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  • Scott Walker’s State Caucus Moves Quickly To Ban Sale Or Donation Of Fetal Tissue

    07/29/2015 3:01:11 PM PDT · 14 of 54
    Cincinatus' Wife to conservativejoy; MNlurker; afraidfortherepublic

    Super PACs

    Super PACs, officially known as “independent-expenditure only committees,” may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties, but may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns. Unlike traditional PACs, they can raise funds from individuals, corporations, unions, and other groups without any legal limit on donation size.

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    “WAUKESHA, Wisconsin — GOP presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker threw anti-conservative Brad Dayspring, who’s working for his Super PAC Unintimidated PAC, under the bus on Sean Hannity’s television program on Monday evening in an hour-long interview after announcing his White House run.

    “Let me ask you about a hire of yours that has angered conservatives, it’s come up a lot in the news—Brent Bozell talks about Brad Dayspring as someone who besmirches the reputations of conservatives, that he’s paid to do the ugly work—do you pay attention to any of that, those criticisms?” Hannity asked Walker.

    “Well, he doesn’t work for me, he works for the Super PACs out there and by ‘he doesn’t work for me’ I can’t tell any Super PACs anything,” Walker replied amid crosstalk.

  • Scott Walker’s State Caucus Moves Quickly To Ban Sale Or Donation Of Fetal Tissue

    07/29/2015 12:56:11 PM PDT · 4 of 54
    Cincinatus' Wife to All
  • Scott Walker’s State Caucus Moves Quickly To Ban Sale Or Donation Of Fetal Tissue

    07/29/2015 12:49:16 PM PDT · 1 of 54
    Cincinatus' Wife
  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 12:34:23 PM PDT · 56 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to Patton@Bastogne

    Super PACs

    Super PACs, officially known as “independent-expenditure only committees,” may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties, but may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns. Unlike traditional PACs, they can raise funds from individuals, corporations, unions, and other groups without any legal limit on donation size.

    **************

    “WAUKESHA, Wisconsin — GOP presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker threw anti-conservative Brad Dayspring, who’s working for his Super PAC Unintimidated PAC, under the bus on Sean Hannity’s television program on Monday evening in an hour-long interview after announcing his White House run.

    “Let me ask you about a hire of yours that has angered conservatives, it’s come up a lot in the news—Brent Bozell talks about Brad Dayspring as someone who besmirches the reputations of conservatives, that he’s paid to do the ugly work—do you pay attention to any of that, those criticisms?” Hannity asked Walker.

    “Well, he doesn’t work for me, he works for the Super PACs out there and by ‘he doesn’t work for me’ I can’t tell any Super PACs anything,” Walker replied amid crosstalk.

  • Trump says that under Walker, Wis budget went from projected surplus to a deficit [mostly false]

    07/29/2015 12:14:34 PM PDT · 63 of 67
    Cincinatus' Wife to entropy12

    Well, you just keep pinning your hopes on that.

  • Boehner unlikely to golf again with Obama

    07/29/2015 12:12:39 PM PDT · 15 of 32
    Cincinatus' Wife to dinodino; All

    Barack Obama has a drink with Joe Biden, John Boehner, John Kasich at Joint Base Andrews after playing a round of golf on June 18, 2011. (White House Photo)

    In his address to the Republican National Convention tonight, Ohio Gov. John Kasich talked a lot about policy, about unions, about debt and surpluses and budget deficits. And then, at the end, he turned to a what seems to be a very personal subject among Ohio politicians and the current administration Kasich would like to be see voted out of office: Golf.

    "Folks, let me tell you this - Joe Biden disputes a lot of those facts, but Joe Biden told me that he was a good golfer. And I've played golf with Joe Biden, I can tell you that's not true, as well as all of the other things that he says," Kasich said Tuesday at the Republican convention.

    Say what? Golf, a little over a year ago, is what was supposed to bring Washington together. Remember the golf summit? That's what Kasich was referring to. Joe Biden, Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Kasich, in the heat of a fight over how to extend a debt ceiling, played a round together..... Fore! Ohio Gov. John Kasich Says Joe Biden Inflates Golfing Prowess

  • Boehner unlikely to golf again with Obama

    07/29/2015 11:59:40 AM PDT · 1 of 32
    Cincinatus' Wife
  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 11:39:58 AM PDT · 54 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to Patton@Bastogne

    THEY DON’T GIVE WALKER MONEY!

    THEY ARE separate entities.

    Good grief.

  • PA Democrat indicted on fed racketeering charges - Pelosi praises for commitment to middle class

    07/29/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · 11 of 13
    Cincinatus' Wife to Lurkina.n.Learnin; All

    White House wasn't aware of Democrat's impending indictment during AF1 trip

    The White House was not aware of an impending indictment on Rep. Chaka Fattah when the Pennsylvania Democrat traveled on Air Force One earlier this month with President Obama.

    Fattah traveled with Obama and attended a July 14 speech the president gave in Philadelphia on criminal justice reform......

  • PA Democrat indicted on fed racketeering charges - Pelosi praises for commitment to middle class

    07/29/2015 11:06:09 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    Cincinatus' Wife to HarleyLady27
    Congressman Chaka Fattah and Associates ....

    bttt!

  • Democrats’ Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing - following "bruising losses"

    07/29/2015 11:02:16 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    Cincinatus' Wife to taxcontrol

    No bench.

    No coattails.

    All the Left can do is to gin up a state of fear.

  • PA Democrat indicted on fed racketeering charges - Pelosi praises for commitment to middle class

    07/29/2015 10:53:57 AM PDT · 1 of 13
    Cincinatus' Wife
  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 10:50:31 AM PDT · 52 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to Patton@Bastogne

    You don’t get it (or like to keep repeating it).

    Walker isn’t connected/involved with Dayspring.

    Walker does not (cannot/would not) coordinate with PACs.

    A PAC hired Dayspring.

    What is your issue?

  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 8:11:25 AM PDT · 47 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to Patton@Bastogne

    You like to chew on that meatless bone and ignore the banquet of conservative dishes Walker has prepared and served up to a hungry base.

    But then you’re in campaign mode.

  • Seattle’s ‘upzoning’ plan seems to be sinking

    07/29/2015 8:08:14 AM PDT · 13 of 18
    Cincinatus' Wife to BenLurkin

    I know!

    There ought to be a law.....

  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 6:29:12 AM PDT · 34 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to <1/1,000,000th%

    Another look at who they fear because he just keeps rolling over them.

  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 6:21:28 AM PDT · 29 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to hoosiermama

    He knows where to hit them and make it hurt.

  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 6:20:01 AM PDT · 27 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to TomGuy

    These socialists really get animated when you go after their entrenched academic power base:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/us/politics/unions-subdued-scott-walker-turns-to-tenure-at-wisconsin-colleges.html?_r=0

    “CHICAGO — Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who began building a national profile four years ago by sharply cutting collective bargaining rights for most government workers, has turned his sights to a different element of the public sector: state universities.

    As Mr. Walker takes steps toward announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, he and leaders in Wisconsin’s Republican-held Legislature have called for changes that would give a board largely picked by the governor far more control over tenure and curriculum in the University of Wisconsin System.

    Critics said the proposal, which is championed by Republicans in the Legislature, would burnish Mr. Walker’s conservative credentials as he is scrutinized by likely primary voters.

    As a new and unknown governor in 2011, Mr. Walker quickly drew national attention by announcing legislation to limit collective bargaining rights for most public-sector unions and require workers to pay more for their health care and pensions.

    He followed that battle — which included surviving a recall effort — by signing other measures that attracted notice from conservatives nationally: new limits on early voting, the expansion of school vouchers and, this year, legislation barring unions from requiring employees in private workplaces to pay the equivalent of union dues.

    Republicans say the new proposal will give university leaders more autonomy and encourage savings and efficiency at a moment when the state is aiming to cut spending to balance its budget. But the plan has caused professors to express alarm............”

  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 6:17:02 AM PDT · 23 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to Reeses; All

    Mother Jones:

    “Scott Walker is the worst candidate for the environment”

    http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/03/scott-walker-environment-climate-change-2016

    Scott Walker is killing it with Republicans. The Wisconsin governor is one of his party’s rising stars—thanks to his ongoing and largely successful war against his state’s labor unions, a fight that culminated Monday with the signing of a controversial “right-to-work” bill.

    Now (for the moment, anyway), he’s a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. At the Conservative Political Action Conference a couple weeks ago, he polled a close second to three-time winner Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), beating the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by a significant margin.

    It probably won’t surprise you to learn that none of the prospective GOP presidential candidates are exactly champions of the environment. Probably the least bad is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who at least acknowledges that climate change is real and caused by human activity. Walker just might be the worst. He hasn’t said much about the science of global warming. (In the video above, you can watch him tell a little kid that his solution to the problem will center on keeping campsites clean, or something.) But his track record of actively undermining pro-environment programs and policies while supporting the fossil fuel industry is arguably lengthier and more substantive than that of his likely rivals.

    “He really has gone after every single piece of environmental protection: Land, air, water—he’s left no stone unturned,” said Kerry Schumann, executive director of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. “It’s hard to imagine anyone has done worse.”

    Here’s a rundown of Walker’s inglorious history of anti-environmentalism.

    Attacking Obama’s climate agenda: Walker is a key figure in the GOP’s battle against President Barack Obama’s flagship climate policy—the proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules that are designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the nation’s electricity sector 30 percent by 2030. The rules will likely require states to retrofit or shutter some of their coal-fired power plants. That could be a big deal in Wisconsin, which gets 62 percent of its power from coal.

    Walker “has gone after every single piece of environmental protection,” says Kerry Schumann of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. “It’s hard to imagine anyone has done worse.”

    In a letter to the EPA in December, Walker said the plan would be “a blow to Wisconsin residents and business owners.” He cited an analysis from his state’s Public Service Commission that predicted household electric bills would skyrocket. They won’t, necessarily, since the state has a lot of options—including boosting renewables and energy efficiency—that it could use to meet its EPA carbon target without jeopardizing the power grid. But rather than preparing for the new rules, Walker seems bent on stonewalling them. In January he announced that his new attorney general was already preparing a lawsuit against the EPA, a move that was lauded by the Wisconsin director of the Koch Brothers-backed group Americans for Prosperity. Walker has also signed a pledge, devised by Americans for Prosperity, that he will oppose any legislation relating to climate change—presumably a cap-and-trade plan or a carbon tax—that would result in a “net increase in government revenue.”

    Indeed, Walker has close ties to Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who made a fortune in fossil fuels and who for years poured money into groups that cast doubt on the science of climate change. They own paper factories and a network of gasoline supply terminals in Wisconsin, and they have an interest in the state’s trove of “frac sand” (more on that below). Koch Industries gave $43,000 to Walker’s 2010 election campaign, and just after he took office, the Kochs doubled their lobbying force in Madison. In 2011 and 2012, David Koch and Americans for Prosperity spent $11 million backing Walker’s agenda and his successful effort to avoid being recalled.

    Turning off clean energy: As much as he apparently supports fossil fuel development, Walker has taken steps to put the brakes on clean energy. Last month, he released a budget proposal that would drain $8.1 million from a leading renewable energy research center in the state. That same budget, however, would pump $250,000 into a study on the potential health impacts of wind turbines. (Wind energy opponents have long suggested that inaudible sound waves from turbines can cause insomnia, anxiety, and other disorders, although independent research has repeatedly found these claims are more connected to NIMBYism than legitimate medical concerns.) Walker’s budget would also cut $4 million in state subsidies for municipal recycling programs. That, at least, is an improvement over his first budget as governor, which proposed to eliminate recycling subsidies altogether.

    Master image of Walker: Andy Manis/AP

    Budgets aren’t the only avenue for these attacks: In 2011 Walker introduced legislation backed by the Wisconsin Realtors Association to restrict where wind turbines could built. (That bill was ultimately killed by the Legislature.) And the state’s Public Service Commission—which oversees the electric grid and is comprised mainly of Walker appointees—recently launched a campaign to redesign power companies’ rates in a way that solar companies say is meant to kneecap their competitive edge. The commission wants to impose a high fixed charge on monthly bills that homeowners would have to pay even if they purchase their own solar panels.

    There is, however, one alternative energy source that Walker suddenly seems willing to support. Pandering to corn farmers in Iowa over the weekend, he flip-flopped his stance on biofuels—as governor he was opposed to a federal ethanol mandate, but now, as a likely candidate, he’s in favor of it. Backing ethanol may help Walker win support from Iowa caucus-goers, but the climate benefits of biofuels are very much in doubt.

    Open to open-pit mining: In 2010, a mining company called Gogebic Taconite LLC began to push hard to establish a large open-pit iron ore mine in the state. Environmentalists vehemently opposed the project, warning that it could damage fragile wetlands and contaminate local air and water with toxic chemicals. But Walker supported it. (In 2012, the company gave $700,000 to the pro-Walker Wisconsin Club for Growth.) In 2013, Walker succeeded in pushing through a bill to relax environmental standards for iron mines that paved the way for the project to be approved once it was reviewed by federal regulators.

    Walker’s pick to head the state’s environment agency was “like putting Lindsay Lohan in charge of a rehab center,” one lawmaker said.

    Walker also reportedly cultivated an industry-friendly atmosphere at the state’s Department of Natural Resources, the agency charged with enforcing environmental standards. One Democratic state representative said Walker’s pick to head the DNR, a former Republican state senator who was a vocal critic of environmental regulations, was “like putting Lindsay Lohan in charge of a rehab center.” One of the Walker DNR’s first moves was to delay phosphorus pollution standards that were opposed by a Koch-owned paper factory.

    In the case of the iron mine, it was all for naught: Last month the mining company announced it was putting the project on indefinite hold, blaming “cost-prohibitive” federal regulations.

    A blind eye to fracking sand: Wisconsin doesn’t have much in the way of shale gas, but it still plays a vital role in the fracking boom. The state is home to a major supply of “frac sand,” a superhard, chemically inert type of silica that props open cracks in underground rock formations during the fracking process. Since 2010, the number of sand mines in Wisconsin has grown more than tenfold, despite widespread complaints that the operations are turning idyllic rural communities into industrial wastelands and that the type of dust produced by the mines is linked to a wide range of serious respiratory health hazards. Walker has been a vocal proponent of the industry, touting it as a source of jobs and investment in an otherwise lackluster economy.

    Here again, Walker’s weakened DNR is an issue. In 2013, the state’s independent, nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated that at least 10 full-time DNR employees would be necessary to ensure proper oversight of the frac sand industry. But the report noted that the agency had chosen to hire just two.

    “It’s really going, to a large extent, unregulated,” said Tom Thoresen, a veteran DNR conservation officer who retired before Walker became governor but still has friends in the agency. (Thoresen currently sits on the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters board.)

    Indeed, citations for various environmental infractions from the DNR fell 28 percent under Walker compared to the previous administration, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

    “The messaging,” added Thoresen, “is to be business-friendly, don’t enforce.”

  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 5:24:56 AM PDT · 7 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to Patton@Bastogne

    Put on your thinking cap.

    You’re responding to a rabid socialist’s political talking points.

  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 5:11:01 AM PDT · 3 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife to Patton@Bastogne

    The 2011 Wisconsin protests were a series of demonstrations in the state of Wisconsin in the United States beginning in February involving at its zenith as many as 100,000 protesters opposing the 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, also called the "Wisconsin Budget Repair bill." Subsequently, anti-tax activists and other conservatives, including Tea Party advocates, launched small pockets of counter protests.

    The protests centered on the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, with satellite protests also occurring at other municipalities throughout the state. Demonstrations took place at various college campuses, including the University of Wisconsin–Madison[11] and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After the collective bargaining bill was upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on June 14, the number of protesters declined to about 1,000 within a couple days.

    The protests were a major driving force for recall elections of state senators in 2011 and 2012, the failed recall of Governor Scott Walker in 2012 and a contentious Wisconsin Supreme Court election in 2011........"

  • Seattle’s ‘upzoning’ plan seems to be sinking

  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism

    07/29/2015 5:01:31 AM PDT · 1 of 56
    Cincinatus' Wife
    John Nichols

    John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

    Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.

    Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald’s documentary, “Outfoxed,” and in the documentaries Joan Sekler’s “Unprecedented,” Matt Kohn’s “Call It Democracy” and Robert Pappas’s “Orwell Rolls in his Grave.” The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations.

    Nichols is the author of The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press); a critically acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press); and a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: “At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gift–a collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American history–that reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country.”

    With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored the books It’s the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories), Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press), The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books) and, most recently, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street (Nation Books). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation’s media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.

    Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: “Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest.”

  • Seattle’s ‘upzoning’ plan seems to be sinking

    07/29/2015 4:23:18 AM PDT · 7 of 18
    Cincinatus' Wife to pepsi_junkie

    Exactly.

    bttt

  • Ivana Trump rejects rape allegations, says she and Donald Trump are ‘the best of friends’

    07/29/2015 4:21:26 AM PDT · 188 of 189
    Cincinatus' Wife to free_life; Chgogal

    Let’s look at some history:

    First FReeper reaction to this story.

    “Let’s get ready to rumble. Someone has got to Trump’s old ex and got her to bring up garbage about a nasty divorce from over 20 years ago. Is it the GOP or the democrats.

    Take your pick. His answer to this latest attack will be interesting. Wonder how far he’ll go up in the polls next week?
    1 posted on 7/27/2015, 8:28:58 PM by NKP_Vet

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3317405/posts?q=1&;page=1#1

    ************

    To which I posted that the “Beast” story was from an earlier book - not the wife - and that Trump’s lawyer was the story:

    “I posted this after I saw a FReeper post saying that Ivana Trump was paid to come out with this now.

    NOT true.

    Any other GOP candidate would be buried by this.

    Pick your “heroes” carefully.”
    8 posted on 7/28/2015, 2:49:54 AM by Cincinatus’ Wife

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3317485/posts

    ***********************

    But then Ivana makes a statement that this was in the past and that Donald would be a great president. And Oh frabjous day! Ivana has gone from being a traitor to being Joan of Arc.

    And you buy it hook line and sinker.

    To: Cincinatus’ Wife; z taxman; elhombrelibre; sf4dubya
    How does it feel having been Axelroded, you feeble minded foolish tools of the left?
    138 posted on 7/28/2015, 1:38:27 PM by Chgogal (Obama “hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls...” CMH)

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3317577/posts?page=138#138

  • Seattle’s ‘upzoning’ plan seems to be sinking

    07/29/2015 2:33:15 AM PDT · 3 of 18
    Cincinatus' Wife to grania
    Social engineering and SJW are getting push back from liberal enclaves.

    Is desegregation dead? - San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school — and that is leading to less diversity

    San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school — and that is leading to less diversity

    [snip]

    A federal judge ordered desegregation, and in 1971 San Francisco put children on buses that crisscrossed the city so they could be in multiracial schools.

    The plan almost immediately ended racial isolation — but it also helped drive families out of the district and into the suburbs or into private schools. Many Chinese families resisted integration, boycotting district public schools and creating their own private “freedom schools” for their children instead.

    From the 1960s to 1983, the school district enrollment plunged by 32,000 students.

    Vying factions of parents filed lawsuits, and the district tried several different school assignment methods. A federal judge oversaw those efforts from 1983 to 2005, but eventually gave up and called the district’s attempts at diversification a failure. This handed control of the assignment system back to the school district...

    [snip]

    “If the school reflects the community, it’s not necessarily a problem,” he said. “It’s absolutely about every student being successful at every school.”

    Sanchez and Van Court are not alone. Even the African American community, the force behind the historical desegregation efforts, has fallen silent.

    “We really don’t have any public demand for this,” State Board of Education President Mike Kirst said about desegregation. “The courts, of course, have largely retreated in this area. And I feel no bottom-up demand for this.”

    But just because everybody’s OK with the status quo doesn’t mean it’s right, said Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA....."

  • Seattle’s ‘upzoning’ plan seems to be sinking

    07/29/2015 1:06:45 AM PDT · 1 of 18
    Cincinatus' Wife
    July 23, 2015 - NRO, Stanley Kurtz: Obama Fires AFFH Warning Shot Over Hillary’s House

    Hillary Clinton’s suburban hometown of Chappaqua, New York has just become ground zero in the Obama administration’s efforts to nullify local control over America’s housing. Obama’s Justice Department has fired a powerful warning shot at Westchester County, New York, where the administration is conducting a dry run of its new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation.

    At issue is whether Westchester’s obligation to “affirmatively further fair housing” compels county officials to crush local opposition to a low-income housing development in downtown Chappaqua.

    The Draconian legal settlement imposed on Westchester several years ago by the Obama administration creates a court-appointed “monitor” who has effectively usurped Westchester County’s right to democratic self-governance. The monitor insists, and Obama’s Department of Justice agrees, that Westchester County officials must not only obtain financing for new low-income housing developments in Chappaqua, but must suppress local opposition to the project.

    Justice Department officials have just asked a court to impose massive fines if Westchester officials don’t compel the local town council to approve a low-income housing development in Chappaqua. Westchester officials are to be forced to put a letter endorsing the Chappaqua project on the county’s website, and to publish the same letter in the Sunday edition of the local paper. Westchester County is further instructed to write monthly letters to the town of New Castle inquiring after the status of the Chappaqua project and asking why approvals haven’t been granted. County officials are also to be forced to attend all local public hearings regarding the project. In other words, In order to force federal diktat on Hillary’s hometown, the elected officials of Westchester County are to be turned into puppets of the Obama administration. And if Westchester and New Castle/Chappaqua don’t give in, the massive and ever-increasing fines paid by the county are to be used to build even more low-income housing in the area.

    Ned McCormack, a spokesman for Westchester’s Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, rightly says, “The [Department of Justice]’s position seems to be that democracy and due process don’t apply when it comes to Westchester’s housing settlement.” McCormack then adds, “This behavior appears to be a harbinger for what the rest of the nation can expect under HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rules.”

    Exactly. The intrusive questionnaire that local officials applying for HUD funding have to fill out under AFFH asks them to identify any local opposition to low income housing projects. These filings could then be used to hold federal funds hostage, or perhaps to file suits against localities like the one the feds have pressed against Westchester. In other words, AFFH comes close to institutionalizing the idea that local government officials must treat their own constituents as a kind of illegitimate opposition to be overcome.

    With Chappaqua now the epicenter of opposition to the Obama administration’s controversial housing policies, it now becomes incumbent on reporters to put several questions to Hillary Clinton. Does Hillary Clinton favor the low-income housing project under debate in Chappaqua? Does Hillary Clinton see the Obama administration’s orders against the leaders of Westchester County as a legitimate use of federal authority? Does Hillary Clinton support the Obama administration’s new rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing?

  • Democrats’ Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing - following "bruising losses"

    07/29/2015 12:16:06 AM PDT · 1 of 9
    Cincinatus' Wife
  • Trump says that under Walker, Wis budget went from projected surplus to a deficit [mostly false]

    07/28/2015 11:25:08 AM PDT · 38 of 67
    Cincinatus' Wife to Jane Long

    All the candidates have been “attacked” (btw Walker did not make that statement). The unsettling visual (and “lesson” for our youth) is that Trump doesn’t have an emotional filter to control his reactions.

  • Trump says that under Walker, Wis budget went from projected surplus to a deficit [mostly false]

    07/28/2015 11:21:10 AM PDT · 37 of 67
    Cincinatus' Wife to MARKUSPRIME
    LMAO who knows, just shows Walker as a pro amnesty open borders douche.

    Walker is the first and only governor to repeal instate tuition for illegals; he did it just months after taking office in 2011.

  • Trump says that under Walker, Wis budget went from projected surplus to a deficit [mostly false]

    07/28/2015 10:19:58 AM PDT · 12 of 67
    Cincinatus' Wife to tennmountainman

    This rating is in a Leftist publication so the “mostly” needs to be understood in that light.

  • Trump says that under Walker, Wis budget went from projected surplus to a deficit [mostly false]

    07/28/2015 10:18:33 AM PDT · 10 of 67
    Cincinatus' Wife to nikos1121
    I agree. I will debate the facts but when they're twisted by someone who insists that others him them fairly, well that is not going to stand.

    Bi-polarizing Trump

    "..........Trump clearly said in 2009 he identified more as a Democrat on the economic crash--and he doubled down on the sentiment this weekend.

    There’s more. He took the liberal union thug talking points book and aimed many of those same arguments right at Scott Walker, saying that “Wisconsin is in turmoil.” He went on to clarify, telling a boisterous crowd in Iowa that the state’s “roads, schools and hospitals, which he said were all a disaster.” Let me translate: Scott Walker screwed up Wisconsin by going after the unions.

    So is Trump working for Richard Trumka or the SEIU now? I mean, this is right out of the union hall. It’s going after Walker from the left. So Trump was angry for some comments made by a Walker fundraiser? That’s no excuse for firing from the liberal flank, and frankly, a bit childish too. But my main concern is the liberalism thing, which has been exposed again.

    So how will this play out? Will Trump’s legion of fans take note? Will talkers like Rush and Laura Ingraham mention this? They seem singularly focused on just Trumps good points. That’s a valid, but incomplete focus. It is not contradictory to support and enjoy his stabs at Washington -- while also realizing in the sober moment that he is not the conservative answer.

    Donald Trump is gifted. He is passionate. He has a finger on the pulse at the moment. It’s doubtful that conservatives need to nominate someone who has been pro Obama and pro Universal Care as recently as a few years ago--and to the left of George W. Bush this weekend."

  • Trump says that under Walker, Wis budget went from projected surplus to a deficit [mostly false]

    07/28/2015 10:09:15 AM PDT · 1 of 67
    Cincinatus' Wife
  • Fifteen Elephants and a Clown

    07/28/2015 9:57:38 AM PDT · 21 of 25
    Cincinatus' Wife to nhwingut
  • Fifteen Elephants and a Clown

    07/28/2015 7:46:49 AM PDT · 6 of 25
    Cincinatus' Wife to austinaero

    I guess it’s because of the extended title.

    Thanks for the info.

    Here it is.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3317592/posts

  • Fifteen Elephants and a Clown

    07/28/2015 7:45:00 AM PDT · 4 of 25
    Cincinatus' Wife to austinaero

    I searched.

  • Fifteen Elephants and a Clown

    07/28/2015 7:38:24 AM PDT · 2 of 25
    Cincinatus' Wife to All

    http://time.com/3962799/donald-trump-hillary-clinton/

    “.....In 2012, as Obama was running for re-election, Trump called Clinton “terrific” again in an interview with Fox News, saying she performed well as Secretary of State.

    “Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman,” he told Greta Van Susteren. “I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she’s given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her.

    And on Fox and Friends on Wednesday, Trump explained why he donated to Clinton’s campaigns.

    “I’m a businessman. I contribute to everybody,” Trump said. “When I needed Hillary, she was there. If I say ‘go to my wedding,’ they go to my wedding.”

  • Fifteen Elephants and a Clown

    07/28/2015 7:37:11 AM PDT · 1 of 25
    Cincinatus' Wife
    More article links at source.
  • Walker's relationship to Kevin Hermening gaining attention

    07/28/2015 6:05:51 AM PDT · 15 of 17
    Cincinatus' Wife to mac_truck
    March 6, 2015: Walker hired Michael J. Gallagher, 31, an former Marine captain and Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer, as his foreign-policy aide. Gallagher has moved to Madison and began work this week.

    Captain Michael Gallagher, USMC

    "Fellow, Marine Corps' Junior Officer Strategic Intelligence Program Mike Gallagher is currently a fellow in the Marine Corps’ Junior Officer Strategic Intelligence Program and a student in the joint M.A. in Security Studies/Ph.D. in International Relations program at Georgetown University. Prior to this assignment, he served on General Petraeus’ CENTCOM Assessment Team and deployed twice to Al Anbar Province between 2007 and 2008 as a commander of intelligence teams.

    Mike holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from National Defense Intelligence College. He received his undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, earning a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. At Georgetown, he intends to explore the role of intelligence in grand strategy design and presidential decision-making. Mike speaks Arabic and grew up in both Green Bay, WI and Costa Mesa, CA."

  • Donald Trump's Attorney Defends Him Against Ex-Wife's Rape Allegation “You can’t rape your spouse"

    07/28/2015 6:03:07 AM PDT · 158 of 181
    Cincinatus' Wife to bray

    http://time.com/3962799/donald-trump-hillary-clinton/

    When Clinton last ran for office, Trump was torn between supporting her and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. ” They’re both terrific people, and I hope they both get the nomination,” he told CNN in 2007, adding that he thought Clinton would surround herself with good people to negotiate a deal with Iran. A year later, Trump wondered publicly why Clinton wasn’t chosen as President Obama’s running-mate.

    In 2012, as Obama was running for re-election, Trump called Clinton “terrific” again in an interview with Fox News, saying she performed well as Secretary of State.

    “Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman,” he told Greta Van Susteren. “I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she’s given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her.

    And on Fox and Friends on Wednesday, Trump explained why he donated to Clinton’s campaigns.

    “I’m a businessman. I contribute to everybody,” Trump said. “When I needed Hillary, she was there. If I say ‘go to my wedding,’ they go to my wedding.”

  • Walker's relationship to Kevin Hermening gaining attention

    07/28/2015 5:51:47 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    Cincinatus' Wife to ncalburt

    My. My.

    Really!?

    I’ll do you one better (but this will be quoted and linked).

    http://time.com/3962799/donald-trump-hillary-clinton/

    When Clinton last ran for office, Trump was torn between supporting her and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. ” They’re both terrific people, and I hope they both get the nomination,” he told CNN in 2007, adding that he thought Clinton would surround herself with good people to negotiate a deal with Iran. A year later, Trump wondered publicly why Clinton wasn’t chosen as President Obama’s running-mate.

    In 2012, as Obama was running for re-election, Trump called Clinton “terrific” again in an interview with Fox News, saying she performed well as Secretary of State.

    “Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman,” he told Greta Van Susteren. “I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she’s given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her.

    And on Fox and Friends on Wednesday, Trump explained why he donated to Clinton’s campaigns.

    “I’m a businessman. I contribute to everybody,” Trump said. “When I needed Hillary, she was there. If I say ‘go to my wedding,’ they go to my wedding.”

  • Walker's relationship to Kevin Hermening gaining attention

    07/28/2015 4:53:20 AM PDT · 5 of 17
    Cincinatus' Wife to Steely Tom

    ??

  • Walker's relationship to Kevin Hermening gaining attention

    07/28/2015 4:52:49 AM PDT · 4 of 17
    Cincinatus' Wife to Crim

    “............There were 53 Americans held hostage after the Iranian revolution (52 were held for 444 days and one was released earlier). Only 38 are still living. Of the 26 spouses of hostages, 19 are still alive. After experiencing beatings, mock executions and prolonged imprisonment, many of the hostages and their families had a great deal of trouble resuming the lives they had been leading beforehand.

    “My colleagues endured a lot of terrible physical and psychological abuse,” says Hermening, a 55-year-old investment adviser, financial planner and one-time candidate for office who grew up in Oak Creek and now lives in Mosinee, just south of Wausau. “Bad things have happened as a result of those days of captivity to a lot of (them).”.....

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/compensation-finally-near-for-hermening-other-iran-hostages-b99517083z1-307278621.html

  • Walker's relationship to Kevin Hermening gaining attention

    07/28/2015 4:43:14 AM PDT · 1 of 17
    Cincinatus' Wife
    Even in trying to make this a negative story, they cannot quite get there.
  • Donald Trump's Attorney Defends Him Against Ex-Wife's Rape Allegation “You can’t rape your spouse"

    07/28/2015 2:33:47 AM PDT · 94 of 181
    Cincinatus' Wife to Chgogal

    You don’t know, what you don’t know.

  • Donald Trump's Attorney Defends Him Against Ex-Wife's Rape Allegation “You can’t rape your spouse"

    07/28/2015 2:30:53 AM PDT · 91 of 181
    Cincinatus' Wife to Chgogal

    Face it, Trump needs a better lawyer.

  • Donald Trump's Attorney Defends Him Against Ex-Wife's Rape Allegation “You can’t rape your spouse"

    07/28/2015 2:26:56 AM PDT · 90 of 181
    Cincinatus' Wife to Lib-Lickers 2

    I stick to promoting my candidate - Scott Walker.

    Occasionally I do go on the offensive.

    Trump is a big boy; he has no problem speaking his mind, hiring lawyers.

    Why the swing at me?

    Do you want Trump in the White House?

  • Donald Trump's Attorney Defends Him Against Ex-Wife's Rape Allegation “You can’t rape your spouse"

    07/28/2015 2:20:48 AM PDT · 89 of 181
    Cincinatus' Wife to Chgogal
    Byron York: Dissing McCain not Trump's big problem in Iowa

    ".....If a candidate wants to make a good impression on religious voters in Iowa, he probably should not offer the answer Trump gave when moderator Frank Luntz asked whether Trump had ever asked God for forgiveness. "I am not sure I have," Trump said. "I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don't think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't."

    A candidate who seeks to make a good impression should also probably refrain from describing Holy Communion in the way Trump did: "When I drink my little wine — which is about the only wine I drink — and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed. I think in terms of 'let's go on and let's make it right.'"

    A senior Iowa Republican who was in the room, sitting with a group of grassroots activists as Trump spoke, was dumbfounded by the candidate's views of religion. "While there were audible groans in the crowd when Trump questioned whether McCain was a war hero," the senior Republican said via email, "it was Trump's inability to articulate any coherent relationship with God or demonstrate the role faith plays in his life that really sucked the oxygen out of the room.."

    The senior Republican continued: "Milling around talking to activists in the hallways/lobby after Trump's speech, THAT is what those Iowa conservatives were discussing, not the McCain comment."

    New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alan Rappeport noticed the same thing: "It was these comments, not his attack on Mr. McCain, that prompted the most muttering and unease in the audience."

    Attendees told the Times that Trump's casual use of the words "damn" and "hell" made a bad impression. "I was turned off at the very start because I didn't like his language,'' one woman who had been considering supporting Trump told the paper. Admitting he never asks God's forgiveness didn't help. ''He sounds like he isn't really a born-again Christian," the woman added................

  • Donald Trump's Attorney Defends Him Against Ex-Wife's Rape Allegation “You can’t rape your spouse"

    07/28/2015 2:03:43 AM PDT · 81 of 181
    Cincinatus' Wife to Lib-Lickers 2

    I guess that means your candidate is in the WH?

    ???

  • Donald Trump's Attorney Defends Him Against Ex-Wife's Rape Allegation “You can’t rape your spouse"

    07/28/2015 2:00:40 AM PDT · 76 of 181
    Cincinatus' Wife to RginTN

    “.........Business Insider reached out to the Daily Beast’s executive editor, Noah Shachtman, who provided a series of questions he has for the Trump campaign including whether they have any examples of his site reporting incorrectly on Trump.

    “Did they actually provide any examples of those inaccuracies or are their media critiques as busted as their legal interpretations?” Shachtman asked.

    Shachtman also questioned Cohen’s behavior and whether Trump shares his attorney’s views on rape.

    “I’d like to know if Mr. Trump also feels that marital rape is not a crime. … We stand by our reporting,” Shachtman said, before adding, “If this was such old, nothing news why is the Trump campaign moving so aggressively to squash it? Why did they threaten our reporter? And also, if Mr. Trump actually makes his way to the White House, the kind of intimidation tactics that Mr. Cohen displayed tonight, would he consider those to be the norm for his administration? I’d love to know answers to those things.”

    - Hunter Walker for Business Insider

    http://www.thejournal.ie/trump-rape-wife-2239373-Jul2015/