By Isabel Matos
Sarah Palin wants you to GOTV! She posted on Facebook today, April 22nd:
Please remember to vote today for Lizbeth Benacquisto in the Florida District 19 special election! Remind your friends and neighbors to vote for her too!
By Isabel Matos
Sarah Palin wants you to GOTV! She posted on Facebook today, April 22nd:
Please remember to vote today for Lizbeth Benacquisto in the Florida District 19 special election! Remind your friends and neighbors to vote for her too!
by Isabel Matos
Sarah Palin dropped by Eric Bolling’s Cashin’ In Freedom Summit today.
Video courtesy of SarahNet
Eric Bollling: Governor, our freedom and liberty are under siege, the amendments specifically, how do we fight back?
Governor Palin: On a national level we make sure that we’re electing candidates who will promise to pay whatever price it’s going to take to protect our Constitution. Then on a state level I think it’s very important that we need find candidates and elect them who would be willing to call for a convention of states if need be because that is the tool the people have to reign in government.
Sarah Palin agreed with Rand Paul that the first amendment is the most at risk: It starts there. If we’re not able to express the will of the people then government will take over or continue doing what it’s doing today.
Governor Palin: The problem we have today start at the top. We have a president who does not understand or just chooses to disrespect our constitution, those rights, the rule of law, the separation of powers.. all those things we learned in elementary school about how our nation was formed and why it is the most exceptional nation on the Earth because of that constitution. Our president has set a tone in this nation that kind of says, eh, you know, it will be a select, elitist crew of guys that is going to run the show instead of We-the-People.
Eric Bolling: Governor, you have said Hillary should run in 2016. Why do we really need another Bush or Clinton in the White House?
Governor Palin: I said it’s fine if she ran, I didn’t say it’s fine if she won. We don’t need more of the blue bloods. No. We need new energy. We need new people in there who understand what the constitution has done to create this great country, not those who would choose to seek constitutional changes, amendments that were not the will of the people, that they would amend themselves by not seizing power from the people. So no, we need new people in there.
Eric Bolling: We found out this week the Reverend Al Sharpton was at one point an FBI informant. Your impressions as to why he did that. He’s been a very vocal critic of yours. Your thoughts on the reverend, hero or hypocrite?
Governor Palin: There are so many reasons to look at Al Sharpton and not be impressed. This is just one of those. He’s been a critic of just the average patriotic American, not just me – the average American who understands what it takes to get the country back on the right track. He’s not one to help get the country back on the right track.
Governor Palin discusses Jon Stewart and Sarah Palin doing a PSA: Our efforts are to help our troops, the wounded warriors returning from the war zone and needing mentor-ship and employment. There are so many trained, equipped troops returning home and we want to make sure that they’re getting a great shot, a fair shot at getting a good sustainable job. It’s tough to do in this economy when 18-20 million are seeking employment and can’t find it because of the economic condition we’re in. Whatever we can do to help those troops. It is our military who have paid the price to allow us to be free. How dare their sacrifice and their efforts be in vain. Part of that is sustainable good employment and future for their families.
by Isabel Matos
Curt Clawson has hired a record 25 consultants for his campaign. It’s a lie that he’s an outsider. He’s not a principled Conservative either, something those supporting him claim he is. Just recently Breitbart News contributor Javier Manjarres of Shark Tank wrote a hit piece on Sarah, criticizing her for choosing the wrong Conservative in the race: Sarah Palin Jumps the Gun May Not Have Fully Vetted Recent Endorsee. That is ironic coming from a RINO-infested tank who shilled for Marco Rubio when he was lying about being against amnesty early on. Where was his research and vetting then? Shark Tank helped Rubio lie to us from the start. Even more ironic is the fact that Manjarres can conduct background checks on anyone he wants but did not bother to vet Clawson or expose his ties with known pedophile, Glen Borst-that we know of, has he?
PALIN ON SCANDAL-RIDDEN FL-19: LIZBETH BENACQUISTO WILL ‘OUST STATUS QUO’
Appearing at a cookout for her campaign last week, Palin said Benacquisto was the best politician to “oust the status quo” while calling her a “Mama Grizzly who will stand up to protect the next generation.” Palin warned against politicians who will not do enough to prevent the country from being “fundamentally transformed and not restored.”
The Republican primary is April 22 and will include Benacquisto, Curt Clawson, Paige Kreegel and Michael Dreikorn. The winner of that race will face Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood on June 24 in the general election.
“On the national stage, there is no greater voice for principled conservatism and the spirit of the Founders than Governor Sarah Palin,” Benacquisto told Breitbart News. “To have the support of Sarah, someone so dedicated to getting this nation back on the path to prosperity, is a tremendous honor.”
She added that she was proud to “have the recognition of Sarah and grateful that patriots in this congressional district know they have a conservative they can trust.”
When she endorsed Benacquisto, Palin, first and foremost, called her the only conservative in the race and also said that her candidacy comes with an added bonus: it helps Republicans blunt the phony “war on women” rhetoric Democrats like to gin up around election time.
Palin also said that “Lizbeth is running against a wealthy self-funded candidate with lots of splashy campaign ads claiming to be a conservative.”
“Since when do conservatives stand for crony capitalism and government bailouts? Please do your homework, voters,” she added. “Look beyond the fancy anonymous campaign ads. Look at a candidate’s record, not just their rhetoric. Lizbeth is a genuine conservative with a track record to prove it.”
As Breitbart News reported, “Palin seemed to be referring to a recent report in the Naples Daily News about candidate Curt Clawson, who has tried to frame himself as a conservative despite having a record that suggests otherwise:”
He made a campaign contribution to liberal Michigan Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in 2009 after she wrote a provision into Obamacare that would allow the federal government to pick up health benefits of former employees of a company that Clawson owned. Furthermore, his company hired lobbyists and paid them nearly a million dollars while Obamacare was being fleshed out for “issues pertaining to manufacturing and filing for bankruptcy.”
In addition, Clawson has been under fire for having ties to a convicted pedophile and not being forthright about his relationship with him when it was first revealed. And days after Louisiana freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was caught on a surveillance video making out with is female aide who was not his wife, three of Clawson’s opponents held a press conference to demand transparency from Clawson about his ties to the pedophile.
That is the type of scandal voters in this district have indicated they no longer want and are tired of, and it could impact how they vote in the April 22 primary.
Kevin Scholla and Tony Lee’s article restores my faith in Breitbart. So far, they are mostly in our corner with a diversity of writers, but these things need to be brought up from time to time. We need to keep an eye on them, too.
UPDATE: The so-called Conservative crashed the press-conference. Shark Tank is shameless!
By Isabel Matos
The Great One, Mark Levin, endorses Matt Bevin, primary candidate running against Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, for Kentucky U.S. Senate.
Enough of the status quo and politicians who claim to be Tea Party leaders who continue selling us out. I’ve published clips and rants about Rand Paul ad nauseaum. I am not here to disparage him, but to show the implications of what his half-hearted, “soft” and veiled support of the Tea Party will mean for us nationally. If it was good for Rubio, it’s good for him. Why should he be exempt from criticism? He’s just as devious, if not more. And the stakes are even higher now.
There’s not much passion in this primary for some reason. It’s as if McConnell’s fate was sealed. He is definitely being protected by Rand Paul. Nothing sickens me more than Paul’s duplicity and cheap talk about the party having to be “softer”, be more diplomatic in foreign policy, evolve and adapt, reach out to illegals .. or my favorite, be one big happy family. He’s a RINO already, get it?!
There is nothing special about Rand Paul.
Rand Paul said he wouldn’t get involved in incumbent races yet undermines Matt Bevin over a minor Tarp issue, and dismisses McConnell’s remarks about “crushing the Tea Party everywhere” Rand Paul’s reply? “Things are said in campaigns that are not intended”, and “The Tea Party is the energy of the Republican Party and a big factor in elections.” That’s it. He continued the interview advocating for healthy intra-party debate on a civilized plane so “Democrats don’t take advantage”. As a reminder, Washington Times reported:
In a rare moment of candor for a career politician, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the New York Times last week that his goal is to defeat conservative candidates across the country. McConnell vowed to “crush them everywhere.
[On March 13th] former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed two of the candidates that Mitch McConnell is trying to “crush.”
Palin announced her support for college president Ben Sasse in Nebraska and state senator Chris McDaniel in Mississippi.
The Times also reported that McConnell’s goal “is to deny them any Senate primary victories, cut into their fund-raising and diminish them as a future force in Republican politics.”
So far Sarah has not endorsed Matt, but she has endorsed Chris McDaniel and Ben Sasse who McConnell has targeted. May 20th is almost around the corner but polling has shown Bevin hasn’t been able to surpass McConnell once.
Kentuckians are not believing Matt Bevin is fighting against the abuse of money behind certain pet projects for his state enough, and spending too much time talking about ObamaCare. The problem is… dear Kentucky voters:
THIS race does affect us nationally more than any other because of Mitch’s Senate leadership position. Rand Paul’s endorsement of McConnell has done the most damage to your state, and to us. Be objective. See what is going on. Bevin isn’t perfect and he’s perceived as the weak horse in this race but it is because of the effect of the Establishment Media depicting him negatively.
In any case, Bevin said on Mark Levin’s show he had a chance to win. He believes “it is within our reach and that all he needs is the right kind of firepower” to give his campaign the edge to beat Mitch. If you’re from Kentucky, please let Bevin know if he wants a game-changer he is going to have to court Sarah for an endorsement. As it stands, he doesn’t seem to get it. There is NO indication he has done so, and even if he did at this point, I don’t think Sarah would endorse him because he is a bit vague in his stances and Sarah likes steel spine winner types!
Whatever you think of MattBevin.com just remember what Mitch vowed to do to the Tea Party. McConnell has over $10,000,000 to spend on making us want to stop the fight. Quit. It will only embolden him further if he gets his way. 30 years of the Kentucky establishment is Enough! (It’s enough anywhere!) Rand Paul getting a pass for betraying voters by supporting the most powerful Establishment RINO to serve himself – also Enough! The Pauls and their contributions to Election losses? Enough!! (Image by Politico)
Rand Paul’s heart is NOT with the Tea Party but with himself. He will never be president and helping McConnell will help secure a solid position for himself in the party in the future. He’s playing the game at the expense of the rest of us. There is little daylight between Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. But even if Bevin is not perfect, he would still not be in a position to hurt us like McConnell has.
If Sarah can’t do anything about this race directly, no one can.
I was hoping for a real fight!
By Gary P Jackson
Earlier this week, on Facebook, Governor Sarah Palin ripped Big Government liberal Congressman Paul Ryan’s latest budget proposal calling it “not an April Fool’s joke” but a joke nonetheless.
My Own Final Four Bracket For America’s Future
Holy Moly! Are you kidding? You’d think one who is representing the mighty Badgers, who made it to the Final Four based on sacrificial work ethic and discipline that obviously pays off in the end, he who represents the great state of Wisconsin that hosts this underdog celebrated college basketball team, would understand that future success depends on hard work and sacrifices.
The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke. But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so.
THIS is the definition of insanity.
Do we still not understand how dangerous it is to allow government to grow unchecked as we shackle ourselves with massive debt – a good portion of which is held by foreign nations who don’t necessarily like us? If we can’t balance the budget today, what on earth makes us think it will happen at some future date? The solution is staring us in the face. We need to rein in spending today, and don’t tell me there is nothing to cut when we know every omnibus bill is loaded with pork and kickbacks.
Reading the article linked below gave me the same reaction that my daughter just caused when she punked me with a very unfunny April Fool’s Day announcement. As my Dad would say after these April Fool’s announcements, “This would kill a lesser man.” This out-of-control debt is killing our economic future.
~ Sarah Palin
Here’s the article:
Of course many of the usual suspects were quick to chastise Governor Palin, claiming she was either somehow unqualified to comment, or hopelessly unrealistic. Of course what’s hopelessly unrealistic is thinking we can afford to keep allowing government and it’s massive debt to continue to grow. Ryan’s budget, at best, RAISES debt by TRILLIONS of dollars. That’s not only idiotic, but totally immoral.
The only silly people involved here are those that take Paul Ryan, and his budget, seriously.
For the other naysayers, who thing Governor Palin is just too “radical” in her ideas to save America and get this out of control budget under control, I’d like to point out that she was a highly successful two term Mayor, who turned a small dirt road village into the fastest growing city in Alaska. She built major infrastructure, including roads, water, sewer, and so on. She brought in major retailers, which spawned new local businesses, transforming the sleepy little berg into the trading hub for the entire Mat-Su Valley, an area roughly the size of Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware!
Oh, and she did all of this while LOWERING taxes every single year in office! [She also cut debt, AND her own salary, just to show people she was serious!] In fact, the only major debt Palin created was to build a new sports arena/community center, that residents voted to fund through bonds. The arena was finished on time and under budget, and the bonds paid off early.
Of course, Palin’s ability to surgically remove wasteful spending and debt became legendary, once she took office as Governor of Alaska. Going to work immediately after being sworn in, Governor Palin went through the state budget line by line, cutting spending to the absolute bone.
Governor Palin made headlines for putting the useless state jet airplane [that Governor Murkoski purchased fly to the Lower 48] for sale on eBay, a marketing ploy that got it sold through a broker. People also took note when she fired the chef and other nonessential staff at the Governor’s Mansion, and even refused an official car and driver, choosing to drive herself in her own personal vehicle, whenever possible. She really made headlines by turning down a $25,000 a year raise the Alaska legislature voted to give her and the Lt Governor. [who also turned down his $25K raise]
While those were major things, Governor Palin also sweated the small details, which is where the significant debt reduction and savings came in.
In just two years Governor Palin created more than $12 BILLION in savings, and a $5 BILLION budget surplus.
More on Governor Palin’s budgeting was including in Whitney and Stacy’s exhaustive piece detailing Governor Sarah Palin’s Incredible Executive Accomplishments
Budgeting and Spending
* Cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5%.
* Reduced federal earmark requests by more than 80%
In FY2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski requested $350 million in federal appropriations, which Gov. Palin reduced to $256 million in FY2008, $198 million in FY2009, and $69 million in FY2010.
* Invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program to provide support for low-income older Alaskans.
* Stopped the “Bridge to Nowhere” and wanted to redirect the federal funds to Minnesota after the bridge collapse in 2007. In an email to her staff, she wrote:
[W]e MUST come out with a strong position against AK ‘ s perceived ” Bridge to Nowhere” so we quit looking clueless and selfish across the nation and can clear up the perception that the Gravina project is the state‘ s priority . The $350m bridge is not our priority.
The nation needs to be spending $ on fixing what we have – Minnesota needs ” bridge money” today more than we need a few Alaskans to perpetuate the nonsensical notion that our Gravina earmark is more important than fixing aged infrastructure. We would gain so much if we get that message out there – that the nation can pull, and work , together and make wise decisions on federal priorities … we should see that earmark redirected to Minnesota ‘ s tragedy be the Gravina bridge isn’t going to happen on our watch anyway.
* Rejected much of President Obama’s “stimulus money” in 2009. During a press conference on the matter, she said:
We are not requesting funds intended to just grow government. We are not requesting more money for normal day-to-day operations of government as part of this economic stimulus package. In essence we say no to operating funds for more positions in government.
Also stating in a press release:
As I wrote to our congressional delegation on January 7, our administration recognizes that President-elect Obama and the congressional leadership of both parties favor the use of formulas to ensure fairness among the states and to avoid the earmark abuses of the past.
We also have to be mindful about the effect of the stimulus package on the national debt and the future economic health of the country. We won’t achieve long-term stability if we continue borrowing massive sums from foreign countries and remain dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas.
* Proposed a $2.6 billion investment in the Education Fund to help fund public education for the future.
* Used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in 2007:
The Governor vetoed nearly a quarter of a billion dollars of projects contained within Senate Bill 53. Establishing a budget process, the Governor focused her decisions on the Constitutionally-mandated services of education, public safety and health, and infrastructure.
* 2007 vetoes included projects such as berry economic development, the AT&T Sports Center, a Salmon Study, a tennis court at the Lions Club, batting cages, gun club facility improvements, motocross course construction, a virus free seed potato project, and numerous other items placed in the budget that were not the State of Alaska’s responsibility.
* In 2008, Governor Palin vetoed more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending:
In all, $268 million was vetoed from the budget bills. “The budgets will provide needed services, will leverage other funds and will make a significant investment in Alaska’s future,” Governor Palin said.
* Vetoed 361 line-items in 2008.
* Utilized line item reductions to reduce proposed spending by $80.3 million in 2009.
* Instituted a temporary hiring freeze to reduce expenditures during a period of unanticipated low oil prices in 2009.
* Cut spending more than 33% in FY2010 from FY 2009’s budget.
* Signed energy legislation suspending the state motor fuel tax.
* Provide Alaskan residents with a “resource rebate” to help offset high energy costs:
After funding the state’s priorities, putting billions away in savings and still seeing a budget surplus, the Legislature agreed to a special one-time payment, sharing part of our resource wealth with Alaskans, who under our Constitution are the owners in common of these resources, and who I believe can decide better than government how to use that share.
* Signed legislation opposing a federal aviation fuel tax.
* Lowered unemployment insurance tax rates:
* For the second year in a row, unemployment insurance tax rates have dropped.
“The 2009 unemployment insurance tax rates will be the lowest Alaska employers have experienced in 29 years,” Governor Sarah Palin announced today. An employer in the average rate class will pay approximately $93 less for each employee than in 2008. The rates are applicable to the first $32,700 of the individual employee earnings.
* Cut property taxes as Mayor of Wasilla. She eliminated small business inventory taxes; cut property tax mil levy every year she was in office (6 years straight)
*Reformed the state’s pension program by ensuring a successful transition from a defined benefits to a defined contributions system and addressing the $8 billion unfunded liability in Alaska state’s retirements, making it more solvent and leading to a decrease of 34.6% in state liabilities during her tenure.
* Left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as Governor:
Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April, 2008:
“Our fiscal prudence is being recognized by the financial markets. It affirms our efforts to control government spending and live within our means,” Governor Palin said. “We have been working hard advocating for Alaska, both within the state and outside, and I am pleased to see it paying off.”
* Moody’s upgraded Alaska’s credit rating to AAA in November 2010 and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA too in January in large part due to Governor Palin’s policies as indicated below. Each italicized bullet point is a point provided by Standard and Poor’s as an indicator for credit upgrade:
“The state’s strong financial management and generally conservative forecasting”: during her tenure, Governor Palin cut spending 9.5% and reduced earmarks 80%.
“The state’s financial flexibility, enhanced by the maintenance of large reserves derived from windfall oil revenues since fiscal year 2008”: Governor Palin’s oil tax reform plan implemented in FY2008 was a severance or production tax on oil companies—a tax they paid as a recompense for developing the Alaskan owned natural resources has helped create fiscal reserves for the state.
“The state’s moderate debt burden”: During her tenure, Alaska’s overall debt decreased nearly more than 157 million dollars between FY2007 (her predecessor’s final budget year) and FY2010 (her final budget year), while debt outstanding increased at 4.2% annual rate (between FY 2007 and FY 2010) compared to the 6.8% annual rate of her predecessor (between FY2003 and FY2007).
“An accumulation of multiple budget reserves equal to more than 200 percent of the general fund budget”: Due to legislation like ACES and the frugal budgeting of Governors Palin and Parnell, Alaska now has a 12 billion dollars in savings. During the VP campaign, Governor Palin was able to tout a more than $5 billion surplus.
* Spent less on travel expense than her two predecessors despite having a larger family.
In fact, she spent over $913,000 less on personal expenses in her first two years than former Governor Frank Murkowski did his last two years.
* Rejected a gubernatorial pay raise.
Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t ask for a pay raise and won’t accept one during her current term.
* Took a voluntary pay cut as mayor to set the tone for her administration.
Leading up to the 2012 Presidential race, Whitney put together a comparison between Governor Palin, and the Republican Governors who would all run for President. The comparison between Palin’s budget competency at that of others, including Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty, and Mitt Romney is both staggering and breathtaking.
While the differences in both spending and liabilities between those looked at is an eye opener. For example, debt increase under Governor Palin was a mere 4.2% annually, much less than under the previous governors of Alaska, as compared to Texas Governor Rick Perry who grew outstanding debt by a mind-blowing 184.2%, or 20.5% per year, the REAL eye opener though is this:
Governor Palin was the ONLY governor to actually REDUCE her state’s liabilities and did so by an incredible 34.6%, or 11.5% per year.
This compares to Mitt Romney, who had the lowest INCREASE of liabilities: 18.7%, or 4.7% per year and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty who has the dubious honor of beating Rick Perry for the greatest INCREASE: 40.7%, or 5.8% per year. Both Pawlenty and Perry saw significantly larger percentages of INCREASES in their state liabilities than Governor Palin’s amazing 34.6% DECREASE.
Bottom line, to all those who think Governor Palin has no clue about budgeting, WISE UP! Governor Palin is the nation’s leader in fiscal responsibility and budget control. If ANYONE has a right to comment on Paul Ryan’s joke of a budget, it’s Governor Sarah Palin!
I wrote all of the above to get us to Governor Palin’s appearance on Hannity Thursday night.
With the Governor speaking from Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto’s Florida cookout, where she formally gave the Senator her endorsement, Sarah and Hannity started off with small talk about her Tonight Show appearance and of course whether the Governor is thinking about a run herself. Then Sean made note that he had Paul Ryan on his radio show that day. Ryan had said if he could only talk with Governor Palin he felt he could convince her that he had a solid plan packed with fiscal goodness. As you’ll see in the video, Governor Palin is shaking her head “no” the entire time Hannity is telling her this. The first words out of her mouth being “Bless his heart“!
Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows Governor Palin is right. Budgets are never binding, and the idea that someone can rely on the fantasy of budget cuts 10 years down the road, leading to a balanced budget, is simply delusional.
As Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, the solutions to our problems are simple. NOT easy, but simple. We MUST take the same sort of approach that Governor Palin took in Alaska. We MUST go through the federal budget LINE-BY-LINE and make tough choices and real cuts. It’s the ONLY way the budget can be balanced, and America can survive.
by Isabel Matos
Sarah’s Amazing America was tonight and I missed it. That is because I just got back from my trip to Naples after a busy two days. There was not much time to plan a trip to see Sarah again (I was thinking about going to Alabama later this month) but when opportunity calls.. you have to adjust to fulfill your duty. And quickly. I had family close-by so I packed my things and spent the night in Fort Myers.
I was at the Barbecue for Lizbeth Benacquisto. The event took place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Sarah spoke at around 6:15 p.m.
Sarah Palin gave an animated, to-the-point speech where she spoke of how we have to send leaders to Washington to get rid of the status quo, saying Florida has its share of controversies, too. There was a pleased response by the crowd.
After a brief interview with Wink media Sarah then got ready to serve us dinner. That is what she is great at. Mingling and just making people feel good. (I had two chances to engage in conversation because I forgot to take my plate to be served the first time. My focus was on the two wonderful ladies behind the stainless steel serving trays with yummy pork.) The first thing I did this time (unlike the last where I was quiet) was tell her that I loved her. I had also thanked her for all she does after her speech but that wasn’t taped.
The person who taped me, bless her heart.. got almost everything in the first conversation. I put Sarah’s speech first in the tape as it was the main attraction.
I did include in the tape what I said to Lizbeth directly, and in front of Sarah: I was there because Sarah endorsed her, adding that I would do as much as I could and get as many people involved in her campaign as possible until the primary APRIL 22nd. In round 2, I had a comment for Sarah that was unfortunately not captured in the video either. If you could see the look on Sarah’s face when I mentioned what are we going to do about the “Senior status quo” in Kentucky? I added, “Junior” is not helping much. She nodded in agreement (probably for my “Senior” comment), uttering “I know”.
Who am I to say anything to her about Rand, but it was in my heart, and I really hope she shakes things up there (in true Sarah Palin style, without burning bridges), I do! My day was over at that point.
I had the delicious pork and beans and darted out of there as night would fall. I had a long 2 1/2 hours drive back home, write the article and publish the tape.
You will see in the pictures how nicely dressed and upscale the guests and supporters were. Hopefully Lizbeth will raise the money she needs to beat that really rich snob and self-proclaimed Conservative, Curt Clawson. Clawson may have money but he isn’t a classy guy. There were Clawson signs as you entered the trail that led to the private road which was inaccessible to everyone. It reminded me of a comment by the server at a French bakery who I had a chat with on the way up to Fort Myers. She happened to be the owner and was interested in the barbecue for Lizbeth. She said she didn’t want to say it straight out, but thought that Clawson came off as a “jerk” and expressed how glad she was that someone was supporting Lizbeth because she thought she had a good felling about her and thought she was more likable.
Lizbeth is making news there. Even my family knows her as their daughters go to the same school together. The invitation which had been printed in the local paper is the one I used to get there.
The media, though, twisted some things as you will see in two reports I added to the clip at the end. They are from a CBS affiliate, Wink News. What a wrong depiction about what really is happening! (They always try to create division.) The TEA PARTY has sometimes been usurped by Republicans who don’t understand what establishment is, and in this case, there was a complete distortion that Sarah was endorsing the status quo candidate. Unreal.
I have to commend the team that put this together almost overnight. I am always in awe and admiration of the event coordinators who have to deal with dozens of issues that come up last minute. Abby was my contact. She was wonderful. I have nothing but great things to say about Lizbeth’s team. PLEASE SUPPORT her any way you can. She is a genuinely nice person.
by Whitney Pitcher
At Breitbart, Tony Lee writes of CNN’s hypocrisy in their refusal to cover the gun trafficking charge levied at current California state senator (and secretary of state candidate until Thursday ), Leland Yee:
CNN dismissed complaints that the network was not covering last week’s shocking arrest of Democrat Leland Yee, the California state senator who was arrested for alleged arms trafficking and bribery, and falsely asserted that it does not give attention to state senators and secretary of state races.
That standard did not apply to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, whom CNN covered relentlessly. This was long before she even considered a gubernatorial run after filibustering a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks and make those conducted before then safer.
Viewers and readers on Friday complained that the network, just like Politico, was not reporting or discussing Yee’s scandal online, and the official and verified @CNNWriters account tweeted to one critic that ignoring Yee’s arrest was standard practice.
Lee then linked a tweet from CNNWriters’ account which notes that CNN covers state senate and secretary of state races “just about never”. As he notes, CNN covered Texas state senator Wendy Davis extensively. The comparison of Davis vs. Yee illustrates CNN’s hypocrisy quite well, but what if we looked at CNN’s coverage of Yee vs. Yee? Let us flashback to 2010, shall we?
You may recall that Governor Palin gave a speech at California State University-Stanislaus in 2010, a speech that brought in record fundraising for the university. However, this particular speech may be better known as “bendystrawgate”. California Democrats , including then attorney general and current governor Jerry Brown, wanted to investigate the contract that the university made with Palin for her speech. That contract included such diva-like demands as bendable drinking straws. The horrors! However, Brown was not the only Democrat to request the investigation. As CNN reported in April 2010 (emphasis mine):
Attorney General Jerry Brown opened an investigation Tuesday into the finances of the California State University Stanislaus Foundation, which raises money for the university and booked Palin to headline its June event.
“We are taking this action to make sure that the money raised goes toward the intended educational purposes and not a dollar is wasted or misspent,” said Brown, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
State Sen. Leland Yee, also a Democrat, has demanded to see the speaking contract, citing the public records Act. At a Tuesday news conference, Yee said any destruction of requested documents violated the law.
CNN’s claim that they do not cover state senators is bogus, and if they were to argue that they don’t cover state senate races, it should be noted that Yee was running for re-election to the senate in 2010. In fact, the CNN story linked above came just 5 days after Yee announced his re-election.
It’s no wonder that Governor Palin noted the media’s constant need to distract from the truth and selectively cover “local” politics.
By Gary P Jackson
Our readers will know the name Leland Yee quite well. He’s the California legislator who tried to use the power of his office to force California State University at Stanislaus to cancel a fundraising speech that was given by Governor Sarah Palin back in 2010. A speech that, by the way, earned more money for the university than any other in it’s history!
Managing Editor Stacy Drake, a Californian, wrote several articles detailing both Yee’s and Governor Jerry Brown’s despicable attempts to silence free speech and Governor Palin. You can refresh your memories, or catch-up, here.
Yee is a big time dirt bag, one of the worst. Before the bodies were cold after the Sandy Hook shootings, Yee was out there pushing gun ban legislation. The bill, which passed the California legislature, was so radical, so Un-American, and so unconstitutional, Governor Brown was forced to veto it!
Yee is, in fact, one of the anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment lobby’s biggest players in California. So …. this bit of news makes normal, every day, run of the mill liberal hypocrisy seem insignificant!
You see Yee has been arrested by the FBI on numerous charges, including gun running, corruption, and more.
The affidavit names Yee and 25 others, including Raymond Chow, a onetime gang leader with ties to San Francisco’s Chinatown known as “Shrimp Boy,” and Keith Jackson, Yee’s campaign aide. Jackson is accused of multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Chow and Yee were arrested Wednesday during a series of raids in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.
According to court documents, Yee performed “official acts” in exchange for donations from undercover FBI agents, as he sought to dig himself out of a $70,000 debt incurred during a failed San Francisco mayoral bid.
Yee is also accused of accepting $10,000 in January 2013 from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for making a call to the California Department of Public Health in support of a contract was considering.
The agent who discussed arms with Yee presented himself as a member of Ghee Kung Tong, a fraternal organization in San Francisco’s Chinatown that Chow reportedly headed. It was among the sites searched Wednesday.
CBS reports a “Muslim separatist group was involved in all of this as well: [emphasis mine]
SAN FRANCISCO – A California state senator who advocated gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker and told him how to get shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.
The allegations against state Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI affidavit in support of a criminal complaint. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms. He was arrested Wednesday and appeared later in federal court, where bail was set at $500,000.
Yee’s arrest came as a shock to Chinese-Americans who see the senator as a pioneering leader in the community and a mainstay of San Francisco politics, said David Lee, director of the Chinese American Voters Education Committee.
“That”s shocking news to me,” San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said when asked about Yee’s arrest, according to CBS San Francisco. “It’s many years of public service so, I don’t know what’s occurred there … I hope for the best.”
Yee is also accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and cash payments to provide introductions, help a client get a contract and influence legislation. He or members of his campaign staff accepted at least $42,800 in cash or campaign contributions from undercover FBI agents in exchange for carrying out the agents’ specific requests, the court documents allege.
Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles, and took him through the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the United States, according to the affidavit by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.
He was unhappy with his life and told the agent he wanted to hide out in the Philippines, according to the affidavit.
“There’s a part of me that wants to be like you,” he told the undercover agent, according to the affidavit. “You know how I’m going to be like you? Just be a free agent there.“
The introduction with the trafficker took place at a San Francisco restaurant earlier this month, according to the documents. Yee said he wouldn’t go to the Philippines until November.
“Once things start to move, it’s going to attract attention. We just got to be extra-extra careful,” he said, according to court documents.
Sounds like Yee was ready to flee the United States and maybe even join this terrorist group. I hope there is a nice warm cell waiting for Yee down at Gitmo!
There’s a lot of things surrounding this guy. His campaign fundraiser, Keith Jackson, was charged in a murder-for-hire scheme, but besides the gun trafficking charges, Yee is also mixed up in a serious pay-for-play deal.
The FBI affidavit summarizes numerous events as: “Senator Yee would engage in official acts… in exchange for campaign donations and money.”
During the sting, Yee told one confidential source, “By helping me get elected means I’m gonna take actions on your behalf. That’s one thing you gotta understand.”
In October 2011, an undercover FBI agent asked Yee if there were a way to contribute money outside of his campaign for mayor of San Francisco. Yee told him he could “contribute unlimited sums to a committee supporting a ballot measure for school funding that Senator Yee also supported. Senator Yee explained that the ads for the measure would feature Senator Yee in a positive piece supporting schools and education.”
Yee was a favorite of the education establishment. [Teachers unions] The Community College Association, the higher education affiliate of the California Teachers Association, named Yee its “Legislator of the Year” in 2012. CTA itself endorsed Yee in his 2010 state senate campaign.
It’s interesting to note that in all of the breathless coverage by the media of Yee’s arrest, not ONCE do they mention he is a DEMOCRAT.
Stay tuned, there is more to come!
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