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Phillip Falcone, CEO of embattled LightSquared, told Fox News on Monday that his firm did not donate money to the Barack Obama campaign to buy access and favors from the FCC. ”Why would anyone do that”, he asked rhetorically to Megyn Kelly, the interviewer. ”I’m just trying to build a network.”
CNet News’ Roger Cheng reported:
LightSquared is attempting to build a nationwide 4G LTE network that it will sell on a wholesale basis to other carriers that want to resell its services. But the company has run into a major hurdle with a coalition of companies reliant on GPS equipment. They claim LightSquared’s spectrum interferes with the operations of everything from farming equipment to airplane systems.
Meanwhile, last Thursday, the House Armed Services Committee met on the impact of LightSquared’s effect on national security. According to Wireless Week,
the Defense Department and military make extensive use of GPS that could suffer interference from LightSquared’s transmitters – but the nonappearance of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, scrutiny of lobbying in the executive branch and questions about FCC decision-making overshadowed the event.
Immediately after opening the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, chairman Michael Turner called out the FCC chairman for not appearing, indicating that Genachowski had been seen in the building, but
“That said, I have the unfortunate responsibility to inform the subcommittee that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Genachowski refused to appear today. I must also make clear that I consider the Chairman’s failure to show up today to be an affront to the House Armed Services Committee. Further, it appears to be symptomatic of a disregard by the Chairman to the consequences of the FCC’s January 26 waiver to LightSquared. I trust Chairman Genachowski is doing something very important this morning if he couldn’t be here to discuss the significant harm to national security that may result from the FCC’s action on January 26th of this year.
On January 26, 2011, LightSquared was granted a fast-tracked waiver from the FCC (with White House approval).
One brave Air Force General, risked his career by appearing at the hearing. General William Shelton, who told the subcommittee, the week before, in a classified briefing, that he has been pressured to change his testimony to favor Falcone, the large Democratic Donor.
The notion that LightSquared’s version of the 4G LTE services is a national security risk, has been known since at least February 2011. LightSquared has both debated the issue, and later issued statements that it intends to repair the problems.
General Shelton is the Chairman of the Air Force Space Command.
The difference between LightSquared’s 4G LTE network and those of carriers like Verizon and AT&T is that LightSquared’s is based on satellite. Traditional carriers use land-based towers.
We leave you with this question:
Why should Falcone and his network get a free pass, when carriers like Verizon and AT&T followed the rules and built out their own 4G LTE networks with their own capital. Which rule book is Obama and the FCC playing by, and is this fair to the American consumer? Only you can decide, in November of 2012.
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Facts can be frightening things, almost as frightening as an American flag to a liberal on July 4th.
Let’s use this wonderful holiday celebrating our nation’s birth to remind our friends and family why President Barack Obama has failed this nation and why we need to get him and his fellow liberals out of office next year.
Remember this? ”We own it!”
“We Own It”: Two of the President’s closest allies, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Dick Durbin, have admitted that this “President owns the economy” in the minds of voters.
Quick Facts about THE DEBT
- National Debt up 35% under Obama
- Current National Debt is $14.3 Trillion
- $3.7 Trillion added to the national debt since Obama took office
- 43 cents borrowed on every dollar the federal government
- $26.3 Trillion is the expected national debt in 2021 under Obama’s budget
- National unemployment at 9.1%
- Unemployment up 25% under Obama
- 2.5 million jobs lost under Obama
Let’s remind our friends and family that Obamanomics has failed and that HOPE never did hire in America!
Thanks to our friends at the North Carolina Republican Party for these statistics.
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
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How many times have you wanted to give Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner a piece of your mind? Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (NC-2) did it on Wednesday and had the best closing statement of the year. KCC won’t give it away, so you’ll watch this must see video.
Here, she defends small businesses across America and tells Geithner what we conservatives have all wanted to tell him. Listen to how she calmly takes on his arguments and how she closes. It made this blogger stand up and cheer!
Update: See also Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn’t ‘Shrink’ by CNS News
Your blogger is thankful to be pals with most of the staff in Rep. Ellmer’s office. They do fine work. Call them from time-to-time to thank them for their efforts. It’s certainly a labor of love.
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
Bi-partisan agreement rejects Governor Perdue’s $1 billion tax hike and right-sizes state government
Today, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes shared his thoughts regarding Beverly Perdue’s budget veto by the North Carolina General Assembly. He added facts that the liberals have chosen to overlook. When the television commercials are running, don’t forget the bullet points . The liberals running the television ads certainly have!
Thank you, Chairman Hayes, for reminding us of the truth. Let’s not forget to thank the “Party of Five” that stood with the Republicans, either.
Chairman Hayes’ Remarks:
North Carolina faces high unemployment and historic budget deficits because of decades of out-of-control spending and failed policies from the tax and spend Democrats in Raleigh. Governor Perdue had a chance to work with Republicans but chose to politicize her veto stamp to protect the status quo and to energize her liberal base for her re-election campaign.
“Fortunately for North Carolinians, the General Assembly reached a bi-partisan agreement to reject Governor Perdue’s $1 billion tax hike and right-size state government to provide a better future for North Carolina’s families, students and job creators. Our state’s fiscal problems were not caused by Republicans but this budget is a responsible first step by Republicans towards putting our state’s fiscal house in order.”
Budget fulfills promises made during the 2010 campaign:
- Balances the budget, closing a $2.5 billion shortfall
- Allows the temporary sales and income tax increases to expire, putting $1.3 billion back into the hands of North Carolina taxpayers
- Provides tax relief for small businesses allowing them to expand and put people back to work
- Protects education – fully funding all classroom teachers and teacher’s assistants
- Brings state spending in line with revenues and places North Carolina back on the path to fiscal responsibility
Right-sizes State Government:
- Cuts state spending by approximately 4%. Spending has more than doubled in the past 10 years.
- More than doubles the amount of money in the Rainy Day Fund – $185 million
- Allocates $125 million for renovation and repair of university and state buildings
- Fully funds the state’s retirement system
Creates Private Sector Jobs:
- Cuts taxes for EVERY North Carolinian by allowing temporary taxes to expire, reducing the state’s sales tax from 7.75% to 6.75%
- Implements small business tax relief – exempting the first $50,000 of small business income from income tax
- Creates nearly 14,000 private sector jobs in the first year (30,000 over the next two years) by returning nearly $1.5 billion to the hands of taxpayers of North Carolina
- Extends unemployment benefits for 40,000 North Carolinians whose benefits have expired
Protects Students and Teachers:
- Republicans believe that every child should be reading by the time they leave 3rd Grade. Currently 23% fail to do so, yet only 3% are held back.
- Reduces class sizes in grades 1-3 from 18:1 to 17:1 – adding more than 1,100 additional teachers
- Protects every teacher and teacher assistant position currently employed
- Provides liability insurance for teachers and school employees to help ensure their safety in the classroom
- Does not pass down fiscal responsibility for school buses, tort claims and worker’s compensation claims to the counties like the Governor’s budget proposed – saving counties $75 million
- Allocates $100 million to the Public School Building Capital Fund to assist counties in building, renovating and upgrading schools with new technology. Governor’s budget proposed only $55 million
- Creates a performance pay model for teachers and state employees to retain and reward our state’s best and brightest employees
Protects Health and Human Services:
- Over half of all the budget reductions in the Department of Health and Human Services have been achieved through savings with no loss of services. We have also maximized the swapping of federal block grant funds for state funds.
- All DHHS treatment facilities, schools, mental health hospitals and contract beds have been preserved.
- All 23 optional medical services in the Medicaid program have been preserved.
- We have paved the way for major Mental Health Reform in North Carolina.
- We have achieved pharmacy and medication savings through new initiatives to increase utilization of generic drugs.
- We have restored the Governor’s proposed cuts to local health departments and senior services, and taken steps to lessen the financial burden on counties.
Early this morning, a super majority of the North Carolina House kept a promise to taxpayers that a billion dollars in temporary taxes would expire at the end of this month. With all the cynicism in politics, it is refreshing to see politicians that signed AFP pledges against raising taxes keep that promise.
Voters should have renewed confidence in trusting some elected officials to keep their word. This afternoon the State Senate gave final approval to the North Carolina State Budget by overriding Governor (Beverly) Perdue‘s Budget Veto. We applaud this historic first-ever veto override vote. It has kept a promise to taxpayers, a promise that all too often has been broken.
Join me in celebrating the defeat of Governor Perdue and other liberals who attempted to raise another billion dollars in taxes.
As a member of Americans for Prosperity, you should be proud of the hard work to finally have a budget that funds core services, but that does not, for the first time in a decade, raise taxes.
We applaud the legislative leadership on passing this historic budget in record time despite the obstruction coming from the Governor’s mansion.
North Carolina State Director
Americans for Prosperity
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Your blogger’s dear friend, retired Army Colonel Brenda Formo has contributed another legislative report. We thank her for her research, on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women. KCC is a fellow member and has exclusive rights to post. We appreciate Brenda’s service to our great nation and look forward to more posts, soon.
It’s been a busy week at the North Carolina General Assembly. For more, check out the latest at the Civitas Institute, the North Carolina Americans for Prosperity, or at the John Locke Foundation. They are all excellent organizations and all focus on North Carolina issues.
On Monday, President Barack H. Obama is scheduled to visit Cree in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He plans to discuss jobs and the economy and we can be sure he’ll take credit for any successes and blame the Republicans for all failures. The man does not understand how to accept responsibility, nor does he know that by keeping his greedy administration’s hands off, businesses of all sizes can flourish and attract more jobs.
In the latest sign Obama’s economic policies have failed, unemployment ticked up for the second month in a row to 9.1% while job growth plummeted to an 8 month low.
As the Grand Old Party often says, “Hope still isn’t hiring in America”
The President calls the current status of our economy a temporary “bump in the road” but it looks as if we are heading towards a dead end.
- Debt is at $14.3 Trillion
- Unemployment is at 9.1%
- 43 cents borrowed for every dollar we spend.
- 2.5 million jobs lost under Obama
- Unemployment ticked up for the 2nd month in a row
Even Democrats have noticed Obama’s lack of business acumen.
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) said ”I do think that President Obama has had a bit of a tin ear as far as the business community goes.”
He’ll cite Cree as a model of success but he won’t mention that the company took corporate welfare (a.k.a. government incentives), just to stay in North Carolina. He won’t mention the fact that Cree was ready to abandon the Old North State just as soon as the government’s (i.e. taxpayer’s) money stopped flowing.
Yes, Cree has done some amazing things with the solid state lighting technologies they pioneered. They invented virtually the first commercially viable blue LED. But paying them money to stay in North Carolina should NEVER have happened. This blogger doesn’t care that every other company is at the taxpayer trough. Cree is successful enough to stand on its own.
Meanwhile, the North Carolina Republican Party has released an ad “welcoming” Mr. Obama to North Carolina. The Democratic National Committee sees NC as a key state in 2012 and this blogger expects to see more of him. Each time he comes, we will be sure to roll out the welcome mat. KCC cannot wait until the Democratic National Convention. We’ll be there and will be bringing it all to you.
Enjoy the video and please donate to place this ad on the air.
After her administration put jobless benefits for 37,000 unemployed North Carolinians at risk, Gov. Beverly Perdue can extend those benefits and ensure she doesn’t shut down state government by supporting a legislative proposal.
The state’s Employment Security Commission waited until the eleventh hour to notify House and Senate leadership of an urgent problem: thousands won’t get an unemployment check unless legislators change a formula by April 16 to keep funding benefits.
House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger are proposing a simple solution to get those families their checks and keep the governor from shutting down North Carolina’s government if she vetoes the state budget.
The proposal includes a Continuing Resolution that keeps North Carolina’s government running if a budget is not signed by June 30 – the end of the current fiscal year.
The Perdue administration knew about the problem April 1, a full week before the General Assembly was notified.
A letter (see attached) from ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes to House and Senate leaders arrived at the General Assembly at close of business Friday. And before alerting legislative leaders, the ESC notified those on unemployment rolls that their benefits would expire if the General Assembly didn’t act quickly.
“This is another prime example of government incompetence,” said Berger (R-Rockingham). “If the governor wants to extend unemployment benefits, she’ll sign this bill. If she wants to shut down the government, she won’t. We’ve seen the uncertainty last-second budget negotiations bring to public employees, small businesses, and those who rely on government services. We won’t allow that to happen here. We’re getting it off the table.”
Legislators learned about the problem only five business days before the deadline to extend funding.
“We learned at the very last minute that we have to clean up yet another mess,” said Tillis (R-Mecklenburg).
“With one signature, the governor can prove she’s serious about bipartisanship, about averting a catastrophic government shutdown, about streamlining government, and about extending unemployment benefits to those in need.”
The above documents are in PDF.