Saturday, August 25, 2012

Weekly Update from Maloney for West Virginia

Dear Friend,

People are losing their jobs all across West Virginia, and folks involved in coal mining have been particularly hard hit this year. Coal mining has been a way of life in West Virginia for generations. But now miners are under attack. 
Unfortunately, the career politicians in Charleston aren't doing enough to protect jobs in the coalfields. We started our first radio ad this week, and it discusses just that: how the career politicians aren't fighting for coal miners' jobs. While some states have joined dozens of lawsuits against the EPA, Earl Ray Tomblin stood on the sidelines and has done virtually nothing to push back against the Federal government. Even worse, Earl Ray Tomblin has allowed a back up on mining permits to stack up at West Virginia's Department of Environomental Protection. Instead of reviewing the permits in a timely manner, the state has sat on them. Sadly those permits represent jobs that could be created.

Protecting jobs like those in coal mining and creating new ones will be my top priority as governor.  
West Virginians deserve a Brigher Future with more jobs. With your help, I am confident we can make that a reality!

Sincerely,
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Bill Maloney

Miners for Maloney Breakfast

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I ate breakfast in Fairmont with a group of West Virginia coal miners on Thursday. They get it. We MUST fight back against Washington if we're going to keep our West Virginia coal jobs. They also enjoyed seeing our rescue capsule and knowing how much we care about their safety.

Huntington Town Hall
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On Thursday evening, I had a great time hosting a town hall and hearing some great ideas from some local folks about how to make our state better. Thank you to T-Anne See and Kelli Sabonya for participating in the event!

Oak Leaf Festival

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I spent some time at the Oak Leaf Fest in Oak Hill on Saturday with a group of women that all support COAL! They were all happy to hear that I've spent the past few days in the southern coal fields of West Virginia to spread my pro-coal message. Pictured here are Jessica Taylor, Sheri & Shannon Huffman, Tammy Evans, and family.



Bill in the News


MetroNews: Maloney Says Clear the Path for Coal Producers
This article discusses my interview on Talkline with Hoppy Kerchavel this week

The Intelligencer: Sunday Sit-Down
The Wheeling Intelligencer featured an interview with me this week. I talked about who I am as a person, and I also touched on my favorite subject: my grandson Graham!

Huntington Herald Dispatch: Maloney Shares Ideas at Town Hall Meeting in Huntington
The Huntington paper gave a great recap of our town hall meeting in Huntington Thursday night.

Daily Mail: Republicans Open Campaign Headquarters in Mall
The Daily Mail covered the opening of the Victory Office in Charleston on Monday.


Battle of the Submarines: Akula versus Virginia - Naval Technology

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16% Have Favorable Opinion of Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson - Rasmussen Reports™

16% Have Favorable Opinion of Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson - Rasmussen Reports™

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Skydivers to be kept away from Kings Bay base | jacksonville.com

Skydivers to be kept away from Kings Bay base | jacksonville.com

World Maritime News - Russia: Nevsky Shipyard Lays Keel for Yard No. 407

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Governor Paul LePage Release: Boston Red Sox to Celebrate Maine Day

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 24, 2012

Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531


Boston Red Sox to Celebrate Maine Day
Sunday, August 26th is Maine Appreciation Day at Fenway Park

AUGUSTA – Maine Day at Fenway Park will be held on Sunday, August 26th, 2012 when the Red Sox face the Kansas City Royals. Governor Paul LePage has proclaimed Sunday as Maine Red Sox Day throughout the State of Maine, and urges all citizens to recognize this observance.
“We have plenty of Red Sox fans in our State and Sunday gives us an opportunity to display that pride and show off a little of what Maine has to offer,” said Governor LePage.
Boston Red Sox Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912 making this year its 100th anniversary. Many of the participants of the Pre-Game Ceremonies on Maine Day will be residents of the State, including the National Anthem performer (Michaela Boissoneault, Portland, ME) and the presenters of the Honor Guard (Maine State Police).
The proclamation language is as follows:
WHEREAS, the people of Maine are both entertained and inspired by demonstrations of athletic excellence and take great pride in the achievements of the Boston Red Sox; and
WHEREAS, Maine represents a part of Red Sox Nation, with thousands of loyal fans from the Pine Tree State; and
WHEREAS, thousands of Mainers have celebrated the Boston Red Sox as World Series Champions in 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004 and 2007; and
WHEREAS, Maine native, Bob Stanley, led the Red Sox team in saves with 131 until 2009; and
WHEREAS, Mainers, also known as Fenway Faithful, celebrate America’s Most Beloved Ballpark during its 100th Anniversary throughout the 2012 season; and
WHEREAS, the Portland Sea Dogs, an Eastern League Double-A team, located in Maine’s largest city, is the Red Sox Minor League team which provides Mainers with a unique opportunity for quality entertainment for the entire family.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim Sunday, August 26, 2012 to be Maine Red Sox Day throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.
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California Still Refuses to Face Fiscal Reality

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Ted Cruz Discusses Upcoming RNC Speech

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Second day of Republican convention to feature Ron Paul tribute - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

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McCaskill avoids Akin attacks in hopes of keeping him in the race - The Hill's Ballot Box

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Catholic League: DOLAN REBUFFED BY DEMS


FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

DOLAN REBUFFED BY DEMS


August 24, 2012


Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
Phone: 212-371-3191
E-mail: cl@catholicleague.org

Rome Reports: Cardinal of Taiwan, Paul Shan Kuo-Hsi, passes away at 89

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

No Ron Paul revolution at convention - James Hohmann - POLITICO.com

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Ted Cruz on Meet the Press

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Minnesota Lawmaker, Facing Sex Scandal, Ends Reelection Bid, But Some Want Him Expelled Now

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Ron Paul - Military "Cuts": Don't Believe the Hype

Grover Norquist, the influential conservative activist, recently made some very frank and sobering remarks about the U.S. military budget. Unlike many conservatives, Mr. Norquist understands that American national security interests are not served by the interventionist foreign policy mindset that has dominated both political parties in recent decades. He also understands that there is nothing “conservative” about incurring trillions of dollars in debt to engage in hopeless nation building exercises overseas.
 
Speaking at the Center for the National interest last week, Norquist stated that “We can afford to have an adequate national defense which keeps us free and safe and keeps everybody afraid to throw a punch at us, as long as we don't make some of the decisions that previous administrations have, which is to over extend ourselves overseas and think we can run foreign governments."

He continued: “Bush decided to be the mayor of Baghdad rather than the president of the United States. He decided to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan rather than reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That had tremendous consequences… Richard Nixon said that America's national defense needs are set in Moscow, meaning that we wouldn't have to spend so much if they weren't shooting at us. The guys who followed didn't notice that the Soviet Union disappeared."
 
Full Article Here:

Rome Reports: Two seminaries in China close their doors until 'further notice'

Governor Nikki Haley on Bob McLain's Ask The Governor Segment

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Founding Fathers Quote

Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.

Samuel Adams

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Location

Boston, MA
United States
New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce made the following statement on Mitt Romney’s vision for America as an energy superpower:

"Governor Romney's comprehensive energy policy recognizes that the West plays a vital role as an economic engine for our country. Unlike the Obama Administration's energy policies which hamper job creators and handcuff America's energy producers, Governor Romney is offering a bold strategy to develop our natural resources, create jobs and make our country energy independent by 2020. Governor Romney understands the key to rebuilding America's middle class lies in unleashing the potential of the West."

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lawmakers Seek to Strip Central Bank of Independence | Business | The Moscow Times

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Catholic League: MEDIA ALERT


FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

MEDIA ALERT


August 22, 2012
On Thursday, August 23, Catholic League president Bill Donohue
will discuss his book, Why Catholicism Matters,
with Cardinal Timothy Dolan
on SiriusXM’s Catholic Channel.
The interview will air
at noon on channel 129.
SiriusXM is subscription-based programming
and not available to everyone.


Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
Phone: 212-371-3191
E-mail: cl@catholicleague.org

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STRATFOR: Opposition Uses Creative Tactics in Belarus (Dispatch)

Networks may miss Ann Romney speech

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India, US set to ink $1.4bn deal for 22 Apache helicopters

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STRATFOR: The Threat Against Israel's National Soccer Team (Tearline)

Business Insider: Africa Is Becoming China's New Oil Field, And The US State Department Is Not Happy


U.S. Navy - DOD Announces Navy Casualties; USS Winston S. Churchill Assists Panamanian Vessel

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Romney slightly ahead in Wisconsin - Public Policy Polling

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Rome Reports: Pope reflects on the Queenship of the Virgin Mary, during general audience

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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"Representative Todd Akin's comments were ignorant at best and completely outrageous. For the good of his state and for the good of his party, he should step aside immediately and allow someone else to run."

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STRATFOR: Mexico's Strategy

Stratfor

By George Friedman

A few years ago, I wrote about Mexico possibly becoming a failed state because of the effect of the cartels on the country. Mexico may have come close to that, but it stabilized itself and took a different course instead -- one of impressive economic growth in the face of instability.

Mexican Economics

Discussion of national strategy normally begins with the question of national security. But a discussion of Mexico's strategy must begin with economics. This is because Mexico's neighbor is the United States, whose military power in North America denies Mexico military options that other nations might have. But proximity to the United States does not deny Mexico economic options. Indeed, while the United States overwhelms Mexico from a national security standpoint, it offers possibilities for economic growth.

Mexico is now the world's 14th-largest economy, just above South Korea and just below Australia. Its gross domestic product was $1.16 trillion in 2011. It grew by 3.8 percent in 2011 and 5.5 percent in 2010. Before a major contraction of 6.9 percent in 2009 following the 2008 crisis, Mexico's GDP grew by an average of 3.3 percent in the five years between 2004 and 2008. When looked at in terms of purchasing power parity, a measure of GDP in terms of actual purchasing power, Mexico is the 11th-largest economy in the world, just behind France and Italy. It is also forecast to grow at just below 4 percent again this year, despite slowing global economic trends, thanks in part to rising U.S. consumption.

Total economic size and growth is extremely important to total national power. But Mexico has a single profound economic problem: According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Mexico has the second-highest level of inequality among member nations. More than 50 percent of Mexico's population lives in poverty, and some 14.9 percent of its people live in intense poverty, meaning they have difficulty securing the necessities of life. At the same time, Mexico is home to the richest man in the world, telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim.

Mexico ranked only 62nd in per capita GDP in 2011; China, on the other hand, ranked 91st. No one would dispute that China is a significant national power. Few would dispute that China suffers from social instability. This means that in terms of evaluating Mexico's role in the international system, we must look at the aggregate numbers. Given those numbers, Mexico has entered the ranks of the leading economic powers and is growing more quickly than nations ahead of it. When we look at the distribution of wealth, the internal reality is that, like China, Mexico has deep weaknesses.

The primary strategic problem for Mexico is the potential for internal instability driven by inequality. Northern and central Mexico have the highest human development index, nearly on the European level, while the mountainous, southernmost states are well below that level. Mexican inequality is geographically defined, though even the wealthiest regions have significant pockets of inequality. We must remember that this is not Western-style gradient inequality, but cliff inequality where the poor live utterly different lives from even the middle class.

Mexico is using classic tools for managing this problem. Since poverty imposes limits to domestic consumption, Mexico is an exporter. It exported $349.6 billion in 2011, which means it derives just under 30 percent of its GDP from exports. This is just above the Chinese level and creates a serious vulnerability in Mexico's economy, since it becomes dependent on other countries' appetite for Mexican goods.

This is compounded by the fact that 78.5 percent of Mexico's exports go to the United States. That means that 23.8 percent of Mexico's export revenue depends on the appetite of the American markets. On the flip side, 48.8 percent of its imports come from the United States, making it an asymmetric relationship. Although both sides need the exports, Mexico must have them. The United States benefits from them but not on the same order.

Relations With the United States

This leads to Mexico's second strategic problem: its relationship with the United States. When we look back to the early 19th century, it was not clear that the United States would be the dominant power in North America. The United States was a small, poorly integrated country hugging the East Coast. Mexico was much more developed, with a more substantial military and economy. At first glance, Mexico ought to have been the dominant power in North America.

But Mexico had two problems. The first was internal instability caused by the social factors that remain in place, namely Mexico's massive, regionally focused inequality. The second was that the lands north of the Rio Grande line (referred to as Rio Bravo del Norte by the Mexicans) were sparsely settled and difficult to defend. The terrain between the Mexican heartland and the northern territories from Texas to California were difficult to reach from the south. The cost of maintaining a military force able to protect this area was prohibitive.

From the American point of view, Mexico -- and particularly the Mexican presence in Texas -- represented a strategic threat to American interests. The development of the Louisiana Purchase into the breadbasket of the United States depended on the Ohio-Mississippi-Missouri river system, which was navigable and the primary mode of export. Mexico, with its border on the Sabine River separating it from Louisiana, was positioned to cut the Mississippi. The strategic need to secure sea approaches through the Caribbean to the vulnerable Mexican east coast put Mexico in direct conflict with U.S. interests.

The decision by U.S. President Andrew Jackson to send Sam Houston on a covert mission into Texas to foment a rising of American settlers there was based in part on his obsession with New Orleans and the Mississippi River, which Jackson had fought for in 1815. The Texas rising was countered by a Mexican army moving north into Texas. Its problem was that the Mexican army, drawn to a great extent from the poorest elements of Mexican society in that country's south, had to pass through the desert and mountains of the region and suffered from extremely cold and snowy weather. The Mexican soldiers arrived at San Antonio exhausted, and while they defeated the garrison there, they were not able to defeat the force at San Jacinto (near present-day Houston) and were themselves defeated.

The region that separated the heart of Texas from the heart of Mexico was a barrier for military movement that undermined Mexico's ability to hold its northern territory. The geographic weakness of Mexico -- this hostile region coupled with long and difficult-to-defend coastlines and no navy -- extended west to the Pacific. It created a borderland that had two characteristics. It was of little economic value, and it was inherently difficult to police due to the terrain. It separated the two countries, but it became a low-level friction point throughout history, with smuggling and banditry on both sides at various times. It was a perfect border in the sense that it created a buffer, but it was an ongoing problem because it could not be easily controlled.

The defeat in Texas and during the Mexican-American War cost Mexico its northern territories. It created a permanent political issue between the two countries, one that Mexico could not effectively remedy. The defeat in the wars continued to destabilize Mexico. Although the northern territories were not central to Mexico's national interest, their loss created a crisis of confidence in successive regimes that further irritated the core social problem of massive inequality. For the past century and a half, Mexico has lived with an ongoing inferiority complex toward and resentment of the United States.

The war created another reality between the two countries: a borderland that was a unique entity, part of both countries and part of neither country. The borderland's geography had defeated the Mexican army. It now became a frontier that neither side could control. During the ongoing unrest surrounding the Mexican Revolution, it became a refuge for figures such as Pancho Villa, pursued by U.S. Gen. John J. Pershing after Villa raided American towns. It would not be fair to call it a no-man's-land. It was an every-man's-land, with its own rules, frequently violent, never suppressed.

The drug trade has replaced the cattle rustling of the 19th century, but the essential principle remains the same. Cocaine, marijuana and a number of other drugs are being shipped to the United States. All are imported or produced in Mexico at a low cost and then re-exported or exported into the United States. The price in the United States, where the products are illegal and in great demand, is substantially higher than in Mexico. That means that the price differential between drugs in Mexico and drugs in the United States creates an attractive market. This typically happens when one country prohibits a widely desired product readily available in a neighboring country.

This creates a substantial inflow of wealth into Mexico, though the precise size of this inflow is difficult to gauge. The precise amount of cross-border trade is uncertain, but one number frequently used is $40 billion a year. This would mean narcotic sales represent an 11.4 percent addition to total exports. But this underestimates the importance of narcotics, because profit margins would tend to be much higher on drugs than on industrial products. Assuming that the profit margin on legal exports is 10 percent (a very high estimate), legal exports would generate about $35 billion a year in profits. Assuming the margin on drugs is 80 percent, then the profit on them is $32 billion a year, almost matching profits on legal exports.

These numbers are all guesses, of course. The amount of money returned to Mexico as opposed to kept in U.S. or other banks is unknown. The precise amount of the trade is uncertain and profit margins are difficult to calculate. What can be known is that the trade is likely an off-the-books stimulant to the Mexican economy, generated by the price differential created by drug prohibition.
The advantage to Mexico also creates a strategic problem for Mexico. Given the money at stake and that the legal system is unable to suppress or regulate the trade, the borderland has again become -- perhaps now more than ever -- a region of ongoing warfare between groups competing to control the movement of narcotics into the United States. To a great extent, the Mexicans have lost control of this borderland.

From the Mexican point of view, this is a manageable situation. The borderland is distinct from the Mexican heartland. So long as the violence does not overwhelm the heartland, it is tolerable. The inflow of money does not offend the Mexican government. More precisely, the Mexican government has limited resources to suppress the trade and violence, and there are financial benefits to its existence. The Mexican strategy is to try to block the spread of lawlessness into Mexico proper but to accept the lawlessness in a region that historically has been lawless.

The American position is to demand that the Mexicans deploy forces to suppress the trade. But neither side has sufficient force to control the border, and the demand is more one of gestures than significant actions or threats. The Mexicans have already weakened their military by trying to come to grips with the problem, but they are not going to break their military by trying to control a region that broke them in the past. The United States is not going to provide a force sufficient to control the border, since the cost would be staggering. Each will thus live with the violence. The Mexicans argue the problem is that the United States can't suppress demand and is unwilling to destroy incentives by lowering prices through legalization. The Americans say the Mexicans must root out the corruption among Mexican officials and law enforcement. Both have interesting arguments, but neither argument has anything to do with reality. Controlling that terrain is impossible with reasonable effort, and no one is prepared to make an unreasonable effort.

Another aspect is the movement of migrants. For Mexicans, the movement of migrants has been part of their social policy: It shifts the poor out of Mexico and generates remittances. For the United States, this has provided a consistent source of low-cost labor. The borderland has been the uncontrollable venue through which the migrants pass. The Mexicans don't want to stop it, and neither, in the end, do the Americans.

Dueling rhetoric between the United States and Mexico hides the underlying facts. Mexico is now one of the largest economies in the world and a major economic partner with the United States. The inequality in the relationship comes from military inequality. The U.S. military dominates North America, and the Mexicans are in no position to challenge this. The borderland poses problems and some benefits for each, but neither is in a position to control the region regardless of rhetoric.

Mexico still has to deal with its core issue, which is maintaining its internal social stability. It is, however, beginning to develop foreign policy issues beyond the United States. In particular, it is developing an interest in managing Central America, possibly in collaboration with Colombia. Its purpose, ironically, is the control of illegal immigrants and drug smuggling. These are not trivial moves. Were it not for the United States, Mexico would be a great regional power. Given the United States, it must manage that relationship before any other.

Given Mexico's dramatic economic growth and given time, this equation will change. Over time, we expect there will be two significant powers in North America. But in the short run, the traditional strategic problems of Mexico remain: how to deal with the United States, how to contain the northern borderland and how to maintain national unity in the face of potential social unrest.

Read more: Mexico's Strategy | Stratfor

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Clear Choice



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Monday, August 20, 2012

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Catholic League: LIBERALS GIVE THE LEAST TO THE POOR


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LIBERALS GIVE THE LEAST TO THE POOR


August 20, 2012
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a new study on charitable giving released today by the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Liberals are the least likely to help the poor. That’s the inescapable conclusion of this new study: states where people participate in religion at a high rate are also the most generous; conversely, the least generous states are also the least religious. Importantly, nine of the ten least generous states voted for Obama in 2008.

This new study is consistent with previous research. Sociologists Mark D. Regnerus and David Sikkink looked at the data gathered by the Religious Identity and Influence Survey and concluded that the more religious a person is, the more likely he is to give to the poor; those who are nonreligious give the least. In his book Who Really Cares, Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, examined this issue in depth. He concluded that “Religious people are far more charitable than nonreligious people.” Similarly, in their book American Grace, David Campbell of Notre Dame and Robert Putnam of Harvard found that religious people are more generous than nonreligious people.

It is well known that liberals are far more likely than conservatives to be nonreligious. It is also well known that liberals talk endlessly about poverty. Yet in their daily lives they do the least about it: they volunteer the least; they give less blood; they are less likely to help someone find a job; and they donate the least. Their idea of charity is to have the government raise taxes, i.e., take money from others, and spend it on welfare programs.

The data have grave implications this election season. Paul Ryan is being lectured by liberals—the most miserly people in the nation—for not being responsive to the poor. It doesn’t get more absurd than this. Not until liberals catch up with conservatives in their charitable giving are they in a position to lecture anyone about the poor.



Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
Phone: 212-371-3191
E-mail: cl@catholicleague.org

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Israel becoming concerned by Egypt's Sinai deployment

Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

Monday, August 20, 2012 | Ryan Jones


Israel becoming concerned by Egypt's Sinai deployment Last week, a leading Israeli media analyst suggested that Israel's government should be more concerned about Egypt's growing military deployment in the Sinai Peninsula, instead of focusing all its worries on Iran.

"The development that, more than any other, should set off warning bells in Jerusalem, is the unilateral action taken by the Egyptians in Sinai during the past few days," wrote Ha'aretz columnist Avi Issacharoff.

"While Israel is prattling itself to death on the Iranian issue, the decision makers here are choosing not to respond to the fact that Egypt is moving forces into Sinai, contrary to the terms of the peace agreement," Issacharoff continued.

Earlier this summer, Israel did approve the deployment of additional Egyptian soldiers to Sinai to help battle the regional terror groups taking root there. Members of many of Sinai's Bedouin tribes have in recent years joined the ranks of groups like Hizballah and Al Qaeda. Two weeks ago, the members of one such group killed 17 Egyptian soldiers while perpetrating a cross-border raid into southern Israel.

However, it now appears that Egypt is deploying forces far beyond what Israel approved (the 1979 Camp David Accords put strict limits on the amount of forces Egypt can deploy in Sinai). According to some reports, in addition to a much larger than expected number of infantry, Egypt is also rolling armored forces into Sinai.

Issacharoff called the deployment the "most extensive activity by the [Egyptian] army in Sinai since the Yom Kippur War 39 years ago." And that should be cause for concern.

At present, those forces are ostensibly being used to root out terrorist forces, which would ultimately benefit Israel, too. But officials believe Egypt is only going to do what it needs to placate public opinion at home, and nothing more. In the meantime, those new forces deployed to Sinai are not likely to be removed.

On top of all this, Egypt is now ruled by a group that maintains as one of its long-term goals the destruction of Israel. And just last week, the Muslim Brotherhood removed the former heads of Egypt's military and installed more compliant generals.

Anyone not seeing these developments as cause for concern has his or her head in the sand.

According to pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Israel's government is indeed concerned, and has asked Cairo to withdraw its armored forces from Sinai. Experts have noted that tanks and armored vehicles will at any rate be useless against the mountain-entrenched Bedouin forces in central Sinai.

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Weekly Update from Maloney for West Virginia

Dear Friend,

We are in the midst of summer, and things on the campaign continue to heat up. Sharon and I hit the roads again this week and have especially enjoyed our time at the State Fair. A few photos from the Fair are below.

The volunteer activities for the campaign are also starting to heat up. We have now opened seven Victory Centers, the hubs for our volunteer activities around the state. If we are going to create a brighter future for West Virginia, we need your help in the Victory centers contacting voters about our campaign. Please consider helping out!

Hope to catch you on the road soon!


Sincerely,
Bill Maloney signature-


Bill Maloney

Victory Offices

We now have Victory offices located throughout the state, and your help in contacting voters in your area will be key to our victory in November. All of the offices are open from 9am-9pm Monday-Friday, and on Saturday from 9am-5pm through the election.

Next Saturday, August 25th, we will be hosting a "SUPER SATURDAY" event at all the Victory Centers. During the day, all the Victory Centers will be opened, and volunteers will be working hard on behalf of our team. Details on each of the Centers are below. Please contact the one nearest you and volunteer to help get the word out about our campaign for a Brighter West Virginia!



County Address City Contact Email Phone Number
Monongalia County 2908 University Ave Morgantown Payne Warner payne.warner@wvgop.org 845-264-3975
Harrison County 919 West Main Street Bridgeport Drew Cummings drew.cummings@wvgop.org 717-315-6332
Berkeley County 110 North Queen Street Martinsburg Curt Compton curt.compton@wvgop.org 304-620-2109
Kanawha County Charleston Town Center Mall, across from Tidewater Charleston Jason Huffman jason.huffman@wvgop.org 304-677-9245
Wood County 414 Grand Park Drive, Suite 5 Vienna Jordan Burgess jordan.burgess@wvgop.org 304-415-4227
Raleigh County 203 Beaver Ln Beaver Laike Todd laike.todd@wvgop.org 662-209-0119
Cabell County 5347 US
Route 60
Huntington Matt Dailer matt.dailer@wvgop.org 304-280-0104


Parkersburg Homecoming Festival

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On Friday evening, I went to the Parkerburg Homecoming Festival. I stopped by the Volunteer Action Center booth and met Teresa Roberts and John Tedesco.

State Fair

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On Thursday, I attended the State Fair in Fairlea. Here I am with a West Virginia Mountaineer.


Women of Influence Event

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Sharon was honored to participate in the Women of Influence event on Friday. The Cabell County Republican Executive Committee did a great job putting on the event.

Sharon's Birthday

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My wonderful wife celebrated her birthday this week! We didn't have very much time to celebrate (I did take her to dinner!), but some good folks at the Parkersburg Victory Center did take a break from phone banking and shared a birthday cake with her. She said it was tasty!

Bill in the News

State Journal: Appalachian coal groups line up behind pro-coal Romney
State Jounal quoted me this week on my opposition to Barack Obama: "I know that defeating Barack Obama is critical to our state's future and so do the thousands of coal miners who have lost their jobs because of Obama's job-killing war on coal. The only person who doesn't seem to get it is Earl Ray Tomblin. Career Politician Earl Ray Tomblin continues to support Obama instead of fighting for coal."

Parkersburg News and Sentinel: GOP Headquarters to Hold Grand Opening
Parkersburg paper noted the Victory Center opening and talked about my attendance at the Homecoming Fest this week.

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. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.



Wisconsin Exports Growing




This week, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation released figures for Wisconsin’s exports through the first half of 2012. And they had great news to report.
Wisconsin exported $1.5 billion worth of agricultural products to over 132 countries, which is an increase of 5 percent over the first six months of 2011. Over the same time, U.S. exports of agricultural products totaled $77 billion—a decrease of 4 percent.
Wisconsin’s total exports grew by 7.9 percent in the second quarter of 2012, with specific increases in the exports of industrial machinery, agricultural products, vehicles, and medical and scientific instruments. Wisconsin exports totaled $11.6 billion in the first quarter of 2012.

The production of Wisconsin’s economy is strong, which is demonstrated by the growth of exports. This data is encouraging and signals products made by Wisconsin’s private sector economy are valued all across the world.

While we work to overcome an underperforming national economy, these figures are good news for the residents of our state. Unlike the failed economic policies being currently pursued at the federal level, we will continue to foster a pro-growth environment in Wisconsin to get government out of the way, so private sector employers can create jobs.


First Quarter Jobs Data Shows Growth


Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) sent the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) actual jobs data compiled from unemployment insurance reports submitted by approximately 96 percent of Wisconsin business establishments during the first three months of 2012. The actual jobs count data showed:
  • Wisconsin added 37,464 private-sector jobs from March 2011 to March 2012.
  • The net job gain from March 2011 to March 2012 includes 12,088 manufacturing jobs, which equates to a 2.8 percent increase.
  • Wages by covered employers grew by 7.16 percent year-over-year.


In addition to the actual job count, this week the federal government released an estimate of July jobs numbers, known as the Census Employment Statistics or CES. The CES is based off of a survey of roughly 3.5 percent of Wisconsin’s employers.

These estimates are currently unreliable for Wisconsin because, for the first time ever, the federal government benchmarked this estimate off of only two quarters of actual jobs data (previously three quarters were used). The quarterly data released this week again shows that CES data for Wisconsin is not accurate.

Recently, there was communication between DWD and the federal government regarding this benchmarking issue. More information regarding DWD’s exchange with the federal government can be accessed by clicking here.
Last year, I indicated I will track job growth by the actual job count data, which is widely regarded as much more accurate than the monthly numbers.
We are committed to working hard to keep growing Wisconsin jobs for workers and families in our great state.


Just Ask the Governor

Each e-update, I answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.


Question: Why don’t you update everybody regarding your “laser” focus on jobs?
 
 
Answer: While the legislature is out of session, my administration is moving forward on a number of key economic growth initiatives focused on job creation.
 
 
We’re continuing to develop and implement our Transform Milwaukee Plan, which is aimed at creating jobs by restoring industrial output, creating jobs, addressing the city’s large inventory of foreclosed properties, and creating a sustainable solution to rainwater run-off. The project will focus on an industrial, residential, and transportation corridor connecting the Century City site, the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, the Menomonee Valley, the Port of Milwaukee and General Mitchell Airport. Just this week, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and the Wisconsin Community Development Legacy Fund (WCDLF) announced the redevelopment of a seven-story 93,025 square foot vacant building into Class A office and research space in Milwaukee. This development will become a new Water Accelerator Center, which will provide space for multiple types of water products, technology and additional economic development projects.
 
 
Beyond just Transform Milwaukee, we’ve launched projects related to the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Program, which provides privately funded grants from Wisconsin Covenant Foundation Inc. This Foundation program serves job creators and job seekers by using technical school education and targeting it to Wisconsin’s immediate employment needs.
 
 
Additionally, I’ve been focused on providing much needed relief to the agricultural industry, in response to drought they’ve experienced throughout a good portion of the summer. We took action on a broad range of initiatives, including promotion of the Farmer-to-Farmer network aimed at helping dairy farmers obtain adequate feed for their herds and opening state lands for grazing.
Every single day in office, my primary focus is helping the people of the state create new jobs. I am excited and optimistic about the future of Wisconsin’s economy and about creating opportunity for hard-working small businesses owners to add jobs for our friends and neighbors across our state.


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