The Minority Report Blog » Associated Press http://www.theminorityreportblog.com Conservative News & Opinion Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:50:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 IRS SAYS IT HAS LOST EMAILS FROM 5 MORE EMPLOYEES http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/09/05/irs-says-it-has-lost-emails-from-5-more-employees/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/09/05/irs-says-it-has-lost-emails-from-5-more-employees/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 03:19:26 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=115413 We all know that the Internal Revenue Service “losing” emails is a big lie. A lawyer for the IRS has already admitted that even Lois Lerner’s emails are stored somewhere in a backup system that was designed to survive even nuclear war. This report is from the Associated Press which is definitely NOT a Libertarian or Conservative outfit. Even the Liberal/Progressives in the Big Media must be getting outraged over the bold lies being perpetrated by the IRS.

From The Associated Press:

[quote_box_center]On Friday, the IRS said it has also lost emails from five other employees related to the probe, including two agents who worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status.[/quote_box_center]

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Yo, Denver, How’s that Pot Legalization Workin’ Out For Ya’? Homelessness Much? http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/07/28/yo-denver-hows-that-pot-legalization-workin-out-for-ya-homelessness-much/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/07/28/yo-denver-hows-that-pot-legalization-workin-out-for-ya-homelessness-much/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:44:38 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=100670 Well, here’s an interesting little tidbit from the Associated Press: “Pot Seen as Reason for Rise in Denver Homeless”.

Colorado’s liberalized pot laws seem to be having something of an unintended consequence — more young people living on the streets.

[quote_box_center]One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.

“Of the new kids we’re seeing, the majority are saying they’re here because of the weed,” deputy director Kendall Rames told The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1l1vQER ). “They’re traveling through. It is very unfortunate.”

The Salvation Army’s single men’s shelter in Denver has been serving more homeless this summer, and officials have noted an increase in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds there.

The shelter housed an average of 225 each night last summer, but this summer it’s averaging 300 people per night. No breakdown was available by age, but an informal survey found that about a quarter of the increase was related to marijuana, including people who moved hoping to find work in the marijuana industry, said Murray Flagg, divisional social services secretary for the Salvation Army’s Intermountain Division.[/quote_box_center]

So, how long before some brilliant liberal proposes to give free marijuana to these homeless folks to ease their pain of being homeless because of marijuana?

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Cantor Loses Primary to Underfunded Tea Party Candidate http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/06/10/cantor-loses-primary-to-underfunded-tea-party-candidate/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/06/10/cantor-loses-primary-to-underfunded-tea-party-candidate/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:01:29 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=97061 Not shedding any tears here, just kind of amazed. Cantor spent about $1 MILLION dollars compared to the less than $100,000 spent by his challenger Dave Brat. The natives must be getting restless. Will this send a signal to Elitist Establishment Republican incumbents that they had better start representing their constituents? Probably not.

From Politico.com:

[quote_box_center]RICHMOND, Va. — It wasn’t enough that Eric Cantor spent $1 million in the weeks leading up to the election, when his primary opponent hardly had $100,000 in his campaign coffers.

It didn’t matter that the House majority leader, 51, branded Dave Brat a liberal hack, and himself as the guardian of the Republican creed. On Tuesday night, Cantor, who was swept into the majority leader’s suite in a tea party wave, was swept out by the same movement.

 

Cantor conceded the race around 8:25 p.m. — shortly after the Associated Press pronounced Cantor’s 13-year political career at least temporarily over. With nearly 98 percent of precincts reporting, Brat had 55 percent of the vote, while Cantor had 44 percent. People close to Cantor said internal polls showed him hovering near 60 percent in the runup to the race.

 

(Full results from Virginia)

 

It’s one of the most stunning losses in modern House politics, and completely upends the GOP hierarchy in both Virginia and Washington. Cantor enjoyed a meteoric rise that took him from chief deputy whip, to minority whip to majority leader in the span of 13 years.

 

Cantor was seen by many as the next speaker of the House, biding his time until Ohio Rep. John Boehner wanted to retire.

 

But now, Cantor has just six months left in Congress. He is the second incumbent to lose this primary season: 91-year-old Texas Rep. Ralph Hall was the first.

 

The loss will ripple across Washington, too: from political consultants who worked for Cantor to his aides who decamped for K Street, there will be reverberations.[/quote_box_center]

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Murders In Nevada! http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/06/10/murders-in-nevada/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/06/10/murders-in-nevada/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:18:10 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=97098

A couple in their mid twenties entered a Pizza restaurant, yelled that they were the beginning of a revolution, the woman went over and shot one of two policeman that were eating their lunch. As the other officer went for his weapon, her husband killed him. They then went to a WalMart, killed an innocent person there, and then killed themselves.

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“An Impressive Lineup” of #GOP Candidates http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/06/04/an-impressive-lineup-of-gop-candidates/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/06/04/an-impressive-lineup-of-gop-candidates/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:40:24 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=96687 Good morning folks,

The elephants have reason to smile this morning, as it was a good night for Republicans. In an analysis piece for the Associated Press, Charles Babbington explained, The Republican Party continues its disciplined march toward an impressive lineup of candidates this fall, when it hopes to wrest the Senate majority from Democrats and control both chambers of Congress during President Barack Obama’s final two years. Tuesday’s primaries produced another batch of Senate nominees who seem about as promising as party leaders could have hoped for. There’s still plenty of time for stumbles, of course. But so far, the GOP appears to be sidestepping the type of gaffe-prone and fiercely ideological candidates who blundered into excruciating losses in 2010 and 2012.”

Over a year ago, our Chairman Jerry Moran outlined the strategy to win the majority to the Wall Street Journal. “The last election taught us that candidates matter. We can’t simply take a hands-off approach and say it doesn’t matter to us,” he said in an interview.

Fast forward to this morning’s analysis by the Associated Press to see the results of that strategy. “The Republicans’ impressive streak is hardly accidental. Waking from their 2010 and 2012 slumbers, mainstream Republicans this year steered money, smart advisers and key endorsements to carefully recruited candidates. Sometimes brutally, they brushed aside ideological purists who tend to thrill tea partyers but repel moderates.”

Candidates matter. Campaigns matter. Resources matter. Fighting to win matters. We have executed a spread offense and expanded the map to at least fifteen Democratic held seats in red, purple and blue states. Republicans are in a strong position to win the Senate majority and can be proud of one of the strongest candidate classes ever. There are at least five long months to go, but we are both financially and politically positioned to win.

Seize the day,

Brad Dayspring
@BDayspring

Brook Hougesen
@Brook_H

2014 BATTLEGROUND SONAR

(2014) Stranded Carbon Democrats
So it’s no surprise that the Democrats running in those states are already denouncing the new EPA rule as if it had been written by some alien force. Incumbent Mary Landrieu (La.) is vowing to offer a bill in the Senate to overrule it, as is Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky. Ms. Grimes is running ads in local newspapers showing an image of a miner in a hard hat with the text: “President Obama and Washington Don’t Get It . . . Alison Grimes Does.” Her problem, however, is that such a bill will never pass the Senate as long as Democrats control it. The same is true for approving the Keystone XL pipeline. All of the energy-state Democrats know this but can’t afford to admit it to their state’s voters. The political truth is that as much as she campaigns against the new EPA rule, a vote for Ms. Grimes in Kentucky is essentially a vote to ensure that it will stay in place.

(MISSISSIPPI) NRSC Statement on Mississippi Primary
Should Mississippi go to a runoff, we will expect a vigorous debate about the future of our country over the next three weeks and we will continue to fully support Thad Cochran.  We look forward to him emerging victorious in the runoff.

(MONTANA) Steve Daines wins Republican nomination for US Senate in Montana primary election
Steve Daines has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Montana, defeating state Rep. Champ Edmunds and political newcomer Susan Cundiff in the primary election. The first-term congressman from Bozeman will go on to face Tuesday’s winner of the three-way battle for the Democratic nomination. With 2 percent of precincts reporting, Daines captured 86 percent of the vote over his two competitors.

(SOUTH DAKOTA) Ex-South Dakota Gov. Rounds wins GOP Senate vote
Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds on Tuesday cruised to victory in the Republican party for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, giving Republicans a strong chance to win a seat from Democrats in the November election. Rounds, who served as governor for eight years until 2011, was widely considered the GOP front-runner from the start of the race and easily won over four other candidates.

(IOWA) Ernst relishes big victory, starts her attack on Braley
The 43-year-old farmer’s daughter turned state senator and military commander blew past the 35 percent necessary to claim victory over her four competitors, including retired businessman Mark Jacobs, who tried to overpower the rest of the field by self-funding his campaign with millions from his own wealth. With some precincts still out, Jacobs appeared to have fallen to a disappointing third place. He quickly pledged 100 percent support to Ernst. Ernst wiped away tears during her victory speech. She stressed the values she learned growing up on a farm in southwest Iowa. “It really is a long way from Red Oak to Washington, but with your help, that journey is just beginning, and it is beginning tonight,” she said to cheers from supporters at her watch party at the Des Moines Social Club.

(GEORGIA) Jack Kingston to pick up Phil Gingrey’s endorsement
Top Republican officials are closing ranks behind Rep. Jack Kingston’s Senate bid. Rep. Phil Gingrey, the fourth-place finisher in last month’s crowded GOP primary, is set to endorse the Savannah Republican on Wednesday, two people with direct knowledge of the decision said. It’s not immediately clear what role he’ll play ahead of the July 22 runoff between Kingston and businessman David Perdue.

(ALASKA) Begich ad mischaracterizes HB77
In a recent TV ad titled “Never Forget,” Put Alaska First, liberal super PAC and supporters of Mark Begich present a false interpretation of HB77, a legislative bill, stream lining the DNR permitting process, by stating the bill would result in a loss of hunting opportunity. This example of deliberate dishonesty is dangerous not because it perpetuates a misunderstanding of a small bill that did not pass and did not threaten hunting opportunity, but because it indicates a larger attack on the truth. It would lead the viewer to believe that Mark Begich supports hunters and Dan Sullivan, who sponsored the bill and is a U.S. Senate Candidate challenging Begich, is not in support of hunters. Nothing could be further from the truth.

(NEW MEXICO) Allan Weh wins nod to challenge Tom Udall
Former New Mexico Republican Party chairman Allan Weh on Tuesday captured the GOP nomination to face Democratic Sen. Tom Udall in the fall. The Associated Press called the race with 26 percent of precincts reporting and Weh leading David Clements, 64 percent to 36 percent.

(VIRGINIA) EDITORIAL: Mark Warner, Virginia’s pretend centrist
Sen. Mark R. Warner wrapped up his “Working Together” campaign tour of rural Virginia on Monday. He spent nearly a week barnstorming mostly through the parts of the state where a tourist might actually see a barn, including the places where he took pains to conceal how liberal he is. A speech Thursday in Richmond, for example, conveniently omitted all reference to President Obama. But Mr. Obama is never far from Mr. Warner’s heart. He has voted the White House line 97 percent of the time. Even Bo, the first family’s Portuguese water dog, isn’t that obedient.

(ALABAMA) NRSC Chairman Congratulates Sessions on #ALSEN Primary Victory
“Congratulations to Senator Jeff Sessions on his victory tonight in Alabama. Jeff is a no-nonsense ‘budget hawk’ that taxpayers are proud to have leading the fight against Democrats’ reckless spending in Washington. “In Alabama, Jeff visits every county yearly to ensure Alabamians’ voices are heard and represented in Washington. Senator Sessions has served the people of Alabama proudly in the Senate and will continue to do so next year in a Republican majority.”

(NORTH CAROLINA) WCNC: NC Small Business Will Be “Hit Especially Hard” By ObamaCare, May Drop Insurance For Workers

POLLING BRIEF

CNN/ORC International survey – May 29-June1

  • Fifty-eight percent say they disapprove of how the President’s handling of the VA scandal.
  • Just 43 percent approve of Obama while 55% disapprove.
  • Meanwhile, 58% disapprove of the way Obama is handling “helping the middle class”.

ON THE TWITTERS

@DMRegister – MORE DETAILS: @JoniErnst becomes first female GOP U.S. senate nominee in Iowa history. http://dmreg.co/1h6Nw5s  #IAvotes

@shiracenter – .@NRSC reiterates support for Thad Cochran in statement if #MSSEN goes to runoff

@ashleewrich - THIS –> @joniernst “I look fwd to @BruceBraley lecturing me about what’s best for women.” #iasen

@jameshohmann - Former New Mexico Republican Party chairman Allan Weh has captured the GOP nomination to face Democratic Sen. Tom Udall in the fall.

@elliosch –  VIDEO: CNN: Obama Doesn’t Hit 50% Approval On Any Metric http://youtu.be/3YCGWgZxRDI

@jennifereduffy – Regardless of what happens in #MSSen, NRSC got 2 things it wanted this week: no competitive primary in #mnsen & no convention in #iasen

]]> http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/06/04/an-impressive-lineup-of-gop-candidates/feed/ 1 The Wayward King http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/06/03/the-wayward-king/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/06/03/the-wayward-king/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:48:47 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=96500 Anytime Barack Obama says a service or a program is going to cost the public less, save us money, or be good for us, the first thing I do is put the flag up. His reputation on every money-saving endeavor since 2009 has been 100%… wrong.

Should I list them for you?

The Affordable Care Act was going to save us $2,500. Instead, the average cost to a family of four is $3,000 more a year AND you can’t keep your doctor even if you like him or her.

The “stimulus” with its “shovel-ready” jobs, was a huge giveaway and no permanent jobs were created.

President Barack Obamaa, flanked by Paul Volck...

President Barack Obamaa, flanked by Paul Volcker, left, and General Electric Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt, right, comments during the Economic Recovery Advisory Board meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dodd-Frank was supposed to control banks and their lending practices, making certain only “creditworthy” individuals got loans.  Uhm, no again, AND they charge more types of fees now than in 2008.

TARP, which was supposed to be used to help banks help their customers, instead went to the UAW to take control of GM and Chrysler. As a retired banker, I had a problem with the whole premise of this government giveaway because I knew it would not be used to help borrowers with their home mortgages.  

Now, Barry and his EPA once again is telling us that his new energy policy, THAT NO ONE WANTS, will save the States and the people money, as he requires new guidelines to become effective starting in 2015. And of course, waivers will be granted by King Barry as he sees fit. I have provided the story in full as found on the ASSOCIATED PRESS website.

So, do you think you really will be saving money with this latest proclamation from the throne of Obama I? I don’t either. Like Alice said to Ralph, “it’s just another crazy, hair-brained scheme of” his.

He is out of control and the Congress, finally, has to stop him before he completely destroys us. 

Remember. As much as he thinks he is the King, he gets his authority from us. The Government exists only with the consent of the Governed.

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Obama Admits Government is a Failure? VA Allows Vets to Get Private Care! http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/05/28/obama-admits-government-is-a-failure-va-allows-vets-to-get-private-care/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/05/28/obama-admits-government-is-a-failure-va-allows-vets-to-get-private-care/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 16:54:41 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=96065 The private sector to the rescue for military veterans who cannot get care in a timely manner from the Veterans Administration hospitals! Frankly, this is how all veterans should be treated. Vouters allow veterans to choose their doctors and facilities and takes out the tedious and sometimes deadly application and approval process as well as the wait times that result in death while a veteran is waiting for treatment. Public education could be run this way also, and the market would force bad schools to be closed and good schools to get more students which would equal more funding.

From Warner Todd Huston:

After several weeks of scandalous failure to provide timely healthcare to our military veterans, some dying waiting for care that would never come, the Veteran’s Administration has now decided to allow veterans to pursue more private healthcare options to improve their treatment. But isn’t government turning to the private sector in stark contrast to the theme of the age of Obama, one that holds that private business “didn’t build that” and that we need to further empower government?

On May 24, the Associated Press reported that VA chief Eric Shinseki has announced a new plan for VA hospitals and healthcare providers to work more with private doctors. Shinseki told the press that the VA is “increasing the care we acquire in the community through non-VA care.”

Shinseki makes this concession as 26 VA facilities thus far have come under investigation for forcing sick veterans to wait for months to receive medical care. Up to 40 or more veterans died waiting for care on these lists.

The VA reportedly spent $4.8 billion on medical care given to veterans at non-VA facilities. That amounts to about 10 percent of the VA’s medical budget.

But many wonder what took the VA so long to arrive at this decision. Congressman Jeff Miller (R, FL) chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee released a statement criticizing Shinseki and the VA.

Miller charged the Obama administration and the VA of engaging in “an endless discussion regarding allegations, investigations and unreliable internal VA reviews” while at the same time “overlooking VA’s very real, very deadly and very well-documented delays in care problem.

Senator John McCain has also called for the VA to open up the opportunity for veterans to secure healthcare outside the VA system.

While that appears to finally be happening, the fact that government is admitting failure and opening itself to participation from the private sector seems to run contrary to Obama’s government-first, government-best mantra especially with healthcare in light of Obamacare’s desire to limit what the private sector can do on healthcare.

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A Jail Sentence for Selling Hot Dogs? http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/05/27/a-jail-sentence-for-selling-hot-dogs/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/05/27/a-jail-sentence-for-selling-hot-dogs/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 00:04:11 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=96033 Getting thrown in jail for selling anything much less hot dogs is downright un-American. Nobody got sick from the hot dogs. The simple act of selling hot dogs from a cart made the man in this story a criminal in the eyes of The State. The United States is quickly becoming the “Land of the Formerly Free.”

From Heritage.org by Evan Bernick:

It should be obvious that throwing people in jail for selling hot dogs is profoundly un-American. But in the state of North Carolina, it could happen to you.

In fact, it has already happened. In 2011, a judge sentenced Steven Pruner to 45 days in the custody of Durham County’s sheriff. His sin? Selling dogs from a food cart near Duke University Medical Center.

In case you’re wondering, no, Pruner’s dogs didn’t make anyone sick. But Pruner sold food without a license. And, under North Carolina law, that’s enough to make you a criminal. Pruner was charged with, and convicted of, operating a business without a license. His sentence of 45 days in jail was suspended and he was placed on 12 months of unsupervised probation.

Why do North Carolina’s citizens put up with this nonsense? Most of them probably don’t even know about it. According to a recent issue brief from the Manhattan Institute, entire sections of North Carolina’s regulatory code, even those dealing with public health, “make the violation of any of their provisions criminal.” Worse, certain provisions of the code don’t require individuals to know or understand that their actions are wrong. The fact that most reasonable North Carolinians wouldn’t expect selling hot dogs to be something that the criminal law has anything to say about doesn’t matter.

We’ve written about the explosion of federal criminal laws over the past few decades, and the swelling of the federal register beyond any ordinary citizen’s capacity to make their way through it, let alone understand it. We’ve also written about how many of these laws don’t target activities that are inherently wrong, or require that people be aware that those activities are illegal before they can be punished—even if most reasonable people wouldn’t expect them to be illegal. Such laws make a mockery of the Constitution’s due process guarantees, which, as the U.S. Supreme Court stated in Bouie v. City of Columbia (1964), provide that the criminal law “must give warning of the conduct it makes a crime.” Fair notice was central to the Framers’ understanding of the rule of law.

But it’s important to remember that states can abuse the criminal law as well. The constitutional requirement of fair notice binds government at all levels.

Using the criminal law in this way isn’t just petty and stupid. It’s unjust and quite possibly unconstitutional. The Framers knew better than to allow politicians this kind of leeway to jail citizens. Unlicensed hot dog hawking isn’t something that anyone should have to worry about being locked up for, at least without fair notice that it is a crime. It’s time for North Carolina policymakers to free their states’ frankfurter vendors.

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Obama Is Fully Engaged! http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/05/21/obama-is-fully-engaged/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/05/21/obama-is-fully-engaged/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 23:55:31 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=95660

Obama prefers to insulate himself by not knowing of any of the many scandals that unfolded during his presidency. He denied having known about Fast and Furious until he saw it on TV, sadly for him the evidence states otherwise.

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John Oliver Skewers GM with Devastating Parody Car Commercial http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/05/19/john-oliver-skewers-gm-with-devastating-parody-car-commercial/ http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/05/19/john-oliver-skewers-gm-with-devastating-parody-car-commercial/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 16:19:59 +0000 http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/?p=95530 ‘Why walk through the valley of the shadow of death when you can drive?’


John Oliver Skewers GM with Devastating Parody Car Commercial (Mediate)

Attempting once again to win the internet with a viral parody ad, this Sunday’s edition of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured a new, perfectly honest General Motors ad that uses actual words from the troubled carmaker’s leaked public relations memos.

In 2013, GM has recalled 11 million vehicles, putting the auto business on pace to break records for recalls in a single year. The recalls have been related to issues with brake lights, headlamps, power brakes, windshield wipers, and a deadly defect in ignition switches.

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