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The Heritage Foundation announced Thursday that U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will become the next president of the organization. He takes over for Edwin J. Feulner, the man who first envisioned the think tank in 1973 and has led it as president for the past 36 years.
According to the Heritage Foundation’s own website,
Under his leadership, Heritage helped launch missile defense under President Ronald Reagan and welfare reform under President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich. During the past four years, Heritage has led a principled fight against Obamacare and has taken a lead in advancing the case for entitlement reform.
The American Conservative Union’s Al Al Cardenas congratulated Senator DeMint:
With a lifetime ACU Rating of over 97%, Senator Jim DeMint has been an indispensable conservative leader in the Senate and we look forward to continuing to work with him to advance the important cause of liberty and limited government.
Whether the issue has been preserving our economic freedom, standing up for the rights of the unborn or preserving American exceptionalism and protecting our national security, Jim DeMint has been there for conservatives and the American people.
I also congratulate and thank Dr. Ed Feulner who has spent a lifetime as a giant in the conservative movement and wish him well as he remains an important intellectual leader at Heritage.”
TAMPA Live, KCC brings you gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican National Convention. We have what is being shown on closed circuit television inside the Tampa Bay Forum, and produced by the Republican National Committee.
This post will remain at the top of our blog throughout the convention, with other blog posts appearing beneath. Thank you for reading KCC and we hope you get as much out of the 2012 National Convention as we are.
Between the breaks, the G.E. Smith Band plays, a bluesy-rock band formerly of Saturday Night Live, the Blues Brothers, and others. This blogger is a huge fan and is thrilled to see them.
President Barack Obama is making yet another visit to North Carolina. Next Wednesday he is coming to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville.
Sadly, this is the same man who must truly believe that ignorance is bliss. The Foundry reported
He recently described France as America’s closest ally, and famously declared that he has traveled to no less than 57 states.
But it would be nice if the leader of the free world bothered to look at a map once in a while, or even paid a visit to the British Embassy in Washington, currently housing the Churchill bust that Mr. Obama unceremoniously threw out of the Oval Office soon after his inauguration.
WTVD reported on its noon news Thursday, that the President will speak with the Fort Bragg troops about “their sacrifices and achievements of those who served in the Iraq War.”
Obama was last in North Carolina in October, and we can expect to see many more times before the November elections. Naturally, the local televisions will cover every second of his trip, from landing to departure and all of his speech.
Will his best friend in North Carolina, the embattled Governor Beverly Perdue, be by his side?
DENVER – Looks like the “Occupiers” are ready to act, again and this time, conservatives are ready. We here in Denver at the Blogcon Conference, sponsored by FreedomWorks, expect them to hit us at about 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. EST).
So far, it’s been an exciting day, with all levels of bloggers in the packed house, including the regular “Legion of Doom” gang, of which your blogger is a member. The “Legion” is a tight-knit group of about 40 bloggers who see each other regularly at these events.
FreedomWorks, a supporter of economic freedom, is as unpopular with liberal groups as is the Americans for Prosperity. Inspired by their counterparts in Washington, DC last weekend, they are have tweeted and blogged that they will be visiting the Blogcon hotel this afternoon. As mentioned, at 5 p.m. MST (7 p.m. EST) we expect them to arrive.
Last weekend, this blogger was hit in the back by a 2×4 as she attempted to leave the Defending the American Dream Summit in Washington. KCC was leaving the Washington Convention Center to meet a Supershuttle van.
Her rolling computer case was stuck in the door, and as she was trying to free it, she was hit in the back by an unknown person wearing dreadlocks and a striped knitted cap. Police, who saw the entire thing, would not assist, nor would they take a report. Sadly, no fellow attendees were around to help as KCC fell to the ground. There was a lot of pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk, so the man quickly slipped away.
Police in Denver have been notified of the possible events today.
If the Occupiers do indeed visit as planned, KCC will have photos and videos for you. Watch for them later!
Editor’s Note: KCC is recovering from the attack last weekend and is thankful that board missed the back of her head. Thanks be to God!
-Submitted by Congressman John Kline (R-Minn)
As we prepare to honor our veterans today, we remember the sacrifice of those true American heroes who have died and honor those who are still with us.
The tireless efforts of our nation’s servicemen and women and those who served before them have guaranteed generations of Americans the freedom and security we enjoy. While they deserve our gratitude every day, today’s holiday provides our nation an opportunity to come together to honor all veterans, those currently serving, and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
As a nation, we owe more than our gratitude to those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect the freedom and liberty that we all cherish.
May God bless our veterans and their families today and every day, and may God continue to bless America.
Editor’s Notes: Congressman Kline is a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and was once stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC He closely worked with President Ronald Reagan. His son has followed him into the Marine Corps.
He is also the father of your blogger’s college suite mate, Kathy Kline Danner,while both were students at Meredith College (in Raleigh), during the mid-to-late 1980s. Danner, is now a Williamson County Commissioner and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
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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From the Pantano for Congress Campaign:
For most the lines that define a congressional district are a bunch of insider politics that don’t put food on a table or pay a mortgage, but we have some good news about these new maps. They will finally give the citizens of (Eastern and) southeastern North Carolina the conservative voice they deserve.
See the detailed map, here.
While still subject to change, these maps demonstrate a logical conclusion that the region is well served by concentrating its coastal strength from Morehead City to Calabash.
We are confident that the citizens of the new 7th District will respond very positively to Ilario’s conservative message of JOB CREATION by reducing taxes and cutting regulations to spur private sector economic growth while at the same time putting an end to the runaway spending and crippling debt burden that threatens the prosperity of our families and future Generations. Ilario’s pro-growth message of government reform and private sector innovation will stand in sharp contrast to his opponent’s record of supporting the Barack Obama stimulus, failing to support any budget or debt reduction plan, and his continued support for wasteful spending of money we don’t have paid for by debt from governments we don’t trust.
This weekend Congressman Mike McIntyre is returning from a taxpayer paid luxury junket across Europe from Rome to Moscow to Lisbon where the official itinerary noted he and his wife were celebrating their wedding anniversary with all the perks of a Washington insider.
Meanwhile, back here in southeastern North Carolina, where unemployment is in the double digits, Pantano will be spending time in 7 counties celebrating America’s Independence with supporters and friends from all across the new district. A 4th of July stop will include Onslow County where Ilario served proudly as a Marine in two of our nation’s wars, the first Gulf War (1991) and Iraq in (2004).
Pantano, whose father legally immigrated to the United States from Italy and became a US citizen in 1976, is willing to give the congressman an Italian Lesson for free when he returns from spending our money overseas.
Pantano will also be happy to share with the Congressman what he heard from his fellow citizens of Southeastern North Carolina about their concerns over unemployment, the debt, and out of control federal spending which has ballooned over his opponents fourteen years in Washington living high on the hog.
EDITOR’S NOTE: As a part-time resident and property owner in Western Carteret County, this blogger urges the Pantano team to pay more attention to the Atlantic Beach to Emerald Isle area on Bogue Banks (aka Crystal Coast) and from Morehead City to Cedar Point on the mainland.
We think it is great that he’ll be in Onslow County for July 4th, but we assume that Mr. Pantano will make plenty of appearances in Carteret County where the people are conservative and politically active. Please don’t take this solid base of support for granted.
Katy’s Conservative Corner endorses Illario Pantano for Congress!
He is the one for the 7th district. We’ll have another post on that, soon.
Much has happened this week in the North Carolina State Legislature and Col. Brenda Formo has covered it all. Katy’s Conservative Corner cannot thank her enough for her dedication and oversight to conservative causes.
This report helps many plan their legislative activities and know when to contact their elected officials. Formo had a distinguished career in the United States Army and we thank her for her service to our nation.
Writing on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women, Mrs. Formo is the State Vice-President of the Central Region. To find out how to join a Republican Women’s Club near you, please contact Valerie White.
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
One of the most popular freshman members of Congress, Rep. Renee Ellmers, released on Monday her Memorial Day Message:
“As we spend time with our friends and family this Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to take the time to reflect on the generations of heroes that fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today. Each generation faces its own struggle for freedom throughout the world and our military men and women have never failed to answer this call. We must continue to honor that selfless bravery and noble sacrifice – these are the real American heroes.”
“As Americans, we are blessed to live in a country where young men and women would offer their own lives in order to protect the freedom of millions of their fellow citizens. Let us take the time to reflect on the families and loved ones they left behind who share in their honor and sacrifice. We must never forget and live each day as a tribute to their bravery while continuing to protect the freedoms they fought to maintain for future generations. May God bless our troops and continue to bless our great nation.”