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THE HILL – Paul takes CPAC straw poll gold; Walker surges to second place – 02/28
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) won his third consecutive straw poll victory at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. But it was Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) who surged the most, coming in a close second with 21.4 percent behind Paul’s 25.7 percent among the field of 17 potential GOP contenders. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took third with 11.5 percent, followed by Dr. Ben Carson at 11.4 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8.3 percent. All of the other candidates pulled less than 5 percent.
DAILY CALLER – Here’s How Trey Gowdy Is Fighting Back Against Obama’s Amnesty - 02/28
(Daily Caller) – South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has introduced an immigration bill to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty and expedite the removal of criminal aliens from U.S. soil. Named after Michael Davis, Jr., a sheriff’s deputy in California who was killed in the line of duty last year by an illegal immigrant, Gowdy’s bill would also provide a work-around for state and local governments to reinforce federal immigration laws while also implementing an annual review of the executive branch’s use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases. “If we are serious about finding a long term solution to our immigration system, we must address interior enforcement,” Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, said in a statement announcing the measure. “This bill, which is one part of the Committee’s step-by-step process to address our broken immigration system, will ensure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past and help us earn back the trust of the American public,” he added. If enacted, the bill would completely dismantle what Gowdy describes as Obama’s “unilateral, constitutional actions on immigration” by cutting off any and all funds to the initiative. It would also strip Obama and all future presidents of any power to unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement by allowing state and local governments the authorization to enforce federal immigration laws.
NEWSMAX – Anti-Boehner Coup Rumblings From House Conservatives Grow 02/27
Conservatives on Capitol Hill are threatening to replace House Speaker John Boehner if he ducks a fight with the White House over illegal immigration and gives in to political pressure to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, The Hill reports. Talk of another coup attempt against Boehner “has grown louder,” The Hill reports, now that Senate Republicans have backed away from a House bill that blocks DHS from accommodating millions of illegal immigrants.
NEWSMAX – Net Neutrality: FCC Takes First Step in Federal Control over Internet – 02/26
The FCC approved robust rules of the road for the Internet on Thursday, a move that supporters believe will prevent conglomerates from consolidating control over the flow of online content, but that critics characterize as a huge regulatory overreach. The FCC’s approach is one favored by many public interest groups, Hollywood content creators and a large number of web companies including Netflix and Twitter: It is reclassifying Internet service as a Title II telecommunications service, a regulatory designation akin to that of a utility. The FCC’s move was intended to give it solid authority to impose rules over Internet service. They prohibit ISPs from blocking or throttling content, as well as from collecting payments from content providers for speedier access to their subscribers. The latter has been commonly referred to as the idea that ISPs would eventually create Internet “fast lanes.”
THE DAILY SIGNAL – Why Congress, Not Just the Courts, Must Address Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions - 02/26
If funding for the Department of Homeland Security lapses on Friday, there should be no confusion as to who is “defunding” Homeland Security. The House passed a spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The legislation would prohibit funding for implementation of President Obama’s illegal executive actions on immigration, while still funding the agency. Senators choosing to filibuster this legislation have been willing to risk Homeland Security funding in order to protect Obama’s amnesty plan. The security of American citizens is being trumped by a desire to support unilateral, unconstitutional executive actions that would give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.
THE DAILY SIGNAL – Texas Attorney General ‘Very Confident’ Courts Will Side With States in Fight Over Obama Immigration Policy - 02/26
As lawmakers in Congress struggle to find agreement in their fight to undo President Obama’s immigration policy, a state attorney general today voiced confidence in the courtroom battle over the executive actions.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Obama administration “disingenuous” and “devious” for appealing a federal judge’s order halting the president’s executive actions on immigration.
NEWSMAX – Soros, Ford Foundation Donated Nearly $200M to Pro-Net Neutrality Groups - 02/26
As the Federal Communications Commission is set to approve new Internet rules, a new report shows that George Soros and the Ford Foundation have donated $196 million to groups that support the cause. From 2000 to 2013, the Ford Foundation has donated $113.6 million and the Open Society Foundations, founded by Soros, has donated $82.7 to pro-net neutrality groups, the Media Research Center is reporting. Both groups support changing the net neutrality rules. These left-wing groups not only impacted the public debate and funded top liberal think tanks,” the report from the Media Research Center states, “they also have direct ties to the White House and regulatory agencies.”
BREITBART – AMNESTY BENEFICIARIES COULD CLAIM MORE THAN $35K IN TAX BENEFITS IN FIRST YEAR - 02/26
Illegal immigrants who are able to obtain Social Security Numbers and work permits as a result of President Obama’s executive amnesty could claim tens of thousands of dollars in back tax benefits, a new Congressional Research Service memo obtained first by Breitbart News reveals. The report comes following the Internal Revenue Service’s confirmation that once illegal immigrants are granted Social Security Numbers — as a result of Obama’s executive actions — they will be able to file back tax returns and obtain up to four years of tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
US5 Campaign – Congress Must Investigate Islamist Influence-Buying - 02/26
Friday morning at CPAC, I will outline the urgent need for a thorough Congressional investigation into efforts by our enemies to buy influence in the American political and governmental system. We now have more than enough evidence that our political and intellectual communities are being penetrated by cash from foreign regimes in ways that are potentially very dangerous to the future of our free society. Congress has an obligation to establish how big the problem is and to consider new laws to protect American politics and government from being undermined and distorted by foreign opponents buying their way into positions of influence.
THEHILL – Senate advances ‘clean’ DHS bill in 98-2 vote – 02/25
February 25, 2015, 03:20 pm
The stalemate over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was broken Wednesday as the Senate voted 98-2 to proceed to legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown. Democrats agreed to support the DHS bill after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) agreed to strip out provisions inserted by the House that would reverse President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The only votes against proceeding to the bill came from Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). “Democrats will support getting on the House Homeland Security funding bill. In exchange, the leader will provide the only amendment, [it] will be a clean Homeland Security funding substitute,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.
THE HILL – Gutierrez: Obama eyes partial launch of anti-deportation program – 02/25 -I hope he does then has clearly & Flagrantly broken the law!
A top House Democrat said Wednesday that President Obama is eying a partial launch of his new deportation-relief programs despite a federal court’s recent decision to block them. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said the administration is weighing whether it has the authority to initiate the executive actions in the states not involved in a lawsuit against them. Texas and 25 other states have sued the president over the new programs, which would shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. The administration has said it will comply with the ruling as it awaits the outcome of an appeal against it. But roughly a dozen other states have filed briefs in support of the executive programs, and immigration reform advocates are urging Obama to launch the initiatives in the 24 states not suing the White House.
THE HILL – McConnell ready to move ‘clean’ bill to avert Homeland Security shutdown 02/24
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said the Senate may vote “very quickly” on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill. Days before a shutdown of the critical agency, McConnell said he would “be happy” to pass a clean DHS funding bill before the Senate considers a narrow measure overturning President Obama’s most recent executive actions on immigration. His plan, if accepted by Senate Democrats and House Republicans, would prevent Homeland Security from shutting down on Saturday. McConnell noted the Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on legislation he introduced this week to reverse President Obama’s 2014 executive order shielding up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.
Gov. Scott Suspends 11th Grade Test, and Will “Reduce the Number of Tests” 02/24
By Allison Nielsen, Sunshine State News
Gov. Rick Scott flexed his gubernatorial muscle over Florida’s education system Tuesday morning, signing an executive order suspending a standardized test for the state’s 11th-graders. Scott’s executive order directs Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart and the Florida Department of Education to suspend the Florida Standards Assessment English language arts test for 11th-graders. Students were originally scheduled to take the test this spring (from March to May), but Scott said he’d sign an executive order to stop the test after the department concluded an investigation into statewide assessment tests last week. The results of the investigation prompted Stewart to conclude that Florida is oversaturated with standardized tests.
THEHILL – Pressure builds on GOP as deadline to fund DHS nears - 02/22
Pressure is building on Republicans to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department amid an escalating battle over President Obama’s immigration policies. The GOP leaders are being squeezed from one side by conservatives insisting that legislation funding the agency must include provisions to undo Obama’s executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. And they’re being pressed from the other by Obama and the Democrats who are demanding a “clean” proposal absent the immigration add-ons. With the Senate at an impasse – and the clock ticking quickly toward a Feb. 28 shutdown of the agency – some centrist Republicans on and off Capitol Hill are starting to lean more to the Democrats’ side, wary of both the practical effects of a DHS shutdown on national security, and the political harm such an event would do to their party.
THEHILL – Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and the problem with baggage - 02/22
Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are dealing with the baggage of their political histories even before their 2016 campaigns officially begin. For the former secretary of state, the new scrutiny of Clinton Foundation donors — especially foreign governments and wealthy non-U.S. citizens — is bringing back memories of Whitewater and the selling of the White House Lincoln Bedroom to political patrons.Jeb Bush’s baggage is comprised of the decisions made by his father and his older brother during their years in the White House, particularly President George W. Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.
NEWSMAX – Giuliani: I’m Getting Death Threats for My Obama Remarks - 02/22
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Friday that his office has gotten some death threats following his statements earlier this week accusing President Barack Obama of not loving America, but he’s not backing down from what he said. “My secretary has received some death threats,” Giuliani told CNN. However, he insisted that most of the voicemails his office has received have been supportive. Giuliani did not tell CNN if he alerted police about the threats, and the network reported that it could not confirm if the calls were actually made.
NEWSMAX – Carter: US Considering Slowing Exit from Afghanistan - 02/22
KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.Carter, on his first overseas trip since starting the Pentagon job Tuesday, also said the Obama administration is “rethinking” the counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, although he did not elaborate.
THEHILL – 10 GOP rainmakers to watch in ‘16 - 02/22
Republican White House hopefuls are working to win over a handful of GOP rainmakers who could bankroll their candidacies through a crowded and expensive primary season.With former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush locking down a number of key establishment donors already, it’s more critical than ever for other players to make inroads with the top undecided GOP moneymen.Here’s a look at the biggest names still on the board.
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An attorney for Sheriff Joe Arpaio made a filing with the federal judge who ordered the halting of President Obama’s executive amnesty, asking that a hearing be held on Obama’s refusal to comply with the court’s order.
The attorney, Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, stated to the judge in the filing:
“Several reports indicate that the executive branch under the Obama administration has not complied with this court’s temporary injunction, but continues full-speed to implement a grant of amnesty and related benefits to approximately 5 million citizens of foreign countries who are illegally in the United States under the defendants’ November 20, 2014, executive action programs implemented by several memoranda issued by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.”
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ordered federal agencies to cease implementing Obama’s amnesty plan; but, since then, Obama has warned that “one federal judge” will not stand in his way toward implementing amnesty.
Obama, according to the Washington Times, “told a Miami crowd that he will move ahead with his executive action on immigration and vowed that his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come.”
Klayman noted in the filing: “The Obama administration is continuing to signal not only its disagreement with the court’s order, which is its right, but beyond that its non-compliance with the court’s order.”
He went on to write:
“In short,” Klayman told the court, “President Obama’s defiant pledge in Miami, Florida, on February 25, 2015, to move forward aggressively with implementation of his deferred action amnesty by executive over-reach … more than suggests that the Obama administration is continuing to implement the executive action amnesty in defiance of the court’s temporary injunction. “Given the strong reports that DHS is continuing to implement the programs that the court enjoined, the court should issue an order to show cause and call for clarification and assurance from the defendants that they are and will comply with the court’s temporary injunction, and if not take immediate remedial actions to [ensure] that the order is being complied with.”
Klayman also noted that Obama is threatening “consequences” to federal employees who obey the federal judge’s ruling to cease implementation of his amnesty.
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In the contentious voting over a Homeland Security funding bill Friday night, nearly 50 mostly conservative Republicans openly defied House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio – not once, but twice. Only a last-minute change of heart by Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., spared the Republican speaker from an embarrassing defeat and a possible shutdown of part of the DHS.
At issue was whether the three-week spending bill backed by GOP leadership would be passed with or without funding President Obama’s executive action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of illegal immigrants. Many in Boehner’s party were not willing to pass a bill paying for what they’re calling Obama’s unconstitutional “amnesty” action.
“It does not make any difference whether the funding is for three weeks, three months or a full fiscal year,” argued Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who voted against the measure. “If it’s illegal, it’s illegal.” Fifty-one other Republicans joined Brooks in voting against the measure, leading to a 224-203 defeat for Boehner and the GOP leadership.
Later in the evening, the proposal was put forward to pass a bill funding the DHS for just one week, and this time, 55 Republicans voted against the measure. Pelosi, however, rallied Democrats to switch their votes and agree to what she called “a 7-day patch.” “Your vote tonight,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to fellow Democrats, “will assure that we will vote for full funding next week.” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., however, continued the resistance from within the Republican Party, voting against the funding for a second time.
“Passing bills that do nothing but kick the can down the road is something that has become commonplace in Washington,” Salmon said. “I pledge to continue this fight in one week, so we can responsibly fund the Department of Homeland Security without funding the president’s unconstitutional actions.”
The Senate immediately passed the one-week funding measure in a voice vote, and President Obama signed the bill just before midnight. Democrats have been tight-lipped on what brought about the sudden change of heart, and Boehner spokesman Michael Steel firmly denied rumors that a deal was cut between Boehner and Pelosi to get the measure passed.
“We did not make any such ‘deal’ or promise,” Steel said.
Republicans who voted against the three-week measure are listed in alphabetical order below:
Justin Amash, R-Mich.
Brian Babin, R-Texas
Lou Barletta, R-Pa.
Joe Barton, R-Texas
Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
Dave Brat, R-Va.
Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla.
Mo Brooks, R-Ala.
Curt Clawson, R-Fla.
Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.
Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.
Sean Duffy, R-Wis.
Blake Farenthold, R-Texas
Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn.
John Fleming, R-La.
Randy Forbes, R.Va.
Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
Louie Gohmert, R-Texas
Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.
Morgan Griffith, R-Va.
Jody Hice, R-Ga.
Richard Hudson, R-N.C.
Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas
Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
Robert Hurt, R-Va.
Sam Johnson, R-Texas
Walter Jones, R-N.C.
Jim Jordan, R-Ohio
Steve King, R-Iowa
Raul Labrador, R-Idaho
Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.
Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga.
Thomas Massie, R-Ky.
Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.
Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas
Pete Olson, R-Texas
Steve Pearce, R-N.M.
Scott Perry, R-Pa.
Ted Poe, R-Texas
John Ratcliffe, R-Texas
Tom Rice, R-S.C.
Phil Roe, R-Tenn.
Thomas Rooney, R-Fla.***
Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.
Mark Sanford, R-S.C.
Lamar Smith, R-Texas
Mark Walker, R-N.C.
Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio
Roger Williams, R-Texas
Rob Wittman, R-Va.
Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas
In the second vote, nine additional Republicans resisted the one-week extension, while six who voted against the three-week funding bill agreed to the one-week “patch.” The roll call on the second vote can be found by clicking here.
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Stopgap DHS funding bill fails in House
A stopgap bill to keep money flowing to the Homeland Security Department past a midnight deadline failed in the House late Friday, in a surprise turn of events that again raises the possibility of a partial agency shutdown.
The vote was 224-203 against the measure, as 52 Republicans defected and joined Democrats in opposing the leadership-backed legislation.
The first group was upset because the legislation had been stripped of changes to President Obama’s immigration policy, and the second because it lacked full-year funding for the sprawling department.
“You have made a mess,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said to Republicans as debate neared an end on the measure.
But conservative Republicans are vowing to keep fighting, using the budget bill as leverage to try and undo Obama’s immigration executive actions.
“I am not going to vote under any circumstances to fund illegal conduct,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. “It does not make any difference whether the funding is for three weeks, three months or a full fiscal year. If it’s illegal, it’s illegal.”
The late-Friday vote exposed deep divisions in the Republican caucus and left unclear how lawmakers would address DHS funding. Though the deadline technically is midnight, they might be able to hammer out a deal this weekend without practically impacting DHS operations. But leaders gave no indication as to when the next set of votes might be, or what they might vote on.
On the House side, conservative Republicans still want to require Obama’s immigration actions be reversed as a condition for funding DHS.
But on the Senate side, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had already abandoned that effort, meeting Democrats’ demands to deal with the two issues separately.
Per the arrangement, the Senate earlier Friday approved a longer-term, stand-alone DHS funding bill. However, House Republicans stopped the bill in its tracks, voting instead for a so-called conference committee — a way for lawmakers to hammer out a compromise measure.
But Senate Democrats have called this a “non-starter,” and they could have the leverage to block it. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats on Friday also blocked a separate bill undoing Obama’s immigration actions.
The complicated debate underscored the lingering divisions among the Republican caucus over how far to take their fight against Obama’s immigration plan, which gives millions of illegal immigrants work permits and a deportation reprieve.
Some argue that with a federal judge, for now, blocking the plan from going forward, there’s less urgency to use legislation to achieve the same goal. Other conservative Republicans say the legislation is necessary.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Chaos in House as lawmakers reject DHS bill; shutdown nears
A short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security open (DHS) was defeated in the House on Friday in a stunning vote that could result in a partial government shutdown at midnight.
The bill failed 203-224, with 51 Republicans voting against legislation that was set to fund the DHS and its associated agencies through March 19. Twelve Democrats voted for it.
The vote is a humiliating defeat for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team, who had scrambled to bring the three-week funding bill to the floor ahead of the looming deadline.
The next steps on the funding bill are not clear, with a shutdown of the agency just hours away.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said to “stay tuned” on next steps as leaders talk with members of the Republican Conference.
GOP leaders could try to twist arms and bring the same bill to the floor again; they could bring up a shorter, one-week continuing resolution (CR) to pressure the Senate to go to a conference committee; or they could pass a funding bill by voice vote that keeps the DHS open through the weekend.
“So I think they’ll just find whichever pathway they can find, and that would be the last resort, of course,” said conservative Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), who voted against the funding bill.
Republicans had bet the short-term bill could be approved with some help from Democrats. But the minority party was determined to force Republicans to pass it on their own, despite the White House’s signal that President Obama could support the measure.
AMNESTY DOES NOT WORK
INSANITY IS DESCRIBED AS WHAT?
Since the passing of the Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA), 6 million illegal aliens have received amnesty in the United States. The IRCA Amnesty was supposed to “wipe the slate clean” and instead it’s led to the current situation of 12-20 million illegal aliens living in the country.
The Seven Amnesties Passed by Congress
1. Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA), 1986: A blanket amnesty for some 2.7 million illegal aliens
2. Section 245(i) Amnesty, 1994: A temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens
3. Section 245(i) Extension Amnesty, 1997: An extension of the rolling amnesty created in 1994
4. Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Amnesty, 1997: An amnesty for close to one million illegal aliens from Central America
5. Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act Amnesty (HRIFA), 1998: An amnesty for125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti
6. Late Amnesty, 2000: An amnesty for some illegal aliens who claim they should have been amnestied under the 1986 IRCA amnesty, an estimated 400,000 illegal aliens
7. LIFE Act Amnesty, 2000: A reinstatement of the rolling Section 245(i) amnesty, an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens
FIVE OF SEVEN WERE ENACTED BY A REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS
ONE WAS ENACTED BY AN ALL DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED CONGRESS
ONE WAS ENACTED BY A SPLIT CONGRESS
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THE LEDE: Net neutrality activists are gearing up for a major win on Thursday morning.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to classify broadband Internet as a Title II service — which was pushed back to 10:30 a.m. due to concerns about snow– caps months of work by supporters of the tough rules, and sets in process a whole new battle in the courts and on Capitol Hill, as industry groups file lawsuits and Republicans push legislation to replace the rules. In addition to applying the “common carrier” rules to Web access, the FCC will also for the first time extend the rules to wireless service and assert new authority over “interconnection” deals that companies make to hand off traffic on the back end of the Internet.
The vote will be a remarkable turnaround from Chairman Tom Wheeler’s earlier opposition to the Title II rules and last year’s draft rules that were harshly criticized for allowing online “fast lanes.”
“Even opponents of net neutrality and free speech are finally admitting defeat as the FCC prepares to vote on rules that — just one year ago — were thought to be completely impossible,” Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer said ahead of the vote. “D.C. insiders, lobbyists, and pundits would do well to take the word ‘impossible’ out of their vocabulary.”
Which is not to say that Republicans are going out quietly. GOP Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, who are certain to vote against the bill, are planning a rare joint press conference after the vote.
In Congress, Republicans on the House Commerce’s Technology subcommittee spent the better part of Wednesday morning laying out their opposition to the impending action and urging Democrats to sign on to their draft legislation. “I’m not above asking again — let’s talk about how we can work together to solve the problem and end this uncertainty,” subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said. “The door is open.”
Whether Democrats will walk through it is another matter. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the subpanel’s ranking member, accused the bill of prohibiting the FCC from being able to take enforcement actions, against Walden’s opposition. “There is a distance to go,” she said. “This really needs to be addressed.”
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FEBRUARY 18, 2015 | DIANEMARIE
TreacheryMany of you have sent letters to Governor Scott, the legislature and the members of the State School Board and they were all very good letters. I had so many of you send me what you had written before sending them out and I am honored for your trust.
Florida is in a serious and precarious position having the additional burden of dealing with Jeb Bush, his cronies and our legislators who find dealing with Public-Private Partnerships far more important than our children and their futures. We, true Floridians are angry and frustrated because we have listened and learned and we know their concern is not for our children but for their coffers. Money, Power and Control!
Having written about the Chairman of the State School Board first I thought I would jump to the end to introduce the new members of the State School Board since they are both so interesting.
Let me introduce you to Rebecca Fishman Lipsey!
In her bio she states she is a life-long educator at the age of 32. Let’s take a look at how she got to that experience. She graduated from the Univ. of PA with a degree in Psychology in 04; attended Bank Street College of Edu. 04-06 for her Masters and during the same period was teaching for Teach For America (TFA) in the NYC schools. Two years of actual teaching and then in 2006, she became a Program Director for TFA, but she is a life-long educator!
If you have never heard of Bank Street College of Education it is probably because you are a strong Christian Conservative. Bank Street certainly is not to say the least, but Progressive for sure. Bank Street College of Education was founded by Lucy Sprague Mitchell as the Bureau of Educational Experiments (BEE). They were deeply involved in the creation of the “Head Start” program along with the National Education Assoc. which created the Educational Policies Commission (EPC). Bank Street in their teaching and beliefs stated they were influenced by revolutionary educator John Dewey and other humanists concluding they were building a new kind of educational system which is essential to building a better, more rational, humane world.
John Dewey! Scott, who recommended Rebecca Fishman Lipsey to sit on the Florida State School Board?
Business man that you are, you have no business making any decisions regarding the education of our children – look at the State School Board – not an educator present. Oh, that’s right, Pres. Of the board started KIPP in Jacksonville and neither of the schools are certified nor are half the teachers. Some leadership! The Bureau of Education Experiments (BEE) also founded by Mitchell and her husband, stating their purpose was to “combine expanding psychological awareness with democratic conceptions of education”. With a staff of researchers and teachers, the Bureau set out to study children – to find out what kind of environment is best suited to their learning and growth, to create that environment, and to train adults to maintain it”. CHANGE AGENTS!
A CHANGE AGENT you say! What is that? A change agent is identified as someone, usually a teacher who is trained to “identify the resisters in your community” (those parents/taxpayers who resist all the value destroying programs being implemented from the likes of people like Jeb Bush, Achieve, CCSSO and NGA, National Diffusion Network, U.S. Dept. of Education and Carnegie to name a few). This idea of Change Agents came from Havelock’s work and his 1970 book “Innovations in Education – A Change Agent’s Guide”. He was a federally-funded Marxist who chaired the classics departments at both Harvard and Yale teacher’s training program of which the U.S. Dept. of Education was promoting, funding and distributing WORLDWIDE in the 80’s.
And, of UTMOST importance, the Guidance Counselor’s journal stated in a special issue it published in May 1977 on “death education” that all these programs which had “education” hanging off the end of them: “sex, drugs, alcohol, death, bullying”, etc. were designed to do the opposite of what they told the parents and taxpayers they were designed to do. They were designed TO CHANGE THE CHILDREN’S VALUES FROM ABSOLUTES TO NO ABSOLUTES! (NO RIGHT, NO WRONG) Scott, in case as a non-educator you are unaware, JOHN DEWEY was a professed MARXIST. His colleague’s would state, “Deweyism is the genuine fulfillment of Marxism”!
According to the Teach for America web site you would think they are the only ones concentrating on the low-income and poverty ridden students. The truth is this has been going on for years and they continue to use those students for experiments in education and then when it fails, blame those same students for being given rotten education to learn by. Currently the TFA website states Florida has their teachers not only in Miami-Dade but Jacksonville (KIPP). Watch those test scores go down! What does TFA look for in “teacher” quality? Well, according to their web site page it says nothing about having been educated to be an educator. By attending their five-week (that’s a #5) summer training program these young college graduates are “ready, set, go”! Compensation isn’t bad either!
As noted in Part 1, not all of the KIPP teachers are certified and Florida’s state laws have been changed to allow Florida’s teachers up to 2 years to be certified. The state has no control over teachers employed by private schools. Of note here is Ms. Lipsey has been working for TFA as a Program Director in Miami-Dade and this was one of the things the Miami-Dade Superintendent requested on the Race To The Top grant application – money to fund an “additional” 350 TFA teachers. He has done that!
Andy Tuck the second newbie on the FL SBOE –
Andy Tuck His official name is Richard Andrew Tuck and he is from Sebring – a citrus grower and school board Chair. SBOE chair Chartrand stated upon his appointment, “It’s only appropriate that on the Florida Board of Education we have a citrus grower”! Really? Is that to mean along with his push for the Common Core Standards he maybe also believes in the school-to-work agenda to put the kids in the fields?
Tuck is listed on state records to be the owner and manager of Tuck Groves, Natural AG Solutions LLC and Southeast AG Management LLC. Never having heard of him before I went to several friends in Highlands County where Tuck is from to ask their thoughts! Not good! Progressive, Common Core is a done deal – accept it. He was responsible for bringing the International Baccalaurate program to Highlands County which in case you don’t know is a Progressive United Nations/UNESCO curriculum that is also proprietary and no one in the FL DOE oversees anything about it.
Tuck served as a member of the Florida School Boards Association from 2012 to 2013 and was also on the Highlands County School Board for 5 years along with serving at one time as the counties Chairman of the Republican Party. His bio is not much different than Chartrand’s – a lot of words and organizations. I was told he is Congressman Rooney’s fund raiser and he also held a fund raiser for Gov. Scott. In 2012, Scott appointed Tuck to the State Transportation Committee (I see nothing that gives him a background in this area either).
Now comes the interesting part – he also serves on the Central Florida Regional Planning Council which I think is what got him the appointment to the Florida Department of Management Services Task Force which was formed after the legislature made changes to Chapter 2013-223 Laws of Florida (HB85) which gives FREE REIGN to any and all PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS dealings in this state. No more bidding process to name one.
Rebecca Lipsey and Andy Tuck are replacing Kathleen Shanahan and Sally Bradshaw who we have called for their replacement for some time. The following are the reasons for those recall requests, however the replacement are certainly not in the best interest of our children, education or Florida as a whole. Kathleen Shanahan is with URETER an Agenda 21 Co, serves on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education and a Fund Raiser for Jeb Bush Foundations. Sally Bradshaw was a former Jeb Bush Chief of Staff , Jan 1999 – 2001; Jeb Bush Campaign Mgr. 93-94 & 97-98; Jeb Bush Foundation for FL Future Exe. Dir. 95-97; Bush-Quayle Campaign FL Office Exe. Dir. 1992; Bush-Quayle Campaign D.C. Office Staff Assistant 1988 – there is more but I think you get the picture as to where her allegiance lies. The main reason for the recall request was because of their obvious loyalty to Jeb Bush and you just cannot serve 2 masters effectively.
Third newbie is Marva Johnson!
Marva Johnson, 44, of Winter Garden, is a corporate vice president for Bright House Networks LLC. She currently serves as a board member for Central Florida Partnership and Business Force Florida. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, her master’s degree from Emory University and her law degree from Georgia State University. She succeeds Barbara Feingold. As to the rest of the Florida State School Board members – all BUSINESS! Just where are the educators who should have been appointed to our State School Board? Non-existent because our education system has become a business?
In fact, you could say the corporations are taking over everything!
John Padget frequents New York, Europe and the Caribbean, looking after investments and supporting charitable activities. He founded Padget Associates, a private equity investment firm in Amsterdam; is President of the Monroe County Education Foundation and serves on the board of the FKCC Foundation. No real education experience here.
At least in part the Florida State Board of Education smells to high heaven and the parents/taxpayers of Florida can expect no help from them in regard to the CCS as was witnessed by their unprofessional behavior by some of the board members and the Commissioner of Education at last week’s meeting.
RUBIO TO SKIP VOTE FOR DHS FUNDING BILL BLOCKING
OBAMA AMNESTY TO TEST PRESIDENTIAL WATERS IN NH
by MATTHEW BOYLE20 Feb 2015Washington, DC807
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will miss a crucial vote in the U.S. Senate next week. Senate Republicans will try to break the Democrat filibuster of a House-passed bill that funds the entire Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but blocks funding for President Obama’s executive amnesty. Rubio will miss the vote because he’ll be in New Hampshire, testing the waters for a potential presidential campaign.
“Rubio will be in New Hampshire early next week, where he’s going to miss at least one vote in the Senate on the DHS deadlock,” Politico’s Burgess Everett wrote on Friday morning in the tip sheet email by Politico, Huddle. Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant confirms that Rubio will miss the vote, since he doesn’t expect it to pass.
“Yes, he’s expected to miss the same procedural vote on Monday afternoon that he’s already cast several times already and we know will not pass,” Conant said in an email to Breitbart News. It’s not unusual for presidential candidates to miss Senate votes. Senator Rubio has not made a final decision about 2016, but he’s seriously considering running for president and taking the necessary steps to prepare a competitive campaign.
As he travels the country meeting with voters, there will be no doubt where he stands on any important issues before the Senate. Regarding the underlying issue: Marco does not and will not support a clean DHS funding bill that does not repeal the Presidents unconstitutional executive order on immigration. This comes after a dustup Rubio had during an appearance in Nevada, where he told reporters that Congress should pass a DHS funding bill without conditions on Obama’s executive amnesty.
- The Economy’s Worst 8-Year Run in 62 Years
A couple of publications have noted that 2014 was the ninth consecutive year during which the U.S. economy grew by less than 3 percent.They’re being too kind. Last year was the eighth year in a row of sub-2.5 percent growth, following four straight years (2003-2006) of higher growth.It’s hardly a coincidence that the first year of that awful 2007-2014 streak just so happens to have been the same year that the Democratic Party took legislative control in Washington.The nation’s political and media elites were quite pleased with themselves when the November 2006 elections brought about that result, largely because their daily hostility to all things Republican and/or conservative contributed mightily to it. They were absolutely ecstatic when Barack Obama, Mr. Perfectly Creased Pants, won the November 2008 presidential election and took office in January 2009.As will be seen shortly, the former event marked the beginning of the U.S. economy’s worst eight-year stretch since 1945-1952. Obama’s presence in the Oval Office until January 2017 virtually ensures that we’ll have at least two more years of the policies which brought on that miserable result.Raising the minimum wage was a key agenda item for new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority leader Harry Reid after their party took over Congress in 2007. The resulting effects on overall employment have been gruesome, to the point where the people who arbitrarily determine such things have absurdly decided, in the interest of covering their tracks, that the 4.5 percent unemployment rate seen during the middle of the past decade is no longer achievable, and that “full employment” is really a rate of 5.5 percent.The higher minimum federal wage, and the even higher hourly minimums seen in many states and cities, have been especially disastrous for the very people supposedly targeted for help. Since the end of 2006, the seasonally adjusted black teen unemployment rate has risen by 5.5 points to 29.7 percent; that rate got perilously close to 50 percent during the recession. The only reason that the number of unemployed black teens is barely higher now than it was eight years ago is that far fewer of them are even bothering to look for work, and therefore aren’t considered part of that statistic. The average black teen labor force participation rate during 2014 of 27.2 percent was 6.8 points lower than that seen eight years earlier; the 2014 average employment-population ratio of 18.2 percent was 5.9 points lower.Not satisfied with the number of job prospects they have already ruined for those who most need their first gainful employment opportunity, President Obama continues to push for a minimum-wage increase to $10.10 per hour, while leftist fever-swamp cities like Seattle are heading towards hourly rates as high as $15. More unemployment and more of the harmful effects of idleness await.Congressional actions hostile to the economy during 2007 and 2008, poorly resisted by President George W. Bush and the Republican congressional minority, were bad enough. After Obama sewed up the Democratic presidential nomination in the spring of 2008, he and his party worsened matters. Their hostility towards developing energy resources and their intent to impose tax and regulatory overkill if elected became readily apparent, sending the economy into a far bigger swoon than the housing bubble alone would have caused. Thus was born the Pelosi-Obama-Reid (POR) economy.When I first recognized the rapidly deteriorating situation, I asked:In this business climate, are you going to hire more people? Replace employees when they leave? Expand your business?As anyone could have predicted, the answers were “No,” “No,” and “Heck no.”During the presidential transition, Obama let his community organizer mask slip on a few key occasions, inflicting further serious damage. One such incident occurred when he supported union workers illegally occupying a bankrupt company’s plant by telling reporters: “They’re absolutely right.” I wrote at the time that Obama’s statement of solidarity “set off alarms in the offices of entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and investors everywhere.” In the first full month after the sit-in, the economy shed more jobs than in any other month since such records have been kept.Two years of Democratic control of Congress followed by six years of Obamanomics have given us the worst economic performance in 62 years:The 1945-1952 result contains four difficult years of transition to peacetime following World War II; two minimum wage increases during that period may also have held the economy back. After that, the economy stayed generally healthy over long-term periods for over 50 years, until 2006. Even someone not conversant with economic policy can recognize that something has gone terribly wrong since then.The already awful 9.99 percent result for 2007-2014 seems destined to drop a bit further. The latest estimates for fourth-quarter economic growth are coming in at an annualized 1.7 percent to 2.0 percent, far lower than the 2.6 percent the government reported in late January.They are dozens of contributors to the current malaise, but three of them capsulize the horrid situation:
The Obama administration has spent six years passive-aggressively dithering over approving the 1,200-mile Keystone Pipeline — even though the nation currently has 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines in place functioning virtually without incident.
Operators of certain legal but politically incorrect businesses have seen their banking relationships terminated by financial institutions intimidated into their decisions by the government’s Operation Choke Point. This is a development which one observer correctly noted should be “terrifying to business owners in every industry.”
The administration has been operating a “shadow immigration system,” which during the past six years has issued 5.5 million work permits to non-citizens. No wonder legal U.S. citizens aren’t impressed by the government’s reported job-growth numbers.
Thus, agenda-driven regulators are deliberately holding up economic progress and bullying existing businesses, while illegal competition undercuts citizens who want jobs. It’s utterly amazing that the U.S. economy is growing at all. Given a recent report that “fewer native-born Americans are working today than were at the end of 2007,” perhaps the “U.S. citizen economy” really hasn’t.
Madnesses such as those just described, and so many others, will continue as long as Congress is unwilling to fully exercise its power of the purse. Unless we see a miraculous change in outlook, that’s not going to happen.
Prepare for two more very rough years.
People around the world are noticing that our planet’s weather is dramatically changing. They are also beginning to notice the long lingering trails left behind airplanes that have lead millions to accept the reality of chemtrail/geoengineering programs. Could there be a connection between the trails and our severe weather? While there are many agendas associated with these damaging programs, evidence is now abundant which proves that geoengineering can be used to control weather. In this documentary you will learn how the aerosols being sprayed into our sky are used in conjunction with other technologies to control our weather. While geoengineers maintain that their models are only for the mitigation of global warming, it is now clear that they can be used as a way to consolidate an enormous amount of both monetary and political power into the hands of a few by the leverage that weather control gives certain corporations over the Earth’s natural systems. This of course, is being done at the expense of every living thing on the planet. Directed/Produced by Michael J. Murphy and Produced/Edited by Barry Kolsky.. Written by Michael J. Murphy and Barry Kolsky.
MY OWN LOCAL PICTURES OVER SEBRING FLORIDA
I am not a scientist, just a concerned citizen, there are bunkers out there on Chem-Trails as there are to most everything today. Unfortunately I cannot believe what NASA has to say anymore after they have consistently lied and doctored data to create the original Global Warming HOAX (This has been proven). The Global Warming HOAX that Al Gore won his Nobel prize (and millions of Dollars) for, has be proven to have been based on doctored data, from NASA and the university in England. To date, most of all Al Gore’s prediction have been proven false. They are still trying to pull the HOAX off on the Citizens of the world, now changing the name to Climate Change, when this is proven to be a HOAX what name will they use next? Even in the video above they basically admitted that they are doing it but “maintain that their models are only for the mitigation of global warming?”
Read, Look at the Pictures, check out the videos, check out the data (lots of it on the web) on both sides of the story, make up your own mind, but please consider all facts presented both positive and negative. It does not take a Scientist or Engineer to see what is happening, keep your eyes up in the sky over Sebring, look for these pattern, you will see them regularly.
Be sure to watch the video it is very informative.
(NaturalNews) Geo-engineers are finally coming out of the “chemtrail” closet, as reports are now emerging about deliberate plans in the works to dump untold tons of sulfate chemicals into the atmosphere for the purported purpose of fighting so-called “global warming.”
The U.K.’s Guardian and others are reporting that a multi-million dollar research fund, which just so happens to have been started and funded by Microsoft founder and vaccine enthusiast Bill Gates, is being used to fund the project. A large balloon hovering at 80,000 feet over Fort Sumner, New Mexico, will release the sulfates into the atmosphere within the next year.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036583_geoengineering_Bill_Gates_global_warming.html#ixzz3SV81wFJ7
First point to understand is the “Contrail” from a jet engine is nothing more than moisture which normally evaporates in the atmosphere, watch any normal jet flight, you will see the “Contrail” slowly dissipate and disappear totally.
Chem-trails are another story, you will see the contrail but you will notice in the pictures below, they do not evaporate and disappear, instead they slowly spread out then combine with the contrails from other aircraft flying in close proximity, ultimately creating a light cloud blocking out the blue sky. These are referred to as “Chem-Trails”.
You will notice in some of my pictures as many as 7-9 aircraft “Chem-trails” at a time, this is not normal Air Traffic patterns especially over Sebring Florida. These pictures were taken on a day when at 9:00AM the sky was a beautiful Deep Blue, not a Cloud in the sky as shown in the first picture..
Look real close at the end of the small black line you will see the jet contrail from a commercial passenger jet flying at approximately 35,000 ft.
The picture above is what the sky looked like as we tee’d off at Golf Hammock. Look closely you make out the many different contrails being created by planes flying in every direction. As the contrails spread out in the upper winds, the complete sky becomes obscured by the white clouds.
This was done over a period of three hours while I was on the golf Course at Golf Hammock.
These pictures were taken on another day at the 90 Degree turn on Sebring Parkway.If you look hard you will see 4-5 different contrails, some just being formed, others spreading out already. The second picture was taken 30 minutes later.
Check out the following videos for more information:
Watch Closely in this 24 hour video of the CHEM TRAIL Flights over the world ,
Play particular attention to Florida and the time you see at the bottom the spraying gets pretty intensive around 8-9 in the morning.