Conservative bias

Candidate Huntsman accuses Candidate Romney of ‘pandering’ to GOP primary voters

November 15, 2011

“Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman suggested that Mitt Romney is a phony who is “pandering” to their party’s primary voters.

“When you’ve been on both sides of all the key issues of the day, then that gets to the heart and soul of whether you’ve got believability,” Huntsman said of Romney. “When the 2012 election cycle, to my mind, is going to be about enhancing and promoting trust in the political system, I don’t think you’re electable under those conditions,” said Huntsman, who trails Romney in primary polling.

A super political action committee, supporting Huntsman in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary election in January, started running ads yesterday that say voters shouldn’t support “some phony who tells me one thing and you another.” Asked whether he thought those ads were referring to Romney, Huntsman said, “it sure sounds like him.””

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Catholic Bishops: Religious freedom has been ‘whittled away’ by same-sex marriage, abortion and health care legislation

November 15, 2011

“Catholic bishops said on Monday that religious freedom had been whittled away by same-sex marriage, abortion and healthcare legislation, and vowed to ramp up efforts to protect it.

At a meeting of 300 bishops gathered for the Conference of Catholic Bishops, the newly appointed committee on religious liberty announced plans to respond to legislation it says comes between citizens and their Catholic beliefs.

That includes Alabama’s recent crackdown on immigration, which prevents undocumented citizens from receiving religious services, said committee member Reverend William Lori, the bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Other examples included a New York town clerk who faces legal action for refusing to administer same-sex marriages after New York state last summer became the most populous state to legalize gay marriage.”

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Sen. Graham (R-SC): I’d absolutely go to war with Iran

November 14, 2011

“As President Obama seeks out a reluctant China and Russia to help press Iran on ending its nuclear program, one Republican senator said he’d be willing to take the U.S. into war with Iran to prevent it from attaining nuclear weapons capabilities.

“Totally. Absolutely without any doubt the Iranians if they develop a nuclear weapon … the whole region is going to want a nuclear weapon. Then you march down the road of Armageddon,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday.

“If you open Pandora’s box, if you attack Iran, if they get a nuclear weapon you empty Pandora’s box, that’s the world we live in. So I support the option of a military option as a last resort.”

But Graham warned that Iran has progressed so far in its belligerence know-how that just cutting off its nuclear program isn’t going to do.”

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Bachmann: The Media, not the voters, are picking the winners of the GOP Primary

November 14, 2011

“Michele Bachmann just weighed in “Debategate,” telling Whispers that the media is trying to pick the Republicanpresidential winner, cutting voters out of the process.

“There’s always a suspicion of maybe a bias and I guess this just confirmed it,” she said of a CBS memo before Saturday’s debate, which suggested that the Minnesota Republican congresswoman would be ignored during the foreign policy chatfest.

The memo, she said, “demonstrates that the media wants to choose who our nominee will be and who the next president of the United States will be.” She added that “it’s the same as the government choosing winners and losers. It shouldn’t.”"

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Candidate Romney: If Obama wins a second term, Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon

November 12, 2011

“Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says that if President Barack Obama wins a second term, Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon.

Romney opened Saturday night’s GOP debate with strong criticism of Obama, the Democrat he hopes to challenge in 2012. He says that a Romney administration would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon – even if that means using U.S. military forces.”

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Attorney General Eric Holder shared an apology letter with the press before the slain border patrol agent’s mother was able to read it

November 11, 2011

“Politico reported Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder sent a “private letter” to the family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, apologizing for his death. But friends of the Terry family question the Department of Justice’s apparent decision to leak that letter to media before both his parents had read it.

“Eric Holder has told the grieving family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry that he is ‘sorry for the loss of your son’ and offered to meet with them,” reporter Tim Mak wrote.”

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Coulter: David Axlerod’s pattern of sexual misbehavior

November 11, 2011

“Herman Cain has never lived in Chicago. But you know who has? David Axelrod! And guess who lived in Axelrod’s very building? Right again: Cain’s latest accuser, Sharon Bialek.

Bialek’s accusations were certainly specific. But they also demonstrated why anonymous accusations are worthless.

Within 24 hours of Bialek’s press conference, friends and acquaintances of hers stepped forward to say that she’s a “gold-digger,” that she was constantly in financial trouble — having filed for personal bankruptcy twice — and, of course, that she had lived in Axelrod’s apartment building at 505 North Lake Shore Drive, where, she admits, she knew the man The New York Times calls Obama’s “hired muscle.”

Throw in some federal tax evasion, and she’s Obama’s next Cabinet pick.

The reason all this is relevant is that both Axelrod and Daley have a history of smearing political opponents by digging up claims of sexual misconduct against them.”

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In frustration, Democrats walk away from the Supercommittee

November 10, 2011

“Latest update on the lack of progress for Dems and Republicans to reach a tax deal. Yesterday Democrats of the Super Committee rejected Republicans’ offer to “raise federal tax collections by nearly $300 billion over the next decade.”

Senator Rand Paul exclusively has JUST told Sean [Hannity] that not only are Democrats rejecting offers put on the table, but now they won’t even continue to negotiate and have “walked away from the table…refusing to talk to the Republicans.”

Paul warns the American people that this is all about Obama’s reelection, and the taxpayers livelihood is of no concern to Obama and the Democrats. “

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Speaker Boehner: The House has now passed more than 20 bipartisan jobs bills

November 9, 2011

“The House has now passed more than 20 bipartisan jobs bills so far this year. The bills approved tonight will make it easier for small businesses and start-ups to access the resources they need to expand and hire new workers, and will foster a better environment for private-sector job creation and long-term economic growth. I want to thank Majority Whip McCarthy and Congressman McHenry for their work on these common-sense measures.

I urge President Obama to call on the Democrat-controlled Senate to quickly vote on these and the rest of the House-passed jobs bills still awaiting action. We don’t need more ‘stimulus’ spending, higher taxes, or more unnecessary regulations – we need to get Washington out of the way and remove government obstacles to job growth. That’s what these bipartisan jobs bills do, and they deserve an immediate vote by Senate Democrats.” -John Boehner

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Hardcastle: Federal entitlement programs belong at the State level

November 8, 2011

“The U.S. Constitution is unequivocally clear on this issue. The 10th Amendment expressly states that if a power is not specifically granted to the federal government in the Constitution, it is automatically a state right/ responsibility.

Federal entitlement programs should be phased out and replaced by state-run programs. Initially, Medicare and Medicaid money should be given to states in block grants for the states to manage. Welfare, food stamps, unemployment compensation, Social Security Disability, Section 8 housing assistance, etc., should be passed to the states to manage.

State and local governments are in the absolute best position to know the specific needs and circumstances of their citizens. If a resident of a state doesn’t like how their state is taxing and spending, they have the option of remaining in America and moving to another state that taxes and spends in a manner consistent with their values and beliefs.”

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Democratic National Convention outsourcing Charlotte jobs for its 2012 convention giving preference to businesses with unions

November 7, 2011

“John Monteith, a Charlotte, NC print shop executive who was told that he would not be awarded any contracts in conjunction with the upcoming 2012 Democratic National Convention to be held in his town because his shop was not unionized. Given that Charlotte is located in a right-to-work state, this upset John enough that he sought media attention to shine light on what he viewed to be in stark contrast to the stated goals of Mayor Anthony Foxx, a close ally of President Obama. Foxx claimed that the convention would be a boom to the Charlotte economy creating plenty of jobs for everyone and plenty of work for local businesses while fervently denying that unionization was the primary factor in decision making.”

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Report: 7 out of 10 small businesses not hiring

November 7, 2011

“Key findings of the Sage SMB Perspective on Economic Recovery:
• 64 percent of respondents believe that the U.S. is either in or is headed toward another recession.
• 65 percent of business owners believe the economy has had a negative impact on their business for the last six months; 45 percent believe the economy will have a negative impact on their business during the next six months.
• 45 percent of business owners don’t feel the economy has an impact on the number of employees they have.
• 77 percent of business owners think they will maintain the number of employees they have; 7 percent believe they will increase their employee count over the next six months and 8 percent believe that they will decrease their employee count over the next six months.
• 48 percent of business owners would like to hire but can’t because of various reasons including economic uncertainty (65 percent), lack of revenue (59 percent).
• 77 percent of small business owners have sought access to financing this year; 67 percent found it more difficult to obtain financing than in the past; 61 percent were able to obtain the financing they were looking for.”

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President of the Arizona State Senate may be ousted from his position for being too conservative

November 7, 2011

“Republican state Senator Russell Pearce is fighting for his seat in a recall election. The author of Arizona’s controversial immigraiton law is too distracted by the issue, his opponents say.

The strain of conservatism that propelled Arizona lawmaker Russell Pearce to a powerful perch in state politics could also prove to be his downfall.

Pearce, president of the state Senate, will face off Tuesday against fellow Republican Jerry Lewis in a recall election in their suburban Phoenix district.

The election is the culmination of a nearly yearlong effort to oust the controversial Pearce, arguably the state’s most powerful politician. Supporters champion his gruff, unwavering commitment to conservative ideals, while critics call him a bully whose tactics are divisive.

Opponents began circulating recall petitions in January, just three weeks after Pearce took over the Senate. Citizens for a Better Arizona, led by Democratic labor organizer Randy Parraz, turned in about 17,000 signatures in May; more than 10,000 were validated by county election officials. The group needed at least 7,756 to qualify for the ballot. The group argued that Pearce’s focus on illegal immigration — he wrote the state’s controversial immigration law and a host of others — has distracted him from the needs of his district. His policies, they say, have damaged the image of the state.”

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Harnden: The ‘high-tech lynching’ against Herman Cain by the Left has only strengthened his position in the race

November 7, 2011

“While decrying race-based politics, Cain has been happy to compare himself to Haagen Dazs black walnut ice cream, joke that he’s a “dark horse” or quip that his Secret Service codename should be “Cornbread” . By Friday, a Cain Super PAC had cut a television ad entitled: “High-tech lynching”.

Just as Barack Obama’s race was a key part of his appeal in 2008, Cain is a more attractive candidate for Republicans because he is black. Obama’s supporters responded with fury and lobbed accusations of racism when their candidate came under legitimate attack from the Clintons. Cain backers have been similarly vehement.

Sexual allegations against a black man are rightly treated with great suspicion by many Americans because they play on the kind of fears and taboos examined in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird. With the case against him thin and the accusation so incendiary, Cain’s predicament is prompting more sympathy than opprobrium.

Those who leaked the details of the 1990s sexual harassment cases might have thought that they’d destroy Herman Cain and leave his campaign dangling from a tree. But, as befits this strange and unpredictable election campaign, a funny thing happened on the way to the lynching.”

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Rick Perry explains, defends his opposition to ethanol in Des Moines, Iowa

November 6, 2011

“Rick Perry today in Des Moines defended his acceptance of almost $1.3 million in private jet flights from corporate executives and wealthy private donors, including a trip to campaign against ethanol.

“We report all of our campaign contributions. They’re there all online,” Perry said to The Des Moines Register while leaving Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure in Des Moines this morning. “They’re all quite in line with the Texas requirements.”

Perry accepted the flights during the past 11 years, according to a New York Times article published Thursday. The expenses included a trip in 2008 to encourage the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to waive a renewable fuels mandate as a way to lower the cost of corn for the livestock industry, the newspaper reported.

Ethanol – a driver to Iowa’s farm economy – has been a sacred cow of sorts in previous election cycles. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman decided not to campaign in Iowa this year, noting his opposition to ethanol subsidies. But as the industry has matured and as worry has increased about the national debt, industry leaders say support for subsidies is no longer synonymous with support for ethanol.”

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