In all, both speakers detailed the intransigent regulatory policy this administration is placing on our energy needs. From recommending new mandates, creating new federal boards for land oil exploration/fracking, and wasteful investments with less traditional forms of energy, the Obama administration is stalling our recovery. Ms. Bourne insightfully stated that the cornerstone of our recovery will rest with the ability for our businesses to transport goods and accumulate wealth. With high energy prices, that process is stunted. As a result, we have an anemic recovery.

The Extreme Left Moves to Phase II Against Scott Walker

The Daily Kos and it’s sheeplings are at it again.  They are trying to get Gov. Scott Walker removed from office in a recall election because he removed public unions ability to fleece the taxpayers by raiding the treasury as Democrats give them lucrative contracts in return for election year favors. Gov. Walker protected his State’s taxpayers by saying that they can no longer get gifts from the State Congress. They can no longer hold the State taxpayer hostage. They will have to negotiate just like everyone else – and it has absolutely sent the liberals off the deep end. “Out in left field” is our page to share with you what the left is doing and how you can help fight back. Notice that in the email sent from the Daily Kos, the end it with “Thank you for uniting us as a progressive” .. umm,  I know there aren’t many of them, but sure thought there were more than one. First: the bad stuff…

What the Extreme Left is doing:

Last night in Wisconsin, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won the Democratic nomination to take on Governor Scott Walker in the June 5 recall. Now our opportunity to defeat the Walker-Koch agenda is in sight.
Please contribute $5 to help Tom Barrett defeat Scott Walker.
Mayor Barrett is a strong standard-bearer for progressives in the recall. While representing Wisconsin in Congress, Mayor Barrett stood with me in voting against the deregulation that led to the Wall Street crash, opposing the PATRIOT Act, and reforming our system of campaign finance. His executive experience makes him qualified to begin rolling back Walker’s devastating program on day one.
Scott Walker relies on corporate bosses from coast to coast who have armed him with tens of millions of dollars. But if grassroots progressives unite around Tom Barrett, we can put an end to Walker’s harmful policies and slam the brakes on the national corporate agenda.
Please contribute $5 to Tom Barrett and unite to defeat Scott Walker.
Thank you for uniting as a progressive, Russ Feingold

Now the good stuff:

What the Rest of America needs to do:

Support Scott Walker by going to rallies, giving money or time: http://americansforprosperity.org/walker/

Happy Birthday President Reagan Ad Released

Washington, DC – Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s premier advocate for economic freedom, released a very special “Happy Birthday” message to honor President Ronald Reagan on his 101st birthday. The 60-second television spot contrasts Reagan’s optimism, prosperity, and belief in freedom with the broken promises and class-warfare rhetoric of President Obama.

Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips said, “On Reagan’s birthday, I can’t help but miss the President more than ever. His vision for America contrasts so sharply with the big-government waste and cronyism that will be the legacy of the Obama Administration.”

Called “Two Visions,” the ad compares and contrasts quotes from the two presidents, showing the stark difference in their view of what America should be.

“It’s important to remind ourselves what a terrific difference a great leader can make in this country,” Phillips continued. “President Reagan knew that free market policies would result in millions of new American jobs, exploding personal incomes, with broad-based prosperity and optimism for our nation. However President Obama’s approach is just the opposite – more taxes, more government, and job killing regulations – all in pursuit of his own liberal ideology.”

The ad culminates with the message: Happy Birthday, President Reagan. We miss your optimism, your love of America, and your belief in the power of freedom.

 

The KinderCare Generation

For those in two–income households who have been wondering what the long–term effects of parking children in daycare would be, the results are in and the news is not good.

Quite a few members of the daycare generation are currently occupying Obamavilles in New York City, D.C., Oakland, CA and points in between. This is a natural outcome of society’s reliance on strangers to raise our kids. The daycare generation’s formative years led them to become accustomed to large, mostly benevolent, third–party organizations that dried their tears, filled their tummies and enforced the rules for sharing.

Inside this primary colors utopia, the daycare generation finger–painted signs, beat on the furniture, sang songs and it was absolutely free! At snack time Juanita never charged little Belgium or Saskatchewan for the goldfish or juice boxes.
It’s only natural, now that the daycare generation no longer depends on KinderCare, that they turn to the largest organization of all and ask Uncle Sam to make everything all better.

I had the opportunity to experience this firsthand last weekend at The Koch Konspiracy, better known as the American’s for Prosperity Conference, held at the Washington Convention Center in D.C. During Friday’s Reagan dinner an occupy type attempted to disrupt the keynote speech. It started with a ripple of movement toward the front of the ballroom and then escalated into the same incoherent shouting you see in coverage of the New York City occupiers, only closer.

During breaks in the action during dinner, attendees went to the windows and watched occupiers block the street in front of the convention center. This is a familiar community organizing technique based on the theory that adding to gridlock with impromptu traffic jams is a sure way to generate support for your cause.

Once blocking traffic grew boring, the occupy mob attempted to storm the doors of the convention center and force their way inside. Security prevented this, but when the event concluded around 10:00 PM, the mob blocked the doors preventing the attendees from leaving.

These brave voices for the 99 percent used very small children in some barricades, putting them in front of the class warriors and against the door, so it could not be opened without hitting little Buffy. Other exits were blocked by jamming wooden poles through the door handles. All the entrances were treated to the usual smug tautological signs (“I am a human being”), drums and aggressively screamed obscenities.

A well–run police department would have responded by sending the civil disturbance unit. The D.C. department sent a handful of outnumbered officers who did little to clear the doors.

(As an aside, ask yourself what the city’s response would have been if NRA members had blocked the doors to Busboys & Poets or some other D.C. hotbed of failed ideology?)

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D–Delusional) was quoted by the WaPost as saying; “This is a very difficult job for police. Their job is keeping the protesters and people coming out of the convention center safe.”

No. The job of the police is to keep the peace and protect the law abiding. It’s not to observe the tantrums of this narcissistic mob and make a pathetic attempt to mediate between the innocent and the inciter.

On Monday, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said she’s had all she can stand and she can’t stands no more, describing the occupiers as, “increasingly confrontational and violent.” She promised the department will “adjust tactics as needed to assure safety.”
Somehow I don’t find a 60–hour response time to a near riot very reassuring.

Mayor Vincent Gray (D–Detached) pleaded with the rabble to “show restraint” so the movement is not “discredited by violence.” But as usual he’s not exactly abreast of the news.

In Oakland almost 100 occupiers were arrested after they threw pipes, chunks of concrete, firebombs and fired Roman candles at police. In Boston crack dealers were arrested at the occupy site. In Dallas, New York, Cleveland and Baltimore there have been reports of rape in occupy sites and I’m not talking about the corporate kind.

And in San Diego street cart vendors who made the mistake of initially giving free food to occupy denizens found themselves under attack by enraged blood and urine–throwing protestors when they decided to start charging for food.

There’s essentially no difference between these pampered and petulant occupiers going on the rampage against the nebulous offense of “corporate greed” and the three–year–old in daycare throwing a tantrum at the conclusion of recess because “it’s not fair!”

They are only older – certainly not wiser.

Herman Cain's Harassment Problem May Not be a Problem

The media, led around by Politico.com, have been doing everything possible to make a real story out of anonymously sourced, hard to corroborate sexual harassment claims against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. While the media is paying a lot of attention to that, a good swath of primary voters don’t seem to be.

At AFP’s Defending the American Dream Summit in D.C. this weekend both Herman Cain and Mitt Romney were keynote speakers at the kick-off session. While Mitt said everything Conservatives might want to hear, it still felt ..  unbelievable – as if he were telling them what they wanted to hear and only what they wanted to hear. He did manage a standing ovation during his speech, but nothing like what happened when Herman Cain took the stage.

Herman got things started by asking “who’s teleprompters are these? I don’t need them!”  And then broke into a reverend-esque revival-style speech that seemed to electrify the crowd. Many may have seen the live stream of his speech on Fox, but I am fairly certain it could not have captured the energy coming from the crowd back at Mr. Cain.

Within just a few minutes of starting his speech, the crowd was on it’s feet. More cameras were in use by the crowd than for any other speaker, including Mitt – by far.

What’s important to note is not just that he did well with a crowd, but that he did well with this crowd. Conservatives that would spend money on a conference ticket, travel and hotel are very likely to be representative of “the 12%” – registered Republicans that actually vote in the primaries.

Throughout the speech Herman Cain received six (not that I was counting) roaring, full-room standing ovations from the crowd while communicating his major policy initiatives:

On foreign policy Herman said that we should persue “peace through strength and clarity.” “We should clarify who our enemies are and we should clarify who our friends are.”

Domestically he again discussed his 9-9-9 plan and went after the EPA’s recent over-reaches.

In addressing recent assertions that he was closely associated with the Koch brothers, Herman said, “I am the Koch brothers brother from another mother.”

As campaign stump speeches go, this one was successful. It was lackluster on detail and rich in soundbites. The upcoming debate between Herman and Newt may help voters understand his policies more in-depth, but this speech shows that he can excite the base even with allegations of sexual harassment hanging over his head.

Annexation Reform Headed to House Floor!

The House Rules Committee approved House Bill 845 Monday night. This bill is an excellent annexation reform bill and gives property owners a true voice as to whether they wish to be annexed.

Click here to urge your lawmakers to support this important bill.

HB 845 provides increased penalties for cities that do not provide promised services to residents being annexed against their will as well as a fair process for providing water and sewer.

The “cost of water and sewer” will now land more squarely on cities. In the past, cities were obligated to extend water and sewer lines into newly annexed areas, but they could require residents to pick up some or all of that cost. Now the financial burden will be on the cities.

Other key parts of the bill include:

  • It provides for a protest petition for those about to be annexed. If 60 percent of the property owners object to the annexation, they can stop it cold for three years.
  • It lays out new timelines for annexation designed to give greater noticed to those who cities wish to bring into the corporate limits.

We believe this bill gives a full and fair voice to property owners that for years have been abused by money hungry city bureaucrats. We think most forced annexations will end as a result of this bill and that all property owners now have a real voice.

Please take action now to support this important bill and give a real voice back to property owners.

Thank you for your continued support and activism.
Sincerely,

Jeff Mixon
Field Coordinator
Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina

 

Time to Cut Spending

The federal government has a spending problem, and everybody knows it. Now thanks to grassroots activists like you who have helped form the largest groundswell rejection of big government spending this country has ever seen, Capitol Hill finally has enough real fiscal conservatives to begin the hard work of reforming the federal budget.

But it won’t be easy. Public employee unions, big government advocates and special interest lobbyists are all clamoring that we can’t possibly cut spending. We need your help to make sure our elected officials know that the grassroots movement is with them and is supporting them while they make these tough decisions.

This year the federal budget will run more than $1.5 trillion in deficit, and more than 40 percent of every dollar we spend is borrowed. Runaway spending is at the core of this problem. More than 70 percent of the federal budget is mandatory spending on entitlement programs and interest payments on the national debt. These programs must be reformed in order for the country to regain its fiscal footing. But let’s also not fall into the same old trap of being afraid to look at defense spending as well. The government’s paramount job is to keep us safe, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any waste or porkbarrel spending in the Defense Department.

Take action today by filling out the form below to remind your senators and representative that you support cutting spending to help balance the budget.

Send your message HERE

Stand With Scott Walker

We at Conservative Daily News have taken up Governor Walker’s cause. Now it’s your turn.

Help send the following message to the Wisconsin Senate and to Governor Scott Walker:

Union dues should be voluntary, and the state should not be in the business of collecting them. Union certification should require a secret ballot. Collective bargaining should not be used to force extravagant pension and health benefits that cripple state budgets.

These common-sense reforms have made the union bosses desperate to disrupt Wisconsin government and overturn an election. They must not be allowed to succeed. In fact, every state should adopt Governor Scott Walker’s common sense reforms.

Sign the petition

 

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Conservative Group Sets Legislative Agenda for 2011

Americans for ProsperityAmericans for Prosperity sent out a mailer that lists their current legislative priorities.  Dallas Woodhouse and company are planning to press Congress to work on these items by producing a report card for grassroots Conservatives to use to measure their members of Congress’ alignment with core issues.

AFP-NC 2011 Legislative Agenda:

• Pass a budget with ZERO tax increases
• Allow temporary sales and income taxes to sunset as planned
• Repeal ¼-cent sales and land transfer tax
• Require any referendum to take place on an even- year November General Election
• Increase the number of public charter schools and other school choice options
available to parents
• Promote the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) that would limit government
spending
• Promote an amendment requiring a supermajority to raise taxes
• Eliminate corporate welfare (incentives) and adjust the corporate rate from 2% to 3%
• Protect private property
• Support a Constitutional Amendment to stop eminent domain abuse
• Stop forced municipal annexation
• Stop excessive property tax increases that threatens homes & businesses
• Dedicate all lottery revenue to school construction
• Repeal “Senate Bill 3”which raised energy costs and hurt families
• End all “welfare for politicians” known as taxpayer funded elections
• Protect free and political speech rights by deregulating campaign speech
• Pass a Session Limit Amendment
• End the Golden Leaf Foundation
• Keep North Carolina a “Right to Work” state
• Protect government employees from Unions having access to pay checks
• Protect taxpayers from public employee strikes and work stoppages
• Support a State Constitutional Amendment to protect workers’ rights to secret
ballot elections
• Pass Texas-style tort and lawsuit reform
• Greatly reduce the regulatory burden on business and citizens

We welcome any and all feedback on our goals and efforts.
Please feel free to contact Dallas Woodhouse at 919-839-1011 ext. 3 or at [email protected]

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