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By Seton Motley, President – Less Government
From most appearances, the Senate will this week vote on Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res) 6 – the Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval of the Obama Administration Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Internet Net Neutrality power grab.
Ask Senator Kay Hagan to vote YES on SJ RES 6!
Only 51 votes are required for passage – which means only 4 Democrats are needed. There are 23 Democrat Senate seats up for reelection next year. A few of these folks aren’t running. The rest are – many in center or center-right states. Additionally, there are a few other Senators that should also be subject to Constitutional reason, and thusly contacted. Senator Kay Hagan is the one to contact in North Carolina.
The short video, explains it best. Watch it to better understand the issue.
Below is Hagan’s contact information. Reach out and tell her to vote Yes on S.J.Res 6. Also Tweet it all out using the hashtag #freethenet.
- Kay Hagan – North Carolina
Update: 12:31 p.m. Wednesday The Senate began considering this issue Wednesday morning and will take it up again on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. Please get your calls in to Senator Hagan by then! It’s not too late to defend our Internet Freedoms!
It was another big win for the Democrats in North Carolina this year, and a win that Republicans desperately wanted. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx won a second term Tuesday, driven largely by the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Foxx won 67% of the vote, over Republican challenger Scott Stone. Democrats also took all four of the city council seats that were up for election, making it a clean sweap over the Republican candidates.
Conservatives wanted to have the mayoral seat, as a sort of “bully pulpit” in which to welcome the Democrat guests to Charlotte next autumn. Democrats and other groups out-organized and out-worked the Republicans. In an election that saw one of the lowest turnouts ever, only 16 %, the liberal groups got their people to the polls, while conservatives did not.
This goes along with some of what was said at the Defending the American Dream Conference, held last weekend in Washington. The event was sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity, a group founded in North Carolina and greatly disliked by President Barack Obama.
During a breakfast on Saturday morning for the North Carolina delegation, Dallas Woodhouse told the attendees that the opposition is organized for eight, ten, and twenty years out.
Just like the Wake County school board races, held a month ago, there wasn’t just one Democrat office running the efforts, there were four. Each one was run by a different liberal organization, all working together and trying to undo the progress that members achieved the last two years, when forced busing was removed and the county saw a return to neighborhood schools.
Republicans, conservatives, and their allies, must get on a track towards the long term, instead of just looking to the next election, then sitting on our laurels.
Sure it’s fun to celebrate victories, but the Democrats have our number. They don’t like losing either and they have turned those efforts into victory. This state and nation has much to lose, and gain, in 2012. Let’s get together, recruit your friends and neighbors and get active. It’s almost too late. Join your local conservative group, tea party, or Republican party.
See also: Big labor favor: DNC may replace local workers with out-of-state union labor for convention
by Matthew Boyle at the Daily Caller
WASHINGTON – Friday night, during the “Tribute to Ronald Reagan Dinner”, radicals with the Occupy DC and a coalition of liberal groups tried violently to crash the Americans for Prosperity Defending the Dream Summit.
These radicals, some of whom carried black flags, wanted to supress rights of individuals to freely assemble and to intimidate conservatives into silence. Black flags often represent anarchy.
Many “Dream” attendees captured the violence on their smart phones. and shared them with the mainstream media. By Saturday morning, the story had became national news. CNN was the first to go national with the story, followed by other outlets. Caleb Hayes, a College Republican from Kansas, was interviewed by at least five different national news sources, as they ran his video of an innocent bystander getting run over by a car from an “occupier”. According to witnesses, the bystander had nothing to do with either group.
All Friday and Saturday afternoon, satellite trucks from media outlets circled the block around the Washington Convention Center, as both Republican Presidential frontrunners, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, came to speak, along with other top conservatives. The event would have made national news anyway, regardless of the violence that occured, by the Occupiers.
The protestors circled the convention center and tried to enter every single entrance. Police did nothing despite reports that staffers at AFP called 911 four times. However, some video does show police getting involved. Security inside the building quickly moved to lock every entrance and no one was allowed to enter or leave.
KCC interviewed a wheelchair-bound woman who carried a small service dog. When she was finally allowed to leave and go the two short blocks to her hotel, protestors grabbed her dog and tried to pull her from her chair. Luckily, other conservatives came to her aid and security moved everyone from the center back to their hotels. The dog was safely returned, unharmed.
Later, from her hotel room, your blogger could hear firetrucks blazing through the intersection, trying to reopen it to traffic, which KCC observed police NOT doing. KCC does not blame the police officers, but rather their superiors who wouldn’t allow them to do their jobs. Your blogger sensed that the DC leadership felt it might be “bad politics” to appear to be unfriendly with the “Occupiers”.
The entire situation is truly sad. The staff at Americans for Prosperity, both here in North Carolina, and nationally, worked hard to bring us the best Summit yet. Other than the attack, the event went off without a hitch and we bloggers had a lot of fun.
It was great seeing so many friends ride the busses from North Carolina and surrounding states, and seeing the friends we’ve made over the years at the various AFP events.
Thank you AFP, and we look forward to next year!
Here are a number of article, posts and videos on the story:
I Went Down To the Demonstration to Get My Fair Share of Abuse (The Other McCain – videos)
The Mob Who Came to Dinner (The American Spectator, by Robert Stacy McCain)
Under Occupation Friday Night (The American Spectator, by Laurel Buckley)
The Real Occupy DC
Occupy protest turns violent outside Washington Convention Center [VIDEO]
Occupy DC Protesters Try to Storm AFP Event
OccupyDC Protesters Use Kids to Blockade Door During Violent Scuffle
Liberal Protester Uses Child As Human Shield
Occupy DC protester uses kids to block traffic
OBAMA’S OCCUPYDC VICTIM SPEAKS OUT: ‘I WENT DOWN THOSE STAIRS BECAUSE I WAS PUSHED’
OCCUPYDC PROTESTERS ATTACK CONSERVATIVE GATHERING; HARASS WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Live, here is what is happening now at the Defending the American Dream Summit, here in at the Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC.
Your blogger has just stepped into a breakout session at the Defending the American Dream Conference. On going is a discussion on Internet Freedom and the current speaker is Cong. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.
Blackburn is discussing the dangers of Barack Obama and the liberals’ dangerous regulations that are coming.
She mentioned how banks are no longer hiring people in their front line services and hiring more in compliance services to deal with so many new regulations.
As with the banks, Internet regulations would compromise your privacy. In short, we must make those calls to to prevent the so-called “net neutrality”. As one attendee pointed out, the Internet is already neutral.
Blackburn added “this is a hysterical reaction to a hypothetical problem.”
Blackburn therefore continues to push against this “problem”. Phil Kerpin, of the sponsoring Americans for Prosperity, says that competition will prevent whatever problems the government fears will happen. If the government takes over our Internet, competition will cease, bringing expansion to a halt. Certain anti-government websites could be blocked. Hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost.
KCC’s friend, Seton Motley with the Less Government Foundation, spoke next. He said that this is an example of applying old laws to new technologies. Government has not done anything with the Internet since 1996, a long time ago in terms of technology.
In those fifteen years, the Internet has thrived and grown, thanks to the lack of outside interference.
Motley believes that the Internet cannot be crammed into one category. Its many things. Same with smart phones. Sure you can make phone calls, but the do so much more.
Not long ago, a lefty group saw books from the Bible online and realized they had no way to stop it.
The race to regulation often happens in the presence of fear, concluded Motley.
Editor’s Note: This post was blogged live on KCC’s Samsung Galaxy 10.1 on the 4G LTE Verizon Network. If Network Neutrality passes, companies like Verizon and AT&T will cease to invest in their networks, as they will no longer have the incentive to do so.
If you’ve never been, you are in for a treat! Many of the presidential candidates will be there, along with some of the greatest conservative minds ever assembled.
This year’s lineup of CONFIRMED speakers include:
● Mark Levin, Radio Host
● Herman Cain, Businessman and GOP presidential hopeful
● Mitt Romney, GOP presidential hopeful
● Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst
● Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City
● Jonah Goldberg, New York Times best selling author
● Dinesh D’Souza, Best selling author
● Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. House of Representatives
● Andrew Breitbart Conservative commentator and author
● Carly Fiorina, former CEO Hewlett-Packard
● Ken Cuccinelli Virginia Attorney General
● Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, U.S. House of Representatives
● Rep. Andy Harris, U.S. House of Representatives
● Rep. Mike Pompeo, U.S. House of Representatives
● Ann McElhinney Conservative film maker
● James O’Keefe, Conservative film maker
● Bob Bowdon, Conservative film maker
● John Fund, American Spectator
● Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
● Tim Phillips, AFP Foundation President
● Phil Kerpen, AFP Foundation, VP for Policy
Also check out the agenda, here, complete with various tracks, so you can get exactly what you are most interested in!
The NC bus information is here. Please call the NC AFP to make sure it’s not too late at 919-839-1011. Be sure to ask if they can get you a hotel room.
Riding the bus is the very best financial deal and you will have fun talking with your free market friends along the way. New friends quickly become old friends by the end of the trip.
There are special activities for each state, too.
KCC will be there, as she has at every past Summit, blogging away, bringing it back to those who won’t be able to be there. Trust us. There is nothing like being there! Plus, you’ll be back in time for election day as most of the NC buses only stay Friday night.
KCC is providing her own transportation, which includes a mixture of Amtrak and aircraft, so she can come and go the exact hours she needs to, without having to drive. But, the bus is loads of fun, too, as your blogger can attest! The NC AFP staffers take very good care of their passengers and make sure any special needs are taken care of.
If you have a twitter account, follow the hashtag #Dream11 to keep up with the latest and to add your thoughts, too. People around the globe will be following you. KCC tweets at http://twitter.com/katys so be sure to follow. Remember, it’s @katys
More to come from Washington, beginning Thursday evening. REMEMBER, THIS IS THE GROUP THAT OBAMA “WARNED” US ABOUT.
Here we go again. Governor Beverly Perdue continued to mark up good legislation with her red veto stamp. She ignored the will of the people of this state and ran roughshod over legislation that a bipartisan and duly elected legislature crafted together and overwhelmingly passed.
And she vetoed bills, such as the Regulatory Reform Act and the Energy Jobs Act — an action that will kill jobs at a time when the state economy has lost 100,000 jobs over a two-year period. The Regulatory Reform Act actually hadunanimous support in the Senate because it was a common-sense bill that eliminated cumbersome and unclear regulations that had created uncertainty for businesses.
On Thursday, she vetoed 4 bills –all had passed in the House and Senate either unanimously or with very solid majorities.
She did not even have the guts to sign into law the hugely bi-partisan Tax Credits for Special Needs Children Bill and the Annexation Reform Bill – but allowed them to become law by simply not addressing them prior to today’s deadline.
It is a shame that the voters worked so hard to get real change at the legislature, begged for regulatory and tax relief and common-sense legislation—only to have Governor Perdue arrogantly use the veto 15 times this session.
You can be sure that AFP will be at the legislature building when it opens again later this summer and early fall, trying to come up with the votes to override these vetoes.
And we know you will be right there to help us – calling and emailing your legislators or visiting them on Jones Street.
Just look at some of the great, AFP-supported legislation that Governor Perdue vetoed this year:
Budget with zero tax increases VETO Overridden
Medical Malpractice Reform VETO
Individual Opt-out of Obamacare VETO
Stop Government from taking union dues from teacher paycheck VETO
Requiring a photo ID to vote VETO
Regulatory Reform VETO
Energy Jobs Act VETO
With your help, we got some good laws passed this year, too.
- Removed cap on charter schools
- Tort Reform for Businesses and Citizens
- Repealed Land Transfer Tax
- Tax Relief for Small Businessman
- Workmen’s Comp Reform
- Regulated Local Government Competition with Private Business
- Annexation Reform
- Tax Credits for Special Needs Children
However, we have our work cut out for us in trying to undo the damage Governor Perdue created with her veto stamp. We hope we can count on you to help us override these vetoes when the legislature convenes again later this summer.
North Carolina State Director
Americans for Prosperity
But it takes money to fight. Won’t you help the AFP NC fight Governor Perdue and her bad policy decisions by sending $25, $50 or $100 today? The AFP needs us all. This is your blogger’s favorite group and the one she works most closely with. Let’s keep pushing to get the message out on radio and television. Join KCC and please donate today.
Roughly 15 bloggers attended, including those from the liberal, and competing NetRoots Nation, which was being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Many of their attendees were staying at the Minneapolis Hilton, the RightOnline convention hotel..
Fellow blogger and friend, Nice Deb, taped this interesting, and occasionally testy exchange that runs just over 27 minutes. Every second is well worth the watch for a Herman Cain fan or political junkie interested in the GOP primary.
The normally genial Atlanta businessman became angry when Evan McMorris-Santoro, a writer for the liberal blog Talking Points Memo, asked whether Cain would apply “special precautions” in hiring Muslims.
“If you’re trying to make me lose my cool, you’re almost succeeding,” Cain said, after McMorris-Santoro raised the question — one Cain had addressed at some length to begin the press conference — and when the TMP writer attempted to reiterate the question, Cain roared back: “I never said I would use any special precautions!”
Cain then apologized for having raised his voice.
RightOnline was held in Minneapolis last weekend. The event, sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity, completed it’s 4th annual gathering. Previous events were held in Austin, Pittsburgh,and Las Vegas. The 2012 edition will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, next summer.
North Carolina was one of three charter states in this organization and your blogger was proud to be the blogger representing the old North State!
See also: Herman Cain Raises Voice, Holds Ground by Warner Todd Huston
Much more coverage and wrap up of Right Online coming up!
The Right Online Saturday morning General Session is being streamed LIVE! If you cannot be here, watch the fun unfold at Katy’s Conservative Corner. We are working with Americans For Prosperity to bring Right Online to your home and office. The event begins at 9 a.m. Central, 10:00 Eastern.
The lineup today, though subject to change, includes:
Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN)
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS)
Michelle Malkin – Author, Blogger, and Commentator
Jason Lewis – Author and Radio Host
John Fund – The Wall Street Journal
S.E. Cupp – Author and Conservative Commentator
Ed Morrissey - HotAir.com
Erick Erickson – RedState.com
Guy Benson - Townhall.com
MINNEAPOLIS Andrew Breitbart introduced “Undefeated: The Sarah Palin Documentary” at Right Online Friday night. He told his audience that this film is about fighting back against the mainstream media and the hard left. ”I am nothing compared to Sarah Palin”, he continued.
“I have been through nothing compared to what Sarah Palin has been through.” She is strong and she can light up everything. She can go to a town of 25,000 people and get 50,000 to show up. I’m not a woman but when I saw this film, I felt like a woman, Breitbart continued.
Her child Trig became a target. Because she took photos with him, Breitbart told viewers that it became okay to go after a special needs child. He added that “the RNC sat on the sidelines and let all this happen, back in 1998.”
“She took on the corrupt Alaska Republican Party and seemingly every Democrat in Alaska was behind her. Today the mainstream media won’t report it. They don’t discuss her past and how courageous and popular she was and is. They just kick her in the rib cage”, added Breitbart.
He’s glad that other Tea Party people like Michele Bachmann are standing up for her.
She is not a national joke, but rather a national icon and an American Icon!
“This film will hit the media like a nuclear bomb because it is the truth. People tried to correlate the Gabby Giffords shooting to Sarah Palin, in yet another nutty attempt to bring the Governor down.”
Director Steve Bannon added, “This version is not the final version. The version going to theaters will be PG-13 but this is the Unrated version. The music will be different.”
The opening montage is fast paced and disgusting, filled with liberal rants from Hollywood icons using the “f” word as Gov. Palin’s middle name. The term “retard” is used by supposedly tolerant liberals about young Trig, and she’s further deemed a “media whore”.
The unrated version is truly shocking in its first few minutes. Prior to the screening, children and all under 18 were asked to leave the room.
Opening credits state that the film is inspired by her book “Going Rogue“.
She starts out by discussing the Exxon Valdez. It was a night mare scenario she says. Her husband, Todd, used the word “heartbreaking” as the land and the sea are sacred to the state’s natives. It was an economic and social disaster and would change Alaska forever.
Palin said, “Banks reposed scores of commercial fishing vessels. Divorces, alcohol abuses and suicides soared. I was a young mother to be. I hadn’t planned on running for office but looking back, I could see how that tragedy planted a seed in me.”
The film then turned to the corruption that was rampant in the Republican party, especially in leadership positions in the 1980s and 1990s. The filmmakers documented the history of corruption in politics since then, until Palin changed everything. Then-Oil and Gas Commissioner Palin went public with this corruption, standing up in the face of opposition in her own party, she took on powerful people. The film calls her “right and courageous”.
According to the film,
she gave up her six figure salary in the process and earned praise from everyone but those in the Republican high command. She even took on corrupt Governor Frank Murkowski who didn’t take kindly to being crossed.
The two-term Wasilla mayor tossed her hat into the ring and took on Gov. Murkowski and his machine. The film once again used the term courage as she worked hard to get her message out in the primary election. It was “I can get things done”. She knew a lot about oil and gas and she wanted to take care of Alaskans and their constitution. Further, she knew how to pull “from both sides of the aisle”.
At 42, she became Governor. Her inaugural speech was an “Alaska first” speech interweaving spiritual metaphors with God’s blessings into verbal imagery about the state’s beauty and greatness.
Palin continued “We know our way to the courthouse, too.” Palin forced companies with drilling rights to actually drill. She took the popular term “drill, baby, drill” to heart. In short, Mrs. Palin wanted to make sure Alaskans got a fair shake.
Undefeated continues into much more detail, which viewers will enjoy in their local theaters.
Though it sounds like a cliche’, Palin is certainly a maverick. She is tougher than most men and has the admiration of many, including this blogger. Before the screening, KCC had no idea of all the “stuff” that Palin had been through.
Mrs. Palin has been a great help to her constituents in Alaska with her expertise in energy. She says that “People in this country don’t have an energy problem. We have an energy crisis.” The film interviews people who believe it is important where our oil and gas comes from.
60% comes from overseas in often unfriendly nations. Producing our own oil helps create American jobs. Palin believes in the Natural gas pipeline, that would run from Alaska to the lower 48. Apparently Alaska is loaded with natural gas. She says the nation will look to Alaska and away from dirty burning coal.
By this time, her approval rating in Alaska had soared to 80%, a number, the film says, is unheard of among statewide officials.
The final portion of the film deals with her selection for Vice President by nominee, Senator John McCain.
Many conservatives needed a reason to vote for the ticket. Instead of holding their noses to vote for McCain, they rationalized it as casting a vote for Sarah Palin for Vice President.
She declared she was just an average hockey mom who signed up for the PTA.
This woman deserves better. It’s tough standing up, often alone. Sarah Palin is an inspiration to this blogger, whether or not she runs for President! Meanwhile, try to catch her on her national tour, if you can.
NOTE: RightOnline, now in its 4th year, is a conference sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity. It is held yearly in the same city as its liberal counter part, NetRoots Nation. Right Online teaches newbies and veterans alike how to be more effective online.