SALT LAKE CITY — Utah congressional candidate Mia Love is set to speak Tuesday night during a coveted slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
A darling of tea-party and conservative Republicans, Love has been characterized by her groundbreaking role in state politics, becoming Utah’s first black female mayor.
She now stands to become the first black Republican woman in Congress if she topples Jim Matheson, a Democrat, in the November election.
The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Love said the theme of her speech will be “The America I Know.”
She said she will talk about how her parents came to the U.S. seeking a better life and the American dream.
“As a result of Barack Obama’s disastrous policies, the American dream is under threat,” Love said in a statement Tuesday. “In my speech tonight, I intend to make the case that the best way to shore up that dream and return our country to prosperity is to elect real leaders like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — leaders who understand that America’s greatness is found in its people and not in government.”
Love took office as mayor of Saratoga Springs two years ago. Dubbed a rising GOP star, she has been getting a lot of support from top Republicans, with more to come.
Arizona Sen. John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner made recent stops in Utah to help Love raise money, and she was endorsed by Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in June. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to give Love another boost Sept. 7.
“You can’t reach any of your dreams without opportunity, and opportunity is work,” Love told the Deseret News. “People are losing their opportunities to achieve their dreams. We’re in essence losing the American dream.”
Matheson held a news conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, a sharp contrast, he noted, to Love’s convention appearance.
“She’s back at a party meeting in Florida giving a partisan speech, while I’m here in Utah talking about real issues,” he said.
Matheson also accused Love of supporting efforts to get rid of federal aid for college students.
“If you want to talk about pursuing the American dream,” he said, “the American dream is about educating ourselves. I’m here in Utah for Utahns standing up for what they want.”
Meanwhile, a Democratic-leaning group, the House Majority PAC, launched an online ad claiming Love has consistently supported tax increases in Saratoga Springs.
“If you like how she raised taxes in Utah, you’ll love Mia Love in Congress,” the ad says.
On August 28, 2012 the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) announced the launch of a $150,000 television ad campaign across Missouri highlighting President Obama’s extreme record on abortion and featuring abortion survivor Melissa Ohden. Missouri has recently been at the center of the conversation on abortion.
“In light of the recent national discussion over abortion, it’s important Americans know the President’s best-kept secret: his extreme record on abortion. Melissa Ohden’s powerful story draws a stark contrast to his unbending support of abortion and the abortion industry and reveals the human face to this debate.” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “President Obama’s appalling record on abortion is not just limited to his four votes to deny rights to abortion survivors but spans to his recent heartless refusal to support bans on sex-selection and late-term abortions. These actions fly in the face of mainstream American views and run counter to the President’s first term pre-election talk of finding common ground. Recent polling reveals the majority of Americans support bans on these horrific practices.”
The ad, which will air in media markets across Missouri, can be seen here. A partial script reads:
Ohden: I was aborted, and my body discarded…like I didn’t exist.
But a nurse heard me crying…and cared enough to save my life.
There’s something else you may not know…when he was in the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama voted to deny basic constitutional protections for babies born alive from a failed abortion. Not once, but four times.
I know that it is by the grace of God I am alive today…if only to ask America this question:
Is this the kind of leadership that will move us forward? Leadership that would discard the least and the weakest among us?
This ad is the first in a series highlighting President Obama’s extremist record on abortion. The SBA List has additional ads being considered for release in North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. This week, the SBA List is in the midst of a five state “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care” bus tour which has drawn attention to President Obama’s extreme record on abortion. Full schedule available at www.SBAbus.com
The Susan B. Anthony List, and its connected Political Action Committee, the SBA List Candidate Fund, are dedicated to electing candidates and pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List will emphasize the election, education, promotion, and mobilization of pro-life women.
According the a new poll released today by Public Policy Polling Senator Dean Heller leads embattled Congresswomen Shelley Berkley 47% to 45% overall and 50% to 37% with Independent voters.
-PPP’s newest Nevada Senate poll continues to find a very close race: Dean Heller leads with 47% to 45% for Shelley Berkley. A small lead for Heller is consistent with what PPP’s found over the last year in this contest- our three previous polls found him with a 1 point lead, a 3 point lead, and a tie.
Heller’s lead comes largely thanks to a 50-37 advantage with independent voters. He’s also benefiting from a more unified party base, as 86% of Republicans are committed to voting for him compared to 81% of Democrats who are with Berkley.
Last night I covered the Twin City tea party meeting in Leominster (more on that later tonight) when Dinesh D’Souza movie 2016 came up. I was told it was playing in Fitchburg and a group of tea party members were planning to see it tomorrow night when then have the Tuesday matinees.
I was going to be busy Tuesday so on my way home I swung by the theater to see what time the movie was playing. To my surprise there was a 9:15 show so I figured I’d see it at once and pay the extra $2.
As you might guess on a Monday night the movie only had a few people. There were under 20 cars in the lot for the 9 movies that had post 9 p.m. I was one of 4 patrons, one I had previously met at a tea party meeting and a pair of ladies one who had brought her friend.
None of the patrons would agree to an on camera interview either before or after the film but I did talk one gentleman into interviewing ME. So I handed him my camera told him he could ask we what he wanted and voilà:
I’m told attendance was good enough this weekend to possibility justify carrying it over another week or at least the weekend, I’ll check back on Friday and find out.
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From the Daily Caller:
The GOP should not be afraid to talk about its pro-life position. The other side certainly is not. Democrats are planning an abortion-palooza at their convention, featuring Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, the United States’ largest abortion provider, and Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, the nation’s foremost abortion advocacy group.
Republicans should be as bold on life from the podium and campaign stump as they are in their platform. After all, 50 percent of Americans now identify themselves as pro-life, according to Gallup, while an historic low of 41 percent of Americans identify as pro-choice.
In another Gallup poll, 86 percent of Americans said abortion should be illegal in the third trimester. Meanwhile, an out-of-touch Democratic Party supports abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.
Overwhelming majorities of Americans want common-sense restrictions on abortion and protections for the unborn. They support a ban on the brutal practice of partial-birth abortion, a ban on sex-selective abortion, and a ban on abortion after the unborn child can feel pain. Americans also oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
Votes to Keep Nevada in Hands of Federal Government Over and Over Again
(Las Vegas, NV) – Seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley just doesn’t get it. Over and over again, she has chosen to give the federal government more control over Nevada’s land. Dean Heller’s visits to Laughlin and Pahrump yesterday, as well as Reno and other rural areas later this week, serve as a reminder of all of the times Shelley has not stood with rural Nevada.
“As Shelley Berkley campaigns around the state, Nevadans should remember all of the times she voted to make sure the federal government has the power to call the shots. No amount of photo-ops or speeches can cover up the fact that she is no advocate for rural Nevada. As she has said before, she doesn’t even like leaving urban Las Vegas,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Shelley Berkley has repeatedly voted to keep control over rural Nevada in the hands of the federal government:
· In June, Berkley voted against the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act, which would have created nearly 800 jobs in Nevada at no cost to the federal government.
· Berkley voted to allow the Administration to designate national monuments without Congressional approval. (Heller amendment #482 to H.R. 1, 2/19/2011)
· Berkley voted against an amendment that would have reduced funds for the federal government to buy more public land. (Lummis Amendment to H.R. 1, 2/19/2011)
· Berkley supported allowing the federal government to implement off-road vehicle management plans in national forests that would supersede plans developed by local communities. (Herger amendment to H.R. 1, 02/18/2011)
· Berkley voted against reining in frivolous lawsuits on public lands. (Lummis amendment to H.R. 1, 02/18/2011)
· Berkley voted to authorize the National Landscape Conservation System Act (NLCS), a new protective designation for the BLM. (House Roll Call No. 174, 04/09/2008)
· Voted against the Pearce amendment to protect grazers in the National Landscape Conservation System. (House Roll Call No. 172, 04/09/2008)
· Voted against striking NEPA waivers and make it easier to log after a fire. (Rahall amendment to H.R. 4200, 05/17/2006)
· Voted against reining in and reforming the Endangered Species Act. (House Roll Call No. 506, 09/29/2005)
· Voted against a bill that would have allowed for better managements of forests, including thinning and fuels reduction. (The Healthy Forests Initiative, 05/20/2003)
· Voted against streamlining NEPA for the development of renewable energy projects. (H.R. 4513, NEPA limitation for renewable energy projects, 6/15/2004)
· Voted to expand the power of the Endangered Species Act by voting to take out language that prevented new listings. (Dicks/Fitzpatrick Amendment to H.R. 2584, 7/28/2011)
· Voted against a bill that would allow for logging and better fire management in National Forests. (H.R 4200, Walden Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act, House Roll Call No. 151, 5/17/2006)
· Voted to prevent access in national forests for active forest management (exempted any provision in the bill from applying to so-called “roadless” areas) (Inslee amendment to H.R. 4200, 5/17/2006)
Berkley insulted Nevada’s rural counties and one of its most important industries saying, “I have my hands full down here…I don’t think I have to be traipsing up to Carlin to look at your mines when I have so many needs (in Clark County).” (John Mercurio, “Between the Lines,” Roll Call, Jan. 29, 2001)
Berkley also lobbied against representing the rural areas, saying she only wants to represent urban Las Vegas: “Speaking so bluntly she insulted at least one rural lawmaker, Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., told legislators Monday she doesn’t want her district redrawn to include rural areas….Berkley wants to represent only urban Las Vegas, also opposing any thought of her district encompassing the suburbs.” (Jane Ann Morrison, “Berkley: ‘Hands full’ with urban issues,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jan. 23, 2001)
(Tampa, FL) – Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity has launched ConventionWatch.org. Convention Watch will provide breaking news, exclusive interviews and videos to news outlets and websites free of charge.
“There are great stories at the national conventions beyond the pageantry, protests and speeches,” said Steven Greenhut, vice president of the Franklin Center’s investigative reporting initiative. “Our Franklin Center reporters will be there providing the analysis, context and back story that still makes these conventions fascinating news events.”
Expenses, security and even weather concerns have impacted coverage of the Party Conventions. Convention Watch will serve as embedded news source of anyone unable to report on the conventions in person. Reporters from Convention Watch are currently in Tampa, Florida for the Republican National Convention and will produce similar news content when the Democrats meet in Charlotte.
“Going to ConventionWatch.org will provide a complete view of the important news and events in Florida and North Carolina,” concluded Greenhut, “Our reporters will be there to report the news without partisan bias.”
Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity promotes social welfare and civil betterment by undertaking programs that promote journalism and the education of the public about corruption, incompetence, fraud, or taxpayer abuse by elected officials at all levels of government. Founded in January 2009, Franklin Center is a nonpartisan organization that believes new technology can advance the cause of transparency in government. Franklin Center aims to educate, to advise and to train individuals and organizations from all backgrounds to become thorough, responsible reporters well-versed in new media techniques and journalistic integrity.
Happening In Key Senate Races Today….
In Massachusetts, the Associated Press reports that Elizabeth Warren’s driver assaulted a Republican tracker. A video posted online shows an encounter between a driver for Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren and a campaign “tracker” for the Massachusetts Republican Party. The 44-second video shows the driver confronting the Republican tracker after a Martha’s Vineyard weekend event. The driver appears to knock the camera from the tracker’s hands and tells him to “get out of my face,” adding “you’re messing with the wrong people.”
- Meanwhile, Scott Brown has released a new ad reminding fisherman in the Bay State that he’ll fight to protect them from burdensome policies in Washington. The third in a series of “Scott Brown From The Road” television ads takes Senator Brown to the iconic Massachusetts seaport of Gloucester to meet with local fishermen. Released today, the 30-second spot will air in the Boston, Springfield, Providence and Albany markets, as well as on statewide cable.
- Finally, the Associated Press reports that Scott Brown has more cash on hand than Professor Warren. [Warren] ended the period with more than $12.3 million in her account. … Brown raised more than $2.5 million, ending the period with nearly $14.2 million in cash.
In Wisconsin, The Hill reports that GOP Chairman Reince Priebus said that Tommy Thompson is the perfect candidate for Senate and he will help the entire GOP ticket in the Badger State. The party chief told reporters at the Republican National Convention that the former Wisconsin governor would be a boost to the GOP presidential ticket in the critical swing state. “I think Tommy actually helps the top of the ticket to the Wisconsin. It’s the opposite effect of what really happens,” he said. Priebus noted that “everybody loves Tommy. They like the Packers, they like Harley-Davidsons, they like Miller Light and they like Tommy Thomspson.”
- Meanwhile, the Daily Herald reports on the NRSC highlighting that Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin fundraised last night with fellow liberal Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. “We’ve all heard it – birds of a feather flock together. Well, that phrase fits particularly well today as Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin hits the suburbs of Chicago to raise money with her far-left pal, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky,” Trover writes in an e-mail blast. Among the ties he goes on to point out, are that In 2011, Baldwin & Schakowsky, according to National Journal, were tied as the most liberal members of the House of Representatives and…Baldwin & Schakowsky also supported impeaching vice president Dick Cheney “Tonight’s fundraiser with Jan Schakowsky is yet another reminder of Tammy Baldwin’s far-left voting record and provides further insight as to who she will stand with if elected to the U.S. Senate…the same people she’s been standing with since being elected to Congress,” Trover says.
In Florida, the Associated Press reports that Connie Mack is up with a positive, pro-jobs commercial. Rep. Connie Mack IV is about to air his first television ad in his effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Mack’s campaign will begin airing the ad statewide Tuesday morning. It chooses a positive, patriotic theme designed to be a contrast to attack ads Nelson and outside groups who support him have been airing.
In Ohio, Politico reports that Treasurer Josh Mandel hammered career politicians – like Sherrod Brown – for bailing out Wall Street. Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel is denouncing the federal bailout of the financial sector in a new ad, elevating the issue as he heads into the fall sprint of his campaign against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. The spot, which was shared with POLITICO, doesn’t mention Brown by name. But Brown voted for the 2008 bank bailouts and the implicit contrast is clear.
In Virginia, the Clarke Daily News reports that George Allen railed against the death tax. A crowd of more than two hundred gathered in Clarke County Saturday evening as the local Republican Party Committee held a convention kick-off event and welcomed former Virginia Governor George Allen, who is seeking election to the U.S. Senate. … Allen also spoke on taxes and in particular his goal of repealing the so called “death tax” which has a profound impact on small farms in the Shenandoah Valley saying, “In my view death shouldn’t be taxable event. The sale of an asset should be a taxable event.”
In Michigan, the Detroit News reports on their latest poll showing Pete Hoekstra leading liberal Debbie Stabenow. The same poll also has Michigan Senate Republican nominee Pete Hoekstra leading Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, 45-44.
- Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reports that Real Clear Politics has moved the Michigan Presidential and Senate race to “tossup.” President Obama has scaled back his campaigning and spending in Michigan, where he is confident of victory in the fall, but Real Clear Politics’ analysis indicates that he may be overconfident. RCP regards the state as a toss-up for both the presidential and U.S. Senate elections this year. The RCP average of the polls shows Obama clinging to a two-point lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has a 4.8 point lead over former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., in the Senate race.
In Nebraska, the York Times reports that unlike New York liberal Bob Kerrey, Deb Fischer believes in a smaller and more efficient federal government. Fischer is a self-admitted smaller government candidate, focusing on the core fundamentals of government. Kerrrey, on the other hand, is one quick to turn to federal programs on a wide range of issues. Fischer wants lower taxes, Kerrry wants higher taxes. … Kerrey is smart. Fischer is tough. Kerrrey seems stuck in the 90s, referencing the past many times during the debate, while Fischer seems firmly positioned in the present.
- Meanwhile, the Omaha World-Herald reports Deb Fischer will deliver an address at the GOP Convention that is centered around doing things the Nebraska way. Nebraska State Sen. Deb Fischer will have her introduction to the national political stage — literally — today when she addresses the Republican National Convention. … She said she would talk about “the success we’ve had in Nebraska with our unemployment and economy, and that it can also happen for the country as a whole. “That’s my basic message: Taking the Nebraska way to Washington.”
- Finally, Politico writes that Deb Fischer is one of the 5 rising stars in the Republican Party. Once seen as a long shot in Nebraska’s primary, rancher and state senator Deb Fischer is now seen as the best chance for Republicans to take the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson. … She’s still the favorite in the general election in which she’ll face former Sen. Bob Kerrey. She has said she’s running a “Nebraska-focused” campaign and has sought to paint Kerrey as an out-of-touch-washed-up politician.
In Texas, NRSC Chairman John Cornyn reminded his Texas GOP delegates that we need to take back the Senate, so Mitt Romney can implement his pro-jobs agenda. As the Dallas Morning News reports: Seeking a majority: Cornyn, head of the party’s Senate campaign committee, put in a plug for his bid to elect more Republican U.S. senators, saying control of the chamber is “absolutely critical” to Romney’s success. “When Governor Romney is the next president of the U.S., he doesn’t want to have to deal with Harry Reid as majority leader,” Cornyn said, referring to the Nevada Democrat.
- Meanwhile, Politico reports that Ted Cruz is a rising star and has been given a prime speaking slot at the Convention. Former solicitor general Ted Cruz is a tea party favorite from Texas who delivered a resounding defeat to establishment candidate Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in late July and his star hasn’t stopped rising since. Educated at Princeton, the Cuban-American Cruz is making his mark all over the convention. He spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition rally to kick off the week and fire up the conservative base and national Republicans have given him a prime speaking slot on the floor Tuesday night.
In Arizona, American Spectator reports that Jeff Flake has spent his entire career trying to rid Washington of their wasteful spending habits. Rep. Jeff Flake, the fiscal hawk from Arizona, has a U.S. Senate seat in his sights. … In Flake, Arizona Republicans know what they’re getting. Throughout his decade-long tenure, he has crusaded against congressionally directed spending, or earmarks — and did so even back when such a principled approach was unpopular and potentially damaging. After the GOP gained control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, Flake was elevated to the House Appropriations Committee, a perch he has used to do what he does best: attack wasteful federal spending.
In Nevada, a local voter in Washoe County tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that he hopes Dean Heller will stop the Democrats from advancing their tax raising, job-killing agenda. Talking about raising taxes and squelching new jobs is a huge step in the wrong direction. I hope Sen. Heller will do everything he can to help get our economy back on track by supporting companies — energy companies, as well as others — that have the capability of creating jobs.
In Connecticut, National Journal’s Hotline reports that a Quinnipiac Poll has Linda McMahon leading absentee Congressman Chris Murphy. Linda McMahon has a slight lead in the race to replace Sen. Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., a stark reversal from her losing Senate bid in 2010, according to a new poll released early Tuesday. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, shows McMahon, the GOP’s Senate nominee for the second time in as many election cycles, leading Rep. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., 49 percent to 46 percent. Four percent of likely voters are undecided.
- Meanwhile, the Connecticut GOP Chairman tells the Waterville Republican American that McMahon is running a solid campaign against Murphy. State Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola said he’s making the argument to Republican officials at the national convention in Florida that Connecticut could be a possible win for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Labriola told The Associated Press Monday that he’s been busy pointing out how President Barack Obama’s popularity in this Democratic-leaning state has waned and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is running a strong campaign against Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy.
In New Jersey, Joe Kyrillos’ first ad tells voters that he’s running to fix our economy and get the Garden State working once again. As the Newark Star-Ledger reports: United States Senate hopeful Joe Kyrillos unveiled his first television advertisement this morning that is aimed at introducing voters to the relatively unknown politician. … The ad includes several images of Kyrillos and his family. It starts out with Kyrillos stating, “I’m Joe Kyrillos. I’m running for the United States Senate and let me tell you why.” He then tries to brandish his moderate credentials, saying that he believes America needs less finger pointing and more leadership to help fix the economy. “I believe it’s time to get this right for our children, grandchildren and America’s future,” he says.