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Spin begins in earnest for Jeb Bush presidential run





Spin begins in earnest for Jeb Bush presidential run



Basically the same party.


As we’ve said before, the last thing this country needs is another Clinton or Bush in the White House.

With Chris Christie hobbled (for the time being) the establishment GOP has turned its gaze toward Jeb – “I never thought people would actually let my brother be president” – Bush. Chris Christie would be a good nominee in their eyes, but how much better to have a governor who already knows (and can hire) all the people who worked in the prior Bush presidencies?

Jeb is the way the establishment gives the finger to the new breed of small government people coming up in the GOP. If the establishment can nominate their guy the Tea Party and libertarians will have no choice but to fall in line behind the big government Bush.

Seriously, how is it that in a country with 315 million people 2 families have been allowed to dominate the most important office in the land for potentially a collective quarter century.?

And now the laudatory articles start.

(From The Washington Times)
“If you look at the Republican field minus Jeb Bush, you have some potential stars out there, but nobody knows whether they can put together the grand effort needed to win the nomination and go on to win the White House,” he said. “With Jeb, people are immediately struck by his intellectual heft. He is a serious policymaker and you get the sense that he could go all the way.”

For the sake of the country let’s hope not.

Oh, and Jeb is a key guy behind Common Core.

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The GOP Establishment Ain’t What it Used to Be


By Nick Sorrentino

The GOP Establishment Ain’t What it Used to Be


Tim Carney writes in the attached piece that the small government types have established beachheads in Washington DC.

We have said that the Tea Party barbarians are at the gate and are now coming over the walls.

Matt Kibbe has talked about the “hostile takeover” going on in the GOP driven by people committed to small government.

But we are all saying the same thing. Serious change is here and a lot more is coming to Washington DC.

The DC Republicans are sort of amazed by the whole phenomenon. Wasn’t it just 3 years ago that everything was normal? What happened? The GOP got defense money and farm subsidies. The Dems got social programs. We yelled at each other a little bit. But in the end everyone knew the game. Get to DC and gather power. Get to DC and gather fame. Get to DC and gather money. Then these Tea Party people showed up and started bitching about cutting spending. What’s worse is that many of them actually meant it.

“Do you know how embarrassing it is when you’ve called yourself a ‘conservative’ for your entire career and then some snot nosed new congressman from Missouri or some other God forsaken place says on TV the you aren’t. And then offers proof?”

“No, I don’t Senator.”

“Well I’ll tell you. It’s damned embarrassing.”

“We should have killed the Internet when we could have. Now everyday people actually know what’s going on. And, well, that’s damned embarrassing too.”

(From The Washington Examiner)

Floor leaders and committee chairmen have always been the GOP’s main contact point with corporations’ political action committees and lobbyists. If a member stays on the good side of party leaders, the leaders make a phone call to a lobbyist who throws the member a fundraiser.

Similarly, if a staffer always played nice with the Establishment, that brought with it job security: Even if your boss retired, you could land on your feet, as the leadership would recommend you for a job in another office, or K Street would hire you.

You can see how this would make dissenting staffers and members watch their words and actions. Sure, members were allowed to vote against the leadership – as long as the leadership didn’t need your vote. But at the end of the day, you had to play ball, otherwise you got no money for re-election, and no jobs for you or your staff.

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Is Santa Haslam Bringing Tennesseans an Obamacare Exchange for Christmas?




Is Santa Haslam Bringing Tennesseans an Obamacare Exchange for Christmas?Governor Bill Haslam recently announced he plans to put off the decision on whether to form the health care exchanges outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius extended the deadlinefor states to notify the federal government until Dec. 14.

No doubt, the governor is getting significant pressure from both sides of the exchange fight, with insurance company lobbyists emphasizing that they’d prefer to work with the state government instead of the federal government, while individual citizens and employers are mounting a lobbying effort of their own against the exchanges.

One has to wonder if perhaps Haslam isn’t waiting in the hope that Tennesseans will be too occupied with candy canes, turkey, and holiday festivities to notice what their state government is doing.


RT to host final US presidential third-party debate



Please note that the debate has been rescheduled for November 5th due to hurricane Sandy.

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Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein will sound off once more before Election Day, with both presidential hopefuls now slated to debate live from RT’s Washington, DC studio on November 5.

Tens of thousands around the globe watched earlier this week when broadcasting legend Larry King moderated a debate between the top third-party candidates live from Chicago. As those politicians continue to be shunned by the mainstream media and political establishment alike, though, they remain excluded from presenting their platform to the country on the eve of a historic election. RT aims to make a difference, however, and will host Johnson and Stein to speak their minds on the topics Americans really care about in 2012.

Following the success of this week’s Third Party Presidential Debate broadcast on RT live from Chicago, the top candidates as selected by voters on the Free and Equal Elections Foundation website will move on to a second debate from the nation’s capital, this time answering questions dedicated solely to foreign policy.

“The voters have spoken, and we are pleased to announce that Gary Johnson and Jill Stein will advance to the second debate,” Christina Tobin, founder and chair of Free and Equal, tells RT.

When Johnson and Stein took the stage to participate in the first third-party debate this year, the candidates sounded off on questions that, while vital to the voting public, were absent from the discussions held between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney during the televised debates that selected only Democrat and Republican politicians to participate.

The debate, which was originally set for October 30, was postponed as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

The second and final third-party presidential debate will be held on November 5 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time, (November 6, 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. GMT)  and will be aired on RT America as well as and on RT’s YouTube channel.



“RNC treatment of Ron Paul – Height of Rudeness and Stupidity”


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By Sherrie

Michael Steele on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart “RNC treatment of Ron Paul – Height of Rudeness and Stupidity”

At the 3:49 minute mark of the video – Jon Stewart mentions the way Ron Paul was treated by the Republican establishment in Tampa was horrid.

Michael Steele, previous chair of the Republican party, responds and says it was the height of Stupidity and Rudeness!


Ron Paul Delegates Speak OUT! RE: RNC/GOP Corruption 2012

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While we were in Tampa, Florida on August 26, 2012 we ran across several Ron Paul delegates who offered to share their experience with the GOP corruption that has been ongoing this year.


War Breaks out in GOP: Broken bones




[CIM} Watch the three videos which are include at the end of Doug Wead’s post below.


By Doug Wead

War Breaks out in GOP: Broken bones

“In yet another instance, Ron Paul supporter Alex Helwig, Chairman of the Rules Committee who made the motion to remove the chair, was arrested by Shreveport police and released.  During his brief detainment, some of his fingers were broken and when he returned to the event he was walking with aid of a cane.”

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This report from inside the Ron Paul campaign gives you a glimpse of the resistance from establishment Republican Party operatives as they seek to hold power.  Meanwhile, the GOP continues to experience its transformation.  Ron Paul supporters are enduring false arrests, detainment, broken bones and slander as they simply exercise their constitutional rights of voting and participating in party politics.  Keep in mind, the final outcome, as explained to me, was a good one.  And in spite of brutal tactics from some in the establishment who are trying to cling to power, the Republicans of Louisiana will be represented in Tampa.  Most of them will be supporters of Ron Paul, cheering on the GOP nominee.

Here is the report:

“Louisiana GOP officials ignored the vast majority of duly elected delegates and attempted to use illegally adopted rules to deny Ron Paul supporters an opportunity to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa.  Louisiana has 46 delegates.  Five were pledged to Mitt Romney based on the March 23rd primary result and Rick Santorum received 10, meaning most delegates were contestable at the state convention.

“Delegates to the state convention were chosen at caucus meetings on April 28th.  Ron Paul slates won four of six congressional district contests.  Of the approximately 180 delegates attending the state convention, 113 voted to remove the LAGOP chairman when he failed to respond to requests for information and other motions from delegates.  Nearly two-thirds of the delegates began physically moving their chairs, literally turning their back on the GOP chair appointed by the party hierarchy.

“In another instance, State Central Committeeman and Ron Paul supporter Henry Herford Jr. of Franklin Parrish was attacked by some security officials who didn’t realize that the body had voted out the previous chairman.  Mr. Herford has a prosthetic hip and according to a doctor at the scene it appears as though the prosthetic was dislocated and may require replacement.  The injury occurred as he was beginning to call to order the newly re-formed convention.

“In yet another instance, Ron Paul supporter Alex Helwig, Chairman of the Rules Committee who made the motion to remove the chair, was arrested by Shreveport police and released.  During his brief detainment, some of his fingers were broken and when he returned to the event he was walking with aid of a cane.


Will South Dakota voters rock the nation?




Will South Dakota voters rock the nation and send message to the establishment?

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With the mainstream’s agenda of pushing Mitt Romney down Republican voters’ throats even though no one has clinched the nomination yet, will South Dakota provide some much needed push-back by coming out in droves in favor of the other candidate still in the race, Ron Paul?

Although it barely made a whisper in the national news, the fact is that the very first state that had polled Ron Paul in first place was actually South Dakota.  This was way back in December when there was still a crowded field of challengers in the race.  While a poll that old cannot be relied upon today, it is certainly an indicator of support that could be seized upon if there is a significant effort put forth by grassroots activists reminding voters that there are still 2 candidates left in this race.

The truth is that the Paul campaign has been racking up endorsements throughout South Dakota over the past week.  Although the most recent comments made by Sioux Falls City Councilman, Kermit Staggers is not an official endorsement, it has gone mega viral over the last few days.  In a recent op-ed written by Staggers in the Argus Leader, one of his last sentences has sparked the already burning flame of anti-establishment activism throughout the state.

If Romney wins overwhelmingly, the message would be that state Republicans are satisfied with their party’s presumptive nominee. But if Paul wins a large percentage of the vote plus delegates, the message would be that Republicans are not satisfied with Romney and/or that the cause of freedom and liberty still resonates in the hearts of South Dakotans.

The last line in that quote has been translated into a dialogue of:  “Show the nation that South Dakota still fights for freedom and liberty.  Vote for Ron Paul!”  Possibly, nobody else could have done a better job at starting that message than South Dakota’s own “Dr. No”.  Current Sioux Falls City Councilman Kermit Staggers earned that nickname while serving 8 years in the State Senate.  You might say he was the “Ron Paul” of the state legislature fighting against unnecessary spending.

Ron Paul’s campaign has acknowledged 2 official endorsements from South Dakota recently.  State Representative Jon Hansen of Dell Rapids stated, “Ron Paul’s consistency and integrity goes unmatched in today’s political environment.”  On the complete opposite side of the state, Rapid City Councilman Jordan Mason stated in his official endorsement, “I stand for strong fiscal policy.  I stand for solving our problems at home before we try to solve other countries’ problems abroad.  I stand for liberty and I stand for the American dream.  And so I stand for Ron Paul.”

Meanwhile, the grassroots efforts are also fired-up.  There is a new unconnected PAC called “South Dakota for Liberty” that is currently having a major moneybomb going on throughout this weekend hoping to meet their goal of raising at least $25,000 in order to help get out the vote.  In just one day, they have already raised over $9,000.

A Sioux Falls meetup group has been engaged in door-to-door canvassing.  The PAC has recently opened-up an office in the downtown area which is located at 220 S. Phillips Avenue for the purpose of phone banking and to organize grassroots efforts.

If there is one thing that South Dakotans still love, it is to fight their way into the national spotlight.  With that said, I hope that South Dakota voters choose to ROCK THE ESTABLISHMENT on the 5th of June!



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Still Voting Romney or Obama? Not After This Video! RONY 2012!




My gift to the Dare County Republicans, North Carolina. Hopefully the simplicity of this blog post my reach your apathetic and dangerous view point of the world in which you have played your role flawlessly. Watch if you “DARE” to WAKE UP!

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You’ve heard about Kony 2012…Well This is a REAL MOVEMENT!
It’s a shame that “the presidential nominee with the most money” is the one who has the best chance to win….This movement is to shatter that….







IMPORTANT! We must get this out before the next states Vote!
The Voting schedule is this…

May 29, 2012 Texas For 155 Delegates

June 5, 2012 California For 172 Delegates
Montana For 26 Delegates
New Jersey For 50 Delegates
New Mexico For 23 Delegates
South Dakota For 28 Delegates

June 26, 2012 Utah For 26 Delegates


Ron Paul Keeps Winning as Supporters Prepare For a Battle With GOP Old Guard



Ron Paul Keeps Winning as Supporters Prepare For a Battle With GOP Old Guard - Gage Skidmore

Four years ago, Nevada State GOP insiders so disliked Ron Paul supporters that they actually walked out of the state convention and turned off the lights behind them. In a windowless assembly room with some 2,000 people in it, one might imagine the terror this might cause. In what had been an otherwise orderly meeting, this move took place when it became clear that Ron Paul would sweep the Nevada delegation to the Republican National Convention. A bunch of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington types, inspired by Ron Paul, got involved in their party to effect change, and the party insiders didn’t like having these idealists around.

This year looks a little different. Ron Paul’s supporters have assumed a significant portion of the Republican Party leadership and Ron Paul’s supporters seem like they will show up in droves as delegates to assure their candidate is the best represented in Nevada. At the Nevada Republican Convention this year, 25 of the 28 Nevada delegates will be decided.

A showdown is ahead at the convention in the western corner of Nevada in the town of Sparks, where on Friday and Saturday, Ron Paul supporters will culminate their takeover of the Nevada GOP at all levels after being so brazenly rebuffed in 2008.

That showdown will be between the old guard of the Nevada GOP – the Romney-supporting, McCain-supporting, Bush-supporting neo-conservative establishment – and the more numerous and active conservative and libertarian base of the Nevada Republican Party.

Scheduled to speak the afternoon of May 5 at the state convention is Ron Paul himself.

The harder and more violently the GOP establishment fights the organized grassroots of the Republican Party, the more fervently those grassroots seem to fight back. “Blowback” is how the CIA refers to this phenomenon when referencing political struggles abroad. That same type of blowback seems to be taking place across the GOP. Another notable recent example being in Alaska, where the conservative and libertarian base of the Republican Party are pushing back against a moderate and corporatist establishment.

Alaska Republicans held a state convention last weekend that Politico hailed as “more evidence of the political maturation of the Paul forces, who are beginning to seize the levers of powers from within the state parties.” A Paul supporter was elected state chairman and Paul took at least a quarter of the delegates with him out of the Alaska Republican Convention. There is likely to be much controversy around this transition, however, as the Alaska Dispatch reports that the former state chairman took some $100,000 in party funds with him as he was removed from office by transferring it to a Republican organization that is friendlier to the state’s old guard.

The more intense these fights get, and the more success Ron Paul’s supporters see, the more notice they are generating around the county. “I just came back from the national (Republican National Committee) meeting and everybody was talking about the Ron Paul, well-organized takeover,” said Heidi Smith, Nevada national GOP committeewoman.


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