Saturday, January 14, 2012

E-Update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update from the Desk of Governor Scott Walker




One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. In an effort to improve communication, periodically I will be sending out an e-update to provide you with more information about what is going on in state government. Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.




Wisconsin Working
Earlier this week I unveiled the first phase of my Wisconsin Working plan, which contains a number of policies aimed at getting more Wisconsinites back to work. This announcement continues the focus on job creation and economic growth that I’ve had since first interviewing for the job of being your governor. The Wisconsin Working plan was in part built off of my Special Cabinet on Economic and Workforce Investment, as well as my listening sessions with job creators, job seekers and government officials. The Wisconsin Working plan specifically contains polices aimed at:
 
 
Improving Workforce Training
 
 
As I travel the state, employers tell me they are willing to hire but need more skilled workers. At the same time, job seekers need access to affordable and timely career and training programs. To address both of these needs, this week I created the College and Workforce Readiness Council. The Council will be comprised of representatives from small business, the workforce, the State School Superintendent, Cabinet Secretaries and top officials from public and private universities and technical colleges. I directed the Council to improve student readiness for college and careers through a variety of measures, including designing shorter and less costly degree programs aimed at filling high-need positions. In addition, they will look at ways to expand dual enrollment and dual credit opportunities for high school students, allowing them to earn college and workforce training credits while in high school.
 
 
Beyond this Council, I am supporting Wisconsin Wins legislation proposed by Representative Mark Honadel. This legislation will allow Wisconsinites receiving unemployment to take part-time training jobs with employers. This will allow current job seekers to receive training and demonstrate their skills for potential employers.
 
 
I’ve also directed the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to work together to align unemployment insurance claimants with businesses currently expanding in Wisconsin.
 
 
In an effort to specifically help those who have courageously stepped up to serve our country I directed the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to support Assembly Bill 429 and Assembly Bill 438 and work with the author of these bills, Representative Evan Wynn, to deliver them to my desk. These pieces of legislation will remove many employment hurdles for veterans, such as removing the initial license fee for certain veterans and allowing military training to fulfill requirements for specific state licenses.
Matching Job Seekers with Jobs
 
 
Under my plan, DWD will double the number of job fairs they hold in 2012, bringing the total to more than 100. Job fairs provide a critical face-to-face opportunity for employers to interview prospective employees and for the unemployed to learn more about career opportunities in their area. You can learn more about these job fairs by accessing this website: www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/jobfairs.
 
 
In addition to these job fairs, DWD will hire fourteen additional staffers to serve another 350-400 unemployment insurance (UI) claimants each week in their job searches. The additional staff will hold training sessions, perform skills tests and certifications for work readiness, perform employer matching, career assistance, align the unemployed to job fairs, and provide follow up services among other duties aimed at matching the unemployed to jobs.
Beyond these DWD specific initiatives, WDVA will also be expanding its efforts to help veterans find jobs. The unemployment rate for veterans in Wisconsin is estimated at between 13 and 15 percent, compared to the statewide average of 7.3%. WDVA plans to:
· Partner with the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) to organize an employer educational seminar to inform employers of the benefits of hiring veterans;
· Hold fourteen job fairs this year in conjunction with DWD and proactively reach out to unemployed veterans in order to align them with job placement assistance; and
· Partner with Milicruit to create a Wisconsin specific platform to hold online job fairs for veterans. WDVA, DWD, and DMA recently partnered with Milicruit and other Midwest states to hold regional online job fairs.
 
 
 
 
Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Commission
 
 
On my first day in office I signed an executive order to create the Governor’s Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Commission. I asked the Commission to:
· Identify waste, fraud and abuse in state government programs and state appropriations and recommend solutions;
· Obtain and review all budget documentation for each state agency, including detailed information regarding the appropriations and programs administered and the related personnel costs; and
· Provide advice about the long and short term impact of the Commission's recommendations on state appropriations, efforts to make government smaller and more efficient, and ongoing economic development initiatives.
 
 
This week the Commission’s final report was released. It can be viewed at: http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1727&locid=177. Overall the Commission believes their recommendations can reduce spending by local units of government by $82.6 million and state government by $373 million for a total annual savings to taxpayers of $455 million.
 
 
State agencies have already begun implementing some cost saving measures because of the discussions they had with the Commission over the course of the last year. Below are a few examples of changes agencies have already implemented:
· The Department of Health Services created an Office of Inspector General and has invested in cracking down on fraud in public assistance programs. Results have already been seen. Benefits saved due to finding fraud in the FoodShare program grew 46% in October and payments recouped increased 80% compared to the first month of 2011.
· State employee compensation plans were modified in an effort to reduce the amount of unnecessary and costly overtime.
· DWD is working to upgrade its information technology which is expected to improve its efficiency in the Department’s ability to identify and correct unemployment insurance fraud.
· Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) found that they could accommodate their agency staff in office space soon to be vacated by the former Wisconsin Department of Commerce, which is estimated to save WDVA between $300,000 and $400,000 annually.
 
 
The recommendations by the Commission will help state government operate more efficiently and effectively. Moving forward I will work with members of both political parties to implement many of the remaining recommendations made by the Commission.
 
 
Just Ask the Governor: Part I

Each e-update I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from somebody who contacts my office directly.
 
 
Question: You need to find a way to make sure that Wisconsin keeps its good teachers in the classroom. How do you plan on making sure that excellent teachers are paid well for their good work?
 
 
Answer: As a result of the reforms enacted earlier this year, school districts are now able to pay based on performance, give merit bonuses for teachers and have more overall control of their budgets. Some school districts across the state, such as the Baldwin-Woodville School District gave staff bonuses to retain them, while other districts such as Cedarburg and Hartland-Lakeside have instituted merit pay programs.
 
 
In the past, school districts could not make decisions about the best way to retain the best and brightest teachers because of collective bargaining. Now that our reforms are enacted, districts have retained teachers and have the ability to give bonuses to excellent teachers.



It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.



Sincerely,





Governor Scott Walker

This Week In News For Senator Rand Paul - January 13, 2012

Dear Friend

Announced Taxpayer Savings in Louisville

On Thursday, I visited Louisville where I made the announcement that I was returning $500,000 of unspent funds from my office budget to the U.S. Treasury. As far as is known, no U.S. Senator has returned as much to taxpayers.

I ran to stop the reckless spending that continues to bankrupt our great country. I hope my ability to return $500,000 of unspent office funds sets an example for the rest of government, at all levels. Click HERE to read entire the press release. You can also read more about the press conference in the Louisville Courier-Journal HERE.
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Also while in Louisville, I stopped by WHAS-AM for an in-studio chat with Mandy Connell. In the afternoon, I met with Louisville business leaders and then visited Sullivan University where I met with representatives.
I wrapped up a busy day by participating in a town hall meeting in Okolona with U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie and Louisville Councilman James Peden.

Round-Table Discussion With Community Leaders

I later traveled to Murray for a round-table event with local officials and business leaders to hear how over-regulation is affecting their community. Regulations written by government bureaucrats are stifling job growth and limiting expansion of small businesses. I will continue to push for more common-sense reforms in Washington to ease these burdens. I'll also continue to fight for the passage of the REINS Act, which will require Congress, not an unelected bureaucrat, to hold an up or down vote on major regulations.

That same day I visited WHOP-FM in Hopkinsville and WKDZ-FM in Cadiz. Alan Watts, at WKDZ, conducted the first interview I did with a Kentucky broadcaster after I took office - and so far, he continues to welcome me on his show!

Calloway County Town Hall

Following the round-table discussion, I visited the campus of Murray State University for a town hall meeting. Several hundred people were in the standing-room only crowd at the Calloway County Town Hall, and we shared a very informative question-and-answer session. Constituents asked about everything from the economy and debt, to infrastructure projects and legislation. Click HERE to read a story from the Murray Ledger & Times about the town hall.

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Sackett v. EPA Supreme Court Case

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Sackett v. EPA. In October, I hosted the Sackett's and heard many other similar stories at a property rights hearing in the Senate. Click HERE to read more on the arguments and the potential outcome of the Sackett v. EPA case.
  
2011 In Review

This past year, as I promised during my campaign, I have been an active member of the U.S. Senate. In just my first year, I introduced more legislation and amendments than any other freshman legislator, often teaming-up with fellow Senators to support legislation.

I offered spending cut amendments to nearly every bill. In addition, I stood up for Kentucky, offering bills in support of the Commonwealth's bridges and ports, and worked to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's war on coal.

My office was one of only three in Washington to produce an entire fiscal blueprint for the federal government, a promise I made while campaigning in 2010. My bold plan, introduced in the first few weeks of my freshman term, would balance the entire federal budget in five years.

I also kept my promise to work to reform Social Security, introducing with Sens. Lindsay Graham and Mike Lee, a plan that would fix the entire system for 75 years. Later this month, I will introduce a plan to save Medicare.

Next week, I will continue to travel throughout the Commonwealth and meet with constituents. Be sure to check my official Facebook page or follow me on Twitter HERE for further details.

Media Wrap-Up

This week I was on-air with several Kentucky radio stations including: WHAS with Mandy Connell, WLAP with Leland Conway, WOMI with Jordan Winter, WKDZ with Alan Watts, WKYX with Greg Dunker, WHOP with Jeff Sisk, WKMS with Kate Lochte, WHAS with Terry Meiners, and WKCT with Darrell Duvall and Al Arbogast.

You can find updates on what I'm doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don't forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.
Warm Regards,

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What does Ron Paul want? - The Hill's Ballot Box

What does Ron Paul want? - The Hill's Ballot Box

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Friday, January 13, 2012

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Deficit Hawk Ron Paul Condemns Obama’s Debt-Ceiling Increase Request

Deficit Hawk Ron Paul Condemns Obama’s Debt-Ceiling Increase Request

Supports H.J. Res. 77 to express disapproval of Obama’s request to increase debt ceiling in accordance with BCA of 2011

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul joined his fellow House Republicans in support of a resolution to condemn President Obama’s request for the second and last federal debt-ceiling increase authorized under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

The resolution is being circulated by Congressman Tom Reed (NY-29). Reed, Paul, and other House Republicans are signing on to convey their displeasure at the unusual move to skirt fiscal responsibility, and the indignation of their constituents.

“Ron Paul is the nation’s foremost advocate for limiting out of control growth and spending in the federal government. It’s natural, then, that he would enthusiastically support a gesture to shame President Obama for asking for a debt-ceiling increase so soon after the last one, and for Obama to do so under Executive Branch policies that do nothing to curtail spending,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

To track H.J. Resolution 77 on the Library of Congress’s Thomas.gov service, please click here.

Ron Paul Support in South Carolina Surges and Puts Him Solidly in Top Three

Ron Paul Support in South Carolina Surges and Puts Him Solidly in Top Three

Paul benefits from his trademark steady growth and his competitive Iowa, New Hampshire results

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul now polls an even stronger top three in the key early voting state of South Carolina, according to a new survey.

In the latest ARG poll Paul is in third place garnering 20 percent, with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in first and second place with 29 and 25 percent, respectively. Other poll highlights include Paul polling strongest of all candidates among independents, and Paul polling strong among Tea Party members.

ARG polled 600 likely Republican primary voters on January 11th and 12th. Since the last poll of its kind taken January 4th to 5th, Paul gained the most – surging from 9 to 20 percent – while Rick Santorum lost the most, freefalling from 24 to 7 percent. In the prior poll, Paul was third at 9 percent, Gingrich and Santorum were tied for second at 24 percent, and Romney with 31 percent was first. Over the life of the ARG poll this presidential cycle, Paul’s support has grown from 1 percent in April when he declared his candidacy to 20 percent, where it is today.

“On the heels of his competitive showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, Ron Paul is now surging in the key early voting state of South Carolina. In a week’s time the congressman’s support in South Carolina has grown tremendously, attributed to the fact that more voters are learning about his platform of limited government and a return to personal and economic liberty,” said Ron Paul 2012 NationalCampaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

To view the poll online, please click here.

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Sen. Ron Johnson: Report from Wisconsin

January 13, 2012

Senator Johnson Authors an OpEd in The Wall Street Journal about his strategy for Congress

To view the piece as originally published in the Wall Street Journal, click here.

Americans are frustrated over Washington's inability to address our nation's economic and fiscal problems. That's why I have been working with a growing group of senators and House members to develop a plan that can build public support for solutions. It's called "America's Choice."

America's Choice seeks to highlight the differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party led by President Obama. It could do so over the coming months by presenting to the country, through a series of votes in the House of Representatives, the battle between those who believe in broadest terms in limited government and freedom and those who promote government control and dependency.

What are the choices these votes could present? Growing government spending and debt or growing the private sector and reducing government. Limiting energy development or using America's energy resources. Punishing success or pro-growth tax reform. A government takeover of health care or repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with patient-centered, free-market reforms.

The alternatives are stark. President Obama's faith in government is so strong that he has increased its size to 24% of gross domestic product from 21%, and increased our nation's debt by over $4 trillion. Republicans, on the other hand, believe long-term self-sustaining jobs are created in the private sector—that government cannot tax, spend and borrow our nation to prosperity.

Will green energy power America's future? The administration has squandered billions of dollars on politically connected, green-energy boondoggle projects, while at the same time maintaining a de facto moratorium on off-shore drilling, and dragging its feet on granting permits for other energy utilization projects such as the Keystone XL Pipeline and restricting and limiting leases for offshore energy production. Republicans could propose a plan to utilize crucial domestic resources, including oil, natural gas and coal, to produce energy and create jobs.

Regulatory overreach in this administration has been breathtaking. Executive agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Labor have been in hyper-drive, adding to the already job-crushing $1.75 trillion annual cost, according to the Small Business Administration, of federal regulatory compliance. Republicans could propose a regulatory moratorium to give businesses a chance to recover, and then enact real reform to achieve common-sense regulatory balance.

President Obama has launched a divisive campaign pitting one group of Americans against another. Yet 10% of Americans already pay 70% of all income taxes. Increasing the tax burden on that group is counterproductive. Sowing class division is an act of political cynicism producing terrible economic consequences. Significant pro-growth tax reform is the better path to build our economy and create jobs.

Government takeover of our health-care system has been a liberal-progressive dream for decades. President Obama and Democrats in Congress passed the partisan Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It neither protects patients, nor does it make health care more affordable. But it will lead to a government takeover of one-sixth of our economy, and it will blow a hole in an already horribly broken budget.

Republicans are united in our commitment to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with patient-centered reforms. Malpractice tort reform, health savings account expansion, insurance purchase across state lines, reduction of government mandates, and equalized tax treatment of insurance premiums are some of the key changes we will propose to the country.
America's Choice would clearly present two different visions of the country's future—one represented by the Republican Party and the other represented by the Democratic Party and its leader, President Obama. Once Congress returns from recess later this month, the Republican majority in the House could focus on one major area of domestic policy at a time. For example, February could be used to debate, craft and pass an energy utilization policy.
When the House debates and passes an agenda item, Republican senators, candidates and conservative groups could concentrate on the same issue, using the same powerful facts and figures to inform and persuade the American public. Coordinating our focused efforts improves our ability to compete with the presidential bully pulpit and counteract media outlets that often work to marginalize us.

In 2011, President Obama stopped running the country and started running his re-election campaign. In his cynical attempt to divert attention away from his record by dividing us, Republicans have been put on defense. The America's Choice agenda would put us on offense.

If done well, we just might put enough pressure on Senate Democrats and the president to actually pass legislation that will begin to solve our problems. If not, Republicans will have provided Americans with a clear choice in November.

Senator Johnson Travels Around Wisconsin in January

Senator Johnson participates in a roundtable with the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce.

Senator Johnson speaks to students at Eau Claire Memorial High School.

Senator Johnson speaks to employees at Silicon Graphics Inc. in Chippewa Falls.

Senator Johnson participates in a roundtable with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance.

Senator Johnson tours Quad Graphics in Sussex.
Mobile Office Hours Announced Around Wisconsin

This week, I announced that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency, or regarding other federal matters.
Monday, January 16th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Town of Dale Municipal Building
W9641 State Road 96, Dale, WI 54931
Thursday, January 19th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Jack Russell Memorial Library, Library Conference Room
100 Park Avenue, Hartford, WI 53027
Thursday, January 19th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Village of Hartland Municipal Building, Community Room
210 Cottonwood Avenue, Hartland, WI 53029
Friday, January 20th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Kendall Public Library, Main Room
110 East South Railroad Street, Kendall, WI 54638Room
11345 North Cedarburg Road, Mequon, WI 53092

U.S. boosts its military presence in Persian Gulf

U.S. boosts its military presence in Persian Gulf

Tea Party Senator Rand Paul Returns Half Million to the Treasury

Tea Party Senator Rand Paul Returns Half Million to the Treasury

Founding Fathers Quote

A few years' experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings.

George Mason

Delegate Math: Don’t Anoint Romney Just Yet

Delegate Math: Don’t Anoint Romney Just Yet: Mitt Romney may have won Iowa and New Hampshire, but even if he wins in South Carolina and Florida, he will technically still have a long way to go before winning the GOP nomination. Mathematically, no candidate can seal the nomination until late April, which...

Ron Paul On Freedom Watch



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We Can’t Afford to Vote for Anyone but Ron Paul

We Can’t Afford to Vote for Anyone but Ron Paul

Ron Paul: How badly does GOP need his voters?

Ron Paul: How badly does GOP need his voters?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Governor Nikki Haley Speaks At BMW Economic Development Announcement

Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S.

Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S.

Slip-Sliding Into Tyranny: The New American Way by Charles Goyette

Slip-Sliding Into Tyranny: The New American Way by Charles Goyette

Jim DeMint: The GOP Must Start Listening to Ron Paul

Jim DeMint: The GOP Must Start Listening to Ron Paul

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No Endorsement From DeMint, But He Likes What He’s Hearing from Ron Paul | CNSnews.com

No Endorsement From DeMint, But He Likes What He’s Hearing from Ron Paul CNSnews.com

FOX's Neil Cavuto: Ron Paul is Obama's Biggest Threat.

Business Insider: Hey, America, Half Of Young Voters Just Voted For Ron Paul — Half!

Wisdom From Ron Paul

“The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free.”

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Rand Paul: Let's Win South Carolina!



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RedState: Get Ron Paul Off the Stage

RedState: Get Ron Paul Off the Stage

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New numbers show G-rated movies earn 3 to 5 times more than R-rated | LifeSiteNews.com

New numbers show G-rated movies earn 3 to 5 times more than R-rated LifeSiteNews.com

Paul's Movement is Romney's Headache - 2012 Decoded

Paul's Movement is Romney's Headache - 2012 Decoded

Homeland Security Is Monitoring The Drudge Report, The New York Times - Technology - The Atlantic Wire

Homeland Security Is Monitoring The Drudge Report, The New York Times - Technology - The Atlantic Wire

China top military paper warns US aims to contain rise

China top military paper warns US aims to contain rise

Paul, Claiming Momentum,Predicts ‘Top Tier’ Finish in South Carolina

Paul, Claiming Momentum,Predicts ‘Top Tier’ Finish in South Carolina: A confident Ron Paul today predicted a “top tier’ finish in the South Carolina primary. Fresh off his strong second place showing in the New Hampshire primary, Paul said his campaign is “gathering momentum,” adding he sent a positive message out of Iowa and New Hampshire...

Republicans weigh options if Obama nixes Keystone pipeline - The Hill's E2-Wire

Republicans weigh options if Obama nixes Keystone pipeline - The Hill's E2-Wire

GOP's Best Kept Secret: Ron Paul Is Electable and Can Beat Obama



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Romney and Paul: national candidates - SC Republican Primary - TheState.com

Romney and Paul: national candidates - SC Republican Primary - TheState.com

Navy readies for Chinese power grab on shipping - Washington Times

Navy readies for Chinese power grab on shipping - Washington Times

Ron Paul Rally At Eagle Aviation In South Carolina

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Ron Paul On Morning Joe

Revolution PAC: Attorney talks about Ron Paul and How States can Fight NDAA

NetRight Daily: Has New Hampshire launched Ron Paul as the leading ‘Anti-Romney’ GOP

By Adam Bitely — As attention turns away from New Hampshire to South Carolina, Ron Paul is on the move.

Not Rick Santorum. Nor Jon Huntsman. But it is now Paul who stands in the best position to become the only candidate that can challenge Mitt Romney. Paul consistently has had support in the double digits in each state that the GOP nomination contests have been held.

Read more at NetRightDaily.com: http://netrightdaily.com/2012/01/has-new-hampshire-launched-ron-paul-as-the-leading-anti-romney-gop-candidate/#ixzz1jAhkKcg1

Wisdom From Ron Paul

“Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.”
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Sen. DeMint urges Republicans to listen to Ron Paul - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Sen. DeMint urges Republicans to listen to Ron Paul - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Jesse Benton: Ron Paul Is the Best Choice for the American People



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The humble compassion of Ron Paul's campaign chairman, Jesse Benton

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ron Paul's Victory Speech After New Hampshire Primary

Paul says he's true GOP alternative - The Hill's Ballot Box

Paul says he's true GOP alternative - The Hill's Ballot Box

Ron Paul Celebrates Historic Second Place Win in New Hampshire Primary

Ron Paul Celebrates Historic Second Place Win in New Hampshire Primary

“We urge Ron Paul’s opponents who have been unsuccessfully trying to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney to unite by getting out of the race and uniting behind Paul’s candidacy.”

LAKE JACKSON, Texas
– Ron Paul tonight scored an historic second-place victory in the 2012 New Hampshire Primary. Below please find comments from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:

“Ron Paul tonight had an incredibly strong second-place finish in New Hampshire and has stunned the national media and political establishment.

“When added to Paul’s top-tier showing in Iowa, it’s clear he is the sole Republican candidate who can take on and defeat both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

“The race is becoming more clearly a two-man race between establishment candidate Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, the candidate of authentic change. That means there is only one true conservative choice.

“Ron Paul has won more votes in Iowa and New Hampshire than any candidate but Mitt Romney.

“Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have been shown in national polls to be the only two candidates who can defeat Barack Obama.

“And Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the only two candidates who can run a full, national campaign, competing in state after state over the coming weeks and months. Ron Paul’s fundraising numbers — over $13 million this quarter — also prove he will be able to compete with Mitt Romney. No other candidate can do all of these things.

“Ron Paul is clearly the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney as the campaign goes forward.

“We urge Ron Paul’s opponents who have been unsuccessfully trying to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney to unite by getting out of the race and uniting behind Paul’s candidacy.

“Ron Paul has the boldest plan to cut spending, a dedication to protecting life, and a lifelong dedication to the Constitution and limited government. He also has the necessary support to campaign nationwide against Mitt Romney.

“Our campaign is already planning ahead for South Carolina, Florida, and beyond. Soon Ron Paul will head to South Carolina to begin a feverish round of campaigning.

“Ron Paul is in this race for the long haul. And he is ready to fight.

“See you on the campaign trail.”

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Stunning Second Place Victory for Ron Paul in New Hampshire!



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Ron Paul Super PAC Calls for Removal of Dana Bash

Ron Paul Super PAC Calls for Removal of Dana Bash

Ron Paul Slams Opponents, Defends Supporters



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Carrier Carl Vinson joins Stennis in 5th Fleet - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Carrier Carl Vinson joins Stennis in 5th Fleet - Navy News News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Club for Growth: Ron Paul’s Economic Plan “Spectacular”

Club for Growth: Ron Paul’s Economic Plan “Spectacular”

Ron Paul Campaign Statement on Mitt Romney Misquote Abuse

Ron Paul Campaign Statement on Mitt Romney Misquote Abuse

“Santorum, Huntsman, and Gingrich are employing leftist tactics because they can’t run on their questionable records.”

LAKE JACKSON, Texas
– The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign released the following statement in response to the feigned controversy surrounding out-of-context exploitation of Mitt Romney’s “I like to fire people” statement. Below please find comments from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:

“Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman, and Newt Gingrich are once again proving why they are unfit to be President and why this has become a two man national race between Mitt Romney, the candidate of the status quo, and Ron Paul, the candidate of real change.

“Two important issues that should unite Republicans are a belief in free markets and an understanding that the media often use ‘gotcha’ tactics to discredit us. Rather than run against Governor Romney on the issues of the day Santorum, Huntsman, and Gingrich have chosen to play along with the media elites and exploit a quote taken horribly out of context. They are also using the language of the liberal left to attack private equity and condemn capitalism in a desperate and, frankly, unsavory attempt to tear down another Republican with tactics akin to those of MoveOn.org.

“Santorum, Huntsman, and Gingrich are employing leftist tactics because they can’t run on their questionable records and can’t distinguish themselves from Romney. Like Romney, they all supported bailouts, big spending, deficits, and individual healthcare mandates. And, all three have disqualified themselves from the race for President of the United States, first with their records, then with their inability access major state ballots, and finally with these desperate and deplorable tactics.

“Dr. Paul is committed to running the kind of substantive, issues-based campaign the American people deserve. Our campaign will talk about real issues – real spending cuts, a sound monetary policy, protecting individual liberties, and promoting a pro-American foreign policy. We will win what is now a two-man race on these issues, the issues of grassroots America.”

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Way Up North: ADN: "Navy's USS Anchorage to be commissioned here...

Way Up North: ADN: "Navy's USS Anchorage to be commissioned here...: From this morning's newspa...

Ron Paul Defends Romney, Lashes Out at His Critics

Ron Paul Defends Romney, Lashes Out at His Critics: In an exclusive interview outside a Manchester polling place, Ron Paul lashed out at fellow Republicans for making unfair and ignorant attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record. “I think they’re wrong. I think they’re totally misunderstanding the way the market works,” Paul told me. “They...

Gov. Haley, AG Wilson, Speaker Harrell, State Sen. Bryant Speak About Voter ID

Primary 2012: Republicans take last shot | Concord Monitor

Primary 2012: Republicans take last shot Concord Monitor

Founding Fathers Quote

Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.

John Adams

Letter: Paul makes sense | Concord Monitor

Letter: Paul makes sense Concord Monitor

GOP Candidates Make Last-Minute Push in New Hampshire : Roll Call Politics

GOP Candidates Make Last-Minute Push in New Hampshire : Roll Call Politics

Monday, January 09, 2012

Ron Paul in Statistical Dead Heat to Defeat Obama

Ron Paul in Statistical Dead Heat to Defeat Obama

New poll shows Texas Congressman within the margin of error to unseat incumbent President
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul is in a statistical dead heat with President Obama, poised to unseat him in a hypothetical head-to-head contest, according to a new poll.
Paul in the poll garners 45 percent of the vote to Obama’s 46 percent, within the +/- 3 percent margin of error. Paul’s main competitor nationally, Mitt Romney, fares quite similarly against Obama earning 47 to 45 percent respectively, also within the margin of error. Paul’s fellow GOP aspirants Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman all suffer defeats by margins beyond or well beyond the poll’s error margin.

Poll highlights include Paul handily besting Obama among independents by 47 to 40 percent, faring better among this key voter segment than presumed frontrunner Mitt Romney. In the case of all other GOP competitors, Obama wins the independent vote by percentage points at, within, or beyond the poll’s margin of error.
“We’ve called this contest a two-man race between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney, and this poll is further proof of that. It also demonstrates Ron Paul’s support among independents, an important voting segment within which our candidate is strong,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

The survey of 1,413 adults nationwide including 1,247 registered voters was conducted via telephone from January 4th to 8th.

For the poll press release, please click here. For the full poll including exact questions and tables, please click here.

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Ron and Rand Paul Hit the Trail

Ron and Rand Paul Hit the Trail

Ron Paul Gaining on Romney in New Hampshire



h/t: RonPaul.com

Wisdom From Ron Paul

“Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.”

Ron Paul

Prayers From The Packer Nation

Our prayers go out to the Philbin family!

Doug Wead On MSNBC



h/t: The Daily Paul

Poll: Romney, Paul Tie Obama - Steven Shepard - NationalJournal.com

Poll: Romney, Paul Tie Obama - Steven Shepard - NationalJournal.com

Founding Fathers Quote

It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world.

George Washington

Gun Owners of America: Romney, Huntsman Stonewall Gun Owners

January 09, 2012

Gun Owners of America

As New Hampshire voters get set to head to the polls, Mitt and Jon Huntsman continue to ignore requests from gun owners that he return the GOA candidate questionnaire.
Thank to your efforts, we’ve heard from most of the Republican candidates, including Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. But Romney and Huntsman continue to turn a deaf ear to the Second Amendment community.
Romney’s stonewalling is no surprise. After all, he is on record supporting a semi-auto ban and waiting periods for gun purchases. Still, he has the audacity to travel around the country claiming to be a supporter of the Second Amendment.
If he truly has “changed his spots,” then why not commit in writing to support specific Second Amendment issues?
For instance, would he veto a semi-auto ban, something he signed into law as Governor of Massachusetts? Will he reverse the Obama administration’s support of the massive UN small arms treaty? And what about executive orders, gun owner registration, and a host of other issues important to gun owners?
Jon Huntsman views on gun rights are largely unknown, but as the former Utah governor creeps up in the polls in New Hampshire, gun owners are becoming increasingly interested in his positions.
Huntsman said over the summer that he would “absolutely veto” a semi-auto ban, but he has not elaborated further.
There are some 100 million gun owners in America. It is outrageous for ANY candidate for elected office to ignore this vast segment of the population.
ACTION: Please contact the Romney and Huntsman campaigns and urge them to complete the GOA candidate questionnaire.
Romney campaign contact info
Phone: (857) 288-3500
Huntsman campaign contact info
Phone: (603) 836-5643

Ron Paul New Hampshire Team Salutes 10 More ‘Veterans for Ron Paul’

Ron Paul New Hampshire Team Salutes 10 More ‘Veterans for Ron Paul’
Granite State heroes hail from Belknap, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Stratford counties

CONCORD, NH – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today the names of 10 New Hampshire residents joining the active “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.

Support for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign in the ‘Live Free or Die’ state continues to benefit from the backing of veterans such as those speaking out today. Reasons for Dr. Paul’s substantial support from voters who are veterans include his dedication to veterans while in Congress, highlighted in an ad here, and the fact that he is himself a veteran, serving as an Air Force flight surgeon.

Representing six counties, information about each veteran is provided in the following statements.

More at:
http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/01/08/ron-paul-new-hampshire-team-salutes-10-more-%e2%80%98veterans-for-ron-paul%e2%80%99/

Ron Paul Campaign Statement on Morning Media Incident

Ron Paul Campaign Statement on Morning Media Incident

CONCORD, N.H. – Jesse Benton, national campaign chairman for the Ron Paul campaign, released the following statement today in regards to the media incident in Manchester, NH this morning:

“Dr. Paul has been committed to meeting one on one with New Hampshire voters, and has aggressively campaigned at town halls, house parties, and meet and greets since early last spring.

“This morning, he attempted to hold an event at Moe Joe’s Diner in Manchester, to speak with patrons and supporters in the last push before the New Hampshire primary. Unfortunately, Dr. Paul and his family were forced to leave early after over 120 members of the press created a mob-like atmosphere that was deemed to be unsafe for the candidate, Moe Joe’s customers, and reporters themselves.

“The campaign had planned to cover our normal degree of media interest, which is always ample. However, a significant increase in the press corps, largely driven by an influx of foreign journalists, exceeded all expectations.

“Mrs. Paul herself, attempting to campaign alongside her husband, was shoved aside by one reporter and told to “get out of the way.”

“While we are very welcoming of media coverage and grateful for the interest in Dr. Paul and his campaign, basic safety simply must come first. On behalf of Dr. Paul and his campaign team, I would like to apologize to customers at Moe Joe’s who may have been distressed by this incident, and extend our gratitude and apologies to the owners, who were kind enough to have us.

“We ask the press, at all upcoming events over the next day and a half, to be respectful of both Dr. Paul and of New Hampshire voters, who are entitled to examine their candidates in a safe and responsible atmosphere.”

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Paul's wife shows the lighter side of campaign trail - The Hill's Ballot Box

Paul's wife shows the lighter side of campaign trail - The Hill's Ballot Box

PRESS RELEASE: Veterans to Host March on the White House for Ron Paul

by Adam Kokesh on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 3:40am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: VFRP2012@gmail.com

Veterans to Host March on the White House for Ron Paul

Thousands expected to turn their backs on Obama for "RON PAUL IS THE CHOICE OF THE TROOPS"

On President's Day, February 20th, 2012, the founders of Veterans for Ron Paul 2012, Nathan Cox and Adam Kokesh, will lead a formation of veterans and active duty troops who support Ron Paul's candidacy for President of the United States from the Washington Monument to the White House. Upon arrival at the White House, they will do an about face to turn their backs on the President, and render a hand salute to a folded American flag surrounded by family members of military personnel and veterans. They will hold the salute for as many seconds as troops have died under the Presidency of Barrack Obama.

More at:
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150457967882653

Ron Paul: The Ultimate Consumer Protection

This week, partisan games in Washington reached a fevered pitch as Congress acted to prevent recess appointments, yet the administration made them anyway. Congress has been gaveling into session for less than a minute every three days for the express purpose of technically staying in session. The 40 second "pro forma" sessions may strike supporters of the President as obstructionist, but Congress was using its clear constitutional authority and playing by the rules. Frustrated, the President simply disregarded the Constitution, and appointed Richard Cordray as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Board, and Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and Terence Flynn to the National Labor Relations Board anyway.

Playing fast and loose with the Constitution only gets worse with every administration. Because of the dangerous precedents being set, both parties would be wise to defend constitutional bounds, no matter who crosses the line. Defending a constitutional overstep always comes back to haunt them once power changes hands.

More at:
http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1938:the-ultimate-consumer-protection&catid=62:texas-straight-talk&Itemid=69

Ron Paul's surprising supporters (yes, Palin and Romney too)

Ron Paul's surprising supporters (yes, Palin and Romney too)

Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)


Monday, January 09, 2012


RSC Update: When Debt > GDP, Debt Is Too Big & Economy Is Too Small


From the Chairman

Having a national debt larger than our economy basically means two things. The debt is too big, and our economy is too small.


After taking control of the House of Representatives last January, we spent the next 12 months tackling both problems. But aside from a few free trade agreements and a meager reduction in the discretionary budget, most of our efforts have been blocked by Congressional Democrats and President Obama. All things considered, it would be easy to get discouraged in 2012 about the prospects for cutting spending, adding jobs, or dealing with looming insolvency in entitlement programs.


Don’t. The conservatives you elected in 2010 are still here and more determined than ever. We’ll keep pushing for real spending cuts, powerful growth proposals, and common sense improvements to reform the welfare safety net and strengthen Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.


We’ll need your help to succeed though. Stay vocal and stay involved. Together we can make this a great year for conservatives.


God Bless,


Congressman Jim Jordan

Chairman, Republican Study Committee


RSC Media Activity – RSC 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. Tom Cole (OK-04): Jobs Through Growth; The Edmond Sun, December 28.


· Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01): House Republicans’ Pledge to America Is Still the Plan; The Washington Examiner, January 3.

· Rep John Kline (MN-02): We Need to Fix No Child Left Behind; CNN, January 6.


RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

· Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-03) introduced H.R. 3768, to repeal the $7,500 tax credit for plug-in electric drive vehicles.


Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.

· When President Obama delivers his next State of the Union Address on January 24, 1,000 days will have passed since Senate Democrats last passed a budget.


RSC Reports

· Each week the House is in session, 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.


· RSC staff recently compiled a Policy Brief chronicling the legislative and committee activity related to efforts to repeal ObamaCare.


· Our quick report on the House requirement that all bills include a statement citing Congress’ Constitutional Authority was updated last week.


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Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services

Rick Eberstadt, Research Assistant

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Ron Paul On Fox News Sunday

Ron Paul Planting Roots In Tulsa - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Ron Paul Planting Roots In Tulsa - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Wisdom From Ron Paul

I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and minding our own business overseas.

Ron Paul

Paul Looks Ahead to S.C., Calling It a 'Nice Test' - Rodney Hawkins - NationalJournal.com

Paul Looks Ahead to S.C., Calling It a 'Nice Test' - Rodney Hawkins - NationalJournal.com

NH Family Finds Hope in Ron Paul, Wife is Converting from Romney

NH Family Finds Hope in Ron Paul, Wife is Converting from Romney

Founding Fathers Quote

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams

Ron Paul 2012: We the People Have the Power



h/t: RonPaul.com

Poll: Romney sees drop in support in NH - The Hill's Ballot Box

Poll: Romney sees drop in support in NH - The Hill's Ballot Box

Meet The Press Moderator Misfires

NBC's New Hampshire debate was the worst moderated debate ever.  David Gregory was nothing but a advocate for the democrat party constantly attempting to paint Republicans as evil politicians who only want to hurt the American people.  Our party really is ignorant to keep agreeing debates moderated by Democrats.  It would be nice if our candidates for president would have enough backbone to say no when the mainstream media puts forward such extreme moderators as David Gregory and George Stephanopoulos.  That would be like the Democrats agreeing to a debate moderated by Judge Andrew Napolitano, Michelle Malkin, or Ann Coulter.  Of course, the Democrats are not dumb enough to allow Republican partisans to moderate, so why are we? 

The debate was mostly a waste of time.  Rick Santorum continued to pretend he was a Conservative in Congress, Gingrich landed a blow on the moderator, which will help cover for his ego mania, Romney was attacked from all sides and looked uncomfortable for much of the debate.  Paul, Perry, and Huntsman were mostly ignored; at least it seemed that way since I don't have a break down of the time given to each candidate. 

Despite moderator David Gregory's best efforts to damage the Republican candidates, and some of them foolishly going along, the debate was anticlimactic.  All he ended up accomplishing in the end was to bring attention to the extreme bias of NBC and their close relationship to Obama. 

Here is Ron Paul's part of the debate.  A big thanks to The Daily Paul, a must read for anyone interested in Ron Paul.

Press Release: Ron Paul a Solid Number Two in New Hampshire

Ron Paul a Solid Number Two in New Hampshire

Steady and growing support in the Granite State
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul is polling in second place in the key early voting state of New Hampshire, according to poll averages calculated by Real Clear Politics.

The poll averages reveal Paul has 20.8 percent support, nearly double the support of third-place rival Rick Santorum, whose poll average totals a mere 10.6 percent. Mitt Romney leads with 40.2 percent in these polls, which were taken from January 1st to 7th.

Jon Huntsman, who has prioritized a New Hampshire win, polls on average just 9.4 percent.

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have on average just 8.6 and 1 percent, respectively.“

Ron Paul is polling a solid second place in the ‘Live Free or Die’ state, where his message of personal and economic liberty resonates well. At media-staged debates where theater trumps discussion of today’s pressing issues, voters are encouraged to choose from establishment candidates, big government conservatives, and those unviable in New Hampshire and elsewhere,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

“New Hampshire voters know better and that is why Ron Paul’s voter outreach events, ads, and other message delivery efforts are yielding a respectable degree of growth. As in Iowa, we are hoping for a strong top-three finish and our top-class organization is well prepared for the final push,” added Mr. Benton.

To view the RCP webpage with New Hampshire poll averages, please click here.

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