Saturday, January 29, 2011

Happy Talk

A FURTHER PERSPECTIVE - "Happy Talk" in The American Spectator Online (1/28/11)

If you closed your eyes during the State of the Union address (and you allowed for the difference in voices), much of it could have been the words of Ronald Reagan. Gone was Mr. Obama's usually peevish tone, replaced by upbeat, can-do, let's-win-the-future words and tone.

The purpose of this was to charm independent voters. Apparently it did, according to early polls. His "favorable" rating went up. Will the charm extend to policies that promote real economic growth? Unless you ignore his lifelong training, education and actions in three public offices, don't count on it. For him, the government is the only engine of growth and the only institution to be trusted.

Despite paeans to capitalism and individual freedom, his remarks, at the core, were for more government spending. He spoke, of making "investments" in education, infrastructure and that old chestnut, "green energy jobs."

FPPC strengthens rules for slate mailers

FPPC strengthens rules for slate mailers - Sacramento Bee
The Fair Political Practices Commission adopted new rules Friday to strengthen disclosure requirements for slate mailers.

The mass-produced mail pieces, often labeled "voter guides," urge support or opposition for a series of candidates or issues on the ballot, many of whom pay to be included on the slate.

The adopted regulations seek to ensure disclaimers designating paid placement and disclosing that the slate mailer organizations are not tied to official political parties are clearly identifiable and easy to read.

Center for Governmental Studies President Bob Stern, co-chairman of an FPPC-created task force that recommended the changes, said seeing a politically involved colleague mistakenly believe a slate mailer she received was showcasing official party-endorsed candidates reinforced the need for the changes.

"If somebody as aware as that is not aware of the fact that these slate mailers are not necessarily Democratic- or Republican-endorsed candidates, then we have a problem," said Stern, who helped craft the original 1974 Political Reform Act. "There are some people who are clearly misled by slate mailers."

Stern and political attorney Chuck Bell, co-chairman of the Chairman's Advisory Task Force on the Political Reform Act, outlined additional recommendations for updating the act.
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These slate mailers have been a problem locally, as some candidates have chosen to use them, implying that they have received endorsement from one party or the other when in fact they have not.

Party questions Times-Standard Letter-To-The-Editor

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tom Abate, New Editor at North Coast Journal

Tom Abate Joins NCJ Staff; New Editor is SF Chron Alum

Congressman Mike Thompson's response to SOTU

Mike Thompson's take: North Coast congressman responds to State of the Union speech - Times-Standard
...”I thought he did a good job,” Thompson said. “This was an important one because it comes at a time when there's a lot of divisiveness, not only in Congress but across the country. I think it was really important that he hit on some of the things he hit on.”

Thompson said he was pleased to see Obama “drill down” on fiscal issues but also talk of investment in areas the congressman thinks are important....

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TRANSCRIPT: Michele Bachmann's Response to State of the Union

Michele Bachmann's Response to State of the Union

As prepared for delivery: Good evening, my name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota’s 6th District.

Two years ago, when Barack Obama became our President, unemployment was 7.8 percent and our national debt stood at what seemed like a staggering $10.6 trillion dollars.

We wondered whether the President would cut spending, reduce the deficit and implement real job-creating policies.

Unfortunately, the President’s strategy for recovery was to spend a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus program, fueled by borrowed money.

TRANSCRIPT: GOP State of the Union response by Rep. Paul Ryan

Official GOP State of the Union response by Rep. Paul Ryan

As prepared for delivery: Good evening. I’m Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin – and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.

President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber.

Earlier this month, President Obama spoke movingly at a memorial event for the six people who died on that violent morning in Tucson. Still, there are no words that can lift the sorrow that now engulfs the families and friends of the fallen.

What we can do is assure them that the nation is praying for them; that, in the words of the Psalmist, the Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds; and that over time grace will replace grief.

As Gabby continues to make encouraging progress, we must keep her and the others in our thoughts as we attend to the work now before us.

Tonight, the President focused a lot of attention on our economy in general – and on our deficit and debt in particular.

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's State Of the Union speech

Obama's State of the Union remarks

As prepared for delivery: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague – and our friend – Gabby Giffords.

It's no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that's a good thing. That's what a robust democracy demands. That's what helps set us apart as a nation.

Monday, January 24, 2011


achmann to Deliver Response to SOTU Via Tea Party Express

Rahm Emanuel booted off ballot in 2-1 Appellate Court decision

Rahm Emanuel booted off ballot in 2-1 Appellate Court decision - Chicago Sun-Times
Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago today by an appellate court panel, a stunning blow to the fund-raising leader in the race.

An appellate panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for mayor.

News from Humboldt Republican Women

HRWF's membership drive kicks off, you can download and print Membership Application forms here: ◼ HRWF-APPLICATION-2011

As a member of Humboldt Republican Women Federated (HRWF) you'll not only meet people who share your Republican ideals and goals for our country, you’ll be a part of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) and the California Federation of Republican Women (CFRW), the largest women’s political volunteer organization in the nation.

With your membership, you’ll receive our club's monthly newsletter, The Redwood Alert, as well as the Republican Woman magazine, Canvassing the Capital, (a legislative newsletter), as well as Action Alerts (CFRW's statewide hotline network), Leadership Training, voter education, and more.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011


“How successful is the president?s recently announced deregulatory initiative likely to be?
Based on my experience at two regulatory agencies...during the Reagan years, I?m not optimistic.

“The permanent staffs of agencies were always interested in more regulation, either becuase of self-selection or because promotions and power increase in a larger agency.

“Deregulation was hard even under Reagan. I am afraid it will be impossible under Mr. Obama."

Can Deregulation Work?
--Paul H. Rubin, professor economics, Emory University,
in The Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2011.”

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”

--Often said by President Reagan during his years in office.