Friday, April 16, 2010

Wisconsin Legislative Alert

Democrats know their control over Wisconsin will end this November so they are trying to push through as much of their extremist agenda as they possibly can. One piece of legislation would turn our election process into the joke of the country. The other piece would drive up electricity costs and cripple our economy.

There is still time to weigh in on these important issues. This email I received from State Senator Leibham has all the details. Please make sure you contact both your state senator and representative and let them know you expect a no vote. Don't get disheartened, November is coming.

STATE SENATOR JOE LEIBHAM

***SPECIAL e-Update – April 16, 2010

With the 2009-10 regular legislative session coming to an end on Thursday, April 22, I want to provide you with status updates on various pieces of legislation that many of you have contacted me about over the past couple of weeks. If these proposals are not approved by both houses of the legislature by Thursday, they cannot become law unless they are scheduled for special consideration or re-introduced in January of 2011.

VOTER REGISTRATION – ELECTION REFORM BILL
Senate Bill (SB) 640 and Assembly Bill (AB) 895

As you may know, Democrats in the State Legislature recently introduced a major package of voter registration – election law changes. The changes were given quick committee hearings and votes. Now, as public input on the proposed changes has turned overwhelmingly negative, the State Assembly plans to push them for a on vote Tuesday, April 20th.

Among other things, SB 640 and AB 895 propose to:

· Automatic Voter Registration – Require the state Government Accountability Board (GAB) to automatically add ALL eligible state residents to the state’s voter registration list. Information would be obtained from various state government databases, including those used by the departments of health services, children and families, workforce development, revenue, regulation and licensing, transportation and natural resources. Over time, all state residents would be added to the state’s voter rolls even if the individual never registered to vote.
· Federal MOVE Act – Implement the federal Military Overseas Voting Empowerment Act that seeks to make it easier for overseas military personnel to vote or register to vote.
· Challenging Ballots – In municipalities with a population over 2,500, require that individuals challenging the integrity of a ballot cast in an election be a resident of the same ward or election district in which that ballot was cast.
· Early Voting – Create an early voting system that would allow for early voting to start on the third Thursday before an election and continue until the day before the election. Voting could take place for a couple of weeks under this plan.
· Use of Campus Dormitory Lists for Voter Registration – Require local clerks and election officials to accept campus dormitory lists as official qualified voter lists.
· Permanent Absentee Ballots – Require a system whereby an absentee ballot be sent to an elector automatically for every succeeding election until the elector fails to return the absentee ballots mailed to the elector for two consecutive elections.
· Record-Matching with Private Groups – Allow GAB to enter into an agreement with “any nationally focused nonprofit organization” to enable “matching of information in the records of that organization with publicly available information in GAB records to facilitate administration of elector registration by GAB”. The agreement may also enable matching of information in the GAB records that GAB obtained from DOT.
· Internet Voter Registration – The current version of the bill contains new provisions for an online voter registration system administered by GAB.

Again, the State Assembly leadership plans to push for a vote on these changes on Tuesday. That is why it is critically important that you contact your elected officials BEFORE TUESDAY and tell them your thoughts on these proposals. Specifically, Representatives Terry Van Akkeren and Ted Zigmunt need to her from you. They may be reached at:

Representative Terry Van Akkeren
(888) 529-0026
Rep.VanAkkeren@legis.wi.gov

Representative Ted Zigmunt
(608) 266-9870
Rep.Zigmunt@legis.wi.gov

I am very opposed to the proposed changes and the process that has been used to push them through the legislature. Our ability to vote for our government is an awesome right and changes to our election process should be fully considered and scrutinized – not jammed through the legislature at the very last minute with very little public support.

“Global Warming” Bill May Receive Vote
SB 450 and AB 649

In addition to the elections bill, legislative Democrats are pushing forward with a bill seeking to address the so-called “global warming crisis.” The 150-page final draft of this massive regulatory overhaul was released just three days ago, on April 13. Some of the major provisions include:

· Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – Requires that, by the year 2025, 25% of the energy consumed in Wisconsin comes from renewable sources. Some estimates indicate this provision alone could cost utility ratepayers $15 billion.

· Electricity Consumption – Reduces statewide electricity consumption by 2% annually by 2015.

· Engine Idling Reduction – Applies engine idling restrictions not only to freight trucks but also other on- and off-road commercial vehicles like buses and construction equipment. These and other vehicles will be subject to air pollution operation permits.

· PSC Authority – Gives the state Public Service Commission (PSC) nearly unlimited authority to impose fee and rate increases on businesses and ratepayers to achieve the goals of the bill. An analysis of the bill by PSC revealed that this provision will cost Wisconsin citizens $700 million annually.

While there are some smaller provisions in the bill that I would support, the overall legislation would impose a harsh financial burden on consumers and drive even more manufacturing and industrial jobs out of Wisconsin.

The bills have yet to be scheduled for final votes in either the Assembly or Senate, but supporting legislators are working hard to get them on the calendars for next week.

Time To Replace Obey

David Obey: Obama's Spending Architect



Good video by the NRCC. It is exciting to see that we may finally rid ourselves of Obey, one of the most arrogant members of Congress. He gives Wisconsin a bad name. Since I have lived here it has been embarrassing that liberals like Obey and Feingold represent this state in DC, giving the nation the impression that Wisconsin is full of arrogant, socialist, elitists.

It is time to replace Obey and all the other far left members of our government. This November, if you live in the 7th Congressional District, I hope you will vote for Sean Duffy; and if you don't, please consider supporting him financially. If we have learned one thing from the 111th Congress it is that no matter where you live, every member of Congress effects you so you have to be involved in as many Congressional races as possible.

We can no longer worry about our own backyard and I think during this election season the Congress will learn that voters through out the Republic have already figured that out.

Crappy Poll Numbers

Catholic League News Release

OBAMA ANTI-CATHOLIC RIPS VATICAN

Harry Knox, an Obama appointee to the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, gave instructions today to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's number-two man.

"As pastor," Knox said of the Vatican secretary of state, "he should be spending night and day seeking to heal the wounds inflicted by the Church on the victims of pedophile priests." Knox, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, also accused Cardinal Bertone of "diverting attention away from decades of Vatican cover-ups of pedophile behavior."

Replying is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

Harry Knox has a long and ugly history of bashing the pope, disparaging the Knights of Columbus, lecturing priests, etc. Now he is back telling Cardinal Bertone what to say and how to do his job. All this from a man who is not only not Catholic, but was rejected for ordination by the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ because of his homosexual lifestyle.

The fact is that there is an undeniable link between the growth of homosexuals in the priesthood and the incidence of sex abuse (see our home page for more information). It is high time we had an honest discussion about this issue.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration must decide whether it can continue to defend Harry Knox. We previously called on Knox to be ousted. We do so again today.

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1832

Rep. Michele Bachmann On Pork Barrel Spending

Family Night With Walmart And Procter & Gamble

We received the following release from AFA (American Family Association). What a great move on Walmart's part. Despite all the flack they receive from liberals out there, mostly, Walmart cares about families and cares about the communities that surround them.

They participate in many community programs from feeding the hungry to recycling materials to help protect the beauty of our world. Finally, some one gets it; catering to the family is meaningful and profitable. Procter & Gamble and Walmart deserve kudos for this partnership and I request that you let them know; using the link provided in the release you can send Walmart a well deserved Thank You.

Walmart, P&G, produce family-friendly film for TV. Watch 'Secrets of the Mountain'

It’s not often we have good news to announce regarding television programming.

I’m excited to tell you that Walmart and Procter & Gamble have joined in an effort to produce a rare milestone – a family friendly movie on prime-time TV this Friday evening (April 16), on NBC at 8pm/7pm Central.

Secrets of the Mountain is the debut product in
Walmart’s Family Moments campaign. It is not a Christian film, but it promotes wholesome family values in a positive manner, has no objectionable content and is totally family-friendly. A Wall Street Journal article in February reported that Procter & Gamble spent more than $4.5 million to produce the film and Walmart purchased rights to be the presenting sponsor.

This two-hour action/adventure film focuses on a single mother who takes her family to visit a mountain cabin she has inherited from an eccentric uncle. But when they arrive, they quickly learn that the mountain is much more than it seems. It’s an edge-of-the-seat thriller that reminds us that when times are tough, families don’t run away from their problems—they run back to each other. As the story unfolds, the characters display positive traits such as honesty and perseverance—things that are important to pass on to our children.

This movie is action-packed and well-produced. It evokes images of Indiana Jones style adventure.
Watch the trailer now.

By showing the networks and the movie’s corporate sponsors (in this case Walmart and Procter & Gamble) that this type of entertainment is wanted and appreciated, we’ll have the opportunity to change the future of entertainment. This means there will be more movies and TV shows your family can enjoy together. We simply need to show that there is an eager audience waiting!

I encourage you and your family to make it a "family movie night" by enjoying Secrets of the Mountain together, this Friday, April 15, at 8/7c on NBC.


Please take the time to thank Walmart and P & G and ensure the success of this partnership and similar future endeavours.

Tea Party Anyone?

The Tea Parties yesterday seemed, on a whole, a success. I watched the video of Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin speaking at a Tea Part; he was on fire. That is what we need; politicians on fire. Conservative, Constitutionalist candidates on fire for states rights and limited government. We need to be on fire and push support for these very vital cadidates. These are definitely exciting times to be in the Tea Party movement.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Signs Of Spring? Could It Be?

Wisconsin finally showed a few beautiful signs of spring. The flowers around the house were a welcomed sight. It has been a long, cold (yet not very snowy) winter. Mother Nature teased us with a few sunny warm days and then stole them away and left us with more sleet, rain, and dreary cold. Cruel I tell you. Maybe this year the air show in June will actually be warm and we won't have to freeze while wearing jackets;-) I took some pictures of the flowers in the yard. I am hoping, if my schedule allows, to do some flower planting this year. They really brighten up the yard.

Urgent Prayer Request

Yesterday we had our ultrasound and found out we are having a boy! That is the good news. The bad news is that during my wife's OB appointment today we were informed that the baby is facing two difficulties. The first one we have dealt with during another pregnancy; it has to do with formation of the skull. After much worry and many ultrasounds the issue took care of itself naturally before the baby was born. This baby faces the same issue and we would appreciate prayers for the same outcome.

The second and potentially more serious issue is that the babies left kidney appears abnormal. We are being recommended to a specialist for a more detailed ultrasound and consultation. I would great appreciate prayer for a healing. I and SR have both personally witnessed God's healing and we know he is more that capable of healing our baby.

Paul Ryan Responds To Unfounded Allegations

Paul Ryan, a true Conservative, responded to the allegations that he is a progressive that were made on Hot Air and further spread by Glenn Beck. Living here in Wisconsin, I cannot stress strongly enough how rare it is to have a Conservative in elected office.

Ryan would have a lot easier time in this state if he would sell out and join the RINO's that populate every level of our state Republican Party, but he is a man of principle and doesn't play political games.

Glenn did apologize for the misrepresentation that he contributed to after reading the Hot Air article. He also gave Ryan time to respond, live on the air Monday. Here is the video from Ryan's appearance.

Part 1


Part 2


If you would like to get involved and help Rep. Ryan with the road map he mentions during the interview it can be found here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Liberal Leah Ward Sears Mentioned as Another Supreme Court Pick for Obama

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 12, 2010


Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- As President Barack Obama considers various potential replacements for retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens, media outlets and political observers are floating the names of those most likely on his short list of nominees. Today, ABC News indicated former George Supreme Court chief justice Leah Ward Sears is another possibility. [read more]

Expose' Video Shows Planned Parenthood Pressuring Young Woman to Get Abortion Soon

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 12, 2010


Milwaukee, WI (LifeNews.com) -- A new undercover video taken of staff at a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin shows them pressuring a woman to have an abortion. The video also has staff members giving medically inaccurate abortion counseling and distorting basic facts of fetal development at the taxpayer-funded abortion center. [read more]

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)


RSC Update: Monday, April 12, 2010

From the Chairman
Every American of working age probably knows that April 15 is Tax Day. But many may not know that Friday, April 9, was national Tax Freedom Day. As calculated by the independent Tax Foundation, last Friday was the day when the average American had finally worked enough to pay off his federal, state and local taxes for 2010.

But that’s not even the whole story. If the federal government actually paid for all its reckless spending with higher taxes instead of going further into debt, the average American would have to work an additional thirty-eight days to cover the whole tab. That’s nearly forty percent of the year just to pay for your government!

Under President Obama’s latest budget proposal, the federal government will spend almost $10 trillion more than it takes from taxpayers over the next decade. Yet, even as the specter of crippling debt threatens to sink our struggling economy, this budget also hits entrepreneurs, small businesses, and American families with $2.8 trillion in job-killing tax increases. And this doesn’t even include the disastrous economic impact of the National Energy Tax that Democrats continue to push.

In spite of all the huge Democrat tax increases, the public debt still rises to 90% of GDP by 2020 under the President’s plan – a very dangerous level. Clearly, the problem is not that the American taxpayer’s burden is too low; the problem is that federal government spending is way too high.

By taking this money out of the private sector – out of your hands – Washington is impeding private sector job creation and a return to the prosperous possibilities of the free enterprise system, which has always been the foundation for America’s strength.

Sincerely,

Congressman Tom Price
Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity – Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-05): Continuing the Fight Against the Health Care Takeover Bill; Colorado Springs Gazette, April 4.

· Rep. John Fleming (LA-04): Reagan Had it Right on National Security; The Daily Caller, April 8.

· Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04): More Taxes May Be on the Way; Weekly Column, April 12.

Outlook – Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their big-government, anti-taxpayer agenda.
· This Wednesday, the White House will host Republican and Democrat congressional leaders for a meeting on financial regulatory reform. Republicans have presented solutions like H.R. 3310 to fix the problems in our financial system while staying true to America’s free market principles. Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-MA) version of financial reform, H.R. 4173, would enshrine in law the notion that some institutions are “too-big-too-fail” and hand sweeping new powers to Washington. While H.R. 4173 passed the House last December, the Senate has yet to consider a bill.

RSC Reports
· Each week, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

· With Tax Day right around the corner, the RSC has compiled two reports on taxes: Tax Facts and Impending Tax Increases.

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House Republican Study Committee
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Emily Henehan Murry, Professional Staff
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach
Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions
Ryan Murphy, Communications Director
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Catholic League News Release

MEDIA COVER-UP OF SEX ABUSE WIDENS

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a news story just posted by the Associated Press (AP) titled, "Vatican to Bishops: Follow Law, Report Sex Abuse":

The Vatican decided to add a sentence to its guidelines on sex abuse, making plain the need for bishops to follow civil reporting laws. Here is how AP decided to frame the issue: "Victims, government inquiries and grand juries have all charged that the Catholic Church created what amounted to a conspiracy to cover up abuse by keeping allegations that priests raped and molested children secret and not reporting them to civil authorities."

Now if there is a conspiracy to cover-up sex abuse, it belongs to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and media outlets like AP—not the Catholic Church. For example, in 2002 [click
here], in New York State, it was the New York Civil Liberties Union and Family Planning Advocates (the lobbying arm of Planned Parenthood) that pressured lawmakers not to pass a mandatory reporting law. Why? Because Planned Parenthood counselors learn of cases of statutory rape on a regular basis, and the last thing it wants to do is turn in its clients. New York State bishops, on the other hand, supported the law, but don't look to AP—or any other news source—to drop the hammer on the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

There is a cover-up going on all right, and it involves civil libertarian and pro-abortion groups teaming up with the teachers' unions to stop real reform. Meanwhile, the public is led to believe that the bishops are the guilty party. Add to this the media cover-up of the role that homosexual priests have played in the scandal, and the conspiracy only widens.

Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1827

Catholic League News Release

CATHOLICS SPARED DAWN JOHNSEN

Dawn Johnsen has decided to withdraw her name from consideration as an appointee in the Justice Department; she was picked by President Obama to lead the Office of Legal Counsel. Commenting on her decision is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

The Catholic League is delighted that Catholics will not have to contend with Dawn Johnsen running an influential office in the Obama administration. As we said many times, in the late 1980s, Johnsen worked on a case that sought to strip the Catholic Church of its tax-exempt status, simply because the Church is opposed to abortion. There is no end to the number of religions that support abortion rights, though no one in the pro-life community has ever sought to deny these religions their tax-exempt status.

What makes this victory so sweet is that President Obama renominated her this year after her nomination failed to reach the Senate last year. It does not speak well for the president that he was so determined to put an anti-Catholic in his administration.

I am glad that I wrote to every member of the Senate on March 4, asking just one question: "Are you aware that Dawn Johnsen, who will soon be voted upon by the full Senate, sought to strip the Roman Catholic Church of its tax-exempt status in 1988?"

Last January, the New York Times said that objections to Johnsen's nomination were "baseless." But they were never baseless to Catholics, nor to those who oppose religious bigotry.


Jeff Field
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1826

A Broken Tax Code

In a day and time when everyone is using broken systems to advance their political agendas I am quite amazed that we are still living with a broken tax code. By this I mean that the whole thing needs to be flushed.

When 47% of Americans are not paying federal taxes you have a huge problem on your hands. Add to that that a large portion of that 47% also receive thousands of dollars from the government in tax credits and you have disaster waiting around the bend.

Don't get me wrong, I am not condoning unconstitutional taxes, but the fact remains that we have been handed down the bondage of taxation and everyone should bare the yoke equally. There are better ways to make sure the government can sustain itself.

To name a few our government could start by reigning in its promiscuous spending, we could go to a flat tax that everyone pays despite their level of income, or we could go to consumption tax system. The bottom line is that everyone has to pay something or the system will eventually break.

You cannot have a portion of your society living off the backs of the other portion without an eventual dissent. The fact that half of our citizens are not contributing to the tax burden is revolting. Not to mention the millions of illegals who are dodging taxes, but draining the system.

For those receiving socialist redistribution checks from the government I am quite sure that the payoff is pleasant; pleasant enough to buy your silence. Pleasant enough to lure a large portion of voters into maintaining the status quo. Who doesn't enjoy a bonus and who doesn't justify it by cashing and spending those checks? The fact remains, nothing in life is free.

There is a bad brew stirring in this pot and its stench is overwhelming. This is why socialism never works; people will only take so much bondage before requiring their master to acknowledge their humanity and that they are not beasts of burden or slaves to be abused.

The Aftermath For Poland

I was deeply saddened when I heard the news about the tragic polish plane crash in Russia. When I first heard the report I could hardly believe my ears; then I immediately though of what this meant for Poland.

The aftermath of losing one's president and so many top leaders would be devastating for any country. I pray that they are able to recover quickly and without much turmoil or economical effects. This is the sort of tragedy no country should have to endure and I pray that the world shows them the good will they need right now.