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  • Ted Cruz Versus The Establishment, Again

    10/01/2015 7:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2015 | Emily O'Neill, co-founder Envallo
    This week, Politico released on article suggesting that Ted Cruz has lost the trust of his peers, save for libertarian-leaning Mike Lee, who chimed in to his defense. The comments on the article, mostly from liberals who will never agree with a conservative philosophy anyway, resorted to ad hominin attacks. Criticism from the left is to be expected; however, the concerning part of this story is that conservatives and libertarians are voicing their opposition to Cruz fighting the status quo. The irony? Both camps claim to share the belief that Washington is dysfunctional, and many public opinion polls show that...
  • Sen. Mike Lee Says Exactly What Americans Needs To Hear On Planned Parenthood

    09/10/2015 7:12:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee delivered a speech on the Senate Floor urging that the silence on Planned Parenthood’s organ-trafficking scheme be broken. After the Center for Medical Progress released undercover video footage revealing that Planned Parenthood has been harvesting organs from aborted babies to sell, the media and government has stayed largely silent, Lee said. The silence has kept Planned Parenthood safe from an investigation and kept Americans in the dark on what the abortion industry is really doing, he said. (video at link) Lee’s full remarks are as follows: “Last month, before the August recess, the Senate took...
  • Cruz's second shutdown play rankles fellow Republicans

    09/10/2015 9:24:42 AM PDT · by VinL · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/10/15 | Burgess Everitt
    Ted Cruz says his hard-line strategy to defund Planned Parenthood and risk a government shutdown is about doing the “right thing” and following through on Republicans' vows to conservative voters. But many of his Republican colleagues say it’s really all about Cruz. Even some of his closest allies from past battles— fellow tried and true tea party Republicans like Sen. Mike Lee of Utah — aren’t exactly jumping to join Cruz’s latest crusade. Same goes for Cruz’s onetime allies-turned-presidential rivals, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky. As the Texas Republican prepares for a potentially decisive month...
  • Mike Lee lays the smack to Planned Parenthood and its desperate protectors

    08/06/2015 7:18:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Planned Parenthood's Moral and Economic Corruption: " . . . turned barbarism into commerce." Hat tip here to Guy Benson at Hot Air, who noticed this from a Monday post, and recognized as I do here that it’s just too good not to share even if it is a few days old. The debate over Joni Ernst’s measure to de-fund Planned Parenthood really came down to a choice each senator had to make between the reality of what’s happening in those human slaughterhouses, and the political imperative Democrats feel to turn a blind eye to any and all evil because...
  • Cruz: 'McConnell led effort to keep Planned Parenthood funding'

    07/28/2015 2:28:28 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 60 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/27/2015 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – Just days after publicly calling the majority leader a liar on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has upped the stakes in his war on GOP brass by accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of spearheading the effort to keep taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood. In a statement that mentioned “gruesome videos of senior officials of Planned Parenthood discussing the selling of body parts of unborn children,” Cruz blasted McConnell for blocking an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to defund the abortion provider.
  • House GOP to Senate: We’re not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. “We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the “best option” for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthy’s declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • Sean Hannity: "3 Senators Confirmed Ted Cruz's Account that McConnell Lied"

    07/27/2015 12:24:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 123 replies
    Sean Hannity | July 27, 2015
    Sean Hannity has just said that 3 senators confirmed Ted Cruz's account that McConnell lied. "There is no deal; there is no deal; there is no deal." Only Mike Lee is willing to be on the record. Unlike Rush, Sean Hannity started his program with Ted Cruz's audio and attacking GOP leadership.
  • Senate Republicans take revenge against Ted Cruz by refusing to back amendments

    07/27/2015 10:06:51 AM PDT · by Marcus · 74 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 28, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Think of it as the Empire strikes back. Two days after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas took to the floor of the Senate and called Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar, Republican senators, apparently on the behest of the Republican leader, refused to second a motion to back a Cruz amendment to the highway bill to make the lifting of sanctions against Iran contingent on that country recognizing Israel’s right to exist and freeing four American hostages. As the Washington Examiner reported on Sunday, the lesson was struck home by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah when he delivered a soliloquy about...
  • Starnes: Emasculated Republicans Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

    07/27/2015 10:48:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Senate Republicans had a chance to stop Planned Parenthood from butchering unborn children and selling their body parts to the highest bidder. Instead, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to put up a vote -- thumbing his nose at Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, along with every pro-lifer in the nation.</p>
  • Senate blocks Lee's vote to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/26/2015 3:45:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies ^ | July 26, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was rebuked by his Senate colleagues on Sunday as he tried to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Lee had tried to attach an amendment eliminating all federal funds for Planned Parenthood to the vote on Congress’s must-pass highway legislation. The amendment was rejected by the chair of the Senate, who called it out of order because it was not germane to the highway bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) decided last week that he would only allow two amendments to the bill – a repeal of ObamaCare and a reauthorization of the Export-Import...
  • Mike Lee goes for nuclear option to repeal Obamacare

    07/24/2015 3:37:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Kelsey Snell
    Senate conservatives couldn’t stop a vote on the Export-Import bank. So they’re going to try to force a vote on Obamacare instead. Conservative firebrand Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on Friday that he plans to use a complicated procedural maneuver known as the nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 51 votes. Democrats famously used the strategy in 2013 to break a Republican blockade of President Obama’s nominees to fill judicial openings. Now Lee wants to use the partisan procedure get rid of Obamacare. It’s unclear whether Lee’s gambit will work — but if it does, there...
  • McConnell and Reid may have just set a 51-vote threshold for passing Obamacare repeal

    07/24/2015 11:17:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 145 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Next week, Senate Republicans could pass Obamacare repeal with a simple 51-vote majority as part of the long-term highway bill, according to Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican laid out the argument in a press release after party leaders set the sequencing of votes: "The first Obamacare vote on Sunday will have a 60 vote threshold, and Democrats will likely block it," Lee continued. "But thanks to the sequencing of the votes we just locked in, Republicans will have the opportunity resurrect that Obamacare amendment later on in the process, and put it back before the Senate in a manner...
  • Defending Religious Liberty

    07/23/2015 8:17:35 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | July 21, 2015 | Judy Russell
    On June 26th, same-sex marriage legislation as well as amendments to the state public accommodation laws were enacted in all 50 states, under the Supreme Court’s ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges. While gay couples all around the nation stormed the streets and churches with a whole universe of rainbow colored banners and outfits, many Americans observed in horror what they saw as a direct violation of their First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty. “The legalization of same-sex marriage and the amending of state civil rights laws to include sexual orientation have resulted in situations where Americans have been forced to...
  • How Bad is the Highway Bill (Sen. Mike Lee)?

    07/21/2015 4:41:42 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Senator Mike Lee's Facebook Page ^ | July 21, 2015 | Senator Mike Lee
    If I don't have time to read legislation before voting on it, my default vote is no. We received the highway bill today at 3:06 p.m., and it is over 1,000 pages long. Our first vote on this legislation is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
  • Cruz, Lee Move to Defend Marriage and Religious Liberty

    06/26/2015 7:43:21 AM PDT · by MN_Mike · 31 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | June 8, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    This will necessarily preclude everyone, including religious institutions, from upholding their beliefs about marriage on their private property.
  • Cruz, Paul push for ban on indefinite detention of US citizens

    06/15/2015 1:07:00 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 12, 2015, 02:38 pm | Jordain Carney
    Two 2016 presidential competitors have joined forces to get a ban on the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens included in an annual defense policy bill. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both of whom are running for president, have joined up with other senators to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), currently before the Senate, that would ban indefinite detention of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, without being charged or given a trial, unless authorized by Congress.Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also put their names on the...
  • (2013) Republican Immigration Critic Gets Slapped Down(By Cruz)

    06/12/2015 2:36:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 84 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Fawn Johnson
    The most potent illustration that Republicans have shifted their attitudes on immigration came Tuesday morning when all GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to severely limit the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. The committee’s overwhelming ‘No’ vote shows that the battle for Republicans’ souls on immigration has shifted away from groups that want to reduce the influx of foreigners, like the Heritage Foundation, NumbersUSA, and Fairness for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), toward free-market groups that applaud increased immigration, such as Americans for Tax Reform and the CATO Institute....
  • Mike Lee: Liberals won't stop at same-sex marriage victory

    06/12/2015 2:44:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/12/15 | Paul Bedard
    Republican Sen. Mike Lee, strongly suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to approve same-sex marriage this month, warned Thursday that liberals will use the victory to impose other restrictions on those opposed to gay weddings including churches, colleges and military chaplains."They seem tempted by the intolerant impulse to punish Americans," Lee said in a thoughtful speech at Hillsdale College's Kirby Center in Washington.Sen. Mike Lee. (AP Photo) Lee, of Utah, used the speech to preview legislation he is drafting to protect religious-affiliated schools and institutions that don't support same-sex marriage from federal attack if the court approves the...
  • Senator Lee Argues That The Constitution Has Been Willfully Subverted -- He's Right

    06/11/2015 10:28:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 11, 2015 | George Leef
    Few Americans have much understanding of our Constitution any more. It’s seldom covered in school or college, and law students get a course called “constitutional law” that isn’t really about the document itself, but about the Supreme Court’s many decisions – decisions that often changed its intent. Worse still, although elected officials take an oath to uphold the Constitution, many vote for legislation that tramples all over it. One public official who takes the Constitution very seriously, however, is Utah’s junior senator, Mike Lee. In his new book Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document, he makes...
  • USA Freedom Act Supporters Say They Have the Votes

    05/31/2015 10:00:56 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 05/31/2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate advocates for an overhaul of National Security Agency surveillance programs sound confident they have the votes to advance the USA Freedom Act. It’s just a matter of time. “I think we’ll get it passed on Sunday night,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told CNN Saturday, making a bullish prediction on the timing. “Now, by the rules of the Senate, with objections and so forth … the Patriot Act may very well expire Sunday night, but we’ve got to start moving forward here. We could have done this a week ago. And this is the nature of Washington, D.C., is always...
  • and Paul: 'I will force the expiration' of the PATRIOT Act

    05/30/2015 8:34:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/30/2015 | Manu Raju
    Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing to allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite debate on a key surveillance bill. In a statement to POLITICO Saturday, Paul warned that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act, a reform bill passed overwhelmingly by the House earlier this month.
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Quickly approve the USA Freedom Act

    05/30/2015 5:54:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 42 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-29-2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    More than four years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. Since that day, May 26, 2011, it’s been known that key provisions of our nation’s counterterrorism surveillance programs are set to expire this June 1. That is why Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and I worked diligently on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to produce the USA Freedom Act. As with any legislation, the USA Freedom Act is not perfect. It does end the bulk collection of phone records and other data by...
  • North Briton #45

    05/23/2015 2:25:14 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Medium ^ | May 20, 2015 | Mike Lee
    The forgotten history of the Fourth Amendment, and its relevance for reforming the Patriot Act The authorization for the Patriot Act will soon expire, and elected officials in Washington have been debating whether it should be renewed. There are those who believe this law, which was passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, should be renewed with no changes. Since the last time it was authorized, Americans have learned that certain provisions of this Act were being interpreted by the National Security Agency to give this agency authority to collect bulk metadata on the phone calls of every...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Flashback: To Protect Clintons, ABC Censored and Buried ‘Path to 9/11&#8242; Miniseries

    05/14/2015 4:27:19 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The length to which ABC, its news division, and its parent company (Disney) have gone to protect and curry favor with the Clintons is almost impossible to grasp. To begin with, in 1996, ABC News hired George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton campaign and White House official. Within a few years he would become the ABC new division’s chief anchor and political reporter. Then, just today, we learn that ABC News and Stephanopoulos are involved in a massive conflict of interest — a $50,000 donation Stephanopoulos made to the Clinton Foundation. That’s right, the symbol of ABC News has an ongoing...
  • SCOOP: Ted Cruz Says Stephanopoulos Shouldn’t Moderate Any 2016 Debates

    05/14/2015 6:13:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2015 | Sean Davis
    GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said today that ABC News anchor and former Clinton White House staffer George Stephanopoulos has no business moderating any 2016 presidential debates. Cruz was asked in the Senate hallway this afternoon whether Stephanopoulos should host any debates following today’s revelation that he gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation without it disclosing it while officially covering the organization for ABC News. “Of course not,” Cruz responded, according to a transcript provided to The Federalist by one of his campaign communications staffers. “Debates should not be moderated by partisan Democrats who are actively supporting one of...
  • The RNC Should Ban George Stephanopoulos From Participating In 2016 Debates

    05/14/2015 10:09:55 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2015 | Sean Davis
    After being questioned by the Washington Free Beacon about large donations he made to the Clinton Foundation, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News disclosed to Politico that he had funneled $50,000 to the tax-exempt organization in 2013 and 2014. Stephanopoulos’s secret donations to the Clintons’ non-profit came while he was professionally covering the family for ABC News. And then, after he was busted by the Free Beacon, he decided to leak the news of his secret Clinton cash contributions to Politico in order to deny Free Beacon its scoop. Classy, huh? It gets even worse, though. It wasn’t just that...
  • Mike Lee’s office: He won’t appear on ABC until Stephanopoulos recuses himself from 2016 coverage

    05/14/2015 11:56:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/14/2015 | AllahPundit
    That comes from Conn Carroll, formally White House correspondent for our sister site Townhall and currently communications director for the junior senator from Utah. ABC News’s Election 2016 coverage can tolerate a boycott by a single senator, even one as influential on the right as Lee. Can it tolerate a domino effect among the rest of the GOP field, where Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the gang all feel compelled by pressure from conservatives to follow Lee’s lead?Actually, why would there need to be pressure from conservatives to make them boycott ABC? It’s in...
  • Sen. Lee explains: This one misinterpreted clause of the Const could make Congress’ power unlimited

    04/21/2015 8:14:40 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 17 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-04-21 | Benjamin Weingarten
    We have to view the powers of Congress and the 10th Amendment as sort of two sides of the same coin. The 10th Amendment says in effect that any power that’s not given to Congress is retained by the states or by the people. And so that begs the question: What powers are given to Congress? And if any of those powers in isolation or all of those powers hooked together are open-ended — if they’re limitless – then the Tenth Amendment means nothing. Now generally we don’t look at any provision of the Constitution with an eye toward saying...
  • Rand Splits With Rubio, Cruz To Vote For Deficit-Exploding Healthcare Bill

    04/15/2015 9:12:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul split with senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to vote for a healthcare bill Tuesday night that will add about half a trillion dollars to the national debt over the next several decades.Paul sided with the overwhelming majority of senators and representatives who voted for the bill, in a decision almost certain to come up in the primary race, where he is currently joined by Cruz and Rubio.The “doc-fix” bill solves a recurring problem in the way Medicare payments are made to doctors, extends a children’s health insurance program, and requires higher-income seniors to pay higher...
  • Marco Rubio's 'Complicated' Tax Plan Likely to Fall Flat With GOP

    04/14/2015 11:57:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04/14/2015 | Melissa Clyne
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, expected to soon announce his candidacy for president, plans to steal Democrats' thunder and target income inequality by campaigning on a tax plan that he promises will "reward families with children while slashing levies on business and investment income but keeping a top rate personal income rate of 35 percent," according to Politico. Rubio’s plan, a joint effort with Utah Sen. Mike Lee, pares down tax brackets to just two — 15 percent and 35 percent, while also creating a new child tax credit worth $2,500 and eliminating the estate tax, Politico reports. For corporations, the...
  • Poll: Lee Would Top Matheson in 2016 (Utah poll)

    04/11/2015 1:38:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | April 9, 2015
    Sen. Mike Lee would have quite the fight on his hands if he were to face off against former Rep. Jim Matheson in 2016. The latest shows 48% of Utahns would support Lee while 42% would back Matheson. 10% are undecided. Matheson's electoral calculus has always been the same in heavily Republican Utah. Win a majority of Democrats, pick off some Republicans and get a majority of the independent vote. The survey shows Matheson would win 87% of Democrats, 20% of Republicans and 57% of independents. He would likely need to increase the numbers among Republican and independent voters...
  • Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign

    01/06/2015 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 5, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    RandPAC is trolling other potential GOP contenders early and often with the help of Google ads—and Chris Christie and Rick Perry just might be next. When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced in mid-December that he would “actively explore” running for the Republican presidential nomination, curious parties took to Google to learn more about him. While they were there, many of them were greeted by another politician’s name at the bottom of the page—one they hadn’t searched for. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” read one of the ads, placed by RandPAC, the political action committee...
  • Too Many Conservatives Running In 2016 Primary

    03/23/2015 5:02:01 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 104 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | March 23, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Ted Cruz is set to announce is candidacy for President of the United States. Rand Paul is apparently going to announce early next month before going on a campaign tour. Until today technically the only candidate was Jeb Bush, who announced late last year his intentions. At the time everyone thought that Bush was going to force everyone else to declare their candidacy early. It doesn’t appear that has happened, Cruz and Paul have appeared in no rush to make a formal announcement. Scott Walker, perhaps the front runner in the race, still hasn’t formally announced his candidacy and there’s...
  • The Lee-Rubio tax blueprint

    03/18/2015 12:48:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2015 | Allen West
    Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida have released a blueprint for federal tax reform called “The Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan.” First, we should not embrace the language of progressive socialism in believing tax reform should have as a goal to advance “family fairness.” The plan should simply be entitled “The American Growth and Opportunity Plan.” That said, the Lee-Rubio plan is a great improvement over the current system. For the individual tax structure, the plan introduces a two-tier system to replace the current seven tax brackets. This plan moves America from a...
  • Crony Biofuel Politics Wag the Dog

    03/14/2015 9:47:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | March 14, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Talk about the Norfolk terrier tail wagging the Great Dane. If they are to have any hope of winning their party’s nomination, Republican presidential hopefuls better support ethanol mandates, Hawkeye State politicos told potential candidates at the recent Iowa Agricultural Summit in Des Moines. “Don’t mess with the RFS,” Republican Governor Terry Branstad warned, referring to Renewable Fuel Standards that require refiners to blend increasing amounts of ethanol into gasoline. “It is the Holy Grail, and I will defend it,” said Rep. Steve King, another Iowa Republican. It is vital for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing dangerous climate change...
  • Club for Growth Gives Cruz, Lee and 4 Other Lawmakers 100% Ratings

    02/21/2015 2:41:32 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | MICHAEL R. CRITTENDEN
    <p>Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky were among the top Republicans receiving high ratings from the influential antitax Club for Growth, which released its annual scorecard of House and Senate lawmakers on Monday.</p> <p>Mr. Cruz , along with Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.), make up a select group of lawmakers from either the House and Senate who can boast of a perfect 2013 and lifetime score from the group. Those three, along with Reps. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), Tom McClintock (R., Calif.) and David Schweikert (R., Ariz.) were the only lawmakers to receive a perfect 100% score for 2013, according to the group.</p>
  • Utah Passes White-Collar Felon Registry

    03/13/2015 2:50:48 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 March 2015 | Ben Protess
    With just a point and a click, you can browse a face book of felons, a new government website that will warn of the danger these criminals pose to society.Only these are not the faces of sex offenders and serial killers. These criminals are mortgage schemers and inside traders, most likely armed with nothing more than an M.B.A. or a law degree.Their faces will soon appear online courtesy of the Utah Legislature, which on Wednesday approved a measure to build the nation’s first white-collar offender registry, appending a scarlet letter of sorts on the state’s financial felons. The registry —...
  • Rand Paul: Current criminal laws create situation 'somewhat like segregation'

    03/13/2015 12:48:14 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-13-2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued for criminal justice reform at a historically black college in Maryland on Friday, in what has become a staple of his message to young voters and minorities ahead of a potential presidential run in 2016. Paul, who has frequently nodded to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s idea that there are “two Americas,” said in his speech at Bowie State University there’s one America where citizens are free to pursue their lives freely, and one where the federal government piles on with unnecessary laws, burdensome fines and regulations, and overly strict sentencing guidelines that contribute to keeping...
  • Pass the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

    03/09/2015 11:34:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 9, 2015 | Star Parker
    The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced in the last Congress – in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) with 11 co-sponsors and in the House by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) with 92 co-sponsors. This legislation will soon be re-introduced in the current session and should be given priority by Senate and House leadership and passed. It is of enormous national importance. The bill will protect individuals from discrimination, under federal law, so that they may be free to express and conduct their business according to their religious conviction that marriage is a union between one man and...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • What Should Be Heard at Lee’s Music Industry Hearing

    03/07/2015 5:46:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | March 7, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    Capitol Hill conservatives are watching the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Protection hosts a March 10 hearing, which is the chairman's first crack at how the Obama Justice Department plans to help the recording industry in its last months in office. The hope is that Sen. Michael S. Lee (R.-Utah) will use his hearing, titled: “How Much For a Song?: The Antitrust Decrees that Govern the Market for Music,” to press put industry players on the record about their lobbying of Justice to rework the current royalty framework governing the relationship between...
  • The Rubio – Lee tax overhaul plan is… better than nothing

    03/04/2015 9:13:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I know that a lot of tax reform hawks were hoping for more of a complete overhaul, perhaps taking the form of an entirely new system which replaces the progressive tax code with a completely alternate structure. (Something along the lines of a flat tax, consumption tax, etc.) It doesn’t look like that will be happening any time soon, but Marco Rubio and Mike Lee are at least looking at some simplifications. GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah are rolling out an overhaul of the tax code on Wednesday that, among other things, consolidates...
  • GOP Estab Courting Jon Huntsman to Challenge Mike Lee

    02/16/2015 6:21:34 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 24 replies ^ | 2/15/15 | Tony Lee
    Establishment Republicans are reportedly trying to convince former Utah Governor and failed 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman to oust Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in 2016. CNN’s John King said on Inside Politics that national establishment leaders in the business community will join state establishment leaders to try to convince President Barack Obama’s former Ambassador to China to challenge Lee. King noted that Huntsman’s deep-pocketed dad (Huntsman Sr., though, did pony up funds to his son’s campaign down the stretch–perhaps because he saw the writing on the wall.) does not like Lee (Huntsman Sr. is reportedly upset his cancer institute did...
  • ACTION: Contact your Senators urging them to cosponsor S. 477 to kill Obama's Operation Choke Point

    02/13/2015 1:18:49 PM PST · by forty_years · 36 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Friday, 13 February 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    ACTION: Contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 477, the Firearms Manufacturers and Dealers Protection Act of 2015. Operation Choke Point a Threat to the Second Amendment About a year ago, the Second Amendment community was rocked by news that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) had teamed up with Attorney General Eric Holder to utterly destroy firearms manufacturers and dealers by cutting off all credit and banking relationships with them.For its part, the FDIC categorized gun and ammunition sales as a "high-risk business," lumping it in with drug dealers, pornographers, and Ponzi scheme operators -- all of...
  • RLC National Board Votes To Rescind Poliquin Endorsement After Obamacare Vote

    02/08/2015 1:03:50 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 4 replies
    Republican Liberty Caucus ^ | 02/06/2015 | Matt Nye
    WASHINGTON, DC - The National Board of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) voted Thursday to rescind its endorsement of Representative Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine 2nd CD, after he voted against the repeal of Obamacare. Poliquin was one of only three Republicans to vote against the repeal because, he claimed, "more than 60,000 Mainers have invested their time and energy in choosing health care plans that work for their families." Poliquin said he would only vote to repeal Obamacare if Republicans had a replacement bill ready to vote on at the same time. "We were both stunned and disappointed by Rep. Poliquin's...
  • And the next President is...

    02/07/2015 4:57:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 7, 2015 | Robert Potts
    Based on historical patterns, the next president is likely to be a GenXer. This is not good news for the many baby boomers running, or thinking about running, in 2016. When voters decide it is time to move the presidency on to the next generation, they keep electing presidents in that next generation, or they go on to the one that follows. They do not go back. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were from the baby boomer generation. Barack Obama is from the Gen X generation (those born 1961 to 1981). If the pattern holds, the next president will...
  • Freedom is Best Way to Help Low-Income Students

    02/02/2015 6:56:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | February 2, 2015 | Star Parker
    Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas and Congressman Luke Messer of Indiana have introduced a bill that could produce positive, badly needed change in American K-12 education. The bill allows for Title 1 education funds “to follow low-income students to any public or private school of their choice.” What is Title 1 funding? It goes back to President Lyndon Johnson’s War of Poverty. In 1965 Johnson signed into law the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Title 1 of the Act provides federal funds to schools with the target being low-income students. The motivation is special assistance...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Stop Fed Internet Takeover; FCC Votes Feb 26

    01/28/2015 8:11:43 AM PST · by cornelis · 14 replies
    Dear Friends, Obamacare, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal--these are just a few examples of what happens when we give government huge power without oversight. It's about to happen again--the Obama Administration is fighting for a government takeover of the Internet and the Federal Communications Commission is going to vote on it February 26th. That's why I am writing you today--I need your help to stop this.President Obama came out a few weeks ago urging the FCC to vote to regulate the Internet the same way that it regulates public utilities under Title II. What this means is that, for...
  • Watch: Livestream of Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 6:50:22 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 225 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2015
    Starting Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, the Iowa Freedom Summit will be livestreamed in its entirety. Speakers include: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve King (R-IA), real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and many others.